Friday Reflections & Lectures

Perfect Guidance from the Perfect Human Being

Reflection delivered on February 10, 2017

Throughout the centuries in Islamic history, Muslims have followed a blueprint for guidance within the Qur’an and Sunnah – one that has required no revisions, new editions or updated versions. Once we are convinced that this fact holds true and believe that the knowledge given to the Prophet is forever and perfect, then we will start behaving as if we are truly guided and that despite our failures and victories, ebbs and flows, our commitment to pleasing God and our anticipation for a reward in the Hereafter will hand us the ultimate victory

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Strangers in Our Own Land: Reclaiming Our Relevance

Reflection delivered on January 20, 2017

In this important reflection, Shaykh Amin impresses upon us the tradition of the Prophet (saw) that ‘Islam is a foreigner and will once again return a foreigner’. Just as the Prophet and his Companions struggled through persecution and rejection in establishing God’s community by staying true to their values and identity, so too must we remain firm in promoting the values of the Qur’an and Sunnah. It is only by adherence to this paradigm that Muslims will attract the Grace of God to once again thrive and flourish. It is only through resilience, commitment and fortitude, not through assimilation, integration and compromise that this “foreigner” will be accepted by the masses.

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The Pursuit of Knowledge: A Civilizational Mandate

Reflection delivered on December 9, 2016

In this critical Friday reflection, the Shaykh explains that our failure to seek knowledge on a regular basis is a departure from classical Islamic tradition and a dereliction of duty as evidenced from the traditions of the Prophet and his Sahabah. As our personal and civilizational success lays in continual learning of ourselves and of God, it is imperative that our pursuit of knowledge is seen tantamount to our pursuit of physical provisions.

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Responding to an Unfavorable Political Climate

Reflection delivered on November 18, 2016

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In light of recent political events, Shaykh Amin directs Muslims living in the US towards a simple but necessary notion – that now is the time to reconnect to our dīn, to recommit ourselves to the Prophetic message and to declare that we are Muslim. Although we must take necessary steps and precautions to defend ourselves, now is not the time to hide behind the curtain or to shed our convictions.

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“You Give Sovereignty to Whom You Will”: Placing Perspective on Recent Political Events

Reflection delivered on November 11, 2016

In this comforting Friday message, Shaykh Amin quells our fears by reminding the believers of who the True Sovereign is – the One who gives supremacy to whomever He wants, and debases whomever He wants. While we must be vigilant for our safety in the current environment, the method and formula of our Prophet ﷺ during turbulent times was never to panic – rather, it has been to increase our supererogatory ʿibādah and to further strengthen our relationship with Allah ﷻ. The extent to which we define our existence in this country as less for materialism, and more for giving, we will see the help of Allah ﷻ near.

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A Believer’s Guide to Political Reform

A Believer’s Guide to Political Reform delivered on October 14th, 2016

As we become disillusioned in observing the upper echelon of this nation’s political leadership operate with incivility and a degree of insanity, Shaykh Amin turns our attention to the paradigm of Revelation, where Allah has guided the Prophets to reform people on an individual level before reforming a ‘system’ of governance. We learn that human beings will reach the pinnacle of humanity by following our role model, the Prophet (saw) who was the most knowledgeable to ever live. It is thus our duty to promote, disseminate and speak of the Prophetic model in response to these turbulent times.

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Seeking Divine Appreciation

Reflection delivered on September 12, 2016 (Eid al-Adha)

In this scintillating Eid-ul-Adha message, Shaykh Amin delves into the depths of the Blessed Hajj rituals – rituals which are borne out of devotional human acts and enveloped with Divine appreciation. As we commemorate and appreciate the devotion, love, sacrifice and obedience demonstrated by the Beloved family of Ibrahim during these days, we must reflect upon the following: how do we demonstrate our personal sa’ee (striving for Allah’s sake) in order to attract the appreciation of Al-Shakur (The One who appreciates unconditionally)?

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A Word of Glee From the Heavens

Reflection delivered by Shaykh Amin on July 5th, 2016 (Eid al-Fitr)

On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, as Muslims may draw their attention towards the various forms of persecution occurring in the Muslim world here on Earth, our Prophet (saw) invited his Sahabah and us to draw our attention to the Heavens, where the Angels have just announced on the night before Eid (Laylatul Ja’iza) that Allah has forgiven us. Let us rejoice in this news, as the life-cycle of a Muslim extends far beyond his life on Earth and into the eternal realm of the Heavens. This has been our civilizational code. The Shaykh also draws our attention towards another component of our code as Muslims, which is to keep our private, intimate lives behind closed doors, and not to spill them into social media or the broader political discourse.

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Shine the Light of our Dīn

Reflection delivered by Shaykh Amin on May 13th, 2016

In this talk, the Shaykh makes a rousing call for Muslims in the West to confront the societal darknesses we are faced with – to address them regularly and unequivocally with our children. The tradition of the Prophet and his Companions was to view Islam as a shining light which was to be brightened in both the private and public sphere, not dimmed. If we refuse to elucidate the truth within our community and homes, we will suffer the grim consequences.

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Prolonging the Process of Communal Strength

Reflection delivered by Shaykh Amin on April 15th, 2016

By the Grace of Allah, the Muslim community in North America has experienced remarkable growth from an institutional standpoint. Despite all of our differences, Islam has been preserved and propogated at great lengths. However, with the rising tide of atheism, we find our youth leaving the deen at an unprecedented rate. This problem must be taken seriously and not passively, as the difference between growth in our commmunity versus elsewhere is that our success is predicated upon eternal salvation and preparation for the grave and afterlife.

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