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?
The family is changing and people are moving away from the blessings of family and community. The world is changing and this is part of our tests in this life. How can we cope with this? This lecture took place at the Divine Legacy event in Melbourne, Australia in December 2019.
Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.” (Bukhari) What we say is important and it stays with the child. If we are persistent with our positive message it continues to resonate with those around us. Don’t lose your cool, you may regret it later. Think before you speak because words matter.
Nowadays the LGBT community is active around the world. Everyone knows about it especially our youth and children who get exposed to this wherever they go. They might be confused and have questions about these particular people. How do we answer their questions in an Islamic way?
In our extremely polarized time, where do Muslims fall in on conservative or progressive values, especially when it comes to gender roles and masculinity in particular? Dr. Brown discusses where Islam fits in with modern issues around gender.
During 2010, in a collaborative effort for Islamic Awareness, The Islamic Diversity Centre (IDC) teamed up in conjunction with Northumbria University Islamic Society to bring iERA speakers AbdurRaheem Green & Hamza Tzortzis to deliver a powerful and dynamic lecture on God: Delusion or Truth?
We live in an age where communication is heavily done through technology taking away the physical presence. This is causing an increase in confrontation and argumentation that is unhealthy for our communities and societies.
In this speech, Imam Khalid Latif gives an excellent reminder of how the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ gave everyone in his society value and importance. No one was ignored or left behind, and it is our duty to do the same and take care of those around us.
As Dr. Umar Faruq Abd Allah explains in this talk, good cultural conventions have the power of law. They are given the same priority that law has, as long as they do not actually contradict Islamic law. Unfortunately, this is an idea that we have lost over the past 200 years.
This does not, of course, mean that we begin to drink alcohol if we come to a culture in which alcohol is prevalent. This only applies to cultural practices which agree with the rules we follow as Muslims. What this means is that Muslims are never aliens, no matter where they go. This was the way Muslims lived for a thousand years. This is why scholars called Islam a crystal clear river; because it is pure and clear, reflecting the color of the bedrock.
Therefore, if the culture was Chinese, Islam would look Chinese. If the culture was Indian, Islam would look Indian. If it goes to Europe, Islam would look European–such as Bosnian culture, which was a beautiful European Muslim culture, destroyed during the genocide.
Muslims are not cultural predators, and Islam has not come to destroy culture. The governing concept was, “unity in diversity.” Today, cultures are being destroyed through the global mono-culture, which is not a culture. Because of this, usually the way we dress doesn’t carry a specific message of our identity.
This talk was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, April 6, 2018.
As Muslims in this age how do we make sense of what is happening around us? There are various movements in the Muslim in the last two hundred years that have struggled to do that. Imam Suhaib Webb explains.
When polled, most Americans say they do not know a Muslim. More than 80 percent of media coverage about Islam and Muslims is negative, and Muslims have often found themselves at the center of social and political debate. When it comes to Muslim Americans, the narrative is more often created about our community by the media and by politicians, not by Muslim Americans themselves. If American Muslims do not define themselves individually and collectively, they leave themselves vulnerable to being defined by others.
The nation-state and nationalism are both modern phenomena. In his article for Renovatio, Zaid Shakir writes that Islam contains clear arguments against the most important elements of nationalism. This conversation explores the contents of his article, Where Islam and Nationalism Collide, to be published in Vol I, Issue II of Renovatio: the Journal of Zaytuna College: https://renovatio.zaytuna.edu/article/where-islam-and-nationalism-collide
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?
Peer pressure isn’t a recent phenomenon that belongs only to our generation. Peer pressure is as old as the creation of human beings. Just the term “peer pressure” has been publicized lately. Many people Muslim and non Muslim experience peer pressure, when moral values clash with actions, practices or behaviors of other youth who live around us, whether they are at school or in a neighborhood. Yusha Evans sheds some light on the issue and gives some good advice to the young and older generation who are facing the problem of peer pressure.
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.
Sister Dalia Mogahed talks about how if we put our trust in Allah truly and genuinely we would transform ourselves, our families, our communities and our country. This video is from the 55th Annual ISNA Convention (August 31 – September 3, 2018) in Houston, Texas.
Imam Zaid Shakir discusses Islam’s stance on the LGBTQ issue and limits as Muslims, and in regards to the LGBTQ community. How, Muslim youth should interact with the LGBTQ community, including when their own Muslim friends identify as LGBTQ. He also explains how youth can be ambassadors of Islam while still respecting other communities.
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.
This session aims to grant listeners a better understanding of how the Quran affects you, its purpose in the larger societal scale, and the steps you need to take to truly let it have an impact on your life.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf reminds us of the nature of this world and to protect ourselves by focusing on Allah and the way of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in seeking knowledge that is beneficial for ourselves, our families and our communities.
In society today, it is common practice for the youth to cultivate their skills and ultimately choose a career in which their skills are found to be an asset. What the youth don’t think about, though, is how their skills can actually be an asset to the development and ultimate success of Islam in this world today. Consequently, there are practices in Islam that can be used to benefit us in society as well, but nobody thinks about these things.
Our families are broken. Our youth are facing issues we’ve never seen before. There are many struggles in this world for the family. How do we overcome these tests and save ourselves. Dr. Suzy Ismail reminds us on ways we can protect ourselves and our families.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi advises us to be aware while participating for social reform and social justice we should not forget about our Islamic values and morals. He reminds us that we should link our spirituality and our deen to providing solutions to modern social issues such as the #metoo movement. Morality is changing with each generation and if we do not speak up then what may be prohibited for us will be acceptable and what is acceptable today might be prohibited tomorrow.
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.
Imam Zaid Shakir discusses in this profound sermon recent insults upon the Prophets (peace be upon them), satanic forces tearing apart families and society as a whole. This sermon was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, March 23, 2018.
Imam Abdul Malik discusses how we as Muslims should not be “robotic” in our ibadah but be true and authentic with our worship of Allah. We should not let the current time and environment affect the way we follow the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
How should Muslims deal with practices reprehended by the shariah? If enjoining good and forbidding evil is a central Islamic shariah concept and a duty on Muslims in general, what are our limits in implementing it and the etiquettes we need to observe?
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.
In the global society today sometimes there are societal opinions that are contrary to Islamic beliefs and understanding. Muslims may feel out of place and out of time without adopting these new norms that have evolved over time. How can we remain true to our identity as Muslims but continue to live and be inclusive with our neighbors and societies.
Muslim families are no different than any other family in our society. All families have similar issues and concerns. What does the Qur’an say about the family and how should we act as a family. Imam Nihal Khan explains.
Postmodern worldviews intrinsically challenge the authority of scripture and create a bubble of sacredness around human rights ground in public reason. How do we achieve the balance of staying modern while cherishing the Divine text?
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Allah will elevate some people by this book and he will degrade others with it.” Conveying Islam with utmost clarity is a fundamental component of our mission at MAS. As such, reciting, memorizing, and understanding Quran is the heart of MAS’s plan to raise a Quranic generation who is prepared to carry out our mission. Join us in congratulating a new batch of 15 young men and women who completed the memorization of the Quran in the MAS Quran Institute Program.
How do we collaborate with individuals and organizations with whom we might have clear differences in beliefs and practices? If Muslims are always asked to encourage what is good and eradicate what is bad, then how do we follow this creed in times of differences with our collaborators?
Islam does not contradict our identity as Americans. Our faith is relevant for all times and places. Unfortunately there are Muslims without any understanding of Islam who claim to be speaking on behalf of the faith, which they end up tarnishing it instead.
As part of Islamic Awareness Week, the MSA at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) held its Friday khutbah in a public place as a means of dawah, and invited Sh. Yasir Qadhi to deliver the sermon. Join Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi as he talks about some of the problems that Muslims face in modern times and the role of a Muslim in a Non-Muslim society.
When the Shariah is mentioned, many immediately focus on the laws and punishments. However, the Shariah is a complete way of life. Often times, the ethical standards that the Shariah places on Muslims to conduct our everyday Muamalaat (various interactions with people) are overlooked. In this lecture, Dr. Johnathan AC Brown will discuss our responsibility as Muslims in maintaining a high ethical standard towards society.
It is reported in the Sahih of Imam Muslim that one day our Prophet Muhammad(S) was once sitting on one of the houses of Medinah. He looked around and said to the Sahabas: “Do you see what I’m seeing” They said “What oh Messenger of Allah” The Prophet answered: I see trials and tribulations falling upon your houses like the drops of rain. The frequency , the quantity will affect everybody”
In another Hadith, our Prophet(S) said that towards end of time, trials would become repetitive by nature. Every time a trial/calamity would come, the believers would become scared and terrified. They will say that we cannot pass this trial. The Prophet(S) said Allah will open up the doors and let it go away. Then another will come, they will say “ This is my destruction” and so on and so forth.
Nowadays when we look at how many incidents are taking place, how many issues that are rising day by day. We can see the difference of the how the world was before and what it has become now!
The only thing that distinguishes one Muslim from another, as Nouman Ali Khan teaches us in this khutbah, is their level of fear of Allah. In Aya 11 of Surah Al-Hujuraat, Allah says that we must never make others feel inferior to us, whether because of their race or the job they do. Ustadh Nouman reminds us of how Prophet Dawoud, who was one of the greatest rulers humanity has ever known, was honored by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for eating from the toil of his own hands and how the Quran too honored him for his ability to shape metal. Despite the greatness of his kingdom, he was an ironsmith, and by dignifying him as such, Allah has dignified every kind of halal work as work in the path of Allah.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf discusses his concerns he finds in the changing world today from the lack of beauty in humanity, the sin of destractibility, the lack of poetry in languages, waste in food and destruction of nature. He then explains what Muslims and Islam can offer in these crises.
In today’s hyper consumerist societies, where effortless instant gratification is the norm, it is easy for those whose faith is weak to stray from the path of Allah. Those whose faith is literally “on the edge”, weighed down by unanswered questions and unresolved emotions, are ready to fall off when faced with life’s inevitable trials and tribulations. But at such times of personal and public crisis, says Nouman Ali Khan, we must remember that the purpose of those tests is to draw those with strong faith closer to Allah, who has a plan for everybody. Both Yacoub (AS) and Musa’s mother lost a child but despite their agony, and because they both had unshakable faith, the former was reunited with his son after many years while the latter was returned to his mother within hours. When we question Allah’s design we miss the core truth that reality will only submit to us when we submit ourselves to Allah. This is ultimately the path to inherit paradise.
How should we, as a minority segment of society, deal with the majority? Even if we have to be different sometimes, it doesn’t mean we have to isolate ourselves from society. When it comes to practicing Islam and dealing with those who differ with us in our beliefs and practices, we need to keep in line with the dealings of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). Are there common areas where we can work together?
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.
If we were not here, would the community we were part of miss us? Would they say we need them because of our contributions? What have we done to help our communities and our societies grow and be better? Imam Khalid Latif delivers this inspiring lecture motivating us to give back for the sake of Allah.
In this session, Sheikh Omar Suleiman addresses the reality and consequences of social media in a Muslim’s life. What are some of the ways that social media influences us? What are some of the consequences of using it? What are the benefits that we can reap from it?
“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow for the one who hopes for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much. (33: 21) Nobody had it more difficult than our beloved prophets, peace be upon them all. They managed to stay grounded in their identity while living as a religious minority, staying strong in adversity and living a life of service. What lessons can we take from their examples to apply in our daily lives as we attempt to understand ourselves and progress in society? Recorded at the 51st Annual MSA National Continental Conference in Detroit, MI on Sunday, August 31, 2014.
“We have certainly created man in the best of stature.” (95:4) Sex, Image and Society — where does society’s widespread expectations of body image, sexuality and wealth fit in with an American Muslim’s identity, modesty and purpose? Recorded at the 51st Annual MSA National Continental Conference in Detroit, MI on Saturday, August 30, 2014.
In this khutbah, Nouman Ali Khan explains certain ayat in the Quran of which some feel the need to apologize for. He explains that we do not need to apologize it but we need to understand it and learn it for ourselves first and foremost.
Imam Yaseen Shaikh discuses in this lecture, the issues surrounding Muslims and homosexuality. The Imam also answers several questions relating to this matter. Can one have homosexual tendencies and still be a Muslim? Can one be an active homosexual and Muslim? This video is not a hatred towards the Homosexual Communities nor is it homophobia related, but is for the purpose of educating Muslims on the issues that exist in Islam.
One of the unique struggles of our generation is the tension that arises with attempting to reconcile technological developments and our secular education with our religious education and spiritual development. Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda helps us understand the balance between the two spheres of knowledge.
Nouman Ali Khan from the Bayyinah Institute presents a lecture on Friendship. The program was hosted at Masjid Fateh in Bahrain and was coordinated in beautiful fashion by the SayOneCare organization. On this first night of the program, Ustadh Nouman discusses the nature of Friendship in light of the Qur’an.
To bring about success, all necessary elements should be covered. Maintaining the success is by no means less important than achieving it. Therefore the building process needs to be well controlled in order for the foundation to be robust and the end result will last long. This session presents the main features for the process of building the Renaissance, which includes comprehensiveness, balance, and relevance.
Anyone with even a modicum of exposure to popular culture can see a pervasive occult element in films, television, and music. Vampires, sorcerers, witches, secret society references, and satanic rituals have come out from the shadows and onto center stage in popular culture. Those of us of a certain age have witnessed the increasingly graphic depiction of violence that began with the game-changing 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. This trend now includes a multi-billion dollar game industry with titles like “Grand Theft Auto” and “School Massacre.” Coupled with the violence is the disturbing “pornification” of culture that has resulted in another multi-billion dollar sex industry of exploitation and degradation. Lest we forget, a dark soundtrack to all of this blares out from car stereos and smartphones straight into the ears of our youth, lulling them into a stupor in which reflection and reality to them are as distant and faded as the once bright lights of the now lost night sky. This unsettling talk will take a serious look at the forces behind these trends, their agendas, and the damage they have already inflicted on young minds. It will also give practical means to mitigate the influence in our homes and communities, and provide strategies for combating it. Please note: Given the subject matter and the use of some graphic images, please consider this session rated PG 13.
Shaykh Hasan Ali discusses the youth of today in the West and how parents should understand the differences in the culture and the society. He explains how parents should raise their children in Western societies and how communication should be done. The younger and new generation is different and parents should understand it.
Wisam Sharieff discusses our use of time and social media in relation to pornography. As well as the effects of social media in our personal lives and our actions. Lecture from the 2013 ICNA-MAS Convention in Hartford, CT.
Sheikh Kamal El Mekki discusses the issues pertaining to Modesty and its importance to society during Day 1 of his lecture “An Itchy Heart” held at Fanar – Qatar Islamic Cultural Center on the 5th & 6th April 2013.
“Verily we have honoured the Children of Adam. We carry them on the land and the sea, and have made provision of good things for them, and have preferred them above many of those whom We created with a marked preferment.” Quran 17:70
“Impact of Youth in Today’s Society”- Talk by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan (Apologies for poor sound quality) Speech at Chain of Hearts, the First annual Youth Conference in Southern California, March 17, 2012, Anaheim, California. Organized by the Southern California Chapters of YM and ICNA. Read more about this event: http://www.icna.org/sold-out-1st-youth-conf-by-ym-icna-in-s-california/
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Where are we going? This is a question that is relevant for both Muslims and Americans. Beyond certain jingoistic slogans we may regurgitate during moments of contrived patriotism, do we really have a sense of destiny? What is our vision for the sort of world we would like to see coming into being and what actions can we realistically take to begin actualizing that vision? These are some of the questions Shaykh Hamza Yusuf will address during the concluding lecture of this conference.
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.
In his bestselling book, Ill Fares the Land, Tony Judt passionately argues that individualism, egoism, greed and the
politics they gave birth to are undermining the very basis
of community, equality and social justice. In the ensuing
social carnage no one suffers more than the poor and disenfranchised members of our society. What are the political foundations of community, equality and social justice?
Can America be a great nation if it tramples on its poor and downtrodden? How can more affluent Muslims display more compassion for the less fortunate members of our society–both Muslims and others? These are some of the questions Imam Siraj Wahhaj will answer in this lecture.