In today’s hyper consumerist societies, where effortless instant gratification is the norm, it is easy for those whose faith is weak to stray from the path of Allah. Those whose faith is literally “on the edge”, weighed down by unanswered questions and unresolved emotions, are ready to fall off when faced with life’s inevitable trials and tribulations. But at such times of personal and public crisis, says Nouman Ali Khan, we must remember that the purpose of those tests is to draw those with strong faith closer to Allah, who has a plan for everybody. Both Yacoub (AS) and Musa’s mother lost a child but despite their agony, and because they both had unshakable faith, the former was reunited with his son after many years while the latter was returned to his mother within hours. When we question Allah’s design we miss the core truth that reality will only submit to us when we submit ourselves to Allah. This is ultimately the path to inherit paradise.
What is it that we celebrate in Ramadan? In this inspiring khutbah on the eve of the Holy Month, Ustadh Nouman takes us back to the story of Adam (AS) who was so dignified by Allah that He spoke to him directly. But even though Allah dismissed Adam from janna, He promised to give him a way back up through repeated guidance. Allah promised those who follow this guidance that they will know no fear or sadness in this life. The last time this promise was fulfilled was when Allah sent his final message, the Quran. In Ramadan Allah revealed his extended rope from the sky to the earth to teach us that there is hope, no matter how lost we feel or how far we have fallen. Ramadan is the opportunity Allah gave us to celebrate our connection with Him.
The power of duaa can’t be overstated. The profound supplication Musa (AS) made at one of the weakest moments of his life is an inspiring example of this, as Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan reminds us in this khutbah.
After growing up in Pharaoh’s court, Musa suddenly finds himself a fugitive from the law and roams the desert until he reaches Madian. Desperate, he asks his creator for help and vows to take anything He provides. But that’s not all. He also hopes for forgiveness for the sin he committed by doing as much good as he can in the world. At that very moment the entire course of his life changes.
The lesson learnt is that we must understand the way duaa works and know that the sincerity of our duaa is measured according to how far we accept what Allah provides with gratitude, no matter how little it seems, and to always help others more desperate than us.
In Surah An-Nisaa Nouman Ali Khan teaches us about how Allah warns against jealousy and envy. It is what drove iblis out of His grace and what led Cain to kill Abel. When this feeling rests in the heart, it affects all aspects of life and make it hard to be grateful for all of Allah’s gifts. Yet in this ayah, Allah also provides the perfect solution: we must stop comparing ourselves to others and focus on asking Him directly for what you want. This will open the doors to internal peace and security, and is proof of our complete trust in Allah’s grace.
One of the most misunderstood ayat of the Quran is in Surah An-Nisaa. This is a classic example of how a passage, taken out of context leads to false claims against the word of Allah. In this khutbah, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan stresses that we can’t read aya 34 without considering what came before and after it. He teaches us that the idea of a man’s ‘qawama’ over a woman has nothing to do with authority and everything to do with being a constant caretaker and supporter of women. We only need to look at the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and how he treated his wives to learn that hitting was never a part of it.
Surah Al-Ankabout was revealed at the height of Muslim persecution in Mecca and, according to Nouman Ali Khan, mentally prepared Muslims for their immigration to Medina. Its opening aya is a profound lesson about what we often forget at times of distress. Allah reminds us that true believers will be thoroughly tested in their faith, just as gold must be exposed to extreme heat in order to be purified. Muslims suffering under the current circumstances must remember that they have protesting the violation of their civil rights ever since Allah’s message was revealed. Allah will give protection to those who struggle, those who show confidence in Him and do not flinch in bearing the responsibility of upholding the religion.
A central theme in Surah An-Nur is marriage and the main criteria for choosing a spouse. Nouman Ali Khan stresses that it is imperative in this day and age for parents to realise that the world their children live in today is completely different from theirs when they were growing up. Young people must have the freedom to meet in a dignified manner and parents must open the doors to what is halal when their children are ready for marriage because if they don’t they are, in fact, flinging the doors to the impermissible wide open. Prophet Muhammed sought refuge from an Ummah full of single men and women who are unable to get married out of social and financial concerns.
There are many lessons to learn from the story of Prophet Musa (AS) and his confrontation with Pharaoh as recounted in Surah Taha. When Allah charged Musa to face Pharaoh and free the Israelites, says Nouman Ali Khan, Pharaoh had already launched a propaganda campaign against him. His counter message was that Musa and his brother Harun were magicians who wanted to drive you out of your land and that you must defend our way of life because it is the best and doesn’t need any improvement. In short he sold the people an artificial patriotism that only benefitted him and his small clique. Yet despite the odds and despite his fear, Musa confronts Pharaoh and overcomes him. This is a reminder that propaganda has always existed and that politicians instilling fear of an imaginary enemy is nothing new. The Quran has taught us about that so we would be mentally prepared. Don’t feel intimidated and know that this is a test of your eman.
Quranic examples of parent-child relationships shed light on many issues that plight Muslim families all over the world today, says Nouman Ali Khan. While the story of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), whose father built idols that he destroyed, reminds us that imaan is not only influenced by the environment in which we are raised, that of Nuh (AS) and his son teaches us that even if you are a Prophet, you may end up with a child who refuses to accept Allah’s message. Although we have a responsibility towards our children, we have no control over the results. Allah has endowed all human beings with the ability to think for themselves which means that once your child reaches adulthood, he/she will have to make their own choices. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) famously told his daughter Fahemah that she should fear Allah because she will have to stand before Him at her own merits, for even he cannot intervene on her behalf. Risking our spiritual and emotional relationship with our children can be avoided if we take a cue from Luqman (AS) who waited for the right circumstances to lecture his son about religion. And to sons and daughters, beware because the crimes you commit against your parents will only lead to perpetual loss and agony both in this life and the next.
Surah Ar-Rahman is a powerful wake-up call addressing all kinds of people, especially those exercising various degrees of disbelief. When it was revealed in Mecca, explains Nouman Ali Khan, Allah was talking specifically to the Quraish, who, despite having the greatest messenger, speaking to them in their own tongue, continued to mock and attack Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and desecrate the House of Allah. Yet even though Allah is angry at their consistent denial of all the incredible things their master has done for them, He addresses them as “ar-rahman”, the quintessence of mercy itself. This great surah is a reminder of our place in front of Allah. One day we shall perish without a trace while He, who owns glory and dignity, shall prevail. It is a reminder that our need for Him goes beyond petty, conscious requests for worldly things but that every breath we take and every heartbeat is a manifestation of his loving and caring mercy. Our ingratitude and forgetfulness of Allah’s gifts is the work of shaytan, the enemy in our invisible spiritual war, who can only be defeated through constant gratitude and remembrance of our master.
As believers, how do we respond to calamity? In his answer to this crucial question, Nouman Ali Khan delves into the meaning of the word “musiba” in Arabic, which is used strategically in the Quran to denote that whatever it is that has struck you, could never have happened to anyone else at any other time. It is your own, personal test. The Quran also distinguishes between two types of unfortunate situations, those over which we have no control and others which we brought upon ourselves. But where do we draw the line between what is in Allah’s hands and what is our fault? The Quran answers that on a simple premise: That Allah is whatever you assume Him to be. If you genuinely believe that he is the all-merciful, then at times of difficulty you must be unwavering in our faith that if Allah plans something for you, even if it’s painful, you must know that He is doing it out of love. When you trust and maintain your reliance in Him, Allah will give you the greatest gift of all: he will guide your heart to the right path and give you peace of mind.
This Khutbah was recorded in Langkawi, Malaysia on October 28th 2016
Revisiting the context in which Surat Al-Munafiqun was revealed, Nouman Ali Khan sheds light on the multiple lessons to be deduced from that series of events. This Madani surah was revealed after the morale-boosting pre-emptive attack and victory of the Muslims over Bani Mustalaq, a tribe that had planned to storm Madina following the Muslims’ defeat in Uhud. When the daughter of the tribe’s leader, who was taken prisoner along with over 100 others, accepts Islam, Prophet Muhammad marries her and as a gift, releases all the POWs which leads to the entire tribe accepting Islam. Upon their return, when an argument between a member of the Muhajirun and one of the Ansar threatens a bigger conflict between both groups, Prophet Muhammad urges both sides to let the incident pass and refuses to authorize the assassination of Madina’s most notorious hypocrite Abdullah Bin Obai Bin Salul, who seized the opportunity to fuel the fire and sow divisions between the two groups. When the surah was revealed, with all tenderness and care, Prophet Muhammad first recited it to 11-year-old Zeid Ibn Al-Arqam, who had recounted to the Prophet and his companions that Bin Salul had insulted the Muhajirun and helped the Muslims avert an internal conflict.
In its core, Khan sums up, the theme of the softness of the heart binds the whole incident together: letting the prisoners of war go, urging the Muhajirun and Ansar to let the incident pass, dismissing Bin Salul and ignoring his lies, trusting the child and caring for his emotions. Clean intentions and sincerity to Allah are the key take-aways from this story.
When applying for a job or trying join an organization or other similar examples we try to get recommendations from individuals who we think will help us attain this goal. What about Allah’s recommendations? Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan explains.
The relationship between Islam and the West is the topic of ongoing debate, often depicted as a choice between two disparate worlds: the modern West with science and secular education, or Islam with Qur’anic based education characterized by orthodoxy and tradition. In the hope of promoting dialogue instead of polarization, Nouman Ali Khan searches for the ideas and ideals of education, schooling and learning within Islam. Wherever knowledge and learning have blossomed, education, schooling and teaching must have flourished too. Was not an educational culture part of the highly developed intellectual culture of classical Islam? Hermeneutics and the theory of interpretation offers an inspiring perspective on an education that strikes the balance between tradition and the future. What is the future of Qur’anic education in a modern context?
“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often. “(Al-Quran 33:21) In today’s world, society has created these imaginary and fictional superheroes which are nothing but the work of fantasy. Movie superstars, Sportsmen, celebrities who may present a nice picture on the outside, but often found to be bankrupt on the inside. On the contrary, the Prophet (saw) himself was the superhero we all aspire to be like. He raised giants among his Sahaba who were the examples every Muslim should look up to. What makes a superhero a superhero? Do we truly know the giants from our history?
In this lecture Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discusses how some Muslims use the Quran due to their fear by picking and choosing of what to follow. On the opposite side there are Muslims who use the Quran to insult others. He explains these situations and what is the correct approach.
“One problem I see more and more is the idea that the Sunnah is questionable and it was not protected and preserved as well as the Quran. When I became a student of the Quran over 15 years ago, one of the first lessons I could not escape is that the most powerful defense of the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the Quran itself. The only way someone can say they believe in the Quran but not the Sunnah is if they don’t study the Quran.” – Nouman Ali Khan
In this khutbah, Nouman Ali Khan explains certain ayat in the Quran of which some feel the need to apologize for. He explains that we do not need to apologize it but we need to understand it and learn it for ourselves first and foremost.
Women are prevented from having a space in the masjid, sometimes due to the fear of fitna. But when we stop our wives, sisters, and daughters from coming to the masjid, it will actually lead to a greater fitna.
The Quran is very serious and absolute in its declaration that innocent people and civilians, of any kind, should never be harmed. As a matter of fact, wrongfully killing a human being is tantamount to killing all of humanity and that is the greatest crime one can commit against another. It’s one thing for Muslims to condemn it. But it’s much more serious when Allah condemns it.
In this khutbah ustadh Nouman discusses the ayah in the Quran that translates to “Don’t you dare say I am definitely going do this tomorrow about anything.” He explains the proper use of the phrase “insha Allah” (God willgin). He also briefly mentions the status of those who tragically passed away in the Hajj accident of 2015.
Nouman Ali Khan from the Bayyinah Institute presents a lecture on Friendship. The program was hosted at Masjid Fateh in Bahrain and was coordinated in beautiful fashion by the SayOneCare organization. On this first night of the program, Ustadh Nouman discusses the nature of Friendship in light of the Qur’an.
Countless Muslims are using the search engines of the Internet to search for a spouse. However, a quick perusal of Muslim matrimonial websites reveals how basic Islamic principles are ignored. A person’s income, race, and color – or worse yet, skin tone – are often greater considerations than a person’s piety. The pictures that accompany many “profiles” are indecent. How safe are these sites, especially for women? Why are Muslims using “virtual meat markets” to find a potential spouse? How can our communities facilitate young people’s search for a spouse? What does our religion have to say about contacting perfect strangers of the opposite sex for “love and friendship”? How can we better address the real crisis that lies beneath “Light-skinned Muslimah seeking Muslim doctor to share life with”?
For more than sixty years, the Moroccan scholar Si Fudul al-Huwari of the Qarawiyyin gave commentaries on his favorite topic: the Verse of Light. Those who knew him said he never gave the same talk twice. This verse, often a favorite of Qur’an reciters, has been the subject of countless commentaries with innumerable scholars finding limitless meanings. Even though the metaphor can be understood by anyone, the verse does not surrender an obvious meaning. This talk will examine some of the ways that scholars have understood this verse and how we can benefit from its meanings in our own lives.
The Qur’an has remarkable beauty from countless perspectives but one that has always really captured my curiosity is the incredible style of divine story telling. Many books are written about the stories of the prophets (may Allah’s peace be upon them all). Such books tell the accounts of these great men based on authentic sources. Excerpts from various Surahs, Ahadeeth and narrations come together to paint a thorough chronological picture. Is there more to these stories than the chronology of events? Allah the Most High chose to tell parts of Ibrahim’s (AS) account in one Surah, and some parts in another. Why did He do that? Is there something about the way Allah Himself tells the story that we are missing out on?
You have probably heard the story Of Musa (PBUH) but never like this.
There are many youth who are active in Islamic work and concerned about their faith. There are also many youth who do not care about religion and are deterred from it by others What can we do about these youth who have been disconnected from Islam and the Muslim community? Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan explains at the 2013 ADAMS Youth Conference in Virginia, USA.
877-Why-Islam presents a talk by Nouman Ali Khan – The credibility of Muhammad (pbuh) to address the topic of God’s existence in the 21st Century. For more information, please call 877-Why-Islam or visit http://www.WhyIslam.org or check us out on facebook and twitter.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discusses passages from Surah Nouh and Surah Jummah. People of Nouh (as) didn’t believe even after 950 years of dawah. Compare this as compared to Jinns who were merely passing by when they heard the words of the Qur’an that they became Muslim just by hearing a few ayaat.
Ramadan, the month of uncountable blessings and a golden opportunity for a Muslim to elevate himself spiritually and get even closer to his Creator; is a time of the year like no other. Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan explains in detail the historical background of Ramadan and reasons why Muslims are the chosen ones to be blessed with such unique gift, in an exclusive 2-day event at FANAR on 27th – 28h June 2013.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan advises the graduating class of the 2013 Bayyinah Dream Program. May Allah(swt) grant them success in their future endeavors and use them to educate and motivate the people with Islam. Ameen.
Musa, known as Moses in the Old Testament, is a prophet, messenger, lawgiver and leader in Islam. In Islamic tradition instead of introducing a new religion, Moses is regarded by Muslims as teaching and practicing the religion of his predecessors and confirming the scriptures and prophets before him. The Quran states that Moses was sent by Allah (one God) to the Pharaoh of Egypt and the Israelites for guidance and warning. Moses is mentioned more in the Quran than any other individual, and his life is narrated and recounted more than that of any other prophet. According to Islam, all Muslims must have faith in every prophet which includes Moses and his brother Aaron (Harun). Nouman Ali Khan introduces us to Prophet Moses in this brief talk.
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.
One-Day Seminar at IANT, Richardson TX on Nov 11, 2012. Ustadh Nouman highlighted various aspects of Quranic guidance on being a part of any Islamic organization – whether as a leader or a community member. This seminar is a great Quranic orientation for any person who becomes a shura member in any organization – a masjid board member, a volunteer at a school, a member in the college MSA.
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Seminar workbook available at http://goo.gl/wg6C9
This lecture is from Continental Conference 2012. #msacc2012
“Therefore, stand firm in your devotion to the upright faith – the nature made by Allah, the one on which mankind is created – and the laws of Nature ordained by Allah cannot be changed. That is the standard of true faith, but most among mankind do not know.” (30:30)
We are God’s greatest creation, perfect and innocent in our childhood. This is the beginning, the moment where we are precisely calibrated to the Truth. It has been described as our inherent nature, but since we are bombarded by modern dogma, human philosophies, and tampered traditions, it gathers dust waiting to be known again. Therefore, we ask the question, what is our true nature and why were we given it? And if we are to rediscover this natural state of ours, it certainly may need some polishing in order to see our unblemished reflection again. As a result, we may find something we had felt all along but simply ignored.
Nouman Ali Khan gives a lecture on The Qur’an and how to make it more accessible in our lives. He also stresses the importance of having accurate translations of The Qur’an. A lecture delivered by Nouman Ali Khan at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD on February 10th 2012. The recording unfortunately stopped briefly in the middle of the lecture leaving out a few minutes.
Lecture given on May 18, 2012 in San Antonio,TX. Lecture begins with insights from Surah Kahf, relating the downfall of a previous nation and comparing it to the mistakes Muslims make today. Continues and concludes with re-establishing our relationship with the Quran, realizing it is a conversation between Allah and us, and practical tips to strengthen that connection.
In this video, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan tackles a few issues that are related to shamelessness. Through verses of the Qur’an, he explains how much Allah dislikes zina, adultery, sexual promiscuity, looking at the haram (forbidden), and not lowering our gaze.
“Impact of Youth in Today’s Society”- Talk by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan (Apologies for poor sound quality) Speech at Chain of Hearts, the First annual Youth Conference in Southern California, March 17, 2012, Anaheim, California. Organized by the Southern California Chapters of YM and ICNA. Read more about this event: http://www.icna.org/sold-out-1st-youth-conf-by-ym-icna-in-s-california/
When the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) received the message from God, the Jews began to study him. They realized that everything he said was correct based on their teachings and understandings. Yet they still rejected him. Then when Allah revealed the differences, they exposed themselves of their mistakes. What are we doing today to show humanity the worthiness of Islam?
Dr. Israr Ahmed is a famous Pakistani Islamic scholar who advocated the revival of Islamic faith among Muslims in order to bring a stable Islamic society. In this lecture Nouman Ali Khan discusses his contributions towards the explanation of the Quran.