Ramadan 2020 Reminders | Episode 9: Never Lose Hope | Shaykh Edris Khamissa

Ustadth Edris Khamissa reminds us that we should never lose hope in the mercy and blessings of Allah. However, if we wish to be recipients of Allah’s mercy and bounties, we need to ensure that we are manifesting mercy to our fellow human beings. Let us take the opportunity this Ramadan to strengthen our bonds with family, friends and strangers.

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Righteousness Through Fasting – Moulana Muhammad Carr

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In this video, Moulana Muhammad Carr discusses the great benefits and effects that fasting has on our spiritual states. Fasting is that act which is able to breakdown the cycle of desire and sin in those actions which we are not able to intellectually wean ourselves off.

Finding Allah Through Fasting – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

In this video, Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah reminds us of the ultimate purpose of fasting Ramadan: to find Allah Most High. He highlights the many means to attaining consciousness of God in the month of Ramadan, including leaving sin, vice, and everything that busies away from Allah. Amongst these, he puts particular emphasis on fulfilling the obligations due upon us, the most important of which are the five daily prayer.

Get Ready for Ramadan: Reflecting on the Great Opportunity – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin highlights the great opportunity for all Muslims in Ramadan to draw closer to Allah and be granted salvation. He urges everyone to reflect on that opportunity and increase in their aspirations for the good in Ramadan.

An Alternative Approach To Ramadan – Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad al-Azhari

Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad al-Azhari takes an alternative approach to explaining how to make the most of the blessed month of Ramadan, using excerpts from the Diwan written by the famous 11th Century scholar, Imam Sayyid Abd Allah ibn Alawi al-Haddad (may Allah be pleased with him).

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Welcoming Ramadan in the Best Way – By Shaykh Naveed Arif

Is the holy month approaching faster than you’re able to prepare yourself? Shaykh Naveed Arif has some simple and practical steps on how to get into the optimum frame of mind.

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COVID-19: Making the Most of the Opportunity – Mufti Hussain Kamani

Mufti Hussain Kamani reminds us that when a believer meets difficulty, they engage in remembrance and respond by looking at the bigger reality. Even in prayer, our heart is in a different place — it’s with God.

Tests like COVID-19 remind us that matters are not in our hands — they are in Allah’s control. And while we can’t ever say for certain why God is giving us a particular tribulation, we can always use them as opportunities to turn to Him and ask Him for forgiveness. We can ask Him for forgiveness for our shortcomings, for taking our blessings for granted, and for not taking care of our world.

The next step is to learn to cope with the challenges we face. As self-isolation brings our community and social lives to a halt, we need to follow the guidance of both our health professionals and qualified scholars on how to navigate the situations we face. But we also should look for lessons we can learn from the current pandemic. For many, COVID-19 has been an eye-opener to the fact that we could die anytime. And this in turn opens up bigger questions that can cause us to reevaluate our entire lives. What legacy will I leave behind? Am I ready to stand before my Creator?

This valuable process can be hampered, however, by the mind-numbing information overload that is social media. This is why we need to take step back to engage with our heart and soul. This which is where self isolation presents a valuable opportunity: we are afforded far more free time to connect with our family and maximize our time, as it puts us all in a virtual devotional retreat. It would be a tremendous loss if all this potential for benefit is sucked up by digital media and other forms of wasting time.

Mufti Hussain emphasizes that we should build our days around the prayer, and devote ourselves to our ritual salah, reading Qur’an, dhikr, and supplications, using this time to turn inward and focus on God. By doing these things, we can make the most of the opportunities that this quarantine presents.

This reminder is part of COVID-19: A Global Islamic Response series. As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads across the world, the Muslim community is struggling to find answers to many questions. Along with the critical advice of health and medical professionals, we are in dire need of Prophetic Guidance. In these videos, Muslim scholars and community leaders from around the world provides clarity in these challenging times on how people from all faiths should view and respond to the current situation. Watch the full playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list….

COVID-19: Social Isolation in the Life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ – Ustadh Abdullah Misra

Social isolation leaves many of us wondering what to do with ourselves as we spend much of our time at home. Ustadh Abdullah tells us that while our social channels may be disrupted during social isolation, our connection with Allah remains and can grow stronger.

He cites a number of instances we find in the life of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) of isolation from others, and shares a number of lessons we can find in these incidents.

From the Prophet’s time in the cave, we learn how to use our time to draw closer to Allah and pray to him. From the time of persecution in Mecca, we are reminded to use our time for learning and teaching. From the Boycott of Banu Hashim, we are given an example on gaining solidarity, patience, and faith. From the Prophet’s migration, we learn to be reassured with the realization that Allah Most High is with us. From the siege of Medina during the Battle of the Trench, we learn from the Prophet’s example to look at the bright side of things and maintain a positive outlook. From the Prophet’s separation from his wives, we learn the importance of deliberation and reflection. And from the Prophet’s devotional retreat in the mosque every year, we learn the importance of spiritual retreat.

Ustadh Abdullah closes by reminding that we can bring this spiritual retreat into our homes. He reminds us to makes our homes islands of faith and tranquility, to open up to others, and most importantly to open up to God and what he wants to teach us.

This reminder is part of COVID-19: A Global Islamic Response series. As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads across the world, the Muslim community is struggling to find answers to many questions. Along with the critical advice of health and medical professionals, we are in dire need of Prophetic Guidance. In these videos, Muslim scholars and community leaders from around the world provides clarity in these challenging times on how people from all faiths should view and respond to the current situation. Watch the full playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list….

COVID-19: Recognizing Divine Control – Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

In this lesson, Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat reminds us of the need to look at the bigger picture. He encourages us to recite and reflect upon Sura al-Mulk (Qur‘an, 67), and looks at several lessons to help us deal with this crisis.

1) Have a good opinion of Allah and expect the best from Him, realizing that everything is under His Power and control. Allah takes care of everything, and will continue to do so. Even this trial contains much good (Shaykh Abdul-Rahim even suggests we make a list!). Indeed, believers find benefit in every circumstance through their response.

2) Relax and don’t they to micromanage—trust in God. Even the companions couldn’t understand some choices the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) made until later.

3) Turn to Allah Most High. Ask him for wellbeing, and “seek assistance in patience and prayer” (Qur‘an, 2:153).

This reminder is part of COVID-19: A Global Islamic Response series. As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads across the world, the Muslim community is struggling to find answers to many questions. Along with the critical advice of health and medical professionals, we are in dire need of Prophetic Guidance. In these videos, Muslim scholars and community leaders from around the world provides clarity in these challenging times on how people from all faiths should view and respond to the current situation. Watch the full playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list….

Video : A Perspective on the Pandemic – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

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The current pandemic has upended nearly every aspect of the world we live in. But is it unprecedented? Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Dean of Cambridge Muslim College, shares his perspective on this humbling phenomenon, one which is not unfamiliar in our Islamic tradition. He also highlights the beauty and healing of our religious practice and provides helpful suggestions on how to remain connected as Muslims.