During 2010, in a collaborative effort for Islamic Awareness, The Islamic Diversity Centre (IDC) teamed up in conjunction with Northumbria University Islamic Society to bring iERA speakers AbdurRaheem Green & Hamza Tzortzis to deliver a powerful and dynamic lecture on God: Delusion or Truth?
What should our approach be to calling people to Islam in the West? As Muslims living here, what is the best way to share this beautiful faith that we possess with the general American population. Shaykh Saad will be extracting some lessons from the Meccan phase of Dawah and drawing parallels between the Meccan phase of Dawah to our situation today as a minority of the population.
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!
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.
Dr. Umar discusses how the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to this world to deliver the message of Islam for all humanity. It is now our job to contiue this work and to spread it to all.
[… but We made it a light whereby We guide those of Our worshipers whom We will …] Ash-Shura (42:52).
The light of the Quran is the absolute infallible light which Allah ﷻ sent to mankind to illuminate their way traveling on the path of life. There is no doubt in its authenticity, guidance, and relevance for all places and times. As heirs of its guidance and bearers of its divine light to the world, we carry the responsibility of protecting and living the Qur’an, the light to the world.
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.
Imam SIraj Wahhaj talks about Jesus in Islam. A common unknown fact amongst Christians and members of other faiths is that Islam and Muslims hold the Prophet Jesus, son of Mary, very high. Imam Siraj Wahhaj teaches us about Jesus in Islam.
When polled, most Americans say they do not know a Muslim. More than 80 percent of media coverage about Islam and Muslims is negative, and Muslims have often found themselves at the center of social and political debate. When it comes to Muslim Americans, the narrative is more often created about our community by the media and by politicians, not by Muslim Americans themselves. If American Muslims do not define themselves individually and collectively, they leave themselves vulnerable to being defined by others.
Imam Omar Suleiman reminds us our duty towards humanity in giving them relief from this world with the guidance of Islam and with our help in their time of need. This lecture took place on April 3, 2011.
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.
Sometimes some of us work very hard for Islam and doing Islamic work but end up burning out. How do we remain dedicated and consistent with our work for Islam? Shaykh Yaser Birjas answers this question.
Some try to insult him, but ending up insulting themselves. His name is known to the world. He is beloved by some and hated by others. He left a legacy that no man before him nor any man after him has ever left. He changed the world upside down. He is a man that the world has never seen the likes of. Muslims would sacrifice their lives out of their love for him. But does this man, this Prophet, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), have anything to offer to the non-Muslim Western world? Can he be a role model even in the modern West? Join Yusha Evans in his emotional and engaging lecture from Peace Conference Scandinavia, about Muhammed: The Role Model for the West.
How much time have we dedicated and committed to working for our akhirah? What are we doing with our lives day to day to please Allah? Imam Omar Suleiman inspires us in this lecture to take action by looking at the story of Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him.
As part of Islamic Awareness Week, the MSA at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) held its Friday khutbah in a public place as a means of dawah, and invited Sh. Yasir Qadhi to deliver the sermon. Join Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi as he talks about some of the problems that Muslims face in modern times and the role of a Muslim in a Non-Muslim society.
Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya discusses how women have a very important role in the mission of calling people to Allah citing from historical examples from the seerah and Islamic history of women scholars in Islam.
In this halaqah, Imam Suhaib Webb reflects on the current political and social environment Islam and Muslims currently face in America and the West in general regarding Islamophobia and violent extremism.
Mufti Ismail ibn Musa Menk delivers a lecture on the preciousness of our time here and our duty to tell as much people as possible about the message of Islam and to better ourselves as much as possible in preparing to meet the Creator.
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.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discusses passages from Surah Nouh and Surah Jummah. People of Nouh (as) didn’t believe even after 950 years of dawah. Compare this as compared to Jinns who were merely passing by when they heard the words of the Qur’an that they became Muslim just by hearing a few ayaat.
Abu Abdissalam shares his story of his journey to becoming a better Muslim via reading a simple booklet about the Qur’an and science. He then shares a story from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) on dawah and being merciful.
Musa, known as Moses in the Old Testament, is a prophet, messenger, lawgiver and leader in Islam. In Islamic tradition instead of introducing a new religion, Moses is regarded by Muslims as teaching and practicing the religion of his predecessors and confirming the scriptures and prophets before him. The Quran states that Moses was sent by Allah (one God) to the Pharaoh of Egypt and the Israelites for guidance and warning. Moses is mentioned more in the Quran than any other individual, and his life is narrated and recounted more than that of any other prophet. According to Islam, all Muslims must have faith in every prophet which includes Moses and his brother Aaron (Harun). Nouman Ali Khan introduces us to Prophet Moses in this brief talk.
In his final address to the non-Muslim participants of the New Mexico educational retreat, Abdal Hakim looks at the other aspects of the long-standing historical interaction of the three Abrahamic faiths, such as the transmission of science, technology, and philosophical ideas from the Islamic world to the Western world. Islam in the middle ages was a very successful commercial and material civilization and this fact combined with the Muslim’s strategic geographic positions allowed for such a profound influence and contribution. The speaker looks at the economic/cultural/scientific contributions in the areas of maritine navigation and exploration, agriculture, music, poetry, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, chemistry, and much more. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar).
In this talk the speaker engages the audience in a discussion of traditional as well as contemporary Christian understandings of Islam and vice-versa. A highly detailed and scholarly look into this very complex subject. Murad’s firm command of the English language, his structured presentation, and his vast knowledge and resources cited make this lecture unparalleled by any of its kind. He concludes this talk by revealing his own observant views of Muslim-Christian relations and the need to move forward in mutual tolerance and respect. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: the black stone, St. Thomas Aquinas’ harsh views of Islam, Ivan The Terrible, William Montgomery Watt, Catholic views, women’s views of a gender-specific God, God as love, and the hajj.
Abdal Hakim Murad looks at Islam as part of a wider family of faiths and analyzes what it shares and what it doesn’t share with its two great predecessors. This comparison is made on several fronts namely salvation history, Islamic law vs. Jewish law, scriptural overlap between the Hebrew Bible and the Qur’an, the figures of Jesus (P) and the Virgin Mary (P), and Muslim-Christian interaction throughout history. This lecture is part of a series which is great for both Muslims and non-Muslims as Abdal Hakim approaches the subject from a highly intellectual perspective. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: God’s covenant, the “chosen” people, prophecy, ancient Christian antisemitism, the Kaaba, and circumcision.
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Kemal El-Mekki gives us some tips on giving Dawah in the west. These days, Dawah is becoming more and more important to Muslims living in the West. With so much misinformation splashed around about Islam and Muslims. It’s time we increase our knowledge and be prepared to rectify this misinformation, whether it be our neighbours, work colleagues or school friends.