Video: Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing – Dr. Aref Ali Nayed

Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing

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Dr. Aref Ali Nayed is Founder and Director of Kalam Research & Media (KRM). He currently lectures on Islamic Theology, Logic, and Spirituality at the restored Uthman Pasha Madrasa in Tripoli, Libya, and supervises Graduate Students at the Islamic Call College there. He is Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme; Fellow of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute in Jordan; and was also recently appointed to the Board of Advisors of the Templeton Foundation. He was Professor at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome), and the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization (Malaysia). He has headed an Information Technology company. He received his BSc in Engineering, MA in the Philosophy of Science, and a PhD in Hermeneutics from the University of Guelph (Canada). He also studied at the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Gregorian University. He has been involved in various Inter-Faith initiatives since 1987, including the recent “A Common Word” process, and has authored several  scholarly works including, co-authored with Jeff Mitscherling and Tanya Ditommaso, The Author’s Intention (Lexington Books, 2004). His recently published book is Operational Hermeneutics: Interpretation as the Engagement of Operational Artifacts (KRM, 2011). His forthcoming books include Catholic Engagements: A Muslim Theologian’s Journey in Muslim-Catholic Dialogue (KRM) and Future of Muslim Theology (to be published by Blackwell in parallel with Future of Jewish Theology by Stephen Kepness and Future of Christian Theology by David F. Ford.

Dr. Aref Ali Nayed was also featured in the New York Times for his role in the Libyan Revolution: A Man of God and Technology, Trying to Steady Libya

From Tarim to Granada Documentary Movie with Habib Umar – Radical Middle Way

From Tarim to Granada Documentary

The living tradition of Tarim nestled in Yemen’s Hadhramaut valley and the glorious legacy of Granada meet for the first time.

In this special documentary feature film, Habib Umar bin Hafiz travels to Spain, visiting Muslim communities in Madrid and Granada. Accompanied by journalist and commentator Fuad Nahdi and Muslims from the Spain, Yemen and the UK, From Tarim to Granada chronicles a remarkable journey.

This is the story of new communities and ancient legacies. Of enduring faith and the burden of history. Of renewing the connection between East and West. Of finding a new convivencia for our times.

Be part of this remarkable journey

Video: In Conversation with Dr. Umar Abd-Allah: Islam and The Cultural Imperative

Video: In Conversation with Dr. Umar Abd-Allah: Islam and The Cultural Imperative

DEC 10/2011 :: Full video of the discussion with Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah at SeekersHub on his article, “Islam and The Cultural Imperative” — — ( reading package for the “In Conversation” sessions can be downloaded here:http://seekershub.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/In-Conversation-with-Dr-Umar… )

Recorded at SeekersHub (www.seekersguidance.org), a new Islamic learning centre in the Greater Toronto Area, committed to providing a wide spectrum of free learning opportunities and spiritual activities that are open and welcoming to all individuals.

For the latest on Dr. Umar Abd-Allah’s tour, please visithttp://seekershub.org/2011/11/16/seekershub-hosts-dr-umar-faruq-abd-allah-dec…

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Domestic Violence Has No Place in Islam: Importance of Rights & Conduct – Sh. Faraz Rabbani

 

 

 

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spoke on the absolute impermissibility of domestic violence, the importance of the rights of others, the grave consequences of wrongdoing, and upholding the excellence of character in his Friday Sermon at the Brampton Islamic Centre, December 09, 2011. He shows clearly how there is absolutely no place for domestic violence–nor any unjust or wrongful conduct–in the religion of Islam; and that the Prophetic way is to uphold excellence of character, as a means of seeking the acceptance and pleasure of God.

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Prophetic Sunna of Making One’s Actions Firm – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani at UTM

Prophetic Sunna of Making One’s Actions Firm – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani at UTM


An insightful khutba by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani of SeekersHub Toronto (http://www.SeekersHub.org) and SeekersGuidance (https://seekersguidance.org) explaining the implications of Sayyida `A’isha’s words that if the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) did anything, he would make it firm. The meanings of consistency, deeply-rooting one’s actions, and making them fruitful–not just in the short-term, but also long-term–are highlighted.

Shaykh Faraz also shows how this relates to our spiritual works, our activism, our seeking knowledge, and our life.

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani – “The Position of Islam on Divorce, Adoption and Abortion” – YouTube

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani – “The Position of Islam on Divorce, Adoption and Abortion” – YouTube

[This was a challenging talk, as I had 30 minutes to cover an overview of three complex, nuanced topics–divorce, adoption, and abortionin Islamic Law. – Faraz Rabbani]

2nd Annual United For Change Conference – Our Families: Our Foundations Conference – Montreal, Canada

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Video: Seek the Means to Nearness – Imam Zaid Shakir

Seek the Means to Nearness – Imam Zaid Shakir


In this sermon, Imam Zaid Shakir expounds on four of the keys to a Muslim’s success: faith, God consciousness, righteous deeds, and struggle. Note: “God is great in their eyes…” is mentioned once, erroneously. It should be “God is great in their souls…”

Videos: Hajj Reflections – Radical Middle Way

Videos: Hajj Reflections – Radical Middle Way

Four Muslims share their personal reflections on Hajj.

Hajj Reflections – Abdul Ali Hamid

A person who intends to go for Hajj needs to make sure that he has fulfilled all other pillars of Islam, states Abdul Ali Hamid. In this Hajj Reflections video Abdul Ali Hamid recollects how important it is that one’s intention during Hajj must be focused on Allah (SWT).

Hajj Reflections: A Homecoming

Hajj felt like a homecoming to Latifah, who speaks of the overwhelming feeling that came over her and of the goodness it brings to those who undertake it.

Hajj Reflections: In The Footsteps of The Greats

Delroy “Luqman” Thomas, born and bred in London, would like to follow in the footsteps of the Prophets and contemporary greats such as Malcolm X

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Hajj Reflections – True Islam

According to Nizakat Ali, people will understand True Islam when they go to Hajj.

Stand Steadfastly For Justice – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani – Friday Sermon at Occupy Toronto

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, the Executive Director of SeekersHub and Educational Director of SeekersGuidance was invited to deliver the Friday Prayers Sermon on October 28, 2011 at St. James Park – the site of the Occupy Toronto movement.

The following is taken from the closing remarks of the sermon:

Seven Counsels in Closing:

1. Be steadfastly committed to justice and excellence in your own life: fulfill the rights of God and God’s creation, with sincerity, concern, and excellence of character.
2. Be particularly careful about the rights of your parents, spouse/partner, children–then family, friends, neighbours, and community–then those wronged (whoever/whatever).
3. Ignore mass media: focus on becoming an informed citizen–so that you can seek, spread, and safeguard justice and excellence–the beautiful balance.
4. Money matters: look carefully at how you spend your money… make ethical, informed choices–promoting justice and excellence…
5. Time matters: don’t become a mere consumer… consuming products and entertainment and infotainment. “Two blessings many lose out on: health and free time.” – Spend your time in seeking justice and excellence… family, friends, neighborhood, society….
6. Your life matters: don’t just be a slave in the corporate jungle… seek to make your work a promotion of justice & excellence; work of benefit and meaning. Work with purpose. Relate with purpose. From our tradition: working on one’s own terms…
7. Do this for God; do this seeking Mercy; do this out of sincere concern….

What do we seek? Balance of Justice (`adl) and Excellence (ihsan). That is what makes life beautiful.

And indeed God is Beautiful, and loves Beauty.