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.