Seeing the Bigger Picture: The Eternal Consequences of Faith–Eid Sermon by Sh. Faraz Rabbani

In this Eid reminder, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani advises us to look beyond the pain, suffering and hardship we encounter to see the true purpose and potential of our creation. Touching on key Quranic verses, he counsels us to look at the bigger picture.eid sermon

We see so much difficulty in our lives. We deal with our weaknesses, failings and challenges. One of the greatest blessings we have, is be becoming aware of others people’s suffering. This is not so we can be afraid, but so that we can do something about it. The point of hearing is not to listen, to point is to act.

The believer sees every situation as an opportunity to do good and get closer to Allah. Our approach should not be one of analysis and criticism, but one of action. After all, the purpose of every trial is to test whom will be the best in action.

What is the potential of the human being? To know one’s Lord, and to do good.

We are told in the Qur’an, “Is not Allah the Most Wise of the Wise?” This tells us that everything that Allah does is for a reason, and it is up to us to fulfil our potential as human beings.

Allah repeatedly reminds us to seek forgiveness. However, it is not a case where we ask, and He may forgive, or may not. He says, “Call upon Me, and I will surely grant you.” The forgiveness is waiting, and Paradise is waiting. Therefore, we ask Allah to help us fulfil our potential and make us from those who do good.

There is a Russian saying, “Yesterday was bad, today is awful, and tomorrow will be even worse.” However, that is not how a believer thinks. Allah has promised us Paradise, where all the pain and brokenness will be removed. We should let go of any negativity we have, and be grateful for these immense blessings.

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A Time to Build: How Believers Respond To Trials and Tests – Faraz Rabbani Eid Khutba at SeekersHub Toronto

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani delivered this brief, timely Khutba on how the believer sees everything–both difficulty and ease, joys and tribulations–as blessings from Allah, and then responds accordingly.
Shaykh Faraz emphasized that this is a time to build, in our own lives, our families, communities, and as an Umma …
Please note: Khutba commences at 8:30 on the video. Audio also available below.

Rejoice! Reviving Remembrance and the Prophetic Way – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Eid al-Adha Khutba 2013

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani delivered this powerful, inspiring, and uplifting Eid Khutba at the joint Eid al-Adha Prayer and Khutba sponsored by SeekersHub Toronto, Lote Tree Foundation, and Risalah Foundation.
Shaykh Faraz begins with a reminder of how tremendous the blessing of Allah’s command to rejoice–both in general and in these blessed days of Eid–truly is.
Then, he shares some of the implications of Allah’s command, “When you complete your pilgrimage rituals, remember Allah as you remember your parents or more intensely.” [Qur’an]
The believer lives with passion and intensity, both in their social relations and in their spiritual life, as both are expressions of remembering Allah, seeking Allah, and beholding Allah.
The question arises: how can one rejoice in troubled times? Shaykh Faraz explains that the believer sees troubles and tribulations (fitna) as opportunities of seeking Allah through right response.
What is the right response? It is to revive the Prophetic way (sunna). The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said that whoever revives his sunna in times of tribulation (fitna) for his Community shall have the reward of a martyr.
Shaykh Faraz explains the two wings by which the sunna flies: (1) presence of heart with Allah (hudur ma`a Allah) and (2) calling oneself and others to Allah, as explained by the great Iraqi scholar and jurist, Shaykh Abd al-Karim al-Mudarris.
He then closes by urging us to be part of this Prophetic call, by seeking knowledge; by supporting the institutions that seek to spread beneficial knowledge; and by being active members of the community.
And Allah alone gives success.
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Video: Continuity and Community: Eid al-Adha 2012 Khutbah – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

Video: Continuity and Community: Eid al-Adha 2012 Khutbah – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah delivers Eid al-Adha 2012 khutbah.

Video: “Be Peacemakers” by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf – Eid Al-Fitr 2010

Video: “Be Peacemakers” by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf – Eid Al-Fitr 2010

From a proposed Islamic center in New York City, to a proposed Quran burning in Florida, Muslims in the West have again come under siege. On the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf delivers a sermon filled with hope, balance and guidance to navigate the troubled waters. Brought to you Zaytuna College.

-‘Everyday the headlines are about Muslims. Who did this? If you ask me I say Allah swt did this because Muslims have been sitting on this religion for so long, and not sharing it the whole world is turning against them. Because this is the age of the Internet this is the age of mass communication, this is the first time in human history where you could be in a Christian country and openly talk about Islam and they won’t burn you, they might burn the Quran but they won’t burn you.’

-‘Muslims have to rise above their own egos, tribalism, their self-identity and their own images of worth that they put higher than the deen sometimes.’

-‘As Shakespeare said: “Their is a tide in the affairs of men, which if taken at the flood leads onto ventures, fortune, omit it then you spend your life in shallows and miseries. Upon such a sea are we now afloat.”‘

-‘Thomas Clearly said, “American’s can’t even think about thinking about Islam” so we have to break down the barriers and let them know who we are. This is an immense opportunity people, the Prophet salallahua alayhi wasalam only asked for one thing from Quraysh: “Just let me talk to people.” That’s all he asked for.’