We are the best of nations, but are we living up to it? Are we the best worker at our jobs? The best neighbors in our neighborhoods? The best students? The best people? We can’t be ordinary. We must be extraordinary!
Imam Zaid Shakir discusses a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) narrated by Abu Thar (RA), be mindful of Allah, a good action clears a misdeed, and treat people with good character.
When things happen in our lives we general react in a specific way. The way we react is most often related to how we have been taught to react. How did the Prophet (s) react? What was his way of reacting to events in his life? Mufti Menk explains.
This khutba takes a look at 10 signs of good character mentioned in the commentary of Imam al-Munawi. They are:
1. Rarely engaging in arguments
2. Treaty people fairly
3. Not seeking out people’s faults/mistakes
4. Thinking best of what appears from people’s mistakes
5. Seeking people’s forgiveness
6. Bearing harm from others
7. Reproaching one’s self
8. Focusing on one’s own faults
9. Having a cheerful presence
10. Speaking well
“And indeed, you are of a great character. “(Surah Qalam, 68:4)
More radiant than the full moon, the Messenger of God was the embodiment of the Qur’anic message, a “walking Qur’an” that illuminated a world mired in spiritual darkness. Previous Muslim civilizations recognized the values derived from his spiritual grace, incorporating these principles in their everyday world. How can we reinvigorate our communities moving forward to be paragons of Prophetic virtue and excellence yet again?
Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad tackles the topic of ethics and what it means within the context of Islam. He begins with a fundamental point; that in the foundation of Islam as with other great faiths the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, was no mere theoriser; he laid down no well outlined manifestos or texts titled ‘ethics’. Instead he, foremost amongst the greats of the religion, took history by the horns and changed it for the better in a natural way. It was up to those who followed, up to our day, to discover the spirit of how the Prophet was able to take his people and turn them around in an unprecedented time and manner. Many who followed him tried to find that subtle thing, that charisma, that made people hand over the keys to their hearts to him in a way that unified a land that had never been brought together before. It is revealing to note what his wife A’isha – may Allah be pleased with her – said about him: kana khuluquhu al-Quran, his character was that of the Qur’an. The message of Islam is thus intertextual, in a way the book and the messenger and two facets of the same thing. Thus the Sheikh notes that Akhlaq, ‘character traits’, is the Islamic term for ethics.
The Sheikh outlines the current polarities of the age, where a post-Enlightenment West claiming to have found a Universal basis for ethics that apply to all human beings clashes with an often Muslim world that is seen as puritanical and backward. Sheikh Abdal Hakim goes on to see whether the virtues of the the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, can go some way to bridging this divide that is felt so keenly in contemporary society.
With the rise of advanced technology and communication, we have found ourselves in a state where we spend a lot of our time engaging in idle talk. This has opened doors to a lot of different influences coming together, making slander and gossip much more commonplace. Apathy towards the consequences of these sins has contributed to the greater prevalence of hypocrisy among the youth. We now see people carelessly advising others without sincere intentions, preaching without practicing, calling each other “hypocrites”, and backbiting others without being aware of the heavy repercussions. The fear of being hypocritical has disappeared from the hearts of the people today, whereas during the time of the Prophet PBUH, that fear was always present among the companions.
When applying for a job or trying join an organization or other similar examples we try to get recommendations from individuals who we think will help us attain this goal. What about Allah’s recommendations? Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan explains.
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.
Allah (swt) described Muhammad (pbuh) saying [We have not sent you except as a mercy to the worlds] (21:107). Islam by its beliefs (‘Aqidah), legislature (Shari’ah), and rituals (Ibadah) aims at perfecting the morals, enhancing the character, and upgrading the behavior with self and others on both the individual and social levels. There is an inseparable relationship between creed and moral system so our dealings with people is a reflection to our hidden beliefs. Allah set forth rules and regulations (Shari’ah) to guarantee the healthy living environment for everyone. Islamic civilization is a clear witness on that.
Mufti Nazim Mangera discusses the important topic of domestic violence from multiple Islamic sources. Everyone needs to hear this lecture. In it, he also clarifies some misconceptions about a Quranic verse which is misinterpreted by some Muslims. Also, he strongly encourages the listeners to never hit their wife. The best of us are those who will NEVER hit their wife.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spoke on the absolute impermissibility of domestic violence, the importance of the rights of others, the grave consequences of wrongdoing, and upholding the excellence of character in his Friday Sermon at the Brampton Islamic Centre, December 09, 2011. He shows clearly how there is absolutely no place for domestic violence–nor any unjust or wrongful conduct–in the religion of Islam; and that the Prophetic way is to uphold excellence of character, as a means of seeking the acceptance and pleasure of God.
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)
Hamza Yusuf implores the audience to consider the major crisis of our time: the disillusion of the human soul itself. He then presents a program based on a hadith in which the Prophet (P) said, “I was sent to perfect noble character.” In this context, he outlines the two primary concerns of the Muslim, the heart and the limbs, and the need to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet (P) by utilizing his divinely-inspired methodology to guard them.
Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an (68:4); “And verily you (Oh Muhammad) are on an exalted standard of character”. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “I was sent to perfect and complete the good character”. In a time when the character and behavior of only a few ‘Muslims’ is actually destroying the image of the religion of Islam and it’s followers, it is vital as Muslims to look to the example of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and adopt it into our lives, for it was through his good manners and character that many reverted to Islam.