Ismail ibn Musa Menk Being Productive
What have we contributed to the betterment of ourselves, our families and our communities? Look at what we have done in our lives that is pleasing to Allah and that makes us better Muslims. Ask yourselves are you a productive human being? Lecture given at the Peace and Unity Convention in Abuja Nigeria in 2018.
Ibn Ali Miller Deen over Dunya
Bro. Ibn Ali Miller reminds us of the attractive dunya that can misguide us from the deen. He reminds the youth citing personal anecdotes from his life on how to stay on the straight path.
Abdur-Raheem Green How I Came to Islam
Abdur-Raheem Green, formerly known as Anthony Green, a British convert to Islam. Appearance-wise, he bears clear similarities with the image that the Christian world has made of Prophet Jesus (PBUH). Green was born by British parents in Darussalaam, Tanzania, in 1964. He was educated at a famous Roman Catholic Monastic School called Ampleforth College and went on to study history in the London University. However, he left his education unfinished. Green was dissatisfied with Christianity since the age of eight, and eventually he left that religion. He practiced Buddhism for nearly three years though he never formally embraced it. Gradually Abdur-Raheem Green started to study the Qur’an, and this gave him an immediate attraction towards Islam, and he accepted the religion in 1988.
Sulayman Nyang Recreational Activities in Islam: A Historical Insight
Prof. Sulayman Nyang discusses the history of Muslims engaging in recreational and entertainment activities in light of Islam throughout history.
Siraj Wahhaj From the Streets to the Masjids
Many of us Muslims have a past we really don’t want to think about or go back to, a past of wickedness and evil, a past of jahiliyyah! There was time where many of us did not appreciate the blessings of Islam, but then Allah opened our hearts and we were lead from the streets of jahiliyyah to the mosques of Allah. But many of our ummah are still in the streets! Join Imam Siraj Wahhaj in this inspiring lecture where he gives you a kickstarter to get back on track.
Sulayman Nyang The History of Islam in Spain
In a lecture to non-Muslims, Sulayman Nyang details the fascinating history of a European country ruled by Muslims which, not too long ago, was considered a wonder of the world and a major center of civilization. At the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute in New Mexico, Dr. Nyang begins with the context of Muslim Spain by discussing the Umayyid rule, its subsequent downfall and its resurrection in Al-Andulus. He then briefly outlines the events leading up to the Muslim rule in Spain, the atmosphere created by it, and the primary reason for its decline. He shows how the development, growth and contribution of Muslim Spain is not much different from modern America and its presence and influence on the world scene; a comparison that allows for a better understanding of the profound history of Muslim civilization in the West. Dr. Nyang concludes by analyzing the transformation of Muslim culture into Spain, namely the lifestyle, architecture, business dealings and knowledge. Other topics discussed: Muslims as custodians of Greek knowledge, the invention of the bank check, interfaith coexistence, Charles Martel’s victory, and the Inquisition.
Yusha Evans Dealing With Peer Pressure
Peer pressure isn’t a recent phenomenon that belongs only to our generation. Peer pressure is as old as the creation of human beings. Just the term “peer pressure” has been publicized lately. Many people Muslim and non Muslim experience peer pressure, when moral values clash with actions, practices or behaviors of other youth who live around us, whether they are at school or in a neighborhood. Yusha Evans sheds some light on the issue and gives some good advice to the young and older generation who are facing the problem of peer pressure.
Jonathan Brown Navigating the Boundaries of Culture and Religion
Muslims are diverse and come from many parts of the world where culture varies. How do we reconcile these cultural differences with our religion of Islam. What is accepted and what isn’t? How do we determine this? As Islam spreads to new areas of the world where the cultury differs, how do they assimilate into an Islamic lifestyle?
Sulayman Nyang The History of Islam in Africa
In a beautiful courtyard at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute in New Mexico, Sulayman Nyang discusses the development of Islam in Africa beginning with the first migration of Muslims to Abyssinia up to their expansion into Spain. Dr. Nyang, a historian, professor and author of several books on Islam, begins by looking at how and why Islam crossed the Red Sea into Africa and how the Muslim civilization rapidly became a thriving world power. A brief historical background of Egypt is discussed in order to provide a context for understanding the spread of Islam across North Africa, and the phenomenon of “Arabization” and “Islamization” are examined as a means for the spread of Islam south of the Sahara. The speaker also covers the Berbers in Libya and their assimilation into Arab culture, the establishment of the Muslim naval power and the various Sufi movements that played key roles in this profound expansion. Other topics discussed: links between Africa and the Abrahamic faiths, Afro-Semitic people, development of trade routes, significance of gold trading, Arabtowns, conversion of African nobles, and the Al-Murabitun and Al-Muwahiddun movements. (Duration: 1 hour, 18 min)
Sulayman Nyang The Role of Muslim Women at the Time of the Prophet ﷺ
In his patented style, Dr. Sulayman Nyang begins this lecture by contextualizing the subject matter so that the audience may understand it in a much more profound way. He relates the seerah to the present time by looking at the social, cultural, and historical context into which the Prophet (S) emerged in Arabia. He then analyzes the role and place of women in “jahiliyah” society and the transformation that was brought about by the Prophet (S), showing how the view of women shifted from the ignorant pre-Islamic times to the noble time of the Prophet (S). The traditional understanding of the family is discussed and this is compared with the concept of family today. Furthermore, the way in which men and women related to each other in the time of the Prophet (S) is examined as well as the relationship between the Prophet (S) and his wives, his daughter Fatimah, and other women. Among other things, the speaker effectively shows that women were, indeed, actively involved in the community and in the revolutionary movement of Islam in Mecca.