Islam and Society – The Society of Dependence

The following is a video from the ongoing class being taught at ICIE, entitled, Islam and Society. This week’s class is The Society of Dependence.

Last time we asked the question: “Is being Muslim in America an oxymoron?

Reality: “Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit.

What does it mean to be religious?

  • What are the perceived pitfalls to being “religious” benefits can/should religion bring to society?

Religion can simultaneously enforce and challenge social norms. How is this a benefit?

How can we call people to God if they are not dependent on Him? If they are wholly dependent on Things?

One of our main roles, socially speaking, should be to stop trivializing life. To encourage people to come back to serious contemplation.

The PDF/presentation notes can be downloaded here.

Guidance – A Khutbah

The following video is from a khutbah delivered at the Islamic Center of Inland Empire. In it, I discuss some of the in’s and out’s of guidance. “I’m a good person – that’s all that counts, right?” “If God wants me to do good, then I will. If not, then….” I also discuss whether or not guidance is something immutable or changeable, and if so, what is our role in it.

قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَكُمُ الْحَقُّ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ ۖ فَمَنِ اهْتَدَىٰ فَإِنَّمَا يَهْتَدِي لِنَفْسِهِ ۖ وَمَنْ ضَلَّ فَإِنَّمَا يَضِلُّ عَلَيْهَا ۖ وَمَا أَنَا عَلَيْكُمْ بِوَكِيلٍ

“Say [Prophet Muhammad]: ‘Mankind!, the truth has come to you from your Lord. Whoever is guided is only guided for his own sake. And whoever is misguided is misguided to his detriment. I have not been set over you as a guardian’.” [Qur’an, 10: 108]

ICIE Presents – Being Muslim In America [Video]

Below is the video to the pilot of a new class I am teaching at the Islamic Center of Inland Empire (ICIE) entitled Islam and Society. Stay tuned for the next episode.

Nowadays “religion or its absence is largely [seen] as a private matter.” — Charles Taylor, A Secular Age.

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit.