Khutbah: Companions around the Prophet (pbuh)

420184_10151534009771051_2125070716_nThe companions (may Allah be well pleased with them) had the honour of being in the presence of the Prophet (pbuh), of seeing and hearing from him directly, but the tremendous gift from Allah to this ummah is that the guidance of the Prophet (saw) is fully preserved for us. We know every detail about the person (pbuh) – more details than we know of famous people who live in the public eye in our own time. What is interesting though, is that people who lived in the same household as him (pbuh) would go to his companions to learn more about him (pbuh).

Imam Zaid Shakir’s khutbah on the Chapel Hill shooting

Imam Zaid Shakir addresses the Chapel Hill shooting in his Friday khutbah in Michigan.

See also, his comments shortly after the tragedy unfolded,

“May the deaths of these beautiful young people, and all others who have perished as a result of senseless, inexcusable violence, anywhere, not be in vain. May they motivate us all to do more to stop this insanity, because all of their lives do truly matter.”

…and advice for parents who are struggling to explain the incident to their children

Resources for Seekers:

Injustice Cannot Defeat Injustice
As He Breathed His Last – Imam al-Ghazali’s Last Poem
Do Something about it!
Anger, Restraint, Wisdom and the Prophetic Message in Our Times (Interview with Habib Ali)
The Soul’s Journey after Death and The Day of Judgement
On the killing of three young American Muslims

Clarity in Crisis: How Believers Look at Trials and How they Respond, Guided by Prophetic Light – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), throughout his life went through many trials–even in his childhood–and especially in the matters of belief and in the practices of his people. As years went on, the Prophet yearned for guidance in these and all matters.
We can often feel overwhelmed with what is going on in the world. Yet, the believer should always look to the Prophet, (ﷺ) and the Qur’an for guidance. If we look at the life of the Prophet (ﷺ) and how he responded to crises, it can help us to obtain some clarity in how we should respond to the situations that we find ourselves in.
Listen to this brief but timely khutbah by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, to see how he (ﷺ) dealt and responded to crises, and then reflect upon how we can use his teachings to deal with crises in our own lives, and the world around us.

The Believer’s Clarity When Tested: The Power of Patience and Prayer in Responding to Tests and Trials – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutba delivered at the Sayeda Khadija Centre, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives a powerful explanation of the clarity the believer has in responding to the tests and trials of life.
The believer recognizes everything–good and bad, pleasing and displeasing–as being a test. All of life, in reality is a test, as Allah Most High makes clear in the Qur’an: “He has created death and life in order to truly test you–which of you are best in deeds.” [Qur’an, 67.2]
Shaykh Faraz explains a set of verses from Surat al-Baqara in which Allah guides us on how to respond to the tests and trials of life–and the tremendous consequences of right response:
“You who believe, seek help through patience and prayer, for Allah is with the steadfast. Do not say that those died in the path of Allah are dead. Rather, they are alive, though you do not realize it. We shall certainly test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property, lives, and crops. But give glad tidings to the steadfastly patient–those who say, when afflicted with calamity, ‘We belong to God and to Him we shall return.’ These will have blessings upon them from their Lord and mercy–and it is they who are rightly guided.” [Qur’an, 2.153-157]
Shaykh Faraz explains that:
(1) The believer sees everything as being from Allah
(2) The believer holds to patience (sabr)–which, he explained, is “remaining firm on what is pleasing to Allah”
(3) The believer responds in accordance to what will please Allah
(4) This patience is always accompanied by thankfulness (shukr), as the believer sees everything as a blessing–an opportunity for drawing closer to Allah, and for eternal reward.
This makes every moment of the believer’s life beautiful and blessed, as the verses above make clear.
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Turning Towards the Truth Through Remembrance of Allah – Friday Sermon by Shaykh Faraz Khan

In this compelling Friday Khubah, Shaykh Faraz Khan speaks about the importance of disconnecting ourselves from the chaotic world that we are living in. On how to turn way from everything that distracts us from Allah. He speaks about turning to al Haq, the owner of the truth.
Shaykh Faraz reminds us about how believers should be in constant remembrance of Allah through their tongues and hearts. We should strive to make Allah the central focus of their lives. Only then can we attain tranquillity (sakinah) and make our lives solely for the sake of Allah. Our life, profession, family and responsibilities would mean nothing if the qiblah of our heart is not directed towards Allah al Haq.
Who is Shaykh Faraz Khan?
Shaykh Faraz Khan is currently teaching at Zaytuna College as part of the Living Links program, find out more here.

By Sister Lina.

What is the Straight Path of Islam? “Guide us to the Straight Path” Explained – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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What is the Straight Path we ask for in Surat al-Fatiha when we say: “Guide us to the Straight Path.” [Qur’an, 1.6] Why do believers–people of guidance–ask Allah for guidance?

In this insightful khutba, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains what guidance is; that the straight path is the direct way to the desired goal; what the believer seeks in life–Allah’s closeness and pleasure, and eternal success; the relationship between the straight path and the good of this life and the next… and more.

Shaykh Faraz emphasizes that this seeking of the straight path relates to seeking Allah–and making the right choice–in every life circumstance.

This Friday sermon was delivered at the Brampton Islamic Centre.

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Stand Steadfastly For Justice – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani – Friday Sermon at Occupy Toronto

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, the Executive Director of SeekersHub and Educational Director of SeekersGuidance was invited to deliver the Friday Prayers Sermon on October 28, 2011 at St. James Park – the site of the Occupy Toronto movement.

The following is taken from the closing remarks of the sermon:

Seven Counsels in Closing:

1. Be steadfastly committed to justice and excellence in your own life: fulfill the rights of God and God’s creation, with sincerity, concern, and excellence of character.
2. Be particularly careful about the rights of your parents, spouse/partner, children–then family, friends, neighbours, and community–then those wronged (whoever/whatever).
3. Ignore mass media: focus on becoming an informed citizen–so that you can seek, spread, and safeguard justice and excellence–the beautiful balance.
4. Money matters: look carefully at how you spend your money… make ethical, informed choices–promoting justice and excellence…
5. Time matters: don’t become a mere consumer… consuming products and entertainment and infotainment. “Two blessings many lose out on: health and free time.” – Spend your time in seeking justice and excellence… family, friends, neighborhood, society….
6. Your life matters: don’t just be a slave in the corporate jungle… seek to make your work a promotion of justice & excellence; work of benefit and meaning. Work with purpose. Relate with purpose. From our tradition: working on one’s own terms…
7. Do this for God; do this seeking Mercy; do this out of sincere concern….

What do we seek? Balance of Justice (`adl) and Excellence (ihsan). That is what makes life beautiful.

And indeed God is Beautiful, and loves Beauty.

What is Intelligence? (Khutbah by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani at Princeton University)

In this khutbah, delivered at Princeton University, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains that true intelligence is the capacity to seek ultimate benefit and to know God.

Download this talk: here

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