Oaths in the Qur’an: Reflecting on the Opening Verses of Surat al-Shams – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutba Shaykh Faraz Rabbani calls the believers to reflect  on the opening verses of Surat al- Shams. In those verses Allah Most High makes oaths by the sun, the moon, the day, the night, the heavens, the earth and the self. One of the amazing aspects of the Qur’an is the swearing of oaths. The oaths in the Qur’an are for one to think and reflect on. One should reflect and know what Allah Most High is swearing by so one can pay attention to those things and the meanings behind them. Those oaths are signs around us that we should take heed of. Those signs can help us draw closer to Allah Most High. Oaths emphasis a meaning, oaths move and Inspire.

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Be Grateful for Everything – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

In this podcast Shaykh Faid reminds us of shukr (gratitude) , and what it means to be included amongst the grateful. One of the greatest attributes one can have is gratitude. Being grateful is not easy. Allah Most High calls Himself al-Shakur. The foundation of gratitude is knowledge. It is a great blessing for the tongue to be busy with thanking Allah. Shaykh Faid ends by reminding all the believers not to take anything for granted, and to strive to be people who remember Allah abundantly.

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Dying, Living, and Heart Matters – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday khutba Shaykh Faraz Rabbani begins by reminding that people are neglectful of death, and that life and death are from Allah Most High. Death is mentioned in the Qur’an several times, and one is called to reflect on death. Death is a point of reflection to the believers personally and collectively. The reality of death should make us reflect on: (1) what is my responsibility, (2) what is the collective responsibility, and (3) what is the more broad responsibility. Death of scholars is one of the most dangerous things that happens to the community of believers. Through scholars there are gifts of mercy. There are many lessons to heed when some scholars pass away. Anything that changes or perishes could not be eternal. At the point of death all that matters is the heart and what it contains. If the heart is sound the whole body is sound. Imam Ibrahim al-Khawwas, one of the righteous early predecessors (died 231 a.h.), said: “The medicine for the heart and healing the heart are in five things. (1) reciting Qur’an with reflection, (2) emptying of the stomach, (3) praying at night, (4) beseeching Allah in the pre-dawn time, and (5) keeping the company of the righteous. We should all take heed from the reality of death. We should strive to have a moment of reflection upon death after each of the five obligatory prayers.

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Ours Is Not a Caravan of Despair: Joy & Gratitude – Eid Sermon by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Eid sermon, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani contrasts people who see just this world—a place of sorrow and suffering—with those who see this world as the creating of Allah, a gift, and the first step in an eternal journey. He outlines the Prophetic model of joy and rejoicing, and how to find mercy in hardship: responding by turning to Allah, striving to be a “grateful servant.”

Shaykh Faraz exposits how the Prophet was constantly cheerful, as his joy was with Allah. He closes by reminding of the sunnas of smiling and celebration, particularly on Eid.

This sermon was delivered following the Ramadan 2018 program at SeekersHub Toronto.

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The True Eid – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin gives some perspective of what Muslims should look forward to at the end of Ramadan. Eid is a celebration of having completed the month of Ramadan in a state of worship, and having drawn closer to Allah. In that sense, every day that passes by where one abstains from sin is Eid. Sayyidina Ali ibn Abi Talib (may God be pleased with him) is reported to have said: “Eid is not merely wearing new garments, Eid is for the one who’s worship increases.”

Ultimately the true Eid celebration for a believer is realized in the hereafter, when they are entered into paradise are in the company of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018 at SeekersHub Toronto: “Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith”.

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Branches of Faith – 13: Belief in the Afterlife – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib

Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib closes Imam Zabidi’s treatise on the Branches of Faith “ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman” (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith), looking at the root relating to belief in the next life.

Shaykh Ba-Dhib vividly explains the branches of faith relating to the Afterlife which Imam Zabidi highlights in his work, which are believing in: (1) the Resurrection, (2) the Standing before Allah Most High, (3) the Reckoning, (4) the Scale, (5) the Path, (6) the intercession, (7) Paradise and all which pertains to it, (8) and the Fire and that which relates to it.

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: “Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith”.

It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Faith is seventy some branches”. In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.

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(Part 5 of 5) The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained – Shaykh Muhammad Ba-Dhib

In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib concludes Imam Ahmad ibn Zayn al-Habshi’s treatise on sayyid al-istighfar (the foremost way of seeking forgiveness). He continues looking at various methods of forgiveness and their virtues, first covering those narrated from the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). In addition, Imam Habshi mentions other forms of supplication and formulas the saints and scholars—including his own teacher Imam Haddad—found effective. He closes by citing the “expiation for gatherings”— a particular form of seeking forgiveness used by the Prophet.

Upon request from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Ba-Dhib concludes the series by mentioning his own chain of authorization to teach the text, person by person, back to the author himself.

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: “The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al-Istighfar Explained”.

In this five-part series, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib covers a short treatise on explaining the foremost way of seeking forgiveness as has come to us from Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The work, “Tiryaq al-Qulub w al-Absar fi Bayan al-Ulum allati Tadamanha Sayyid al-Istighfar” (The Healing of Hearts and Eyesight in Exposition of the Knowledges Contained in The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness) is by Imam Ahmed bin Zain al-Habshi (d. 1145 AH).

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.

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Branches of Faith – 12: Civic Duties – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib

In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the Branches of Faith relating to civic life from Imam Zabidi’s treatise “ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman” (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). In this session, he looks at the Branches which relate to preserving the Five Necessities which the Sacred Law (shariʿa) has come to protect.

The seven Branches mentioned in the text which come under the Five Necessities are: (1) preserving religion through fighting and combat, (2-3) preserving life through abstaining from injurious crimes and establishing their penalties, (4) preserving the intellect through the prohibition of intoxicants and foul things, (5) preserving wealth through seeking rights and fulfilling them, (6-7) preservation of honour through establishing legal penalties for fornication and slander and disciplinary punishments, and through removing harm from the Muslims.

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: “Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith”.

It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Faith is seventy some branches”. In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.

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Branches of Faith – 11: Civic Life – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib

Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the root concerning the matters of this life from Imam Zabidi’s treatise on the Branches of Faith “ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman” (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). In this session, he begins to look at the Branches of Faith which relate to the individual relating to the society at large.

Shaykh Ba-Dhib explains the first eight branches of faith concerning civic life that Imam Zabidi highlights in his work: (1) establishing governance, (2) following the community, (3) obeying those in authority, (4) aiding one another in virtue and piety (taqwa), (5) giving life to sacred symbols, (6) and commanding good and forbidding evil.

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: “Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith”.

It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Faith is seventy some branches”. In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.

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Branches of Faith – 10: Domestic Life – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib

In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the Branches of Faith from Imam Muhammad Murtada al-Zabidi’s text “ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman” (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). Continuing with the root that relates to the matters of this life, he moves on to look at the Branches of Faith which relate to the individual concerning the home and one’s personal life.

Shaykh Ba-Dhib explains the eight branches of faith that relate to the home that Imam Zabidi highlights in his work. They are: (1) holding back from unchastity, (2) establishing the pact of marriage (ʿaqd al-nikah), (3) fulfilling marital rights, (4) goodness to parents, (5) raising children, (6) connecting family ties, (7) obedience to masters–which, he notes, does apply today in venerating people of societal or religious status, such as the elderly, (8) and excellence towards bondservants. He ends by shedding light on the honour accorded to slaves in Islam to clarify any misunderstanding.

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: “Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith”.

It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Faith is seventy some branches”. In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.

For more SeekersHub podcasts and podcast shows, visit seekersguidance.org/podcasts.

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