Have you seen him who takes his low desires for his god? (Surah Furqan, 25:43)
And know that Allah knows what is within yourselves, so beware of Him. (Surah Baqarah, 2:235)
Balance holds a very significant place in every phase of life, and yet the phenomenon of social media creates an inner world for us to become so self-focused that it can lead to narcissism. It is a self-love, a need for attention to keep the fragile inner ego convinced it is liked. A recent study has found that students who posted more often on Facebook and Twitter scored higher in specific measures of different types of narcissism, including personality traits such as being exhibitionists, exploitative, and feeling superior. This may result in over-evaluating the importance of our own opinions. How do we center ourselves to the consciousness that every individual should pursue life with firm balance and composure? The goal sought in the remembrance of God is the attainment of balance and being centered as one submits to the consciousness of the Divine.
Wherever Islam has gone it has produced wondrous beauty, a reflection of inward and outward excellence (ihsan), from the arts to human character. This session will move us to rediscover the meaning of beauty, and how to achieve and manifest it in the making of Muslim American culture.
Through the Legacy of Ibrahim (a), personified as a flourishing tree (14: 24 – 25), we find that, to live a balanced life, one must have firm roots in faith, nurture familial values, and cultivate communal success. By Inculcating Abrahamic values: obedience to Allah (swt), love for family, and a dedication to people, we hope to improve both our lives in this world, as well as the hereafter.
One of the unique struggles of our generation is the tension that arises with attempting to reconcile technological developments and our secular education with our religious education and spiritual development. Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda helps us understand the balance between the two spheres of knowledge.
The title of the lecture is ṣalāh in focus – creating some focus in regards to ṣalāh. Let’s go back to a time in the history of our ummah when the focus of ṣalāh was solidified. The most important period in our history is the life of the Prophet (s) . To understand the focus ṣalāh has in our dīn (religion) and in the life of the Prophet (s), we have to go back to the most difficult and tragic time in the life of the Prophet (s): a period of his life remembered as The Year of Grief and Sorrow.