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.







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