Imam Zaid Shakir discusses the faith-affirming night journey
of the Prophet (PBUH) when he made a heavenly ascension (Al Isra Wal Mi’raj).
Isra Mi’raj is commemorated on the 27th of Rajab.
Imam Zaid’s talk was delivered at the Muslim Community Center of East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, April 2, 2019.
This night happened in 621, which is the year of sadness (‘Aam ul Huzn) when Abu Talib & Khadijah (RA) died. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) rode Buraq (a white steed) during his journey and Allah enjoined 50 prayers and reduced the prayers to five.
He met different Prophets on the journey:
– 7th Heaven met Ibrahim (AS)
– 6th Heaven met Musa (AS)
– 5th Heaven met Harun (AS)
– 4th Heaven met Idris (AS)
– 3rd Heaven met Yusuf (AS)
– 2nd Heaven met Isa (AS) & Yahya (AS)
– 1st Heaven met Adam (AS)
MI’RAJ – Ascend to heaven where he speaks to God
ISRA’ – Night journey from Makkah to Jerusalem
The prophet went from the Haram mosque (Saudi Arabia) to Al-Aqsa Mosque (Palestine) – a journey that by flight today takes nearly two hours.
Dr. Umar discusses how the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to this world to deliver the message of Islam for all humanity. It is now our job to contiue this work and to spread it to all.
There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book. By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darknesses into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path. (Al-Maida, 5:15-16)
The city of Yathrib was racked by violence and conflict, until the Prophetic message entered the hearts of the people. After the Prophet migrated, the city became known as Al-Madina Al-Munawwarah, the Radiant City, illuminated by the light of Divine guidance and the best of Creation, the Messenger of God. The light that Madina became after the darkness of Yathrib was a reality, with real human beings, not a distant utopian ideal. Its success, along with entire ummah, was, and is, predicated on the degree to which our hearts are receptive to the light of the Messenger.
Reflections on our Attachment to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi talks about being a descendent of the Prophet, the Name of the Prophet Muhammad, attachment to him and examples of the Ulema of Damascus and ending with yearning for the Messenger of Allah.
The precious advice that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ gave humanity in his last Sermon (The Sermon of Farewell) shows how much Islam values and appreciates the concepts of social equality, brotherhood, individual liberty and mutual cooperation as a guiding light for humanity fourteen centuries ago. Join us in covering these beautiful principles and discussing how we can apply them to our daily lives.
What is our connection to the Messenger Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Mufti Hussain Kamani discusses how scholars have used the month of Rabi al Awwal to reboot their love of the Prophet (s).
Every Muslim yearns to know their Prophet. But we may be surprised to know that even the Companions and family members of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, yearned to know more about him after his passing. They sought out those who knew him best, questioned them and sat with them. Join us in learning how they yearned for him, and discover the great status of those who yearn and long for him until today.
We claim to follow the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, but do we truly follow him? Do we truly listen to what he said? Mufti Menk discusses the character and example of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, specifically in relation to marriage and spousal relations.
In his patented style, Dr. Sulayman Nyang begins this lecture by contextualizing the subject matter so that the audience may understand it in a much more profound way. He relates the seerah to the present time by looking at the social, cultural, and historical context into which the Prophet (S) emerged in Arabia. He then analyzes the role and place of women in “jahiliyah” society and the transformation that was brought about by the Prophet (S), showing how the view of women shifted from the ignorant pre-Islamic times to the noble time of the Prophet (S). The traditional understanding of the family is discussed and this is compared with the concept of family today. Furthermore, the way in which men and women related to each other in the time of the Prophet (S) is examined as well as the relationship between the Prophet (S) and his wives, his daughter Fatimah, and other women. Among other things, the speaker effectively shows that women were, indeed, actively involved in the community and in the revolutionary movement of Islam in Mecca.
Shaykh Faraz provides a welcome and introduction to Rabiʿ al-Awwal, the month of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), who is the means to our having every good.
To introduce the series on the Great Praises of the Prophet from around the world, Shaykh Faraz explains why we praise the Prophet. He highlights praise of the Prophet and sending blessings on him as an expression of gratitude for the Prophet’s struggles on our behalf and his concern for us.
Shaykh Faraz gives advice on how to renew one’s relationship with Allah’s Messenger in the month he was brought into this world. He closes by shedding light on some of the history behind praise of the Prophet, starting with the poetry composed by his own companions and family—while acknowledging that no poetry can fully capture the amazing reality of the Prophet.
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus speaks about celebrating who our beloved Prophet ﷺ is and how to keep his blessed light in our hearts so that we can keep happy, strong, and patient in these difficult days (of fitna) while being active contributors in our community. He spoke at the annual Tri-Valley Mawlid. This event was at the Muslim Community Center of East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on October 27, 2018.
Some try to insult him, but ending up insulting themselves. His name is known to the world. He is beloved by some and hated by others. He left a legacy that no man before him nor any man after him has ever left. He changed the world upside down. He is a man that the world has never seen the likes of. Muslims would sacrifice their lives out of their love for him. But does this man, this Prophet, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), have anything to offer to the non-Muslim Western world? Can he be a role model even in the modern West? Join Yusha Evans in his emotional and engaging lecture from Peace Conference Scandinavia, about Muhammed: The Role Model for the West.
Mufti Hussain Kamani speaks about how dreams of lush gardens and flowing rivers, of abundant fruits and greetings, of peace from our Lord can indeed become a reality at the third annual Road to Revival Conference organized by Rutgers MSA.
Discuss the different aspects of Surah Al-Kawsar and how Allah (swt) raised the status of Prophet (saw). Discuss the importance and blessings of “Allahuma Salli Alaa Syedina Muhammad” (Salah on the Prophet) and how He will be able to interceed on behalf of the ones who have praised him in this world.
The Prophetic Character should teach us how to rise above individualistic concerns and become global communities of unbound love, mercy and profound tolerance.
It is apparent from the plight in many parts of the world today, that there is an absence to the adherence of these lofty Prophetic traits, which has led to much religious and ideological fanaticism.
The rise of atheism and violent extremism have both simultaneously damaged the faith of people and led to disillusionment. Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) character and qualities are universal in nature from which humanity should take heed from.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad eloquently advises the necessity to connect to the timeless message of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and discusses how his character is the remedy to healing our hearts in the spiritual chaos of the modern age.
The Prophet (saw) said, “Avoid that which I forbid you to do and do that which I command you to do to the best of your capacity. Verily the people before you were destroyed only because of their excessive questioning and their disagreement with their Prophets.” (Agreed upon). The above hadith provides a straight forward way and a perfect solution for believers to settle their differences. It creates a perfect framework within which humans can happily live and settle their affairs. It’s the lack of this framework of divine guidance that we see as the primary reason for discussion-dead-lock. If humans are the ones who are allowed the make the rules, arguments have no way of reaching a resolution when conflicts arise. Who has the final word? Who gets to decide? Who’s judgement is final? Seeking to obey Allah and his messenger is a true blessing that relieves a believer from the agony of differences and conflicts.
Imam Zaid Shakir discusses the noble historical role of Prophet Muhahammad (SAW) in light of the current events upon the release of a derogatory film depicting a negative image and how some Muslims have responded to it.
How much do we love the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him? The Prophet was merciful but are we? Are we merciful to our family, our community, our brothers and sisters? Mufti Hussain Kamani reminds of the mercy of the Prophet.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Established the First Minority Community in Makkah
Due to a difference in belief, ethnicity, and social class, the Muslim community in Makkah was a minority one. For this, Muslims faced all kinds physical, emotional, and psychological difficulties. How did the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ build such a cohesive minority community who stood firmly amidst all these challenges and was successfully able to deliver the message? What lessons can we take living in similar circumstances in order to achieve similar success?
We are taught to love all of the messengers of God and to study the seerah [prophetic biography] of the Prophet Mohammed[pbuh]. Knowledge of the seerah can help people to better understand how the Prophet[pbuh] dealt with relationships, challenges, and many other facets of life. Further, in this khutbah [Friday sermon] we are reminded of the countless benefits once can receive by reading and implementing this profound biography. On a spiritual level, reading the seerah can also lead to a better understanding of the Quran and how to get closer to our Lord.
Allah says in the Holy Qur’an about Prophet Muhammad, “A Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. Your suffering distresses him: he is deeply concerned for you and full of kindness and mercy towards the believers.” (9:128). Ustadh Usama Canon expounds on this Quranic statement.
Socialise like it’s Sunnah, following in the beloved footsteps of our Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessing be upon him). A guide sent to all of mankind, in order to bring them out of darkness and into light.
He (Muhammad) does not speak of his own desire. It is no less than an Inspiration sent down to him. (Surah Najm, 53:3-4)
The Qur’an repeatedly commands every Muslim to follow the Prophetic example. The Traditions (Ahadith) of the Prophet, often more than the Qur’an, govern Muslim life in their ability to articulate practice of the faith. The Hadith provide the information to follow the example of the Prophet as a spouse, a parent, a neighbor, a leader, and when needed, a warrior. In sum, Muhammad as the paragon of perfection, as enshrined in Islamic doctrine and spirituality, hinges on his words. How are Muslims to understand not only his words but the spirit from which they emanate? More directly, what are the practices in our emulation that lead us to follow his example and not speak from mere desire? How do we infuse our spirits and words with those inspired by the scripture and its revealer?
Take the time to watch this lecture all the way through and share it. It deals with the difficult question of why some people do not feel any sort of love for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as well as an academic approach to ways we can attain his blessed company in Jannah.
In the life of the Prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him), the believer finds the inspiration that moves his heart, illuminates his mind, and guides his actions. In this session each speaker will present a point in the life of the prophet (peace be upon him) that inspired him/her the most.
This series of ten lectures by Dr Hesham Al-Awadi, presented here on 10 CDs, surveys the history of great Muslim women from the time of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) right through to the present day. The listener is taken on a truly fascinating journey of discovery exploring the role women played in different communities across the Islamic world. This CD set is a must for anyone who wishes to grasp the Islamic values and principles that underpinned, inspired and motivated women from all walks of life.
Shaykh Omar explains that the lives of the Prophets, the Sahabas and great scholars of the past give us a wide variety of examples of different situations in life and types of people that we should follow.
Abu Taubah discusses the trials and tribulations during the Prophet Muhammad’s time, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. He discusses the trials and tribulations not as Muhammad was a prophet but as a man.
In light of the global assault and series of insults targeted on our beloved prophet Muhammed (saaws), Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury informs the world why he is the greatest man that ever lived (saaws) and why we Muslims love him so much (saaws). This emotion clip was filmed during the Friday sermon held Fanar – Qatar Islamic Center.
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.
Allah the Exalted, Most Glorious, sent the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as the final Messenger to the whole of Mankind. Allah the Almighty endowed the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) with an exalted standard of character and set his life as a complete guidance for mankind to follow. Allah the Almighty makes this clear in His final revelation to mankind the Qur’an: “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.” [Al-Ahzab, 33:21]
Islam and Authors welcomes Jonathan A. C. Brown, author of Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World. Brown’s Hadith book is new, comprehensive and accessible introduction to hadith- the transmitted reports about Muhammad’s words and actions. The bulk of Islamic law rests upon hadith reports. With the current controversies over sharia, Brown’s Hadith book is extremely relevant. It explains both Western and traditional Islamic approaches to hadith, has extremely informative charts and an easy-to-read format, and covers both Sunni and Shia views of hadith.
“How to Read a Book”, a Zaytuna Faculty Lecture by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.
The Zaytuna Faculty Lecture Series presents lectures by Zaytuna College faculty members exploring a variety of contemporary topics.
In this memorable, moving Friday sermon (khutba) at IMO (http://www.imooftoronto.com/), Shaykh Faraz Rabbani begins by mentioning the Qur’anic verse, “We have raised your mention,” [Quran, 94.4] and then highlights aspect of the beauty of the appearance, conduct, and character of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk).
He mentions narrations from leading companions of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)–including Ali, al-Bara’, Ibn Abbas, A’isha, among others (Allah be pleased with them)–that give us beautiful glimpses of the stunning appearance (khalq) and beautiful character of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk).
(Lecture starts 8 minutes in) “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” (33:21) As the overall theme of the convention, educating ourselves on how we can live Islam through the perfect model of faith in man – the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Advice will be given on how to draw on the character of the Prophet (pbuh) to get us closer to Allah (SWT). Find out how knowing more about the personality of the Prophet (pbuh) and exercising that knowledge will lead us as individuals to a more positive role in life and will bring justice, security, tranquility, and help remove obstacles for ourselves, our communities, and our society.
Imam Suhaib Webb’s lecture at Kumpulan Karangkraf, Shah Alam, Malaysia on the 5th October 2011.
In this lecture, Imam Suhaib discusses three main questions pertaining to the question “Where do we begin?” Where do we begin with Allah (swt)? Where do we begin with the Prophet Muhammad? Where do we begin with Islam itself?
The Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him, is reported to have said, “If there were a prophet after me it would be Umar.” In this lecture, the President of the Islamic Society of North America, Imam Mohammed Magid, will examine the life and times of Umar bin al-Khattab, with special emphasis of his brilliant legal thinking, the mercy those rulings involve and the relevance for today’s Muslims, especially those of us here in the West.
The Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him, described himself as a gift of mercy to the world. However, to many in the West he is seen as a messenger of violence, vengeance and wrath. In this lecture, the esteemed scholar, Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, will examine the ways the gift of the Prophet’s mercy shined as a light upon his community, his enemies and the world. He will point out the ways we can reflect that light to help to illuminate the path for people, including many Muslims, who have lost their way in the world.
During the 2008 Rihla to Mecca and Madina, Hamza Yusuf translated and explained the profound and eloquent poem titled Qurrat al-Absar, or Discerning the Eyes’ Delight, a beautiful account of the life of the Messenger of God written by the noble Shaykh ‘Abd al-’Aziz al-Lamti in the 10th century of the Islamic era.
Jonathan Brown examines the historical misunderstandings about the Prophet Muhammad’s life to kick off the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies Spring 2011 Lecture Series. Recorded on February 15, 2011.
Every Muslim acknowledges that Prophet Muhammad (P) was sent as “a mercy to all the worlds”. Yet many Muslims fall short in exhibiting the quality of mercy in their lives. There seems to be a disconnect between the theoretical teachings of Islam and their practical application in daily life. Mokhtar Maghraoui attempts to fuse theory and practice in this lecture by relating several examples of mercy and kindness in the Prophet’s life. What follows is a comprehensive overview of the concept of rahmah (love, compassion and mercy) in Islam that includes: Allah’s rahmah to His creation, rahmah that is conveyed in the sunnah to be shared between Muslims, between Muslim and non-Muslim, and between the Muslim and the natural creation such as animals. A wonderfully refreshing lecture and a great message to Muslim extremists or anyone subscribing to the notion that all Muslims are terrorists. (Duration: 31 min)
Hamza Yusuf implores the audience to consider the major crisis of our time: the disillusion of the human soul itself. He then presents a program based on a hadith in which the Prophet (P) said, “I was sent to perfect noble character.” In this context, he outlines the two primary concerns of the Muslim, the heart and the limbs, and the need to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet (P) by utilizing his divinely-inspired methodology to guard them.