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.
Brother Mohammad delivers this wonderful khutbah on the topic of repentance. He mentions that even the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, who is free from sin makes istighfar (seeking forgiveness) at least 70 times a day. Tune in to this great lecture.
Umar Ibn Al-Khattab RA said “Hold yourself to account before you are judged, and weigh your actions before they are weighed against you.” How do we go about this process of self-evaluation and taking account of ourselves and our actions? This workshop will focus on the importance of self-evaluation. Oftentimes when we get caught up in community work, dawah, or any leadership role we often forget to check ourselves and reflect on our Iman. Being involved and helping others is rewarding, but should not come in the way of our worship. A few points we would like to cover in this talk: Why is it important to do Muhasiba? How should we do it? How often? Importance of renewing intentions? Stories of how the Prophet SAW, Sahaba RA, and righteous predecessors did this Please mention any dua and/or ayahs in the Qur’an and hadith about this.
“O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.'” (Tirmidhi)
Many people think that when they have sinned, they can’t go back to Allah and aren’t worthy of being forgiven. Tawbah is seen as being exclusively for those who are closer to Him. When Allah promises reward, it’s mandatory; however, punishment is not. It can be followed by forgiveness if you genuinely repent. Hope for Allah’s mercy – Allah forgives those who truly want to be forgiven. Allah SWT says in the Qur’an: “So remember Me, I will remember you … ”[2:152], “ … ‘call upon Me, I will respond to you’ … ” [40:60], and “… Allah will not punish them, while they seek forgiveness” [8:33].
How would you live your last day? How would you talk? How would you pray? How would you work? How would you eat? What would you do? Mufti Menk shares advice on being prepared for our death. This was a Kuthba at Masjid Uthman delivered on 14th June 2013.