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Hajj Seminar - July 2019

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


Remove Sadness/Depression with Dhikr - July 2019

Submission the July khutbah, Imam went over a powerful dhikr that will help get rid of sadness. Imam advised to listen o the Qari reciting this dhikr while simultaneously reciting it with the heart, it will revive your decayed heart

Listen to the audio by clicking here

How to Maintain Islamic Principles without being Homophobic - July 2019


Etiquette of Making Du'a - May 2019

18 Etiquettes of Making Dua.pdf

Recommended Reading List  for Fard 'Ayn - May 2019

General Books on Islam
Submission, Faith and Beauty:  The Religion of Islam by Hamza Yusuf
Being Muslim by Asad Tarsin

Islamic Belief
The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi, translated by Hamza Yusuf
Islamic Law
Ascent to Felecity: A Manual on Islamic Creed and Hanafi Jurisprudence by Faraz Khan

Life of the Prophet
Muhammad (upon him be peace) His life based on the earliest sources, by Martin Lings
Prophet of Mercy by S. Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Haji Arfeen Academy) Translated by Mohiuddin Ahmad

The Qur'an 
Maa'riful Quran
Ibn Khatir
The Qur'an: A new translation by Abdel Haleem
Etiquette with the Qur'an, by Musa Furber

Hadith
The content of Character: Ethical sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, translated by Hamza Yusuf
Islamic Spirituality, Purification of the Heart, translated by Hamza Yusuf


Time Management - May 2019

Eid al Fitr 2019 Go Home Action Item

Imam Azfar encouraged the congregants to keep a personal time log to find out how their time is allocated.

https://www.genesee.edu/cms/home/assets/File/Time%20Management%20Worksheet.pdf

Zakat on 401k Plans - April 27th, 2019

Click on the link below for information on Zakat pertaining to 401k Plans

Qur'an Night at IFN - April 27th, 2019



Ramadan Toolkit - April 2019

The Family and Youth Institute has prepared this Ramadan Toolkit with practical tips on how to nourish your spiritual selves while simultaneously managing the realities of your daily lives during this blessed month. This toolkit includes resources in the following 7 categories.

  1. Personal Development
  2. Encouraging Family Traditions
  3. Mental Illness and Ramadan
  4. Experiencing Ramadan as a Convert
  5. Ramadan in the School
  6. Ramadan in the Workplace
  7. Fitness and Nutrition during Ramadan

https://www.thefyi.org/toolkits/ramadan-readiness-toolkit/#convert


Tea Time with Imam - April 21st, 2019

Fiqh of Fasting
Location: IFN LRC
Time: 10:45 a.m. to Noon

With Ramadan less than a month away, Imam Azfar will be holding a session on the Fiqh of Fasting. This is open to all and a great opportunity to help prepare for Ramadan. 

Fiqh of Fasting .pdf


Tea Time with Imam - April 14th, 2019

Zakat Workshop Presentation.pdf

Fiqh of Zakat Presentation.pdf


Du'a for Protection - March 2019

Du’a for protection - Our first line of defense

وعن عثمان بن عفان رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: "ما من عبد يقول في صباح كل يوم ومساء كل ليلة: بسم الله الذي لا يضر مع اسمه شيء في الأرض ولا في السماء وهو السميع العليم، ثلاث مرات، إلا لم يضره شيء". رواه أبو داود والترمذي وقال حديث حسن صحيح .

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "He who recites three times every morning and evening: 'Bismillahil-ladhi la yadurru ma'as-mihi shai'un fil-ardi wa la fis-sama'i, wa Huwas-Sami'ul-'Alim (In the Name of Allah with Whose Name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in the heaven, and He is the All-Hearing and All- Knowing),' nothing will harm him.” [Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi].

Make it a habit to recite this du’a three times in the morning and in the evening.

Allah is the All-Powerful.

While we don’t know why Allah allows certain calamities to occur, the way that people respond to calamities is a test of their moral fiber.

Let’s respond to hardship by being steadfast on fulfilling the commandments of Allah and refraining from committing that which Allah forbade us to do.

Additionally, there may be a silver lining behind every difficulty. There were numerous non-Muslims showing solidarity and offering words of support to Muslims. Rashid Davis, former Bears football player dropped off these flowers yesterday at our masjid.

We can also derive comfort in the fact that life doesn’t end after death.

This is our first line of defense.

The 2nd line of defense can be taken directly from CAIR’s packet on “Best practices for Mosque and Community safety”.

https://www.cairflorida.org/images/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Best_Practices.pdf

Is the Hijab Fard - February 2019

Allāh commands Muslim men to be modest and chaste. (24:30) Since, one cannot “lower one’s eyes” against everything, this verse is interpreted to mean that men should not look at those things that are forbidden with passion.

The command to women to be modest and chaste mirrors the command for men in the previous verse.

“And let them draw their khumur over their juyub and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, […]” (Qur’ān 24:31)

A khimar can mean a cloth that covers the head or neck; a scarf; a flowing garment.

Before the advent of Islām, women would wear the khīmar and it would drape behind their backs, exposing their upper chests (and according to some accounts, their breasts as well).

A jayb can refer to the heart or chest, the place where the chest meets the neck, or the opening of a shirt through which one places one’s head. (27:12, 28:32)

Islāmic laws and rulings come from the Qur’ān and Sunnah and not from speculation. Our laws and rules are guided by Allāh. The Prophet (upon him be peace) received wahi (revelation) and informed the Sahabah. The Sahabah in turn informed others and so on.

Please be aware that rulings do not necessarily have to be explicitly described in the Qur’ān for them to be Islāmic. That is NOT how Islāmic law works.

Rulings may be found and are indeed found also in the Sunnah and the consensus of the early scholars.

There are certain rulings in Islām that Muslims from the time of the Sahabah saw as conclusive; non-contextual and binding like the prohibition in the eating of pork. There are certain other rules that they deemed contextual and non-binding like sitting on the floor to eat. We must learn which rules are conclusive and binding and which rules are not.

In the issue of women covering their hair, it is clear from the verses mentioned in Surah Noor and Ahzab, and the rulings of the Prophet; the Companions and all other subsequent scholars that it conclusive (for women to cover their hair) and thus binding and non-contextual. This consensus on this matter is the reason why we hold this rule to be law and not an opinion.

In conclusion, there is clear and decisive scholarly consensus on the mandate of hijāb. The Qur’ān unambiguously commands Muslim women to wear the hijāb.

al-Noor 24:31.

al-Ahzaab 33:59

al-Ahzaab 33:53

There is no verse or hadith to show that commandment might mean anything besides obligation. The ayāt and āhadith all confirm this obligation and Muslim scholars are in unanimous agreement about it and have been from the time of the Prophet (upon him be peace) till today.

Although we believe hijab is fard, we don’t degrade those who don’t wear the hijab.

As you can see, this is not a simple answer and it requires discussion. Feel free to contact myself so we can sit down and discuss this in person.

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

https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20190211/tom-ricketts-you-need-to-visit-our-mosque-soon


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?”    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoI2ms5UHWg&t=3s

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:
     a) X9https://www.amazon.com/Creed-Imam-al-Tahawi-Hamza-Yusuf/dp/09702843

     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): https://fonsvitae.com/product/the-principles-of-the-creed/

     d) Imam Suhaib Webb has a book titled, “Essentials of Islamic Faith” - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/essentials-of-islamic-faith-suhaib-webb/1127161703

     e) Al-Ghazali The Book of Belief for Children - https://fonsvitae.com/product/al-ghazali-book-belief-children/

9. Read the “Divine reality”  - http://www.hamzatzortzis.com/thedivinereality-2/

10. Read two research papers published by the Yaqeen Institute

    a) Why do Muslims doubt? - https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/youssef-chouhoud/modern-pathways-to-doubt-in-islam/

     b) Can Islam Object to Evolution? Evaluating Human-Chimp Genetic Similarity - https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/daniel-haqiqatjou/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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW_H2ibfeqk

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.

Foods

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.

Animals

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.

Medicines

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.

Mathematics

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.

Government

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

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


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW_H2ibfeqk
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