Q: Can someone do an action that Allah (SWT) does not know he is going to do?

Allah (SWT) is our lord. He is “Al A’leem” (The All Knowing). However, Allah (SWT) has created us with the ability to make choices. He created us with free will. Is it possible for a person to do an action that Allah (SWT) does not the person is going to do? The answer is simple.

I answer this question in this short video below.

Spent a nice afternoon with Jeremy McLellan Comedy. Although we weren’t able to eat biryani this time around, we did discuss important topics like: how to handle load-shedding in Pakistan (he’s going next week), and the proper pronunciation of ‘Pakistan zindabad’ and ‘gora guy’ 😀!

Keep up the good work Jeremy!

An op-ed in the left-wing liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz is worth reading. It discusses the motivations of a Palestinian, Omar al-Abed, who killed members of an occupier’s family.

From the op-ed:
“Without denying the horror of his terrible deed, every Israeli must pay attention to Abed’s words and draw the unavoidable conclusions. The entire West Bank, and the Gaza Strip too, of course, will turn into Omar al-Abed, there’s no telling when. Anyone who thinks it could be otherwise should look to history. This is what occupation and resistance to it look like: massive, pointless bloodshed…. What could an Israeli say to a desperate young Palestinian who indeed has no future, no opportunity for change, no hopeful scenario, a man whose life is one long humiliation? What would you have told him?”

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.802858

وشهد شاهد من أهلها…

Why you should read the Palestinian assailant’s last will and testament

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The situation of the Palestinians continues to deteriorate. One of the most sacred places in the world, and the only site held sacred by all three Abrahamic faiths, becomes a place where even the most sacred act of worship loses its sanctity in the eyes of the Occupier.

Allah is watching. And Allah never lets injustice go without Divine Retribution. It’s only a matter of time, and when Allah’s wrath descends, none can protect against it unless He allows such protection.

This Israeli officer kicked a man while he was praying outside the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.


Q: Is It Haraam To Feel Attached To A Nation?

There are extremes on both sides of this debate, ranging from “Nationalism is Kufr!” to those who say that country comes first and Ummah comes second.

Between these two is the position that the majority of Muslims scholars take globally. Nationalism is a man-made social construct, and like all man-made systems, we can take from it what is good and leave it what is bad.

Nations come and go, borders change, but in some way, we are all part of one nation or another. In the time of the Prophet ﷺ tribes were the dominant system of identity, but he did not abolish them, he came to put them into their appropriate context.

Loyalty to your tribe should exist within the boundaries of what is pleasing to Allah, and should never take precedence over loyalty to Allah or the religion that Allah sent to unify those who worship him.

I go into more details in the video below.

People who constantly criticize others typically do so because of a fault that they themselves have. This becomes even worse when it is not one person who is being criticized, but rather the entire group of ‘scholars’ or ‘preachers’ of Islam.

There is no doubt that scholars and preachers are at times worthy of criticism. But that criticism should come from those qualified to make it. It has become vogue in some quarters, even amongst self-professed religious folks, to bash preachers under the guise of somehow protecting the religion. But at times it is impossible to fully know the recesses of one’s own heart, and to be absolutely certain that the intention one has is purely for the sake of Allah. Abdullah b. al-Mubārak said, “The one who makes fun of scholars has lost his religion.” The class of people who have dedicated their lives to studying the tradition cannot, en masse, be made fun of or criticized without directly attacking the tradition that these people have studied. (Obviously I speak of a general, unconditional criticism directed to all scholars or preachers – it is a different matter when a qualified person points out a mistake or flaw in one particular scholar).

It is, therefore, best and wisest that one concentrates on one’s own faults, and leaves the faults of others.

Malik b. Dīnār said, “How evil is it when one is oneself not pious, and still makes fun of the pious!” And Ibn Sirīn said, “We used to say that the one who has the most faults is he who busies himself with pointing out the faults of others.”

There is no doubt that each and every one of us, scholars and preachers and all Muslims and humans – and I put myself first on that list – is worthy of criticism for certain aspects of our lives. But to call out an entire class of people, and especially the scholars of Islam, and label them with derogatory adjectives because of the mistakes of a few, is simply not in conformity with the basic etiquettes of Islam.

Abdullah b. Umar said, “There were people in Madinah who had faults, but they covered their sins and didn’t speak about the faults of others, so Allah covered up their sins, and they died as if they were without sin! And there were those who had faults, but they busied themselves with the faults of others, so Allah exposed their own sins for all to see, and they died humiliated.”

Be careful, sisters and brothers, and busy yourself with your own faults rather than the faults of others, especially when it is possible those whom you mock are people who are more God-conscious than you.

There is just so much happening in the world, and in our personal lives, that at times it’s almost impossible not to get our spirits down. The craziness, bloodshed, hatred, and chaos of the world, coupled with our own personal problems related to family, wealth and health, are at times overwhelming.

That’s why we constantly need the One Being who will always bring hope to us. The One connection that we can always depend on. The One entity from whom all good is sought, and who is the refuge of all evil.

Our Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Worshipping Allah during times of trial and bloodshed is similar to emigrating to me [in Madinah]’ (Sahih Muslim).

Meaning: when all else is chaos and bloodshed, turning to Allah, and worshipping Him, will bring the peace, comfort and security that the beautiful city of Madinah had during the blessed time of the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam).

Never be lazy in your prayer. Always make du’a. Keep your tongue busy in praising Allah morning and evening. Practice ihsan and perfect your adab with your family and friends.

And remember that no matter how difficult life gets, our goal is ahead of us, the life Hereafter, and it is there, and only there, where ultimate peace and happiness will be found. May Allah make us amongst those who are blessed with it!!


Our sister Linda Sarsour is once again under attack by the Far Right. Apparently, her ‘crime’ is that she used the word ‘jihad’ at the ISNA convention.

Well, if its any help, may I suggest the Far Right take a look at my lecture at ISNA last year, where I publicly called for a ‘struggle’ as well, and used the Arabic term, and even asked for a loud takbīr at the end of it all!

I even asked the Far Right to go ahead and distort my speech, as they typically do, and told Fox News to take that 5-seconds out of context.

Sadly, looks like they took my requests, but applied it to our Sr. Linda’s speech instead!!

Distortion and hatred is what is to be expected from such bigots. In the end, Allah will protect the sincere and righteous – may Allah make us amongst them!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHKUSHA-_5U&t=53m

In this video Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi speaks about the rise and potential fall of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the war on terrorism, and the plight of…


Q: How do you know God exists?

Many times, young Muslims have come up to me and ask the questions that they themselves or their friends have asked. How do we know God exists? How do we know there is a creator out there? Scientific proof is needed and asked by these young Muslims. How can this question be answered from an islamic perspective and also a scientific perspective?

I shed some light on this topic.

A Historical Tour of Andalus (Aug 4-12) w/ Dr. Yasir Qadhi

FINAL CALL! LAST FEW SEATS REMAINING…

Alhamdulillah we are almost sold out for our trip to southern Spain next month. We have our final few seats lefts on our four-city tour (Cordoba, Seville, Grenada and Toledo).

If you wish to discover the history of one of the greatest civilizations of our heritage, and tour palaces and fortresses built hundreds of years ago by Muslims in Europe, while enjoying great company, and immersing yourself in a world of the past, this is your opportunity!

Join Sh. Yasir as he tours Andalus, and learn about the glorious past of a magnificent Muslim caliphate in the heart of Europe.

Register now…only a few days left:

http://www.darelsalam.com/spain-historical-tour-yq/

PS. This will be the final Andalus tour by Sh. Yasir for a few years.
For further info or questions, please email sacredjourney.yq@gmail.com

A beautiful story that reminds us that, despite all the negatives and problems, there are still good people in the world!

And I can attest to this myself as well. Once, many years ago, I was driving a famous Shaykh between two cities in Texas, and the time came to pray. So we stopped over at a rest stop, and pulled out a prayer rug, and the both of us prayed jama’ah. There were some truck drivers with there 18-wheelers in the distance, and I saw them talking and pointing at us. I became worried, as there was no one at that stop besides us two and those truck drivers. But I put my trust in Allah (and yes, during prostration, I made a special dua to protect us!!)

When we finished praying, I saw one of them walk in our direction. I couldn’t help but increase my duas!! But lo and behold, he came up to us with a genuine smile, and said, ‘I just wanted to say that your prayers really touched me, and if everyone in the world would stop and just pray to God every once in a while, the world would be a much better place!’

😀

http://ilmfeed.com/heavily-armed-stranger-protected-family-prayed/

Heavily Armed Stranger Protected My Family As We Prayed

“I’m going to keep watch over you all while you pray. If anyone is disrespectful to you, or harasses you, I’ll be right here. I’m heavily armed.”

Many of you are aware that I had a dialogue with James White, a Reformed Baptist minister who has achieved a solid reputation amongst many conservative Christians. (You can find the videos of the debates in the first comment).

What most of you are probably not aware is the severe online character assassination and smear campaigns that Mr White has had to endure from some of his fellow Christians, albeit of the Far Right sector of this country.

Why would any believing Christian be irritated at Minister White, who was allowed into our mosque, and who was very frank about his beliefs regarding Jesus, the Redemption, the Trinity and even the fact that he believes all of us are going to Hell!? (Listen to the entire two-part lecture to get the whole picture, and my response).

Well, apparently, these Far Right individuals truly believe that Muslims are so dangerous, so evil, so deadly, that the mere fact that Mr. White can sit with us, and essentially humanize us as people who believe in our faith, entails that Mr. White is in fact helping and abetting the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafis, Al-Qaeda and other groups (albeit indirectly – he is, according to the analysis of such discerning self-professed intellectuals as Robert Spencer, a ‘useful idiot’).

A few points to make:

1 – For the record, I did not personally receive any negative comments from any Muslim for inviting Mr. White into our masjid (although I’m sure some Muslims online and in other parts of the world might object). From our side, we all understood the need to have a frank dialogue, and that I speak at a Church where most people had never met a Muslim, and Mr. White speak at our mosque in return.

2 – I cannot deny that one of the reasons any Muslim would talk about Islam in front of a non-Muslim audience is to demonstrate the beauty of Islam, and hope that some amongst them find in it the true message that Jesus himself preached. And I know full well that Mr. White’s intentions, which he has expressed explicitly, was to hope that some Muslims convert as they listen to him explain Christianity.

3- However, one of my overriding reasons to wish to speak at a conservative Church was quite simply to dispel the utterly nonsensical notion that the majority of Muslims somehow wish to overthrow the government and install Sharia law in America. The truly terrifying reality for all of us Muslims is the evil nature of the hatred that people like Spencer and people of his ilk perpetrate. That hatred, compounded with the fear-mongering of politicians and the false patriotism of a disgruntled group, whips up the popular support needed to pass such dastardly measures as the recent ban on Muslim immigrants from seven countries. If things persist and the situation deteriorates, that hatred will eventually be used to inflict violence and persecute our women and children and us, as the Japanese were here in America, and as other races and religions were at times of persecution in other lands.
I would be happy if any Christian who listened to my lecture converted. But if they choose not to convert, that’s their business to decide, and Allah’s to judge. It is not my duty to do anything more than speak.
Islamophobic bigots like Spencer have fabricated this myth of us Muslims (less than 1 % of this land!) having desires to subjugate the rest of the 99 % to our laws and religion. Sadly, many innocent Christians believe these lies, and Spencer continues to profit from that fear (See: http://www.thedailybeast.com/muslim-bashing-can-be-very-lucrative).

4- So, essentially, what terrifies Spencer and the Far Right bigots who falsely invoke the noble Prophet Jesus’ name as they spey hatred is to actually see two very committed people, a Baptist Minister and a Shaykh, agree to disagree, even as they harshly dismiss each other’s faiths and theologies, and argue exclusive salvation for their own faiths. That simple civility – the act of agreeing to disagree – is something that these individuals, wallowing in hate and lies and wanting the rest of us to do the same, simply cannot tolerate.

Hence, the vicious attack on Mr. White.

James, if you’re reading this, know that I strongly disagree with your views on Islam, and that it pains me deeply, because I genuinely care about you and like you, that you have such negative (and in my opinion incorrect) views about the Quran, and about our Prophet. Yet, that disagreement doesn’t stop me from having a genuine respect for your commitment and sincerity. And that is why I will defend you against your fellow Christians as they smear your name and accuse you of all types of falsehoods.

The real idiots are those who wish to provoke fear and whip up hatred between the two largest religions of the world. Disagree all you want, but live and let live. And if you claim to be a follower of Jesus, then as a Muslim let me tell you: you might want to start by practicing what he preached.

Eid Mubarak from Memphis!

We had over 5000 people attend.

Where are you celebrating Eid? And how many people came? Share in the comments and post pics if you have them.


Eid Mubarak!
Sh Yasir Qadhi addressed a large crowd of Memphis Muslims during Eid sermon this morning. Over 5000 gathered to attend the service and hear his words where they were reminded of God’s blessings and gifts and to remember those who are less fortunate and in dire situations in Syria, Burma, Palestine, and all over the world. He also stressed Muslims role in combating extremism, whether it is within Islam or Islamophobic rhetoric. Muslims should always remain proud of their heritage, creed, morales and ethics which stand firmly against and transgressions and always for mercy, forgiveness, fairness, and justice.


In today’s Khatirah, Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi delivers a reminder concerning the reasons why we believe in Qadr, including some of the benefits of believing in Qadr.

The belief in Qadr is based on 2 premises:
Allah(SWT) is in control of everything
Nothing happens without Allah’s knowledge/will and determination
The belief that Allah(SWT) is the All-Wise
Allah(SWT) decrees whatever is best

So when you know that Allah(SWT) is in control and in charge, and then you know that He is merciful, loving and caring, those 2 pillars put together, should bring about the true fruits of believing in Qadr! In the end, Whatever Allah decrees is best and also just. We trust Allah’s power because He is the most merciful, so our hope increases in Allah(SWT).

*Find out more in the Full Khatirah!*
Link: https://youtu.be/KOBx6EZGQZI

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Tonight is the 29th of Ramadan, the last of the odd nights and one of the strongest candidates of The Night of Decree.

We learn that ‘Actions are judged by their endings’, and a deed that is started incorrectly can typically be corrected and achieve high rewards if finished perfectly.

Give tonight all that you have! If we’ve fallen short in this month – and who amongst us can claim otherwise? – let’s try to salvage the most that we can in the last few hours of this blessed, mastic, glorious, holy month.

Who amongst us can guarantee another Ramadan?

May Allah accept from us, and cause us to be of those saved from the Fire!


In today’s Khatirah, Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi delivers a reminder about Laylatul-Qadr. Laylatul-Qadr is referenced in the Qur’an twice explicitly. First it is mentioned in Surah Al-Qadr, and the second Surah where it is mentioned in is Surah Ad-Dukhan.

“By the clear Book, Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind]. On that night is made distinct every precise matter. [Every] matter [proceeding] from Us. Indeed, We were to send [a messenger] As mercy from your Lord. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing” {44: 2-6}
In these verses, Allah(SWT) describes Laylatul-Qadr in a way that is not found anywhere else in the Qur’an. On this blessed night, every single matter shall be decided and the announcements are made. Indeed Allah is the All-Knowing!

*Find out more in the Full Khatirah!*
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbk-K6XUr_4&list=PLYZxc42QNctWnTXBuIZsfxRkmuD-_SM6d&index=16

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In today’s Khatirah, Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi delivers an exceptional reminder about Surah Yasin. It is known as “The Heart of the Qur’an” as the Prophet(SAW) said! The Prophet(SAW) also reminded us that Surah Yasin should be recited over the dead.

One of the main themes found in Surah Yasin is The Importance of Time. Allah (SWT) says: “Exalted is He who created all pairs – from what the earth grows and from themselves and from that which they do not know. And a sign for them is the night. We remove from it [the light of] day, so they are [left] in darkness.And the sun runs [on course] toward its stopping point. That is the determination of the Exalted in Might, the Knowing.” {36:36-38}

Of the signs of Allah’s power, is the night and the day. The day is stripped away so that the night comes, and we are left in darkness. Even the sun rotates in a pre-ordained orbit, showing the power of Allah (SWT).

*Find out more in the Full Khatirah!*
Link: https://youtu.be/SlXUQ_YwecM

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The 27th Night Of Ramadan. It is one of the strongest candidates for Laylatul Qadr. Anything one does on Laylatul Qadr is equivalent to more than 1000 months. It is without a doubt an opportunity one must take full advantage of.

A month ago, AlMaghrib Institute launched a new da’wah project, Faith IQ. I myself have been answering some of the top questions asked about Ramadan. We plan to keep Faith IQ running throughout the entire year and to continue releasing one video every single day.

On this blessed 27th night of Ramadan, I am calling you to be a part of this great cause that will help Muslims all around the globe. Donating to this project will ensure the release of a video every single day of the year and will keep it completely FREE.

Donate and support this project: https://www.launchgood.com/project/faith_iq#/


In today’s Khatirah, Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi delivers an important reminder about Verse 63, from Surah Al-Furqan. “And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace,” {25:63}

The believers are peaceful. Indeed they are successful, those who are humble in their prayers, and those who turn away from vain talk. Turning away from such actions are key characteristic of the righteous and the believers. Their tongues do not get involved in that which will bring harm or in that which is of no use to them.

The Prophet(SAW) said: “Whoever guarantees me two things, I guarantee him paradise”

*Find out in the Full Khatirah!*
Link: https://youtu.be/ACqQdhhYzNs

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During these last days of Ramadan, let’s finalize the project of a school for refugee and orphan children in Kashmir.

The picture shows a fully-built READ Foundation school in the vicinity of the one we are raising funds for. It is an example of what READ can do. It is a fully-functional, state of the art, self-financed school that caters to 400 children.
I have seen first-hand how effective READ Foundation is in building and managing over 250 schools in the region.

Our project (the one I am raising funds for) is for a new school, in the Basnara region, that will cater primary for refugee and orphans who have fled violence and are living in extremely desperate circumstances.

Alhamduillah, through your generous support, we have managed to raise enough funds to build a basic school, but we are now raising funds to make it a state-of-the art facility that will, amongst other things, generate its own water and electricity (so that there will be no need to pay bills) and have advanced classrooms.

Please give whatever you are able, and if you are giving zakat, there is an option when you donate to mark it as ‘zakat’, in which case it will be used for the orphans.

https://www.launchgood.com/project/read_foundations_school_for_needy__orphan_children#/

A 17 year old girl, Sr. Nabra, was brutally attacked and fatally beaten to death with a baseball bat after leaving ADAMS Center (one of the most prominent masjids in America) and having suhoor with her friends at a local restaurant.

May Allah have mercy on her, and give sabr to her family! The perpetrator has been caught.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/briannasacks/a-muslim-teen-was-kidnapped-and-murdered-outside-a-virginia?utm_term=.uaxWMrZrq#.awGEwBrBO

I’m also just hearing of the brutal attack outside Finsbury Masjid in London.

May Allah keep us all safe! Such tragic news from both sides of the Atlantic (and of course the tragedies of other lands such as Kashmir, the Philippines, Burma, Syria, etc., continue…).

A Muslim Teen Was Kidnapped And Murdered Outside A Virginia Mosque

A man has been charged with murder after police found the body believed to be a 17-year-old who went missing after leaving a mosque with friends this weekend.


Q: When do make up my fasts & when should I pay the fidyah or kaffarah?

Allah (SWT) never tests a soul with more than what it can handle. Missing days of fasting can very well happen for legitimate reasons such as being ill or being an elderly person. When should one make up these missed fasts from Ramadan? Also, when should this person pay the fidyah?

We are in the final nights of Ramadan, please support this project by donating to Faith IQ here:

https://www.launchgood.com/project/faith_iq#/


In today’s Khatirah, Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi delivers a valuable reminder about The Neglected Prayer, Tahajjud. Allah(SWT) says in the Qur’an: “And from [part of] the night, pray with it as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a praised station.”
{Surah Al Isra, Verse 79}

Do we know the actual concept/importance of Tahajjud and Qiyaam Al Layl? Even the Prophet(SAW) was encouraged to pray Tahajjud as the second revelation of the Qur’an came down!

*Click on the link below to watch the Full Khatirah!*
Link: https://youtu.be/ZJI9bWrrip4

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