Retracing the Hijra (Part 2) – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

In this podcast Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said continues speaking on the Hijra (migration) of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). During the Hijra people suffered a lot. Making Hijra is the way of the prophets. Many companions suffered in Makka after living a very comfortable lifestyle prior to accepting Islam. Allah opens doors of light and guidance when people make sacrifices for His sake. The way to Allah is to be patient during one’s trials. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was being tortured and still asking for guidance for his people. The stopping of  the ability to call to Allah in Makka is what lead to the Hijra.

 

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Change and the Reality of Life – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Change is a reminder of things being created. Change is a sign of Allah. Change is a proof of the oneness of Allah. Anything that changes has the necessary quality of being dependent. Anything that has a beginning couldn’t possibly not have an end.

“ Verily, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of insight.” [Surat al-Imran 3:190]. It was regular practice of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to recite these verses when getting up at night for night worship. Every moment all created things are changing, and in it are numerous signs for people of insight. The believer should strive to know what these signs, and know how to reflect on these signs. These signs point to Allah, the creator and sustainer of everything which is given to change. The believer sees this with the eye of the heart. Allah is the creator and sustainer at every moment. Everything besides Allah is perishing.

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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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Why Are We Muslim? – Preserving Faith in Testing Times – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Have you asked yourself why you are Muslim? Is Islam an identity? How can our faith be preserved in testing time?

In this Friday khutba, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains how faith is the fuel of religion. Muslims should be be clear about why they are Muslim, and then nurture that in their children. Shaykh Faraz clarifies that we are not Muslim just because we follow the religion of Islam. That is just what the implications of being Muslim are.

The Quran and Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) actively call us to think, reflect and understand. We need to ask ourselves: what does Allah represent in my life? What does the Messenger of Allah represent in our life? What does the Quran reflect in my life?

The resulting quality of this reflection is gratitude. Gratitude is the driver of lasting benefit. We are Muslim because we are grateful to our Creator, Sustainer and Benefactor. We are Muslim because we believe in Allah.

This Islam that is fuelled by faith, stands the test of adversities. As opposed to Islam that is just based on identity which withers when tested.

Shaykh Faraz calls us to nurture our strength of faith by not just going through the motions of religion. Rather, we should make every action and act of faith: “Know that your prayer is an act of faith. Know that your fasting is an act of faith. Know that your charity is an act of faith. Know that sticking to the halal and avoiding the haram is an act of faith. Know that visiting your parents is an act of faith. Know that your being involved in the community, your social activism, your political activism, your maintaining ties with family and friends all of it is an act of faith.”

Before any action the believer should turn their heart to Allah. They should ask: what does Allah seek from me? Don’t just focus on the action. Focus first on Allah. If you do that, nothing will harm you.

The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him said): “If you ask, ask from Allah. If you rely, rely upon Allah.” Religion is about Allah Most High alone.

This Friday khutba was delivered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani in February 2017 at the the International Muslim Organization of Toronto (IMO).

Cover photo by alankrita singh.

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Eid al-Adha Khutba: Celebrating Faith and Lessons in Sacrifice – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

In this Eid al-Adha sermon (khutba) Shaykh Faid reminds us of the virtues of the days of Eid. He calls us to celebrate the meanings of faith and what is entailed by faith. Shaykh Faid highlights some key lessons from the story of Prophets Ibrahim and Ismael and their great sacrifice.

This Eid al-Adha khutba was delivered by Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said in Harrow central Mosque in London.

This recording was provided by Alubudiya.

Day 4 In A Nutshell – Allah’s Mercy Over His Wrath Gives Us Hope, #YourRamadanHub Xtra

Stories many of us have heard before but re-told and unpacked in a way very few can. And Shaykh Muhammad Adiyenka Mendes sure can. If you missed the livestream of the two extraordinary short talks he gave, you can listen to them in full on the SeekersHub podcast on iTunes (please subscribe for automatic updates). In the meantime, we present you with #YourRamadanHub Xtra – the best of the day’s events in a nutshell.

Lessons from the Life of Prophet Jesus, by Habib Ali Al-Jifri

“Between me and him, there is no other prophet” – saying of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them both

Habib Ali al-Jifri spoke as part of the Muhammed: Master of Change campaign organised by the Radical Middle Way in the United Kingdom. Habib Ali visiting nine cities in 10 days, including St. Philip’s Centre, a Church in the city of Leicester that is well renowned for its extensive interfaith work and which is located next to a mosque names after Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him. The lecture was on the lessons to be learnt from the life of the Prophet Jesus, peace and blessings be upon him, on being a good neighbor and fostering co-existence.

Translation by Sidi Wael Zubi.

Prophet Yunus: Trials of Prophethood

Da’wah is a necessity, not a luxury, this is indeed a very important lesson that we can find in the story of Prophet Yunus and success in this mission is in the hands of Allah

This is part of a series of remarkable Quranic stories of the Prophets (peace be upon them), retold by Shaykh Ahmad Saad al-Azhari, a master of the Quran and scholar in residence at SeekersHub this Ramadan.

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Arrows of Light Amidst Plight: Praying with Prophet Yunus (as): Surat al-Anbiyā’ (verse 87), Duas from the Qur’an Explained

You’re listening to a series of lessons on important duas found in the Qur’an, as explained by Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad Al Azhari – a distinguished master of the Qur’an and scholar in residence at Seekershub Toronto during Ramadan 2015.

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Maryam: Blessed Mother & Child

How does Allah bless intentions, how does upbringing blossom in a child’s character and how does it empower a child to face most difficult situation; we can see some answers to these questions in the story of Maryam.

This is part of a series of remarkable Quranic stories of the Prophets (peace be upon them), retold by Shaykh Ahmad Saad al-Azhari, a master of the Quran and scholar in residence at SeekersHub this Ramadan.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.