Friday Reflections & Lectures

“Islam Stands Alone!”

Reflection delivered on June 15th, 2018

In this compelling Eid bayaan, Shaykh Amin accentuates that Islam is and will always remain independent from all external influences – whether they be religious, political, philosophical or civilizational.  Throughout history, we have been a community that gives, not takes – a reflection of the values of our most generous and genius leader, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.  We must be proud of these inherited values which construct the shari’ah; we must wear it as a badge of honor and relieve ourselves from the shackles of the apologetic mindset.

 

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Enjoining an Ibadah of Purpose and Focus

Reflection delivered on June 8th, 2018

A hallmark of the Prophetic Sunnah was to exhibit an intense focus and perspective in his ‘ibadah.  A level of focus must always be present in our psyche but must be heightened in the month of Ramadan where we have an opportunity to obtain Allah’s forgiveness and attain salvation from the Hellfire.  It was not poverty that the Prophet (saw) feared for us; rather, it was the fear of a ‘hidden shirk’ that comes between a Muslim and Allah which can detach us from His pleasure.

 

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The Two Impediments to a Muslim’s Ibadah

Reflection delivered on May 18th, 2018

In this simple yet profound message, Shaykh Amin points to two vices which, if present, will prevent a Muslim’s heart from softening despite his life-long ‘ibadah – arrogance (kibr) and stinginess (bukhul).  Without their presence, there is no reason a Muslim who makes salah 5 times a day should contain a soft heart; and yet with its presence, individuals and communities can be destroyed.  In this month of virtue, kindness and mutual compassion (Ramadan), the Shaykh advises the community to relieve one’s self of the latter by spending on our family and giving freely to our local projects/masajid, as is our obligation.

 

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Commitment to Deen in an Ever-Changing Context

Reflection delivered on October 13th, 2017

In his Friday reflection, Shaykh Amin calls our attention to the Seerah of Prophets throughout history, where the context may have varied in each situation, but the message remained universal. As we encounter modern issues that run antithetical to the Qur’an and Sunnah, we must maintain our perspective of believing in Allah and preparing for the akhirah, and refrain from succumbing to the ever-changing political, social and economic landscape. The Shaykh particularly points out the importance of the Prophetic Sunnah in maintaining our chastity and modesty – that the moral standard of a Muslim rises above current standards of conduct.

 

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Fruits of Isra and Mi’raj

Reflection delivered on April 13th, 2018

In this profound address on the topic of Isra al M’iraj, Shaykh Amin draws our focus upon the very foundation of The Night of Ascension, which is Salat. The five daily prayers must not be perceived as a responsibility, rather a hand-delivered gift from Allah to His Rasul that will contribute to our own ascension towards The Divine, and one which will physically or psychologically resolve our worldly matters. Thus any discussion around this Blessed event must revolve around its fruit.

 

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Prophetic Intelligence as Our Portal to Success

Reflection delivered on January 26th, 2018

All Prophets have been chosen through Allah’s Grace to be the inheritors of knowledge that stretches beyond time and space.  We accept this notion irrespective of context of the Nabi’s race, culture or time period. The Prophet Muhammad (s) being the ultimate recipient of God’s grace, we accept him as possessing a scope and depth of knowledge beyond any human being ever created and the standard against which all intelligence should be evaluated.  It is only upon our reliance on this source that we can gain knowledge of our pre and post mortal existence, survive this world and live in the next.

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Knowledge as the Greatest of All Blessings

Reflection delivered on January 19th, 2018

Service of God is derived from knowledge, and this makes knowledge one of our greatest ‘inamat (blessings). In this Friday reflection, Shaykh Amin explains why a recognition of this concept and embracing this great blessing will transform us into a true Muslim nation that is uncompromisingly proud of our mode of Divine servitude.

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