The following audio is from a talk I delivered at the Islamic Center of South Jersey (ICSJ), on May 17th. We discussed the histories, challenges, and pschologies, past and present, for American Muslims of non-indigenous origins. My thanks to Mufti Niaz Hanna for inviting me.
So you’ve just attended a great conference on Islamic spirituality, Islamic finance, Islamic something or other. You’ve heard some incredible talks and met some very inspirational individuals. al-Hamdulillah. But before you know it, the tables are breaking down, you’ve checked out your hotel room, and come Monday morning, it’s back to your same old existence. How does one maintain—or at least at the very least try to maintain—that inspiration, that high? Some thoughts in this khutbah.
وَلَا تَجْعَلُوا اللَّهَ عُرْضَةً لِأَيْمَانِكُمْ أَنْ تَبَرُّوا وَتَتَّقُوا وَتُصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ النَّاسِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ
Do not, by your oaths, make God a pretext to avoid good action and having taqwa and putting things right between people. God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. al-Baqarah, 224.
لَا يُؤَاخِذُكُمُ اللَّهُ بِاللَّغْوِ فِي أَيْمَانِكُمْ وَلَٰكِنْ يُؤَاخِذُكُمْ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ قُلُوبُكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ حَلِيمٌ
God will not take you to task for inadvertent statements in your oaths, but He will take you to task for the intention your hearts have made. God is Ever-Forgiving, All-Forbearing. al-Baqarah, 225.
In a hadith, reported by Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet said:
وَمَنْ بَطَّأَ بِهِ عَمَلُهُ لَمْ يُسْرِعْ بِهِ نَسَبُهُ
“…and he who procrastinates in doing good deeds, his lineage does not expedite him in the slightest” — Sahih Muslim.
One of the major keys to achieving success in one’s Islam, not unlike other areas of life, is in time management.
Part three of a candid and honest conversation with a brother whose path to Islam came through the Nation of Islam and why many of us feel we’re encouraged to not have empathy for our own people: black, white, American, etc.
Continuing the candid and honest conversation with a brother whose path to Islam came through the Nation of Islam and why many of us feel we’re encouraged to not have empathy for our own people: black, white, American, etc.