We live in an age where communication is heavily done through technology taking away the physical presence. This is causing an increase in confrontation and argumentation that is unhealthy for our communities and societies.
In this speech, Imam Khalid Latif gives an excellent reminder of how the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ gave everyone in his society value and importance. No one was ignored or left behind, and it is our duty to do the same and take care of those around us.
In this keynote address delivered at SeekersGuidance’s New Home benefit luncheon, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus explains the crucial role knowledge plays in bringing communities to life and the importance of sacrifice to spread knowledge.
Shaykh Yahya begins by reading a memorandum on the state of our community and the challenges its leaders face, explaining how it fits into the agenda set by their illuminated teachers: “If you can’t plow seeds, so plow the land so that it is fertile enough for the next generation to plant seeds.” He also draws attention to the vision, foresight, and sacrifice of SeekersGuidance’s founder Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.
Next, Shaykh Yahya stresses the importance of knowledge and religious education, necessary for wholistic Islamic living in the world today. He highlights the importance of building and laying foundations, and the crucial role of institutions like SeekersGuidance in preserving the wellbeing of the community.
Shaykh Yahya closes by reminding that knowledge is the number one way to bring a heart, family, community, and society to life. Knowledge should be an excuse for other things, not vice versa. We should make knowledge a priority—not only in seeking it, but in supporting initiatives spreading the knowledge which gives one one’s orientation in life.
Imam Joe Bradfords discusses how the Prophet (s) was concerned for his brothers and sisters and would visit them regularly. Nowadays we have lost touch with our community. In preparing for the upcoming month of Ramadan we should start to build brotherhood and sisterhood in our communities.
Ustadh Usama Canon speaks about serving, educating, and supporting new Muslims and the special place this cohort has in the American-Muslim community to identify issues and strengthen the community. He delivered this talk at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on August 3, 2013.
Many of us have close friends or family who are currently struggling with their deen. We care for them and we want to remind them about the importance of following the path of Allah. In hoping to strengthen their faith, many of us often have difficulty deciding on what would be the best way to approach them. Listen to Shaykh Omar Suleiman shed light on this very important topic – Compassionate Orthodoxy: Finding the Middle Path.
This lecture is from our 2018 Annual conference: My Self, My Family, Our CommUNITY in New Jersey.
Mufti Menk gives a lecture at the East London Mosque on Friday Sept. 2018 on how to bring about change in our communities and societies to become the best of people. Instead of looking at others, we should look at ourselves.
Ustadh Usama Canon gives a Khutbah about being wise about your friends and to keep company with people who elevate you and that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. This sermon was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, December 6, 2013.
“O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you fed Me not. He will say: O Lord, and how should I feed You when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so asked you for food and you fed him not? Did you not know that had you fed him you would surely have found that (the reward for doing so) with Me?” (Muslim) – Visiting the sick – Attending to the needs of needy – Helping the Helpless – Social service & feeding parallels
Inner Cities in America are struggling. Black, Latino and other less fortunate communities of color are stuck in a viscious cycle of poverty. Couple this with the issue of race in America and you have a much bigger problem on hand. How can Muslims assist in this situation? How can organizations like ICNA Relief assist in these communities. Please share reflections on the recent tensions and violence in Baltimore.
Whether we live in a small town or big city, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood or are the only Muslims on the block, it’s important to be involved and engaged in society as a whole. And that’s where our civic obligations come in. As Muslims, our Islamic duties are what push us to be involved. Whether we are temporary guests, visitors, or citizens, Islam mandates that Muslims should be an integral component part of society.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi advises us to be aware while participating for social reform and social justice we should not forget about our Islamic values and morals. He reminds us that we should link our spirituality and our deen to providing solutions to modern social issues such as the #metoo movement. Morality is changing with each generation and if we do not speak up then what may be prohibited for us will be acceptable and what is acceptable today might be prohibited tomorrow.
In this day and age in our Muslim Communities, as we celebrate at this Convention, Stories of Resilience: Strengthening the American Muslim Narrative, we need to not only highlight the successful initiatives, but also explore different challenges facing American Muslims today. It is imperative that we make progress towards our “model” masajids and how we should shape the Muslim community as we grow and move ahead. Staying true to our Islamic tradition, Muslims should be at the forefront of promoting and building an inclusive and welcoming environment to all. As we plan our expansions to our beautiful centers, and our Campus activities with exciting new projects, we need to better address the needs of our Women/Sisters even Children. Never forgetting to consider the Sick, the Disabled, the Minority, the Vulnerable and the New Revert Muslims among others. Beyond just awareness of these needs, we must offer our utmost support and serve these groups well as we integrate them fully into the fabric of our MSAs, our Shuras and Masajids. The focus should be to emulate the role of the Prophet (SAS)’s masjid and promote meaningful services and inclusion of everyone; meeting needs and growing a diverse, enriched community in the process.
Imam Suhaib Webb reminds us of our priorities as Muslims living in our current situation. We are forgetting about way of the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and getting distracted with what we believe is urgent but it isn’t.
Ivy Muslims Conference 2018 Keynote Speech. Martin Luther King spoke passionately about the beloved community. It’s a vision for a nation that has been picked up by so many over the past six decades, but what does it mean today. With political fragmentation across the country, and increasing fragmentation and tension within Muslim communities, what does the beloved community look like? What do our sacred ethics say about our role in building such a community? How is the language of beloved community reflected in our tradition and in the life of the Beloved of God. Imam Khalid Latif digs deep to give us some perspective and some answers which ought to change the way we think about our role in America and beyond.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was on the pulpit and he said:
اْر َحُمواتُْر َحُمواَواْغِفُروايَْغِفْراللَُّهلَُكْم
Be merciful to others and you will receive mercy. Forgive others and Allah will forgive you.
Let them pardon and overlook. Would you not love for Allah to forgive you? Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (24:22)
Our most beloved are usually the ones we tend to hurt the most. Ironically, they are also the hardest people to forgive or be forgiven by. Naturally, negative feelings grow more and more the longer we go without forgiving others. How can we work toward mending these relationships? More importantly, why should we forgive people that have hurt us in the first place?
Dr. Zainab Alawani’s lecture entitled “A Mother’s Advice to Her Children: The Catastrophe of the Breakdown in Marriage” from the 2nd Annual United For Change Conference themed “Our Families: Our Foundations Conference” in Montreal, Canada.
The precious advice that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ gave humanity in his last Sermon (The Sermon of Farewell) shows how much Islam values and appreciates the concepts of social equality, brotherhood, individual liberty and mutual cooperation as a guiding light for humanity fourteen centuries ago. Join us in covering these beautiful principles and discussing how we can apply them to our daily lives.
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?
Muslim families are no different than any other family in our society. All families have similar issues and concerns. What does the Qur’an say about the family and how should we act as a family. Imam Nihal Khan explains.
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?
The family of Ustadh Usama Canon announced that he has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Tributes from around the world have poured in. Here, he speaks about what it was like to face his own mortality.
The only thing that distinguishes one Muslim from another, as Nouman Ali Khan teaches us in this khutbah, is their level of fear of Allah. In Aya 11 of Surah Al-Hujuraat, Allah says that we must never make others feel inferior to us, whether because of their race or the job they do. Ustadh Nouman reminds us of how Prophet Dawoud, who was one of the greatest rulers humanity has ever known, was honored by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for eating from the toil of his own hands and how the Quran too honored him for his ability to shape metal. Despite the greatness of his kingdom, he was an ironsmith, and by dignifying him as such, Allah has dignified every kind of halal work as work in the path of Allah.
A central theme in Surah An-Nur is marriage and the main criteria for choosing a spouse. Nouman Ali Khan stresses that it is imperative in this day and age for parents to realise that the world their children live in today is completely different from theirs when they were growing up. Young people must have the freedom to meet in a dignified manner and parents must open the doors to what is halal when their children are ready for marriage because if they don’t they are, in fact, flinging the doors to the impermissible wide open. Prophet Muhammed sought refuge from an Ummah full of single men and women who are unable to get married out of social and financial concerns.
America was founded in part on the concept of religious freedom. Many today consider Muslims a grave threat to that founding principle. Is Islam incompatible with the free exercise of religion?
Recently, Shaykh Hamza contributed to the writing of the Marrakesh Declaration (2016) in Morocco affirming the rights of religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries, and met with Pope Francis in Rome to discuss the implications of this declaration.
This talk was part of a 2016 event at The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University, where Professor Farid Senzai moderated the Q&A session.
How should we, as a minority segment of society, deal with the majority? Even if we have to be different sometimes, it doesn’t mean we have to isolate ourselves from society. When it comes to practicing Islam and dealing with those who differ with us in our beliefs and practices, we need to keep in line with the dealings of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). Are there common areas where we can work together?
There is a concept that glory comes to this Ummah through approaching only the movers and shakers of society. But The Prophet (pbuh) said we are provided for in accordance with how we view the weak in our society. It is a complete paradigm shift and provides a road map to gaining the help of the Creator. It also stretches far beyond financially supporting the weak.
If we were not here, would the community we were part of miss us? Would they say we need them because of our contributions? What have we done to help our communities and our societies grow and be better? Imam Khalid Latif delivers this inspiring lecture motivating us to give back for the sake of Allah.
“And We made them leaders, guiding (men) by Our Command, and We sent them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers, and to practice regular charity;and they constantly served Us and Us only.” (21:73)
Muslims in the West are faced with the difficult task of integrating within larger society and being direct contributors to its growth and well-being. Recent issues such as the NYPD
spying scandal have challenged this integration for students. How we address these injustices and coordinate our response with the public and government at large will reflect on who we are as Muslims in America. This attitude must also translate into the influence we have on our local communities that include Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Our role must extend beyond the walls of our mosques and into the public domain where we may influence political, educational, and even social trends. Our presence will be felt if we only put forth the effort that is required. A fitting opportunity is in the upcoming election where the course of political events rests in the hands of us as voters. How we define our role in this referendum on where our country is heading will surely have an impact on people here and abroad. Join us for a discussion on the multiple roles we students play in American society.
Through the Legacy of Ibrahim (a), personified as a flourishing tree (14: 24 – 25), we find that, to live a balanced life, one must have firm roots in faith, nurture familial values, and cultivate communal success. By Inculcating Abrahamic values: obedience to Allah (swt), love for family, and a dedication to people, we hope to improve both our lives in this world, as well as the hereafter.
Mufti Hussain Kamani shares many examples from the life of the Prophet (s) and the sahaba on how they balanced their life from seeking knowledge, to their familial responsibility, working to provide for themselves and their families and the general community and society.
Shaykh Hamza gave a general talk on the changing world around us and the warnings Allah and the Prophet (s) gave us to deal with the sins around us. This was after a special prayer for rain in the San Francisco area which has experienced a serious drought over the several years.
“My Ummah will divide into seventy-three sects all of which except one will go to the Fire, and they (i.e. the Saved Sect) are those who are upon what I and My Companions are upon” ~ Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam)
One of the most oft-commented tradition of our Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that is echoed from the mimbars of every Masjid & the focus point of many conversations of our over-zealous youth. Yet many questions arise. Are the majority of the Ummah misguided?! And is every ‘deviation’ automatically bound to the Fire of Hell? And which group is the Saved Sect?
Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi answers these crucial questions, and more, in his latest lecture.
The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Among Allah’s servants are people who are neither Prophets nor martyrs, but whom the Prophets and martyrs will deem fortunate because of their high status with Allah.”
They asked: “O Messenger of Allah inform us of who they are.”
He said: “They are people who loved each other for Allah’s sake, without being related to one another or being tied to one another by the exchange of wealth. By Allah, their faces will be luminous and they will be upon light. They will feel no fear when the people will be feeling fear and they will feel no grief when the people will be grieving.” ~ (Sunan Abu Dawud)
Allah will ask on the Day of Judgement: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, (on a day when there is no shade but mine) I shall shade them with My shade.” ~ (Sahih Muslim)
The Islam brotherhood transcends cast, colour, race & nationality it is a permanent bond based on belief & acceptance of Allah as our deity & Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as His final Messenger.
Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi’s powerful talk from his trip to Trinidad on ‘Unity in the Muslim Ummah & the Islamic Brotherhood’
A talk for every Muslim, Recorded on 3rd January 2014
How many of us prostrate 5 times a day in the masjid? What is the purpose of the masjid? How often do we visit the masjid? What is the importance of the masjid? Mufti Ismail ibn Musa Menk discusses the masjid and its role in our lives.
To bring about success, all necessary elements should be covered. Maintaining the success is by no means less important than achieving it. Therefore the building process needs to be well controlled in order for the foundation to be robust and the end result will last long. This session presents the main features for the process of building the Renaissance, which includes comprehensiveness, balance, and relevance.
Countless Muslims are using the search engines of the Internet to search for a spouse. However, a quick perusal of Muslim matrimonial websites reveals how basic Islamic principles are ignored. A person’s income, race, and color – or worse yet, skin tone – are often greater considerations than a person’s piety. The pictures that accompany many “profiles” are indecent. How safe are these sites, especially for women? Why are Muslims using “virtual meat markets” to find a potential spouse? How can our communities facilitate young people’s search for a spouse? What does our religion have to say about contacting perfect strangers of the opposite sex for “love and friendship”? How can we better address the real crisis that lies beneath “Light-skinned Muslimah seeking Muslim doctor to share life with”?
Shaykh Hasan Ali discusses how we should be in the middle path and that we should work together for the common good instead of looking at our differences among Muslims from various different ideologies and backgrounds.
The ADAMS Center Youth Group and Young Muslims co-hosted a program titled “Youth: The Lifeline of a Community” with visiting scholar Imam Omar Suleiman. Sheikh Omar gave some practical steps to those in attendance to get active, take action, and make a difference in their community.
There are many youth who are active in Islamic work and concerned about their faith. There are also many youth who do not care about religion and are deterred from it by others What can we do about these youth who have been disconnected from Islam and the Muslim community? Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan explains at the 2013 ADAMS Youth Conference in Virginia, USA.
Sherman Jackson of the University of Southern California delivers a lecture entitled, “Whither the Modern Muslim: Negotiating Creed, Theology, & Spirituality”. From the Zaytuna conference, Reclaiming Our Faith: Negotiating Modern Theological Fault Lines held in Anaheim, California on May 25, 2013.
Brotherhood in Islam is a revolutionary concept. The barriers of color, caste and appearances fade away and hearts are miraculously united in the worship of that One True God. What makes a man stay up at night and make dua’ for his brother? What can make a Muslim be ready to sacrifice his wealth, his life and his personal happiness for another Muslim, without any return? Indeed, the value of this brotherhood transcends all the valuable things of this earth!
Our duty as Muslims is to represent the true meaning of Islam by reaching out to the broader community we serve, the underprivileged and underrepresented. As tensions continue to increase throughout the world, we as North American Muslims have a unique opportunity rarely found elsewhere to serve our community with assurances of security and freedom. Using the Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) as our shining example, this session aims — through diverse informed and unique speakers — to motivate inspire and move us beyond mere words and rhetoric, to truly living a way of life dedicated to serving God by serving humanity.
Ustadh Usama Canon discusses the first safe space created for Muslim converts in Mecca: Dar al-Arqam. In this story, we learn many lessons on how the Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] cared for the needs of newly-converted Muslims.
Ustadh Usama Canon Ustadh Usama Canon talk’s about the importance of the idea of creating a safe, open space for new Muslims, people interested in Islam and spirituality and/or the often marginalized youth of our Muslim community. Also, discussing why and how an open space like this is crucial to sustain and encourage Muslim students and youth to inculcate and continue an open, non-judgmental approach to inviting others to Islam, which is imperative in a pluralistic community that is often found on college campuses.
One of the greatest feats of the Last Prophet, peace upon him, was forging lasting bonds of brotherhood between the contentious and fractious tribes of Arabia. As a result of the unity established between them, they were able to take the Message of Islam to the far corners of the earth within a century. Our generation will not be able to engage in any meaningful social project unless we are united in the spirit of true brotherhood. This session examines aspects of the prophetic guidance that can foster this indispensable quality.
One-Day Seminar at IANT, Richardson TX on Nov 11, 2012. Ustadh Nouman highlighted various aspects of Quranic guidance on being a part of any Islamic organization – whether as a leader or a community member. This seminar is a great Quranic orientation for any person who becomes a shura member in any organization – a masjid board member, a volunteer at a school, a member in the college MSA.
Find the seminar webpage at http://goo.gl/zXkwG
Seminar workbook available at http://goo.gl/wg6C9
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 this Intimate Conversations video, Ta’leef founder Usama Canon and special guest Imam Suhaib Webb talk about CHANGE. In a heartfelt manner, Imam Suhaib discusses the importance of the work Ta’leef Collective is doing and how we should look at the concept of change in our community juxtaposed with the Shari’a and history of the early Muslim communities.
Our success as a community depends on the love we have for each other, understanding the issues we face, and being able to address them. Br. AbdelRahman Murphy addresses the community in Teaneck, NJ on some of these issues.
For Muslims to be united with others in this country we need to view ourselves as legitimate Americans. In this challenging lecture, Dr. Sherman Jackson examines the idea of Muslim membership in the American family and the rights and privileges accruing from that membership. Perhaps, more importantly, he examines the consequences of exclusion and marginalization for both ours and future generations of American Muslims.
Although many Muslims throughout the world are in tribulation, there seems to be a simultaneous revival taking place within the ummah today. Abdullah Hakim Quick addresses this by first reviewing some of the great Islamic revival movements of the past. He then discusses ways in which today’s ummah can have similar success despite the calamities facing it. The key to this success, as the speaker asserts, is the protection of each individual heart. Shaitan takes certain steps to capitalize on the weakness of the Muslim by utilizing ten inroads to the heart such as envy, greed, anger and haste. If Shaitan is successful, the ummah will continue to be confused and divided and, in effect, the revival will never happen. This practical presentation raises awareness of these inroads so the believer can be on guard and have hope for winning the battle against Shaitan. An important talk about protecting the heart that can serve as a starting point for real unity and revival. Other topics discussed: excessive love of food and drink, fear of poverty, dislike for those who disagree with us, the mulazima system (studying under a sheikh), making pledges, why the ummah is in such tribulation today, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab and the four schools of thought, and making hijrah today. (Duration: 1 hour, 8 min)
Many people complain about how bad things are and do not do anything about it or do not try to change anything. How do we build the motivation to make a change for the better in our lives and our communities?
In his address during the Imam’s Conference, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad makes a strong case of what the role of Imam’s is, following the difficult years that have followed 9/11. Here he talks about the need for scholars to be independent of external forces and to act in an impartial and sincere manner without marginalising the young and vulnerable. He also highlights the crises of legitimacy amongst the Ulema being the biggest challenge facing scholars. His address highlights the need for scholars to try and overcome the state of failure by doing more to build communities through the internal discourse of religion.