Imam Zaid Shakir gives a talk in Ramadan 2012 about fasting, worship, and attaining forgiveness. He reads from Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali’s book “Lata’if al-Ma’arif fa ma li Mawam al-Azim min al-Wadha’if” (“The Subtleties of Knowledge Concerning What Each Season Contains of Religious Duties”).
Imam Zaid spoke at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on July 30, 2012.
Ramadhan – the month of mercy, in which the Qur’an was revealed, when good deeds are multipled, the gates of Paradise are open, Shaytan is locked away and Muslims have to fast from dawn to sunset. It is the most anticipated month in the Islamic calendar and these are some of the many reasons why. When such an opportunity to gain extra reward and seek forgiveness is presented, it is wise to be in a position to take full advantage. Ustadh Bilal Assad speaks on how to prepare and equip ourselves mentally, spiritually and emotionally for this most blessed of months.
As human beings we are responsible, but we do also make mistakes and we are constantly in need of forgiveness. This lecture by Shaykh Omar Suleiman looks at the art of forgiveness and why it is important to the human essence.
Brother Mohammad delivers this wonderful khutbah on the topic of repentance. He mentions that even the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, who is free from sin makes istighfar (seeking forgiveness) at least 70 times a day. Tune in to this great lecture.
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?
Help! I’m drowning in my sins. How do we fight the urge to stop breathing and fight to keep swimming? We are human and we all sin, it is inevitable. However, we can ensure that we are protecting ourselves from falling into the same sins over and over again. We often find ourselves too deep, feeling alone as if we’re drowning and there’s no escape. In Surat Zumar Aya 22 Allah (swt) tells us: “So is one whose breast Allah has expanded to [accept] Islam and he is upon a light from his Lord [like one whose heart rejects it]? Then woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of Allah. Those are in manifest error.” Allah (swt) brings the light into our hearts by reminding us of our faith.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a tough situation where we have been hurt or offended by someone else. Forgiveness is part of Islam and doing it is hard. Mufti Menk explains the benefits of doing this great act that is pleasing to Allah.
Ramadan, the month of uncountable blessings and a golden opportunity for a Muslim to elevate himself spiritually and get even closer to his Creator; is a time of the year like no other. Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan explains in detail the historical background of Ramadan and reasons why Muslims are the chosen ones to be blessed with such unique gift, in an exclusive 2-day event at FANAR on 27th – 28h June 2013.
How would you live your last day? How would you talk? How would you pray? How would you work? How would you eat? What would you do? Mufti Menk shares advice on being prepared for our death. This was a Kuthba at Masjid Uthman delivered on 14th June 2013.
Imam Zaid Shakir discusses the beautiful opportunity of fasting the entire month of Ramadan and its reward. He stresses that it is a month of mercy, forgiveness, building a store house of good deeds, and liberation from the fire of hell.
This lecture is from “JIMAS Conference 2010: Healing the Heart – Strengthening our Dignity”. The lecture is entitled “Battlefield Heart: The Assault of Sins” and is introduced by Shaykh Abu Muntasir (Chief Executive of JIMAS) and delivered by Shaykh Hesham al-Awadi (Kuwait).
The talk is the about Mercy. The speaker touches the hearts with stories of the companins and how they never lost hope in the Mercy of Allah. This lecture inspires us to repentance (Tawbah) and to make a change for the better.
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