“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.
In the middle of Surah Ibrahim, Allah(SWT) tells us about an amazing incident that will occur on the Day of Judgment. This is an incident that some of our early scholars gave an interesting title to, found in the early books of Tafseer, called ‘The Khutbah of Shaytaan’.
The story of Barsisa, the worshipper, teaches us many lessons in order to guard ourselves against the tricks of the devil. In this lecture, Mufti Hussain Kamani recounts the story and what we can learn from it.
Imam Suhaib Webb gives a khutbah reminding us that the dunya and Shaytan are trying to take us away from remembering Allah with distractions but we must have patience and persevere the tests and trials we face.
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.
Imam Zaid Shakir talks about our community’s proclivity to procrastination so we can hasten to implement God’s commands to us and to avoid the prohibitions. He gave tips to remedy and beat our laziness, including performing our prayer (Salat) on time.
This sermon was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, February 2, 2018.
Is Satan real or simply a myth? Do Muslims fear him? How powerful is he? We will explore here the Islamic view of Satan, his approach, and how we are encouraged to protect themselves from his influence.
In this session we want the audience to hear the story of Iblis, and the promises he made to Allah after his refusal to bow to Adam (PBUH). After looking into the detailed story of Shaytaan and how and why he became the way he is, we want to give the audience an idea of some of the tricks Shaytan uses to stray believers from the straight path. Taking a look at Shaytan’s story from beginning to end, with a new, more profound insight, as well as a look into his tricks and trap, will allow the audience to have a better understanding of the enemy and how he manipulates mankind.
In this session we want the audience to get some practical tips on how to fight against the tricks of Shaytan. With these tips, we want stories from the lives of the companions and prophets to have a strong backing and show practical usage of said tips. Adding ayat and ahadith if also possible. Practical solutions that can be used in our everyday lives, as well as excellent examples from history, will Inshallah allow the audience to go back into their daily lives and battle Shaytaan with those tips.
“If you don’t know the plan of the devil, you will certainly fall for it.” Mufti Menk give us powerful and immensely beneficial lecture during his special program “Fountain of Light” held at Fanar – Qatar Islamic Cultural Center on 21st December 2012.
Although many Muslims throughout the world are in tribulation, there seems to be a simultaneous revival taking place within the ummah today. Abdullah Hakim Quick addresses this by first reviewing some of the great Islamic revival movements of the past. He then discusses ways in which today’s ummah can have similar success despite the calamities facing it. The key to this success, as the speaker asserts, is the protection of each individual heart. Shaitan takes certain steps to capitalize on the weakness of the Muslim by utilizing ten inroads to the heart such as envy, greed, anger and haste. If Shaitan is successful, the ummah will continue to be confused and divided and, in effect, the revival will never happen. This practical presentation raises awareness of these inroads so the believer can be on guard and have hope for winning the battle against Shaitan. An important talk about protecting the heart that can serve as a starting point for real unity and revival. Other topics discussed: excessive love of food and drink, fear of poverty, dislike for those who disagree with us, the mulazima system (studying under a sheikh), making pledges, why the ummah is in such tribulation today, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab and the four schools of thought, and making hijrah today. (Duration: 1 hour, 8 min)