Rejoice! Reviving Remembrance and the Prophetic Way – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Eid al-Adha Khutba 2013

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani delivered this powerful, inspiring, and uplifting Eid Khutba at the joint Eid al-Adha Prayer and Khutba sponsored by SeekersHub Toronto, Lote Tree Foundation, and Risalah Foundation.
Shaykh Faraz begins with a reminder of how tremendous the blessing of Allah’s command to rejoice–both in general and in these blessed days of Eid–truly is.
Then, he shares some of the implications of Allah’s command, “When you complete your pilgrimage rituals, remember Allah as you remember your parents or more intensely.” [Qur’an]
The believer lives with passion and intensity, both in their social relations and in their spiritual life, as both are expressions of remembering Allah, seeking Allah, and beholding Allah.
The question arises: how can one rejoice in troubled times? Shaykh Faraz explains that the believer sees troubles and tribulations (fitna) as opportunities of seeking Allah through right response.
What is the right response? It is to revive the Prophetic way (sunna). The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said that whoever revives his sunna in times of tribulation (fitna) for his Community shall have the reward of a martyr.
Shaykh Faraz explains the two wings by which the sunna flies: (1) presence of heart with Allah (hudur ma`a Allah) and (2) calling oneself and others to Allah, as explained by the great Iraqi scholar and jurist, Shaykh Abd al-Karim al-Mudarris.
He then closes by urging us to be part of this Prophetic call, by seeking knowledge; by supporting the institutions that seek to spread beneficial knowledge; and by being active members of the community.
And Allah alone gives success.
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