The Prophet (saw) said, “Avoid that which I forbid you to do and do that which I command you to do to the best of your capacity. Verily the people before you were destroyed only because of their excessive questioning and their disagreement with their Prophets.” (Agreed upon). The above hadith provides a straight forward way and a perfect solution for believers to settle their differences. It creates a perfect framework within which humans can happily live and settle their affairs. It’s the lack of this framework of divine guidance that we see as the primary reason for discussion-dead-lock. If humans are the ones who are allowed the make the rules, arguments have no way of reaching a resolution when conflicts arise. Who has the final word? Who gets to decide? Who’s judgement is final? Seeking to obey Allah and his messenger is a true blessing that relieves a believer from the agony of differences and conflicts.
How much do we love the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him? The Prophet was merciful but are we? Are we merciful to our family, our community, our brothers and sisters? Mufti Hussain Kamani reminds of the mercy of the Prophet.
Many believers, including Khadijah (ra), faced isolation for the sake of truth. Sh. Omar Suleiman, Founder and President of Yaqeen Institute, discusses isolation upon truth and the resolve gained therein.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Established the First Minority Community in Makkah
Due to a difference in belief, ethnicity, and social class, the Muslim community in Makkah was a minority one. For this, Muslims faced all kinds physical, emotional, and psychological difficulties. How did the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ build such a cohesive minority community who stood firmly amidst all these challenges and was successfully able to deliver the message? What lessons can we take living in similar circumstances in order to achieve similar success?
One of the saddest days in the life of our Prophet (peace be upon him) was the day his beloved one-and-a-half year old son Ibrahim passed away.
On that very day something miraculous happened in the skies, the sun eclipsed and rumour spread around that the sun has eclipsed at the death of the Prophet’s son!
What better proof to give to a group of nomad Bedouin pagan Arabs who worshipped the sun and the moon, that their false god has been eclipsed at the death of the Prophet’s son, but our Prophet (peace be upon him) was not one who believed in superstition and nor is our religion one that teaches bizarre mythologies to prove its authenticity.
When the solar eclipse occurred our Prophet (peace be upon him) replied, “The sun and the moon do not eclipse because of the death or life of someone, but they are two signs amongst the Signs of Allah. So, if you see them, offer the Prayer (of eclipse in praise of Allah)”. ~ [Sahih al-Bukhari]
The sun and the moon are magnificent creations of Allah and their eclipsing is a majestic celestial event that are Signs of Allah’s Might and Power!
Join Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi in this sermon he gave at last night’s lunar eclipse where he explains the Islamic perspective of solar and lunar eclipses and the Qusoof & Khusoof prayers when eclipses occur.
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.
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.
Socialise like it’s Sunnah, following in the beloved footsteps of our Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessing be upon him). A guide sent to all of mankind, in order to bring them out of darkness and into light.
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.
In the life of the Prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him), the believer finds the inspiration that moves his heart, illuminates his mind, and guides his actions. In this session each speaker will present a point in the life of the prophet (peace be upon him) that inspired him/her the most.
This series of ten lectures by Dr Hesham Al-Awadi, presented here on 10 CDs, surveys the history of great Muslim women from the time of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) right through to the present day. The listener is taken on a truly fascinating journey of discovery exploring the role women played in different communities across the Islamic world. This CD set is a must for anyone who wishes to grasp the Islamic values and principles that underpinned, inspired and motivated women from all walks of life.
Abu Taubah discusses the trials and tribulations during the Prophet Muhammad’s time, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. He discusses the trials and tribulations not as Muhammad was a prophet but as a man.
Ustadh Usama Canon discusses the first safe space created for Muslim converts in Mecca: Dar al-Arqam. In this story, we learn many lessons on how the Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] cared for the needs of newly-converted Muslims.
In this Khutbah, Imam Khalid Latif discusses the story of Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
Narrated Abu Hurairah: Jibril (Gabriel) came to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and said: “O Allah’s Messenger! This is Khadijah, coming to you with a dish having meat soup (or some food or drink). When she reaches you, greet her on behalf of her Lord (Allah) and on my behalf, and give her the glad tidings of having a palace made of Qasab in Paradise, wherein there will be neither any noise nor any toil, (fatigue, trouble, etc.).” [Al-Bukhari]
The Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him, is reported to have said, “If there were a prophet after me it would be Umar.” In this lecture, the President of the Islamic Society of North America, Imam Mohammed Magid, will examine the life and times of Umar bin al-Khattab, with special emphasis of his brilliant legal thinking, the mercy those rulings involve and the relevance for today’s Muslims, especially those of us here in the West.
During the 2008 Rihla to Mecca and Madina, Hamza Yusuf translated and explained the profound and eloquent poem titled Qurrat al-Absar, or Discerning the Eyes’ Delight, a beautiful account of the life of the Messenger of God written by the noble Shaykh ‘Abd al-’Aziz al-Lamti in the 10th century of the Islamic era.