Imam Zaid Shakir delivers a Khutbah about the importance of following the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his rightly guided successors. This sermon was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay in Pleasanton, California on May 24, 2019.
“O you who believe, the fasts have been enjoined upon you as they were enjoined upon those before you, so that you may attain a mindfulness of God” (2:183)
Fasting — or any other regularly enjoyed, good gift from God — for the sake of some spiritual purpose is markedly counter-cultural in our consumerist society. We fast in this life because we believe in the life to come. We don’t have to get it all here and now, because we have a promise that we will have it all in the coming age. We fast from what we can see and taste, because we have tasted and seen the goodness of the invisible and infinite Lord — and are desperately hungry for more of Him (May He Be Exalted). Listen with your heart as Shaykh Mokhtar Magharoui distills ancient wisdom to re-ignite your Ramadan and your spiritual life.
Standing up is not just a posture of prayer, but a way of life that stands as a metaphor to assist us to meet our own challenges and set-backs. Listen as our teachers engage more deeply with the questions and doubts often raised in our minds. This session seeks to provide Qur’anic guidance for exploring the counter-intuitive messages of how we grow spiritually amidst personal and collective setbacks.
Dr. Rania Awaad guides us through stress reduction strategies and techniques that can help us benefit from the blessings of Ramadan. Reducing stress in our lives can put our minds and bodies in a better state, God willing, to take advantage of the manifold spiritual opportunities this month offers.
Someetimes we are motivated to change our life for the better but after a few days we go back to the same routine and end up going back where we were. Shaykh AbdulBary Yahya explains and gives us tips on how to remain steadfast in bringing about positive changes in our lives.