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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Month that Changed the World! Eid Khutbah 2014/1435

This is the English part of the (short) khutbah presented at the new AMDA masjid in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Alhamdulillah this was the first official prayer held at the new masjid and it was an honor to share in this special event. http://www.amda.us/

Friday, July 18, 2014

Seeking out Laytatul Qadr

Adapted from "The Night Prayers: Qiyam & Tarawih from works by Muhammad Nasir ud-Deen al-Albani (and other scholars)" Compiled by Muhammad al-Jibali

Laylat ul-Qadr is the most blessed night. A person who misses it has indeed missed a great amount of good. If a believing person is zealous to obey his Lord and increase the good deeds in his record, he should strive to encounter this night and to pass it in worship and obedience. If this is facilitated for him, all of his previous sins will be forgiven.

British Night Sky (6819479424)

Praying Qiyaam

It is recommended to make a long Qiyaam prayer during the nights on which Laylat ul-Qadr could fall. This is indicated in many hadeeths, such as the following:

Abu Tharr (radhiallahu `anhu) relates:

"We fasted with Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) in Ramadaan. He did not lead us (in qiyaam) at all until there were seven (nights of Ramadaan) left. Then he stood with us (that night - in prayer) until one third of the night had passed. He did not pray with us on the sixth. On the fifth night, he prayed with us until half of the night had passed. So we said, 'Allah's Messenger! Wouldn't you pray with us the whole night?' He replied:

'Whoever stands in prayer with the imaam until he (the imaam) concludes the prayer, it is recorded for him that he prayed the whole night.'…" [Recorded by Ibn Abi Shaybah, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmithi (who authenticated it), an-Nasa'i, Ibn Majah, at-Tahawi (in Sharhu Ma`an il-Athar, Ibn Nasr, al-Faryabi, and al-Bayhaqi. Their isnad is authentic.]

[Point of benefit: Abu Dawud mentioned: "I heard Ahmad being asked, 'Do you like for a man to pray with the people or by himself during Ramadan?' He replied, 'Pray with the people' I also heard him say, 'I would prefer for one to pray (qiyaam) with the imaam and to pray witr with him as well, for the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: "When a man prays with the imaam until he concludes, it is recorded that he prayed the rest of that night." [Masaa'il]]

Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu `anhu) narrated that the Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:

"Whoever stands (in qiyaam) in Laylat ul-Qadr [and it is facilitated for him] out of faith and expectation (of Allah's reward), will have all of his previous sins forgiven." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim; the addition "and it is facilitated for him" is recorded by Ahmad from the report of `Ubaadah Bin as-Samit; it means that he is permitted to be among the sincere worshippers during that blessed night.]

Making Supplications

It is also recommended to make extensive supplication on this night. `A'ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported that she asked Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), "O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?" And he instructed her to say:

"Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee - O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me." [Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmithi. Verified to be authentic by Al-Albani]

Abandoning Worldly Pleasures for the Sake of Worship

It is further recommended to spend more time in worship during the nights on which Laylat ul-Qadr is likely to be. This calls for abandoning many worldly pleasures in order to secure the time and thoughts solely for worshipping Allah. `A'ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported:

"When the (last) ten started, the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) would tighten his izaar (i.e. he stayed away from his wives in order to have more time for worship), spend the whole night awake (in prayer), and wake up his family." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

And she said:

"Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) used to exert more (in worship) on the last ten than on other nights." [Muslim]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Ramadan Series - Time Travel in Ramadan? An Amazing Opportunity!

Let's get motivated to take advantage of Ramadan! Ramadan presents a special opportunity to gain Allah's Forgiveness and to make up for our past errors. As more than half of the month has left us, let's recommit to our goals and ensure that we get the most out of this special time. Taraweeh Khatirah from the Islamic Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Ramadan Series - Ramadan GPS

This is a short khatirah about fulfilling the purpose of Ramadan as we approach the halfway point. How quickly the time passes! May Allah grant us the ability to develop patience, taqwa and a deeper relationship with His Book during this beautiful month.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Motivation - Seek Allah's Forgiveness

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam) would frequently ask Allah's Forgiveness, and we have narrations that mention his doing so 70 to 100 times a day, or on occasion in one sitting! Why do so few of us follow this beautiful Sunnah? This is a short motivational reminder on the topic delivered at Noor Islamic Cultural Center on 2/7/14.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Khutbah - "Responding to Revelation: Changing our Character through Allah's Words"

This Khutbah was delivered January 31st at Masjid Omar in Columbus, Ohio. It is a discussion about our need to respond to revelation by changing ourselves once we understand what it is that Allah is challenging us to accomplish. We briefly review what is being asked of us in two ayahs from Surah Ash-Shuraa (42:36-37). 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Are You Living in a Dream?

This is an episode from The Deen Show introducing the Qur'anic perspective on worship and what the essential message of Islam is. Brother Nouman Ali Khan explains that Islam appeals to our human decency and provides answers to some of the most basic questions regarding human purpose and direction. Definitely worth a watch!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Family Time

One of the practices recommended in a khutbah I heard stuck with me - establish a family halaqah, or study circle, for at least 10 minutes per week. I love this idea and will reflect upon it briefly. The khateeb lamented a condition where too many of us rely on our understanding of Islam based on what we have understood from our family or culture, with no connection to the primary sources of Islamic knowledge (Qur’an and Sunnah). Someone may ask us what we believe and we reference our parents or country, which makes us no different than anyone else! If we open the Qur'an and read for a few minutes and take a narration from a book such as Riyad As-Saliheen to share with our families, we can introduce our young and old alike to the concept of seeking knowledge and studying Islam from authentic sources. This is particularly important in an era where many hostile sources seek to define Islam for us. 

We need to be able to articulate the message of our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in an informed and confident manner, and ensure that our children, wives, husbands, and other family members are able to do the same. I challenge myself and anyone reading this to establish a regular time in the home to learn together as a family. We need not (nor should we) attempt to go into academic issues beyond our scope. Just take time to read Allah’s words and reflect upon the wisdom of the Sunnah, and seek out a scholar or imam if questions come up that are outside our capabilities to answer. May Allah help us to love his religion and love to know more about it. Ameen.

Originally posted 12/28/11 at my Wordpress blog

Why are you weeping, Umm Ayman?

It was narrated that Anas ibn Malik said:
After the death of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), Abu Bakr said to ‘Umar,
Let us go to Umm Ayman and visit her as the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to do.
When they came to her, she wept, and they said to her,
Why are you weeping? What is with Allah is better for His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
She said, I am not weeping because I do not know that what is with Allah is better for His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him); rather I am weeping because the revelation from Heaven has come to an end.
She moved them to tears and they started weeping with her. (Narrated by Muslim, 2454).
May Allah increase our appreciation and love for revelation.