Faith


Don’t try to separate #MalcolmX from his religious identity.

On the 53rd Anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination, we celebrate his devotion to social justice, his conviction, and his faith. May Allah SWT have mercy on him. #ConfidentMuslim

Tune in live tomorrow insha’Allah as we go through the full story of Bilal (ra). As the country celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth, and @[1425533411070675:274:Bilal: A New Breed of Hero – Movie] hits theaters all around, we will look into the full biography of a man who has inspired millions with his unshakeable faith and determination.

Lecture will be streamed LIVE! RSVP here to receive the link straight to your inbox: https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/yaqeen-institute/unchained/

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**My Official Announcement**

The First *All-In-One Learning Hub *Essential to Every Muslim

I joined Shaykh Waleed Basyouni, Shaykh Abu Eesa, Shaykh Omar Suleiman, Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed, Ustadha Taimiyyah Zubair and other instructors at AlMaghrib Institute to design and deliver the most comprehensive Islamic Learning Hub for you.

We fittingly called it Faith Essentials.

What will this cover?

-Fiqh of Worship – Purification, Salah, Zakah, Fasting, Hajj
-Fiqh of Food, Drink, Fashion
-Fiqh of Dua & Dhikr
-Marriage, Family, Parenthood
-The Unseen
-Quran
-Islamic Etiquette and Ethics
-Gender Relations, Social Media
-Spirituality
We are in our beta stage of releasing the program. We plan to give access to the first set of users within one-month inshaAllah.

Read more about this project here: almaghrib.org/fe

Last night was a truly unique experience. I requested my hosts in Berlin to take me and my sisters to the neighborhood we were born in. We went to the apartment building my parents lived in and where they raised me till the age of six. It was surreal. I haven’t seen this place except in fragmented images retained in my childhood memory for nearly 34 years (yup nearly 40. I’m old). That pic is the entry to the building. I remember being too short to reach those buttons. I wanted to press all of them. (Even now).

We FaceTimed my mom from the park in front of our apartment building.
“Mom guess where we are”. I thought I’d have to explain myself and tell her so it would jog her memory. Silly me. My mother in an instant transported back 35 years and gave me a complete walkthrough of where I was standing. Where she used to sit when I splashed in the water park. Directions to the grocery store (they’ve expanded since, good for them). I turned the camera to the outside of our once 2nd floor apartment. She said, “that’s my balcony, that’s my kitchen window, that’s my bedroom window!”

I could hear the intensity of emotion she was experiencing in her voice. I could tell the memory of her father passing around the same time she was too late in her pregnancy to travel with me in her womb and my dad being sick to the point of hospitalization himself was flashing through her mind.

The rest of that evening I spent contemplating this experience and what it was making me feel.

I want to dedicate this post to my parents and all the parents out there who left their homeland and raised their kids in a society alien to their own culture. May be what I write below resonates with you and may be it doesn’t. I will dedicate another post to children of abusive parents because that is an under addressed issue in our communities and cultures. But this one is for my parents who I can never thank Allah enough for.

You worked hard. You withstood feeling like an outsider and often being made to feel like one, many times the object of ridicule, missing your friends, family, laughs and comforts. You compromised your lives for us. You took your life savings and dedicated them to our living, our education and our happiness. You gave us love when you felt none from the outside world. You were our shelter when you felt exposed and vulnerable yourselves. You taught us the value of hard work. You cried in silence when your loved ones passed and you couldn’t go back home to see them. You sheltered us even from your own pain. You were our pillars even as you crumbled inside.

My siblings and I never really got to call a single country our homeland. Germany was home until it wasn’t. Pakistan was home for 6 months and we left for Saudi. That was home until the first gulf war. Pakistan was home again for nothing more than a year. America has been home since. But all this time growing up we knew as your kids that we had to pack our bags and leave some day. No place was home for life. But you, you became our homeland. You are now retired, past your prime, and though us adult kids of yours might live under the delusion that we now take care of you, the truth is that your heartfelt prayers take care of us. You live in a land now where you’re the one with the foreign accents and we your kids speak the local language better than you. But we won’t forget that if not for you, we wouldn’t be able to say a single word. For those of you out there that have had the blessing of parents who have provided for you and have cared for you, just know that all of their imperfections combined aren’t even an ounce compared to the mountains you owe them.

We are nothing without you and we can’t ever pay you back for what you’ve done for us. We are sorry for the times we raised our voice, when we made you angry and sad. For all the times we made you feel less important, dismissed and disrespected. We love you, we honor you and we hope we do right by you so long as we live. In Islam, the highest level of excellence anyone can attain is called Ihsan. The best prayer is a prayer with ihsan. The best hajj is a hajj with ihsan. The best charity is a charity with ihsan. Yet when it comes to you, Allah honored you by making Ihsan not the highest, but the minimum standard of conduct. The least we better show you is Ihsan! We pray you forgive us and that we earn your life long prayers with our ihsan dedicated to you. Love you Mama and Papa.

Ok bye.

As we study #BlackMuslimHistory and the country celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth, let’s study the life of our hero Bilal Ibn Rabah (ra).

If you’re in Dallas, I look forward to seeing you at Valley Ranch Islamic Center! Otherwise, tune in live on Facebook this Sunday insha’Allah! As the country celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth, and @[1425533411070675:274:Bilal: A New Breed of Hero – Movie] hits theaters all around, we will look into the full biography of a man who has inspired millions with his unshakeable faith and determination.

Lecture will be streamed LIVE! RSVP here to receive the link straight to your inbox: https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/yaqeen-institute/unchained/

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Is it love you wish to talk about?

Imam al-Qasṭallānī (d. 923 AH), in his magnum opus on the life and times of the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam), entitled, ‘al-Mawāhib al-Laduniyya,’ which is one of the most extensive encyclopedias of sīra ever written, says (with some poetic license in the translation) :

“Remember that the love of the Prophet (SAW) is the highest level of faith for which believers compete with one another against; and for it, workers of good deeds aim; and within in, all other love dissolves…

And if a person begins to love someone who is kind to him once or twice or a few times, a kindness that it temporary, or saves him from a calamity that itself would not have lasted, then how much more should one love he who has gifted him with an eternal gift (of Paradise), and who has saved him through his teachings from eternal punishment?

And if a person begins to love someone who has a good characteristic or two, or has a good appearance, then how much more should one love he who has perfected all good characteristics, and he who is more handsome than the full moon…”

Indeed, none of us truly believes until we love our Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) more than our parents, our children and ourselves.

Ibn Taymiyyah (ra) sums it up beautifully in saying, “The servant is always between a blessing that requires his thanks and a sin that requires the seeking of forgiveness. Both of these circumstances, by necessity, are always with the servant. He is constantly moving among the blessings and bounties of Allah and he is always sinful and in need of repentance and asking for forgiveness. For that reason, the chief of all humans and the leader of the pious, Muhammad ﷺ, would seek forgiveness in all situations.”

Repentance, Redemption, & Salvation: An Islamic Framework

[ New Publication ] “Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.” [Qur’an 2:222]

Tawba (repentence) plays an essential role in shaping a believer’s outlook on life, making it a means of fortifying one’s faith, such that without it, one is susceptible to doubt and despair. In “Repentance, Redemption, & Salvation: An Islamic Framework”, Roohi Tahir discusses the Islamic discourse on repentance and highlights the critical role it plays in the life of a believer.

Don’t forget to tune in tonight immediately at halftime for a hangout session with Ryan Harris and Hamza & Husain Abdullah! We’ll talk about what it’s like being Muslim in the NFL, have a little fun, and get some advice on balancing faith, family, and football. Even if you aren’t watching the Superbowl tonight, don’t miss this!

Yaqeen Superbowl LII Halftime Show

With Muslims having Superbowl watch parties in masjids and many other places, we want to offer a halal meaningful intervention at the half. Instead of watching Justin Timberlake and other performers, they get to hear some insider jokes from former NFL players, as well as some meaningful casual advic…

Join us tomorrow evening at halftime even if you’re not watching the Superbowl 🙂

Yaqeen Superbowl LII Halftime Show

Instead of watching Justin Timberlake and other performers, take a break at your SB watch party or with your family to tune in and hear some insider jokes from former NFL players, as well as some meaningful casual advice on how to balance faith, family, and football.

RSVP: yaqeeninstitute.org/halftime and spread the word!

Know that the path to Allah is not a flat one. Your iman (faith) will go up and down. Your ability to worship will go up and down. But, know that for every dip, there is also a rise. Just stay patient, stay consistent, don’t lose hope and seek help in Allah. The path is hard. The path will have bumps and drops. But, like all things in this life, this path will come to an end. And that end will make it all worth it!

–Yasmin Mogahed, “Reclaim Your Heart”

Instead of watching Justin Timberlake and other performers, take a break at your SB watch party or with your family to tune in and hear some insider jokes from former NFL players, as well as some meaningful casual advice on how to balance faith, family, and football.

RSVP: yaqeeninstitute.org/halftime and spread the word!

Yaqeen Superbowl LII Halftime Show

With Muslims having Superbowl watch parties in masjids and many other places, we want to offer a halal meaningful intervention at the half. Instead of watching Justin Timberlake and other performers, they get to hear some insider jokes from former NFL players, as well as some meaningful casual advic…

On Thursday, January 25, Saint Michael is hosting “Islam, Judaism, and Christianity – A Conversation” with local faith leaders. All are welcome to this free interfaith panel discussion!

Panelists:
Imam @[219543788065670:274:Omar Suleiman] – @[1363195707041177:274:Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research] and @[626167990751548:274:Valley Ranch Islamic Center]
Rev. Dr. @[2612526:2048:Chris Girata] – @[156194797768181:274:Saint Michael And All Angels Episcopal Church]
Rabbi @[100012347628617:2048:David Stern] – @[346609368759043:274:Temple Emanu-El Dallas]

The conversation will be moderated by Rev. @[1010630054:2048:Amy G Heller], Chaplain of @[170877659592339:274:The Episcopal School of Dallas].

More information and RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2FmhvEL

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May Allah have mercy on him 🙁


Loss of a Dear Brother, Friend, and Student, and what I’m learning from it.

On Thursday morning around 8:30am Najib’s father called to let me know that I needed to get to the hospital because Najib had a stroke and didn’t have long to live. My initial reaction was of shock, as expected, how could this happen! Then I felt a sense of relief because something in my head told me he’s a father he’s probably just exaggerating. Then I felt horror that what if this really is the last time I get to see him. This was within a span of about 4 seconds. I grabbed the first piece of clothing I could find and ran out the door. Not being able to remember directions to the hospital, fumbling my phone as I tried to put in the address, calling my friends to let them know, all while speeding and trying not to get pulled over by the cops during morning rush hour traffic. What a mess I was and the most difficult parts hadn’t even come yet.

Najib Rahuma – May Allah have mercy upon him- first started attending my halaqas around 2014. I remember the first time I saw him and I was like this guy seems really out of place. He was a big jolly guy, who was Arab by decent, but completely gora 🙂 . After attending for a few weeks I thought I should take the time to get to know this guy because to find someone committed to knowledge is extremely rare. From the public classes he become so consistent that he even joined the private mentoring classes that I hold. For about 3 and half years we would meet at least once a week and study together.

During the time of getting to know him I found him to be genuine, always shared what he was feeling. He was generous, always wanted to give of his wealth and time. He was full of life, constantly making people laugh and filled with joy. He was dedicated to the truth and always tried his best to follow it.

On Wednesday afternoon he wasn’t feeling too well but decided to go into work anyways. He arrives and passes out right away in the parking lot. He had a stroke. A clot that started from his legs, went to his lungs, and eventually went to the brain. From the very first consult I attended with the doctors it was known that it would be next to impossible to survive.

Najib was 30 years young. They say no parent should ever have to be at the funeral of their child but this was so much more intense. He was recently married less than a year but was not yet able to live with his wife because she was in a different country. It all happened so suddenly that everyone was left needing closure. This post is an attempt at me getting some and honoring his legacy of kindness and love.

1- He was dedicated to seeking knowledge and went out of his way to facilitate it for others. Whether it be telling people about it or picking them up to take them.

2- He loved his faith and Allah. Since I have known him he has gone for hajj, was known to pray his prayers often in the masjid, and every Ramadan would make itikaf in the masjid.

3- He was generous. He would donate to any good cause he came across but most importantly he was generous with his time. I remember every time I needed a ride to or from the airport he would go out of his way. In fact he would even ask if I needed a ride.

4- He left a huge impact on a lot of people’s lives. Muslim and non-Muslim. Everyone remembers him to be the life of the party, and always wanting to bring happiness to the lives of others.

Now for things more personal to me.

1- I have never experienced the death of someone so close to me. It is the type of death that shakes you to your core because of how close you are and how suddenly it happens. It is almost paralyzing. Nothing has gotten me out of an utter state of catastrophe other than my faith and the company of righteous friends. I was truly amazed at how fully grown men are able to cry like babies. Everyone is fragile deep down inside. My deepest heart felt condolences to his parents and wife, I can only imagine what they are going through. May Allah grant them patience and ease.

2- Our most recent study has been of the book of Zuhd and War’ from Buloogh al-Maram. In it we were discussing how a lot of us have not washed the body of a deceased or gone to a cemetery recently to soften our hearts. While discussing this no one would have thought that the first body we ever washed would be of such a close friend. No one thought that a week after the discussion we would be at the cemetery burying him. Washing his body was a surreal experience. I kept thinking, almost hoping, that at anytime Allah will bring him back to life and things will go back to normal. The shivers in my spine I can still feel from touching a lifeless body that was once filled with so much life. He was beautiful in life and even after death.

3- We assume people will always be there and we can always appreciate them later. What if that later never comes? This is how I feel right now. I want him to know how much his friendship and brotherhood meant to me but it is something I am not able to do. This is a constant reminder of how humans always take things for granted and we need to be reminded to be grateful and share those feelings before it is too late. I pray the charity projects we do in his name are shown to him and felt by him in the afterlife, insha Allah.

I thought I would feel better writing this but I only feel more numb inside. I’m going to miss you my friend. May you be in the company of angels, eternal bliss, happiness, and light. The silver lining is that I have a meeting I am really looking forward to, may it be together in Al-Firdaws. Ameen.

It has been a long time since I’ve taught this course on Salman the Persian, and there is no better place to teach it again than in Boston!

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday inshaAllah. Register at https://www.almaghrib.org/boston Would you seek the truth……despite the cost?

Imprisoned by his father, betrayed by scholarly authority and enslaved in a strange land: All obstacles on the arduous Journey of Salman the Persian.

This is the story of one man’s struggle to find the truth.

Relive the journey as Salman journeys from Persia to Syria to Arabia…as a Zoroastrian priest, a dedicated Christian, and finally a Companion of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

The Unique Vantage Point in a World Awaiting Muhammad ﷺ

Islam came to the Arabs, whereas Salman traversed from outside the Arab world searching high and low. He brought with him insight and experience strange to the Arabs of the time:

-Intimate view of the Persian and Roman empires of the time
-Time spent in Persia as a Zoroastrian Fire Keeper
-Experience with the dying strands of early Christianity
-Study in Nestorian churches of each town he visited
-Entering Madinah recognizing it as the prophesied city of the Prophet
-Powerful moment of meeting the Prophet ﷺ for the very first time

Overcome Your Own Struggles With Seeking the Truth. Every path to truth is met with obstacles. Most experience just one or two, whereas Salman encountered them all.

-Non-practicing and/or adversarial parents
-Corrupted teachers and scholarly leadership
-Lack of resources
-Face of doubt and insecurities
-Alienation and isolation upon accepting the truth
-Classical sources in foreign languages

How the Prophet ﷺ Treated Salman

Not only are there lessons for every truth seeker…

…learn how the Prophet ﷺ cared, integrated, welcomed and learned from Salman the Persian.

These are lessons for anyone with:
-an inquisitive mind
-a friend asking critical questions about Islam
-a family member coming back to religion
-a convert community trying to transition
-anyone struggling with the truth

The Prophet ﷺ placed his hand upon Salman’s and said,
“By the One in whose Hand is my soul! If faith were on Pleiades (the stars) then men among these people would reach it.” [Tirmidhi]

This IlmNight, transform your relationship with your own personal path to the truth.

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(New Video) Shaping the Future Through Faith and Vision. How do we work with Baseera (insight), without letting others or ourselves get in the way. What is it like to work within a vision, especially in times of hardship. This lecture also touches on the contributions of the selfless individuals who established the platforms and institutions that we benefit from today. Watch, reflect, and share.

This lecture was given at the Annual MAS-ICNA Convention in Chicago on December 30, 2017.