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.

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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.