Often in the Quran Allah teaches us profound lessons through beautiful parables. In this khutbah, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan digs deep into two such analogies in Surah An-Nur by contrasting light with darkness. He begins by explaining the many meanings of the word light (nur) when it is used in the Quran: light sometimes refers to Allah, to guidance or to the Quran itself. Like a lamp in a niche inside a house, the light of faith and sincerity to Allah not only lives inside our hearts but also emanates from us to illuminate our path on the Day of Judgment.
Ayat Al-Kursi, or the “verse of the Throne” is a famous and important verse of the Quran. It can be found at Surah/Chapter 2, verse 255. The name, Ayat Al-Kursi, means “the verse of the Throne,” based on Allah’s Throne (dominion) which is described in the latter part of the verse.
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.
One of the most misunderstood ayat of the Quran is in Surah An-Nisaa. This is a classic example of how a passage, taken out of context leads to false claims against the word of Allah. In this khutbah, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan stresses that we can’t read aya 34 without considering what came before and after it. He teaches us that the idea of a man’s ‘qawama’ over a woman has nothing to do with authority and everything to do with being a constant caretaker and supporter of women. We only need to look at the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and how he treated his wives to learn that hitting was never a part of it.
Surah Al-Ankabout was revealed at the height of Muslim persecution in Mecca and, according to Nouman Ali Khan, mentally prepared Muslims for their immigration to Medina. Its opening aya is a profound lesson about what we often forget at times of distress. Allah reminds us that true believers will be thoroughly tested in their faith, just as gold must be exposed to extreme heat in order to be purified. Muslims suffering under the current circumstances must remember that they have protesting the violation of their civil rights ever since Allah’s message was revealed. Allah will give protection to those who struggle, those who show confidence in Him and do not flinch in bearing the responsibility of upholding the religion.
There are many lessons to learn from the story of Prophet Musa (AS) and his confrontation with Pharaoh as recounted in Surah Taha. When Allah charged Musa to face Pharaoh and free the Israelites, says Nouman Ali Khan, Pharaoh had already launched a propaganda campaign against him. His counter message was that Musa and his brother Harun were magicians who wanted to drive you out of your land and that you must defend our way of life because it is the best and doesn’t need any improvement. In short he sold the people an artificial patriotism that only benefitted him and his small clique. Yet despite the odds and despite his fear, Musa confronts Pharaoh and overcomes him. This is a reminder that propaganda has always existed and that politicians instilling fear of an imaginary enemy is nothing new. The Quran has taught us about that so we would be mentally prepared. Don’t feel intimidated and know that this is a test of your eman.
Surah Ar-Rahman is a powerful wake-up call addressing all kinds of people, especially those exercising various degrees of disbelief. When it was revealed in Mecca, explains Nouman Ali Khan, Allah was talking specifically to the Quraish, who, despite having the greatest messenger, speaking to them in their own tongue, continued to mock and attack Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and desecrate the House of Allah. Yet even though Allah is angry at their consistent denial of all the incredible things their master has done for them, He addresses them as “ar-rahman”, the quintessence of mercy itself. This great surah is a reminder of our place in front of Allah. One day we shall perish without a trace while He, who owns glory and dignity, shall prevail. It is a reminder that our need for Him goes beyond petty, conscious requests for worldly things but that every breath we take and every heartbeat is a manifestation of his loving and caring mercy. Our ingratitude and forgetfulness of Allah’s gifts is the work of shaytan, the enemy in our invisible spiritual war, who can only be defeated through constant gratitude and remembrance of our master.
Revisiting the context in which Surat Al-Munafiqun was revealed, Nouman Ali Khan sheds light on the multiple lessons to be deduced from that series of events. This Madani surah was revealed after the morale-boosting pre-emptive attack and victory of the Muslims over Bani Mustalaq, a tribe that had planned to storm Madina following the Muslims’ defeat in Uhud. When the daughter of the tribe’s leader, who was taken prisoner along with over 100 others, accepts Islam, Prophet Muhammad marries her and as a gift, releases all the POWs which leads to the entire tribe accepting Islam. Upon their return, when an argument between a member of the Muhajirun and one of the Ansar threatens a bigger conflict between both groups, Prophet Muhammad urges both sides to let the incident pass and refuses to authorize the assassination of Madina’s most notorious hypocrite Abdullah Bin Obai Bin Salul, who seized the opportunity to fuel the fire and sow divisions between the two groups. When the surah was revealed, with all tenderness and care, Prophet Muhammad first recited it to 11-year-old Zeid Ibn Al-Arqam, who had recounted to the Prophet and his companions that Bin Salul had insulted the Muhajirun and helped the Muslims avert an internal conflict.
In its core, Khan sums up, the theme of the softness of the heart binds the whole incident together: letting the prisoners of war go, urging the Muhajirun and Ansar to let the incident pass, dismissing Bin Salul and ignoring his lies, trusting the child and caring for his emotions. Clean intentions and sincerity to Allah are the key take-aways from this story.
The relationship between Islam and the West is the topic of ongoing debate, often depicted as a choice between two disparate worlds: the modern West with science and secular education, or Islam with Qur’anic based education characterized by orthodoxy and tradition. In the hope of promoting dialogue instead of polarization, Nouman Ali Khan searches for the ideas and ideals of education, schooling and learning within Islam. Wherever knowledge and learning have blossomed, education, schooling and teaching must have flourished too. Was not an educational culture part of the highly developed intellectual culture of classical Islam? Hermeneutics and the theory of interpretation offers an inspiring perspective on an education that strikes the balance between tradition and the future. What is the future of Qur’anic education in a modern context?
In this lecture Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discusses how some Muslims use the Quran due to their fear by picking and choosing of what to follow. On the opposite side there are Muslims who use the Quran to insult others. He explains these situations and what is the correct approach.
“One problem I see more and more is the idea that the Sunnah is questionable and it was not protected and preserved as well as the Quran. When I became a student of the Quran over 15 years ago, one of the first lessons I could not escape is that the most powerful defense of the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the Quran itself. The only way someone can say they believe in the Quran but not the Sunnah is if they don’t study the Quran.” – Nouman Ali Khan
In this khutbah, Nouman Ali Khan explains certain ayat in the Quran of which some feel the need to apologize for. He explains that we do not need to apologize it but we need to understand it and learn it for ourselves first and foremost.
Women are prevented from having a space in the masjid, sometimes due to the fear of fitna. But when we stop our wives, sisters, and daughters from coming to the masjid, it will actually lead to a greater fitna.
The Quran is very serious and absolute in its declaration that innocent people and civilians, of any kind, should never be harmed. As a matter of fact, wrongfully killing a human being is tantamount to killing all of humanity and that is the greatest crime one can commit against another. It’s one thing for Muslims to condemn it. But it’s much more serious when Allah condemns it.
In this khutbah ustadh Nouman discusses the ayah in the Quran that translates to “Don’t you dare say I am definitely going do this tomorrow about anything.” He explains the proper use of the phrase “insha Allah” (God willgin). He also briefly mentions the status of those who tragically passed away in the Hajj accident of 2015.
Do we just listen to the recitation of the Quran and read it like a robot or do we engage with it where it helps us grow to be a better Muslim? Shaykh Saad Tasleem discusses how we should ponder and reflect on our relationship with the Quran.
Nouman Ali Khan from the Bayyinah Institute presents a lecture on Friendship. The program was hosted at Masjid Fateh in Bahrain and was coordinated in beautiful fashion by the SayOneCare organization. On this first night of the program, Ustadh Nouman discusses the nature of Friendship in light of the Qur’an.
For more than sixty years, the Moroccan scholar Si Fudul al-Huwari of the Qarawiyyin gave commentaries on his favorite topic: the Verse of Light. Those who knew him said he never gave the same talk twice. This verse, often a favorite of Qur’an reciters, has been the subject of countless commentaries with innumerable scholars finding limitless meanings. Even though the metaphor can be understood by anyone, the verse does not surrender an obvious meaning. This talk will examine some of the ways that scholars have understood this verse and how we can benefit from its meanings in our own lives.
The Qur’an has remarkable beauty from countless perspectives but one that has always really captured my curiosity is the incredible style of divine story telling. Many books are written about the stories of the prophets (may Allah’s peace be upon them all). Such books tell the accounts of these great men based on authentic sources. Excerpts from various Surahs, Ahadeeth and narrations come together to paint a thorough chronological picture. Is there more to these stories than the chronology of events? Allah the Most High chose to tell parts of Ibrahim’s (AS) account in one Surah, and some parts in another. Why did He do that? Is there something about the way Allah Himself tells the story that we are missing out on?
You have probably heard the story Of Musa (PBUH) but never like this.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discusses passages from Surah Nouh and Surah Jummah. People of Nouh (as) didn’t believe even after 950 years of dawah. Compare this as compared to Jinns who were merely passing by when they heard the words of the Qur’an that they became Muslim just by hearing a few ayaat.
Lecture delivered after the Taraweeh prayer in Ramadan 1434 (July / August 2013). The Quran is the ingredient for peace we are all seeking. Many of us are seeking peace. The Quran is our guide. In this Ramadan Series, Mufti Menk explains how we can attain peace with the Quran.
Ramadan, the month of uncountable blessings and a golden opportunity for a Muslim to elevate himself spiritually and get even closer to his Creator; is a time of the year like no other. Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan explains in detail the historical background of Ramadan and reasons why Muslims are the chosen ones to be blessed with such unique gift, in an exclusive 2-day event at FANAR on 27th – 28h June 2013.
Musa, known as Moses in the Old Testament, is a prophet, messenger, lawgiver and leader in Islam. In Islamic tradition instead of introducing a new religion, Moses is regarded by Muslims as teaching and practicing the religion of his predecessors and confirming the scriptures and prophets before him. The Quran states that Moses was sent by Allah (one God) to the Pharaoh of Egypt and the Israelites for guidance and warning. Moses is mentioned more in the Quran than any other individual, and his life is narrated and recounted more than that of any other prophet. According to Islam, all Muslims must have faith in every prophet which includes Moses and his brother Aaron (Harun). Nouman Ali Khan introduces us to Prophet Moses in this brief talk.
What is the Straight Path we ask for in Surat al-Fatiha when we say: “Guide us to the Straight Path.” [Qur’an, 1.6] Why do believers–people of guidance–ask Allah for guidance?
In this insightful khutba, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani of SeekersHub Toronto (http://www.SeekersHub.org/) explains what guidance is; that the straight path is the direct way to the desired goal; what the believer seeks in life–Allah’s closeness and pleasure, and eternal success; the relationship between the straight path and the good of this life and the next… and more.
Shaykh Faraz emphasizes that this seeking of the straight path relates to seeking Allah–and making the right choice–in every life circumstance.
This Friday sermon was delivered at the Brampton Islamic Centre.
One-Day Seminar at IANT, Richardson TX on Nov 11, 2012. Ustadh Nouman highlighted various aspects of Quranic guidance on being a part of any Islamic organization – whether as a leader or a community member. This seminar is a great Quranic orientation for any person who becomes a shura member in any organization – a masjid board member, a volunteer at a school, a member in the college MSA.
Find the seminar webpage at http://goo.gl/zXkwG
Seminar workbook available at http://goo.gl/wg6C9
As human beings we cultivate relationships throughout our lives. From the day we are born to the day we will die our lives are surrounded by multiple forms of relationships. Some are formal, some are necessary while others are casual . We have relationships with our friends, relationships with our work colleagues, relationships with our neighbors, and relationships, even with our pets but why is there a need to have a relationship with a book that is fourteen hundred years old and for many of us in a foreign language? This is the question! For the answer listen to the lecture and pray for the Shaykh.
How is the Quran the greatest Miracle of Islam? Public lecture delivered by Yasir Qadhi titled ‘The Miracle of the Quran’ at the International Islamic Peace Conference 2009 held at Somaiya Ground Mumbai, India 2009, as shown on Peace TV.
Ramadan is a month dedicated to strengthening the intimate relationship between Allah and His creation. Join Imam Tahir Anwar, as he shares with us key principles of how to fulfill the purpose of Ramadan. Along with studying the rules of fasting, we will cover practical spiritual exercises proven to reconnect us to Allah through His revelation, the Qur’an.
Among the topics covered, some are:
– Obligation & History of Ramadan
– In Preparation of Fasting
– How to Fast: Intention, Methodology & Exemptions
– Benefits of Ramadan & Setting Goals
– Connecting to the Qu’ran
Nouman Ali Khan gives a lecture on The Qur’an and how to make it more accessible in our lives. He also stresses the importance of having accurate translations of The Qur’an. A lecture delivered by Nouman Ali Khan at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD on February 10th 2012. The recording unfortunately stopped briefly in the middle of the lecture leaving out a few minutes.
Lecture given on May 18, 2012 in San Antonio,TX. Lecture begins with insights from Surah Kahf, relating the downfall of a previous nation and comparing it to the mistakes Muslims make today. Continues and concludes with re-establishing our relationship with the Quran, realizing it is a conversation between Allah and us, and practical tips to strengthen that connection.
“Impact of Youth in Today’s Society”- Talk by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan (Apologies for poor sound quality) Speech at Chain of Hearts, the First annual Youth Conference in Southern California, March 17, 2012, Anaheim, California. Organized by the Southern California Chapters of YM and ICNA. Read more about this event: http://www.icna.org/sold-out-1st-youth-conf-by-ym-icna-in-s-california/
“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.
When the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) received the message from God, the Jews began to study him. They realized that everything he said was correct based on their teachings and understandings. Yet they still rejected him. Then when Allah revealed the differences, they exposed themselves of their mistakes. What are we doing today to show humanity the worthiness of Islam?
Mankind is lost and confused. Islam has the answers and solutions but yet we stray from it. We do not reflect upon the Quran. Our hearts yearn for Allah and want to be purified. In this lecture Shaykh Hamza discusses ways to improve our souls and get closer to Allah.
Dr. Israr Ahmed is a famous Pakistani Islamic scholar who advocated the revival of Islamic faith among Muslims in order to bring a stable Islamic society. In this lecture Nouman Ali Khan discusses his contributions towards the explanation of the Quran.
Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an (68:4); “And verily you (Oh Muhammad) are on an exalted standard of character”. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “I was sent to perfect and complete the good character”. In a time when the character and behavior of only a few ‘Muslims’ is actually destroying the image of the religion of Islam and it’s followers, it is vital as Muslims to look to the example of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and adopt it into our lives, for it was through his good manners and character that many reverted to Islam.
The commencement of a two-week, five lecture series within a comprehensive institute dedicated to educating non-Muslim school teachers about Islam. Hamza Yusuf introduces the Islamic experience by first looking at the foundational book of Islam, the Holy Qur’an, its revelation event over a span of 23 years, and the mechanism by which it was compiled and preserved. After first analyzing the meaning of the “Qur’an” through its Arabic roots, Sheikh Hamza discusses the dominant themes in the Qur’an during the Meccan and Medinan periods. He then proceeds to explain the significant events taking place immediately following the death of the Prophet Muhammad (P), and how his companions were deeply concerned with preserving the Qur’an for future generations. These series of lectures have proven to be extremely useful for non-Muslims, new Muslims, life-long Muslims, and young Muslims. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: tri-literal roots in Arabic, inherited world views without reflection, tawheed (monotheism) in Islam, the hereafter, the end of time, the Battle of Yamama, standardizing the writing of the Qur’an, original Qur’anic texts in existence today, the royal “We” used in the Qur’an, the pleasures of Paradise, the Qur’an as the “divine” word of God, and the dialectical variants of the Qur’an.