Words, Thoughts, & Insights For The Rest of Us
#MiddleGroundPodcast – The Sherman Jackson Reader: On Belief and Rationality For Muslims in the West03/04/2017
In this episode of the Middle Ground Podcast, we share some more insights into our Saturday class, The Sherman Jackson Reader, this time discussing such topics as belief, non-belief, and the hegemony of western constructs such as rationalism, and what are its consequences for Muslims and what our potential reactions might be. Excerpts “On Sensationalism, ISIS … Continue reading "#MiddleGroundPodcast – The Sherman Jackson Reader: On Belief and Rationality For Muslims in the West"
#MiddleGroundPodcast – The Sherman Jackson Reader – Insights Into Practice and Spirituality26/03/2017
I teach a class entitled The Sherman Jackson Reader at Middle Ground. It’s a class where we use Dr. Jackson’s articles, books, and scholarship, to spark meaningful dialogues, conversations, and ask pertinent questions. The following are two short excepts followed by the full length clip. Enjoy, and perhaps join us some Saturday after Fajr! “Spiritual … Continue reading "#MiddleGroundPodcast – The Sherman Jackson Reader – Insights Into Practice and Spirituality"
Act Now – A Khutbah01/08/2014
It was with a heavy heart that I delivered my last khutbah today for the Drexel MSA in the capacity as chaplain. In truth, I have not been the chaplain at Drexel for over a year but I have, nonetheless, function as a de facto chaplain, or as the students affectionately call me, ustadh. The … Continue reading "Act Now – A Khutbah"
Dunya – A Khutbah By George Carlin24/07/2014
There used to be a certain brand of comic in America, vulgarity aside, that was able to speak a witty word of truth to power. George Carlin was one such comic. I am tempted, at some point in the future, to use this, verbatim, as a dars or khatirah.
The American Immigrant Muslim – Histories & Futures26/05/2014
The following audio is from a talk I delivered at the Islamic Center of South Jersey (ICSJ), on May 17th. We discussed the histories, challenges, and pschologies, past and present, for American Muslims of non-indigenous origins. My thanks to Mufti Niaz Hanna for inviting me.
After the Conference – A Khutbah09/05/2014
So you’ve just attended a great conference on Islamic spirituality, Islamic finance, Islamic something or other. You’ve heard some incredible talks and met some very inspirational individuals. al-Hamdulillah. But before you know it, the tables are breaking down, you’ve checked out your hotel room, and come Monday morning, it’s back to your same old existence. … Continue reading "After the Conference – A Khutbah"
Establish A Daily Routine, A Khutbah11/04/2014
In a hadith, reported by Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet said: وَمَنْ بَطَّأَ بِهِ عَمَلُهُ لَمْ يُسْرِعْ بِهِ نَسَبُهُ “…and he who procrastinates in doing good deeds, his lineage does not expedite him in the slightest” — Sahih Muslim. One of the major keys to achieving success in one’s Islam, not unlike other areas of life, … Continue reading "Establish A Daily Routine, A Khutbah"
Keepin’ It One Hunned – Thoughts on Conversion to Sunni Islam Part 324/03/2014
Part three of a candid and honest conversation with a brother whose path to Islam came through the Nation of Islam and why many of us feel we’re encouraged to not have empathy for our own people: black, white, American, etc. [Direct download]
Keepin’ It One Hunned – Thoughts on Conversion to Sunni Islam Part 216/03/2014
Continuing the candid and honest conversation with a brother whose path to Islam came through the Nation of Islam and why many of us feel we’re encouraged to not have empathy for our own people: black, white, American, etc. [Direct download]
Keepin’ It One Hunned – Thoughts on Conversion to Sunni Islam16/03/2014
A candid and honest conversation with a brother whose path to Islam came through the Nation of Islam. [Direct download]
Real Talk with Jerry Hionis and Marc Manley – Islam and the Privatization of Religion?24/02/2014
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Episode #3! Enjoy.
From Moses to Malcolm – Islam in America, A Khutbah21/02/2014
Moses was the adopted son of Egypt and Pharaoh. Malcolm too was an adopted son of sorts. Both spoke truth to power. There are many figures of justice throughout the Qur’an and in Muslim history: Moses, Jesus, Abraham, Dhu’l Qarnayn, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, Umar bin al-Khattab, Nana Asmau, Muhammad ‘Ali, and El Hajj Malcolm … Continue reading "From Moses to Malcolm – Islam in America, A Khutbah"
Nafs Lawwamah – A Khutbah25/01/2014
God the Exalted, in two short verses, ties the fate of humanity to “a day” and the means to salvation on that day by swearing by them both: لَا أُقْسِمُ بِيَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ – وَلَا أُقْسِمُ بِالنَّفْسِ اللَّوَّامَةِ There is, by God’s oath, no doubt as to the truth of the Day of Judgment as well … Continue reading "Nafs Lawwamah – A Khutbah"
Real Talk with Jerry Hionis and Marc Manley – Merry Christmas?15/12/2013
The second in, God willing, a series of podcasts, dealing with issues and challenges facing the American Muslim community. In this episode, we discuss the significance, or lack there of, of Christmas, non-Muslim holidays and the boundaries of Muslim/non-Muslim interaction. Extra Reading Mu’min and Kafir – Negotiating Shared Space. Listen to the khutbah here