Allah SWT tells us in the Quran, “So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers. وَلَا تَهِنُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَنتُمُ الْأَعْلَوْنَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ – 3:139”
Sometimes our mistakes can be paralyzing, preventing us from moving forward and pursuing our goals. But when we reflect on our failures, we realize that they play an important role in guiding self-change and we can derive lessons that Allah SWT wants us to learn from our said failures. Allah SWT reminds us often that we, as Muslims, are among the high regardless of our failures, as long as we have faith in Him. So how can we overcome our fear of failure and allow our failures to be the catalysts of success and self-reflection?
Dr. Altaf Husain introduces the topic of grief through an Islamic lens. This session took place at ISNACON 2019 in Houston, Texas. Based on the article “I Should’ve Gotten Over It by Now”: Surviving the Impact of Grief on Faith: http://bit.ly/2HyFx2T
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?
Br. Yusha Evans gives the Eid al Adha 1440/2019 khutbah and reminds us the importance of following what Allah says even if it is hard or difficult citing the example of the story of Prophet Ibrahim (alyhisalam).
Referring to the Israelites in Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah stresses that like them, we are in real danger that our hearts will harden even though the Quran is in our hands and we recite it in prayer. In the same surah, Allah teaches us how to protect our hearts from this, first by maintaining a deep connection with our creator, which in turn will improve our relationships with close family; then by always speaking well of people, followed by establishing the prayer and finally giving zakat. Salat is the means by which our worship of Allah and goodness to others is reinforced. The consequences of a hardened heart are grave, leading to a strong warning from Allah in ayah 85 against those who believe in some parts of His book and choose to deny or ignore others, if it doesn’t serve their interests. The compensation for such extremists on both sides (those obsessed with the superficial aspects of religion or those who fail to observe even the most basic rites) is humiliation in this life and the worst of jahannam in the afterlife. Such behavior damages the Ummah at large because it makes Islam itself appear contradictory.
In this address, Dr. Ingrid Mattson explores the concept of faith (iman) and some of its fruits it presents in the believer’s heart, mind, and actions. Faith, she explains, offers hope in spite of the harm in the world and shows us which actions are good for us. She points out that suffering is not contrary to faith, which is certainty in God. Another fruit of faith, she adds, is happiness—both in this life and in the Hereafter.
Dr. Mattson explains how faith offers both material and spiritual purpose, offering identity, direction, and certainty in action. It offers perspective, because justice and mercy are guaranteed by Allah. She closes by shedding light on what Allah seeks from us in our relationships with Him and with creation.
This talk was delivered on the 27th night of Ramadan 2018 at SeekersHub Toronto.
Shaykha Muslema Purmul discusses the components of our faith-based “moral compass” to help navigate our life goals and activities for living a serene life and reaching our final destination successfully. What are the limits and boundaries we should be aware of whenever we are at a crossroads so we will do not lose direction?
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.
We do not realize this but being a believer in Allah and a follower of a Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is a tremendous blessing. We often take it for granted and do not realize the blessing of being a Muslim. Shaykh AbdulBary Yahya explains.
Imam Suhaib Webb joined the MCC congregation in which he offered his thoughts and spiritual insights on where to go now and addressed post-election jitters. HIs talk was given at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay in Pleasanton, California on Sunday, November 27, 2016.
For those who are born and raised Muslim and never had to really struggle to practice Islam there may be times where you feel that you are not as connected to Allah as you would like due to the ease you have of being Muslim and practicing Islam. Imam Omar discusses how we can prevent this feeling and if we do have this feeling how to rectify it.
With worldwide chaos and tribulation and increasing attacks on the foundations of religion itself, it is not surprising to hear of a crisis of faith—we may be having doubts ourselves. Is faith naturally congruent with our intellect or does skepticism and introspection erode it? How do we develop strength in our faith that brings us into harmony with the world around us?
What are some of the things that hinder us from being a better Muslim? How can we overcome them? Shaykh Yasir Fahmy explains this looking at the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
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?
As Muslims, it is not enough to say “We are Muslims because we are born Muslims” or “We are Muslim because that’s what our family practices.” Islam truly is a complete way of life that gives us the roadmap to integrate god-consciousness into everything we do.
Belief is not just a word we may utter, but it is a complete package with obligations and duties. Allah tests how truthful are we to our verbal claim of belief. Allah is always with those who maintain close connection to him during those trials. The results of the recent US presidential elections sent a message to American Muslims to get up and be ready for an incoming test.
What are the signs and traits of those who believe in Allah and His Messenger Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him? Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya explains the answers to this question. Lecture delivered in Gallipoli Mosque, Sydney, Australia.
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus discusses the importance of building ourselves in order to persevere in this world and it’s tribulations. This talk was delivered at the Muslim Association of Hamilton as part of the Age of Anger – Southern Ontario Tour, April 2017.
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ warned us that “the time will come on my Ummah where the one who will be holding on his deen will be like the one who is holding on a hot burning piece of coal”. Even today it is hard for our children to hold onto faith, what about our grandchildren and generations to come? Do we think they will say “La Illaha Illa Allah”? How can we keep the flame of faith alive in our grandchildren and in future generations?
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and others discuss what faith-based narratives have the potential to emphasize the value of pluralism while promoting a sense of belonging and unity? This took place in Davos, Switzerland at the 2018 World Economic Forum
Everyone of us has the power to achieve greatness. We are all blessed by Allah with the ability to follow the way of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). How do we find this?
Everyone of us has the power to achieve greatness. We are all blessed by Allah with the ability to follow the way of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). How do we find this?
Shaykh Yahya highlights that the greatest gift that we have been given, is the gift of faith because enables us to live a life of purpose. Faith is also the greatest gift we can give to the modern world in which we live. As people move further and further away from belief, resulting in a state of agitation and a state of panic. Faith (iman) is related to security (amn). With faith one finds security in their Lord who absolutely sustains and takes care of everything from its beginning to its fruition.
Shaykh Yahya reminds us that history is in good hands. The umma of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is granted mercy. There are many things of this deen and in this world that one cannot fully understand or comprehend the wisdom of, until they take into consideration the afterlife, and see how it plays out in the next life.
With all the great calamities, suffering and tribulations happening around the world, it gives one solace to know that their Lord is Just. Everyone who has been wronged will be fully gifted their right on the day of judgement. Therefore, we have to view everything from two perspectives simultaneously: from the perspective of faith and the unfolding of Divine decree, as well as from of perspective of judging particular incidents outwardly from the standpoint of the sacred law (shari’a).
Shaykh Yahya reminds us that this world is perishing and that death is a transition into the next life. Therefore we should always keep the next life in perspective. He urges us to respond to the Divine decree with total submission out of recognizing that Allah is truly in total control.
Shaykh Yahya finally reminds us that every Muslim is looked upon as a representative of Islam. Therefore, we have to have principled engagement with the society in order to bring forth the beauty of faith. This means that every individual Muslim needs to first immerse themselves in the meanings of iman, isalm and ihsan and then engage with the world. Bringing forth the light of the sunna of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) through our state of being is much more eloquent than speech about Islam. We should live that light, and spread that light freely by seeing ourselves as the servants of humanity. If we do this, we will truly see amazing things.
This Friday Khutba was delivered at the London Muslim Mosque (http://www.londonmosque.ca/) as part of the Age of Anger – Southern Ontario Tour, April 2017.
Many of us are blessed to be Muslim and many are even blessed to be born and raised in a Muslim family and community. How do we continue to remain a strong believer and continue to believe? Dr. Bilal Philips explains.
In today’s hyper consumerist societies, where effortless instant gratification is the norm, it is easy for those whose faith is weak to stray from the path of Allah. Those whose faith is literally “on the edge”, weighed down by unanswered questions and unresolved emotions, are ready to fall off when faced with life’s inevitable trials and tribulations. But at such times of personal and public crisis, says Nouman Ali Khan, we must remember that the purpose of those tests is to draw those with strong faith closer to Allah, who has a plan for everybody. Both Yacoub (AS) and Musa’s mother lost a child but despite their agony, and because they both had unshakable faith, the former was reunited with his son after many years while the latter was returned to his mother within hours. When we question Allah’s design we miss the core truth that reality will only submit to us when we submit ourselves to Allah. This is ultimately the path to inherit paradise.
There are many lessons to learn from the story of Prophet Musa (AS) and his confrontation with Pharaoh as recounted in Surah Taha. When Allah charged Musa to face Pharaoh and free the Israelites, says Nouman Ali Khan, Pharaoh had already launched a propaganda campaign against him. His counter message was that Musa and his brother Harun were magicians who wanted to drive you out of your land and that you must defend our way of life because it is the best and doesn’t need any improvement. In short he sold the people an artificial patriotism that only benefitted him and his small clique. Yet despite the odds and despite his fear, Musa confronts Pharaoh and overcomes him. This is a reminder that propaganda has always existed and that politicians instilling fear of an imaginary enemy is nothing new. The Quran has taught us about that so we would be mentally prepared. Don’t feel intimidated and know that this is a test of your eman.
As believers, how do we respond to calamity? In his answer to this crucial question, Nouman Ali Khan delves into the meaning of the word “musiba” in Arabic, which is used strategically in the Quran to denote that whatever it is that has struck you, could never have happened to anyone else at any other time. It is your own, personal test. The Quran also distinguishes between two types of unfortunate situations, those over which we have no control and others which we brought upon ourselves. But where do we draw the line between what is in Allah’s hands and what is our fault? The Quran answers that on a simple premise: That Allah is whatever you assume Him to be. If you genuinely believe that he is the all-merciful, then at times of difficulty you must be unwavering in our faith that if Allah plans something for you, even if it’s painful, you must know that He is doing it out of love. When you trust and maintain your reliance in Him, Allah will give you the greatest gift of all: he will guide your heart to the right path and give you peace of mind.
This Khutbah was recorded in Langkawi, Malaysia on October 28th 2016
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s powerful emaan lifting intellectual talk on the topic reconciling between reason and revelation & the role of Intellect in Islam based on the writings of ibn Taymiyyah – from Muslimska Familjedagarna (Muslim Family Days) in Stolkholm Sweden.
In a well-known Hadith the Prophet Muhammad, Blessings and Peace upon him, once asked his companions, who was bankrupt among his nation. They proceeded to mention the one lacking material means. He, peace upon him, responded that the truly bankrupt person was one lacking righteous deeds on the Day of Resurrection, while having insulted, slandered and demeaned others. Imam Suhaib will examine the implications of this Hadith and discuss its relevance for our lives and times. He will situate that discussion in the context of a deeper examination of the idea of religious poverty.
A lecture in which Shaykh Khalid Yasin focuses primarily on the youth, taking them back to the heart of Islam believing in the oneness of God and fearing Him wherever they may be. Khalid Yasin also advises the youth on ways to improve themselves and possibly become the soldiers of Islam. The lecture also includes a short talk from World Champion Boxer Hajj Nasim Hamed.
In this session, Hamza Yusuf takes a traditional approach to this science based on the teachings he received while studying in West Africa. The result is a rich and refreshing look at exactly how the Muslim goes about making his or her experience in the world a thing of beauty so one can truly contribute to the human condition in a positive way. He begins this discussion by placing the concept of “ihsan” in the context of the contemporary political scene in the Muslim world to show how important this concept is for the proper practice of Islam and what happens when it is neglected. Then he defines “ihsan” and analyzes ways in which the Muslim can go about recapturing the station of “ihsan” enjoyed for so long by the early generations of Muslims. A useful talk for non-Muslims on the topic of Islamic spirituality and a vital lesson for Muslims about how to regain the deeper understanding and appreciation of their own tradition. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: the highest act of making beautiful, the fountainhead of all misdeeds, back-biting, obsession with young age, arrogance, remembering death, and the most hidden of all blessings.
An in-depth exploration into the concept of “iman” (or faith) in Islam, and its application and implication for human beings in general and for those who call themselves Muslims. This near three-hour session is an intense survey of the human condition in the world today and what the human being must believe, from the Islamic perspective, in order to have hope for security and peace in this life and the hereafter. These objects of belief, which are known as the “articles of faith” in Islam, are what’s at the core of this highly stimulating lecture. These six articles are: belief in the one God, the revealed books, the prophets and messengers, the angels, predestination, and the Day of Judgment. An amazing session that also makes many comparisons to the Judeo-Christian understanding of God’s imminence, salvation, and other very relevant issues pertaining to faith. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: the fitrah (the natural desire to believe in one God), the human intellect, faith vs. disbelief, deja-vu, heedlessness, the transcendence and imminence of God, negation and affirmation within the human psyche, the nafs (the commanding self, the regretful self, and the peaceful self), the philosophical problem of evil in the world, Salmon Rushdie and capital punishment, the five objectives of the Islamic law, inheritance laws, homosexuality, the desire for massive stimulation, the stages of life, the after-death experience, God’s mercy and wrath, suicide, slandering prophets, and Muslim countries today implementing Islamic law.
A unique look at how the Islamic tradition articulates itself, irrespective of how it has been practiced by its people. In a strategic and tactful manner, Hamza Yusuf makes clear the whole concept of “islam” by analyzing the profound meaning of the word as it is explained in the Holy Qur’an. He then moves into a descriptive examination of the Islamic teaching by thoroughly explaining the fundamental practices of Islam: prayer, zakat (obligatory alms-giving), fasting, and hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca). These series of lectures have been immensely popular due, in large part, to the atmosphere created by the classroom-style format and the interaction and engagement by the speaker with the non-Muslim audience. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: the meanings of “surah” and “ayat”, submitting when death comes, religion as self-deception, development and discipline of children, the four seasons as a metaphor for the cosmology of life, determining the prayer times using the sun, women in the mosque, women in the home, wudu (ablution), why pork is forbidden, want vs. need, envy, obeying the laws of the land in which you live, revolution in Islam, symbols in Islam, and going to extremes in practice.