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Audio Recordings 

Date

Title

Audio File/Link
July 20, 2018 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - How Can I Become Trustworthy Click Here
June 10, 2018 Khatm Dua on 27th night of Ramadan - 2018Khatm dua.m4a
March 09,  2018Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Surah Shams TafsirClick Here
September 15, 2017 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - What would Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) say about BurmaClick Here
August 18, 2017Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Let it goClick Here
July 28, 2017Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Lessons from of Prophet Yusuf's Interaction with Zuleykha
Click Here
July 14, 2017 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Lessons from the Story of Prophet YusufClick Here
June 16, 2017 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Be Like the HoneybeeClick Here
December 30, 2016 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - 2016 Was Horrible 06 - 12-30-2016
December 30, 2016 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Sincerity & Knowledge 06 - 12-30-2016
December 16, 2016 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Marital Relations & Counseling 05 - 12-16-2016
September 30, 2016  Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Interactions with the Opposite Sex 04 - 09-30-2016
September 12, 2016   Eid-ul-Adha Sermon
 - Manage the Unexpected
03 - 09-12-2016
August 12, 2016 Can I be confident and humble at the same time? 02 - 08-12-2016.m4a

January 15, 2016

Should I forgive someone who doesn't deserve it? Why?

01 - 01-15-2016.m4a

Month of Muharram To Do Items - September 2018

Extracts from Ibn Rajab’s Lataif al-Ma`arif, regarding the month of Muharram:

1. It is the best of months for general voluntary fasts, after Ramadan.

2. It is especially recommended to fast the 10th of Muharram (known as the Day of `Ashura), with a day before it or after it. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar, quoting Kasani’s al-Bada`i]

3. It is also virtuous to give in charity on this day.



A New Kind of Safety Plan - September 2018

http://socialworktech.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Social-Work-Tech-Safety-Plan-en-sp-final-v1.0.pdf


If Someone is Suicidal, Do you know what to do - September 2018

I want to thank the Family and Youth Institute for sharing these resources.

http://www.thefyi.org/suicidepreventioninfographic/

http://www.thefyi.org/suicideinterventioninfographic/


Hajj Seminar - July 2018


Attached are the KeyNote Presentation and checklist from the Hajj Seminar

Hajj seminar 2018 .pdf

Preparing for Hajj Checklist and Umrah and Hajj checklist.pdf

Eid ul Fitr - June 2018

This Eid Al-Fitr, Imam Azfar spoke about the benefits of writing in a journal.

He recommended 3 types of journals  

1. Personal Development - Recommended if you want to focus on in improving your life and monitoring progress.

2. Prompt Journal - You'll be writing every day on a variety of subjects.

3. Couples journal - This journal provides a question for every day of the year, with enough space for two people to jot down a one- or two-sentence response.


University Visits / Lectures - Spring 2018
University of Illinois

Trinity University



Fiqh of Fasting -
May 2018

 

Click the following link for the full presentation: Fiqh of Fasting Seminar.pdf



Make a Goal That You Have Stamina For - May 2018

On the first day of Ramadan, we excitedly dust off the cover of the Qur’an, and start reading enthusiastically only to burn out after a few days.

“The most beloved deed to Allah is that which is done consistently even if it’s small.” - Prophet Muhammad

Here are two items to note this Ramadan

1) Commit to a juz, or a surah, or a page, or just one line. Whatever you decide, commit to it everyday!

2) Repeat it until it flows off your tongue just as Surah-tul-Fatiha flows off your tongue.


Tea Time with Imam Azfar - January 2018


Umrah Seminar - October 2017

Download an Umrah Checklist as you prepare for your use.

umrah-checklist.pdf


Zaid bin Thābit (may God be pleased with him) writes that the Prophet was taken from this life whilst the Qur’ān had not yet been gathered into a book. He used the word ‘gathered’ rather than ‘written’. The Qur’ān had been written down in its entirety during the Prophet’s lifetime, but had not been collected together, nor were the suras arranged. After the Yamāma battles had taken place, Zaid (may God be pleased with him) was assigned the momentous task of supervising the committee of gathering the Qur’ān all into one book. While the focus lay on the written word, once the primary written source was found - whether parchment, wooden planks or palm leaves, the writings were verified not only against each other but also agains the memories of Companions who had learned directly from the Prophet. Zaid gathered the Qur’ān from various parchments and pieces of bone, and from the chests of men. After Zaid sought out verses from scattered sources, he collated them against the recollections of the huffaz. In this way everyone participated in the collection process.

Abu Bakr (may God be pleased with him) acquitted himself most admirably heeding its mandate of two witnesses for establishing authenticity and applying this rule to the Qur’an’s own compilation. In the beginning, there were some disputes in recitations over the pronunciation of the Qur’an, Uthman (may God be pleased with him) made copies relying exclusively on the Suhuf kept in Hafsa’s (may God be pleased with her) custody. He then arranged for the scribing of duplicate copies. He assembled a committee of twelve from both the Quraish and the Ansār. ‘Uthmān delivered a sermon stating, “The people have diverged in their recitations, and I am determined that whoever holds any verses dictated by the Prophet himself must bring them to me” So the people brought their verses, written on parchment and bones and leaves. Uthmān questioned them, “Did you learn these verses directly from the Prophet himself?” All contributors answered under oath, and all the collected material was individually labelled and then handed to Zaid bin Thābit. If there were any controversies that arose concerning a particular verse the scribes would say, “Where is the scriber of this parchment? How did the Prophet teach him this verse?” They would resume scribing, leaving that portion blank and sending for the man in question to clarify his scribing. Then he sent “Umar bin Shabba to retrieve the parchments upon which the Prophet had dictated the Qur’ān in its entirety. The independently prepared mushaf was then checked against these parchments. After the correction of all errors (by Zaid bin Thābit) he ordered that all other copies of the Qur’an be destroyed. The definitive copy, once verified against the suhuf was “read to the Companions in ‘Uthmān’s presence” He wanted the Companions to make duplicate copies of the Mushaf for their own personal use. When the task was complete and duplicate copies were dispatched, there was no need for the numerous fragments of the Qur’ān circulating in people’s hands. Thus all such fragments were burned. To ensure accurate reading, no copy was sent forth without a Qāri. These included Zaid b. Thabit to Madinah, ‘Abdullah b. as-Sa’ib to Makkah, Al-Mughira b. Shihab to Syria, ‘Amir b. Abd Qais to Basra and Abu ‘Abdur-Rahman as-Sulami to Kufa. Each of these scholars recited to the people through authenticated, multiple channels going back to the Prophet in complete agreement with each other.

As we see, there is a history of efforts being made during the early period of Islām to preserve the Qur’ān in its original form. During the Apostle of God’s life, people wrote, memorized and recited the Qur’ān. The entire Qur’ān was already written by the time of the Prophet’s death. It was shortly after the death of the Prophet that the Qur’ān was compiled and transcribed by experts who carefully verified every verse by cross referencing it against both the written word and memorized verses to ensure accuracy. After the process was complete, the completed transcript was then copied and distributed across the growing Islāmic empire and a qāri was sent to ensure accurate reading. These copies served as the basis for all copies of the Qur’ān written or printed since. While we may have slightly different translations of the Qur’ān, all copies of the Qur’ān in Arabic contain nearly identical language. This standardization, coupled with the millions of people who continue to memorize the entire Qur’an, ensures the text’s authenticity. “We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)”. (Q 15:9)


Tea Time with Imam Azfar - September 2017


How the Qur'an was Compiled - September 2017

What Can Muslims do to Combat Islamophobia - August 2017

Get to truly know one another and build a relationship with the local Muslim community

God says, “We created you in different tribes/religions so that you can get to know one another”

Take the the time to visit a local masjid and speak directly to the people there instead of simply googling “Muslims” or “Islam”. If Muslims and non-Muslims have a continuous relationship with one another and become friends, they can then tackle the difficult questions which may not be possible in the first session.

2) Learn about Islam and educate others

Misinformation and a lack of information are some of the reasons why Islamaphobia is present. Simply recognizing this fact is crucial to moving forward. Once we learn about the true peaceful teachings of Islam and educate others, this will help combat Islamaphobia.

3) Whenever we hear a false statement about another race or religion, we should speak up.

For example, Muslims should speak up if Jews are being depicted in an incorrect light.

4) Spread your positive interactions with Muslims on social media.

Some people may not visit the masjid.

5) Thank elected officials for doing their part or encourage them to do their part

In addition to posting positive interactions with Muslims on social media, we can write to to politicians thanking them for doing their part in preventing Islamaphobia. If they are doing nothing to prevent it, we should encourage them. When politicians are aware that the people responsible for voting them into or out of office disagree with what they are doing, they will listen.

Tafsir of Surah Fatiha -
August 2017

Every Thursday after Maghrib during the month of August, Imam Azfar will be providing a tafsir session on Surah Fatiha



Calling Someone Else a Kafir 

If a person says that he is a Muslim, it is not up to anyone else to call someone else a kāfir unless they say something which contradicts a core tenet of Islamic belief.

The 3rd verse of Surat al-Fatiha tells us that Allah is the master of the Day of Judgement, not us.

Imam Tahawi states in his well-known creed, “A servant is not considered to have left his faith except by denying that which originally caused him to enter into it,” i.e., except by denying one’s very belief in the central tenets of Islamic faith, such as Allah and His attributes (His oneness, omnipotence, omniscience, etc.), His books, His angels, His prophets and messengers, the Last Day, or the Sacred Law (sharia).

Disbelief could result from denial or contempt for anything that is “necessarily known of the religion.”

For example, murder (qatl), adultery (zina), and consuming wine (khamr) are necessarily known as prohibited by the religion. Deeming such things as religiously lawful would also entail disbelief.

In several traditions, the Prophet and his companions warned us about the severity of charging a Muslim with unbelief or apostasy.

Ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

أَيُّمَا امْرِئٍ قَالَ لِأَخِيهِ يَا كَافِرُ فَقَدْ بَاءَ بِهَا أَحَدُهُمَا إِنْ كَانَ كَمَا قَالَ وَإِلَّا رَجَعَتْ عَلَيْهِ

Any person who called his brother: "O unbeliever" (has in fact done an act by which this unbelief) would return to one of them. If it were so, as he asserted (then the unbelief of man was confirmed but if it was not true), then it returned to him (to the man who labeled it on his brother Muslim).

Source: Sahih Bukhari

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِذَا قَالَ الرَّجُلُ لِأَخِيهِ يَا كَافِرُ فَقَدْ بَاءَ بِهِ أَحَدُهُمَا

When a man says to his brother: O disbeliever! Then it will return to at least one of them.

Source: Sahih Bukhari

Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him,

said:

لَا يَرْمِي رَجُلٌ رَجُلًا بِالْفُسُوقِ وَلَا يَرْمِيهِ بِالْكُفْرِ إِلَّا ارْتَدَّتْ عَلَيْهِ إِنْ لَمْ يَكُنْ صَاحِبُهُ كَذَلِكَ

"If somebody accuses another of Fusuq (by calling him 'Fasiq' i.e. a wicked person) or accuses him of Kufr, such an accusation will revert to him (i.e. the accuser) if his companion (the accused) is innocent.”

Source: Sahih Bukhari

Thus, a person who wrongfully accuses another Muslim of unbelief and apostasy will himself carry the heavy burden of unbelief on the Day of Resurrection.



Recite Qur'an to Imam Azfar - July 2017



Tea Time with Imam Azfar - May 2017


How Can I increase my Love for God - April 2017

Allah says, “And those who believe are more intense in love for God” (2:165)

People ask, “I want to be a believer, how can I increase my love for Allāh?”

Books have been written on this question. Here is a 5 step process on attaining Allah’s love.

1. - Have a desire to love Him intensely

2. - Learn about Him and His attributes (I recommend reading Al-Ghazāli on the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God)

3. - Count His blessings in different ways (Talking about His blessings with others, Writing about it, Reflecting, Dhikr)

4. - Read the verses in the Qur’an about people whom Allah loves. Try to be amongst those people.

5. - Faith increases and decreases. When you receive a spiritual high, ensure that you pour your heart out to Allāh and make this supplication

O Allāh, I ask You for Your Love, and the love of whoever loves You, and the love of deeds that will bring me closer to Your Love.


Tea Time with Imam Azfar - April 2017

 

Spring Break Seminar

Click Here to Register


IFN under the guidance of Imam Azfar and Prof. Dr Anwar Basha will conduct an interactive educational seminar during spring break as follows:

  • Thursday, March 30 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 31 - 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Topics will range from historic learning to science and technology in reference to the Holy Qur'an. This seminar will be open to both boys and girls ages 12 and up. Adults are welcomed to attend.

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