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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The Company We Keep – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said to Syedina Abu Dharr (radiallah anhu): “Loneliness is better than bad company, and good company is better than being alone; to speak good is better than being quiet, and to keep quiet is better than saying words of regret!”

People might blame you for not being social, or for not being around them, but what really matters is our choice of company, as company is infectious – so choose with whom to be!

As Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said: “The example of good company is like being in a perfumery, either remnants of the perfume remain on you or you will carry the perfume in your hands; and the example of bad company is like visiting the establishment of the blacksmith, where you will either be affected by the smoke or you will carry the scent of it!”
And Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said: “Everyone will be resurrected with his or her friend, – so choose who you will be with!”
…And as far as you remember Him, you are never alone!
Listen and #ShareTheNur! Allahumma salli alaa Nur.
Jummah Mubarak!
Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

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Supporting Scholars and Students in Need – A Message from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Through the SeekersHub Global Islamic Scholars Fund, SeekersHub Global has been able to help numerous scholars and students of knowledge in need to continue to study and serve their communities. Help is still urgently needed for  a number of ongoing cases to help scholars and students of knowledge in need. Please donate today for this ongoing charity.

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Ridding Oneself from Arrogance – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

In this podcast Shaykh Faid Mohammed explains some of the meanings of Allah Most High’s Diving name As-Sabur (the Most patient). Although it is Allah alone who creates and sustains, humans are accountable for their choices.

He goes on the explain why iblis out of his arrogance refused to bow to Adam, and how all disbelief comes about out of arrogance. Arrogance being one of the roots of evil that causes harm in this life and the next.


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How Islamic Scholarship Saved Jerusalem and How it Could Save it Again – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this critical and timely talk, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani emphasizes and highlights the crucial role of  Islamic scholarship and scholars in the health and wellbeing of the Muslim community. He gives the example of how the teachings of Imam Ghazali was a key driver and cause of saving Jerusalem at the hands of Salah al-Din al-Ayubi. Shaykh Faraz sheds light on the current state of scholars, and some of the hardships they are facing. However, he expresses their dedication to spreading the Prophetic guidance and knowledge to preserve and restore the wellbeing of the Muslim community.  He calls everyone to help support Islamic scholarship and scholars through the Islamic Scholars Fund.


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The Urgent Priorities for Muslims in the West – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

In this critical and timely talk, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus emphasizes and highlights the urgency of the preservation and dissemination of knowledge, which is the Prophetic inheritance. He continues to explain that Imam al-Ghazali highlighted three principles in his magnum opus, Ihya Ulum al-Din (Revival of the Religious Sciences), that are meant to bring about renewal of faith in people: knowledge, devotion and service.

According to Shaykh Yahya, establishing SeekersHub and other institutions of Islamic knowledge is the most important obligation of this time and fulfills these principles. “Learning the sciences of the Sacred Law, with an unbroken chain in the established traditional way, while utilizing the beneficial modern methods and ways of instruction and making it relevant to the times we live in, in order to facilitate practice.”

He expresses that this is what he sees when he looks at SeekersHub, and that no one should underestimate their potential in bringing this matter to fruition. He explains that realizing this potential is through seeking great matters from Allah, through His Greatness.


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The Prophet Muhammad’s Love for Sayyida Khadija – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

In this podcast, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus calls the believers to reflect on the history in the Qur’an being a sacred history. Shaykh Yahya goes on to explain the high rank of Sayyida Khadija and how every time the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)left the house he mentioned her out of a heartfelt connection.

Shaykh Yahya goes on to give a lovely metaphor when he said Sayyida Khadija was like the womb for the birth of Islam. She nurtured, comforted and gave reassurance to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), and supported him. The first bond of Islam was with Sayyida Khadija.

At the first revelation she gave testimony of 5 things about the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him): 1)He maintains family ties 2) You bare the burdens of others 3) You give to the needy and raise them4) You show hospitality 5) You assist during times of calamity

Shaykh Yahya ended by saying when he thinks of Sayyida Khadija he thinks 3 things: Support, Sacrifice, and Service.

This talk took place at the Harrow mosque in the U.K.

Larayb Institute for Education 

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What Is Your Struggle for Good?‎ – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday sermon, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reflects on the momentous day of Ashura (10th of Muharram), and the great events that historically took place on that day. The stories tell of noble struggles for good, for the sake of Allah Most High. Shaykh Faraz then asks: “what is our individual struggle through which we turn to Allah and seek His closeness?”

Shaykh Faraz recounts the stories of Moses with Pharaoh, because it was on this day that Allah Most High saved Moses and his people from Pharaoh, as has come in the hadith. He also recounts the story of the martyrdom of al-Hussayn (may Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Shaykh Faraz also recounts the migration (hijra) of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), as we have just entered into the new Hijri year. All of these stories portray a struggle for good, for the sake of Allah Most High. Shaykh Faraz then calls everyone to ask themselves “what is my struggle in this life to turn to Allah?” The struggle could be getting up for Fajr, keeping up the five daily prayers, spending in the way of good, upholding justice, etc. The struggle is anything that one exerts themselves, time and effort seeking Allah thereby. He finally calls to take ourselves into account on how we spend our time, and to try to make good use of our lives.

This Friday sermon was delivered in September of 2017 at the University of Toronto.

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Migrations: Three Lessons from the Migration (Hijra) of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ‎ – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

As we begin the new Hijri year, Shaykh Faraz reflects on the story of Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings be upon him) migration (hijra). He focuses on three glimpses from that story and highlights some valuable and timely lessons. Among the lessons are: (1) how to plan and achieve goals, (2) doing the right thing with the right intention while relying fully on Allah, (3) displaying excellence in character, and (4) making all our choices for the sake of Allah and embracing the example of His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him).

The first glimpse Shaykh Faraz recounts of the story of Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings be upon him) migration (hijra), is in the phase of preparation. Sayyiduna Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) had prepared well in advance by purchasing and equipping the camels for migration. He did not know the exact time of the migration, but was ready for it. In this we see the importance of taking the right means to achieve goals. Hope (raja’) is a praiseworthy trait. Hope is to wish for something pleasing while taking the right means that will result in the outcomes you wish for. Otherwise it is false hope and blameworthy. We also see in this event that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) refused to take the camel he traveled on for free from Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him). He payed for it in full. We learn from this that one intends and strives to not be dependant.

The second glimpse Shaykh Faraz highlights is whenProphet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) headed out for the migration. Abu Bakr (may Allah be please with him) had deep concern for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and feared for any harm to befall him. So Abu Bakr would walk around theProphet (peace and blessings be upon him) to protect him from all directions. He entered the cave before the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to try to secure it. And when the men from Quraysh caught up with them and stood right outside the cave, he expressed his fear that they may see them. However, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said as is narrated in the Qur’an: “Don’t worry, Allah is with us” [Surat al-Tawba, 40]. So when facing any trials and difficulties, remember Allah is with us. If you are doing the right thing with the right intention, even if things don’t work out, then you are successful with Allah.

The third glimpse covered by Shaykh Faraz is when theProphet (peace and blessings be upon him) passing by the tent of Umm Ma’bad in the middle of the desert. They were seeking milk to drink and found only a weak goat with her that didn’t give milk. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was granted the miracle of the goat producing abundant milk when he rubbed its udder. In this story, Umm Ma’bad recounts the event to her husband when he returns to the tent. She describes the amazing character and excellent character of theProphet (peace and blessings be upon him). She describes the dignity, beauty and virtue in dealing of theProphet (peace and blessings be upon him). Umm Ma’bad and her husband later became Muslims because of what they witnessed of the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) excellent character. As Muslims and followers of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) should display excellence of character. This is how we uphold our connection to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), by connecting to his character. The way to call to Allah starts with character not words.

Finally, Shaykh Faraz narrates the hadith of intentions, which is connected to the story of the migration. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Actions are by their intentions, and each person shall have whatever they intended. So whoever’s migration was to Allah and His Messenger, then their migration was to Allah and His Messenger. And whoever’s migration was for some worldly gain, or for a woman to marry, then their migration is for whatever they migrated for.” [Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim] In our life every choice of ours is like a migration, and every choice is by its intention. Make it a choice for Allah and His Messenger. Seeking Allah and embracing the beautiful example of the Messenger.

This Friday sermon was delivered in September of 2017 at the International Muslims Organization of Toronto (IMO)  (http://imooftoronto.com/).

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Believers and Tribulations: Faith Entails Being Ambassadors of Mercy — With Certitude and Contentment – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

As we see all the tribulations that have befallen the Muslims and humanity at large, one could be easily overwhelmed. On one extreme one could feel despair, and on another one could choose to ignore all these events. However, the believer’s balance and the Sunna of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is to care and have sincere and deep concern. In this Friday khutba, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani tells us how believers should respond to the tribulations happening around us.

This Friday khutba was delivered by Shaykh Faraz at the Bosnian Islamic Association “Gazi Husrev-Beg” (http://www.biaghb.com/) in Toronto, in September 2017.

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