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.
Often times in life we focus on the negativity and the past preventing us form moving forward and progressing in life. We are stuck in a state of stagnation and unhappiness. How do we move forward in life?
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discusses ayat in the Qur’an that talk about Ramadan and Hajj and connects the two pillars of Islam with managing your money and it’s relation to human psychology. This Khutbah was given at the Colleyville Masjid Islamic Association of Mid Cities on June 24, 2016.
How would we react when a false accusation is made against you or your loved one? Ustadha Yasmin reminds us of the story of Ifk and the accusation made against the wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her). How did the Prophet (s) react? What did Aisha (ra) do?
Have you seen him who takes his low desires for his god? (Surah Furqan, 25:43)
And know that Allah knows what is within yourselves, so beware of Him. (Surah Baqarah, 2:235)
Balance holds a very significant place in every phase of life, and yet the phenomenon of social media creates an inner world for us to become so self-focused that it can lead to narcissism. It is a self-love, a need for attention to keep the fragile inner ego convinced it is liked. A recent study has found that students who posted more often on Facebook and Twitter scored higher in specific measures of different types of narcissism, including personality traits such as being exhibitionists, exploitative, and feeling superior. This may result in over-evaluating the importance of our own opinions. How do we center ourselves to the consciousness that every individual should pursue life with firm balance and composure? The goal sought in the remembrance of God is the attainment of balance and being centered as one submits to the consciousness of the Divine.
In Surah Al-Ma’arij, Allah uses a powerful word to describe the human psyche. Ustadh Nouman explains how the word “halu’a” ingeniously captures our knee jerk reaction to adversity; how we get angry, give up and slip into despair. On the flip side, when good things happen to us, our immediate tendency is to be greedy and fearful of giving wealth or even knowledge. Yet in the same surah Allah provides a remedy for this condition. It is through consistent prayer and charity that we can contain our default reactions, learn to be grateful and put issues into proper perspective.
The Khutbah was recorded at the Euless Campus on Oct. 13, 2017
In this lecture, Sh. A.R. Chao expounds on the importance of having a positive and healthy view of oneself. How can we improve our self esteem and appreciate what Allah we has given to our bodies to become a better Muslim.