A Moment of Reflection is Better than a Lifetime of Heedlessness – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday khutba Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminds the believers that the Day of Ashura is a  day of tremendous blessing for the people of faith. Many great events happened on this great day throughout history. Our beloved Imam Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) was martyred. Great days of the year are to be remembered. It is important to pause and reflect, and focus on the meanings not just forms. Allah created us and is sustaining us. There are numerous signs for those of insight. There are wisdoms behind why the 10th of Muharram is a day of fasting and extra worship. The day is meant to reminder for us. Similarly, Friday to Friday are days that serve as reminders. The purpose of the Friday khutba is to remind us of Allah. Each prayer is means to know who is your Lord and who you are. You are a servant . These are opportunities to be taken. Don’t lose out on these opportunities. Don’t lose out on a moment of reflection . The early Muslims would say: “ A moment of reflection is better than 80 years of heedless worship.” It is a moment to turn your heart to Allah, reflect on the greatness of Allah, and reflect on having gratitude . A moment to reflect on what is needed to turn back to Allah Most High. It is good to take a reminder on the special days. Use every moment to reflect, even if it is just a moment. Don’t just go through the motions in the prayer, rather reflect on the majesty of Allah, and the beauty and perfection of Allah. Reflect on the mercy of Allah. One of the key sunnas is to rejoice in Allah. A key to being able to reflect in remembering Allah and in making supplication, is that one doesn’t focus on the words alone rather the meaning expressed by the words.

 

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Reflections and Lessons from the Hijra – Shaykh Amin Buxton

In this khutba Shaykh Amin Buxton starts by reminding the believers that a new hijri year is upon us (1440 A.H.), and a new decade as well. One should take account from the past year and make intentions for the coming year. Hijra (migration) is not strange for the Muslims. He goes on to remind that all should reflect on the lessons to be learned from the hijra. The first hijra was from Makka to Abyssinia, where they went to a just king named Negus. Many of the beloved companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) made the first hijra to Abyssinia. Shaykh Amin goes on to remind the believers of the sacrifice of the hijra, after 13 years of oppression and struggle. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was given permission to make hijra to Madina, and was received by the Ansar (helpers). Shaykh Amin ends by reminding everyone of the spiritual meanings of hijra. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said that any one leaving the prohibited is making hijra. So we should all strive to attain a portion of the hijra by leaving and departing from sin.

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The Atheist and the Fig – Shaykh Abdurrahim Reasat

Belief in God is perfectly summarized by the statement ‘There is no god except Allah’. In past times the prevalent trend of disbelief was a denial of ‘except Allah’, whereas in our times the mantra has become ‘There is no god’.

This sermon explores this trend and shows how the Qur’an directs believers to use deductive reasoning to establish that there IS a Creator, and that this is the only conclusion a sound intellect can lead to, no matter how fashionable Atheism may be. 

The themes of proper reasoning, reflecting on the Qur’an, the Fitra – the default setting – of the human being are discussed here, before an analysis and call for reflection on Sura al-Tin (The Chapter of the Fig). The sura provides a very profound evaluation of human nature, revelation, prophecy, the Fitra and Allah’s plan for humanity; all of which lead to the necessary conclusion of God’s existence, and His wisdom-imbued plan for us all.

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Days of Beloved Actions: The Ten Days of Dhul Hijja, Day of Arafa, and Eid — and the Sunna of Returning to Allah – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutba Shaykh Faraz begins by reminding the believers that the first days of Dhul Hijja are beloved to Allah, and that there is a significant reward for actions during these days. The objective of the ten days of Dhul Hijja is Allah and the love of Allah. These days are the best days of the year. It is recommended to fast all nine days of Dhul Hijja, particularly the ninth (the day of Arafa), which is an expiation for at least the preceding year. Charity has more reward during the days of Dhul Hijja. Giving brings the hearts together. These are days of opportunity to engage in more worship and remembrance of Allah. The greatest of good deeds is returning to Allah. Expressing love to Allah. On the ninth of Dhul HIjja one should start to do takbirat beginning at the Fajr prayer. On the tenth, if able, one should slaughter and give to those in need. Don’t make Eid just like another day. Make it a day of rejoicing.

 

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A Synopsis of the Science of ‘Aqeeda Based on al-Hawi al-Qudsi of Qadi Jamaluddeen al-Ghaznawi (Part Two) – Mufti Taha Karaan

Since the enlightenment period, belief in God and organized religion has come under significant attack.  The unremitting question regarding the compatibility of revelation and reason continues to plague us in current times.  Atheism as a “belief” system or worldview is on the rise, and many individuals feel obfuscated and confused amidst the high levels of intellectual scepticism.

How should Muslims face and immunized themselves from these ideological challenges? How did our luminous scholars of the past respond to the various intellectual and doctrinal quagmires of their age so that they were able to preserve sound belief in the integrals of Islam?

In this lecture, Mufti Taha Karaan succinctly articulates a systematic overview of the various components that contribute to the Islamic science of belief (‘aqeeda) and dialectical theology (kalam). By contextualizing the various challenges that historically confronted Islamic doctrine, he provides a lucid methodology in comprehending the integral epistemic avenues that contribute to correct belief in Islam.
Biography of Mufti Taha Karaan:
Mufti Taha Karaan is a Shafi’i scholar born in Cape Town, South Africa, to a family renowned in both its maternal and paternal lineage for Islamic scholarship. His father, the late Mufti Yusuf Karaan (may Allah have mercy on his soul), was one of the most distinguished Islamic scholars in the Cape.
Mufti Taha completed his Qur’anic memorization in one year at the Waterfall Islamic Institute, the oldest Islamic seminary in South Africa. During his stay, he assisted in the editing of the Qur’anic prints that the Institute has become famous for the world over. After finishing four years of the ‘alim course in two years, he journeyed to the Indian sub-continent and Dar al-Uloom Deoband, graduating from there in 1991 with the highest of distinctions, as did his father, in a class of over 700 students. He then travelled to the Middle East and completed a two-year graduate diploma at the Higher Institute for Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.
Mufti Taha is the recipient of numerous chains of transmission (ijazaat), from well-respected scholars in India, Pakistan, South Africa, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, among others, in numerous fields of Islamic study.
Currently, Mufti Taha is the Mufti of the Muslim Judicial Council. He is a sought-after speaker at Islamic symposia and conferences but attends them sparingly, preferring to spend most of his time at the Islamic seminary, Dar al-Uloom al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah, that he founded in 1996. The educational thrust of the seminary reflects Mufti Taha’s own pioneering vision and commitment to squarely interface with the challenges of the modern age through the twin objectives of preservation and progress.
In his teaching, writing and legal verdicts (fatawa), Mufti Taha regularly addresses contemporary issues such as the challenges of post-modernity, feminism, Islamic economics and finance, the old and new Orientalisms, and fiqh issues affecting Diaspora Muslim communities.
His students describe him as divinely-gifted with encyclopaedic knowledge; possessed of a near photographic memory; an insatiable bibliophile within the Islamic sciences and without; a teacher that never ceases to inspire; endowed with an elegant calligraphic hand and a penchant for poetry; thoroughly unassuming, pleasant, brilliant and tender-hearted

 

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Muslim Minorities and the Fiqh of Citizenship in the Modern World – Mufti Taha Karaan

In this podcast Mufti Taha Karaan will explain how do Muslim minority communities in various parts of the world create meaningful spaces and environments to flourish as religious communities, and as beneficial members of their societies? The intersection between religious identity and citizenship is a nuanced and complex topic for many Muslims living in Non Muslims countries.

Mufti Taha Karaan provides an insightful overview of how Muslim minority communities engaged with the geo political realities of their times in order to consolidate their presence and growth in various locations around the world.  By analyzing and discussing the critical topics of migration, citizenship and the preservation of faith, in a coherent historical chronology and context, Mufti Taha Karaan proffers a refreshing and inspirational approach of understanding the Fiqh of Citizenship and Minorities in contemporary times.

The Muslim community of South Africa, specifically Cape Town, has a rich and dynamic history which spans more than 300 years. Mufti Taha Karaan proposes that Muslim minority communities around the world should scrupulously analyse how the Muslims of the Cape preserved their faith when confronted with the various challenges of slavery, colonialism and apartheid, and how they succeeded in developing into a vibrant, confident and socially contributing community within South African society.
Biography of Mufti Taha Karaan:
Mufti Taha Karaan is a Shafi’i scholar born in Cape Town, South Africa, to a family renowned in both its maternal and paternal lineage for Islamic scholarship. His father, the late Mufti Yusuf Karaan (may Allah have mercy on his soul), was one of the most distinguished Islamic scholars in the Cape.
Mufti Taha completed his Qur’anic memorization in one year at the Waterfall Islamic Institute, the oldest Islamic seminary in South Africa. During his stay, he assisted in the editing of the Qur’anic prints that the Institute has become famous for the world over. After finishing four years of the ‘alim course in two years, he journeyed to the Indian sub-continent and Dar al-Uloom Deoband, graduating from there in 1991 with the highest of distinctions, as did his father, in a class of over 700 students. He then travelled to the Middle East and completed a two-year graduate diploma at the Higher Institute for Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.
Mufti Taha is the recipient of numerous chains of transmission (ijazaat), from well-respected scholars in India, Pakistan, South Africa, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, among others, in numerous fields of Islamic study.
Currently, Mufti Taha is the Mufti of the Muslim Judicial Council. He is a sought-after speaker at Islamic symposia and conferences but attends them sparingly, preferring to spend most of his time at the Islamic seminary, Dar al-Uloom al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah, that he founded in 1996. The educational thrust of the seminary reflects Mufti Taha’s own pioneering vision and commitment to squarely interface with the challenges of the modern age through the twin objectives of preservation and progress.
In his teaching, writing and legal verdicts (fatawa), Mufti Taha regularly addresses contemporary issues such as the challenges of post-modernity, feminism, Islamic economics and finance, the old and new Orientalisms, and fiqh issues affecting Diaspora Muslim communities.
His students describe him as divinely-gifted with encyclopaedic knowledge; possessed of a near photographic memory; an insatiable bibliophile within the Islamic sciences and without; a teacher that never ceases to inspire; endowed with an elegant calligraphic hand and a penchant for poetry; thoroughly unassuming, pleasant, brilliant and tender-hearted.

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Ours Is Not a Caravan of Despair: Joy & Gratitude – Eid Sermon by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Eid sermon, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani contrasts people who see just this world—a place of sorrow and suffering—with those who see this world as the creating of Allah, a gift, and the first step in an eternal journey. He outlines the Prophetic model of joy and rejoicing, and how to find mercy in hardship: responding by turning to Allah, striving to be a “grateful servant.”

Shaykh Faraz exposits how the Prophet was constantly cheerful, as his joy was with Allah. He closes by reminding of the sunnas of smiling and celebration, particularly on Eid.

This sermon was delivered following the Ramadan 2018 program at SeekersHub Toronto.

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Branches of Faith – 08: Nurturing the Tree of Faith & Institution Building – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus shares his viewpoint that in this phase of North American Islam, the most important priority is institution building and conveying the Prophetic inheritance. He reflects on the idea of the Tree of Faith as a metaphor from institution building. Beginning with the seed of faith, he draws links between nurturing the soil of the heart and modern destructive overfarming practices which produce dead soil.

Shaykh Yahya talks about nurturing our hearts, and how, just as trees don’t bear fruit overnight, nor do institutions: the results of one’s service might not appear for generations. He closes giving a few more insights related to the metaphorical Tree of Faith and shared meanings with the natural tree.

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: “Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith”.

It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Faith is seventy some branches”. In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.

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Feed the People – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem

When the Nur (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) entered Madinah, it was narrated by the lead Jewish Rabi of the city that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said: “Spread peace, feed people and pray at night when others are asleep.”

This past week in the UK has been one of the most extreme in terms of the cold weather conditions, and as such, although we complain of the cold whilst seated in warmth, we forget about our fellow community, who do not have the choice to complain, but rather have to survive and suffer through these conditions.

As such, in trying to act upon the words of our Beloved (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), by spreading peace and comfort, feeding people and praying at night so we become a part of the Nur, The Nur Team were upon the streets of London on Sunday (4th March) evening as well as other organisations distributing food, hot drinks, and essential items to the needy. The purpose of this Deen is to serve the needy and to serve one another. Alhamdulillah more than 150 people were fed that evening.

A mini documentary has been put together with a beautiful message given by Shaykh Faid and to also share the experience. “

And We have not sent you other than as a Mercy to all the worlds.” (Surah Al-Anbya, 107)

Be Mercy. Be Nur. Be Hope.

Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

Watch and #ShareTheNur! Allahumma salli alaa Nur.


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The Light and Mercy of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

In this podcast, Shaykh Faid Mohammed explains how the light of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) purifies the one who seeks it. He goes on to explain that one of the greatest blessing that a believer should be thankful for in the light that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) came with. He goes on to explain how the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) wanted good for everyone. He came with mercy and because of this mercy the companions followed him.

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