Friday Reflections & Lectures

Ramadan Reflection Series with Shaykh Amin, #6 – Ramadan 23, 1438

Reflection delivered on June 18, 2017

The prophetic advice is to seek Laylat al-Qadr. Shaykh Amin lays out the practical framework to searching for the Night of Power, what it means to the believer in these last ten days, and how to understand the effects of the night in terms of angelic presence and tireless worship.

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Ramadan Reflection Series with Shaykh Amin, #5 – Ramadan 22, 1438

Reflection delivered on June 17, 2017

There is no greater ʿibādah (worship) after the obligatory acts than the recitation of the Qurʾān. Shaykh Amin sheds light on the significance of the order of Qurʾānic recitation in tafsīr. Laylat al-Qadr only shows itself to those who drop their foreheads into sajdah (prostration) as a consequence of Iqraʾ.

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Ramadan Reflection Series with Shaykh Amin, #4 – Ramadan 16, 1438

Reflection delivered on June 10, 2017

Shaykh Amin makes the case that the need of the hour is for Muslims to understand that their Islam is established in the person of Muhammad ﷺ. Our acts of dedicated worship are the greatest proof that Allah ﷻ sends down His ﷻ Raḥmah (mercy) on the ummah of His ﷻ Ḥabīb (beloved) ﷺ.

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Ramadan Reflection Series with Shaykh Amin, #3 – Ramadan 15, 1438

Reflection delivered on June 9, 2017

On this fifteenth night of Ramadan, Shaykh Amin elaborates on how to go about supplicating Allah ﷻ for His ﷻ maghfirah (forgiveness) and the practical prerequisites to such supplication. “The greatest Raḥmah (mercy) is being able to acknowledge that we are unworthy of Raḥmah.”

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Ramadan Reflection Series with Shaykh Amin, #2 – Ramadan 9, 1438

Reflection delivered on June 3, 2017

Our love for RasulAllah ﷺ must be accompanied by a love and concern for his ummah. This level of raḥmah (mercy) between believers must manifest through sincere and consistent duʿāʾ (supplication) for our misguided brothers and sisters. Sincere duʿāʾ (supplication) is key to attracting the Raḥmah (Mercy) of the divine. It is the only way forward to rid us of the scourge of revengeful violence that has plagued a fraction of the ummah.

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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 Qurʾān 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 ﷺ 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 ﷻ 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 ﷺ that ‘Islam is a foreigner and will once again return a foreigner’. Just as the Prophet ﷺ and his Companions struggled through persecution and rejection in establishing God’s ﷻ community by staying true to their values and identity, so too must we remain firm in promoting the values of the Qurʾān and Sunnah. It is only by adherence to this paradigm that Muslims will attract the Grace of God ﷻ 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 ﷺ and his Ṣaḥābah (companions)

. As our personal and civilizational success lays in continual learning of ourselves and of God ﷻ, it is imperative that our pursuit of knowledge is seen tantamount to our pursuit of physical provisions.

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