Shaykh Hamza Yusuf delivers a Khutbah about the hallmarks of gratitude in the context of Ramadan, which he called an annual school that we attend to build Taqwa (God consciousness) and sabr (patience) and move away from ghaflah (heedlessness).
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf delivered this final Ramadan sermon (Jumat-al-Widah Khutbah) at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on June 23, 2017.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminds of the gift of the guidance of the Qur’an, which provides the answers to the fundamental questions of life. He advises that we use Ramadan to reflect on the gift of the Quran and reconnect with Allah’s Book, and reminding of the great rank and virtue of “the people of the Qur’an” described in Prophetic traditions.
Shaykh Faraz advises that we establish a sustainable goal of recitation of Quran in Ramadan that we maintain after. He encourages us to take advantages of opportunities to recite, listen, and learn the Qur’an for eternal joy. He closes by giving pointers on how we should make our relationship of the Qur’an a relationship of love.
Imam Zaid Shakir gives a talk in Ramadan 2012 about fasting, worship, and attaining forgiveness. He reads from Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali’s book “Lata’if al-Ma’arif fa ma li Mawam al-Azim min al-Wadha’if” (“The Subtleties of Knowledge Concerning What Each Season Contains of Religious Duties”).
Imam Zaid spoke at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on July 30, 2012.
In this comprehensive seminar, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadha Shireen Ahmed offer guidance on how to improve our connection with Allah in Ramadan and make this holy month like no other.
Shaykh Faraz starts off by explaining the five key aims of fasting and Ramadan, found in the Qur’an (2.183-186): its being the month of the Qur’an, nurturing mindfulness, becoming grateful, magnifying Allah, and realizing the closeness of Allah. He sheds light on these principles and offers practical means to bring them into our lives.
Next, Shaykh Faraz talks about five neglected sunnas of Ramadan: suhur, daily intentions, night worship, the sunnas and social aspect of breaking the fast, and establishing routines in Ramadan. He connects these with examples from the teachings and example of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) and gives keys on how to bring these sunnas into our practice.
Finally, Shaykh Faraz discusses five key devotions of Ramadan–fasting, prayer, Qur’an, remembrance, and charity–and how to make the most of them. He sheds light not only the outward forms of these acts of worship, but the meanings we should invoke within ourselves as we strive to undertake them.
The Holy month of Ramadan is fast approaching. As Muslims, there are many ways we can adjust ourselves to get ready for this month. Our goal should be to make the most out of this blessed time and by doing so, finally bringing us close to our Lord.
Imam Joe Bradfords discusses how the Prophet (s) was concerned for his brothers and sisters and would visit them regularly. Nowadays we have lost touch with our community. In preparing for the upcoming month of Ramadan we should start to build brotherhood and sisterhood in our communities.
“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.
Ramadhan – the month of mercy, in which the Qur’an was revealed, when good deeds are multipled, the gates of Paradise are open, Shaytan is locked away and Muslims have to fast from dawn to sunset. It is the most anticipated month in the Islamic calendar and these are some of the many reasons why. When such an opportunity to gain extra reward and seek forgiveness is presented, it is wise to be in a position to take full advantage. Ustadh Bilal Assad speaks on how to prepare and equip ourselves mentally, spiritually and emotionally for this most blessed of months.
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.
“And the Messenger has said: ‘O my Lord, indeed my people took this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.'” (Qur’an, 25:30)
Nouman Ali Khan discusses how abandoning the Quran can lead the muslim nation off the divine path of Allah the Almighty.
In this Friday sermon, Imam Siraj Wahhaj reflects on the purpose an benefits of fasting. He reflects on verse 184 from Surat al-Baqara:
وَأَن تَصُومُوا خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
And fasting is better for you, if only you knew.
Imam Siraj encourages everyone to fast the month of Ramadan, and establish the pillars of Islam. He highlights that Allah Most High is in no need of our fast. However, we fast to come to know Allah and for our own benefit.
Surah Al-Qadr is entirely dedicated to Laylatul Qadr, the most noble of nights during the month of Ramadan when the Quran was first revealed. In this video, Ustadh Nouman teaches us the nuances of the phrase “laylatul qadr” in Arabic, which combines the meanings of night of “decree”, “honor” and “power”. This is the night when Allah will decree that the angels execute all His decisions for the rest of the year; when Allah revealed the most honorable words through His most honored angel to His most honored messenger. Finally it is a night endowed with unusual power; a night when all our sincere duaa will be accepted. It is the ultimate night of peace and prayer; one we must take advantage of as the blessed month of Ramadan comes to a close. But above all else, Laylatul Qadr is a celebration of the Quran.
We are searching for mercy on the month of mercy, Ramadan, but how do we attain mercy? What do we need to do? How should we act? Mufti Menk explains. Post Taraweeh talk at Masjidul Furqaan at Islamia Complex in Cape Town. Day 5 of Ramadhaan 1439
Ramadan is the only month of the Islamic calender that is mentioned by name in the Qur’an. The month of Ramadhan (is that) in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights (the new moon of) the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and (wants) for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that (to) which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.
Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf covers the topic of the importance of the night of the 15th Sha’ban along with step to take on how to get your du’as accepted. This talk was delivered on the night of the 15th Sha’ban at the Tooting Islamic Centre in May 2016.
What is it that we celebrate in Ramadan? In this inspiring khutbah on the eve of the Holy Month, Ustadh Nouman takes us back to the story of Adam (AS) who was so dignified by Allah that He spoke to him directly. But even though Allah dismissed Adam from janna, He promised to give him a way back up through repeated guidance. Allah promised those who follow this guidance that they will know no fear or sadness in this life. The last time this promise was fulfilled was when Allah sent his final message, the Quran. In Ramadan Allah revealed his extended rope from the sky to the earth to teach us that there is hope, no matter how lost we feel or how far we have fallen. Ramadan is the opportunity Allah gave us to celebrate our connection with Him.
In this video, Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah reminds us of the ultimate purpose of fasting Ramadan: to find Allah Most High. He highlights the many means to attaining consciousness of God in the month of Ramadan, including leaving sin, vice, and everything that busies away from Allah. Amongst these, he puts particular emphasis on fulfilling the obligations due upon us, the most important of which are the five daily prayers.
Dr. Bilal Philips delivers a powerful lecture explaining about effects of fasting; the outer effect (fast of the body) and the inner effect (fast of the soul), and why it is important to ensure that the goal of Ramadan is put in its right place.
Laylat al-Qadr – Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi explains the timing and meaning of the most blessed night of the year.
Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree. And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn. ~ [Surat Al-Qadr]
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.
Imam Zaid Shakir discusses the beautiful opportunity of fasting the entire month of Ramadan and its reward. He stresses that it is a month of mercy, forgiveness, building a store house of good deeds, and liberation from the fire of hell.
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.
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
In this lecture Mufti Abdur Rahman shares some advice on the Secrets of Ramadanic Success. And how one should spend their time wisely and to ask for barakah in the months of Rajab and Shaban to finish off any ongoing projects to help to take full benefit of the blessed month of Ramadhan.
The month of Ramadan is only weeks away inshallah and the IC wants to help you be ready for it. For the second year, join us each Wednesday night as Imam Khalid Latif presents a different topic each through lecture and interactive exercises tailored to make sure you get the most out of your Ramadan inshallah. Topics will include, but not be limited to,:
-Intention: Confidence vs. Arrogance
-Making and Breaking Habits
-The Fiqh of Fasting
-Understanding Mercy, Compassion, Forgiveness and Your Emotions
-How to Build a Relationship with the Qur’an
-Effective Du’aa: being ready for the conversation
-Building a Relationship with Allah and His messenger, salallahu ‘alayhi was’salaam
-Rights upon Yourself: Physically Benefiting from your Fasting
Imam Suhaib Webb emphasizes the importance of the family. He encourages increase in family bonding and activities during Ramadan and gives some practical suggestions for ways to increase family togetherness.