Allah SWT tells us in the Quran, “So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers. وَلَا تَهِنُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَنتُمُ الْأَعْلَوْنَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ – 3:139”
Sometimes our mistakes can be paralyzing, preventing us from moving forward and pursuing our goals. But when we reflect on our failures, we realize that they play an important role in guiding self-change and we can derive lessons that Allah SWT wants us to learn from our said failures. Allah SWT reminds us often that we, as Muslims, are among the high regardless of our failures, as long as we have faith in Him. So how can we overcome our fear of failure and allow our failures to be the catalysts of success and self-reflection?
Dr. Altaf Husain introduces the topic of grief through an Islamic lens. This session took place at ISNACON 2019 in Houston, Texas. Based on the article “I Should’ve Gotten Over It by Now”: Surviving the Impact of Grief on Faith: http://bit.ly/2HyFx2T
How do we navigate adolescence as tweens approaching it, teens experiencing it, and parents raising them? Dr. Altaf Husain explores raising children compassionately and how to deal with social forces that cause our children to question and doubt.
A journey on the way of understanding and achieving the balance between the three components of (1) the belief in fatalism “ القضاء والقدر“, (2) the personal capacity and freedom of will and choice, and (3) the accountability for our actions. A discussion on the benefits for maintaining such upright understanding in both this worldly life and Hereafter and its effect on both the personal and communal levels. How can we as Muslims living in such very materialistic world deal with these 3 components and benefit from the correct balance between them?
The precious advice that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ gave humanity in his last Sermon (The Sermon of Farewell) shows how much Islam values and appreciates the concepts of social equality, brotherhood, individual liberty and mutual cooperation as a guiding light for humanity fourteen centuries ago. Join us in covering these beautiful principles and discussing how we can apply them to our daily lives.
Dr. Altaf Husain delivers a Khutbah about social order from social justice and our religious obligation to uphold justice on the individual level. This sermon was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, October 12, 2018.
Inner Cities in America are struggling. Black, Latino and other less fortunate communities of color are stuck in a viscious cycle of poverty. Couple this with the issue of race in America and you have a much bigger problem on hand. How can Muslims assist in this situation? How can organizations like ICNA Relief assist in these communities. Please share reflections on the recent tensions and violence in Baltimore.
Sometimes we find ourselves losing hope in ourselves and/or the situation in the world. Dr. Altaf Husain inspires us with examples from the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, to not despair.
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ warned us that “the time will come on my Ummah where the one who will be holding on his deen will be like the one who is holding on a hot burning piece of coal”. Even today it is hard for our children to hold onto faith, what about our grandchildren and generations to come? Do we think they will say “La Illaha Illa Allah”? How can we keep the flame of faith alive in our grandchildren and in future generations?
Despite all the uniting factors Muslims have, our American Muslim community is divided over ethnic, social, sectarian, etc. lines. We were not able to reap the great benefit of our diversity but were caught by it.
“We have certainly created man in the best of stature.” (95:4) Sex, Image and Society — where does society’s widespread expectations of body image, sexuality and wealth fit in with an American Muslim’s identity, modesty and purpose? Recorded at the 51st Annual MSA National Continental Conference in Detroit, MI on Saturday, August 30, 2014.
Allah’s support to His faithful servants is an assured promise, but we need to acquire the characteristics of the believers. With the many problems happening in the United States and around the world, whether it’s social, political, or financial, sometimes we become hopeless, but trust God and be patient. Yet, Allah has promised us success and we need to acknowledge that always. “….Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us.”….. (9:40) This session gives a prescription for acquiring steadfastness and directs take home messages on maintaining our commitment to our Creator during our daily life actions.
We may find ourselves sad, depressed and lonely. We sometimes wonder about our spiritual state. Praying or fasting doesn’t make us feel closer to God. Why are we experiencing this? What is the solution?
Mercy does not emerge from a vacuum, for a believer it has a spiritual foundation. In this lecture, Dr. Altaf Husain will examine the relationship between mercy and spirituality and he will offer practical advice as to how a believer can cultivate a heightened level of spirituality and therefore manifest greater degrees of mercy and compassion in his/her everyday life