Enter Islam completely

Allah told us why He created us and said: وَمَا خَلَقْتُ ٱلْجِنَّ وَٱلْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ Zariyaat 51: 56   And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone). In order that we can live our lives in a state of worshipping Allah, He sent Islam and told us to follow… Continue reading Enter Islam completely

Commencement advice to students – Part 2

We continue from where we ended last Friday about the things to keep in mind as you negotiate college life. I dealt with four things last week; Factor Allahﷻ into the equation, always be thankful, forgive others, and seek forgiveness. Today let us look at six more to complete the ten. 5.  Never compromise your legacy. Never lose… Continue reading Commencement advice to students – Part 2

Commencement advice to students – 1

As the academic year starts again and as our children are about to go off to university, I thought it would be good to share some thoughts to help them to be focused and grounded. I hope this will be good advice for all of us wherever we may be. To the students I say,… Continue reading Commencement advice to students – 1

Allahu Akbar

They asked Rasoolullahﷺ, ‘Who is Allahﷻ?’ And Allahﷻ answered: قُلْ هُوَ ٱللَّهُ أَحَدٌ ٱللَّهُ ٱلصَّمَدُ لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُۥ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌۢ Ikhlaas 112: 1-4      Say (O Muhammadﷺ): He is Allah, (the) One. Allah-us-Samad (Free from all needs, whose creatures need Him). He begets not, nor was He begotten; And there is… Continue reading Allahu Akbar

Albuquerque – the way forward

It is the purpose of the Juma Khutba for the Khateeb to speak about current critical issues and help to put them in perspective to chart a course going forward. Today the most critical issue in America is the tragic series of murders in Albuquerque and the even more tragic haste with which this is… Continue reading Albuquerque – the way forward

Root cause Analysis #1

The purpose of Islam is to solve the problems of this world in a way that gives us success in this world and the next. I want to emphasize this because often we fall into the either/or trap when it comes to the practice of Islam. Not surprising because we have all been raised in… Continue reading Root cause Analysis #1

The Reality behind the Apparent

 One of the most important lessons we learn from the Qur’an is that appearances don’t indicate reality. Something may appear to be the epitome of success but may hide failure and vice versa. The criterion of success and failure is faith in Allah and obedience to Him. Tawakkul means to trust that Allah knows what… Continue reading The Reality behind the Apparent

Trap of minimalist thinking

“Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.” Sir Henry Royce of Rolls Royce. Among the RR legends is one when Charles Rolls met Henry Royce in his workshop where he had designed a car. Charles Rolls looked at the… Continue reading Trap of minimalist thinking

Obedience is the result of Yaqeen – part 2

Islam is about knowing Allah. Not just knowing about Allah. But knowing Allah at the deepest, most intimate level of our beings. Last week we spoke about the young Ibrahim asking Allah to show him how He brings the dead back alive. The purpose of the stories is to help us to realize the truth… Continue reading Obedience is the result of Yaqeen – part 2

Obedience is the result of Yaqeen – Part 1

We spoke last week about the essence of Islam, which is to submit our will to the Will of Allah. Ibrahim epitomizes that. Allah said about him: إِذْ قَالَ لَهُۥ رَبُّهُۥٓ أَسْلِمْ قَالَ أَسْلَمْتُ لِرَبِّ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ Baqara 2: 13    When his Rabb said to him, Submit (be a Muslim)! He said, I have submitted myself… Continue reading Obedience is the result of Yaqeen – Part 1

Sacrifice – Eid ul Adha – 2022

اللهُ أَكْبَرُ اللهُ أَكْبَرُ لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللهُ وَاَللهُ أَكْبَرُ اللهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلهِ الْحَمْدُ We know the story of Eid ul Adha. Ibrahim (AS) went to sacrifice his son. Allah substituted him with a ram. Muslims commemorate this sacrifice annually in honor of Ibrahim (AS)’s Uboodiyat and as our own solidarity with that. But is… Continue reading Sacrifice – Eid ul Adha – 2022

Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 9

The 7th right of Rasoolullahﷺ is that his judgment must be accepted in all matters without any resistance in the heart. وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلَا مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْرًا أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا مُّبِينًا Al-Ahzaab 33:36 No believer, neither man nor woman, has a… Continue reading Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 9

Responding to attacks on Rasoolullahﷺ

Once again, the Muslim world is reeling from the grief and anger of attacks on the beloved of Allahﷻ and of the Muslims, wherever they may be, Muhammadﷺ the Last and Final Messengerﷺ of Allahﷻ, after whom there is none other. This is not the first time it happened, and I can probably safely say… Continue reading Responding to attacks on Rasoolullahﷺ

Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 8

Nusrat: To help him in every way: To help his Deen and Message Let me begin by asking myself and you, a question. It is a question that I ask my corporate clients when I do my Vision & Values Workshop. Why do you exist? And that leads to another question: What would be lost… Continue reading Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 8

Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 7

 Ahl-ul-Bayt: To honor and respect Rasoolullahﷺ  and his family Who are the Ahl-ul-Bayt of Rasoolullahﷺ? The family of Rasoolullahﷺ are all his wives, all his children, Banu Hashim, Banu ‘Abd al-Muttalib and their freed slaves. This is the view of all scholars of Islam from the earliest times, starting with the Sahaba. https://islamqa.info/en/10055 Allah addressed the… Continue reading Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 7

Forgiveness – the binder of the Ummah

My brothers and sisters, if I were to try to answer the impossible question, ‘What is the greatest quality of Rasoolullahﷺ’s character which is evidence of his Divine mission, that he is the Messenger of Allah?’ I would say it is his forgiving nature. His ability to forgive anyone, no matter how much that person… Continue reading Forgiveness – the binder of the Ummah

Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 6

Muhabbat: To love him above all things and everyone else Ittiba (emulation) is the result of love. We emulate those we love. Our appearance, our manners, our dealings, our lives, and our culture, reflects the ways, values, and culture of those we love. We do it because we believe it adds value to us. We… Continue reading Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 6

Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 5

Since we are re-starting our series of Khutab on the rights of Rasoolullahﷺ after a break of six weeks during and after Ramadan, let me quickly recap what those rights are. The reason rights are important is because it is obligatory to fulfill them, and we will be questioned about them. When those are the… Continue reading Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 5

Ramadan is over – Now what

Ramadan came to make us Muttaqoon (People of Taqwa who are concerned about the pleasure of Allahﷻ). Did we succeed? Mikel Harry of Motorola, author of the 6 Sigma Quality Standard said, “If you want to see what someone values, see what they measure.” We say, “Time is money.” But we happily waste time but… Continue reading Ramadan is over – Now what

Ramadan – Take from Allahﷻ’s treasures

All kings have treasures and rings of security to guard them. But there is one king, the Real King – Al-Malikul Haq – who instead of guards, appointed people to call others to take from His Treasures. The more, the better. That is Allahﷻ who said about Himself: فَتَعَـٰلَى ٱللَّهُ ٱلْمَلِكُ ٱلْحَقُّ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا… Continue reading Ramadan – Take from Allahﷻ’s treasures

Ramadan – Change Now

My brothers and sisters, we live in calamitous times. True these are not as calamitous as other times in the history of the Ummah of Muhammadﷺ which we lived through and survived, becoming stronger. But we can only deal with what we are faced with, so these times are difficult enough for us and we… Continue reading Ramadan – Change Now

Ramadan Maximize ROI

My brothers and sisters, what is the difference between ‘expenditure’ and ‘investment’, given that in both cases there is a cash outflow? Expenditure happens when you acquire something which you may enjoy but which deteriorates, diminishes, or depreciates over time. Investment happens when you acquire something that grows and gives you a return over time.… Continue reading Ramadan Maximize ROI

Maximizing Ramadan

Psychologists tell us that habit change takes 21 days of practicing the new way. Ramadan is the Annual Habit Change Bootcamp. Ramadan gives us an opportunity to choose henceforth to live as Allahﷻ wants us to live instead of as we want to live. To move from a desire-based existence to an Allahﷻ’s Will-based existence.… Continue reading Maximizing Ramadan

Welcoming Ramadan

My brothers and sisters, by the Grace and Mercy of Allahﷻ, we are poised on the doorstep of Ramadan Al-Kareem. I ask Allahﷻ to grant us this great month in a state of perfect health, with plenty of time and the Tawfeeq (guidance) to intensely use it to please Him in every way that we… Continue reading Welcoming Ramadan

Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – Part 4

2 –  Ita’at: To obey him without question Allahﷻ sent the Anbiya to be obeyed. This makes logical sense because this is the first principle of change, that the change must be implemented for people to feel its benefit. Allahﷻ said about this: وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا مِن رَّسُولٍ إِلاَّ لِيُطَاعَ بِإِذْنِ اللّهِ وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُواْ… Continue reading Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – Part 4

Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – Part 3

 The rights of Rasoolullah on his Ummah are 7: Adab wa Ihtiraam: An attitude of the utmost respect and honor Ita’at: To obey him without question Ittiba: To follow and emulate him in every way Hubb (Muhabbat): To love him above all things and everyone else Ahl-ul-Bayt: To honor and respect his family Nusrat: To… Continue reading Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – Part 3

Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – Part 2

Before we look at the rights that Rasoolullahﷺ has on us for which we will be held accountable, let us see who Muhammadﷺ was. Let me introduce you to our Nabi, whose Shafa’at we rely on and beg Allahﷻ  for to save us on the Day of Judgment. As mentioned earlier, Allahﷻ  created an entire… Continue reading Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – Part 2

Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – #1

His name was Ahmad – the one who constantly thanks and glorifies Allahﷻ – and so we, his Ummah must be distinguished as people who constantly glorify and thank Allahﷻ. His coming was prophesied by one of the greatest of Allahﷻ’s messengers which Allahﷻ informed us about and said: وَإِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ٱبْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَـٰبَنِىٓ… Continue reading Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – #1

Rights of Allahﷻ on us – #6

The final right, and the most fundamental one, is that we love Allahﷻ. Love of Allahﷻ is what distinguishes us from others. It is our hallmark, our signature, it is our identity, and differentiator. Allahﷻ declared about us: وَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ أَندَادًا يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ ٱللَّهِ وَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّهِ وَلَوْ… Continue reading Rights of Allahﷻ on us – #6

Rights of Allahﷻ on us – #5

Having fear and hope only from Allahﷻ‎ because only He has power. It is the right of Allahﷻ‎ and a part of believing in the Tawheed of Allahﷻ‎, in His uniqueness and that He alone is worthy of worship, that we know and believe that all good and harm can only come from Allahﷻ‎. To… Continue reading Rights of Allahﷻ on us – #5

Rights of Allahﷻ on us – #4

Shukr (gratitude, giving thanks)  Allahﷻ began His Kalaam with His Name and then taught us the most important thing; that all praise and thanks belongs to Him. ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ Fatiha 1: 2   All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Rabb of the ‘Alamin. Allahﷻ ordered us to be thankful to Him… Continue reading Rights of Allahﷻ on us – #4