The Universal Message of Ramadan


“The beauty of Islam is that Islam recognizes the value of human beings, and so there must be some benefits to fasting.”

“Anyone and everyone who fasts will be able to become closer to Allah through fasting.”

“These people who say you should not recite the Quran if you don’t understand it, they neither learn what the Quran means, nor recite. They become bone-lazy.”

“The Arabic of the Quran is beyond the Arabic of the Arabic-speaking people.”

This talk delivered May 11, 2018 at Masjid Annoor, Knoxville


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“Allah (S) through the Prophet (S) guided this ummah to collectively recite the Quran and listen to it, collectively, in a jama’ah.”

“The sahaba’s understanding of fadl was… that I was given the taufiq to do more ‘ibaadah.”

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Shaykh Amin continues the previous night’s discussion of Laylatul Qadr.

“(The angels) are gravitating towards Nur. The prophet (S) said that those who remember Allah on earth in any way, the angels in the heavens see those people as we see stars. So now when the whole ummah is collectively making the dhikr of Allah (S), reading the Quran, looking for Laylatul Qadr, invariably they (the angels) are going to gravitate towards something that they are familiar with… which is Nur.”

Note: The last five minutes of this talk were for the live audience only.

Receiving Laylatul Qadr

Shaykh Amin expounds upon how one must prepare to receive the Night of Power, a night defined by the barakah that Allah (S) puts into the recitation of the Quran.

“The prophetic mind is always in a state of du’aa. As Anwar Shah Kashmiri (Rahimahu Allah) has said… if you want to understand the mind of the Prophet (S), understand his du’aas.”

“…it is through ‘ibaadah that the ummah managed and regulated its years…”

“This is the night you’re in conference with Allah (S).”