A Mawlid To Celebrate The Blessing That Is The Messenger Of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace)

Sung by Shaykh Muhammad Adel and Shaykh Abdullah Adel.

The Adel brothers, of prophetic descent, hail from a family known for their righteousness and deep love of Allah and His Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace. Since childhood they have been singing in public and private gatherings in Amman, Damascus, and other places in the Levant. They are highly sought out globally for their mastery of traditional Inshad.

To date, they have produced two albums of praise of the the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, which can be found here:

https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/The_Adel_Brothers?id=A62ohpp5bgzmqb75gbphj45n65y&hl=en_GB

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/the-adel-brothers/1171282072

This mawlid is the perfect way to prepare oneself for the blessed month of the birth of the Messenger of Allah. After a moving recitation of the Qurʾan by Shaykh Abdullah, it starts with a recitation of some of the blessed names of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.

Next, Shaykh Idris Watts, founder of www.quraniccircle.com, discusses keeping the company of the righteous, contemplating the Qurʾan, and singing the poetry of the righteous as means of igniting the spark of longing for the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace.

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat next briefly touches on how the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, is a such a blessing from Allah that we will never be able to thank Him for. A blessing whose effects which we benefit from now, as we will on the Day of Judgement.

Shaykh Muhammad then discusses the importance of understanding who a message has come from in order to understand the true consequence of the message. One such message is the command to send blessings on the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace. Understanding who it is from give a new depths to the significance of this great act which is a tremendous means to having our needs fulfilled.


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19: Spiritual Music – Renewing Religion: An Overview of Ghazali’s Ihya – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this lesson, Shaykh Faraz, gives an overview of the chapter on spiritual music from Imam Ghazali’s Ihya. In this chapter, the Imam’s reference to music is constrained only to spiritual music and should be understood as such for the remainder of the lesson. This is music that inspires to seek Allah and His messenger. WIthin the Islamic tradition there is a broad permissibility of singing.

There are numerous examples of the companions singing spiritual poems as they dug trenches or during weddings. That is also the reason why the Prophet had his own poets. Thus there was a general understanding of the permissibility of spiritual singing. The Prophet also encourage beating the ‘duff’ at weddings. Conversely, however, many scholars believe that other musical instruments are not allowed within Islam. There are a minority of scholars that allowed music as long as the environment in which the music is, is not associated with other sinful acts such as dancing.

Shaykh Faraz outlines in the lesson the etiquettes of listening to music:
[1] Music is powerful so be cautions of what you listen to. Thus listen to music that inspires you to yearn for the Divine.
[2] Actions are by their intentions, so you need to be clear as to why you are listening to something and what you hope to gain from it
[3] There is a rich tradition in Islam of appreciating beauty and beautiful things.
[4] The sunna of music is listening to that which praises Allah and Messenger or that which inspires one to turn to Allah and his messenger; or that which allows one to relax.

Shaykh Faraz concludes by reminding us to uphold caution and stick to what is permitted to music and continue to listen to it with purpose and intention. Lastly, remember that the greatest of what you can listen to is the Quran.

In this brief overview of Imam Ghazali’s opus magnum, Ihya Ulum al-Din (Renewing the Religious Sciences), this series will serve as blueprint for how the believer can bring to life their religion. It will aim to help the believer to not just practice the form of the religion properly, but to also practice it with excellence.

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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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Farewell Ode to Ramadan, by Hafidh Abdullah Francis

Ramadan has come and gone in the blink of the eye. Our qari for this blessed month, who helped us complete the recitation of the Qur’an, sang this ode to Ramadan shortly after the last tarawih prayer at SeekersHub Toronto. May Allah reward Hafidh Abdullah Francis for all the beauty and youthful life he brought to all our lives over the past few weeks. Ameen!

It’s Been An Extraordinary Month, #YourRamadanHub Xtra with Taras Hollyer & Abdul-Rehman Malik

Our qari, Hafidh Abdullah Francis who sings the farewell song to Ramadan in this clip has had one of those nights…

We present you with the penultimate #YourRamadanHub XtraAbdul-Rehman Malik and his guest Taras Hollyer look back on what an extraordinary month this Ramadan has been.

 

Let’s #GiveLight to Millions More

We envision a world in which no one is cut off from the beauty, mercy and light of the Prophetic ﷺ example. A world where the dark ideology of a few is dwarfed by radiant example of the many who follow the way of the Prophet ﷺ. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support. This Ramadan, we need you to help us #GiveLight to millions more. Here’s how.