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Rethinking Our Identity as Western Muslims: A Black-and-White Dichotomy?

As turmoil increases around the world, the identity of Western Muslims is increasingly being called into question. On one hand, some people have little interest in their religious or cultural identities and are eager to assimilate into the monoculture. On the other hand, there are people who believe that contributing to mainstream society, such as through social concern or involvement is not possible.

Shaykh Dr. Ridwan Saleem of Ha Meem College in Hounslow, England, talks about political, social, and religious identity. He refutes both extremes, and proves that being involved in the good of the wider community is a part of Prophetic Practice.

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We are grateful to the Ha Meem Foundation for this recording.

 

Show The World What It Means To be Muslim – Linda Sarsour

At a recent UMMA-Centre gala dinner, American-Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour says the time has come for us to show people what it means to be Muslim. She asks her audience, Allah has given each of us so much – homes, families, livelihood and much, much more so what will we say when Allah asks us on the Day of Judgement, what have you given back? We all love the countries our families come from, our “home-countries” or where Muslims are suffering but what does it say about us that we have done so little for those suffering on our very doorsteps?
Watch her passionate call to a live of service and hopefulness.

Linda-SarsourLinda Sarsour is an American-Palestinian activist best known for her media appearances, campaigns for human rights and in particular, her efforts toward  greater justice for those unfairly treated by the American legal system. Sarsour is currently the Executive Director of the Arab-American Association of New York, USA. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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“Only The Dead Stand Still” – Dr Bano Murtuja on Muhammadan Activism

Dr Bano Murtuja on Muhammadan Activism

Bano-MurtujaDr Bano Murtuja argues that being an ‘activist’ is the natural state of a believer, the one Allah ‘brings to life’ – and being alive is to change as necessary. However, Dr Bano warns that we have collectively failed in this responsibility. Find out what she means in the above video.

Dr. Bano is a co-founder and the first managing director of SeekersHub Toronto. Her training includes successfully completed the three-year Micro Madrasa Program in the United Kingdom, with direct study under Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa, Ustadha Nagheeba Hayel, and Shaykh Haroon Hanif.

Dr Bano is the mother of several young children and is the Managing Director of Nader Khan’s First Spring Records company. She is a contributor to the SeekersHub Answers service and has extensive experience as a counselor and mentor, as a community leader and activist and is an experienced public speaker. She is an engaging and effective teacher, whose intelligence, insight, commitment, and concern have benefited countless troubled and sincere souls.

Dr Bano Murtuja’s writings on SeekersHub include

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Activism & Social Change: Q&A and Closing Dua

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, and Ustadha Shireen Ahmed answer critical questions about activism, social change, and the true spirit of service in Islam.

This podcast is from a recent seminar at SeekersHub Toronto, on Activism & Social Change.

About the Activism & Social Change seminar:

Want to save the world? Given the troubling nature of events around the globe, many of us are turning to activism in order to bring on positive social change. Learn how to root your activism in Prophetic tradition, make a positive impact on society and uphold excellence in your concern for others.

In this timely and important seminar Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadha Shireen Ahmed and Ustadh Amjad Tarsin explore what activism and service mean and share practical guidelines and keys of how to express one’s concerns and serve with excellence.

All SeekersHub classes and programming are free. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

Why Do We Serve? What is Prophetic Concern? by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Who was the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), and what was his concern for his community? In this powerful talk, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin describes the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and his deep concern for the well-being of all of Allah’s creation.

Using anecdotal examples, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin paints a beautiful picture of what it means to be a concerned Muslim who reflects Prophetic concern in the modern context.

This podcast is from a recent seminar at SeekersHub Toronto, on Activism & Social Change.

About the Activism & Social Change seminar:

Want to save the world? Given the troubling nature of events around the globe, many of us are turning to activism in order to bring on positive social change. Learn how to root your activism in Prophetic tradition, make a positive impact on society and uphold excellence in your concern for others.

In this timely and important seminar Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadha Shireen Ahmed and Ustadh Amjad Tarsin explore what activism and service mean and share practical guidelines and keys of how to express one’s concerns and serve with excellence.

All SeekersHub classes and programming are free. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

Prophetic Principles for Serving With Excellence, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

What is the purpose of serving humanity? Why has Allah made us responsible for ensuring the preservation of good for other people? Listen to Shaykh Faraz Rabbani as he answers these and other fundamental questions, which shape our view of service and ultimately decide how and why we serve.

This podcast is from a recent seminar at SeekersHub Toronto, on Activism & Social Change.

About the Activism & Social Change seminar:

Want to save the world? Given the troubling nature of events around the globe, many of us are turning to activism in order to bring on positive social change. Learn how to root your activism in Prophetic tradition, make a positive impact on society and uphold excellence in your concern for others.

In this timely and important seminar Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadha Shireen Ahmed and Ustadh Amjad Tarsin explore what activism and service mean and share practical guidelines and keys of how to express one’s concerns and serve with excellence.

All SeekersHub classes and programming are free. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

VIDEO: Activism & Social Change – Prophetic Principles for Transformative Community Service

Activism Social Change - September-Seminar_2015

What is the purpose of serving humanity? Why has Allah made us responsible for ensuring the preservation of good for other people? What are the foundations which lead to fruitful activism and service? Speaking from many years of experience, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadha Shireen Ahmed and Ustadh Amjad Tarsin offer deep insight into the pitfalls of many young students and activists, and how these can be addressed so that one’s work is more blessed and closer to the Prophetic way.

Listen to the podcasts and watch the videos from this recent seminar at SeekersHub Toronto.

 

About the Activism & Social Change seminar:

Want to save the world? Given the troubling nature of events around the globe, many of us are turning to activism in order to bring on positive social change. Learn how to root your activism in Prophetic tradition, make a positive impact on society and uphold excellence in your concern for others.

In this timely and important seminar Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadha Shireen Ahmed and Ustadh Amjad Tarsin explore what activism and service mean and share practical guidelines and keys of how to express one’s concerns and serve with excellence.

All SeekersHub classes and programming are free. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

The Roots of Fruitful Service, by Ustadha Shireen Ahmed

Ustadha Shireen Ahmed explains the foundations which lead to fruitful activism and service. Speaking from many years of experience, she offers deep insight into the pitfalls of many young students and activists, and how these can be addressed so that one’s work is more blessed and closer to the Prophetic way.

This podcast is from a recent seminar at SeekersHub Toronto, on Activism & Social Change.

About the Activism & Social Change seminar:

Want to save the world? Given the troubling nature of events around the globe, many of us are turning to activism in order to bring on positive social change. Learn how to root your activism in Prophetic tradition, make a positive impact on society and uphold excellence in your concern for others.

In this timely and important seminar Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadha Shireen Ahmed and Ustadh Amjad Tarsin explore what activism and service mean and share practical guidelines and keys of how to express one’s concerns and serve with excellence.

All SeekersHub classes and programming are free. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.