Humility – A Khutbah at ICIE

إِنَّ مِمَّا أَدْرَكَ النَّاسُ مِنْ كَلاَمِ النُّبُوَّةِ الأُولَى إِذَا لَمْ تَسْتَحِي فَاصْنَعْ مَا شِئْتَ

Abu Mas’ud al-Ansari reported that the Prophet () said,

“One of the admonitions of the previous Prophets which has been conveyed to people is that if you have no modesty, you can do whatever you like.”

[Al- Bukhari].

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.