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The Meaning of the Black Stone – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

In this deep and insightful talk, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad explains why does one turn to the Kaaba, when “Allah is with you wherever you may be,” and “Wherever you turn, there is the Face of Allah,” as Allah tells us in the Qur’an.


The Shaykh discusses the reality of the Closeness and Presence of Allah, and how it is we who are distant from Allah. We are but shadows, and our lives are but fleeting things. But the Most True is the Truth of every situation. The Self-Sustaining (al-Qayyum), who sustains all things.

Listen to this brilliant lesson, and reflect.

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad is Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, UK, which trains imams for British mosques. In 2010 he was voted Britain’s most influential Muslim thinker by Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.
He has translated a number of books from the Arabic, including several sections of Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya’ Ulum al-Din.
His most recent book is Commentary on the Eleventh Contentions, in which he deals with a range of modern social and political controversies.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, a Sunni Muslim, regularly leads Jum’a prayers at the Cambridge central mosque, and has spoken in major mosques in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Spain, and the United States. Recordings of his talks are available on the Cambridge Khutbas website. His articles have appeared in The Independent, the London Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Catholic Herald, Islamica, Zaman, the Times Literary Supplement, and Prospect. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day
Under Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad’s guidance, Cambridge Muslim College is tackling the urgent challenges faced by the Muslim community by upskilling our future leaders.
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Resources for seekers:

Building Our Trust in Religious Leadership, by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
Donald Trump and the Triumph of Islam, by Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad
Rethinking Islamic Education – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
Riding the Tiger of Modernity – Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad
Consciousness Beyond Mindfulness – Shaykh Abdal Hakim M/urad
Cultural investment is the way forward – Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad
The Orphan – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – Cambridge Khutbahs Etc.
The Sunnah as Primordiality – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
The Four Friends and Islamic History – Abdal Hakim Murad – Cambridge Khutbahs Etc.
The Power of Zakat in the 21st Century, by Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad