Five Before Five – A Khutbah for Muslim Youth

Congratulations to all of those Muslims who are either graduating from one class to another or who have completed their degrees and are moving into the “real world.” As we move from stage to stage in this life (al-Hayah al-Dunya), we should know that we are moving ever closer that the Next Appointment. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم warned us about five things before they were taken from us:

اغتنم خمسا قبل خمس ، شبابك قبل هرمك ، وصحتك قبل سقمك ، وغناك قبل فقرك ، وفراغك قبل شغلك ، وحياتك قبل موتك

“Take advantage of five things before they are taken from you: your youth before you grow old, your health before you become sick, your wealth before you become poor, your free time before you are occupied and your life before your death.” Related by ‘Abd-Allah Ibn ‘Abbas from Ibn Hajr al-‘Asqalani’s Fath al-Bari.

Towards a Sacred Life Style-Loving the Prophet

Marc and Adnan

The following is a short video and full-length audio of a talk I delivered at Drexel University with Adnan Zulfiqar on loving the Prophet صلى الله عليه وصلم.

ذكر عبد الله بن بشر أن رجلا قال يا رسول الله إن شرائع الإيمان قد كثرت عليّ فأخبرني بشيء أتشبث به – قال لا يزال لسانك رطبا من ذكر الله – روى في الترمذي

‘Abdullah bin Bushr mentioned that a man said to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم “O Messenger of God, indeed the conduct of faith has become too numerous for me therefore instruct me with something I may cling to”. He said صلى الله عليه وسلم: “Do not stop your tongue from being moist in the remembrance of God.”

Extra Reads

Sherman Jackson’s Towards Empowering the Common Muslim.

Passing of an Era

Prayer room at Drexel University

The following is a short audio clip of some musings on the passing of an era at the University of Pennsylvania. My good friend Adnan Zilfiqar helped launch the Muslim chaplain position at UPenn as well as raising the standard of quality regarding Muslim life on campus. For this we are all thankfull yet saddened at his departure. We ask Allah to bless his new endeavors. Amin.

The second is the audio from his khutbah, Islam: A Religion That Teaches You To Pause, delivered at the University of Pennsylvania on April 20th, 2012.

Muslim Chaplaincy at Drexel University

Marc Manley – Muslim Chaplain at Drexel University

It is with great pleasure and honor that I announce the piloting of a Muslim chaplaincy at Drexel University. The MSA at Drexel has been working tirelessly to bring this about and the University has stepped forward in the momentous occasion to support the Muslim student body. My duties with be in will be assisting the University and the MSA as chaplain for the next few months in getting this position off the ground. We’re hoping it will lead to the permanent establishment of a Muslim chaplain program at Drexel so please stay tuned for future fundraising activities.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers,


My tenure as Muslim Chaplain at Drexel came to an end this summer. It was a great opportunity to help the Muslim community move in a new and bigger direction. I pray that Allah will continue to bless their successes in this life and the next.