“While having confidence in our opinions, we should consider the possibility of the goodness in the other side as well. Having dIfferences is part of Allah’s plan in the creation and it should be looked at as a source of enrichment not conflicts. We should consider cooperating on our common grounds and not to cut off relations. What are the ethical code at times of differences?” – Imam Al Shafii
Somebody who watches a few YouTube videos doesn’t become a Scholar. Someone who Googles a Wikipedia article doesn’t become a Mufti.
With the advent of modernity and globalisation the Ummah faces new challenges that are unique to our times.
On the one hand we have the ultra conservative fanatics that take every verse of the Qur’an and Sunnah literally without understanding the context or purpose thereby making the religion more difficult and burdensome than it really is.
Then on the other hand we have the ultra liberal progressives that modify the religion to what is acceptable to their flawed intellects and the norms of the societies that they live in.
Pseudo-scholars from both ends of the spectrum with loud mouths and mesmerizing speeches but no authentic Islamic Scholarship are seen as scholars by the wider community and often speak on behalf of Muslims and Islam.
In this thought-provoking talk Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi addresses the current controversies within the Ummah and how can we navigate through these challenges of modern times.
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.
Mufti Ismail Menk speakes at the Independence Stadium in Banjul, the Gambia. He talks about uniting upon Islam and look past our small differences in order to worship Allah and follow the Messenger Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. This lecture is from the
Building Bridges Tour.
Even though the Qur’an itself honors them, in an age of sectarianism, Muslims who seek to mention the Prophetic Household are accused of either deviancy or discord. As the gap between polarizing opposites widens, restoring the rightful place of Ahl-ul-Bayt in our discourse is the first step to help mediate these divisions. In this session from Al-Madina Institute’s Pearls of the Qur’an 2015 Conference, Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui contemplates on the spiritual path they took, and how it helps guide us to the most beautiful path of conduct.
“My Ummah will divide into seventy-three sects all of which except one will go to the Fire, and they (i.e. the Saved Sect) are those who are upon what I and My Companions are upon” ~ Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam)
One of the most oft-commented tradition of our Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that is echoed from the mimbars of every Masjid & the focus point of many conversations of our over-zealous youth. Yet many questions arise. Are the majority of the Ummah misguided?! And is every ‘deviation’ automatically bound to the Fire of Hell? And which group is the Saved Sect?
Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi answers these crucial questions, and more, in his latest lecture.
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
Shaykh Hasan Ali discusses how we should be in the middle path and that we should work together for the common good instead of looking at our differences among Muslims from various different ideologies and backgrounds.
Sunni, Shīʿa, Salafi, Sufi, Deobandi, Ahl’l-Sunnah wa’l-Jamā’ah – Why do we have all these labels can’t we just say we’re Muslims and that’s it! To often our communities become divided on differences in thoughts and ideas, acknowledging & welcoming the various levels of religious beliefs is an important first step towards building diverse communities & bridging the gap to put all titles aside.
Mufti Ismail Menk discusses how we as Muslims are destroying ourselves and how we should come together putting aside our differences for the betterment of the ummah. Lecture was delivered at the Ummah Welfare Trust ‘Cries of the Ummah’ London conference at Edmonton Islamic Centre on Sunday 19th May 2013.
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.
For Muslims to be united with others in this country we need to view ourselves as legitimate Americans. In this challenging lecture, Dr. Sherman Jackson examines the idea of Muslim membership in the American family and the rights and privileges accruing from that membership. Perhaps, more importantly, he examines the consequences of exclusion and marginalization for both ours and future generations of American Muslims.
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)