Lectures on Unity

Zaid Shakir – Sunni-Shia Hatred: A Disease We Must Fight

Loneliness and isolation, Imam Zaid Shakir argues, have no place in an ummah of compassion and mercy. He also addresses Sunni-Shia aggression and hatred, which he describes as a disease we must fight.

Umar Faruq Abd-Allah – The Parameters of Respecting Differences of Opinion in Islam

Our ummah is large and Muslims vary in all different cultures, ethnicities, languages and opinions. How do we live, work and pray together in peace?

Mokhtar Maghraoui – Hasan, Husain & the Merits of Ahl-ul-Bayt

Even though the Qur’an itself honors them, in an age of sectarianism, Muslims who seek to mention the Prophetic Household are accused of either deviancy or discord. As the gap between polarizing opposites widens, restoring the rightful place of Ahl-ul-Bayt in our discourse is the first step to help mediate these divisions. In this session from Al-Madina Institute’s Pearls of the Qur’an 2015 Conference, Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui contemplates on the spiritual path they took, and how it helps guide us to the most beautiful path of conduct.

Yasir Qadhi – Unity does not mean Uniformity & The Hadith of the 73 sects

“My Ummah will divide into seventy-three sects all of which except one will go to the Fire, and they (i.e. the Saved Sect) are those who are upon what I and My Companions are upon” ~ Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam)

One of the most oft-commented tradition of our Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that is echoed from the mimbars of every Masjid & the focus point of many conversations of our over-zealous youth. Yet many questions arise. Are the majority of the Ummah misguided?! And is every ‘deviation’ automatically bound to the Fire of Hell? And which group is the Saved Sect?

Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi answers these crucial questions, and more, in his latest lecture.

An unmissable lecture for EVERY Muslim.

Yasir Qadhi – Unity in the Muslim Ummah & The Islamic Brotherhood

The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Among Allah’s servants are people who are neither Prophets nor martyrs, but whom the Prophets and martyrs will deem fortunate because of their high status with Allah.”

They asked: “O Messenger of Allah inform us of who they are.”

He said: “They are people who loved each other for Allah’s sake, without being related to one another or being tied to one another by the exchange of wealth. By Allah, their faces will be luminous and they will be upon light. They will feel no fear when the people will be feeling fear and they will feel no grief when the people will be grieving.” ~ (Sunan Abu Dawud)

Allah will ask on the Day of Judgement: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, (on a day when there is no shade but mine) I shall shade them with My shade.” ~ (Sahih Muslim)

The Islam brotherhood transcends cast, colour, race & nationality it is a permanent bond based on belief & acceptance of Allah as our deity & Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as His final Messenger.

Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi’s powerful talk from his trip to Trinidad on ‘Unity in the Muslim Ummah & the Islamic Brotherhood’

A talk for every Muslim, Recorded on 3rd January 2014

Suhaib Webb – Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.: Racism and Differences in the Ummah on the Mawlid

Imam Suhaib Webb discusses racism in the community while reflecting on the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. He also discusses differences among Muslims citing the example of the Mawlid.

Hasan Ali – Salafi vs. Sufi & Bid’ah

Shaykh Hasan Ali discusses how we should be in the middle path and that we should work together for the common good instead of looking at our differences among Muslims from various different ideologies and backgrounds.

Yasir Qadhi – Dealing with Theological Differences in the Real World

Sunni, Shīʿa, Salafi, Sufi, Deobandi, Ahl’l-Sunnah wa’l-Jamā’ah – Why do we have all these labels can’t we just say we’re Muslims and that’s it! To often our communities become divided on differences in thoughts and ideas, acknowledging & welcoming the various levels of religious beliefs is an important first step towards building diverse communities & bridging the gap to put all titles aside.

Yasir Qadhi – A Response to the Critics

“He who thinks that he is free from the criticism of people is a madman for even the Lord of the Worlds Himself has been wrongfully criticized.” ~ [Imam Al-Shafi’i]

Ismail ibn Musa Menk – Bonding The Hearts of the Ummah

Mufti Menk gives a khutbah on how we as Muslims should not cause disunited among the ummah. This was given in Trinidad in 2013.

Ismail ibn Musa Menk – Cries of the Ummah

Mufti Ismail Menk discusses how we as Muslims are destroying ourselves and how we should come together putting aside our differences for the betterment of the ummah. Lecture was delivered at the Ummah Welfare Trust ‘Cries of the Ummah’ London conference at Edmonton Islamic Centre on Sunday 19th May 2013.

Nouman Ali Khan – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

One of the greatest feats of the Last Prophet, peace upon him, was forging lasting bonds of brotherhood between the contentious and fractious tribes of Arabia. As a result of the unity established between them, they were able to take the Message of Islam to the far corners of the earth within a century. Our generation will not be able to engage in any meaningful social project unless we are united in the spirit of true brotherhood. This session examines aspects of the prophetic guidance that can foster this indispensable quality.

Nouman Ali Khan – Of Aliens and Priorities

Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan telling us we should focus on priorities that are important and do not concern with trivial aspects.

Wisam Sharieff – Sustaining Our Community: A Quranic Remedy

Our success as a community depends on the love we have for each other, understanding the issues we face, and being able to address them.

Ismail ibn Musa Menk – Diversity Through Unity

A small lesson given by Mufti Ismail Menk on how we can unite as one Ummah, despite our differences.

Abdul Rahman Chao – The Treaty of Hudaibiyah

Shaykh AbdulRahman Chao expounds in detail on the historical event of the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. He also explores the most important lessons and morals from the treaty of Hudaybiyyah.

Abdal Hakim Jackson – United We Stand: One Nation

For Muslims to be united with others in this country we need to view ourselves as legitimate Americans. In this challenging lecture, Dr. Sherman Jackson examines the idea of Muslim membership in the American family and the rights and privileges accruing from that membership. Perhaps, more importantly, he examines the consequences of exclusion and marginalization for both ours and future generations of American Muslims.

Abdullah Hakim Quick – Islamic Revivalism

Although many Muslims throughout the world are in tribulation, there seems to be a simultaneous revival taking place within the ummah today. Abdullah Hakim Quick addresses this by first reviewing some of the great Islamic revival movements of the past. He then discusses ways in which today’s ummah can have similar success despite the calamities facing it. The key to this success, as the speaker asserts, is the protection of each individual heart. Shaitan takes certain steps to capitalize on the weakness of the Muslim by utilizing ten inroads to the heart such as envy, greed, anger and haste. If Shaitan is successful, the ummah will continue to be confused and divided and, in effect, the revival will never happen. This practical presentation raises awareness of these inroads so the believer can be on guard and have hope for winning the battle against Shaitan. An important talk about protecting the heart that can serve as a starting point for real unity and revival. Other topics discussed: excessive love of food and drink, fear of poverty, dislike for those who disagree with us, the mulazima system (studying under a sheikh), making pledges, why the ummah is in such tribulation today, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab and the four schools of thought, and making hijrah today. (Duration: 1 hour, 8 min)

Abu Taubah – Inciting Muslims Against Each Other

Abu Taubah reminds us not to incite hatred and animosity towards each other.

Faraz Rabbani – A Vision for the Muslim Community

Courtesy of United For Change.  From the United Against Malaria event.

Abdullah Hakim Quick – Revival of the Ummah

Lecture given at the 3rd Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention in Toronto, Canada at the Rogers Centre (formerly known as the Sky Dome).

Muhammad al-Yaqoubi – Advice to the Seekers

Note: This lecture also features Hamza Yusuf.

Hamza Yusuf – Advice to the Seekers

Note: This lecture also features Muhammad al-Yaqoubi.

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