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.