The challenge is friends! Our friends help us choose which path to take… if our friends remind us of Allah (swt), it becomes much easier to feel strong on the path that Allah (swt) has ordained for us… but friends that are heedless of Allah (swt) only make it easy for us to forget! Instead of pulling us towards Allah, they pull us away! If we feel guilty and want to come back to the path of Allah… our friends, who are not on this path, make it difficult for us… we stand out, maybe even look weird! Friends have lead innocent youth to crime… friends have caused peer pressure to make a Muslim youth conform to societal expectations… but also… Friends have pulled a fallen youth up from the gutters, bringing them closer to Allah (swt)! It all depends on the company you keep! So how do you get to have such a company?
How do you know you are a good Muslim? How do you know you are on the right path? How can you tell whether or not something is right or wrong? This is all related to your taqwa or your awareness of Allah.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf delivers a Khutbah about the hallmarks of gratitude in the context of Ramadan, which he called an annual school that we attend to build Taqwa (God consciousness) and sabr (patience) and move away from ghaflah (heedlessness).
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf delivered this final Ramadan sermon (Jumat-al-Widah Khutbah) at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on June 23, 2017.
The equality of all human beings, races and nations before Allah is highlighted in verse 11 of Surat Al-Hujurat, where Allah says that no race should look down on any other race and that the only thing that places one person above another is, taqwa (consciousness of Allah) and good deeds. This unseen quality that is only known to Allah is what makes you superior before Him. As Nouman Ali Khan explains, the verse singles out women who mock other women and treat them as inferior. Such a societal attitude betrays a spiritual crisis and can even breed hatred, animosity and even war, between nations.
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.
A question often asked when times are tough. A question that occupies our time and our minds. A question that often confuses us, despite the simple answer. How can we understand the wisdom behind the actions of Allah ﷻ, His qadar, and His rules? How can we understand the wisdom behind facing hardships? How should we balance between submitting to Allah’s ﷻ decrees and exhausting our resources in pursuit of changing our tough reality?
The present storms in which Muslims currently go through, the types of temptation to which they are painfully exposed, and the unfavorable social trends closely growing around them have caused religion to become something strange so that those who adhere to it are likened to something weird. The Messenger ﷺ described our current time saying: “The one who holds onto his religion is like one who holds on to burning coal.” There is no doubt that Muslims today need the means of steadfastness standing for their Islamic principles and beliefs more than their predecessors among the salaf did, and that the effort required is greater because of the corruption of our time and the scarcity of help. How can we successfully weather the storm and stand firm for our principles and beliefs till the last moments of our life?
Imam Zaid Shakir discusses a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) narrated by Abu Thar (RA), be mindful of Allah, a good action clears a misdeed, and treat people with good character.
Who has rights upon us? And who do we have rights upon? Imam Siraj Wahhaj speaks about the right you have to Allah (swt).
On the authority of Mu’aadh bin Jabal, a companion of the Prophet Muhammed who said :
“I was riding with the Prophet, sitting behind him, when he said to me, “O Mu’aadh! Do you know what is Allah’s right over His slaves, and what is the slave’s right over Allah?”.
I said, “Allah and His Messenger know Best.”
He said, “The Right of Allah over the slaves, is that they should worship Him alone and not associate anything with Him, while the right of the slaves over Allah is that He will not punish (on the Day of Judgment) whoever does not associate with Him.”
Collected by al-Bukhari, Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, Ahmed & Ibn Majah
Umar Ibn Al-Khattab RA said “Hold yourself to account before you are judged, and weigh your actions before they are weighed against you.” How do we go about this process of self-evaluation and taking account of ourselves and our actions? This workshop will focus on the importance of self-evaluation. Oftentimes when we get caught up in community work, dawah, or any leadership role we often forget to check ourselves and reflect on our Iman. Being involved and helping others is rewarding, but should not come in the way of our worship. A few points we would like to cover in this talk: Why is it important to do Muhasiba? How should we do it? How often? Importance of renewing intentions? Stories of how the Prophet SAW, Sahaba RA, and righteous predecessors did this Please mention any dua and/or ayahs in the Qur’an and hadith about this.
Do we think about God before we begin with an act? Do we ponder what God will say or respond to what we are about to do? Do we think deeply about our decisions? Imam Khalid Latif reminds us of the important to be aware.
In a well-known Hadith the Prophet Muhammad, Blessings and Peace upon him, once asked his companions, who was bankrupt among his nation. They proceeded to mention the one lacking material means. He, peace upon him, responded that the truly bankrupt person was one lacking righteous deeds on the Day of Resurrection, while having insulted, slandered and demeaned others. Imam Suhaib will examine the implications of this Hadith and discuss its relevance for our lives and times. He will situate that discussion in the context of a deeper examination of the idea of religious poverty.
An important lecture, delivered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari at Sheffield University on November 7, 2011, discussing the true spirit of Supplication (dua) and Reliance upon Allah (tawakkul), in addition to the Islamic viewpoint on Ruqya and Amulets
(Lecture starts 8 minutes in) “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” (33:21) As the overall theme of the convention, educating ourselves on how we can live Islam through the perfect model of faith in man – the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Advice will be given on how to draw on the character of the Prophet (pbuh) to get us closer to Allah (SWT). Find out how knowing more about the personality of the Prophet (pbuh) and exercising that knowledge will lead us as individuals to a more positive role in life and will bring justice, security, tranquility, and help remove obstacles for ourselves, our communities, and our society.