Live Islamic Lectures

So an entire year has passed by without me getting to chance to publish another post here, because I have a Facebook account that I use for this purpose. And looking back at the timeline, I am amazed at how quickly the year has passed us all by and soon we will be entering 2017….. if Allah willed it for us.

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What with offline and online sessions we are trying to introduce new courses, as well as teach the older courses with more fluency. So far, we have completed a portion of the 30th Juzz from the Quran and will be taking a break from this series at Surah al-A’laa to focus on an exciting course: The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge (Hilyat Talibul ‘Ilm) which shall be taught in English via Facebook live sessions.

Hopefully, I will have more time to post once I have taken care of proofreading a soon to be published book!

#TrueLove

 

12469891_10206772366365605_1023256353_o.jpgThe first step towards #Love is attraction; you feel pulled towards that which you lack in your life. It’ll either prove to be good for you or bad in the future, and always starts small, but there is no denying the power of Love for those who have felt it, and the highest love is the love for Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم.  Easy to say, difficult to put into practice, and very hard to consistently align ourselves with. But the only love that will get you the highest return in this world and the next, is this #TrueLove.

Everything else is a fitnah, so be prepared to be tested.

Gems from Surah al-Fatiha Part 3

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

  • Allah loves to be praised, so praise Him.
  • Praising Allah will erase our sins, increase our provision and blessings.
  • Salah is all about praise and glorification.
  • You can’t praise what you don’t appreciate, and Salah is a way for us to remember Allah’s constant blessings and favors upon us.
  • Allah is the Lord of all creation, and He appreciates our praise when we do it sincerely for His Sake.

الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

  • Allah’s Mercy is greater than His Wrath.
  • الرَّحْمَن is All-Merciful, Whose mercy encompasses everything that has been created.
  • الرَّحِيم is the Mercy-Giving for believers in Him in this world as well as the next.
  • Allah will have mercy on His humble and soft-hearted slaves i.e. the one who have mercy on His creation.
  • There is no one who will give us 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th, 5th chances like Allah does.
  • Allah loves all those who turn to Him and seek His help because they believe in His mercy.four

Pure Love

You purify yourself for the Friday Salah and perfume yourself following the Sunnah.

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After the Salah, you walk through a market where you’re offered a soiled, unclean garment. You refuse to wear it or even come close because:

“الطَّيِّبَاتُ لِلطَّيِّبِينَ وَالطَّيِّبُونَ لِلطَّيِّبَاتِ ”
Good words are for good men, and good men are [an object] of good words – Surah an-Noor: 26

Following the Quran’s injunction, a believer who is so careful with his speech, will take better care of his garments, and even better care of his company and the people he associates with, especially on a personal level.

“هُنَّ لِبَاسٌ لَّكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ لِبَاسٌ لَّهُنَّ ”
They are clothing for you and you are clothing for them. Allah knows that you used to deceive yourselves, so He accepted your repentance and forgave – Surah al-Baqarah:187

Gems from Surah al-Fatiha Part 2

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ِبِسْمِ الله

  • We seek help from Allah by calling upon Him.
  • Shirk is the opposite of this; people seek help of those other than Allah.
  • The name of Allah should fuel our every step forward in this life.
  • Once when the Prophet of Allah (pbuh) fell sick, Jibreel supplicated beginning with the name of Allah as is mentioned in the following hadith:
    عن أبيسعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه أن جبريل أتي النبي،صلى الله عليه وسلمى الله عليه وسلم صلى الله عليه وسلم ، فقال‏:‏ يا محمد اشتكيت‏؟‏ قال‏:‏ ‏
    “‏نعم‏”‏ قال‏:‏ بسم الله أرقيك ، من كل شيء يؤذيك، ومن شر كل نفس أو عين حاسد، الله يشفيك، بسم الله أرقيك” ‏(‏‏(‏رواه مسلم‏)‏‏)‏‏

    Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

    Jibril (Gabriel) came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said: “O Muhammad (ﷺ)! Do you feel sick?” He (ﷺ) said, “Yes.” Jibril supplicated thus (i.e., he performed Ruqyah):.[With the Name of Allah. I recite over you (to cleanse you) from all that troubles you, and from every harmful mischief and from the evil of the eyes of an envier. Allah will cure you; and with the Name of Allah, I recite over you].”

    [Sahih Muslim].

  • When we say بسم الله, Shaitan loses any control or power over us.
  • Every time we recite the Quran, we begin in the name of Allah, and likewise for the opening of the Salah, بسم الله is an integral of the Surah itself.
  • When we recite in the name of Allah, we are also following the first revelation where Allah commanded His Messenger ﷺ to recite in the name of His Lord: اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ – Recite in the name of your Lord who created – Surah al-Alaq:1

Gems from Surah al-Fatiha Part 1

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We had this lecture sometime ago in Kuwait and I will post the gems from the session itself:

 

  • نعبد الله كما يريد الرب, لا كم يريد العبد.
    We worship Allaah how He wants to be worshipped, not how the slave wants to worship Him.
  • Entire da’wah is based upon calling people to the right path, and this Surah is a good starting point to do that.
  • When Allaah wants to bring our attention to something, He begins with it. Hence, the first revelation was إقرأ – Recite/Read, and Al-Fatiha was placed as the opening of both the Quran and our Salah.
  • Some of the names of this Surah:
    1- الصلاة.
    2- سورة الحمد، لذكر الحمد فيها.
    3- فاتحة الكتاب.
    4- أم الكتاب.
    5- أم القرآن.
  • There is nothing like it in the Torah, Injeel, or the entire Quran.
  • This surah talks about major themes of our Deen: Worshiping Allah alone, Remembering the Final Day, Seeking guidance only from Alllah.
  • If you want to introduce the subject of Aqeedah to your children, start with this Surah and explain to them the main themes. It is very simple to understand.
  • Al-Fatiha has become like the air we breathe and the water that we drink; very much needed for our spiritual nourishment and yet rarely will you find anyone paying attention to the greatest of blessings that he has been given!
  • Quran was not sent down as a storybook, it is a message directed at  every human being.
  • Best time to ponder over this message is the night time.
  • The virtue of Qiyaamul Layl – قيام الليل-  is due to the recitation of the Quran in it, and not the standing!