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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...

The Choices We Make

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...

The Prophet ﷺ as our Ultimate Authority

Reflection delivered on October 12th, 2018 In this reflection, we are reminded 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fadl of Allah – Khatm al-Qurʾān talk by Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

Reflection delivered on June 11th, 2018 Khatm al-Qurʾān and Laylatul Qadr talk by Shaykh Amin Kholwadia   Click to Play

“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...

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...

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...
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