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Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Legacy of Ramadan - Eid ul Fitr Khutbah 1438/2017




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Ever since the Quran was revealed to humanity over 1400 years ago, Ramadan has been defined as a season of change. Generations of Muslims, inspired by the teachings of this book, reformed themselves and cultivated a relationship with the Creator in this blessed month. Today on Eid al Fitr, we have a responsibility to recommit ourselves to the standard that the Quran inspires us to attain. Now that we have completed Ramadan, let's honor it's legacy by holding fast to the principles of God-consciousness (taqwa), patience, generosity, and gratitude moving forward. Don't ever doubt that Allah can change us and help us fulfill our potential to the fullest.

Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,  
“Allah Almighty says: Whoever comes with a good deed will have the reward of ten like it and even more. Whoever comes with an evil deed will be recompensed for one evil deed like it or he will be forgiven. Whoever draws close to me by the length of a hand, I will draw close to him by the length of an arm. Whoever draws close to me the by length of an arm, I will draw close to him by the length of a fathom. Whoever comes to me walking, I will come to him running. And whoever meets me with enough sins to fill the earth, not associating any idols with me, I will meet him with as much forgiveness.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2687 
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

I discussed the importance of honoring Ramadan's legacy in today's Eid Khutbah (sermon) delivered at Noble Vision Academy in Columbus, Ohio. Eid Mubarak everyone!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Only 10 Nights - Ramadan Reminder Khutbah




Khutbah given June 16th, 2017 at Noor Islamic Cultural Center.



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Monday, December 28, 2015

Patience is a Gift


Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: Some people from the Ansar asked the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he gave them (what they asked for). Then they asked for charity again and he gave them. Then they asked again and he gave them until all he had was gone. The Prophet then remarked, “I would not withhold any good that I have from you. Whoever refrains from asking others, then Allah will make him content. Whoever would be independent, then Allah will make him independent. Whoever would strive to be patient, then Allah will make him patient. No one has been given a gift that is better and more comprehensive than patience.” (Collected by Bukhari) 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Working on yourself? Here is a good place to start!

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: A man asked the Prophet (ﷺ) , "What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?" The Prophet (ﷺ) replied, 'To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not Know. (Bukhari)

حَدَّثَنَا عَمْرُو بْنُ خَالِدٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا اللَّيْثُ، عَنْ يَزِيدَ عَنْ أَبِي الْخَيْرِ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ أَنَّ رَجُلاً، سَأَلَ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَىُّ الإِسْلاَمِ خَيْرٌ قَالَ ‏ "‏ تُطْعِمُ الطَّعَامَ، وَتَقْرَأُ السَّلاَمَ عَلَى مَنْ عَرَفْتَ ومَن لَمْ تَعْرِفْ ‏"‏‏.‏

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Allah listens to the "unimportant"!



Narrated Haritha bin Wahb Al-Khuzai: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Shall I inform you about the people of Paradise? They comprise every obscure unimportant humble person, and if he takes Allah's Oath that he will do that thing, Allah will fulfill his oath (by doing that). Shall I inform you about the people of the Fire? They comprise every cruel, violent, proud and conceited person." (Bukhari)

حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ كَثِيرٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا سُفْيَانُ، حَدَّثَنَا مَعْبَدُ بْنُ خَالِدٍ الْقَيْسِيُّ، عَنْ حَارِثَةَ بْنِ وَهْبٍ الْخُزَاعِيِّ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ "‏ أَلاَ أُخْبِرُكُمْ بِأَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ، كُلُّ ضَعِيفٍ مُتَضَاعِفٍ، لَوْ أَقْسَمَ عَلَى اللَّهِ لأَبَرَّهُ، أَلاَ أُخْبِرُكُمْ بِأَهْلِ النَّارِ كُلُّ عُتُلٍّ جَوَّاظٍ مُسْتَكْبِرٍ ‏"

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Toward overcoming anger






Many individuals, families, and in some cases entire societies struggle with the negative impact of unrestrained anger. Islam has emphasized the need to have control over one's self and the connection between anger management and piety. Many Muslims pray, fast and attend the mosque yet are complacent when it comes to their hot temper. This is a major subject & the goal of this khutbah is to get people thinking about where we stand regarding our own issues with anger and why we should resolve to control ourselves, particularly with the people whom we love the most.