Understanding Islam – Intro To Usul al-Fiqh (al-Juwayni’s al-Waraqat) – Prophetic Actions

The following is a recording of the regular class I teach on Sundays at Middle Ground Muslim Center, Understanding Islam. This week covered the chapter of Prophetic Actions (Af’al al-Nabi/أفعال النبي) from al-Juwayni’s al-Waraqat.


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فعل النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم – إما إن يكون على وجه القربة والطاعة – فإن دل الدليل على الاختصاص به يحمل على الاختصاص كزيادته صلى الله عليه وسلم في النكاح على أربع نسوة – وإن لم يدل دليل لا يخصص به – لأن الله تعالى قال: لَقَد كانَ لَكُم في رَسولِ اللَّهِ أُسوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِمَن كانَ يَرجُو اللَّهَ وَاليَومَ الآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثيرًا

“The actions of the Prophet ﷺ are either in the mode of acts of worship and obedience or they are not. If they are in the mode of acts of worship and obedience and the evidence points to it being particular to the Prophet ﷺ, then it is to be interpreted as particular to the Prophet ﷺ. The example given is the increase in the number of women (more than four) in which the Prophet ﷺ engaged in. If the evidence presented does not point towards peculiarity (of the Prophet ﷺ) then the action is not to be interpreted as particular, as the Qur’anic verse informs us:

“You have an excellent model in the Messenger of God, for all who put their hope in God, the Last Day and remember God much.” Qur’an, 33: 21

Also see Dr. Sherman Jackson’s, Towards Empowering the Common Muslim.

Ibn Juzayy’s Fifteen Merits of Piety (Taqwa)

The following audio is from the Friday khutbah at Middle Ground Muslim Center as well as the regular monthly program, The Text In Context. This Friday we discussed Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi’s Fifteen Merits of Piety (Taqwa) from his work, al-Tas’hil l’Ulum al-Tanzil (Making Easy The Knowledge of Revelation). See the khutbah for more extensive notes.


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Ibn Juzayy’s fifteen merits of piety (taqwa):

  1. Guidance.
  2. Assistance.
  3. Guardianship.
  4. Love.
  5. Pardoning.
  6. Relief from anxiety (lit. “an exit from grief”).
  7. Provision supplied from where one does not expect it.
  8. Easing of affairs.
  9. Forgiveness of sins.
  10. Magnification of reward.
  11. Acceptance of good deeds.
  12. Prosperity.
  13. Good news.
  14. Entering Paradise.
  15. Salvation from The Fire.

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The Text In Context – Talking About Who We Are As A Community

The following is a five-part audio recording of our monthly talk, “The Text In Context” at Middle Ground Muslim Center.

Previous Friday’s khutbah: Seeking God’s Love.

“We trust our eyes in a way that we trust almost no other sense, even if we remain unaware of the reason for this. There is extensive research showing this, from studies that demonstrate that people make almost irreversible decisions on whether a potential sexual partner is attractive within one-fifth of a second, to how “visual learners” will even convert words into pictures in their minds in order to master a subject.” — Stephen Apkon.


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Moving One’s Life Back Towards The Center – A Khutbah

The following khutbah was delivered at Middle Ground Muslim Center on January 1st, 2016.

“The ‘aqidah (theology) of modernity has changed to make the ‘abd (the slave/worshipper) the Rabb (Lord) and the Rabb the ‘abd.”


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Full notes here.