There’s an acute shortage of imams in America. This shortage is magnified by the multifunctionality of the American mosque serving as more than a place of worship. It is a hub for social interaction, charitable support, counseling, interfaith dialogue, youth services, and more. Unfortunately, some young Muslims feel alienated from the mosque. What can be done to ensure that more imams in America are trained in classical Islam while also being relevant with American culture?
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?
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?
One thing that every Muslim needs to understand is that we are living in very dire situations and circumstances. We are living in a time and place where, unless we take action, the next stages can keep getting worse and worse as time goes by.
During those tough situations, especially when fighting for a Muslim being treated unfairly, one might say there is no financial backup in order to support them. In fact, we are allowed to use Zakat money in order to help fight for their justice, as we are helping the community. Yes, we do give Zakat to the people who are hungry, but there are eight categories in total for which we are allowed to give money for.
Now when donating, we don’t just give $5, instead, we give a good amount of our Zakat money. Why? Because that one case that the lawyers are defending for, it can have an impact across the country. One case can secure the right for six million Muslims. Imagine how that one case can clear the path for our children in the future. Therefore we should always be open-minded whenever a certain situation arises.
When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative perceptions of her faith in the media — and to choose empathy over prejudice.
Imams and scholars who grew up here in the United States are often better able to connect with the larger society. This session addresses how to overcome the lack of American Muslim scholars and Imams and how to work toward building initiatives to address this need.
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.
What does it mean to follow the Shariah in the West? Is the Shariah in the West different from the Shariah in the East? Is the Shariah in a Muslim country different than the Shariah in a country where Muslims are the minorities? In this lecture, Dr. Johnathan AC Brown will clarify these points and elaborate on the role of the Shariah in a Democratic government.
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!
Dr. Tariq Ramadan discusses on how Muslims need to start being serious about our religion and to ask tough questions to firmly solidify our belief especially being confronted with other ideas in our current times.
The American Muslim community is under pressure to conform and let go of its morals and beliefs. Due to the negative climate and constant barrage of Islamophobia, many Muslims lose hope or suffer trauma and anxiety. This session will help up to identify this crisis and offer solutions.
The challenges and moral dilemmas facing American Muslims requires an understanding of the shifts in ideological, social, religious and political forces that are shaping the structure and function of families in the United States. The challenge facing the American Muslim is to not only maintain its Islamic identity, but to initiate change in the social and political spheres in light of the principles of the noble Qur’an.
The relationship between Islam and the West is the topic of ongoing debate, often depicted as a choice between two disparate worlds: the modern West with science and secular education, or Islam with Qur’anic based education characterized by orthodoxy and tradition. In the hope of promoting dialogue instead of polarization, Nouman Ali Khan searches for the ideas and ideals of education, schooling and learning within Islam. Wherever knowledge and learning have blossomed, education, schooling and teaching must have flourished too. Was not an educational culture part of the highly developed intellectual culture of classical Islam? Hermeneutics and the theory of interpretation offers an inspiring perspective on an education that strikes the balance between tradition and the future. What is the future of Qur’anic education in a modern context?
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.
Hamza Yusuf, President and Co-founder of Zaytuna College delivers in which he addresses four topics chosen by our online audience. From the Zaytuna conference, Reclaiming Our Faith: Negotiating Modern Theological Fault Lines held in Anaheim, California on May 25, 2013.
Finding a hard time to accept hadith? Dr. Jonathan brown discusses hadith and criticism of hadith. From the Zaytuna conference, Reclaiming Our Faith: Negotiating Modern Theological Fault Lines held in Anaheim, California on May 25, 2013.
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.
Looking into four misconceptions the West had with Islam when it first encountered with Islam. You can trace a lot of the “problems” today between “Islam and the West” to these four early misconceptions.
One of the slogans of the Occupy Movement is, “We are the ninety-nine percent.” In this provocative lecture, Dr. Abdul Hakim Quick examine this slogan in light of global realities, with specific reference to his time in Africa, to show how North Americans, rich or poor, collectively are the global 1%. We are the beneficiaries of schemes of economic and political exploitation and oppression. What is our collective responsibility to our less fortunate brothers and sisters in humanity? This is just one of the many questions Dr. Quick will address in this presentation.
Modern societies have become fundamentalist in their secularism and have effectively banned religion from the public square. Religion has been relegated to the status of a personal hobby, to be practiced behind closed doors. Does public morality suffer as a result? Is religious morality inherently divisive and disruptive as many believe?
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.
The Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him, is reported to have said, “If there were a prophet after me it would be Umar.” In this lecture, the President of the Islamic Society of North America, Imam Mohammed Magid, will examine the life and times of Umar bin al-Khattab, with special emphasis of his brilliant legal thinking, the mercy those rulings involve and the relevance for today’s Muslims, especially those of us here in the West.
The Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him, described himself as a gift of mercy to the world. However, to many in the West he is seen as a messenger of violence, vengeance and wrath. In this lecture, the esteemed scholar, Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, will examine the ways the gift of the Prophet’s mercy shined as a light upon his community, his enemies and the world. He will point out the ways we can reflect that light to help to illuminate the path for people, including many Muslims, who have lost their way in the world.
Jonathan Brown examines the historical misunderstandings about the Prophet Muhammad’s life to kick off the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies Spring 2011 Lecture Series. Recorded on February 15, 2011.
In his final address to the non-Muslim participants of the New Mexico educational retreat, Abdal Hakim looks at the other aspects of the long-standing historical interaction of the three Abrahamic faiths, such as the transmission of science, technology, and philosophical ideas from the Islamic world to the Western world. Islam in the middle ages was a very successful commercial and material civilization and this fact combined with the Muslim’s strategic geographic positions allowed for such a profound influence and contribution. The speaker looks at the economic/cultural/scientific contributions in the areas of maritine navigation and exploration, agriculture, music, poetry, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, chemistry, and much more. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar).
Kemal El-Mekki gives us some tips on giving Dawah in the west. These days, Dawah is becoming more and more important to Muslims living in the West. With so much misinformation splashed around about Islam and Muslims. It’s time we increase our knowledge and be prepared to rectify this misinformation, whether it be our neighbours, work colleagues or school friends.