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In this day and age there is a lot of discussion around men and women and the relationship between them. There is also a discussion of gender and various understandings that can cause confusion. What does Islam and the way of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, say regarding men and women and gender relations? Shaykh Umar Faruq Abd-Allah answers this and more.
Allah (swt) described Muhammad (pbuh) saying [We have not sent you except as a mercy to the worlds] (21:107). Islam by its beliefs (‘Aqidah), legislature (Shari’ah), and rituals (Ibadah) aims at perfecting the morals, enhancing the character, and upgrading the behavior with self and others on both the individual and social levels. There is an inseparable relationship between creed and moral system so our dealings with people is a reflection to our hidden beliefs. Allah set forth rules and regulations (Shari’ah) to guarantee the healthy living environment for everyone. Islamic civilization is a clear witness on that.
In this khutba the Sheikh illustrates the high Islamic principle of adab (loosely translated as ‘manners’) with examples drawn from the rich tapestry of prophetic stories woven into the Qur’an. We learn how Ayyub (Job) is exiled from his loved ones, how Ibrahim (Abraham) receives unexpected desert visitors, how Isa (Jesus) is questioned over that which others ascribe to him, how Musa (Moses) was met with unexpected rewards in exile, may Allah be pleased with them all. These ancient examples of profound adab before a breakthrough moment is what we are called on to emulate in this present day and age.
Of course such a khutba would not be complete without mentioning the last of the emissaries of Allah – after the tribulations of Taif, the death of his uncle and patron, his wife, his son and the persecution of his enemies, Prophet Muhammad – may Allah grant him His blessings and peace – was able to say “O Allah, I ask that you do not change your decree, but that you be gentle with it”. This is the maqam an-nubuwwa, the station of prophethood.
In this lecture, Sh. A.R. Chao expounds on the importance of having a positive and healthy view of oneself. How can we improve our self esteem and appreciate what Allah we has given to our bodies to become a better Muslim.