Friday Reflections & Lectures

The Imperative of ‘Shukr’ in Islam

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.

 

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The Prophet ﷺ as our Ultimate Authority

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.

 

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Reconnect with the Prophet ﷺ

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.

 

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How a Muslim Eyes a Hurricane

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.

 

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A Divine Prescription in Addressing #MeToo

Reflection delivered on July 20th, 2018

As Muslims in the West have been afforded more of an opportunity to educate society on Islamic principles, it has become an imperative, now more than ever, to display in corporate settings and in general public life the conduct prescribed by Allah in dealing with gender interactions. Shaykh Amin explains the irony of the #MeToo movement having originated upon the flood gates of sexual liberty – whereas a Muslim does not promote sexual liberty, neither in principle, nor in theory or practice

 

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Emulate the Sa’ee of ‘aal-e-Ibrahim

Reflection delivered on August 22nd, 2018

In his Eid address, Shaykh Amin impresses upon us the concept of sa’ee – struggle, accountability and responsibility – which was demonstrated immaculately by the family of Ibrahim through the actions of Hajar, Ibrahim and Ismail (AS). We see their sa’ee as a blueprint for how we protect our children, cultivate our families and sacrifice for God – all of which contributes towards the make-up of a successful human civilization.

 

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Eid-ul-Adha is Not Tied to Hajj

Reflection delivered on August 17th, 2018

In his Dhul-Hijjah address, Shaykh Amin categorically dispels the false notion that Eid-ul-Adha and Hajj are connected.  He methodically explains that it is a historical and legal fact that the Hajj is a local event which does not contain the celebration of Eid, while Eid-ul-Adha is a universal occasion for every Muslim around the world to celebrate.  The Shaykh further proceeds to discuss the merits of these Blessed days along with its historical significance.

 

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“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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