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Introduction on Habib Umar by Imam Zaid Shakir

Introduction on Habib Umar by Imam Zaid Shakir


Imam Zaid giving an introduction to Habib Umar for his upcoming tour to Canada and US. Habib Umar bin Hafiz is the Director of Dar Al Mustafa, a seminary in Tarim, Yemen which is regarded as one of the foremost contemporary centres of Islamic education in the world. Habib Umar bin Hafiz is well known for his Prophetic lineage and status as one of the most important scholars alive today. Habib Umar was ranked 33rd in this year’s list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims published by an international group of experts lead by Dr John Esposito under the auspices of the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies in Amman, Jordan.
For Information on his tour and schedule visit

Video: Youth, Islam & Politics – Imam Zaid Shakir

Youth, Islam & Politics – Imam Zaid Shakir

Youth, Politics & Islam – Imam Zaid Shakir from Tariq Subhani on Vimeo.


Imam Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles, he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work. He is a frequent speaker at local and national Muslim events and has emerged as one of the nation’s top Islamic scholars and a voice of conscience for American Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Imam Zaid has served as an advisor to many organizations, and influential leaders. Recently, Imam Zaid was ranked as “one of America’s most influential Scholars” in the West; by The 500 Most Influential Muslims, edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin, (2009).

Biography from New Islamic Directions

Muslim Scholars On Spousal Abuse: “In Islamic law it is absolutely unlawful to abuse a wife, injure her, or insult her dignity.” – Allahcentric

Muslim Scholars On Spousal Abuse

Courtesy of Sidi Khuram’s exhaustive research at Allahcentric


Regarding the recent UAE Federal Supreme Court ruling stating that a husband can beat his wife and children so long as no marks are left (reminiscent of Guantanamo-style torture sessions), Shaykh Jihad Brown of the Tabah Foundation responds that spousal abuse is unlawful under Shari’ah:

“Jihad Hashim Brown — the head of research at Tabah Foundation, which specializes in the interpretation of Islamic law — couldn’t comment specifically on what the courts did and didn’t say because he hadn’t read the ruling.

However, he said he feels confident that the UAE court didn’t sanction injury or abuse. He said sharia law is complex and has been open to interpretation.

But he argued that in Islamic law it is “absolutely unlawful” to abuse a wife, injure her, or insult her dignity.

“When a situation in a marriage reaches the point where people feel like they need to hit someone, that is time for divorce. Anyone who would abuse, injure or even insult the dignity of their wife, this has now become a criminal offense which can be prosecuted in a court of law.”

(CNN: Court in UAE says beating wife, child OK if no marks are left)

What Other Muslim Scholars and Imams Say About Spousal Abuse:

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf: Removing the Silence on Domestic Violence


Imam Zaid Shakir: The Problem of Domestic Abuse (Muslim Men Against Domestic Abuse


Imam Khalid Latif: Real Men Don’t Hit Women


Fatwa Against Domestic Violence:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani of SeekersGuidance issued the following fatwa:

“No, there is absolutely no place in Islam for abuse of one’s spouse–whether physical, spoken, or emotional. All abuse is haram.”

Related Reading:

The Shari’ah On Spousal Abuse

For you Hanafis out there, the following explains the implementation of Islamic law by the Ottoman Empire:  Ottoman Shari’ah Laws on Spousal Abuse – 16th Century Examples (Kufi tip to Sidi Yursil)

“Although several modern legal codes make reference to domestic violence, Islamic Law (Sharia) addresses it through the concept of darar (harm) that encompasses several types of abuse against a spouse. For example, darar can include the failure of a husband to provide obligatory support (nafaqa) for his wife, which includes food, shelter, and clothing … Darar also includes physical abuse against a spouse.  The laws concerning darar maintain that if a woman is harmed in her marriage, she can have it  annulled:

“The most important proof needed was the show that the husband had broken the marriage contract or that the marriage caused the woman harm) Sonbol 1996, 281. Physically assaulting a wife violates the marriage contract and is grounds for immediate divorce.

Ottoman law tends to treat cases of darar in accordance with the Sharia; this is reflected in a sixteenth-century fatwa from the Ottoman Seyhulislam (Sheykh of Islam) Ebu su’ud that reads: “Question: Zeyd hurts his wife Hind in many ways. If the qadi (judge) knows about it, is he able to separate Hind from Zeyd? Answer: He is able to prevent his hurting her by whatever means possible. (Imber 1997) [yk: note the Ottoman Shariat, interventionist policy reaffirmed in the 16th century]

Further evidence of Ottoman treatment of darar can be found in studied currently being undertaken using Sharia court records from the Ottoman period. For example Sharia court cases from Aleppo, Syria reflect the ability of women to seek retribution when subjected to abuse. The courts of Aleppo ruled against abusive husbands in several cases of domestic violence. In one court case from May 1687Fatima bt Hajj Ali filed a lawsuit against her husband testifying that he was abusing her, he had hit her with a stick on her body and on her mouth causing her to bleed. She claimed that he was constantly abusive. In her defense she brought along five witnesses. The court reprimanded the abusive husband, ordering that he be given tazir (discretionary corporal punishment).

Both Sonbol and Largueche problematize the connection between obedience and darar in the modern period as the patriarchal state commingles with the Shariah. These pioneering studies question the notion that modernization is a springboard for progress, as several areas of the law drastically limit the legal options afforded women in earlier periods.

Although in the rubric of Western Law, murdering a wife in a crime of passion has been placed in the same legal category as domestic violence, this is not the case in Islamic Law. There is no mention in the juridical texts of condoned or permissible murder of a wife. However, some modern laws, such as Jordan’s Penal Code (1960) contain clauses for “excuse for murder” or offer reduced sentences for men who murder a wife or female relative suspected of sexual misconduct. Authors such as Amira Sonbol and Lama Abu Odeh have argued that there is a legal connection between “excuse for murder” and “crimes of passion” in the European tradition through the focus on circumstance and the criminal intent of the murderer.  Modern legal reforms borrowed from French criminal codes freed the criminal of responsibility so long as the element of surprise was present (Sonbol 2003) In contrast, crimes of passion, prejudicially called “honor crime” in the context of the Islamic world, have mistakenly been associated with Sharia despite their stark connection with tribal law.”

ref:  Semerdjian, Elyse (2005). Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures: Family, law, and politics. pub: BRILL Academic Publishers

Muslim Organizations Combating Domestic Violence:

Additional Resources

Video: True Religion Celebrates Diversity – Eid 2010 Sermon by Imam Zaid Shakir

True Religion Celebrates Diversity – Eid 2010 Sermon by Imam Zaid Shakir

On the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, Imam Zaid Shakir delivers a sermon on the theme of unity in diversity. Brought to you by Zaytuna College, www.zaytunacollege.org. Video Credit: Shafath Syed.

Videos of Coalition of African American Muslims Press Conference

Videos of Coalition of African American Muslims Press Conference

Coalition of African American Muslims (CAAM) Responds to Controversy Surrounding Park 51 Project

Imam Zaid Shakir

Mahdi Bray

Asma Hanif

Imam Abdul Malik

Imam Siraj Wahaj

Minister Louis Farrakhan

Videos from the “Help Haiti, Heal Haiti” Emergency Online Fundraiser: Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Imam Mohamed Magid, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Imam Tahir Anwar, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Imam Khalid Latif and Others


Just in case you missed the “Help Haiti, Heal Haiti” Emergency Online Fundraiser, here are the videos from the event:



Over $105,000 Raised Through the “Help Haiti, Heal Haiti” Emergency Online Fundraiser – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, and Others Exhort Us to Support Our Neighbors in Haiti

As-salamu alaikum,
May this reach you in the best state of health and iman. Ameen.


Alhamdulillah!
Earlier today, Islamic Relief, SeekersGuidance, MSA National, United for ChangeFawakih Institute, and Relief Works banded together for an emergency online fundraiser to alleviate the suffering of the victims of Haiti Earthquake. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital, resulting in wide spread devastation and destruction. Several Muslim organizations immediately initiated relief efforts, including SeekersGuidance.

Alhamdulillah, thanks to you and your contributions, we were able to raise over $105,000 in just two hours. If you were unable to attend the event, we will be uploading pictures and videos soon, but please take a moment and make a donation to Islamic Relief for the noble cause of eliminating global hunger. You can make a donation here.

Special Thanks
We would like to give special thanks to our wonderful scholars and speakers – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Mohamed Magid, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Imam Tahir Anwar, Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, Imam Khalid Latif, Joshua Salam, Nader Khan, Nura Sediqe, Christopher Abdurrehman Blauvelt, and Faraz Siddiqui.

We would also like to thank key members of the SeekersGuidance staff and team, especially Sidi Khuram Zaman, Sidi Abu Bakr Batasi (Outreach), Tarek El-Messidi (Direct Programs), Ibraheem Shakfeh (Outreach) for their efforts in making this event a success on such short notice. And to Naeem Muhammad, Anwar Khan, and Sheema of Islamic Relief USA and Sr. Hafsa Hasan of Islamic Relief Canada.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf made a surprise live webcast at the end of the fundraiser

Imam Zaid’s Challenge: Let us raise $1,000,000 for the people of Haiti

The original goal for the fundraiser was $100,000 and by its conclusion over $105,000 was raised. Imam Zaid Shakir said that we as a community must strive our hardest and should try and raise $1,000,000 for the people of Haiti.

Our income as a community is $170 billion. Brothers and sisters, what is one million out of $170 billion? Its nothing! We can do this and inshaAllah, we will do this! … We are a community that is on this earth to make a difference and to do positive things … Remember the saying of our Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) “Allah will continue to help His servant as long as His servant is helping his brother.”

To facilitate this, SeekersGuidance will give a free course for the Winter 2010 semester to anyone who donates over $500. (To view our course catalog, go to https://seekersguidance.org/site/online-academy.html) Once you’ve donated, send an e-mail to our help desk stating “Haiti Online Fundraiser Donation” in the subject.

Donate Now!

You can donate at any one of the following links:

IR USA: http://www.islamicreliefusa.org/home

IR UK: http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/

IR Worldwide: http://www.islamic-relief.com/

IR CA: http://www.islamicreliefcanada.org/

The Call of Compassion

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, founder of and instructor at SeekersGuidance, drew connections between the character of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and the last speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on March 31, 1968 –  just four days before his assassination.  (“Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution”)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation …. It seems that I can hear the God of history saying, “That was not enough! But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.” That’s the question facing America today.”

This is the call of the Prophets. It is the call of compassion. It is a call of mercy. Let us answer that call. For it is, “The merciful who are granted mercy by the all-Merciful. Be merciful to those on earth and the Lord of the Worlds will be merciful to you,” said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He said, “Be merciful to those on earth:” Whoever they may be, if any person who is in need, if any thing that is in need, it is the believer’s duty to hasten and assist.”

May Allah (Most High) grant us success and accept our efforts. Ameen!

wassalam

SeekersGuidance Staff

Heal Haiti Earthquake Live Online Fundraiser – Featuring Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Mohamed Magid, Imam Tahir Anwar, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Imam Khalid Latif, and others – Presented by SeekersGuidance, Islamic Relief, MSA National, Relief Works and Fawakih Institute

The earthquake that hit Haiti this past weekend has resulted in the deaths of over 100,000 people. The devastation is widespread and people are in dire need of immediate assistance.

You’ve seen the devastating images of Haiti and the immense havoc it’s caused, and you’re asking, What Can I Do? InshaAllah, we should strive to do our part to be of assistance.

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said: “Allah is in the aide of His servant as long as His servant is in the aide of others…”

Join us on Sunday January 17th at 2 p.m. EST for an Online fundraiser with Islamic Relief, SeekersGuidance, Relief Works, MSA National, and Fawakih Institute.

What: Help Haiti, Heal Haiti Online Fundraiser
When: Sunday, January 17th, 2 p.m. EST (click here to convert to your timezone)
Registration: Register to attend this event by clicking here

 

Confirmed Speakers:
– Imam Zaid Shakir
– Imam Tahir Anwar
– Imam Khalid Latif (Chaplain NYU)
– Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (SeekersGuidance)
– Shaykh Yahya Rhodus (SeekersGuidance)
– Nader Khan (Reliefworks)
– Nura Sediqe (MSA National)
– Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt (Fawakh Institute)

Invited Speakers:
– Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy
– Imam Siraj Wahhaj
– Azhar Usman
– Dr. Sherman Jackson
– Much more…

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Characteristics to be Adopted: Controlling the Tongue – Imam Zaid Shakir – New Islamic Directions

Characteristics to be Adopted: Controlling the Tongue by Imam Zaid Shakir

… Ibrahim al-Nakha’i, on of the teachers of Imam Abu Hanifa, may Allah have mercy on them both, mentioned: “The people ruined before you were done in by three characteristics: too much talking, too much eating, and too much sleeping.” …

A. Silence (الصمت) is to refrain from speaking falsely; not truthfully.
Al-Kafawi, al-Kulliyyat

الصمت إمساك عن قول الباطل دون الحق  – الكفوي  الكليات

Silence (الصمت) differs from not speaking (السكوت) in three ways:

1. Not speaking is to leave off speech despite being capable of it. Capability is not a consideration in defining silence.

2. Silence (الصمت) also involves a relative period of time. If someone were to close his lips for a brief moment he would be described as not speaking (ساكىت). He would only be described as silent (صامت) if the period of his being closed-mouthed endured for an extended period of time.

3. Not speaking (السكوت) involves a failure to speak, whether one refrains from uttering truth or falsehood; whereas silence (الصمت) involves refraining from speaking falsehood.

Protecting the Tongue (حفظ اللسان) is protecting the tongue from lying, slander, tale-carrying, false speech and other things that have been forbidden in the Divine Law.

A.1. Imam al-Marwardi mentions four conditions for protecting the tongue from slipping into sin:

1. There has to be an issue that calls for the speech; either to secure a benefit or to repulse harm.

2. To speak in a manner appropriate for the subject and to speak at the proper time.

3. To limit the speech to exactly what is needed.

4. To carefully choose ones words.

A.2. Some Etiquettes Related to the Tongue

1.  Not to engage in exaggerated praise.

2. Not to allow fear or hope to push one to make promises or threats one will not be able to fulfill.

3. That ones actions are consistent with ones speech.

4. That ones tone is consistent with the topic one is addressing.

5. That one does not raise ones voice to a repulsive level.

6. That one avoids direct mention of indecent subjects. Rather, one should use allegorical speech when discussing such matters.

7. One should avoid the slang of lowlife, riffraff elements. Rather the jargon of scholars and literary figures should be employed when appropriate.

A.3. Texts From the Hadith Concerning Silence and Holding Ones Tongue

The Prophet, peace upon him, said, “From a person’s Islam being good is his leaving what does not concern him.” *Note: This includes leaving speech that does not concern him.
Tirmidhi, #2318

The Prophet, peace upon him, mentioned, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak well or remain silent.”
Bukhari, #6018

The Prophet, peace upon him, was asked, “Which Muslim is best?” He responded, “One who the other Muslims are safe; from his tongue and his hand.”
Tirmidhi, #2504

Ibn Mas’ud mentioned that he asked the Prophet, peace upon him, “Which action is best?” He replied, “Prayer performed on time.” He asked, “Then which, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “That people are safe from your tongue.”
Mundhari, al-Targhib, 3:523

The Prophet, peace upon him, said, “All of the speech of the Child of Adam will be held against him, it will not be in his favor; except commanding good, forbidding wrong, or the remembrance of Allah.”
Tirmidhi, #2412

The Prophet, peace upon him, mentioned, “Do not speak excessively in other than the remembrance of Allah, for verily excessive speech in other than the remembrance of Allah hardens the heart, and the heart most distanced from Allah is the hard heart.”
Tirmidhi, #2411

New Islamic Directions is a website that is dedicated to bringing a fair and balanced presentation of Islam and its basic teachings. They provide the lectures, writings, and other material produced by Imam Zaid Shakir. Imam Zaid has benefited from long years working to advance Islam and has much to offer, not only to Muslims in the West, but also to a wider international audience. Trained in both Western social sciences and Islam, Imam Zaid is uniquely qualified as a commentator on current events, and as a presenter of Islam.

Spend Your Last Day of Ramadan With Excellence:”Feed the Needy Online Fundraiser Event” TODAY at 2pm, Presented by SeekersGuidance and Islamic Relief, FEATURING Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick, Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, Imam Tahir Anwar, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Preacher Moss, Hadia Mubarak, Nura Sediqe from MSA National, & Naeem Muhammad of Native Deen

As-salamu alaikum wa rahmutallah,

May this reach you in the best state of health and iman. Ameen.

There is no better way to close this Sacred month of Ramadan then by finishing it on a strong note and attending SeekersGuidance & Islamic Relief’s “Feed the Needy Online Fundraiser” scheduled for TODAY September 19th at 2pm (EST). The purpose of the fundraiser is to raise funds to provide food for over 1 billion that are in need.

Ibn Abbas (ra) narrates that the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) “was the most generous of the men; and he was the most generous during the month of Ramadan…” Aisha (ra) stated that the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) would make extra efforts during the last 10 days of this Sacred month.

Speakers include:

– Imam Zaid Shakir

– Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy

– Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick

– Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

– Imam Tahir Anwar

– Nura Sediqe (MSA National)

– Preacher Moss

– Hadia Mubarak

– Naeem Muhammad

This is a great way to close Ramadan – it is of spiritual excellence to end it on a strong note.

If you haven’t registered yet, just go to our homepage https://seekersguidance.org and type in your e-mail address.

If you have registered, then … help SeekersGuidance and Islamic Relief Spread the Word:

1. Get people to register directly: https://seekersguidance.org

2. Forward out event e-mails by going here

3. On Facebook, change your profile picture to the event flyer and tag close friends and family. Download the flyer here

4. Inviting people to join the facebook event here

May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) grant us tawfeeq. Ameen.

wassalam

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