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Day 24: Serve the Community–30 Deeds 30 Days

Day 24: Serve the Community

Service isn’t some nice thing we do for a few hours to get experience for our CV. Service is love, sincere concern, and a way of seeking the Divine. Service is doing the unglamorous work. It’s the elbow grease, it’s enduring criticism and ingratitude for the sake of what you believe is right. It’s doing the right thing, even when it’s hard.

There are only a few days left of this blessed month. Don’t let them go to waste. Serve the community, make it a part of your routine, and keep it going after Ramadan. Don’t let the goodness stop.


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Creating & Sustaining North American Muslim Scholarship

Muslim Scholarship

One from the archives! Shaykh Faraz Rabbani at the 2007 Muslim Students Association National Continental Conference, with Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, on fostering home grown Muslim scholarship.

Creating & Sustaining North American Muslim Scholarship

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi (left) and Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

One from the archives! Shaykh Faraz Rabbani at the 2007 Muslim Students Association National Continental Conference, with Shaykh Yasir Qadhi (who can be heard in the question and answer session towards the end).

Love & Balance: Following Our Scholars to Allah – Reflections by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

16255162654_95153fb928_zIf you haven’t already connected with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani on social media, you should. He often shares beneficial advice and insightful reflections. The following, posted recently, is just one example.
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The affirmation of rank with Allah doesn’t negate the manifestation of very human qualities, as Ibn Ata’illah reminded.
(1) We shouldn’t imagine our scholars and leaders to be “supermen” or “superwomen” without faults and shortcomings.
(2) Yet we need to expect uprightness, commitment to striving to do the right thing, and the humility to rectify wrongs and errors, with remorse.
(3) And we respect them for their sincerity, their striving, and their example.
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The sunna teaches balance. We need scholars and leaders to look up to, respect, learn from, and follow. But we follow them as means to following the way of Allah and the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him), not as ends in themselves.
And we uphold sincere counsel (nasiha) with them, as an act of faith and as a religious duty. “Religion is sincere concern,” said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and he mentioned, “… the leaders of the Muslims,” as one of the expressions of our sincere concern and counsel.
May Allah grant us balance, sincere concern, and the love, respect, and principled following of those who follow in the luminous footsteps of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk) towards Allah’s Love.
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Further resources:
Is the hadith: “The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets” authentic? If so, what does it mean?
What is the Limit of Using Honorific Titles for Scholars?
Differences of Opinion & Determining Sound Scholarship

How to Respond to Setbacks in Islam’s Religious Discourse – Habib Ali al-Jifri

Original post can be found here.
The solutions to the setbacks facing Islam’s religious discourse require a unification of efforts and and an assumption of responsibility by all stakeholders involved.
They, the stakeholders, are: (1) the scholars/ulama (who have the largest share of the responsibility since every area has it own expertise and this is their area of expertise); (2) political leaders; (3) the media; (4) the wealthy, business people, and economists; and (5) academics who preside over the teaching, schooling and education of younger generations.
These five groups have a primary responsibility in redressing the setbacks. A secondary responsibility falls on the listener – i.e. he/she whom listens to and is a recipient of the discourse.
Habib-Ali-For example, if the listener observes that the speaker’s tone is repressive or inciting, he/she should bring it to the speaker’s attention that this is unacceptable and walk away in peace. The speaker, who is being seen as a representative of the Islamic tradition and applying it, will thus begin to feel that if he deviates from this path there will be no one left willing to listen.
The Prophet said, peace be upon him: “Verily God will not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people (from their hearts), rather, He will take knowledge away by taking away the scholars (by reclaiming their souls); so that when He leaves no scholar behind, people will take the ignorant as leaders. Then they are asked to deliver religious verdicts (fatwa) and they deliver them without knowledge. They go astray, and cause other to go astray”. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim).

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The Requisites of Leadership, by Imam Zaid Shakir

imam_zaid_shakirimage18“This lecture examines the requisites of leadership at both the individual and the communal level. It emphasizes the importance of good followers as one of the greatest factors aiding good leadership. Imam Zaid mentions some of the trials leaders will encounter at various levels of endeavor. This lecture will prove insightful for community leaders and organizers as well as for the generality of the community.”

Listen in full on Imam Zaid Shakir’s New Islamic Directions blog.