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.
Shaykh Tamara Gray discusses the life of Hajar, may Allah bless her, who’s life was a living example of our beliefs. This video is from the 55th Annual ISNA Convention (August 31 – September 3, 2018) in Houston, Texas.
Muslims are yearning for heroes in our community. So much that the recent event that took place between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor has showed this. Shaykh Yaser Birjas reminds us of real heroes from our past that we should look up to for inspiration.
Imam Omar Suleiman makes a call to action and he asks us to take note of giants who preserved and because of that persistence we benefit from their legacy.
Imam Omar cautions us against glorifying the actions of the past if we use that as an excuse for our inaction in the present, which is a departure from Prophetic teaching. Imam Omar spoke at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Sunday, October 14, 2018
In this video, Ustadh Nouman revisits the story of Prophet Dawoud (AS) through his reading of a famous incident recounted in Surah Sad. He explains how our correct understanding of the life and character of Dawoud (AS) was tarnished by a false interpretation of this incident in the Hebrew scripture, and that a careful study reveals that Allah sent these ayat to refute the false accusations they made against him regarding his alleged scheme to take the wife of one of his military commanders. Allah reveals that the true story of Dawoud is that he was a deeply faithful prophet who always humbled himself to Allah and, despite his great power, kept going back to Allah in repentance. The moral of his encounter with the two conflicting brothers in this parable is that if we are ever in a position to arbitrate between two people, we must always listen carefully to both sides and never allow our whims to effect our judgment.
Imam Suhaib Webb talks about Surah Yousuf and the story of Prophet Yousuf in a “down to earth” conversation that puts the lessons learned from the story into perspective for people of all levels of faith.
“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow for the one who hopes for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much. (33: 21) Nobody had it more difficult than our beloved prophets, peace be upon them all. They managed to stay grounded in their identity while living as a religious minority, staying strong in adversity and living a life of service. What lessons can we take from their examples to apply in our daily lives as we attempt to understand ourselves and progress in society? Recorded at the 51st Annual MSA National Continental Conference in Detroit, MI on Sunday, August 31, 2014.
In this lecture by Imam Safi Khan, discover the concept of yaqeen, of confidence in Allah, and how to imbibe its features to help you stay away from depression and to move forward in life. This lecture covers examples from the lives of Abu Bakr, Khalid ibn Waleed, and the mother of Musa.
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.