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

 

The Ni’mah of Focused Worship

On this twenty-seventh night, Shaykh Amin defines the most valuable ni’mah from Allah upon His slaves, namely the taufiq to worship Him. He elaborates on the etymology of Ramadan as the name of a month, a state of purification and ultimately an attribute of Allah (S).

“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.”

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.