Friday Reflections & Lectures
Reflection delivered on February 8th, 2019
Despite the proclivities afforded to us by modern intellectualism, Muslims must view Islam as religion that is ‘wholesome and complete’, free from any need to reform, supplement or complement. The Shaykh expounds on this notion by rebuking the trend from both within and outside the community to modify, reconfigure and rethink all elements of Islam. The Rasūl ﷺ came to deliver the Divine message as fact, and not something to theorize over.
Reflection delivered on January 18th, 2019
As scores of people have been furloughed due to the government shut down, the Shaykh draws our attention to the relevancy of Allah’s ﷻ revelation in explaining our nation’s current reality. Furthermore, we are called to action of our own as Muslims living in a nation wrought with hunger and poverty.
Reflection delivered on January 11th, 2019
In this Friday reflection, Shaykh Amin takes us through the several layers of raḥmah manifested by Allah ﷻ and demonstrates that this concept is far and beyond the definition of ‘mercy’ which English speakers have become accustomed to. The true definition of raḥmah stretches to the cosmic levels and enacted by the loftiest of angels at the direct servitude of the Lord Himself.
Reflection delivered on December 21st, 2018
As Muslims in the post-modern era, we must reevaluate the mission of the Prophet ﷺ in light of the purpose of his nubuwwah, which is to achieve salvation for humanity. The Prophet’s ﷺ primary purpose was not to achieve social reform, to create a political system or to uphold the rights of humanity, as is the orientalist view. Rather, it was a more comprehensive objective which must be viewed through the lens of risālah and not that of social justice. Thus it follows that any social work we conduct must be predicated upon our belief in Allah ﷻ and the Last Day, not because it is a secular value. The Shaykh explains how this was the Prophet’s ﷺ ultimate mission – one that will truly commence on the Day of Reckoning as the Mercy to the Worlds ﷺ will intercede for each one of us.
Reflection delivered on December 28th, 2018
In this Friday reflection, Shaykh Amin bifurcates Islam and Christianity as having two very distinct theologies and directs the Muslims to treat them as such, as we engage in truthful and unapologetic dialogues within our predominantly Christian communities. This notion is exemplified by Jaʿfar ibn Abī Tālib’s رضي الله عنه timeless and glorious introduction of Islam as presented to the King of Abyssinia upon the nascent community’s arrival at the ‘land of freedom’.
Reflection delivered on October 16th, 2018
In Islam, we have the freedom to make choices. Each of these choices have an impact on us, our community, and upon our state in the Hereafter. In this reflection, Shaykh Amin expounds on the concept of ‘choice’, and explains that a visionary Muslim will always make choices which benefit him in eternity, not just in this world.
Reflection delivered on November 23rd, 2018
The concept of ‘thankfulness’ is embedded within the Dīn of Islam and the teachings of our Prophet ﷺ. We give thanks multiple times a day, in one form or another, in acknowledgment of our very basic physical disposition as well as for the constant fulfillment of our needs. As Muslims, we extend our shukr one step further by being conscious, thankful, and prideful of the blessing of Islam and for being amongst the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ – as these particular blessings extend far beyond this world, into our graves and becomes the very reason for our entry into Jannah.
Reflection delivered on October 12th, 2018
In this reflection, we are reminded by the Shaykh that despite our freedom of volition, we Muslims must maintain in our psyche that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is our guide and referee. In today’s time of moral anarchy and individualism, this notion that there exists an authority who possesses a higher understanding in each component of this life and the Hereafter must be maintained when presenting Islam to others.
Reflection delivered on September 21th, 2018
As Muslims, our worship is inextricably connected to following the Prophet ﷺ we follow people best by attaching our hearts to them. One of the ways to attach to the Prophet ﷺ is by reading the Seerah. When you study Seerah you’ll find that the Prophet’s ﷺ challenges were mind boggling – he faced every challenge whether it be spiritual, social, political or domestic, and he did so with grace and completion. The Shaykh explains how our reflection upon the Prophet’s ﷺ dealings provides us with a framework to deal with our personal and societal issues.
Reflection delivered on July 20th, 2018
In the face of a natural disaster, a Muslim’s code of conduct should default to reflection, prayer and humbleness. It must spawn a realization that His ﷻ ability to destroy and leave human beings in helpless disarray is a reflection of His ﷻ ability to sustain us with His Mercy and His Might in this world and especially the next. This is a civilizational value taught by the Prophet ﷺ regarding the mindset when approached with natural calamities.