The Champion of Truth by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains key lessons on being a champion of truth (a siddiq) from the life of the great companion Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) as part of an ongoing course taught at the Ha Meem College by Dr. Ridhwan Saleem and other distinguished teachers.

Shaykh Faraz highlighted how the great companion Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) exhibited the highest meanings of being a “siddiq”, a champion of truth, before the coming of revelation to the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). And then throughout the message of the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) from the very beginning to the very end, right up to the passing of the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Shaykh Faraz uses vivid examples from the life of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) with the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He highlights what is meant by being “truly true”, a siddiq, or a champion of truth, and how we can strive to live and embody those meanings in our lives, inspired by the beautiful example of the greatest follower of the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the best human after the prophets, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him).

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Wearing Noise-Cancelling Headphones in Prayer to Concentrate Better

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani on key principles related to what is avoided in prayer—including all actions external to prayer; anything that looks like one’s is not in prayer; anything that can lead to distraction; and all unnecessary actions. He also briefly explains the principle of avoiding things that cause others to think ill of one without good reason.

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How to Seek Islamic Knowledge – Imam Subki’s Counsel

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Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reads and explains Imam Subki’s poem of counsel to his son Muhammad on the proper path and etiquettes of seeking Islamic knowledge.

The counsel of Imam Subki is an important work that clarifies what is a sound traditional Islamic understanding of knowledge; how it is sought; and the methodology of learning and knowledge that Muslims should follow. Emphasis is given on the purpose of knowledge; acting upon it; sincerely seeking the pleasure of Allah through it; following the way of the inheritors of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him); and manifesting the fruits of knowledge in one’s life–faith, piety, worshipfulness, and excellence of character and conduct.

PDF of the English Translation of the poem: Imam Subki’s Counsel on Knowledge
PDF of the Arabic Text of the poem: Imam Subki’s Counsel on Knowledge (Arabic)

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What Is ‘Afiya and Why Do We Pray For It?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani was asked why the Prophet ﷺ advised us to “ask Allah for well-being” and said that there can be no prayer more comprehensive than asking for ‘Afiya. So what is ‘Afiya? How should we ask for it?

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Why Were The Sahaba Dazzled By The Prophet ﷺ?

The companions of the Prophet ﷺ were in absolute awe of him, as documented exhaustively in accounts of their time with him ﷺ. How did a man, known as the unlettered or illiterate Prophet ﷺ capture the hearts of friends and enemies alike?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives us some idea in this brief podcast.

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Why Did Allah Create Humans With The Potential For Evil?

When Allah first told the angels that He was going to place Adam as a Khalifa (vicegerent) on earth, the angels asked Him, “Would you place in it one who spreads corruption and who sheds blood?”

Given the state of humanity, this is a profound question. How did the angels know? And why was it Allah’s will that they would ask this question?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains in this beautiful 20-minute khutbah.

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What is Modest Clothing for Men and Women?

A woman in a headscarf or face veil is one of the most, if not the most, commonly associated image with Islam but the concept of modesty in Islam is a fascinating, profound concept. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives a methodical and thorough explanation of how it relates to both men and women.

The Myth of The Golden Age of Islam, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Catch yourself thinking wistfully about Islam’s golden age? In this brief clip, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains how this way of thinking can hinder us from seeing the current glories of our faith. Despite the challenges, we should not feel overwhelmed, as Allah has granted many great leaders to every generation.

No Reward in Punditry: What To Do When Following (Bad) News

Contrary to popular opinion, following the news is not good for us because almost all news is bad news. Some of the most depressed people are those who consume a regular diet of news media. However, if you must follow the news, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani advises that you do so for two reasons:

  • if there is going to be a benefit
  • if you are genuinely concerned

No Reward in Punditry

When you follow the news, realise that there is no reward in punditry. There is however, immense benefit in making du’a at every opportunity. Make dua when you hear bad news and even during everyday moments like when you meet someone. It can be in your own words and in any language you are comfortable in.

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