Are Non-Muslims Our Brothers, as Mentioned in the Hadith?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani was asked “According to a commentary I read on Hadith 13 (None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.] – this hadith is very broad and includes Non-Muslims. Should we then consider Non-Muslims to be our brothers and sisters?”

The question came from Shaykh Faraz’ class on Imam Nawwawi’s 40 hadith – take the course for free today.

 

Becoming A Man – A New Course for Those Coming of Age

MC-Amjad-Bio-resizedComing of age can be awkward, challenging, and confusing–for both parents and their children. Although many of the changes are biological, they also have religious implications as well. This course seeks to provide a framework for young men to learn about the qualities of a true man of faith. By contextualizing the wisdom and example of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions to deal with contemporary issues, young men will gain insights into the practice, spirituality, and virtue of the believer. Insha Allah, this course will help give young men clarity and confidence in their religion and life.

Listen to Ustadh Amjad Tarsin’s brief introduction below and don’t forget to register for the course.

Electing for Real Change: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani on the recent Canadian election

SYEDA-KHADIJA-CENTREAt the Syeda Khadija Centre, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani considers the recent Canadian election of 2015. Many Muslim candidates have been elected and the new leader – shalwar-kameez wearing, masjid-visiting Justin Trudeau, aged 43, has evoked much excitement and commentary amongst Muslim communities. However, Shaykh Faraz asks, are we a people who reflect?

Challenges and Choices: Lessons from the Great Day of Ashura

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses the lessons of the great day of Ashura – the 10th of Muharram. This is one of the greatest days of the year – a day the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) highly encouraged us to fast.

This is the day in which…

  • Prophet Adam was absolved of his error;
  • the day in which Prophet Nuh was saved from the flood;
  • the day in which the people of Prophet Yunus were forgiven;
  • the day in which Prophet Musa and Bani Israel were saved from the Pharaoh

It is from the days in which Allah has favoured and honoured those whom He has tested with trials and challenges – and who responded right through the right choices.

Shaykh Faraz explains the sunnahs related to fasting and devotion on the 10th of Muharram, as well as how the great historical events that happened on this day can help us respond right to the challenges in our life.

The importance of knowing the history of faith – the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself, the past Prophets, the righteous, scholars, saints, and virtuous – is that it gives us embodied examples of turning to Allah through the tests of life, towards becoming of His honoured and beloved servants.

Muharram & New Beginnings, by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

A few days before Ashura, Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad delivered his khutba – noting that shahada is not to be simply translated as martyrdom, but rather an act of ultimate sincerity and testimony.

‘Think not of those who are slain in the way of Allah as dead. Nay they are living! With their Lord they have provision. Jubilant are they because of that which Allah hath bestowed upon them of His bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not joined them but are left behind: that there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve. They rejoice because of favour from Allah and kindness, and that Allah wasteth not the wage of the believers’. Surah Al-Imran Verses 169-171

The Fully Integrated Life – Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad

“Allah bears witness that there is no god except He, and the Angels and the ones endowed with knowledge, upright with equity (bear witness). There is no god except He, The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Wise…” (Surah al-Imran, Verse 18)

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad talks about how one should approach the balance needed in life, to put everything where it deserves to be put. How should one manage the different influences and complexity of life as a student? How does one find the right balance between what may seem deen and what may seem Dunya? The shaykh explains how we must strive for the fully integrated life and shares some useful tips from the works of Hujjat ul-Islam Imam Al-Ghazali.

Our deepest gratitude to Cambridge Khutbahs for making this recording available.

Do You Have The Tools Of Sound Understanding?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers a much neglected topic: the importance of the “instrumental sciences”. He says, “These are the means to sound knowledge. Without them, one’s knowledge will not be sound, one’s expressions will not be sound, and one’s knowledge will not be trustworthy.”

This lesson is a must-watch for learners at all stages. It discusses the proper way to pursue the path of knowledge, and the common pitfalls of students and teachers alike.

The Prayer for Drinking Coffee – The Power of Purpose and High Intentions

At SeekersHub Toronto’s weekly Circle of Praise, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explained the Smaller Fatiha for Drinking Coffee, of the noble scholar al-Habib Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Mihdar (Allah have mercy upon him).

This prayer and statement of intent have many lessons – listed to the podcast below.

Positive Spiritual Thinking, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

An explanation of the power of taqwa and trust in Allah in decision-making. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains how, “Whoever has mindfulness of Allah, Allah grants a way out and provides for them in ways they could never imagine.” [Qur’an, 65.2-3]

This is not only through spiritual assistance but also through the practical facilitation of making right choices–as taqwa is committing to leave all that is displeasing to Allah and choosing what is pleasing to Allah. This is the practical way to good in all choices.

But people have their worldly and spiritual fears and misgivings, so Allah Most High promises, “And whoever places their trust in Allah, Allah is their sufficiency..” [Qur’an, 65.3]

ANSWERS: How do I protect myself from spiritual harm and evil forces?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani on protecting oneself from sihr and other such harm, in this first SeekersHub Answers audio episode. Would you rather read the answer? Visit the SeekersHub Answers page.

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