A Day in Madina (Part 1) – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

In this podcast Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said discusses the virtues of Madina and and takes us back to how life was in this noble city. Madina was a city that accepted the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and guidance and light from Allah Most High that the Prophet came with. Allah choose Madina for this great blessing. Upon the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) arrival, everything in the city of Madina lit up and became illuminated. Allah honored the city, and everything in the city became light as described by Zayn bin Thabit (may Allah be pleased with him) after Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings be upon him) arrival. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) brought peace of mind to those in Madina. Before his arrival there was a lot of sickness, and after his arrival it became a city of purityand  goodness.

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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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Dying, Living, and Heart Matters – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday khutba Shaykh Faraz Rabbani begins by reminding that people are neglectful of death, and that life and death are from Allah Most High. Death is mentioned in the Qur’an several times, and one is called to reflect on death. Death is a point of reflection to the believers personally and collectively. The reality of death should make us reflect on: (1) what is my responsibility, (2) what is the collective responsibility, and (3) what is the more broad responsibility. Death of scholars is one of the most dangerous things that happens to the community of believers. Through scholars there are gifts of mercy. There are many lessons to heed when some scholars pass away. Anything that changes or perishes could not be eternal. At the point of death all that matters is the heart and what it contains. If the heart is sound the whole body is sound. Imam Ibrahim al-Khawwas, one of the righteous early predecessors (died 231 a.h.), said: “The medicine for the heart and healing the heart are in five things. (1) reciting Qur’an with reflection, (2) emptying of the stomach, (3) praying at night, (4) beseeching Allah in the pre-dawn time, and (5) keeping the company of the righteous. We should all take heed from the reality of death. We should strive to have a moment of reflection upon death after each of the five obligatory prayers.

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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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The True Eid – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin gives some perspective of what Muslims should look forward to at the end of Ramadan. Eid is a celebration of having completed the month of Ramadan in a state of worship, and having drawn closer to Allah. In that sense, every day that passes by where one abstains from sin is Eid. Sayyidina Ali ibn Abi Talib (may God be pleased with him) is reported to have said: “Eid is not merely wearing new garments, Eid is for the one who’s worship increases.”

Ultimately the true Eid celebration for a believer is realized in the hereafter, when they are entered into paradise are in the company of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

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

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Branches of Faith – 12: Civic Duties – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib

In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the Branches of Faith relating to civic life from Imam Zabidi’s treatise “ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman” (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). In this session, he looks at the Branches which relate to preserving the Five Necessities which the Sacred Law (shariʿa) has come to protect.

The seven Branches mentioned in the text which come under the Five Necessities are: (1) preserving religion through fighting and combat, (2-3) preserving life through abstaining from injurious crimes and establishing their penalties, (4) preserving the intellect through the prohibition of intoxicants and foul things, (5) preserving wealth through seeking rights and fulfilling them, (6-7) preservation of honour through establishing legal penalties for fornication and slander and disciplinary punishments, and through removing harm from the Muslims.

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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Branches of Faith – 11: Civic Life – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib

Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the root concerning the matters of this life from Imam Zabidi’s treatise on the Branches of Faith “ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman” (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). In this session, he begins to look at the Branches of Faith which relate to the individual relating to the society at large.

Shaykh Ba-Dhib explains the first eight branches of faith concerning civic life that Imam Zabidi highlights in his work: (1) establishing governance, (2) following the community, (3) obeying those in authority, (4) aiding one another in virtue and piety (taqwa), (5) giving life to sacred symbols, (6) and commanding good and forbidding evil.

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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Branches of Faith – 10: Domestic Life – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib

In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the Branches of Faith from Imam Muhammad Murtada al-Zabidi’s text “ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman” (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). Continuing with the root that relates to the matters of this life, he moves on to look at the Branches of Faith which relate to the individual concerning the home and one’s personal life.

Shaykh Ba-Dhib explains the eight branches of faith that relate to the home that Imam Zabidi highlights in his work. They are: (1) holding back from unchastity, (2) establishing the pact of marriage (ʿaqd al-nikah), (3) fulfilling marital rights, (4) goodness to parents, (5) raising children, (6) connecting family ties, (7) obedience to masters–which, he notes, does apply today in venerating people of societal or religious status, such as the elderly, (8) and excellence towards bondservants. He ends by shedding light on the honour accorded to slaves in Islam to clarify any misunderstanding.

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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Branches of Faith – 09: The Tree of Faith & the Believer – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

In his second session examining the metaphor of the tree of faith, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus reflects on some of the connections between the natural tree and the faith of the believer. The roots of the tree of faith, he explains, is belief, and it is watered by Allah’s mercy. One’s obligations form the trunk of the tree, the recommendations its major branches, and so on. The tree is where heaven and earth meet, just as faith unites every aspect of one’s life. Just as the trees are the lungs of the universe, the believer can turn every situation into an opportunity for good.

Shaykh Yahya concludes by talking about spiritual deforestation: the believer is grounded, while modern man is not. He makes a compelling case for faith and holding onto the towering strength of our spiritual tradition.

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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