The Prophet (saw) said, “Avoid that which I forbid you to do and do that which I command you to do to the best of your capacity. Verily the people before you were destroyed only because of their excessive questioning and their disagreement with their Prophets.” (Agreed upon). The above hadith provides a straight forward way and a perfect solution for believers to settle their differences. It creates a perfect framework within which humans can happily live and settle their affairs. It’s the lack of this framework of divine guidance that we see as the primary reason for discussion-dead-lock. If humans are the ones who are allowed the make the rules, arguments have no way of reaching a resolution when conflicts arise. Who has the final word? Who gets to decide? Who’s judgement is final? Seeking to obey Allah and his messenger is a true blessing that relieves a believer from the agony of differences and conflicts.
With worldwide chaos and tribulation and increasing attacks on the foundations of religion itself, it is not surprising to hear of a crisis of faith—we may be having doubts ourselves. Is faith naturally congruent with our intellect or does skepticism and introspection erode it? How do we develop strength in our faith that brings us into harmony with the world around us?
Hope is a command of Allah. Hope is a sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. What is this hope and how do we have it? Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda explains why it is important never to lose hope in Allah.
Challenges should not deter us. They should bolster our determination to pursue what is good. While we may be living during trying times, we must remember that Allah promised to support the believers. We must stand strong and keep our trust in Allah.
There has been a sense of hopelessness since the November elections, but we are not alone. The Quran mentions the stories of the previous prophets and messengers to ease our hearts and give us guidance for handling tough situations like the ones they passed through. But we must trust in Allah’s plan. This session will teach us how to trust in Allah’s plan.
Umar Ibn Al-Khattab RA said “Hold yourself to account before you are judged, and weigh your actions before they are weighed against you.” How do we go about this process of self-evaluation and taking account of ourselves and our actions? This workshop will focus on the importance of self-evaluation. Oftentimes when we get caught up in community work, dawah, or any leadership role we often forget to check ourselves and reflect on our Iman. Being involved and helping others is rewarding, but should not come in the way of our worship. A few points we would like to cover in this talk: Why is it important to do Muhasiba? How should we do it? How often? Importance of renewing intentions? Stories of how the Prophet SAW, Sahaba RA, and righteous predecessors did this Please mention any dua and/or ayahs in the Qur’an and hadith about this.
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.