One of the defining qualities of the Muslim community is its general concern for the well-being, prosperity and salvation of society at large. Islam is not an individualistic religion; it possesses a strong social and communal aspect. One of the ways in which the community works towards change and creating a healthy society is through the Prophetic model of enjoining good and forbidding evil. It is the role of the people of knowledge to lead that effort and help identify what is beneficial and what is harmful for society. What practical steps do we take to educate ourselves and become agents of positive change?
Sh. Yasir Qadhi reminds us about our mission to help shape a better future. What causes and social changes are we as Muslims supporting? Sh. Yasir cites the history of alcohol prohibition and how we would support it. What about the social ills of today?
This world is full of distractions taking us away from remembering Allah and feeding us media that only consumes our heart. Shaykh Hasan Ali explains to us how we are killing ourselves trying to attain the dunya.
The Quran states that men and women were created to be equal parts of a pair. Considering women in the West received the right to vote, inherit and own property thirteen centuries later, the Prophet (pbuh) teachings were both radical and revolutionary. For example, Muslim women gained full ownership over their money, while husbands had the responsibility to provide for them even if their wives were wealthier than them. This talk will address the various myths about women in Islam, and will highlight specific examples of how the Prophet (pbuh) improved women’s position in a society where they were buried alive.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi discusses how Islam came with social change and principles that still hold true today. How do we maintain these principles in today’s climate? How can we preserve the Prophetic call to social justice? This lecture is from IlmFest 2018 in Toronto, Canada on July 29th, 2018.
Dr. Altaf Husain delivers a Khutbah about social order from social justice and our religious obligation to uphold justice on the individual level. This sermon was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, October 12, 2018.
Inner Cities in America are struggling. Black, Latino and other less fortunate communities of color are stuck in a viscious cycle of poverty. Couple this with the issue of race in America and you have a much bigger problem on hand. How can Muslims assist in this situation? How can organizations like ICNA Relief assist in these communities. Please share reflections on the recent tensions and violence in Baltimore.
The precious advice that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ gave humanity in his last Sermon (The Sermon of Farewell) shows how much Islam values and appreciates the concepts of social equality, brotherhood, individual liberty and mutual cooperation as a guiding light for humanity fourteen centuries ago. Join us in covering these beautiful principles and discussing how we can apply them to our daily lives.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf reflects on the nature of Islam as a way of life that affirms the sanctity of private property and free enterprise while avoiding the excesses of capitalism, yet, demands social concern and responsibility while rejecting the extremes of communism. In this stimulating lecture, Shaykh Hamza looks at what an alert and serious Muslim community can offer to our country to help it escape the dangerous political and economic trends that threaten not only the stability of our society but, indeed, global peace, security and stability.
In the recent years, Fair Trade has emerged as one of the world’s most dynamic efforts to enhance global social justice and environmental sustainability through market based social change. Does Fair Trade necessarily mean ethical trade? What impact can the average consumer have on global economics? Grounded in the inspiring power of Fair Trade as a positive alternative to poverty, environmental destruction, and human exploitation, this enlightening session will explain how we can make a difference.
It was narrated that ‘Ai’ishah said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “O people, you should do whatever good deeds you can, for Allah does not get tired (of giving reward) until you get tired. And the most beloved of good deeds to Allah is that in which a persons persists, even if it is little. If the family of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) started to do something, they would persist in it.” (al-Bukhaari, 43; Muslim, 782) As Muslims in tumultuous age, we must develop the methods and tools necessary to improve our community’s condition. How can we utilize our various individual strengths and approaches to jointly propel our community into a brighter era? What can we do today to energize and mobilize ourselves? How do we get ourselves moving? What are ways that we can ensure the continuity of our actions? From ISNA 2009 convention, “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness”, in Washington, D.C.