As we practice and endure social isolation and even quarantine, we should stop thinking of what we may be missing out on and start considering the ways that time could be spent in attaining knowledge and getting closer to Allah. Watch Sh. Omar Suleiman’s full talk on the things we should look to do in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Sh. Omar Suleiman delivers a special lecture on the Amwas plague, the first plague to claim the lives of hundreds of Sahaba and thousands of people in the 7th century. He highlights lessons we can learn from that time period and offers some spiritual gems that are relevant to us today.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was keen to remember and honor “the firsts” for their support, suffering, and sincerity. Abu Bakr’s (ra) honor surpassed everyone’s, including that of Umar ibn al Khattab (ra).
He surpassed everyone by a distance that no one could ever catch up to. His status is sanctified as the first after the prophets. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said the sun has never risen or set on anyone, after the prophets, that is better than Abu Bakr, and that he will be the first to enter Paradise in his nation.
Abu Bakr’s (ra) character is best described by the words of Ali (ra), ‘he is the first to every good’. Abu Bakr (ra) was the ultimate trendsetter, the fastest to do the good deed.
In episode 10 of The Firsts, Sh. Omar Suleiman continues to talk about Abu Bakr (ra) and his elevation in the pursuit of good. The standards that he set and the inspiration that he had to achieve the good deed and how we can learn from him in setting our own goals and placing a higher standard on ourselves and actions.
“Many came to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, asking whom he loved the most, including Ali (ra) and Fatima (ra). He had the most eloquent answer, while maintaining his character of honesty. Even though Fatima was very dear to him and his heart was very attached to her, he didn’t want to answer in a way that would hurt Ali, whom he loved as his own son. He looked at Ali and said, ‘She is more beloved to me than you, but you are more precious to me than her’, making them both very happy.”
Both Ali and Fatima were raised by the beloved Prophet ﷺ and had a special place in his heart. They were married by the Prophet ﷺ then counseled by him. Through their blessed marriage, a community came together and a community remains inspired. They faced obstacles that we all face in our marriage but by the guidance of Allah, the advice of the Prophet ﷺ, and the faith in their hearts, they were able to pull through and leave behind one of the greatest examples of a marriage ever to exist. And in studying this blessed family, we get to see our Prophet ﷺ in a new light: as a loving father, grandfather, and father in law.
Senior Fellow Dr. Muhammad Khalifa sits down with Sh. Omar Suleiman to discuss their co-authored publication on ancestral knowledge and the role of culture when it includes an element of resistance, as well as how to maintain Islamic orthodoxy.
One of the defining qualities of the Muslim community is its general concern for the well-being, prosperity and salvation of society at large. Islam is not an individualistic religion; it possesses a strong social and communal aspect. One of the ways in which the community works towards change and creating a healthy society is through the Prophetic model of enjoining good and forbidding evil. It is the role of the people of knowledge to lead that effort and help identify what is beneficial and what is harmful for society. What practical steps do we take to educate ourselves and become agents of positive change?
Why do we grieve and what can we learn from celebrity deaths?
Sh. Omar Suleiman addresses the recent death of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, and why celebrity deaths affect us so much as well as what we can learn from moments like these.
Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ love for Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) was immense. It is narrated that the Prophet ﷺ asked Allah to show love to those who love Ali and to show hate to those who hate Ali. Tune in to episode 6 of The Firsts as Sh. Omar Suleiman talks about the first child to embrace Islam, and the companion with more narrations about his virtues than any other.
In episode 5 of the Firsts, Sh. Omar Suleiman introduces us to Barakah Bint Thalaba, or Umm Ayman, the woman who never stopped caring. Umm Ayman was a second mother to the Prophet ﷺ after his mother passed. Not only is she the second woman to accept Islam, she is the only woman to have been with him from his birth till his death.
In episode 4 of the Firsts, dive into the many “firsts” accomplished by the best woman of her time, Kadijah bint Khuwaylid (ra), the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) first love and wife. Sh. Omar Suleiman describes the relationship and love between Khadijah (ra) and the Prophet (pbuh), her support, and her station as the first woman to become Muslim.
We find Waraqa in the seerah and at the very beginning of Sahih Bukhari, but with little beyond his death – making the rest of his life a mystery. Who was he before that? What is his story? What is his status? Sh. Omar Suleiman tells the story of Waraqa Ibn Nawfal, the first to confirm the prophethood.
Zaid Ibn Amr Ibn Nufaid (ra) is an absolutely remarkable figure in the history of Islam and has a story unlike any other from the companions of the Prophet ﷺ. Aside from being a monotheist before the coming of Islam, he would guide people to what pleased Allah based on intuition and fitrah (natural disposition).
On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the Muslim Students’ Association, in collaboration with 33 campus units and 11 student organizations, hosted Imam Omar Suleiman for a keynote speech at the MLK symposium event, Malcolm & Martin: Intersecting Visions of Justice. Imam Omar was joined by UM’s own Drs. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer and Stephen Ward for a dialogue and Q&A session. The focus of this event was advocacy, allyship, and the intersectionality and global nature of social justice.
The event program can be viewed at bit.ly/mxmlkprogram
Allah has given us different senses and different ways in which we perceive things, and odor has a persuasion that is stronger than our other senses. Sh. Omar Suleiman talks about the spiritual and physical implications of smell.
In the wake of emotional burnout, self-care is the new way of coping with the world’s problems. How do we build capacity like the Prophet to where we can be exposed to so much, but still have something to give without getting depleted?
Sh. Omar Suleiman reflects on his experience at Hajj this year, including rain at Arafah, and ties it in with what makes someone a friend of Allah, the stations of friendship, and how to know if we got there.
Sincerity while doing any action or deed is a huge challenge for each and every one of us. This challenge gets magnified many times over when we are seeking Islamic knowledge.
It’s easy for intentions to get corrupted, leading to feelings of arrogance, superiority and showing off, in turn, causing us to lose out on unimaginable rewards from Allah. So how do we make sure we remain sincere and firm while seeking Islamic knowledge?
We live in an age where communication is heavily done through technology taking away the physical presence. This is causing an increase in confrontation and argumentation that is unhealthy for our communities and societies.
How do we tow the line between the voice for justice and call for peace? How do we handle conflicts in our communities with healthy solutions? Sh. Omar Suleiman explores conflict resolution through the lens of the Seerah.
There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book. By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darknesses into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path. (Al-Maida, 5:15-16)
The city of Yathrib was racked by violence and conflict, until the Prophetic message entered the hearts of the people. After the Prophet migrated, the city became known as Al-Madina Al-Munawwarah, the Radiant City, illuminated by the light of Divine guidance and the best of Creation, the Messenger of God. The light that Madina became after the darkness of Yathrib was a reality, with real human beings, not a distant utopian ideal. Its success, along with entire ummah, was, and is, predicated on the degree to which our hearts are receptive to the light of the Messenger.
[… but We made it a light whereby We guide those of Our worshipers whom We will …] Ash-Shura (42:52).
The light of the Quran is the absolute infallible light which Allah ﷻ sent to mankind to illuminate their way traveling on the path of life. There is no doubt in its authenticity, guidance, and relevance for all places and times. As heirs of its guidance and bearers of its divine light to the world, we carry the responsibility of protecting and living the Qur’an, the light to the world.
When looking at the lives of Malcolm X and Martin you can see they did so much in so little time. Reflecting on that and taking heed the words of the Prophet Muhammad (s), “When you leave this world either you are relieved of this world or the world is relieved you are gone”. We should live our lives so that we can fulfill this legacy.
Many of us have close friends or family who are currently struggling with their deen. We care for them and we want to remind them about the importance of following the path of Allah. In hoping to strengthen their faith, many of us often have difficulty deciding on what would be the best way to approach them. Listen to Shaykh Omar Suleiman shed light on this very important topic – Compassionate Orthodoxy: Finding the Middle Path.
This lecture is from our 2018 Annual conference: My Self, My Family, Our CommUNITY in New Jersey.
This session will focus on the complaints of the rebels and his martyrdom. Special emphasis will be given on Othman’s insistence on not spilling Muslim blood and how that differs from the modern discourse & rhetoric that is used to devalue life and cheapen blood.
The standard of justice that Omar set during his khilafa was so remarkable, that Omar could be seen sleeping peacefully in public with no body guards. This session will focus on several of the difficult, sometimes controversial, decisions that he made which ultimately led to that peace and prosperity.
Muslims through ages are always committing a big mistake connecting the Seerah of the Prophet ﷺ to only the series of battles he fought and ascribing the Islamic History to only the conquests. One of the common features for all lands Islam entered is building local infrastructure and governing system by utilizing the local resources compared to the western colonizers who used to steal the resources of their colonies. Throughout the golden age of the Islamic History, Islam created civilization hubs spreading the knowledge and technology for all humanity such as the bright examples in Baghdad, Damascus, Egypt, Qairawan, Andalusia, Persia, etc. How can we study, understand and teach the Seerah and Islamic History beyond the battles and conquests?
Often in our communities we talk about sadaqa or charity in terms of fundraising and giving money. What about charity beyond giving money? Imam Omar Suleiman explains. This khutbah was delivered on September 21, 2018 at Masjid al Wali
When polled, most Americans say they do not know a Muslim. More than 80 percent of media coverage about Islam and Muslims is negative, and Muslims have often found themselves at the center of social and political debate. When it comes to Muslim Americans, the narrative is more often created about our community by the media and by politicians, not by Muslim Americans themselves. If American Muslims do not define themselves individually and collectively, they leave themselves vulnerable to being defined by others.
Imam Omar Suleiman reminds us our duty towards humanity in giving them relief from this world with the guidance of Islam and with our help in their time of need. This lecture took place on April 3, 2011.
Imamr Omar Suleiman reminds us that as Muslims we must speak the truth in the face of injustice and stand up with those who are oppressed and in need. In this particular case he tells us the stories of many individuals who were murdered due to racism, bigotry, etc.
Imam Omar Sulaiman explains to us the phrase “hasbun Allah wa nima wakeel” (حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ). This video is from the 55th Annual ISNA Convention (August 31 – September 3, 2018) in Houston, Texas.
Imam Omar Suleiman makes a call to action and he asks us to take note of giants who preserved and because of that persistence we benefit from their legacy.
Imam Omar cautions us against glorifying the actions of the past if we use that as an excuse for our inaction in the present, which is a departure from Prophetic teaching. Imam Omar spoke at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Sunday, October 14, 2018
Before the migration, before the establishment of a new society, and before the arrival of the Prophet, Islam was already spreading in Medina, then known as Yathrib. How was the message spread in the absence of the Messenger? What impact did this message have on a society that was war-torn and battered by bloodshed? Join as we explore how a group of 6 believers grew to 75 believers that would change the world.
Omar Suleiman and Moutasem Atiya reflect on two very important and relevant topics: the present state of Muslims living in America and how to cope with the increasing Islamophobia facing our community today.
Whether we live in a small town or big city, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood or are the only Muslims on the block, it’s important to be involved and engaged in society as a whole. And that’s where our civic obligations come in. As Muslims, our Islamic duties are what push us to be involved. Whether we are temporary guests, visitors, or citizens, Islam mandates that Muslims should be an integral component part of society.
For those who are born and raised Muslim and never had to really struggle to practice Islam there may be times where you feel that you are not as connected to Allah as you would like due to the ease you have of being Muslim and practicing Islam. Imam Omar discusses how we can prevent this feeling and if we do have this feeling how to rectify it.
Great people are remembered in the past for what they have left behind and what they did for the betterment of humanity? What is our legacy? What will we leave behind? What will people remember us for?
As human beings we are responsible, but we do also make mistakes and we are constantly in need of forgiveness. This lecture by Shaykh Omar Suleiman looks at the art of forgiveness and why it is important to the human essence.
How much time have we dedicated and committed to working for our akhirah? What are we doing with our lives day to day to please Allah? Imam Omar Suleiman inspires us in this lecture to take action by looking at the story of Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him.
Many believers, including Khadijah (ra), faced isolation for the sake of truth. Sh. Omar Suleiman, Founder and President of Yaqeen Institute, discusses isolation upon truth and the resolve gained therein.
Who was Bilal ibn Rabah? As the country celebrates Black History Month, and Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, hits theaters all around, we look into the full biography of a man who has inspired millions with his unshakeable faith and determination.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was on the pulpit and he said:
اْر َحُمواتُْر َحُمواَواْغِفُروايَْغِفْراللَُّهلَُكْم
Be merciful to others and you will receive mercy. Forgive others and Allah will forgive you.
Let them pardon and overlook. Would you not love for Allah to forgive you? Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (24:22)
Our most beloved are usually the ones we tend to hurt the most. Ironically, they are also the hardest people to forgive or be forgiven by. Naturally, negative feelings grow more and more the longer we go without forgiving others. How can we work toward mending these relationships? More importantly, why should we forgive people that have hurt us in the first place?
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Allah will elevate some people by this book and he will degrade others with it.” Conveying Islam with utmost clarity is a fundamental component of our mission at MAS. As such, reciting, memorizing, and understanding Quran is the heart of MAS’s plan to raise a Quranic generation who is prepared to carry out our mission. Join us in congratulating a new batch of 15 young men and women who completed the memorization of the Quran in the MAS Quran Institute Program.
There is a concept that glory comes to this Ummah through approaching only the movers and shakers of society. But The Prophet (pbuh) said we are provided for in accordance with how we view the weak in our society. It is a complete paradigm shift and provides a road map to gaining the help of the Creator. It also stretches far beyond financially supporting the weak.
In this session, Sheikh Omar Suleiman addresses the reality and consequences of social media in a Muslim’s life. What are some of the ways that social media influences us? What are some of the consequences of using it? What are the benefits that we can reap from it?
Sh. Omar Suleiman who asks important questions about our goal in life. Is the enjoyment of life the ultimate goal worth living for? Can a blind and homeless individual be more content than a famous actor? Explore why individuals display such varying levels of contentment.
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.
Take the time to watch this lecture all the way through and share it. It deals with the difficult question of why some people do not feel any sort of love for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as well as an academic approach to ways we can attain his blessed company in Jannah.
To bring about success, all necessary elements should be covered. Maintaining the success is by no means less important than achieving it. Therefore the building process needs to be well controlled in order for the foundation to be robust and the end result will last long. This session presents the main features for the process of building the Renaissance, which includes comprehensiveness, balance, and relevance.
The Qur’an tells us that “God does not change the condition of a people until they change their own condition” (13:11). We also know that the Prophet (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) told us that our greatest enemy is the ego that resides between our two sides. What is the ego (nafs), and why is it such a formidable foe? The current Muslim crisis can be solved only by divine change. But first we must learn to change our own condition so that it may help bring about the change we want in the world. This talk will include a Qur’anic diagnosis and treatment plan for the current Muslim crisis.
Shaykh Omar explains that the lives of the Prophets, the Sahabas and great scholars of the past give us a wide variety of examples of different situations in life and types of people that we should follow.
The ADAMS Center Youth Group and Young Muslims co-hosted a program titled “Youth: The Lifeline of a Community” with visiting scholar Imam Omar Suleiman. Sheikh Omar gave some practical steps to those in attendance to get active, take action, and make a difference in their community.
Are you disgusted with the news of female child infanticide, raping, and mistreatment of women in the news lately? Discover what the Qur’an say about the glad tiding of a daughter and females in society.
“That Day, We will seal over their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will testify about what they used to earn.” [Surah Yasin 36:65]
On the day when there will be no lies, deceptions, or injustice, we will be judged by our Lord, Who is Al-Hakam (the Judge). Everyone will come to know their fate by the manner in which they are handed their book of deeds. In regards to the reckoning on this Day, our beloved Prophet (s) is reported to have said, “”The first thing about which a man is going to be questioned on the Day of Judgment is prayer. If it is found to be sound, his other actions will be sound as well. If his prayer is not sound, his remaining actions would be spoiled.” (Al-Tabarani & Tirmidhi)
Furthermore, in the last verses of Surah Az-Zalzalah of the Holy Qur’an, a brief description of this judgment is enough to send a chill down our spines: “So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it, and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.”
“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.
The halal (permissible) and haram (impermissible) has been clarified to us by the Qur’an & the Sunnah. Sh Omar Suleiman warns us against following our desires when dealing with questionable subjects. We should guard ourselves against falsifying truths to please others and relieving ourselves from our duties to Allah and others.
When the beloved Rasul passed away, the believers felt the enormity of their loss as some shed tears while others felt muddled and hopeless. Many of those who had falsely claimed to have embraced Islam were quick to revert back to ignorance. Driven by rare intrepidity, the four khulafaa upheld the flag of our deen, more than 14 centuries later their words are quoted and their lives are highly revered. Paragons of matchless virtue, faith, and character, their leadership skills remain unprecedented, may Allah be forever pleased with them. Join us as we journey through the past and study the characteristics that defined these individuals with practical applications to our own lives.