In this Friday sermon, Imam Siraj Wahhaj reflects on the purpose an benefits of fasting. He reflects on verse 184 from Surat al-Baqara:
وَأَن تَصُومُوا خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
And fasting is better for you, if only you knew.
Imam Siraj encourages everyone to fast the month of Ramadan, and establish the pillars of Islam. He highlights that Allah Most High is in no need of our fast. However, we fast to come to know Allah and for our own benefit.
Among us are youth leaders, activists, and individuals so hardworking that we sometimes get consumed in our community work and neglect our families. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “the best of you are those who are best to your families.” So how do we balance activism and family? Where is the satisfactory medium between service to others and service to our families?
In this lecture, Imam Siraj Wahhaj discusses what it means to be a Muslim man in an inner-city environment characterized by poverty, crime and the other well-known challenges existing in the typical American urban environment. He not only discusses what is needed from our brothers, but how he was able to lead an urban renewal scheme around Masjid al Taqwa and his vision for the future of the Masjid and the coming role of Muslims in our urban communities.
In his bestselling book, Ill Fares the Land, Tony Judt passionately argues that individualism, egoism, greed and the
politics they gave birth to are undermining the very basis
of community, equality and social justice. In the ensuing
social carnage no one suffers more than the poor and disenfranchised members of our society. What are the political foundations of community, equality and social justice?
Can America be a great nation if it tramples on its poor and downtrodden? How can more affluent Muslims display more compassion for the less fortunate members of our society–both Muslims and others? These are some of the questions Imam Siraj Wahhaj will answer in this lecture.
A lecture based on one of his well-known khutbahs about charity. Imam Siraj Wahhaj demonstrates the reality of wealth from an Islamic perspective. He reminds the audience to use their money wisely and inspires them to spend now before it’s too late. Remarking that this is one of the most important topics to understand, he places the life of this world in the proper context and reminds us of just how fleeting material things really are. A great talk that emphasizes the importance of giving and that our true security comes with investing in the hereafter. Includes an extensive question and answer session that addresses, among other things, the following issues: saving money in the bank, balance in spending, zakat on gold jewelry, sadaqah jariyyah, reward for helping non-Muslims, and giving zakat to non-Muslims. (Duration: 1 hour, 35 min)
Do we really want to achieve excellence or are we merely satisfied with being ordinary? At a Texas summer youth retreat, Siraj Wahhaj shares his observations that can help the believer progress on the road to excellence by improving one’s overall understanding, appreciation and practice of Islam. In this talk, he makes a brief synopsis of the well-known hadith of Gabriel with an emphasis on the critical aspect of ihsan (striving for perfection). He also implores the audience to remember that the Islamic teachings are for one’s benefit and that we must strive to learn and practice the deen. But this striving comes at a price! What is that price and are we willing to pay it? A great lecture for any Muslim, especially teenagers, who want to move from one level of faith and practice to the next. Other topics discussed: good and bad leadership, seeking leadership, fear and humility before Allah, demonstrating gratitude, and praying correctly with calmness. (Duration: 56 min)
An energetic, moving lecture that asks the audience to be self-reflective, humble and sincere in faith. Have we learned the lessons from Shaitan’s arrogant fall from grace? Do we have the proper attitude that would ensure success for our family, our community and our own self? And are we truly implementing the spirit of Islam’s teachings in our daily lives? Another motivating, captivating address by Imam Siraj that is ideal for anyone seeking to become more conscious and fearful of Allah. A great lecture for rekindling the spirit of all Muslims, young and old! Other topics discussed: trust in Allah, working for the future, the spirit of the prophets, sacrifice and charity, and having good intentions. (Duration: 53 min)
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