How do you know you are a good Muslim? How do you know you are on the right path? How can you tell whether or not something is right or wrong? This is all related to your taqwa or your awareness of Allah.
Imam Zaid Shakir discusses the faith-affirming night journey
of the Prophet (PBUH) when he made a heavenly ascension (Al Isra Wal Mi’raj).
Isra Mi’raj is commemorated on the 27th of Rajab.
Imam Zaid’s talk was delivered at the Muslim Community Center of East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, April 2, 2019.
This night happened in 621, which is the year of sadness (‘Aam ul Huzn) when Abu Talib & Khadijah (RA) died. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) rode Buraq (a white steed) during his journey and Allah enjoined 50 prayers and reduced the prayers to five.
He met different Prophets on the journey:
– 7th Heaven met Ibrahim (AS)
– 6th Heaven met Musa (AS)
– 5th Heaven met Harun (AS)
– 4th Heaven met Idris (AS)
– 3rd Heaven met Yusuf (AS)
– 2nd Heaven met Isa (AS) & Yahya (AS)
– 1st Heaven met Adam (AS)
MI’RAJ – Ascend to heaven where he speaks to God
ISRA’ – Night journey from Makkah to Jerusalem
The prophet went from the Haram mosque (Saudi Arabia) to Al-Aqsa Mosque (Palestine) – a journey that by flight today takes nearly two hours.
Abraham was a messenger of God, and like all the messengers, they affirmed the self-evident nature of God; the creator of everything that exists. The Qur’an presents this affirmation in the following rhetorical question:
“Their messengers said, ‘Can there be doubt about Allah, Creator of the heavens and earth?’”
The Qur’an, Chapter 14, Verse 10
Notwithstanding the self-evident nature of God’s existence, Abraham also engaged in intellectual arguments to make a case for God. He rhetorically presented the following argument:
“So when the night covered him [with darkness], he saw a star. He said, ‘This is my lord.’ But when it set, he said, ‘I like not those that disappear.’ And when he saw the moon rising, he said, ‘This is my lord.’ But when it set, he said, ‘Unless my Lord guides me, I will surely be among the people gone astray.’ And when he saw the sun rising, he said, ‘This is my lord; this is greater.’ But when it set, he said, ‘O my people, indeed I am free from what you associate with Allah. Indeed, I have turned my face toward He who created the heavens and the earth, inclining toward truth, and I am not of those who associate others with Allah.’” The Qur’an, Chapter 6, Verse 76 to 80
In summary, Abraham argued that the star, moon and sun cannot be the creator because they set. In other words, they are dependent and contingent. The universe and everything within it is contingent, and the universe and all that we perceive can only be explained by an independent, eternal and necessary being.
Abraham called humanity back to their creator. To reconnect their hearts to God and affirm that He deserves to be worshipped.
“Remember Abraham said: ‘O my Lord! make this city one of peace and security: and preserve me and my sons from worshipping idols.’” The Qur’an, Chapter 14, verse 35
God deserves worship by virtue of His own existence. In other words, He deserves worship because of who He is. God also deserves worship because He created us and the blessing we receive.
How do we get through tragedies like the New Zealand terrorist attack? There are other tragedies that have happened in the past and that are happening currently. How can we remain faithful in these trying times?
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf gives a Khutbah remind us to honor the masjid that he said are sanctified and consecrated for God’s remembrance and for the worshiper to gain spiritual repose and Sakinah (peace). Shaykh Hamza encourages worshipers to modestly ornament ourselves – both physically and mentally – before and while in the mosque so we can gain nearness to Allah and to gain dignity while in this place of worship. This Friday sermon was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on June 25, 2010.
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.
The definition of ungratefulness is never being appreciative of all the gifts Allah gave us and taking them for granted. In Surat Ar-Rahman, explains Nouman Ali Khan, Allah tells us to be grateful or else you would be defying Him, and the punishment for that may not be in this world. You will not get away with such transgressions and if you think you can escape on judgment day, you are mistaken. The more grateful you are to Allah’s many blessings, the more doors he will open for you.
A question often asked when times are tough. A question that occupies our time and our minds. A question that often confuses us, despite the simple answer. How can we understand the wisdom behind the actions of Allah ﷻ, His qadar, and His rules? How can we understand the wisdom behind facing hardships? How should we balance between submitting to Allah’s ﷻ decrees and exhausting our resources in pursuit of changing our tough reality?
Imam Zaid Shakir clarifies that Allah is described as light of the heavens and earth: unique in powers, wisdom, knowledge and brings forth the creation from darkness into light. The purpose for the believer is to protect faith and resist the evil maladies that lead to disbelief. Khutbah given at The Lighthouse Mosque, Oakland, CA. on Dec. 7. 2018.
Imam Zaid Shakir reminds us that when we say “In God We Trust” we are following in the footsteps of all the Prophets of Allah (peace be upon them all), He reminds us not to despair as it is not our way, the way of believing people.
Sister Dalia Mogahed talks about how if we put our trust in Allah truly and genuinely we would transform ourselves, our families, our communities and our country. This video is from the 55th Annual ISNA Convention (August 31 – September 3, 2018) in Houston, Texas.
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.
Mufti Hussain Kamani speaks about how dreams of lush gardens and flowing rivers, of abundant fruits and greetings, of peace from our Lord can indeed become a reality at the third annual Road to Revival Conference organized by Rutgers MSA.
In a serene courtyard of a madressah in Northern New Mexico, Abdal Hakim Murad sits down for an informal address on the topic of having peace and contentment with the decree of Allah. He reflects upon his experiences of the ummah over the years and describes how it became apparent that Muslims in modern times are neglecting this traditional virtue, thereby causing widespread agitation and insecurity. Whereas previous generations cultivated this virtue to their own success, today’s ummah seems to be neglecting it to their own demise. Abdal Hakim, a British convert, probes the matter in-depth and shows how the absence of contentment in one’s life can lead to serious defects such as self-righteousness, anger and suspicion of others. The more widespread effect of such a void is an ummah lacking direction, unity and credibility on the world stage. This shrewd observation serves as a great starting point for individual revival and, on the collective level, prescribes the perspective necessary for prevailing over the tribulations facing the ummah today. Other topics discussed: Islamic theology vs. the problem of evil, contentment in the prophets’ lives, the virtue of mercy, scholars as guides, strength in numbers, optimism, and the need for having a sound heart. (Duration: 1 hour, 4 min)
Who has rights upon us? And who do we have rights upon? Imam Siraj Wahhaj speaks about the right you have to Allah (swt).
On the authority of Mu’aadh bin Jabal, a companion of the Prophet Muhammed who said :
“I was riding with the Prophet, sitting behind him, when he said to me, “O Mu’aadh! Do you know what is Allah’s right over His slaves, and what is the slave’s right over Allah?”.
I said, “Allah and His Messenger know Best.”
He said, “The Right of Allah over the slaves, is that they should worship Him alone and not associate anything with Him, while the right of the slaves over Allah is that He will not punish (on the Day of Judgment) whoever does not associate with Him.”
Collected by al-Bukhari, Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, Ahmed & Ibn Majah
Discussing and answering the questions: Why should I believe that Allah (SWT) created me? Why should I choose to worship Allah (SWT) over everything else? Why should I place my faith in Him? How do I find myself, my purpose, my goals through worshiping Allah?
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.
Imam Zaid Shakir delivers a Khutbah about returning to divine guidance. This sermon was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, April 27th, 2018.
Surah Duha was a powerful, emotional message to the Prophet (S) about relying on Allah. Mufti Hussain Kamani tells its story. Recorded at the 2015 MSA National Convention in Chicago, IL on September 4, 2015.
We want to “know” God, but as finite beings we are veiled from His Sublime Essence by His Attributes, which are in themselves beyond the capacity of human understanding. We do however everyday witness and experience His Actions in the created world. How can we open our eyes to this reality to make us closer to Him? Beyond describing some of His Attributes on an intellectual level, can we as servants of God ever taste their meanings with our heart?
In this video, Ustadh Nouman revisits the story of Prophet Dawoud (AS) through his reading of a famous incident recounted in Surah Sad. He explains how our correct understanding of the life and character of Dawoud (AS) was tarnished by a false interpretation of this incident in the Hebrew scripture, and that a careful study reveals that Allah sent these ayat to refute the false accusations they made against him regarding his alleged scheme to take the wife of one of his military commanders. Allah reveals that the true story of Dawoud is that he was a deeply faithful prophet who always humbled himself to Allah and, despite his great power, kept going back to Allah in repentance. The moral of his encounter with the two conflicting brothers in this parable is that if we are ever in a position to arbitrate between two people, we must always listen carefully to both sides and never allow our whims to effect our judgment.
Is the glass half empty or half full? It is a common expression, used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half-full) or pessimism (half-empty). The answer to this question has nothing to do with the liquid in the glass, but has everything to do with perceptions and attitude. Ustadh Usama Canon discusses about the role of submission and reliance upon Allah, and relate how hope and reliance upon Allah Almighty is directly related to personal strength and perseverance.
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.
Imam Zaid Shakir emphasizes the importance to have internal belief that Allah (God) is sufficient as a protector of one’s livelihood and honor. The believer should be diligent and strive to be a living embodiment of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) message for mankind. Imam Zaid Shakir’s Khutbah at The Lighthouse Mosque Oakland CA Jan. 25th 2013
Why would Allah ask someone, who had suffered so much, to give up the only things he had in his life?
For Eid ul Adha 2010, Haroon Moghul delivered this khutbah (sermon) at the Islamic Center at New York University. This khutbah was prompted by the endlessly rich theme of tawhid as it connects Abraham’s life, peace be upon him, from his destroying the idols in his city, as a very young man, to his being asked by God to take the life of his son, an outrageous request whose very power derives from the fact of its unbelievable nature (God is asking him to take the life of not only an innocent, but his own flesh and blood).
Can we tell this story in a way that makes sense to us, as Americans and Westerners? What do King George, the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, and democracy, have to do with monotheism? How does Stephen Hawking fit in? What does this story of the great Prophet, peace be upon him, mean? Can a person take that most loved to him? Why would God ask anyone to do that, and what does it say about Abraham’s character, his faith, and our purpose in life?
Imam Suhaib Webb’s lecture at Kumpulan Karangkraf, Shah Alam, Malaysia on the 5th October 2011.
In this lecture, Imam Suhaib discusses three main questions pertaining to the question “Where do we begin?” Where do we begin with Allah (swt)? Where do we begin with the Prophet Muhammad? Where do we begin with Islam itself?