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February 2019 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Black History Month - Muhammad Ali Click Here
December 2018  Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Why and How I can Memorize New Verses of the Qur'an Click Here
December 2018  Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - The Benefits of Night Prayer Click Here
November 2018 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Aging Successful Click Here
October 2018 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Does Allah (SWT) Exist? Click Here
September 2018  Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Suicide Prevention Click Here
September 2018  Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Lessons from the Hijrah & the Different Gates of Paradise Click Here
August 2018  Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - I Don't Love the Prophet (pbuh) more than my 2 year old child  Click Here
July 20, 2018  Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - How Can I Become Trustworthy  Click Here
June 10, 2018  Khatm Dua on 27th night of Ramadan - 2018 Khatm dua.m4a
March 09,  2018 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Surah Shams Tafsir Click Here
September 15, 2017 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - What would Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) say about Burma Click Here
August 18, 2017 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Let it go Click Here
July 28, 2017 Jumuah 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 Yusuf Click Here
June 16, 2017 Jumuah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) - Be Like the Honeybee Click 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

Daily Herald Article - Imam's Invitation to Cubs Owner - February 2019

Memorization Chart  - December 2018

10 Tips to get your Kids on Allah's (SWT) side  - December 2018

1. Get them to love you

2. Understand the cosmological argument

3. Understand the design argument

4. Watch the Documentary “Privileged species” with them, but follow the strategies I mentioned on how to watch a documentary. (Activate prior knowledge, pause often, use the KWL learning strategy, watch with a purpose answering the question, “Are human beings the accidental products of a blind and uncaring universe? Or are they the beneficiaries of a cosmic order that was planned beforehand to help them flourish?”

5. Read Surah Fussilat Ayah 53 with the tafsir

6. Encourage your children who are in high school to attend the Aqidah course taught by Imam Azfar at IFN starting late January

7. The IFN Religious committee is working on having an Aqidah-Tahawiyah weekend seminar for the community by an external guest speaker. More details to follow.

8. Read an Aqidah book with them:

     b) Mawlana Fahim has an excellent commentary of Aqidah Tahawiyah

     c) Imam Ghazali has written “In the Principles of the Creed” (Kitab qawaid al-aqaid):

     d) Imam Suhaib Webb has a book titled, “Essentials of Islamic Faith” -

     e) Al-Ghazali The Book of Belief for Children -

9. Read the “Divine reality”  -

10. Read two research papers published by the Yaqeen Institute

    a) Why do Muslims doubt? -

     b) Can Islam Object to Evolution? Evaluating Human-Chimp Genetic Similarity -

Tea Time with Imam Azfar   - December 2018

Eight (8) Principles of Aging Successful - November 2018

Tea Time With Imam Azfar - November 2018

Etiquettes of Visiting the Sick Presentation

Thoughts on Thanksgiving -   November 2018

On Thanksgiving day, we should thank Allah for the following:

  1. Good health
  2. Food for the day
  3. Safe place to stay

These are three blessings which our Prophet (upon him be peace) explicitly mentioned to be thankful for. (Tirmidhi)

On Thanksgiving day, we should ask “Do the Native Americans celebrate this national holiday?”

Read these resources to learn more about the history of Thanksgiving:

  1. Peoples-History-United-States-ebook - read the first chapter
  2. Genocide of the Native Americans
  3. Bury-My-Heart-Wounded-Knee-ebook
  4. Read the first 4 chapters of "Lies my teacher told me. Everything you American History Textbook got wrong" by James W. Loewen
  5. Read "An indigenous peoples' history of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz

On Thanksgiving today, many of the Native Americans are not against giving thanks.

They are quite thankful that they survived a genocide. They are thankful on Thanksgiving, but they also mourn the ones that passed because they feel a sense of betrayal.

“We helped you survive, you almost wiped us out”

That’s different than the way many Americans celebrate thanksgiving today

This grateful attitude of the Native Americans is something we all can learn from as I discuss in this khutbah.

To summarize, on Thanksgiving day, we should do the following:

  1. Thank Allah for the blessings we have.
  2. Adopt the Native American attitude in regards to when we are struck with a calamity.
  3. Learn the history in regards to the origins of Thanksgiving.
  4. Realize that if the Native Americans didn’t help out the Europeans they would have certainly died off. Native Americans ensured the survival of the Pilgrims.
  5. “Just as two groups of people with little in common came together and formed a peace and friendship agreement, we should try having a meal with family, friends, neighbors and people we usually don’t have a meal with.
  6. Understand that Native American had innovations in areas such as mathematics and government which greatly influenced other cultures in Europe and Latin America.


Edible plants domesticated by Native Americans have become major staples in the diets of peoples all around the world. Such foods include corn (maize), manioc, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peanuts, squashes and pumpkins, tomatoes, papayas, avocados, pineapples, guavas, chili peppers, chocolate (cacao), and many species of beans.


Native Americans were the first to raise turkeys, llamas, guinea pigs, and honeybees for food.

Non-edible plants

Other plants of great importance developed by Native Americans include cotton, rubber, and tobacco.


The Quechua peoples of Peru discovered the medicinal use for quinine. Also, Canadian Indians knew how to prevent scurvy by eating plants rich in vitamin C, and they passed this information along to the Europeans.


The Mayans of Mexico appear to have been the first to use the zero in mathematics. Scholars believe that Asians traveled across the Pacific Ocean and learned about the zero from the Maya.


Native American governments in eastern North America, particularly the League of the Iroquois, served as models of federated representative democracy to the Europeans and the American colonists. The United States government is based on such a system, whereby power is distributed between a central authority (the federal government) and smaller political units (the states).

Halloween by Imam Azfar - October 2018

Halloween by Imam Azfar.pdf

Sending Salawat on the Prophet (pbuh) - Every Thursday

Tea Time With Imam Azfar - October 2018

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

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.

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
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