Allah explains in the Qur’an why it is difficult for the polytheists to accept Islam. How did the Prophet (s) deal with this? This khutbah was given at the Islamic Association of North Texas on May 13, 2016.
Read: the first word to be revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Even if this was the only reference to seeking knowledge in Islam, the fact that it is was chosen as the first word of the Quran to be revealed to humankind would be enough to demonstrate its utter magnitude. With the proper intention and etiquette, seeking knowledge is one of the greatest acts of worship. Today, there are few better ways to strengthen ourselves and our community than by seeking knowledge of our faith and the world — and then implementing and passing that knowledge on.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf reminds us of the nature of this world and to protect ourselves by focusing on Allah and the way of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in seeking knowledge that is beneficial for ourselves, our families and our communities.
In this critical and timely talk, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus emphasizes and highlights the urgency of the preservation and dissemination of knowledge, which is the Prophetic inheritance. He continues to explain that Imam al-Ghazali highlighted three principles in his magnum opus, Ihya Ulum al-Din (Revival of the Religious Sciences), that are meant to bring about renewal of faith in people: knowledge, devotion and service.
According to Shaykh Yahya, establishing SeekersHub and other institutions of Islamic knowledge is the most important obligation of this time and fulfills these principles. “Learning the sciences of the Sacred Law, with an unbroken chain in the established traditional way, while utilizing the beneficial modern methods and ways of instruction and making it relevant to the times we live in, in order to facilitate practice.”
He expresses that this is what he sees when he looks at SeekersHub, and that no one should underestimate their potential in bringing this matter to fruition. He explains that realizing this potential is through seeking great matters from Allah, through His Greatness.
Lessons from the life of Prophet Yusuf Alayhissalaam, mashaa Allah an Amazing Talk, worth sparing some time to listen to it fully and benefit. Only a few people could have ever delivered a talk as eloquent as this. May Allah bless this Shaykh and bless us to benefit from his knowledge!
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani highlights six key lessons for seekers of nowledge from six beautiful stories from the life of Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah be pleased with him).
These six practical lessons are relevant for everyone who wishes to become a true seeker of Islamic knowledge, and to fulfill the true purpose of knowledge–namely, seeking Allah’s pleasure, and living and spreading the light of the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reads and explains Imam Subki’s poem of counsel to his son Muhammad on the proper path and etiquette’s of seeking Islamic knowledge.
The counsel of Imam Subki is an important work that clarifies what is a sound traditional Islamic understanding of knowledge; how it is sought; and the methodology of learning and knowledge that Muslims should follow. Emphasis is given on the purpose of knowledge; acting upon it; sincerely seeking the pleasure of Allah through it; following the way of the inheritors of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him); and manifesting the fruits of knowledge in one’s life–faith, piety, worshipfulness, and excellence of character and conduct.
The relationship between Islam and the West is the topic of ongoing debate, often depicted as a choice between two disparate worlds: the modern West with science and secular education, or Islam with Qur’anic based education characterized by orthodoxy and tradition. In the hope of promoting dialogue instead of polarization, Nouman Ali Khan searches for the ideas and ideals of education, schooling and learning within Islam. Wherever knowledge and learning have blossomed, education, schooling and teaching must have flourished too. Was not an educational culture part of the highly developed intellectual culture of classical Islam? Hermeneutics and the theory of interpretation offers an inspiring perspective on an education that strikes the balance between tradition and the future. What is the future of Qur’anic education in a modern context?
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani answers the question: who do we take knowledge from? He details the advice of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, from his work al-Faqih wa’l Mutafaqqih, which revolves around three main points: (1) consulting the scholars experts in the discipline, (2) following those who act on what Islam entails, and (3) following those who learned with scholars and not through only reading books.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan advises the graduating class of the 2013 Bayyinah Dream Program. May Allah(swt) grant them success in their future endeavors and use them to educate and motivate the people with Islam. Ameen.
Dr. Tariq Ramadan visits Zaytuna College, part of the visiting scholars lecture series, and discusses a wide variety of topics including Islam in academia, politics, philosophy, logic, rationality, the Muslim tradition and Islamic education.
Many of the discussions that exist around gender in the Muslim community, both in the United States and abroad, have not fruitful. In this khutbah, Imam Latif speaks about the need for Muslim women to empower themselves through knowledge and also discusses how Muslims on a whole have failed to treat their women with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
This Khutbah was delivered at the Islamic Center at NYU (www.icnyu.org) on Friday, March 4th, 2011 by Imam Khaild Latif.