The Gifted Mercy – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

In this podcast Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said explains the different opportunities we have to attain the gifts of mercy that Allah Most High has provided us. Shaykh Faid begins by talking about the difficulties that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) and his family went through. However, through the difficulties we see a complete portrayal of mercy through the Prophet’s choices (peace and blessing be upon him). He explains that life is about choices, and that the best of choices is choosing to be somewhere Allah is remembered.

Shaykh Faid then mentions some of the virtues of the month of Sha’ban. It was from prophetic practice to fast most of the month of Sha’ban. The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) informed us that Sha’ban is a month where out deeds are presented before Allah, and that he wanted his deeds to be presented while in a state of fasting.

Shaykh Faid goes on to discuss that among the signs of and accepted repentance, is being eager to perform acts of worship. A believer should never despair. Allah is happy when his servants repents. The Mercy of Allah covers over everything. A believer should be humble when asking Allah, this is from prophetic practice. A believer should be in a state of happiness while worshipping Allah. The purpose of worship is to purify oneself. 

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Surat al-Kahf: Keys of Faith – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday sermon, Shaykh Faraz begins by reminding the believers that the first ten verses of Surat al-Kahf are a protection from the Dajjal as Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) has informed us. The verses are gifts of mercy, and each verse is a key to mercy. The sunna of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) in its entirety is mercy, and following the sunna in preserving the first ten verses of Surat al-Kahf is a key to attain on to that mercy. It is a protection from the Dajjal. The Dajjal preys on weakness of faith and attacks those who have weak faith. In time of confusion hold fast to the Qur’an. One of the keys to faith is to make regular practice to recite the first ten verses of Surat al-Kahf. Surat al-Khahf  is a summation of faith and the lessons of Surat al-Kahf are summarized in the first ten verses. Shaykh Faraz ends the khutba by reminding the believers of the reward and merit of the month of Sha’ban.

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Benefits of Reciting Qur’an Daily – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

In this podcast Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said explains the benefits of reciting and connecting with the Qur’an on a daily basis. He reminds us all that the people of the Qur’an are the elite people of paradise. They are in the best of stations, and they constantly say words of goodness in this life. Just as one is careful what they intake into their bodies , one should be careful of what one listens to. Shaykh Faid counsels everyone to only listen to that which is of benefit . And what is better than reciting and listening to the words of Allah?

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What Does it Mean to Love Allah and Love for Allah – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutbah, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminds the believers of what it means to love Allah and love for Allah. He highlights that the greatest quality a believer can strive to attain in their lives is the love of Allah. The highest praise Allah grants to a believer is to be beloved to Him. And the the highest quality a believer can have is to be beloved by Allah. Shaykh Faraz explains what love is, and what does love for Allah entail. He distinguishes between a servant obeying Allah, and a servant loving Allah. The highest motivation for a believer is to be beloved by Allah. Shaykh Faraz ends by explaining that Allah loves the one who takes all means for the love of Allah alone, while loving all else out of the love of Allah.

This Friday khutba was delivered by Shaykh Faraz at Jamiat-ul-Ansar (www.jamiatulansar.ca/) in Brampton, in March 2018.

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The Blessing of Knowledge: Counsel for Seekers of Knowledge – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said commends SeekersHub on the initiative they have taken to make knowledge available and accessible globally. He reminds students of knowledge of the great importance and blessing of knowledge.

In the Qur’an knowledge comes before faith. One must remember that learning is a journey. The journey of seeking knowledge has no end. Therefore, seeking knowledge requires extra effort everyday, and focus. Shaykh Faid goes on to remind the students of knowledge in order for one to be successful, one must be consistent and leave distractions. There is nothing better to busy one’s self with than seeking knowledge.

He closes by counselling students that by putting in effort in seeking knowledge, facilitation and ease will come. He reminds everyone that it is a blessing to seek knowledge, and it is a blessing to serve those who are seeking knowledge as well. So we should all be appreciative and grateful for being able to seek knowledge for Allah’s sake.


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Sayyid al-Istighfar: The Foremost Way of Seeking Allah’s Forgiveness – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutbah, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminds the believers that it is Allah who gives guidance. Out of His tremendous and unimaginable mercy, Allah has given us all kinds of means to seek and attain this guidance. One of those means is what Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) referred to as sayyid al-istighfar, meaning the foremost ways in seeking Allah’s forgiveness. This formula of asking Allah for forgiveness answers many key questions on Islamic belief. Who is Allah? What Allah’s relationship to creation? What does one owe Allah Most High?

The sayyid al-isitghfar is a lesson in affirming Allah’s absolute oneness (tawheed), affirming who is your Lord. It also helps us to realize everything that one receives is ultimately from Allah and Him alone.

Text, transliteration and translation of sayyid al-istighfar can be found below.

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ

Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta

O Allah, you are my Lord. There is no god but you. You have created me, and I am your servant—and I am upon Your covenant and promise as best I can. I seek refuge in You from the worst of what I have done. I fully admit to You Your blessings upon me, and I fully admit to You all my sins. So forgive me, for there is none to forgive sins but You.

No one says this by day except granted paradise. No one says this by night except granted paradise.


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Reflection from the Qur’an: The Followed and their Admirers – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

 Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem

[And they should consider that] when those who have been followed disassociate themselves from those who followed [them], and they [all] see the punishment, and cut off from them are the ties [of relationship]. Those who followed will say, “If only we had another turn [at worldly life] so we could disassociate ourselves from them as they have disassociated themselves from us.” Thus will Allah show them their deeds as regrets upon them. And they are never to emerge from the Fire. (Surah Al-Baqarah, 166-167)

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) described the Qur’an as a guide to the straight path; and the beauty of the Qur’an is that each ayah (verse) is beautiful and so much so that you cannot differentiate between the beauty of two ayahs!

And the People of Qur’an, when they read and journey through the Qur’an, their skin shivers, as they learn, experience and become a part of something new each time they read and reflect on the Qur’an!

In this world, people follow each other, look up to one another, enjoy the company of the other and follow their advice; hence there are two: the followed and their admirers. However, on the very Day that we will be made to account, people will be running away from one another, and those that were followed will disassociate themselves from their admirers; and the admirers will wish they had another chance to go back and disassociate themselves from the ones they had followed!

Let this serve as a reminder to us all – let us not put ourselves in that position!

Instead, let us connect to the Qur’an, as the greatest khair (blessing) is to live by, live with and to learn the Qur’an!

Listen and #ShareTheNur! Allahumma salli alaa Nur.

Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

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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The Key to Loving Allah – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains and reflects on an aphorism by Imam al-Shadhili: “The truest of statements with Allah Most High, is there is no God but God (la ilaha illa Allah) upon purity. And the first of actions to be upon the love of Allah Most High is to hate worldliness, and to have no hope from the people of this world while being in conformity with them.”

Shaykh Faraz explains the virtues of affirming Divine oneness (la ilaha illa Allah). He counsels everyone to make much remembrance of that statement. He also reflects that through leaving love of the perishing world, one moves towards loving Allah Most High.

 

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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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