Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ilmfest 2014 - Day 2 Session 11-22

SESSION 11 - THE RIGHT OF THE PROPHET
-SH MOHAMMED FAQIH-

There is none in all of humanity that has more rights on us than the Messenger of Allah SAW. His right to be believed, obeyed, supported and protected is not restricted to any time or place, but is an obligation on the ummah until the day of judgement. How does one protect or support the prophet in this day and age? As will be illustrated in this practical session, it is in the protection and support of his sunnah.

  • Do you have a favorite celebrity? Someone who you'd be really excited to meet?
  • If you met your fav celebrity, you'd grin and be all like- I've seen all your work! It's amazing!
  • We're all looking fwd to meeting Muhammad SAW on Qiyama and standing with his Ummah, are you excited to meet him?
  • And do you know enough about his work to be able to hold a conversation about his work?
  • The more you learn about the Prophet SAW, the more you believe in the message that he brought. More belief = more action.
  • Many Muslims talk about love of Prophet SAW, but they don't know much? How can you love what you don't know?
  • People seek out every minor piece of information about celebrities and "stars," is the Prophet SAW not worth this?
  • Another right is that he has a right to be loved by us- as we know him to be true prophet- and this is part of Iman.
  • None of you is a true believer until I am dearer to him than his family. -Prophet Muhammad SAW
  • Ask yourself, really- do you really love the Prophet SAW? How much do you really know? Of his personality? Of his life?
  • Third right the Prophet SAW has upon us is obedience.  Obedience follows logically, we know he's prophet, we love him.
  • If you obey without love, or even knowledge- you can't be pleased with following sunnah. You're just following orders.
  • But when you know, love, and understand- the sunnah becomes the easiest thing to do as extension of your love.
  • When Muhammad SAW travelled to Jerusalem in Isra & Miraj, people went to Abu Bakr and said hey, your friend said that He went to Jerusalem and back in one night. Whaddaya think? Abu Bakr said: If he said it, it's true.
  • We're inundated with conflicting advice from everyone- abt food, clothing, psychology- the Sunnah never conflicts itself.
  • People spend years of research on eating habits & say fast 2x week. We knew that already, because it's sunnah.
  • People do research and say wake up early to have a productive day. We knew that, because it's sunnah.
  • "There is indeed, in the Messenger SAW a great example. Follow him." -Quran
  • The Prophet's SAW 5th right upon us is that we honor and support him- his name, his traditions.
  • This is also logical progress- how could you tolerate honor or insult of somseone you loved dearly?
  • If someone tried to insult your beloved, you'd stand up. If they insulted beloved's family or friends, you'd so the same.
  • The men and women around Prophet SAW defended him with their own bodies- how dare anyone attack them?
  • When you love the Prophet SAW, you will love those he loved, and those who loved him.
  • When you love Prophet SAW, sending blessings -salawaat- is natural and you do so happily. To omit that is stinginess.
  • Whoever sends salawaat upon Prophet SAW, Allah blesses him and sends mercy on to him.
  • "Allah and his angels bless the Prophet SAW, Oh you who believe: send blessings upon Muhammad SAW" -Quran
  • There are many ways to send salawaat, learn them and practice them. You honor yourself by honoring him
  • Another right of Prophet SAW is to share his message and story with others. We represent him and his work in this life.





SESSION 12 - THE ADVICE FOR YOUTH
-SH SAAD TASLEEM-

Did you know that the average of the famous Ten Companions who were promised paradise was only 22 years old when they accepted Islam? The Prophet SAW recognized the importance of the youth and how critical their support would be in the establishment of Islam, and thus directed much attention to their guidance with his concern and advice. We live in a time where our youth are at a greater risk of losing their identity than ever before. Sh Saad will attempt to counter this by highlighting some of that key relevant advice that the Prophet SAW gave to young people.

  • Of all the categories of people, youth was a category that Prophet SAW paid special attention to.
  • Many of the Sahaba were very young at the time- and they preserved the Sunnah and carried it forward to us here today
  • The majority of the Muslim Ummah today is under the age of 21. If we're gonna make progress, it will be because youth.
  • Everyone hears the word Youth and thinks of someone else- but I'm talking to you. Think about yourself personally.
  • With the type of society we live in, there are many norms that are very detrimental.  One is: where we spend our time
  • Youth these days are spending their time without benefit, and we say "Yeah, but at least it's not haram."
  • There's nothing wrong with playing sports, but when sports becomes your life and stops your from changing Ummah, well
  • People believe sports is the most important thing in their life. Or fashion.  We're being dumbed down.
  • Compare this to young sahaba- who spent their time thinking, working, making world better.
  • When's the last time you woke up and thought, "The Ummah is resting on my shoulders. How will I spend my time today?"
  • You are this Ummah. Are you living with purpose? Or as you passing your time in just killing time?
  • One of the tricks of Shaitaan is to make us look to others. Yeah, world's bad.  Someone else will fix it. Like this isn't my job, I'm a teenager.  I'm a student.  This is the gov't job. But change comes from you.
  • Change comes from you, and from WITHIN you. Allah will never change a people until they change themselves.
  • What are you doing for this Ummah? How much of my life is dedicated to Islam vs sports, fashion, minecraft etc
  • Ibn Abbas- was a young companion. Prophet SAW prayed: Allah, give him understanding of religion and teach him Quran.
  • Ibn Abbas- was a young boy- and became one of the BIGGEST scholars of the Qur'an.
  • Umar RA would call his council and among these wise old men, sat a young man- Ibn Abbas.
  • Mus'ab- a young man in early teens- was sent to ambassador to Medinah by Prophet SAW.
  • Prophet SAW put an 18 year old at the head of an army commanding Umar, Abu Bakr, and other companions.
  • Mu'adh was a young boy- Prophet SAW said- I most certainly love you for sake of Allah - thrice. He focused on youth.
  • Are you living up to your potential as a Muslim youth? Or as you wasting your youth in "being young?"
  • Prophet SAW gave 3 pieces of advice to Mu'adh. 
  1. Fear Allah wherever you may be.
  2. Follow a bad deed with a good deed, it may be erased.
  3. 3. Treat the people properly.
  • Fearing Allah means having awareness, being conscious of your actions.  Taqwa lives in the heart. Check your heart
  • How much do you really fear the Day of Judgement? How much do I fear Allah make punish me in this life?
  • How much am I looking fwd to Jannah? How much as I hoping that Allah will comfort my heart?
  • Ask yourself: are you truly ashamed to sin because you know Allah is watching you?
  • Lotta people say they're grateful, but are you really grateful enough to thank, submit, and share blessings?
  • For some, "Taqwa" is easy in public. But when no one's looking, their Taqwa is gone. Fear Allah in public & private.
  • When you're around other people, does your character change? Do you talk differently with some versus others?
  • Follow up bad deed with good: We try for Taqwa but everyone slips up. No one's perfect. But get up and do good again.
  • Parents: It is impossible 4 to children be perfect. Everyone makes mistakes, so teach istaghfar and follow up w/good.
  • Believe and know that Allah will forgive you. Don't let Shaitan trick you into giving up.
  • And treat the people with good character- don't forget the people around you. They have rights too.
  • You cannot make a difference and make the world better without having good character- day to day, moment to moment.
  • The Ummah is not going to change on its own. Don't let anyone convince you that you don't have a role in this.
  • No one can tell you you're not important, or that you don't have a key place in implementing change.
  • On the Day of Judgement, we'll know who were the REAL celebrities- we'll know who Allah exalts InshaAllah.





SESSION 13 - THE REVIVAL
-DR ABDULLAH HAKIM QUICK-

The topic od the "Revival of the Ummah" is one that is discussed from mimbars and TV studios to coffee shops and message boards all over the world. Everyone has an opinion on what will make this Nation better, but what does the authentic Sirah sugggest? In this unique session, Dr Abdullah Hakim Quick will outline 10 practical steps that we can take to bring about positive change in our Ummah.

  • We are in a unique position today in this world- Muslims make up 26% of population & some of richest people on earth.
  • Muslim countries have immense natural resources, mental resources, human resources- but we among the poorest.
  • Muslims are crying for change- for food, for shelter, for rights, for healthcare- but Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change themselves.  How can we bring this about? I want to give you ten points that we can use to start this change in ourselves, based on hadith.
  1. Increase your consciousness of Allah.  Our bottom line is not ritual, but relationship with Allah. Muslims in America differ so greatly on when to start Ramadan that you wonder if there's more than one moon. Without a central authority, there is confusion. We can get people together, but they break apart without Taqwa. Taqwa is the glue that holds us- as well as our communities- together.
  2. Return to the authentic sources of Islam.  Culture differs from one place to another, but Islam unites us. All Madhabs, all people, can come together on Islam with respect, even if agreeing to disagree about minor points. Also, learn Arabic: This will bring you closer to these sources, and open up classical works of scholarship
  3. Focus on Islamic character as well as the ibadaat. Kids know prayers, zakat, hajj- but do they know why? Prayer builds character, charity builds character, even Hajj builds character- did you know that? do you teach it? "I have been sent to complete the best of character." -Hadith.  The essence of Islam is character.
  4. Wisdom and Balance: Ask Allah for Hikmah- ability to put things in proper place. Can't use knowledge without wisdom.
  5. Healthy, empowered families.  We have a serious problem with divorce and family breakup. These problems have become almost universal. Men should be educated in Islam. So should the women. And the youth. If we are to revive Islam- know that families are the roots of society's tree.If roots are weak, everything is weak.
  6. Take Shura: In your family, discuss.  Parents and children, discuss. Communities, discuss.
  7. Operational Unity: We have different mahdab, organizations, languages. We pray lil different, but we come together.Khalid Bin Waleed stood in the back, & Ibn Masood led prayer. But Ibn Masood stood back and KBW led battles. Using each other's strength is part of this operational unity.
  8. The masjid can no longer be a place for men over 35. It is an all-purpose community and spiritual center for everyone. Men, women, children, teenagers- they all have a place in the masjid. Not to the side.
  9. Empowerment of Converts: Salahuddin was Kurdish, Muhammad Fatih was Turkish. New Muslims bring new energy. These new Muslims need help and assistance so that their skills and talents become part of our community.
  10. Outreach! Call people to Allah- this isn't just talking. Provide solutions to real problems for the sake of Allah.
  • What do the people need? How can we help them? This is how Islam is spread- helping people, not debating them.
  • A Libyan ambassador used money in Guyana to build free clinic. The second floor had pamphlets. That is dawah. 1st floor- doctor. 2nd floor- dawah. 3rd floor- support for new Muslims. SubhanAllah!
  • We have it all- wealth, youth, talent. We have a lamborghini going nowhere because we got no gas.
  • Allah will not allow us to change- to get moving- until we get moving and make the change within ourselves.





SESSION 14 - THE DESCRIPTION
-SH AHSAN HANIF-

For a nation that claims to love its Prophet SAW so much, it's amazing how little we actually know about, well, him. It would be strange to profess your deep love for someone and not even be able to describe them. Sh Ahsan Hanif not only explains the details of the Prophet's physical description, but also brings to life his normal day with all of its wonderful content, practice and activities which made him the one we love so much SAW

  • What would you give to see the Prophet (SAW)? To attend his Juma Khutba? Pray in his Jama'a? Have him name your child?
  • We can't meet the Prophet SAW in this life, but thanks to the companions, we can learn about him from their accounts.
  • When Allah chose Prophet SAW to be greatest of messengers, he chose the best of men spiritually and physically.
  • One companion said; The first time I saw his face, I knew it was not the face of a liar.
  • Prophet SAW is described as being radiant- he had a certain aura about his face and body.
  • He was tall, but not so tall you had to crane your neck to look up at him. He had wide-set eyes, and eyebrows that almost met in the middle.
  • But he was loved not because of his looks, but his character. He was kind, gentle, intelligent and well spoken.
  • Prophet SAW was light-brown in his complexion, with dark, black eyes MashaAllah, eyebrows that almost met above nose.
  • He didn't talk for the sake of talking, but stayed silent until he spoke with purpose- clearly, distinctly, and loudly.
  • He spoke directly and to the point of the matter. His words had purpose.
  • Prophet SAW was approachable, and little girls would take him by the hand and he would walk around city with them.
  • Prophet SAW was know for his patience and forebearance- where he let bedouin finish peeing in masjid before teaching otherwise.
  • The Prophet SAW was also very firm in upholding commandments of Allah. He was strict and just, but never harsh.
  • Prophet SAW was known to be compassionate and forgiving- when the people of Taif stoned him out of town Jibreel AS asked if Muhammad AS wished the angel to crush the town between 2 mountains? He declined, and prayed for them & their children.
  • He was known for many things- but there are two things I want to talk about today- his smiles and his tears, SAW
  • Despite Prophets SAW elevated station with Allah, and being forgiven of sins, he would still cry in prayer, in zhikr, in worry
  • He was soft-hearted, and cared for those around him, worried for their future, and was grateful for his blessings.
  • He would pray so long at night his feet would get blistered, and cry in his prayers until his beard was wet.
  • Real men are not ashamed of crying- the best man in the world cried, SAW.
  • Why did Prophet SAW cry so much if he was guaranteed Jannah? Aisha RA asked the same. He replied: Should I not be a grateful slave?
  • How soft was his heart! How hard is yours? When was the last time you cried for the sake of Allah? Over injustice? Beauty? Shukr?
  • When Prophet SAW smiled, it lit up the people around him.  He smiled when he remembered his blessings.
  • The least reward in Jannah is worth ten times this entire world, and the man who inhabits it will believe no one has more than him.
  • Bedouin asked Prophet SAW: Do we have a Lord that smiles? He said Yes. Bedouin said: Then we will never cease to hope for good.
  • Prophet SAW smiled to meet his family members, would stand and greet his daughter, kissing her forehead & seating her in his place.
  • When Surah Al Kauthar was revealed, Prophet SAW smiled & said "Allah has given me a river in Jannah. What would you give to have been able to serve Prophet SAW? What will you do for him to serve you from Al Kauthar on Qiyama?
  • One tenant of faith is love for Prophet SAW, but more than talk, we have to walk the walk, and put him above us.
  • How can you not fall in love with a man with a description and characteristic? We should not tired of sending salawaat.
  • Can you imagine yourself being there at Al Kauthar w/ Prophet SAW? Can you see it? That's more than enough motivation.





SESSION 15 - THE SHYNESS
-SH ABDULBARY YAHYA-

Who says shyness is a negative trait? The Prophet SAW was described as incredibly shy and yet with that he led a nation. In fact he informed us that every religion has a defining characteristics of Islam is haya. Join Sh Abdulbary Yahya in this session for a beautiful portrayal of the Prophet SAW that few have been exposed to before.

  • We are living in a time where woman is fined for covering her face, but is free to expose her body in name of freedom.
  • Is this freedom for women or is this free access to women? These rules were made by- pardon me- perverts.
  • Prophet SAW described the end of days its people: who lay with each other on streets & roads like animals
  • A defining trait of this religion is haya- shyness. Shyness is praised in women, but the shyest amongst us was a man.
  • Uthman bin Affan RA was praised for his shyness, because haya and modesty are not exclusive to women.
  • Islam respects shyness and haya, and recognizes it as part of Iman.
  • When was the last time you saw a prince or queen travelling alone? Our women don't travel alone, they are all queens
  • "Faith has over sixty parts, and one of those parts is shyness- haya." -Hadith
  • "Every religion has its defining characteristic, and Islam's is haya." - Prophet Muhammad SAW
  • Haya and shyness are important- but it should not prevent you from seeking, speaking, or learning the truth.
  • And shyness should not stop you from forbidding evil or encouraging good.  The rights of Allah are greater than all.
  • There is a shyness between you and Allah, and between you and the people.
  • There are 5 daily prayers, but whoever perfects them, Allah will give him the reward of fifty.
  • Shyness is not limited to women- the shyest of the Ummah was Uthman RA, even the angels were shy of him.
  • You know how you sit up straighter when some shaykh walks in? You're shy of them.
  • When you are shy around someone, you choose your words and actions carefully so as not to offend, even accidentally.
  • Even when Messenger SAW needed to correct people, he didn't put people on spot or call them out- he called on everyone.
  • Prophet SAW didn't like to turn people down or turn them away. Neither do Malaysians apparently. Yes, no, or InshaAllah?
  • Prophet SAW shyness did not stop him from speaking truth or addressing very sensitive topics frankly
  • Prophet's wife SAW asked- does woman need to make Ghusl after wet dream? He answered of course! not Ittiqillah!
  • I'm not saying be so shy you never email a sister, ok cc dad & if you're too shy to say it, prolly shouldn't be said!
  • Sisters, if a brother isn't man enough to email your dad, he's not man enough for you.
  • Allah is not shy of the truth, neither should we be.
  • Anyone who does not take of parents when they're old should be ashamed- are you not ashamed?
  • Women seeking equal status to men are setting standards too low. Islam raises them higher- Your mother x 3
  • If Islam was like Olympics your mom would get gold, silver, and bronze. Because she deserves it.
  • Messenger SAW taught us to have good manners seeking knowledge, talking to people, dealing- shyness is part of this.
  • Next time you're tempted to haram, think of your blessings. Have you no shame? Will you disobey One who blessed you so?
  • We need to recognize that shyness is part if being a good Muslim. Shyness before the people as well as before Allah.





SESSION 16 - THE HEREAFTER
-DR REDA BEDEIR-

The Prophet SAW connection to the Hereafter was striking. He would tell his daughter to take from his wealth whatever she wished, and would be reminding her that on the Day of Judgement he would not be able to avail her. He would awaken his wives in the night to pray, informing them that people may be of high status in this world, and of no status in the next. He SAW had his feet planted in this world, yes, but his heart belonged to the next, as Dr Reda illusstrates in his inimitable way.


  • Aya 41 of Surah Nisa brought Prophet SAW to tears- what was that Aya?
  • Prophet SAW was so concerned about us, about how WE would fare on Qiyama, that this made him cry.
  • Umar RA was distressed at the marks from straw mat Prophet SAW slept on and said "The leaders of other places sleep in comfort Let us make you a comfortable bed? Prophet SAW said, Is it not enough we've been given Aakhira? Why do we need duniya?
  • Tell me- are we satisfied with what we have?
  • Your life is of two types- the life of your body and the of your heart.
  • If I ask you how old you are, you'll say 25. 52. 10 whatever. But that's the age of your body, not your heart.
  • Some people live only with their bodies, not their hearts.  Allah refers to those with eyes but don't see, ears but don't hear
  • There is a life of this world, and a life of the hereafter. You body lives only in this one, your heart lives for both
  • What's the purpose of our lives, our hearts? Of life and death? See Aya 2 of Surah Mulk.
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  • You look at your neighbor and he's not Muslim and he has a beautiful life- you're a Muslim, you pray and life is hard, why?
  • The word duniya itself comes from the word "low." What your neighbor has is worthless. Let him keep his duniya. Look to aakhira
  • If you were given a choice to live in duniya forever or meet Allah, what would you choose?
  • It is human nature to prefer worldly life, but the hereafter is present.
  • Three tips to prepare for Jannah
  1. Return to Allah, now. Submit completely.
  2. be ready for death all the time. You don't know when you're meeting Allah, prepare for it now.
  3. Follow example of Prophet. Iqra- read, seek knowledge. Qum- stand in prayer. Qum- stand up to share Islam.
  • What do you think the greatest event of your life is going to be? It's actually your death. Are you ready?





SESSION 17 - THE HUSBAND
-SH YASIR QADHI-

How did the Prophet SAW interact with his wives? What lessons can we learn about spousal relations when we see the beautiful treatment and loving environment that the Prophet SAW gave to his wives? In this talk, Sh Yasir will examine specific incidents from the Sirah and extract tips on how husbands and wives should treat one another, in light of the examples of the most perfect human being and indeed spousal partner who ever walked on the face of the Earth.

  • If we can't learn how to be good husbands from Sunnah, who else can teach us, movies?
  • That's why today I'm going to talk about the five languages of love. Allah created our spouses from us, for us to love.
  • Sorry to rub it in, but there's a certain emptiness in the heart of a single Muslim that can only be filled with love.
  • There's a book- Men r frm Mars, Women r frm Venus- a good book. But we would write Men are from Earth, so are women
  • Allah uses the word mawadda for love between spouses in Quran. This is deep, tender, nurturing, self-sacrificing love.
  • And Allah tells us- He places this mawadda in our hearts and it is one of Allah's miracles.
  • Mawadda is a gift and miracle from Allah- so how do we express this love? We have five languages!
  • The Five Love Languages is an amazing book that @waleedjameel and I give as wedding gift. Twitter won't do it justice. Buy it.
  • We express and receive love primarily in 1 language. Even though we can translate other languages, 1 is always our 1st.
  1. Validation of love. It is Sunnah to verbally express love. Women want to hear I??u, men have hard time saying it. A man asked Prophet SAW who is your fav person? He publicly announced Aisha RA. No woman gets tired of hearing I love you, You're supposed to tell your wife she's most beautiful woman in world- this is not a lie even if not strictly true.
  2. Quality Time. In this day and age, how much time do people spend w/each other? Not quantity- QUALITY. Husbands be like- I've been home 5 hours! That was quantity- not quality. Focus on each other- not tv or phone. Prophet SAW sent army ahead, telling them go so I can spend time with Aisha RA- running a race. :) This life is just a test- real life starts later!
  3. giving gifts! Sunnah we all know is give gifts to increase love, but we say that w/friends and not wives? Men- women are happier with frequent small gifts rather than infrequent big gifts. And gifts don't cost always money . Pick your wife a flower, bring her a cookie, a book you enjoyed, etc. Men, on the other hand- prefer BIG gifts, even if they're infrequent. They have greater value. We know the Prophet SAW gave gifts to his wives, this is in the sunnah.
  4. acts of service- to provide a service for the other's benefit. Women do more of this- cooking, etc. Men do acts of service by working and providing for women, but sometimes women are listening for other languages. So the man's killing himself to pay the bills, but the wife is like, He never says he loves me! Yes, he needs to develop other languages, but it is not fair to say that he doesn't love you. One way to show love is reverse roles- husband, take your wife's chores on.  Wife, can you run any errands for husband? The Prophet SAW used to mend his own shirts, repair things around home.  Acts of service are part of Sunnah. If only time you touch your wife is when you want sex, wife may come to resent your touch. Women need non-sexual touch.
  5. physical touch- and there are two kinds, sexual and non-sexual. Husband and wife each need both, men need more sexual touch, women need more non-sexual. Again- both need both! Marriage is a two-way street. It doesn't work by itself, you have to make it work.
  • No point in winning an argument if you lose your marriage, remember mercy, compromise, and gentleness.
  • The best of all believers are best in manners & best in manners are best to wives, and I am best to my wives
  • May we be partners in this world, and help each other become partners in the next, InshaAllah.





SESSION 18 - THE WORSHIPPER
-SH KAMAL EL-MEKKI-

He would pray until his feet swelled, he would fast until his Companions thought that he never broke it, his charity was so constant and free-flowing that it was likened to the wind, and even while amongst his family and friends, they would notice his constant remembrance of Allah. This session is a beautiful glimpse into the worship of the Messenger of Allah SAW, his overwhelming love, fear and trust of his Lord, with Sh Kamal offering tips in his powerful and unique way on how to be consistent in our own worship of Allah

  • Hearing a speech or a quote isn't going to change how you worship- upgrading worship is training yourself
  • Lots of people pray on time only so they can "get it out of the way." Is this ibadah?
  • Do you ever get tired or sleeping? No-it refreshes you. What if Salah was refreshing?
  • How is it the Abdullah Bint Zubair made sujood so long that birds perched on his back? He loved being there.
  • When you finish your Salah, do you even remember which surahs you recited?
  • What is it that is occupying our hearts more than Allah during our prayers?
  • Once a week, pray one Salah nice and long. It's training.
  • Life is basically time- every day you lived, you have died one more day. And studies say you'll lose 12 years of life watching tv.
  • Average man spends 45 min staring at women- that's a whole year of explaining to do on Qiyama, brothers.
  • The only way you can reclaim wasted time is to fill it with Zhikr.
  • I call it mini-suicide. You watch a movie and you just killed two hours of your life. -Kamal Mekki





SESSION 19 - THE LESSON OF TA'IF
-USTADHA YASMIN MOGAHED-

The Sirah offers us many beneficial lessons, even those incidents which do not share the same authenticity levels as those used for sacred law and creed. In a year in which the Prophet SAW lost his two pillars of supports - his uncle and his wife  - he would also encounter what was considered by some to be his most difficult day, at the city of al-Ta'if. As the story suggests, expelled brutally from the city after delivering the message to its inhabitants and then pelted with stones, the Prophet SAW would invoke his Lord with a beautiful passage that resonates with us until this day.

  • The topic today is called Lessons from Taif, because that was a time in Prophet's SAW life was a time of hardship.
  • I just got back from Makkah- and one thing is common to many of people there seeking Allah- poverty before Allah.
  • Not financial poverty- spiritual and absolute poverty without the benefit of Allah's bounty.
  • Our poverty- our need links us to Allah, because we ask when we need.
  • In the year of Taif- Prophet SAW lost two of his strongest supporters- Khadija RA and Abu Talib
  • In this state of grief he goes to Taif seeking support & is mocked and stoned, bleeding all the way into sandals.
  • When he leaves, he makes a powerful dua in which he begins with admitting his weakness & complaining to Him only.
  • What the Prophet SAW said was: Allah, as long as you are not displeased with me, then I do not mind.
  • Complaining against Allah is Why me? Why are you doing this me? Complaining TO Allah is: Allah, I am weak. Help me.
  • Complaining to Allah is not against Sabr, it is part of worshipping & your hardship becomes good as it removes sin.
  • When Allah sends us pain, it's because He is giving us the chance to be purified- heated and cleansed of sin.
  • The Prophets SAW response to all this pain was the highest- it was a level of contentment no matter the decree.
  • Allah, I seek refuge in the Light of Your Face, by which all matters in the heavens and the earth are set right.
  • Complaining against Allah is Why me? Why are you doing this me? Complaining TO Allah is Allah, I am weak. Help me.
  • Only Allah can save you. Only Allah deserves to be the object of your hope, fear, and dependence.
  • Hardship is like a storm. If a giant storm hit now, we would seek refuge. Had the storm not hit, we wouldn't have.
  • Having the right Iman means that hardship pushes you closer to Allah.  Pain is an invitation to get closer to Him.
  • When we get too comfortable we become heedless and we forget that we need Allah.
  • Imagine though- if you were out on the ocean and have no other option- even an atheist will look upwards for help.
  • The waves of the storm exist to push you towards refuge in Allah.
  • Allah sent Jibreel AS to Prophet SAW, offering to crush Taif between two mountains. Prophet SAW said no, maybe from their progeny someone will believe. Compare this to last time someone hurt you.
  • What did you seek, their guidance? Or revenge? Still fresh with pain & blood- the Prophet SAW saved their lives.
  • We all know someone who was on the path and then got off. What you'll find is that beforehand they lose salah.
  • Whether the salah is gone- or just worthless- its protection is gone and that's when it all falls apart.
  • We are always under attack, Shaitan only takes off for Ramadan but leaves our Nafs in place. We need protection.
  • Many of us don't have only one focus- we have 55 of them. We wanna be pretty, rich, successful- end up distracted.
  • We have to be as singular in our defense as Shaitan is in attack. Protect your salah and salah will protect you.
  • Sometimes we're so busy fighting each other we forget who are real enemies are- Shaitan and the nafs.
  • We're facing the wrong way for battle, and then Shaitan attacks us from behind.
  • Muslims need to recognize that we have a common enemy- Shaitaan. And the enemy of your enemy is your friend
  • All Muslims have a shared enemy and a shared goal. We all fight shaitaan, we all want Jannah.
  • Abandoning Salah is putting your shield down in middle of a battle. Fighting each other is turning sword on an ally.
  • Shaitan can make us see white as black, and white as black. Where modesty is oppressive & intoxication is sexy.
  • We are all on a journey back to Allah, and there will be storms. Our goal is to make it through without drowning.
  • The waves of hardship and low Iman will hit you- but if you're holding the rope of Allah, you will not drown.





SESSION 20 - THE LOVE FOR HIM
-SH OMAR SULEIMAN-

This session will illustrate the true meaning of love and the highest manifestation of it for any human being, our love for the Messenger of Allah SAW. Join Sh Omar Suleiman for what promises to be an exposition of what we really call "love" and how we need to reassess our love for those others that the Prophet, and indeed why all love is in reality contingent upon our sincere love for Allah and His Prophet SAW

  • We have this idea that Prophet SAW spent 1 day in Taif, he was there for weeks in runup to painful culmination.
  • The first prophet that Muhammad SAW was informed of in Qur'an was Yunus AS in Surah Noon.
  • Excellent talk by @omarsuleiman504 underway, but I need a twitter break
" Sorry, couldn't get tweets from her page  for this session "






SESSION 21 - THE CATASTROPHE
-SH ABU EESA-

The greatest calamity that humanity has ever experience was in the month of Rabi-al-Awwal in the 11th year after the Hijrah. It was the day that the Earth was no longer beautified by the presence of the Messenger of Allah SAW. This detailed yet delicate session will focus on the last moments of the life of our beloved Prophet SAW with a view to making us appreciate the magnitude of what this incredible man did in the time he blessed this world with.

  • Talking about this topic, even preparing for it is very difficult- but we have to do it, because there are lessons
  • The first lesson we can take is of softness- studying the death of Prophet. SAW makes our hard hearts soft again.
  • Another reason- remembering the death makes it all real. This was biggest catastrophe Muslim Ummah ever faced.
  • No catastrophe or loss can compare to the loss of revelation- of direct ongoing connection to Allah.
  • How much more do we need to do in order to be worthy to carry Muhammad SAW message.
  • The illness of the Prophet SAW only lasted 13 days, but they were so painful he would lose consciousness.
  • When the fever came upon Prophet SAW, the burning was that of two men. They were unable to touch his skin.
  • He was made to sit in water, and had water thrown on him to cool down.
  • Aisha RA said watching Prophet's SAW suffering was beyond description & caused every other death to pale in comparison.
  • On Wednesday, Prophet SAW had to be pulled to masjid, not walk. People recognized the seriousness, camped in masjid.
  • The Prophet SAW made a very general address, but then said something unusual- he said Allah has offered his slave the choice to stay in dunya for ever, or to retun to him. The slave chose to return. Immediately, Abu Bakr began to cry. He got it right away.
  • Prophet asked the people- have you anything to claim from me? No answer. He asked again. He asked repeatedly. 1 stood.
  • People were shocked- a Sahaba stood up and said RasoolAllah, when you were straightening the prayer lines in Uhud , And you struck me in the chest, and it hurt me. Companions stood up in shock, but Prophet SAW sent for the stick.
  • Companion took the sword, walked to Prophet, and threw stick to come kiss Prophet SAW and hug him.
  • He said: I have nothing against you, but I wanted to talk with you one last time.
  • Prophet SAW returned home, but was then so weak he wasn't able to return to lead prayer. People are getting anxious
  • Thursday: The Prophet SAW leads Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, and Maghrib. After Maghrib he returned home and lost consciousness.
  • At Isha he regained consciousness and asked if the people had prayed. He tried to get up, lost consciousness again.
  • He awoke again last, asked is they had prayed- tried to get up, lost consciousness.  This happened six times.
  • Friday- Prophet SAW did not come out at all.  He was unconscious most of the day. People knew things were serious.
  • On Saturday he was able to be pulled out- people were rejoicing and Abu Bakr moved away but Prophet sent him back
  • Abu Bakr led the prayer with Prophet SAW stood right next to him in salah. That was the official handover.
  • The next day, between losing consciousness and waking, he gave away all his belongings- all five or six cents.
  • The Prophet SAW finally had nothing left to give away of worldly things. He left behind only treasures of the deen.
  • The next morning, he did not have the energy to get to masjid- which was the next room.
  • But he opened the curtain to see Abu Bakr leading Salah, and companions praying. And he smiled.
  • He smiled, because he knew his work was done- the prayer, the deen, the people- it would continue.
  • He awoke later in severe pain, and that is when Aisha RA cradled his head in her lap. He began to hold his head.
  • Fatima RA entered and saw the condition of her father- Messenger SAW said, There will be no more pain after this day.
  • Fatima took his head in her lap & he whispered something to her. She cried. He whispered something else, she smiled.
  • She would not tell Aisha what was said until after Prophet SAW death. What he had said was "I will be leaving this
  • "I will be leaving this world. But You will be the first of my children to join me." Fatima died six months after.
  • Fatima left, Aisha cradled Prophet SAW head, trying to cool his fever with wet cloth. After some time he said, "Verily, this death is painful." Then he raised his finger, made dua and passed away.
  • People heard Aisha begin to cry, panic set it. Umar was enraged- he said Whoever says he is dead, I will strike him
  • Abu Bakr came into the midst of the chaos, walked straight in and saw body of the Prophet SAW, collapsed in tears.
  • He went out to the crowd where Umar was screaming- yelled at him- Sit down and be quiet!
  • Umar could not be consoled. Abu Bakr went to masjid and gathered the people and said to them Whoever worshipped Muhammad, know that he has died. Whoever worships Allah, know that Allah does not die.
  • Abu Bakr said He is only a messenger & many passed away. If he dies, will you turn back on your deen? Surah Imran
  • Then the companions began to recite this one ayah- all the people- it spread through and when Umar heard it Umar's knees gave way. He collapsed.
  • The Prophet SAW passed away 1423 years ago. He was human, He died. But his Sunnah lives.
  • Praise for Muhammad SAW will never end in this world- as long as there are Muslims and Islam.
  • In Prophet's SAW, Medina was city of light. After his death, it was in darkness.  We're like people underground.
  • But far up- there is a shaft of light coming through the darkness we can look towards. That is his sunnah.
  • As I walk off- don't takbeer, don't clap. Just think about him and send one sincere salawaat and dua to him, SAW.





SESSION 22 - THE LEGACY HE LEFT : LEADERSHIP
-SH MUHAMMAD ALSHAREEF-

When one passes away, one ofthe looks to the legacy left behind to judge the greatness of the deceased. A tree is known by its fruit, and the Companions left behind by the Messenger of Allah SAW were the sweetest of all fruit. To look at them is to see a collective of individuals who each possessed incredible potential in their own right, but for many of them and society. The Prophet SAW was a master leader and a creator of leaders, and so the potential of the Companions was maximized to create the greatest generation the world had ever known, and one that would take it by storm.

  • In the middle of the battle of Uhud, people thought Prophet SAW had died and sat down where they had stood.
  • One companion said what are you doing? They said, didn't you hear? Prophet SAW has died. His epic response? "The Prophet SAW has died? Then stand up and die for what he has died for." Yes, we're sad, but now is time to stand up.







Monday, May 19, 2014

ilmfest 2014 - Day 1 Session 6-10

Continued...

SESSION 6 - THE CIVIL SOCIETY
-DR ABDULLAH HAKIM QUICK-

The community of Madinah was far from monolithic. It was a diverse society made up of people who adhered to different faiths and came from different ethnicites and backgrounds. In a world that has become increasingly similar to a multicultural global village, it is crucial for Muslims to understand the Prophetic revolving around civic work, freedom, interfaith and communication with others.

  • Ice Sheets are melting at North and South Poles, oceans are rising, and global weather is changing.
  • Floods, tornadoes, fires, drought- record breaking disasters are hitting everywhere.  Changes are happening.
  • Allah says in Surah Ar-Rum, 41- that corruption has appeared in the land & sea because of what man's hands have done.
  • Companions asked: What is the corruption on the land? Transgressing limits of Allah, resulting in decrease in plant & animal life.
  • The corruption in the sea will be decrease of fish in the sea.   How does this compare to what we are seeing now?
  • We will taste something of what we have done. Following Fukushima nuclear disaster, ppl can literally taste fallout.
  • This is happening- not in vain, but for us to return to path of Allah- right relationship w/ Allah & each other.
  • Globalisation has brought people together in communication, but it has affected social, economic, and spiritual life.
  • There is a rise of materialism, racism, tribalism.  People are more concerned with themselves moreso than others.
  • There is a rise in the use of drugs, in the building of casinos, in prostitution and crime.
  • The lesson we take from this is that the world needs to return to the path, and what is that path? We have an example.
  • Madina was once known as Yathrib- it was a place of civil war, tribe fighting tribe in the streets.
  • When Prophet SAW entered, he commanded people to extend greetings of peace, feed the needy, maintain relationships and maintain prayer so they could enter paradise. These are actions that impact civil society- relationships.
  • The relationship of citizens from one to another- loyalty, service, community- these make you & these bind people, they make you want to save someone's life even if you don't know them. Such is community.
  • (@hakimquick is covering so much, so fast that my fingers are tired and I'm 20 mins behind his talk!) tqsm for her efforts
  • In closing: May Allah make Muslims an example of what good community looks like- where we are at peace
  • Not only at peace with each other, but with our neighbors, our environment, and ourselves. InshaAllah.





SESSION 7 - THE ADVICE FOR WOMEN
-SH MOHAMMED FAQIH-
It has long been said and believed that this Ummah is onlu as strong as its women. They are half of our nation and they raise the other half. The Prophet Muhammad SAW was keen to attend to the needs of women, singling them out with special times to instruct them in their religion and give them specific advice. This session will highlight key areas of development for Muslim women in the 21st century in the light of timeless Prophetic counsel.

  • Pleasing Allah is not hard. Pleasing people though, is impossible. Don't worry about people think, worry what Allah thinks.
  • Modern society expects women to do everything a man can do and then do it better, while also doing all the things men can't.
  • Women are expected to be model employees, perfect wives, homemakers, mothers who look good, smell good, sound good 24/7.
  • Sisters- these are not reasonable. Not saying don't try hard, but don't be so hard on yourself.
- She's having some problem with connectivity, no tweet much for this session. iA i'll find from others.
- " Having connectivity problems with 3G network. Hope I can reconnect via laptop before next talk, InshaAllah"





SESSION 8 - THE FRIEND
-SH OMAR SULEIMAN-
The Qur'an states that if the Messenger SAW had been overly harsh or severe then even his followers would have dispersed from him. Indeed he was the opposite of that, his Companions testifying that they never met anyone who smiled more than him SAW. The Prophet's sense of humour was uniquely truthful, he was gentle, he was kind, and he would dearly miss the presence of his Companions. He was the best friend. Let Sh Omar prove to you how.

  • Messenger SAW made every person around him feel special. He was an incredible friend- what if he was your friend?
  • When you look at the highways, you see the pavement. But what's holding it up is the steel. Be like steel.
  • Be dependable, so much so that people can rely on you, and know you can be relied on.
  • Some "great" leaders lose sight of individuals while pursuing goals, but Prophet SAW never ignored "little guy."
  • When Prophet SAW talked, he turned entire body. He gave everyone attention, even one lil girl who'd take him by hand for walks.
  • He never made anyone feel insignificant.
  • If you haven't seen yet, see @omarsuleiman504 video: The Ugliest Sahabi- amazing example of Sunnah of friendship
  • Prophet SAW never said can you call me later, I have to save the world- he attended to everyone well as he could.
  • When a man came complaining cuz he couldn't get married- he took the guy by the arm & started knocking on doors.
  • If someone is missing from masjid or class, are you asking about them?
  • Prophet SAW was so considerate that he made sure to return amanaat even to the Quraysh before Hijra.
  • Where in the Seerah does the Prophet SAW ever talk bad abt someone? Or not defend someone when they were attacked?
  • We're talking about friendship- remember that husbands and wives are supposed to be good friends?
  • Even when standing up for someone in anger, Prophet SAW never put the other person down, only other person up.
  • Nice people in this world WILL get burned. But better to be burned in duniya than aakhira. Be a good friend.
  • Prophet SAW talked to people about what interested them, got down to their level & brought it up vs looking down.
  • There's this one sister w her big tupperware full of kek lapis, she offered to all ppl around. Kind soul, May Allah bless her.






SESSION 9 - THE "OTHER"
-SH YASIR QADHI-
Some people mistakenly assume that Muslims and non Muslims cannot get along with or benefit from one another. Yet, the sirah of the Prophet SAW demonstrates that this is not the case at all. Muslims should not behave towards the "Other" in the same way that many misguided people treat Muslims like their "Other". In this fascinating lecture, Sh Yasir will discuss the relationship that the Prophet SAW had with a particular nobleman of the Quraysh who never converted to Islam, and derive benefits that we can apply to our situations today in the modern world.

  • The Seerah is a well of knowledge and inspiration that does not dry up, and continues to teach.
  • Islam is not a religion of hate, nor Muhammad SAW a Prophet of arrogance.
  • Mut'im Ibn Adi was the equivalent of a minister in Pagan Quraysh hierarchy. He was abt 20 yrs older than Prophet SAW
  • A merchant from tribe of Zabeed had sold to a Quraysh chief who said he'd pay later. Later became never & merchant asked for help.
  • No one from Quraysh helped, so the merchant composed a poem and read it aloud at Kaba, asking what good was lineage w/out nobility
  • Quraysh called a council, and agreed to enforce economic justice among their tribes. They forced other chief to pay up.
  • Prophet SAW was a young man in the room when that treaty was signed, and considered his participation to be an honor.
  • Prophet SAW participated in an effort of social justice. He was involved in the affairs of his community.
  • Islam is not about isolationism, but change and involvement in our greater communities. This is Dawah.
  • Before prophecy, Muhammad SAW was known to his community as Truthful, Trustworthy- a pillar of good in his people.
  • Muhammad's SAW social credibility came from community involvement and a history of care for his community.
  • Social work opens the doors to Dawah- by leading through example of how Islam brings good to people & places.
  • Back to Mut'im. He never became a Muslim, but he believed strongly in the values of his people. He opposed the Boycott
  • Mut'im was the ONLY person of Quraysh to help Muslims- sneaking food  by night personally at risk to his life.
  • Mut'im spent a fortune feeding Muslims, not because he believed in Islam, but in justice.
  • Mut'im organized secret plot to speak out again boycott publicly- and his involvement was instrumental in its lifting. So now we have some background on the character of Mut'im
  • In the tenth year of Hijra- Abu Talib died & Prophet SAW no longer had protection of Banu Hashim- Abu Lahab took over
  • Unable to stay in Makkah, Prophet SAW tried Taif, where he was stoned and run out of town.
  • Prophet SAW returned and was stranded outside of Makkah, injured and unable to re-enter without protection.
  • Bilal RA is sent door to door, asked for permission & sanctuary to enter Makkah- and faces serial refusal.
  • Bilal comes to the door of Mut'im, and Mut'im calls his sons to grab their weapons bring Prophet SAW back- to safety.
  • Next day, Mut'im publicly declares his protection of Muhammad SAW and challenges other chiefs to defy him.
  • He is asked: You're Muslim? He says no. But he believes in justice.
  • Mut'im died before the Quraysh were crushed in Battle of Badr. After battle, when 70 Quraysh prisoners of war stand in shackles and Prophet SAW said, If Mut'im were alive, and asked me to release them all. I would."
  • This was an honor & credit to Mut'im from Prophet SAW. Prophet didn't make dua for him in Jannah- but recognized him
  • Some Muslims couldn't care less if people are homeless, marginalized or hungry if not Muslim. This is not correct.
  • Prophet SAW lived social justice before and after Islam, and kept interfaith honor & relations throughout.
  • What type of stupidity is it to say Muslims should not work with, care, or love non Muslim like Prophet loved Abu Talib
  • Or work with non-Muslims like Prophet SAW worked with Mut'im. We can disagree about theology but agree about justice.
  • The Seerah is such an amazing story that even if he had no miracles, his story enough authenticates his prophecy, SAW.
  • Loving the non-standard topic lineup! Community involvement, interfaith cooperation via @YasirQadhi









SESSION 10 - THE FAMILY MAN
-SH WALEED BASYOUNI-

Some words that come to mind when describing the household of the Prophet SAW are perfection, devotion, and even humanity. As such, it was not a household that was immune from problems and conflict that come from either the human weaknesses of those inside the household or the human weaknesses of the society that they lived amongst. In this session, Sh Waleed will teach you how the Prophet SAW showed his love to his family, and how he responded to trouble and discord when it arose.

  • JazakAllahukheiran to everyone who's been sitting here since 10am, I promise this is the sweetest lecture.
  • We are now going to talk about the Prophet SAW in his capacity as a father, a husband, and a family member.
  • As an Imam, I hear every day from people w/marriage problems. The amount of divorces  is increasing.
  • When you think about love, you think about movies, tv, music. That's not real life of real love. That's in Sunnah.
  • Prophet SAW was a great man- meaning he was a great husband & a role model for men striving for greatness.
  • Relationship between husband and wife should be growing sweeter over time.
  • Don't look for a spouse you can live with, look for someone you cannot live without.
  • Is your wife younger? older? from different race? divorced? a widow? making more money than you? You have an example from the Sunnah.
  • No matter your situation, you can look to situation of Prophet SAW for inspiration.
  • Some people are great in public but awful in their homes. Prophet SAW was great in public, and better in his home.
  • The media shows us dysfunctional examples of what successful marriages look like. And your parents may too.
  • Our example of marital harmony can only come from the Sunnah, because culture is outdated and tv is unrealistic.
  • We don't want you to be like sister who wears wedding ring on wrong finger because she's married to wrong man.
  • People want divorce cuz they don't have love in their marriage. Do you buy new one if there's no gas in your car?
  • Prophet SAW publicly said- things I love most from this world are my wives, and perfume. :)
  • Expressing love is part of the Sunnah, even if it isn't part of your culture.
  • We have Hadith about kissing- Prophet SAW always kissed his wife goodbye before he left the house.
  • Prophet's wife Safiyya's camel got sick, and she was sad because she couldn't travel. He went to wipe her tears.
  • Prophet SAW gave his wives loving nicknames. Some people call their wives Interior Minister, Ball and Chain.
  • Prophet SAW used to sleep shirtless so that his skin would touch wife's skin. There is no shame in love & romance
  • Prophet SAW showered with wife, and they used to fight over who could fill the pitcher of water first
  • Prophets SAW wife wanted to ride camel, so he got down on knee so she could stand on his leg & climb up.
  • These days if man opens door for wife, either the wife is new or the car is new. :p
  • When Prophet SAW was overwhelmed with first revelation, who did he run to for safety & advice? His wife.
  • After treaty of Hudaibiyya, Prophet SAW didn't know how to break bad news to Muslims, so he went to wife, sought, took her advice.
  • Brothers- underline that- Prophet SAW SOUGHT and TOOK advice from his wives, recognizing & respecting opinions.
  • Prophet SAW spent quality time with his wives, and when he travelled, he always took his wives & rode together.
  • Prophet SAW was given invitation. He asked if he could bring his wife. No? Then he wasn't coming.
  • Prophet SAW spent time between Asr and Maghrib every day with his family, despite responsibility of leading Ummah
  • Husbands make a big mistake- they treat their wives like men and expect them to feel & behave like they do.
  • Wives make a big mistake- they treat their husbands like women and expect them to feel & react like they do.
  • When Aisha wanted to see Abyssinian hunters dance, he didn't say shame on you! He stood with her, cheek to cheek.
  • he (SAW) also used to turn his cup to drink from where his wife had drunk from.
  • Aisha RA dropped necklace. Prophet stopped entire caravan to look. It was important to him cuz important to her.
  • These days, if wife drops necklace and delays journey- husband gets mad and says who told you to bring it!
  • Prophet SAW came home late one night- and he took off his shoes & tiptoed. Some men want the whole house up, why?
  • There is nothing better you can give your spouse other than your own happiness. No one can make you happy but you.
  • Prophets house was place of happiness & fun- he used to race with and joke with wives.
  • In one instance, Aisha & Sauda were painting other's faces with sauce & Prophet SAW watching & laughing with them
  • When you go home tonight, tell your spouse you love them. Buy them a gift- there's a lovely bazaar outside ;) And that's it for #ilmfest tonight, thank you and good night.

Don't thanks me for this, instead make dua for her Zebasez
as i'm copying and just copying all of her tweets for our reference later





ilmfest 2014 - Day 1 Session 1-5

Assalamualaikum,

I'll be sharing some gems from all 22 sessions from all speakers InsyaAllah.
I didn't get to copy all the gems, but i got this from one sister on twitter who tweets almost everything about ilmfest. @Zebasez . May Allah bless her.

SESSION 1 - THE CALL
-SH MUHAMMAD ALSHAREFF-
The Qur'an is the perfect Word of Allah that calls people to the truth, but it was to be accompanied in this by the perfect caller too : The Prophet Muhammad SAW. He was the master Da'i and well equipped to deal with the challenges facing the da'wah at that time. Sh Muhammad Alshareef brings forth those principles and techniques from the Sunnah for the da'wah challenges for today.

  • Question from @shMuhammad- Which verses of the Quran make you cry? Next question, which verses made Prophet SAW cry?
  • Answer- How great the day when the Ummah will witness again world, and you a witness again them.
  • When we talk about Sunnah, we think food & clothes. :p But the sunnah is calling to Allah: your self & those who follow you.
  • Allah says that one of the first things you'll face when you stand up for Dawah is harm from the tongues of others. be patient.
  • You will be tested from many things- family members, society- sometimes from within your own body by way of disease or illness.
  • But be patient- as great as the test, greater is the reward. "Who is better in speech than one who calls to Allah & believes."
  • Nimrood said: I'm lord. Ibrahim AS said: my Lord makes sun rise in East. Can you make it rise in west? Evidence based Dawah is best
  • Prophet SAW said tell people about Islam, even if 1 ayah. You don't have to be sheikh to do dawah with 1 ayah.
  • Sometimes one ayah from the Qur'an is enough to turn someone's heart.
  • Doing dawah doesn't mean giving talks or lectures- sharing talks, tweeting, speaking, even graphic designing can be dawah.
  • Having said that, you're not responsible for people *becoming* Muslim.  Pass on message as beautifully as you can, that's your job.
  • Dawah isn't you guiding people to Islam, Allah guides people to Islam, not you. You're just a messenger.
  • "I looked at Muslim printed materials, and I looked at McDonalds. McDonalds looked better- can Islam not do better than this?"
  • Muslim dawah marketers- compare yourself to a hamburger. You should do better than a hamburger.
  • Being selfish with Islam and not doing Dawah is an invitation to disaster.
  • First step to good Dawah is to genuinely care for people & you wish them well. Otherwise, you will resent them.
  • The people of Taif stoned Prophet SAW, angel offered to crush them. Prophet made dua for them instead & their children.
  • A bounty hunter- Suraqa- came to capture Prophet SAW, got Dawah instead. Suraqa ibn Malik became Muslim.
  • Extra Credit: How much do you know about Suraqa Bin Malik, Bounty Hunter, and how he acquired the bracelets of Persian King Kisra?
  • If you said to your community, Allah will ask you about me, what will you say about me? What do you think they'll say?
Now, some practical ways to do Dawah and become an immediate part of the solution. You can start now.
  • 1. Hashtag. Create content & share.  If you can't create, at least share! You get an equal reward!
  • 2. Share with Family: Parents create the culture of Islam- or the lack thereof- in the family. No kids? You have siblings? Parents?
  • 3. Daily Life- integrate bits and pieces of Islam into your conversations and you will be reminded as well
  • 4. Protect your Salah: Not only your own, but invite others to come. Salah is foundation of deen, don't neglect it.





SESSION 2 - THE SIRAH
-SH KAMAL EL-MEKKI-
The Prophet SAW is the most documented man in history. Period. But documentation alone does not prove one's greatness. Muslim throughout history have taken the biography of the Prophet SAW and studied it carefully so that we can apply the key lessons to ourselves in our yet-to-be-written biographies. Sh Kamal El-Mekki will provide a synopsis of the sirah throughout history explaining its importance and give us an insight on how to truly study and benefit from this magnificent life-story.

  • The Seerah is the life of greatest man Allah created, SAW. Most books though, go from battle to battle with some bits in between
  • That's because the first books were collected from historical battle accounts, not because there is nothing to Seerah but war.
  • This is a misconception- Christian books are all "Jesus is love" and we get "Islam is war?"
  • But the reason for this is that the books are divided by subject: Book of manners, books of appearance, book of battles, etc.
  • If we put everything about Seerah in one book, it would be HUGE, so the division of information makes sense.
  • One of the first Seerah accounts was taken by 'Aban, the son of Uthman Bin Affan, of Fab Four Companions.
  • Kamal Al Mekki is explaining how books of Seerah are historically compiled.  Unsurprisingly, this is longer than 140 characters.
  • It is, however- no less interesting! Islam is only religion able to authenticate history from person to person, MashaAllah.
  • Side note: Napoleon was a liar on a mule vs rearing steed. Marketing is amazing.
  • So, what's the benefit of learning Seerah? Well, how can you love someone you don't know anything about?
  • Unless you know and love Prophet SAW, you won't love sunnah. Learn seerah to love Sunnah.
  • Loving the Prophet SAW, and his Sunnah, we then love his companions and people, InshaAllah.
  • Muslims who are connected through their love of Prophet SAW will in turn love one another, InshaAllah.
  • Biggest reason to learn Seerah? When you love what Allah loves, Allah will love you. :) What more could you ever need?
  • The Prophet's SAW authenticity can be known through details of his life, his character, and his actions.
  • Benefit of Seerah: Helps you understand the Qur'an.  Insights of how Prophet felt in Qur'an. For example in Surah Al Kahf
  • Allah lets us know that the Prophet SAW is "killing himself with grief" over the Quraysh's rejection of Islam.
  • Surah Aale Imraan- Allah tells us some of the companions are out seeking duniya versus aakhira, which they had been hiding in their hearts.
  • The Qur'an and the Seerah complement each other by sharing info both ways- the Seerah provides context for verses in Qur'an
  • Without the Seerah, a reader wouldn't understand Surah Al Hashar's description of a certain battle.
  • Surah Tawba refers to the three who remained behind- from the Seerah, we know who stayed behind and what their names were.
  • There are people who try to separate Qur'an from Seerah and Sunnah, and reject hadith. You cannot separate the two.
  • Muslims are very behind in modern analysis of Seerah- Prophet's teaching, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills etc
  • The Seerah is full of benefits for every situation- read it with your situation in mind, how is it relevant to you?
  • Closing words in Malay spoken by Kamal El Mekki: If you enjoyed talk, my name is Kamal El Mekki, if not, it's Abu Eisa ;)





SESSION 3 - THE CHARACTER
-DR REDA BEDEIR-
The most beloved of us to the Messenger of Allah SAW and the ones amongst us that will be the closest to him on the Day of Judgement will be those who have the most perfect character. As for the Prophet's own character, Allah Himself praised it as being exalted, full of concern and mercy for the Believers. This session will reflect some of the attributes that made up that exemplary character of the Messenger SAW and Dr Reda will illustrate how we can embody them in our times.

  • Shaykh Reda is talking about the Characteristics of the Prophet SAW, Al Shamail. So why do we study the Shamail?
  • You can ask Allah for Jannah- but there's something even better- Jannah in the company of the Prophet SAW.
  • Do people love the Prophet (SAW) because of his worship? Or his faith? No, they love him because of his character and how he treated others.
  • Islam is a chain of components that cannot be interrupted-a belief system through Ibadah, manfiested in Akhlaaq.
  • Ibadah without Akhlaaq is a person who prays but treats people badly. Akhlaaq without Ibadah is a nice person who doesn't pray.
  • A person with lots of extra Ibadah but no basic Akhlaaq is destined for jahannam- hadith.
  • But a person with only fard ibadah but exceptional Akhlaaq will be in Jannah.
  • Those closest to Prophet SAW on Qiyama will be those who good Akhlaaq- treatment of others.
  • One element of good akhlaaq is Al-Hilm.  To say patience is limiting, Al Hilm is forebearance.
  • Surah Al Ahzaab- The Messenger gives you the best example for those who wish to please Allah. Follow his example & akhlaaq.
  • Who fears Allah in this dunia will be safe on Qiyama. And whoever feels safe in this dunia, should fear Allah on Qiyama.
  • When the Prophet SAW returned to Mekkah, he forgave everyone. A general amnesty was given too all former enemies.
  • When Ikrimah- son of Abu Jahl, was hiding in doubt of amnesty, Prophet SAW took off & sent his own turban as pledge of safety.
  • The companions were told to not say anything bad about Abu Jahl, though their words would not reach him, it could offend Ikrimah.
  • Prophet SAW would intend to pray long Jama'a, but when he heard baby crying, he shortened prayers for heart of the mother.
  • Prophet SAW made a sujood so long companions thought he had died. When they prayer was done, they asked: what happened?? Prophet said: Grandson climbed on my back & rode me like a camel, I hated to disturb his fun. So I waited for him to get down. Compare this: how do you react when lil people start climbing over and under you in salah?
  • When someone gave their hand, Prophet SAW never withdrew his hand first.
  • Every companion though they were the Prophet's SAW favorite companion. That's how he treated people.
  • When one companion asked who the Prophet's SAW favorite was (assuming his own name), Prophet answered Aisha (RA) Companion pushed, "Among men?" Prophet replied, Her Father. Prophet SAW wasn't afraid of showing love.
  • The Prophet SAW was also humble. So let us talk about humility.
  • The Prophet SAW visited the sick, even paid visits to children. Lil Boy Aba'Umair had a parrot named Nughair. And when the parrot died, Prophet SAW sat with the little boy for an hour, not leaving until the boy was smiling again.
  • During Battle of Khunduq when companions were digging ditch- the work was distributed across companions & Prophet SAW assigned himself the hardest, dirtiest work. He was hauling away dirt and digging in deepest part of trench.
  • In his own home, Prophet SAW helped around the house and SERVED (gasp!) his family. Compare this to culture today.
  • Prophet SAW was sent as Mercy to everyone- not just Muslims, friends, family. He was even merciful to his enemies.
  • When Prophet SAW retook Makkah, some said "This is a day of revenge!" He said "No, this is a day of mercy & honor." He announced amnesty.
  • Messenger of Allah (SAW) declared amnesty long before Amnesty International was around to make people do so.
  • Famous story: Bedoun started peeing in corner of the masjid. Companions were abt to freak out. Prophet (SAW) said; let him finish. When he was done peeing, Prophet SAW politely told him to not pee in places of worship. Had it cleaned up.
  • "I'm not just here to entertain you with stories, you have to take this home and make the intention to change your character."
  • Umar was pick-pocketed in a market, & merchant made dua against the thief. In turn, he made dua to guide thief, forgive him.





SESSION 4 - THE DECENT WAY
-SH SAAD TASLEEM-
We live in a time where the concepts of love and sexuality have been warped worldwide, and concepts such as chastity and fidelity are considered relics of eras long gone by. This session will highlight examples of the Righteous in their struggle against indecency, make clear the dangers of zina, and give tips on how to protect yourself from its allure. 

  • You say: Are you telling me that by having coffee with someone I will commit zina? I'm telling you that you're on the path of Zina.
  • There is a piece of flesh in the body, if it's sound, the whole body is sound. If it's diseased, the whole body will be too.
  • Checking the status of your heart is not just an Eid or Ramadan or conference thing- it's a daily thing. Check your heart.
  • Your heart becomes diseased after you have had low Iman for a while & you've been letting it slide vs. challenging it.
  • Heartthrob bro is protected from fitnah of fangirls as long as he keeps his Iman up. Once it's low, he's vulnerable.
  • When the Iman dips, the harder to lower gaze & keep fitnah off the mind. More the fitnah lingers, it festers.
  • Before you know it, Brother Heartthrob is downloading porn. Shaitan tells him he's a hypocrite, so he leaves Ummah.
  • He spends his time with people that he doesn't feel like a hypocrite with- people with same habits. He makes friends.
  • Brother Heartthrob let his guard down, and Shaitan Barseesaa'ed him. Step by tiny step to Zina.
  • MSA Supersister is overworked with MSA and class and exams. She needs a friend. Mr. Sensitive comes along. They talk.
  • Mr. Sensitive is just a friend, it's not zina. He pays attention, validates her. Her heart fills w/love.
  • Sister MSA Superstar was looking for validation and appreciation, but instead she found Zina.
  • Zina takes place when we belittle the consequences of our actions.
  • Oh young people- if you able to marry, then marry. Guard your private parts. -Hadith
  • If you guarantee purity to me of tongue & private parts, I guarantee Jannah -Hadith
  • If you can't marry, then fast.  Not if you can't marry, then porn because it's better than zina.
  • You say fasting isn't working for you- but are you immersing yourself in zina of eyes? Game of Thrones? Kardashians?
  • Muhsina- righteous woman- comes from the word Hisn- fortress. Modesty takes protection. Make your faith a fortress.
  • Not saying marriage will make you super religious- not unless both partners strive for deen TOGETHER.
  • Modesty & fight against zina is an ongoing battle, just cuz you're married doesn't mean you can let your guard down.
  • Because you can be married and if you're not lowering gaze, you compare your spouse to others.
  • Lower your gaze- even on FB, Instagram, social media. Fake pictures, duck lips, don't be looking where you shouldn't
  • Never let Shaitan convince you that you are immune from Zina, or that it's only for "Bad people."
  • Zina is a path, and anyone can walk on it, one step or ten steps.  Get off it and stay off.
  • Never be ashamed to seek help in the battle against zina. It's a tough battle.
  • If Shaitan sez you suck, tell him that as long as you're alive you'll never be as bad as he is, cuz you seek Taubah.
  • Awesome, straight-talking lecture from @SaadTasleem about zina & staying the heck away from it. JazakAllahuKheiran





SESSION 5 - THE REASSURANCE
-SH NAVAID AZIZ-
It is a popular misconception that being religious should make you immune to depression, anxiety, stress and feeling down. Sh Navaid Aziz explores not just how the Messenger of Allah SAW was consoled by his Lord Almighty during his own difficult moments, but also examines how the Prophet SAW helped those around him to deal with their problems and increase their happiness, both in this life and the next.


  • There was a time during Messengers (SAW) life when there was six months of no revelation- a period of great sadness.
  • Mushrik began to say that Allah had given up on Messenger SAW and making fun of him. Allah's response was Surah Duha
  • A surah which beautifully answers the questions; what do we do when we feel sad?
  •  Surah 93: The morning light.
  • By the Glorious morning light, and the night when it is still. Your Guardian Lord has not forsaken you, nor is he displeased.
  • The Prophet SAW actually made dua to ask Allah to bless the early morning hours, think of light after darkness.
  • And think about how happiness feels when breaking through sadness- that is why Allah opens swears by Dawn.
  • Then Allah swears by night- darkness after light. The Messenger worshipped at night to get strength for the day.
  • When we feel down, we look for strength, happiness, or distraction everywhere except with Allah.
  • When's the last time someone said: Depressed? Wake up for tahajjud and tell me how you feel?
  • In Islam your duniya and aakhira should be synchronized- increasing Ibadah decreases wordly sadness.
  • Your Lord has not forsaken you. We may have distanced ourself from Allah, but He's still there for us to return to.
  • If Allah cooled fire itself for Ibrahim AS & put ZamZam in the desert for Hajar & Baby- imagine what He can do for you
  • Turn back to Allah, take the first step- and He will come running to you.
  • You want Allah's love, protection, comfort- ask Him for it. He doesn't hate you, He will never abandon you.
  • "And that which is to come is better than what you have now."  It will get better.
  • From the darkness, Allah brings light. When we're in the dark, Allah will send light.
  • If you feel like things can't get any harder, then know then they can only get easier, InshaAllah.
  • The hereafter is better- Better than what we're pining over, or people we're missing, or opportunities lost.
  • When you feel down you lose motivation.  Allah's giving you some: stand up from the ground and look to the sky- Jannah.
  • If you're depressed about what you don't have in this life, Allah promises better if you strive for it.
  • From @SaadTasleem's talk on Zina- what you lower your gaze from in this life, Allah will give you better than that.
  • Combat sadness by surrounding yourself with positive people who bring you closer to Allah.
  • Who are the top five people on your speed dial? You are a summary of those five people.
  • Gem from @boonaamohammed: You hang around with nine idiots and you're probable the tenth
  • Allah found you wandering and He gave you guidance: TV, movies, music are not going to increase quality of your life.
  • Increase your knowledge- seek more 'Ilm to bring your happiness and proximity to Allah.
  • When you grow as a Muslim, you will find happiness in that growth, InshaAllah
  • 'And He found you dependent, and He made you self-sufficient.' You can into this world naked and knowing nothing. And look at where you are now- walking, talking, reading, Muslim- in Malaysia! Look at how far you've come!
  • The keys to happiness are in 3 things: Thanking Allah for blessings. Patience in Calamity, and Forgiveness after sin.
  • Look, Allah brought you this far.  He's going to take you even farther. Don't despair, don't lose hope in His support.
  • Despite what society tells you: happiness isn't found in things. You build it yourself, not buy it.
  • The house of happiness is built in your soul with gratitude, patience, and repentance.
  • Have mercy on the people of the Earth, and Allah will have mercy on you. Serve others to be happy.
  • When you help others, Allah will also help you.
  • You know that feeling when you've done something good and people smile at your or thank you? You can increase it.
  • The more effort you put into serving your community, the more Allah will increase you in happiness & sweetness of faith
  • The Messengers came to bring us out of darkness and into light- share knowledge with others and you both get more light
  • "And the favors of your Lord- proclaim!" Find what you're grateful for, and express thanks for them.
  • No amount of money in the world can replace things like sight, health, happiness- your family. Be grateful.
  • No matter how great the calamity you're facing, Allah's blessings to you are, and will always be Greater.
  • Even if we spent our whole lives in worship, we would never be able to thank Allah enough.
  • We will all face sadness; but we can respond in three ways:
  1. At night, think of the blessings Allah has bestowed on you and thank you. Remember your sins, repent for them.
  2. Remove negative people from your life- negative attitudes, haram influences, people who pull you away from Allah. Whatever- or whoever- you leave for the sake of Allah, Allah will replace with something better.
  3. Get to know Allah. The more you understand Allah, the more you can trust in what He's doing to you.
  • Learn the names and attributes of Allah, and you'll understand His Love, Mercy, Knowledge, Creation, etc.
  • You will trust that whatever Allah allows to happen to you, it's in your best interest. Because Al Wadud loves you.
  • Al Khaliq made you, and everything that he made about you too. Says the woman with a genetic collagen disorder.
  • The notes @NavaidAziz prepared for this beautiful talk are available on Facebook. They will be posted today.
  • Surah 93