SeekersHub Blog http://seekershub.org/blog Islamic knowledge, audio, video, songs, and more--at the SeekersGuidance Blog. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:48:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Be The Best, Not Only Just, To Your Loved Ones – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/09/the-best-loved-ones/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:42:59 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=16423 Being the best ummah for mankind starts with being the best – not only just – with those closest to you, Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said writes. “Allah Guides to His Light Whom He Wills.”  (Surah An-Nur) Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem The Best Ummah Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) wanted us to be the best Ummah, as He […]

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Being the best ummah for mankind starts with being the best – not only just – with those closest to you, Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said writes.

Allah Guides to His Light Whom He Wills.”  (Surah An-Nur)

Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem

The Best Ummah

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) wanted us to be the best Ummah, as He said in Surah Ahli-Imran (110):  “You are the best ummah that was sent for mankind.”

FOR mankind!  

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) did not say you are the best ummah “of” or “from” mankind, but rather He said “for”.

Being the best means being close to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).  Being the best means being in the company of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

Rasulullah ﷺ said, speaking about being the best that it is not only in your ibadat, salah or zakat, but rather Rasulullah ﷺ said in a Hadith: The best of you are the best to their wives, and I am the best to my wives.”

In this Hadith, Rasulullah ﷺ is relating being the best to being good to the closest person to you, as it does not matter how good you are to others if you are not good to the closest person to you.  This relates to the Qur’anic verse in which Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says that those that are close to you are the most deserving of your goodness and kindness, as opposed to others.

In another Hadith, related by Imam Tirmidhi (rehmatullah alaih) and narrated by Syedina Abdullah ibn Amr (radiallah anhu), Rasulullah ﷺ said:  “The best companions and friends with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) are those that are the best with their friends and good to those in their company; the best neighbors with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) are those who are the best to their neighbors.”

In yet another Hadith, speaking about being the best, Rasulullah ﷺ said:  “The best of you are those whom teach the Qur’an and learn the Qur’an.”

If we look carefully at these Ahadith, we see that being the best is related to the actions and deeds that benefit other people, being good to other people and helping other people; whether it is by spreading knowledge and making people closer to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), or by being the best to our wives (spouses) to create a family of peace and goodness, rather than a family purely of justice.

Justice is important, but being the best is more than being just

Being the best entails giving from your rights, rewarding even if it may not deserved; because being the best is in actuality being good to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala),and He gives and rewards you even though you are not worthy of such and do not deserve anything!

Also, being good to your neighbors, not matter how they are with you, because you are doing it for the sake of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

Rasulullah ﷺ wanted a society and community of love and care, and as such Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is giving you a door of ibadah that you have never even imagined:  being good to those whom you love, and being rewarded!  

This is the community that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) wanted to be the Ummah of Khair!  All the good mentioned is for our fellow human beings, and when you do that good, others may even exchange you with good.

May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) make us worthy of following Rasulullah ﷺ and may He make us from the Ummah of Rasulullah ﷺ.

Allahumma salli alaa Syedina Muhammad wa alaa Ahli Syedina Muhammad, fi kulli lamhatin wa nafasin ‘adada maa wa see-a-hu ‘il-muLLAH

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Shaykh Faid SaidShaykh Faid Mohammed Said is a jewel in the crown of traditional Islamic scholarship in the United Kingdom and we at SeekersHub are ever grateful for his friendship, guidance and support. He was born in Asmara, Eritrea, where he studied the holy Qur’an and its sciences, Arabic grammar and fiqh under the guidance of the Grand Judge of the Islamic Court in Asmara, Shaykh Abdul Kader Hamid and also under the Grand Mufti of Eritrea. He later went to study at Madinah University, from which he graduated with a first class honours degree. In Madinah, his teachers included Shaykh Atia Salem, Shaykh Mohamed Ayub (ex-imam of the Prophet’s Mosque, peace be upon him), Professor AbdulRaheem, Professor Yaqub Turkestani, Shaykh Dr Awad Sahli, Dr Aa’edh Al Harthy and many other great scholars. Shaykh Faid has ijaza in a number of disciplines including hadith, and a British higher education teaching qualification. He is currently the scholar in residence and head of education at Harrow Central Mosque, United Kingdom.

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What does Islamic knowledge do for us? Shaykh Idris Watts http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/09/16430/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:13:24 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=16430 What does Islamic knowledge do for us, what is its nature and how does it transform us? Shaykh Idris Watts elucidates in this brief video at the UK’s Micro-Madrasa. Resources for seekers All knowledge is sacred knowledge Should I Finish My College Degree Before Seeking Sacred Knowledge? “From knowing nothing to becoming a student of knowledge” […]

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What does Islamic knowledge do for us, what is its nature and how does it transform us? Shaykh Idris Watts elucidates in this brief video at the UK’s Micro-Madrasa.

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Ethics of Healing – Dr. Ingrid Mattson http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/09/ethics-of-healing-dr-ingrid-mattson/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:32:53 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=16398 We need to step back and look at our community holistically and ask ourselves: is this a healthy community? How is the Muslim community at a global and domestic level? Join Dr. Ingrid Mattson at an interdisciplinary theological conference regarding the relationship between ethics and medicine and its direct impact on the Muslim community and  polity. She […]

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We need to step back and look at our community holistically and ask ourselves: is this a healthy community? How is the Muslim community at a global and domestic level?

Join Dr. Ingrid Mattson at an interdisciplinary theological conference regarding the relationship between ethics and medicine and its direct impact on the Muslim community and  polity. She invites the listener to ponder on the relationship between ethics and medicine in the context of the community.

“As Muslims we are a work in progress as a community. Being a Muslim is fundamentally about becoming rather than being and there are times when we are in flux more than certainty and uncertainty makes humans anxious,” states Dr. Mattson.

Our age and communities have become defined by change and mobility. We have never been as mobile as we have been today, and it’s not going to end.  If there is no accurate understanding of the demographics of a particular community there can easily be corruption and wrong-doing even if it stems from well-intentioned minds and hearts. What defines our regulatory bodies? Our policies and concerns? What connects our communities in the hospital setting?

“Chaplains are equipped to be the bridge between medicine and ethics,” declares Dr. Mattson.

Chaplains bring the healing presence that the Prophet (SAW) represented. They bring full presence and the human touch. We have evidence that touch is healing, presence is healing and caring is healing and that is the tradition of the Prophet (SAW). These actions are the healing and human presence in the medical setting.

 

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We need to step back and look at our community holistically and ask ourselves: is this a healthy community? How is the Muslim community at a global and domestic level?

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“Modern Physics Does Not Believe in Red Apples” – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/09/modern-physics-dr-umar-abdallah/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:53:03 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=16381 “Modern physics does not believe in red apples” – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah quotes the physicist Dr. Wolfgang Smith. Modern physics says that red apples are only two dimensional in their existence, which we humans perceive as red apples. However, Muslims believe that red apples exist in their third dimension, says Dr. Umar. Great Muslim scientists  of the past studied […]

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“Modern physics does not believe in red apples” – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah quotes the physicist Dr. Wolfgang Smith.

Modern physics says that red apples are only two dimensional in their existence, which we humans perceive as red apples. However, Muslims believe that red apples exist in their third dimension, says Dr. Umar. Great Muslim scientists  of the past studied science for self knowledge, as the believer’s worldview is that we are the blueprint of the world and the world is a blueprint of us. Hence, when we study the world, we are studying ourselves.

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Anse Tamara Gray Answers Your Aqida Questions http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/09/anse-tamara-gray-aqida-questions/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:59:31 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=16384 Anse Tamara Gray recently spent over two hours answering some of the most pertinent contemporary aqida questions, as a background to understanding modernism and how it has affected us. Worth watching in the Rabata video below.

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Anse Tamara Gray recently spent over two hours answering some of the most pertinent contemporary aqida questions, as a background to understanding modernism and how it has affected us. Worth watching in the Rabata video below.

Anse Tamara Gray Answers Your Aqida Questions

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Muslim Convert from Buddhism: How fast can a prayer be answered? http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/09/prayer-answered-former-buddhist-muslim-convert/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:54:01 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=16366 Yuanxin from China used to be a Buddhist but Buddhism was not what she turned to when she had a health crisis. She eventually converted to Islam when she was 35 years old, and it was a simple prayer that changed her course. Watch on to learn more about Yuanxin’s conversion to Islam on OvercomeTV. If […]

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Yuanxin from China used to be a Buddhist but Buddhism was not what she turned to when she had a health crisis. She eventually converted to Islam when she was 35 years old, and it was a simple prayer that changed her course. Watch on to learn more about Yuanxin’s conversion to Islam on OvercomeTV.

If you have concerns or confusions that are keeping you back from converting to Islam, email Overcome TV or send a YouTube message.

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DEBATE: Does Social Media Help Or Hinder Muslims? http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/09/debate-social-media-help-hinder-muslims/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:18:11 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=16352 Has social media caused more harm than benefit to the Muslim Community? Watch this friendly debate where two teams go head to head to look at the benefits and harms that social media can bring about to Muslim communities. The teams are Soner Coruhlu, Ramia Sultan and Dr. Mehal Krayem vs. Shaykh Ahmed Abdo, Mohamed Taha and Lydia Shelly. Our […]

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Has social media caused more harm than benefit to the Muslim Community? Watch this friendly debate where two teams go head to head to look at the benefits and harms that social media can bring about to Muslim communities.

The teams are Soner Coruhlu, Ramia Sultan and Dr. Mehal Krayem vs. Shaykh Ahmed Abdo, Mohamed Taha and Lydia Shelly. Our thanks to ISRA Australia for hosting this debate.

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Porn Is Big Business and Muslims Are Becoming Customers – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/09/pornography-big-business-amjad-tarsin/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:07:05 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=16346 Porn is big business and Muslims are far from immune to it. Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Toronto and teacher at SeekersHub Toronto, spends ten minutes reflecting on how he helps young people deal with it. Resources for seekers How Can I Wean Myself off From Porn? – SeekersHub Answers Does Viewing […]

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Porn is big business and Muslims are far from immune to it. Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Toronto and teacher at SeekersHub Toronto, spends ten minutes reflecting on how he helps young people deal with it.

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Turning to Allah, by Sidi Uthman Bhally http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/09/turning-to-allah/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:14:57 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=16324 Turning to Allah begins with a sincere investigation of our hearts and intentions.  We can all claim to love Allah, but the question is does Allah love us? Turn to Allah for the answers, say Sidi Uthman Bhally. There is an authentic and oft repeated Hadith narration by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ which states, “When Allah loves someone He calls […]

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Turning to Allah begins with a sincere investigation of our hearts and intentions.  We can all claim to love Allah, but the question is does Allah love us? Turn to Allah for the answers, say Sidi Uthman Bhally.

There is an authentic and oft repeated Hadith narration by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ which states, “When Allah loves someone He calls Angel Jibril and He says I love this person…”

We can all state to love Allah, but the question is does Allah love us? If so, how do we know? Who is this person that Allah loves? We turn to the book of Allah, the Quran, for the answer. Allah states: ” Innallaha yuhibbu Tawwabeen… Verily God loves those who turn to Him.”

Tauba (repentance)  comes from the word taaba which literally means to turn; this movement implies a turning away and moving forward. So the question is what are you turning away from? And where are you turning to?

The answer is very beautiful: you turn away from disobedience and turn to your Lord.

The door of repentance, is open for you. Since this blessed door has opened for you…do you have the right to close this door for anyone else? The acceptance of repentance closes the door to judgement and opens the doors of Mercy.

Remove judgement of others, pray for the individual you witness in a state of disobedience, for the door that once opened for you may now open for them and close for you.

Be very careful in dealing with the creation of God. Those who strive towards God are accepted; but those who fall into mistakes are accepted as well. How does this work? Those that come with deeds relied on their efforts, and God accepted; while the sinner relies on Divine Mercy as the Saving Grace.

Turn to Allah sincerely and He will accept you. Turn to others with love and Allah will turn to you with love. We are all trying our best, and there are numerous challenges, hold fast to the good and Allah will facilitate openings.

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Rethinking Our Identity as Western Muslims: A Black-and-White Dichotomy? http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/09/western-muslims/ Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:09:53 +0000 http://seekershub.org/blog/?p=16307 As turmoil increases around the world, the identity of Western Muslims is increasingly being called into question. On one hand, some people have little interest in their religious or cultural identities and are eager to assimilate into the monoculture. On the other hand, there are people who believe that contributing to mainstream society, such as through […]

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As turmoil increases around the world, the identity of Western Muslims is increasingly being called into question. On one hand, some people have little interest in their religious or cultural identities and are eager to assimilate into the monoculture. On the other hand, there are people who believe that contributing to mainstream society, such as through social concern or involvement is not possible.Western Muslims

Shaykh Dr. Ridwan Saleem of Ha Meem College in Hounslow, England, talks about political, social, and religious identity. He refutes both extremes, and proves that being involved in the good of the wider community is a part of Prophetic Practice.

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