The Believer’s Response to Trials and Tribulations: Reflections on the Quebec Shootings, A Year Later – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutba Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminds us that the believers are not distinguished by living a worldly life, rather a believer lives with a higher reality and sense of purpose. Understanding the events that take place in this world are not for one to simply indulge in with worldly emotions. Rather they are a trial to see how one will deal with the trials and tribulations of this world. He goes on to remind us that what makes a Muslim community is believing in Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessing be upon him).

Shaykh Faraz goes on to explain how believers respond to trials. In trials and tribulations there is a tremendous wisdom from Allah Most High. What Allah wants from believers during trials is to continue to turn to Him with a sense of need. He ends by explaining how the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) was constantly tried and tested, however he never complained.

This khutba was delivered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani at the Mississauga Jame Masjid (http://www.jamemasjid.org/) in January 2018.

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Connecting with the Qur’an: Recognizing the Benefits of the Short and Virtuous Verses and Suras – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday sermon, Shaykh Faraz reminds the believers the importance of connecting with the Qur’an, especially with the short verses and chapters that are oft recited. The Qur’an is a gift from Allah Most High for those who are mindful of Him. The entirety of the Qur’an contains guidance for all of creation.  Certain verses of the Qur’an are keys to guidance. The shorter chapters and verses are some keys which encapsulate meanings of the entire Qur’an.

Shaykh Faraz goes on to remind the believers to constantly review the verses in the Qur’an that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) recited in his prayer upon waking at night (Surat Aal Imran, verses 190-200). This will help with one’s connecting to the Qur’an. He ends by reminding the believers that the good of creation comes about by connecting to the Qur’an.

This Friday khutba was delivered at the Sayeda Khadija Centre (http://www.skcentre.com/) in Mississauga, in January 2018.


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Tribulations from a Faith Perspective – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

Shaykh Yahya highlights that the greatest gift that we have been given, is the gift of faith because enables us to live a life of purpose. Faith is also the greatest gift we can give to the modern world in which we live. As people move further and further away from belief, resulting in a state of agitation and a state of panic. Faith (iman) is related to security (amn). With faith one finds security in their Lord who absolutely sustains and takes care of everything from its beginning to its fruition.

Shaykh Yahya reminds us that history is in good hands. The umma of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is granted mercy. There are many things of this deen and in this world that one cannot fully understand or comprehend the wisdom of, until they take into consideration the afterlife, and see how it plays out in the next life.

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The Gift and the Response: Gratitude for the Prophet Muhammmad ﷺ and How to Express It – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday khutba, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani calls the believers to reflect on the great favor sent by Allah Most High, the messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him). Shaykh Faraz goes on to remind us all to renew our gratitude during this month of Rabi al-Awwal, and be grateful for the Divine Mercy of Allah of sending us the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him). He provides key advice on how we can express this gratitude by connecting to the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

Shaykh Faraz explains in this khutba that both faith and righteous deeds entail following the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing upon him). Surat al-Asr (chapter 103 in the Qur’an) encapsulates how the believers should be. Be thankful of both the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing  upon him), and the message that he came with. He ends the khutba by reminding all to send peace and blessings on the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him).

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

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Nights of Reflection and Light – The Sunna of Reciting the Closing Ten Verses of Surat Aal-Imran- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the closing ten verses of Surat Aal-Imran (3.190-200):Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of he day and night  there are signs for people of reason,˹They are those who remember Allah while standing, sitting, and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth ˹and pray˺, “Our Lord! You have not created ˹all of˺ this without purpose. Glory be to You! Protect us from the torment of the Fire. Our Lord! Indeed, those You commit to the Fire will be ˹completely˺ disgraced! And the wrongdoers will have no helpers. Our Lord! We have heard the caller to ˹true˺ belief, ˹proclaiming,˺ ‘Believe in your Lord ˹alone˺,’ so we believed. Our Lord! Forgive our sins, absolve us of our misdeeds, and allow us ˹each˺ to die as one of the virtuous Our Lord! Grant us what You have promised us through Your messengers and do not put us to shame on Judgment Day—for certainly You never fail in Your promise.”So their Lord responded to them: “I will never deny any of you—male or female—the reward of your deeds. Both are equal in reward. Those who migrated or were expelled from their homes, and were persecuted for My sake and fought and ˹some˺ were martyred—I will certainly forgive their sins and admit them into Gardens under which rivers flow, as a reward from Allah. And with Allah is the finest reward!”Do not be deceived by the prosperity of the disbelievers throughout the land. It is only a brief enjoyment. Then Hell will be their home—what an evil place to rest! But those who are mindful of their Lord will be in Gardens under which rivers flow, to stay there forever—as an accommodation from Allah. And what is with Allah is best for the virtuous.Indeed, there are some among the People of the Book who truly believe in Allah and what has been revealed to you ˹believers˺ and what was revealed to them. They humble themselves before Allah—never trading Allah’s revelations for a fleeting gain. Their reward is with their Lord. Surely Allah is swift in reckoning. O believers! Patiently endure, persevere stand on guard, and be mindful of Allah, so you may be successful. (translation from Clear Qur’an by Dr. Mustafa Khattab, taken from Quran.com)

 In which the Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him) regularly recited when he got up for night worship.
These verses affirm the importance of Reflection and Remembrance (fikr and dhikr) as the means for certitude (yaqin) and true, living, transformative faith (Iman).
And they close with a memorable verse calling believers to patience, steadfastness, fortitude, and mindfulness as keys to eternal success.
Khutba from Jamiat-ul-Ansar (www.jamiatulansar.ca/) in Brampton.
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The Great Event: Surat al-Waqi’a and the Three Groups of People in the Hereafter – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday khutba, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani calls the believers to reflect on the urgent call in Surat al-Waqi’a (Sura 56 of the Qur’an) to turn to Allah through realization of the majestic qualities of Allah. Shaykh Faraz explains how none will deny the reality of the hereafter to occur.

Shaykh Faraz goes on to explain that there are three groups that will be resurrected on the day of judgment:

1) People of the right hand – eternal contentment, reward, and joy
2) People of the left hand – eternal loss, and external misery
3) Very foremost – they are drawn closer to Allah

Lastly the three qualities of the foremost are mentioned:

1) Sincerity in everything one does.
2) Strive in everything one does in the best way possible.
3) Hasten to forgiveness when one falls short.

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

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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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Tests and Tribulations Are Blessings: The Divine Promise That We Will Be Tested, Explained – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Why do trials and tribulations happen in our lives? Why does Allah allow earthquakes, floods, and other disasters and destructive events?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains two verses of the Qur’an (2.155-156) on the Divine Promise that all people will be tested–with life itself being nothing but a test. Allah Most High promises, “We will certainly test you with some fear and poverty, and loss of property, life, and crops…” [Qur’an, 2.155]

The key to right response to tests is to be steadfastly patient (sabr). Patience is not passiveness, Shaykh Faraz explains, but rather, “Remaining firm on what is pleasing to Allah.”

The reality of tests is that they are opportunities to respond with faith and good deeds. As such, tests are opportunities to seek Allah’s Pleasure, Love, and Closeness. That is why Allah tells us, “And give glad tidings to the steadfast.” [Qur’an, 2.156]

This arises from consciousness that, “Truly we are Allah’s, and truly it is to Him that we are returning.” [Qur’an, 2.157]

The consequence of such steadfast response to tests is true success: “They are the ones who will receive Allah’s blessings and mercy. And it is they who are truly guided.”

وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ بِشَيْءٍ مِنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنْفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ

We will certainly test you with some fear and poverty, and loss of property, life, and crops. But give glad tidings to those who remain steadfast —

2:155

الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُمْ مُصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ

who, when faced with a disaster, say, “Surely to Allah we belong and to Him we will ˹all˺ return.”

2:156

أُولَٰئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ ۖ وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ

They are the ones who will receive Allah’s blessings and mercy. And it is they who are ˹rightly˺ guided.

2:157

This Friday khutba was delivered at Sayeda Khadija Centre (http://www.skcentre.com/) in Mississauga, in September 2017.

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