Ustadh Usama Canon gives a Khutbah about being wise about your friends and to keep company with people who elevate you and that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. This sermon was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, December 6, 2013.
In this day and age in our Muslim Communities, as we celebrate at this Convention, Stories of Resilience: Strengthening the American Muslim Narrative, we need to not only highlight the successful initiatives, but also explore different challenges facing American Muslims today. It is imperative that we make progress towards our “model” masajids and how we should shape the Muslim community as we grow and move ahead. Staying true to our Islamic tradition, Muslims should be at the forefront of promoting and building an inclusive and welcoming environment to all. As we plan our expansions to our beautiful centers, and our Campus activities with exciting new projects, we need to better address the needs of our Women/Sisters even Children. Never forgetting to consider the Sick, the Disabled, the Minority, the Vulnerable and the New Revert Muslims among others. Beyond just awareness of these needs, we must offer our utmost support and serve these groups well as we integrate them fully into the fabric of our MSAs, our Shuras and Masajids. The focus should be to emulate the role of the Prophet (SAS)’s masjid and promote meaningful services and inclusion of everyone; meeting needs and growing a diverse, enriched community in the process.
Throughout history, every culture and society has crafted their ideals for manhood and womanhood. The 14th century sociologist, Ibn Khaldun, noted that the common denominator of all cultures is that they usually take their rich and powerful as their archetypes for manhood and womanhood. For us living in a pluralistic society these “powerful” are overwhelmingly defined by pop-culture, the music industry, the sports industry etc and this reality coupled with the deterioration of ethics and morals poses an immense problem. A cursory look back into what the role of men or women in America entailed 100 years ago compared to what it entails today will exhibit a stark contrast. As a result, when a society is wavering and/or degrading in its conceptualization of manhood and womanhood, many injustices and breaches occur in normal social conduct, mannerisms, and relationships– inevitably leading to a dysfunctional society. Reassuringly there is a solution. This session will discuss manhood and womanhood from the Islamic narrative.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was on the pulpit and he said:
اْر َحُمواتُْر َحُمواَواْغِفُروايَْغِفْراللَُّهلَُكْم
Be merciful to others and you will receive mercy. Forgive others and Allah will forgive you.
Let them pardon and overlook. Would you not love for Allah to forgive you? Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (24:22)
Our most beloved are usually the ones we tend to hurt the most. Ironically, they are also the hardest people to forgive or be forgiven by. Naturally, negative feelings grow more and more the longer we go without forgiving others. How can we work toward mending these relationships? More importantly, why should we forgive people that have hurt us in the first place?
The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Among Allah’s servants are people who are neither Prophets nor martyrs, but whom the Prophets and martyrs will deem fortunate because of their high status with Allah.”
They asked: “O Messenger of Allah inform us of who they are.”
He said: “They are people who loved each other for Allah’s sake, without being related to one another or being tied to one another by the exchange of wealth. By Allah, their faces will be luminous and they will be upon light. They will feel no fear when the people will be feeling fear and they will feel no grief when the people will be grieving.” ~ (Sunan Abu Dawud)
Allah will ask on the Day of Judgement: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, (on a day when there is no shade but mine) I shall shade them with My shade.” ~ (Sahih Muslim)
The Islam brotherhood transcends cast, colour, race & nationality it is a permanent bond based on belief & acceptance of Allah as our deity & Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as His final Messenger.
Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi’s powerful talk from his trip to Trinidad on ‘Unity in the Muslim Ummah & the Islamic Brotherhood’
A talk for every Muslim, Recorded on 3rd January 2014
Brotherhood in Islam is a revolutionary concept. The barriers of color, caste and appearances fade away and hearts are miraculously united in the worship of that One True God. What makes a man stay up at night and make dua’ for his brother? What can make a Muslim be ready to sacrifice his wealth, his life and his personal happiness for another Muslim, without any return? Indeed, the value of this brotherhood transcends all the valuable things of this earth!
One of the greatest feats of the Last Prophet, peace upon him, was forging lasting bonds of brotherhood between the contentious and fractious tribes of Arabia. As a result of the unity established between them, they were able to take the Message of Islam to the far corners of the earth within a century. Our generation will not be able to engage in any meaningful social project unless we are united in the spirit of true brotherhood. This session examines aspects of the prophetic guidance that can foster this indispensable quality.