In Harmony With The Angels

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).”

Lessons in Tauheed from Surah Taha

Shaykh Amin zooms into the verses of Surah Taha describing the first conversation between Allah (S) and Musa (A).

“Allah is saying here… that sometimes you face a situation you believe is useful, but I have the power to make it detrimental. And sometimes you face a situation that you believe is detrimental, but I have the power to make it useful. Believe in Me, not in the utility of the picture in front of you, your circumstances, the objects of utility in front of you, although you (must) follow the ‘adab of Musa (A), that if it’s detrimental, you take precautions…”

Reflections on Surah Al-Israa and Al-Kahf

Delivered on the thirteenth night of Ramadan. Shaykh Amin shares amazing insights into time. He relates the verses pertaining to the Mu’jizah of RasulAllah SallAllahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam on his Night Journey and Ascension, as well the karaamah of the Companions of the Cave mentioned in Al-Kahf, to the verses of Al-Qadr.

“Every Muslim who goes through Ramadan, every day in Ramadan, is a living proof of the miracle that is Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam.”

 

Muhammad RasulAllah

This talks builds upon the previous night’s (see Preparing for the Journey Home).

“You have someone who does not know how to read and write, and centuries before he came, he was already written (about)…. in the books of the People of the Book… So, RasulAllah (S) is not only Rasul for the people of Makkah and Madina, and for the jazeerah and for the Arab, and for the Muslims who came afterwards, he is also a Rasul for everybody who came before him.”

Delivered at Darul Qasim the night of Ramadan 7, 1437

Preparing for the Journey Home

Reflections on Surah Al-An’am and Al-A’raf. Recognizing the Quran as a document of civilizational codes intended to groom believers for their return to Paradise.

Shaykh Amin addresses worshippers after tarawih in an informal setting, presenting the idea that we must see the Quran as much more than a Book of laws.

The most fundamental rule for Muslims in the US of A is: do not make the Quran contextual to the US of A. If you do that, you will be committing an injustice to you…. the Quran speaks to you as a citizen of Jannah.

Delivered at Darul Qasim the night of Ramadan 6, 1437

Presenting Islam Responsibly, And Doing It The American Way

Shaykh Amin’s ‘Eid al-Fitr khutbah:

This is an intense and relevant sermon coming at a time when Muslims in the west are struggling to strike a balance on the tightrope of Muslim representation. This talk reminds us that it doesn’t really matter if you fall to the right or to the left – falling puts our salvation in jeopardy.

In this 30-minute talk, the Shaykh connects with his audience in simple language as he takes several steps back from the trees to help us see the forest. As with all his talks, he leaves us with a clear view of the path forward. And as always, it is a call to action.

Graduating From The College Of Ibaadah

I chose the title of this post from a metaphor coined by the Shaykh in this talk through which he explains the level of effort accompanying a quest for the night: To earn the degree of Laylatul-Qadr and access the nur and the rahmah in it, one has to graduate from the college of ‘ibaadah – an equal-opportunity institution accessible to every Muslim regardless of his/her background and intellect.

Allahu Akbar. There is so much packed into these 30 minutes that this talk by itself is a shining example of barakah in the dispensation of knowledge.

If you’ve ever wanted clarity on Laylatul-Qadr,  this lecture will help you connect the dots between: the revelation; the angels and the Ruh (Jibreel alayhisSalaam) coming down with it; the rationale behind the Power in the night; its greatness exceeding a thousand nights of worship. All of it comes together in bite-size bursts of alternating exegesis and exposition, peppered with fascinating stories from the lives of Shah Ismaeel Shaheed رحمه الله‎, Imam Abu Hanifa رحمه الله‎, and Hadhrat Uthmaan رضي الله عنه .

And just as we begin to take stock of this trove of knowledge to benefit ourselves, we learn that the ultimate act of compassion lies in harnessing the Power of this night to make a grand supplication to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى . I thought this was a fascinating piece of advice, especially relevant in our times when blaming the ummah for our troubles has become the norm.

May we find the nur we seek, and may Allah grant us the taufeeq to harness it to our advantage. And may He, the greatest Forgiver and the One who loves to forgive, forgive us.

Surah Al-Jāthiyah – A Warning Against Following Our Desires

Another no-holds-barred lecture speaking to the pervasive practice of following our own desires, using Islam to seek validation before whatever our target audience may be. This is relevant to the likes of ISIS that follows its own misguided representation of an Islamic khilaafah, as well as to proponents of Muslim gay rights. The talk primarily revolves around verse 23 of Al-Jāthiyah:

أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَٰهَهُ هَوَاهُ وَأَضَلَّهُ اللَّهُ عَلَىٰ عِلْمٍ وَخَتَمَ عَلَىٰ سَمْعِهِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَجَعَلَ عَلَىٰ بَصَرِهِ غِشَاوَةً فَمَنْ يَهْدِيهِ مِنْ بَعْدِ اللَّهِ ۚ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ

Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah ? Then will you not be reminded? [45:23]

 

 

Quotes from this lecture

Sometimes people say, “I don’t care what the fiqh says.” That’s worshipping your hawa, that’s worshipping your desire. Because you’re not really in it to please Allah, you’re in it for validation.

If you’re not worshipping Allah (S), you’re worshipping something else.

You have made the legal classification of sin in a certain country, something that is haraam, as a criterion for right or wrong….”Allah misguides them despite their knowledge” because their god is their passion.

You can’t get enough of Islam. Even the sinner wants to be validated by Islam.

How do we experience the doors of hell being shut? There should be no sin, because sins open the doors of hell.

One man and one woman will make a difference. You (as an individual) make a difference because of your existence on the planet… Ibrahim as one man was an ummah.

A Challenge To Those Engaged In The Arts

It hasn’t even been two hours, and I can’t stop thinking about what I heard. We listened to the entire recitation of Al-Shu’raa and Al-Naml.

In this commentary, Shaykh Amin explains how the former surah (naturally) feeds into the latter. The Quran addresses poets and their futile flights of fancy, eventually leading the audience into the world of military might under the reign of Sulayman (AS). Shaykh Amin’s rationale is simple and illuminating as he interprets these verses and lays out the conditions that must be meet by an artist. The take-away: show backbone and avenge injustice on the back of your art.

The most thought-provoking, introspective, and honestly, terrifying part of this lecture:

“… although the prophet Muhammad (S) is the most intellectual human being ever, he will never compose poetry. The answer to this question is right at the end of the surah…”

Allahumma Salli ‘ala Muhammad wa baarik wa sallim.