Dr. Umar gives a rich, engaging commentary on the aphorisms (hikam) of Ibn Ata’illah, which are one of the greatest summaries of authentic Islamic spirituality, grounded in mainstream understanding of the Qur’an and Sunna.
Shaykh Umar Faruq Abd-Allah discusses the ayat in Surah al-Kahf that discusses the protection from the tribulation of the grave and the tribulation of the Dajjal. Also discussed is the parable of the garden regarding the two brothers.
In this day and age there is a lot of discussion around men and women and the relationship between them. There is also a discussion of gender and various understandings that can cause confusion. What does Islam and the way of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, say regarding men and women and gender relations? Shaykh Umar Faruq Abd-Allah answers this and more.
Our Earth is changing. The environment is changing. Global warming is real and the scientific evidence showing that Human beings are partly responsible is abundantly clear. What is the response of Muslims? How should we be with regards to our relationship with the Earth?
In this video, Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah reminds us of the ultimate purpose of fasting Ramadan: to find Allah Most High. He highlights the many means to attaining consciousness of God in the month of Ramadan, including leaving sin, vice, and everything that busies away from Allah. Amongst these, he puts particular emphasis on fulfilling the obligations due upon us, the most important of which are the five daily prayers.
Paul Barrett and Dr. Umar Abd-Allah in a discussion of their recent works, American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion and A Muslim in Victorian America. Dr. Abd-Allah’s work is a biography of Alexander Russell Webb, one of the earliest American converts to Islam to achieve a modicum of fame. Mr. Barrett’s book offers portraits of a number of contemporary American Muslims, demonstrating the complexity of the community and diversity of opinion within this community. Paul Barrett was a reporter and editor for 18 years at the Wall Street Journal, and currently directs the investigative reporting team at Business Week. Dr. Abd-Allah is Scholar-in-Residence at the Nawawi Foundation.
“What we have to understand is that our history is rich and beautiful, and it took on so many different colors. There’s not such a thing as an ‘Islamic Civilization’; there are Islamic Civilizations – plural.” In this relevant and inspirational talk, Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah contextualizes the revival of Islam in difficult, hateful times. Through the stories of giants like Shaykh Abdul-Qadir al Jilani and Imam Abu Hamid al Ghazali, he explains the great legacy that modern Muslims are inheriting, and our role in restoring the true Islamic tradition.
Who will we really become and what will be our status on that Day where everyone will stand before Allah? Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah discusses the events of that day and the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) intercession.