My mind is reeling, my heart shattered. Across the Muslim world, masjids are being shut down, not by outside enemies, but by us ourselves as a result of precautionary measures against the coronavirus.
This means we need to convert our houses into places of worship. We need to fortify our walls with dhikr; we need to raise our voices with the Quran inside of our homes. The worship of Allah MUST continue with even more fervour!!
The days ahead will test our faith and expose our weaknesses. Strengthen your relationship with Allah; increase your dhikr and Quran and stockpile on good deeds before you become preoccupied with other matters that will come your way.
Prepare spiritually before your prepare logistically (and yes, BOTH are needed).
A simple checklist from the Quran and Sunnah (with brief references and allusions):
1) Renewing our faith ما يفعل الله بعذابكم إن شكرتم وامنتم
2) Repentance ثم لم يتوبوا
2) Softening of the heart ألم يأن للذين أمنوا أن تخشع قلوبهم لذكر الله
3) Awareness of death أكثروا من ذكر هاذم اللذات
4) Sincere dua فلولا إذ جائهم بأسنا تضرعوا
5) Mercy for the creation ارحموا من في الأرض
*Obviously, this is only some of what is required from the spiritual side, and one must still take the necessary physical precautions as well.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discusses how we have to look at the bigger picture whenever we look at all the problems we face in life. He explains how we can do this by explaining what Allah tells us about this.
How do we get through tragedies like the New Zealand terrorist attack? There are other tragedies that have happened in the past and that are happening currently. How can we remain faithful in these trying times?
The trials we face in life have the capacity to leave deep emotional scars, making it increasingly difficult to go through life. We start having thoughts like why does Allah allow us to experience this pain if he is the most merciful? How do we reconcile these thoughts before they manifest as spite and anger toward Allah?
When making important decisions such as picking the right college, committing to a new career, or even choosing the right spouse, it’s easy to become deceived by what ‘looks’ shiny. It can be harder to make the right choice, but one way to overcome uncertainty in decision making is to consult the Best of Planners, Allah. How can we see past the good looks or well-built resumes to know things for what they really are?
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.
Mufti Hussain Kamani talks about how the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, transformed people to what they themselves couldn’t think they were capable of doing or being. This is one of the blessings of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and following his way. Through it people can be changed for the better.
There has been a sense of hopelessness since the November elections, but we are not alone. The Quran mentions the stories of the previous prophets and messengers to ease our hearts and give us guidance for handling tough situations like the ones they passed through. But we must trust in Allah’s plan. This session will teach us how to trust in Allah’s plan.
Sh. Yasir Qadhi connects stories from the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the companions (may Allah be pleased with them) with the “butterfly effect” on how we can change ourselves for the better.
Sometimes we find ourselves losing hope in ourselves and/or the situation in the world. Dr. Altaf Husain inspires us with examples from the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, to not despair.
Hope is a command of Allah. Hope is a sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. What is this hope and how do we have it? Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda explains why it is important never to lose hope in Allah.
Challenges should not deter us. They should bolster our determination to pursue what is good. While we may be living during trying times, we must remember that Allah promised to support the believers. We must stand strong and keep our trust in Allah.
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.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) made his famous statement, “don’t be sad, Allah is with us” to Abu Bakr to calm him. A similar statement was made by Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) when he reassured his people of Allah’s support, even when all hope seems lost. It’s a statement that gets to the core belief that no one can save you from harm. Only Allah can protect you. As American Muslims face an uncertain future, it’s important to keep this ayah in mind.
Is the glass half empty or half full? It is a common expression, used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half-full) or pessimism (half-empty). The answer to this question has nothing to do with the liquid in the glass, but has everything to do with perceptions and attitude. Ustadh Usama Canon discusses about the role of submission and reliance upon Allah, and relate how hope and reliance upon Allah Almighty is directly related to personal strength and perseverance.
Allah’s support to His faithful servants is an assured promise, but we need to acquire the characteristics of the believers. With the many problems happening in the United States and around the world, whether it’s social, political, or financial, sometimes we become hopeless, but trust God and be patient. Yet, Allah has promised us success and we need to acknowledge that always. “….Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us.”….. (9:40) This session gives a prescription for acquiring steadfastness and directs take home messages on maintaining our commitment to our Creator during our daily life actions.
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.