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Muharram: An Opportunity to Transcend Hypocrisy (Video) – Dr Yusuf Patel

* Courtesy of ITV

In this Pre Khutba talk, Dr Yusuf Patel discusses the importance of transcending the recurrent partisan and divisive issues of Muharram, and rather focus on following the universal values that Prophet Musa (peace be upon him), Imam Hussain (Allah be pleased with him) and other great personalities stood for. Many people claim to love Imam Hussain (Allah be pleased with him), the prophetic family and the companions, but very few actually represent them in a manner which would honor their legacies. By reflecting and analyzing on how we as Muslims have failed to eliminate contradictory and hypocritical behavior, we can make an active effort to follow the path of virtue which our great predecessors paved for us.

* This Pre Khutba talk was recorded in Masjid al-Furqan (Cape Town) on the 25th of September 2018 by ITV Networks.

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari on Women of the Quran: Aasiyah

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, in partnership with Muslimah Media, speaks in a 6-part series about women who are documented in the Quran.

Aasiyah, wife of the Pharaoh

Aasiyah is significant in many ways. Firstly, she is connected to Prophet Musa, one of the five greatest Prophets and the most-mentioned in the Quran. She played a huge role in his life, saving him from certain death and raising him to adulthood. Her care enabled him to grow up to be the man who lead the liberation of the people of Israel. Secondly, she displayed immense courage, standing up for her faith even against her own husband.

A Maternal Figure

Prophet Musa was born at a time when the Pharaoh was killing all the newborn boys of the Banu Israel, to ensure that they did not defeat him. His mother was divinely inspired to put him in a basket and release him into the river. He was found by Aasiyah and her attendants. Aasiyah, who did not have children of her own, convinced the Pharaoh to allow her to adopt him. He agreed, and the young Prophet Musa was raised in the royal palace.

Aasiyah’s Courage

Eventually, Allah revealed the message to Musa. He confronted the Pharoah with it, and asked him to release the Banu Israel. He performed many miracles to prove himself. Aasiyah witnesses all this, and said, “I believe in the Lord of Musa.” In a beautiful prayer preserved in the Quran, she asked Allah to build her a house in Jannah with Him, and free her from the evildoers. Because of her faith, she was tortured to death by her own husband, the Pharoah.

Her story may have ended tragically in a material context. But it is preserved in the Quran to this day, along with the promise of her high rank in Paradise.


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When You Hear, You’ll See – Umm Ibrahim retells the story of Prophet Musa

By Mehded Maryam Sinclair
About fifteen years ago the thought occurred to me that I had never seen a careful telling of the entire story of Prophet Musa and a desire took root in me to produce one, though at the time I never believed I would be able to do it. However as the years passed I found Allah bringing the story to my attention again and again, and my fascination grew.
Later I began telling parts of the story and I remember in one of those early groups was a little girl who burst into tears when I told of the baby Musa being carried down the river in a basket. How amazing now to reflect that her father’s name was Musa, and that he now lies buried in the old section of alBaqa’ Cemetery in the city of his first love, Madina. It is to him that this work is dedicated.
Allah has gifted me with nearness to some amazing generous scholars, and my work has been entirely informed by them alhamdulillah. I have learned that most of what has been written about the extraordinary series of events of the life of Musa aleyhisalam is inaccurate or distorted, so I feel especially grateful to have had the participation of these scholars in the work, because the truth of the story is brilliantly fascinating, alhamdulillah.
Allah has also gifted me with the opportunities, over the past three years, to tell this story in all its evolutions to many hundreds of eager children and adults in the US, the UK, and Jordan. Their profound listening and their longing to touch and taste and experience the events as they happened so long ago have contributed immensely to the development of the work. May Allah bless and protect each and every one of these listeners, and draw them ever deeper into knowledge of Him.
This has been a year of bounty, and I am grateful. It is the year of the completion of this project, alhamdulillah, and also the year in which the entire first printing of When Wings Expand – the Journal of a Muslim Girl was sold out and a second printing was made. If a single word of this work can increase a single reader’s or listener’s love for Allah and all that is His, I will be so grateful.
Hear a sample of the story HERE.
The full audio story is available to buy from www.stories-of-light.com.