Throughout history, every culture and society has crafted their ideals for manhood and womanhood. The 14th century sociologist, Ibn Khaldun, noted that the common denominator of all cultures is that they usually take their rich and powerful as their archetypes for manhood and womanhood. For us living in a pluralistic society these “powerful” are overwhelmingly defined by pop-culture, the music industry, the sports industry etc and this reality coupled with the deterioration of ethics and morals poses an immense problem. A cursory look back into what the role of men or women in America entailed 100 years ago compared to what it entails today will exhibit a stark contrast. As a result, when a society is wavering and/or degrading in its conceptualization of manhood and womanhood, many injustices and breaches occur in normal social conduct, mannerisms, and relationships– inevitably leading to a dysfunctional society. Reassuringly there is a solution. This session will discuss manhood and womanhood from the Islamic narrative.
Our friends are a reflection of who we are. Every morning, we look in the mirror with the intent of perfecting our image. But what happens when our mirrors become tinted or broken? How can we choose friends that share our morals and ideals in a manner that pleases Allah, without changing the reflection in the mirror?
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) made his famous statement, “don’t be sad, Allah is with us” to Abu Bakr to calm him. A similar statement was made by Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) when he reassured his people of Allah’s support, even when all hope seems lost. It’s a statement that gets to the core belief that no one can save you from harm. Only Allah can protect you. As American Muslims face an uncertain future, it’s important to keep this ayah in mind.
Celebrities, influential people and the fantasies that they create have always shaped the world views of civilizations. However, idols of the present time tend to be more influential due to their visibility compared to those of the past. Idols of the present time will be compared to those of the past in an effort to critically evaluate their influence to capture the hearts of society and hence their true worthiness of the status of “idol”.
In this session we want the audience to get some practical tips on how to fight against the tricks of Shaytan. With these tips, we want stories from the lives of the companions and prophets to have a strong backing and show practical usage of said tips. Adding ayat and ahadith if also possible. Practical solutions that can be used in our everyday lives, as well as excellent examples from history, will Inshallah allow the audience to go back into their daily lives and battle Shaytaan with those tips.
All of our personal and social problems are rooted in the states of our hearts. Just as the body has ailments that force us to the doctor, the heart also has ailments that should force us to the doctor. Traditionally, purification of the heart was a central focus of Muslim civilization. Manuals, texts, glosses, and commentaries fill our libraries with the strategies, techniques, and methods for purifying hearts. Many Muslims don’t have access to this rich tradition of spiritual healing that could, if rediscovered and used, heal our persons and societies from many of the destructive forces impacting us. This lecture will discuss some of the dominant ailments of the heart and the strategies the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and our tradition provide us with to address them.
Our modern condition bombards us with artificial stimuli that not only teases our senses and creates in us the yearning for things we do not need, it also blurs our inner vision and distracts us from the real purpose of our lives — to know, remember and worship Allah. In this lecture, sister Yasmin Mogahed, discusses the danger that the modern condition poses to the actualization of our true humanity, the resultant spiritual poverty and how it can be overcome.
Yasmin talks about the concept of love in Islam, how love for Allah triumphs over anything else. She also touches upon Brotherhood / Sisterhood familial love, maintaining Gender relations the permissible way, how to determine who is the right partner and when to make that call.
The USC MSU was very honored to host our beloved guest, Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed, on November 7th, 2011 to discuss the very relevant and poignant topic of keeping our hearts alive while facing the struggles of this life. Alhamdulilah, an excellent lecture that is both practical and relevant.