Sincerity while doing any action or deed is a huge challenge for each and every one of us. This challenge gets magnified many times over when we are seeking Islamic knowledge.
It’s easy for intentions to get corrupted, leading to feelings of arrogance, superiority and showing off, in turn, causing us to lose out on unimaginable rewards from Allah. So how do we make sure we remain sincere and firm while seeking Islamic knowledge?
Somebody who watches a few YouTube videos doesn’t become a Scholar. Someone who Googles a Wikipedia article doesn’t become a Mufti.
With the advent of modernity and globalisation the Ummah faces new challenges that are unique to our times.
On the one hand we have the ultra conservative fanatics that take every verse of the Qur’an and Sunnah literally without understanding the context or purpose thereby making the religion more difficult and burdensome than it really is.
Then on the other hand we have the ultra liberal progressives that modify the religion to what is acceptable to their flawed intellects and the norms of the societies that they live in.
Pseudo-scholars from both ends of the spectrum with loud mouths and mesmerizing speeches but no authentic Islamic Scholarship are seen as scholars by the wider community and often speak on behalf of Muslims and Islam.
In this thought-provoking talk Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi addresses the current controversies within the Ummah and how can we navigate through these challenges of modern times.
OnePath Network special show with Ustadth Nouman Ali Khan. Q&A session discussing Islamic education in the west, and how it can be improved. Great insights & perspective, and a very beneficial show for educators, da3ees, and those involved within the Muslim community.
In this keynote address delivered at SeekersGuidance’s New Home benefit luncheon, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus explains the crucial role knowledge plays in bringing communities to life and the importance of sacrifice to spread knowledge.
Shaykh Yahya begins by reading a memorandum on the state of our community and the challenges its leaders face, explaining how it fits into the agenda set by their illuminated teachers: “If you can’t plow seeds, so plow the land so that it is fertile enough for the next generation to plant seeds.” He also draws attention to the vision, foresight, and sacrifice of SeekersGuidance’s founder Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.
Next, Shaykh Yahya stresses the importance of knowledge and religious education, necessary for wholistic Islamic living in the world today. He highlights the importance of building and laying foundations, and the crucial role of institutions like SeekersGuidance in preserving the wellbeing of the community.
Shaykh Yahya closes by reminding that knowledge is the number one way to bring a heart, family, community, and society to life. Knowledge should be an excuse for other things, not vice versa. We should make knowledge a priority—not only in seeking it, but in supporting initiatives spreading the knowledge which gives one one’s orientation in life.
Read: the first word to be revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Even if this was the only reference to seeking knowledge in Islam, the fact that it is was chosen as the first word of the Quran to be revealed to humankind would be enough to demonstrate its utter magnitude. With the proper intention and etiquette, seeking knowledge is one of the greatest acts of worship. Today, there are few better ways to strengthen ourselves and our community than by seeking knowledge of our faith and the world — and then implementing and passing that knowledge on.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani highlights six key lessons for seekers of nowledge from six beautiful stories from the life of Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah be pleased with him).
These six practical lessons are relevant for everyone who wishes to become a true seeker of Islamic knowledge, and to fulfill the true purpose of knowledge–namely, seeking Allah’s pleasure, and living and spreading the light of the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reads and explains Imam Subki’s poem of counsel to his son Muhammad on the proper path and etiquette’s of seeking Islamic knowledge.
The counsel of Imam Subki is an important work that clarifies what is a sound traditional Islamic understanding of knowledge; how it is sought; and the methodology of learning and knowledge that Muslims should follow. Emphasis is given on the purpose of knowledge; acting upon it; sincerely seeking the pleasure of Allah through it; following the way of the inheritors of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him); and manifesting the fruits of knowledge in one’s life–faith, piety, worshipfulness, and excellence of character and conduct.
Dr. Tariq Ramadan discusses on how Muslims need to start being serious about our religion and to ask tough questions to firmly solidify our belief especially being confronted with other ideas in our current times.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani answers the question: who do we take knowledge from? He details the advice of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, from his work al-Faqih wa’l Mutafaqqih, which revolves around three main points: (1) consulting the scholars experts in the discipline, (2) following those who act on what Islam entails, and (3) following those who learned with scholars and not through only reading books.
Mufti Hussain Kamani shares many examples from the life of the Prophet (s) and the sahaba on how they balanced their life from seeking knowledge, to their familial responsibility, working to provide for themselves and their families and the general community and society.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses key lessons he observed and learned from his teachers and fellow seekers. He speaks about Shaykh Adib Kallas, Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri, Shaykh Nuh Keller, Mufti Mahmoud Ashraf, Shaykh Muhammad Qaylish, Shaykh Jihad Brown. A question and answer session follows.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan advises the graduating class of the 2013 Bayyinah Dream Program. May Allah(swt) grant them success in their future endeavors and use them to educate and motivate the people with Islam. Ameen.
Our duty as Muslims is to represent the true meaning of Islam by reaching out to the broader community we serve, the underprivileged and underrepresented. As tensions continue to increase throughout the world, we as North American Muslims have a unique opportunity rarely found elsewhere to serve our community with assurances of security and freedom. Using the Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) as our shining example, this session aims — through diverse informed and unique speakers — to motivate inspire and move us beyond mere words and rhetoric, to truly living a way of life dedicated to serving God by serving humanity.
Dr. Tariq Ramadan visits Zaytuna College, part of the visiting scholars lecture series, and discusses a wide variety of topics including Islam in academia, politics, philosophy, logic, rationality, the Muslim tradition and Islamic education.
Do we really want to achieve excellence or are we merely satisfied with being ordinary? At a Texas summer youth retreat, Siraj Wahhaj shares his observations that can help the believer progress on the road to excellence by improving one’s overall understanding, appreciation and practice of Islam. In this talk, he makes a brief synopsis of the well-known hadith of Gabriel with an emphasis on the critical aspect of ihsan (striving for perfection). He also implores the audience to remember that the Islamic teachings are for one’s benefit and that we must strive to learn and practice the deen. But this striving comes at a price! What is that price and are we willing to pay it? A great lecture for any Muslim, especially teenagers, who want to move from one level of faith and practice to the next. Other topics discussed: good and bad leadership, seeking leadership, fear and humility before Allah, demonstrating gratitude, and praying correctly with calmness. (Duration: 56 min)
Many of the discussions that exist around gender in the Muslim community, both in the United States and abroad, have not fruitful. In this khutbah, Imam Latif speaks about the need for Muslim women to empower themselves through knowledge and also discusses how Muslims on a whole have failed to treat their women with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
This Khutbah was delivered at the Islamic Center at NYU (www.icnyu.org) on Friday, March 4th, 2011 by Imam Khaild Latif.