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The equality of all human beings, races and nations before Allah is highlighted in verse 11 of Surat Al-Hujurat, where Allah says that no race should look down on any other race and that the only thing that places one person above another is, taqwa (consciousness of Allah) and good deeds. This unseen quality that is only known to Allah is what makes you superior before Him. As Nouman Ali Khan explains, the verse singles out women who mock other women and treat them as inferior. Such a societal attitude betrays a spiritual crisis and can even breed hatred, animosity and even war, between nations.
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus provides insights to help us along our lifelong struggle to find clarity, calm, and community through spiritual development and draw near our Creator with step-by-step tried and proven methods for removing pride (kibr or ujub).
Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi talks about our spiritual aim to leave a legacy by leveraging and maximizing our good deeds during our time on earth.
Dr. Qadhi gives three necessary ingredients to leave an endowment that benefits both our self and our brothers & sisters in faith and humanity:
1. a sincere intention (Ikhlas) so that righteous people see you as a role model;
2. erase pride and ego (kibr) and become a humble leader with humilty (ihsaan);
3. we must actively practice patience (sabr).
Dr. Yasir also pays homage to great American-Muslim scholars like Ahmad Sakr, Jamal Badawi, and Imam Siraj Wahhaj.
Dr. Yasir delivered this talk at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Sunday, October 14, 2018.