Between Hope and Fear: Training the Soul to Seek God’s Pleasure

إن الذين يتلون كتب الله و أقاموا الصلوة و أنفقوا مما رزقنهم سرا و علانية يرجون تجرة لن تبور

“Those who recite the Book of God and establish prayer and give of what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, hope for a transaction which will not prove profitless.” [Surah Fatir, 35: 29]

What does it mean to hope for God’s mercy and to fear for His wrath? And how can we use these two forces to seek God’s pleasure? We’ll look at these two aspects as a means for the believer to draw closer [qurbah] to God. Join me as I host a Lamppost Productions webinar for an inspirational, online session, God willing.

Lamppost Productions is an online resource for Islamic education. Lamppost is a window into the rich Islamic tradition through the eyes of contemporary American Muslim scholars, intellectuals, activists, and leaders. We offer to the public: webinars, classes, publications, articles, and audio-visual recordings of religious presentations.

Lamppost envisions itself as playing a positive role in promoting a clear and accurate picture of Islam and addressing the moral and socio-political concerns of American/American-born Muslims who are eager to preserve, secure, and gain inclusion for Islam in the American historical narrative and religio-cultural mosaic.

Lamppost endeavors to awaken the dormant potential of the American Muslim community by challenging them to take ownership of their collective destiny. That is by instilling within them the confidence needed to steer themselves toward a genuine Islamic renewal that takes into consideration the myriad social challenges faced by all peoples of all races and classes.

Ramadan Lecture: Tawbah Is Not the Same As Saying I’m Sorry

What does it mean to repent for sins one has committed? Is it as simple as saying, “I’m sorry,” or is it perhaps a bit more complicated and in-depth? Join the Masjid Quba community this Sunday at 5:30pm, where I will host a Ramadan lecture on the topic of Repentance [Tawbah]. We will examine some of the finer points on this extremely important subject as articulated in the Qur’an, the Prophetic traditions and from some of our illustrious scholars.

Masjid Quba is located at 4637 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. For more information you can either visit their web site or call (215) 473-8589.


Finding Our Moral Compass

Finding Our Moral Compass is a two-part lecture regarding the fundamental principles of Islamic spirituality (tasawwuf) and a discussion of the stations of certitude (maqamat al-yaqin) based on the work of ‘Abd al-Wahid b. ‘Ashir, Al-Murshid Al-Mu’in, with additional insights taken from Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali’s, Garden of the Seekers and Reliance of the Travelers (Rawdat al-Talibin wa ‘Umdat al-Salikin).

The text for this lecture is based on al-Murshid Al-Mu’in ‘ala al-Daruri min ‘Ulum al-Din (The Helpful Guide to Essential Religious Knowledge) has been studied by Maliki students of Morocco for over 3 centuries. The author is ‘Abd Al-Wahid b. ‘Ashir (1040 AH/1631 CE), a versatile scholar from Fes, Morocco. This work covers the fundamentals of the three pivotal topics of the Islamic teachings: Islam, Iman, and Ihsan (practice, belief, and ethics). Our focus will be in the third area (Ihsan). In particular, we will concentrate on what Ibn ‘Ashir terms ‘The stations of certitude’ (maqamat al-yaqin) after an introduction into the principles of the Islamic conception of moral refinement.

Shaykh Abdullah Ali’s lectures are an excellent opportunity for Muslims looking to expand their depth of understanding of Islam as well as glean some insights on how to elevate their practice of the religion.