Friday Khutbahs (Sermons)

Protest or Perish: Lessons from The Ant Colony
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 03. May 2024
The pervasive issue all around us, overwhelming our senses, is the student protests that are taking place all over the country and the suppression of these protests by brute force. Universities all over the country are declaring the protesters to be “trespassers” and calling in the police to forcibly remove these so-called “trespassers.” There is much to say and reflect on. Some points are rather obvious, others are not so obvious. But let us start with the most straightforward issue of...
The Anatomy of Empathy: An Encampment Testimony
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 26. April 2024
I want to start today with a story. Usually, giving khutbahs is scary both internally and externally. Any kind of public speaking is scary. You are scared of how you are going to look, you want to sound smart. You prepare, but with what I want to talk about, I do not think that there is any adequate way for me to prepare, because I need to tell a story. This past week, I got very bad poison ivy all over my body. Somewhere around 50-70%, it was serious. A friend of mine and I were cutting trees...

God's Heroes on God's Timing
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 19. April 2024
History is a deliberate and most sagacious teacher. It is no accident that throughout the Qur'an, time and time again, God calls upon us to reflect upon history, to study the past nations before us, and to reflect upon the patterns of human complexity. God calls upon us to study what makes people come together and what makes people follow a certain path and not another. God calls upon us to follow the pulse of sociological dynamics and the very record of human conduct. It is not simple jargon...
Maryam's Lessons: Resistance, Devotion, & Revival
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 12. April 2024
Congratulations to you all on completing the holy month of Ramadan and Eid mubarak. May God accept from you all your fasting, your prayers, your obedience, your kindness, your charity and your positive example in your micro-communities and in your greater community at large. This Eid was a particularly somber Eid, I think, for everyone. For those who are clued into what goes on in the Muslim world generally, most Eids tend to be somber, though this one in particular is more difficult to accept...

How to fix an Ummah: Hurriyah (Freedom) and ‘Izzah (Dignity)
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 05. April 2024
Today is the last Friday of Ramadan. Yesterday, I saw some news about a Palestinian Shaykh, Mahmoud Al Hasanat, who gave an exceedingly short khutbah. It essentially consisted of the Shaykh getting up and saying, "If 30,000 martyrs, 70,000 injured, and 2 million homeless Palestinians couldn’t awaken the Ummah, what impact will my words make? What more do I say, and to whom? Straighten your rows, let’s pray." He concluded the khutbah and that was it, they prayed. I have to admit that I have...
Sulaiman and The Esteemed Ant
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 29. March 2024
The last 10 days of Ramadan are upon us. Another Ramadan has gone by very quickly, they seem to go by faster and faster. This Ramadan has been very different, but also not different. Palestine is not something new, but what is new are our reactions to it. The amount of people and the spotlight that it is occupying in public discourse, both Muslim and non-Muslim. It is different because the grief and the shame are much heavier, perhaps as heavy as they always should have been. Today I want to...

Turning Faith Into Superstition: God is Not Responsible for Gaza - We are.
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 22. March 2024
It is the second jumu‘a in Ramadan, and I dare say that except for a few obscene exceptions in the Muslim world, the entire mood and spirit of this Ramadan is deeply affected by what is happening in Gaza. If we include those who are missing, the number of those killed in Gaza has so far reached over 40,000 people, and that number is likely to be much higher when all is said and done. The United Nations continues to warn about famine in Gaza, and there are atrocities taking place in front of...
Rethinking and Reimagining Dignity for 1/4 of the Population
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 08. March 2024
Ramadan is at our doorsteps. I believe Ramadan will begin on Monday. There is no way we can receive this Ramadan without a deep sense of sadness in our hearts as we witness the ongoing genocide in Gaza, from children dying of malnutrition to adults starving to death. Dying from starvation is one of the cruelest ways to die. It is agonizingly painful, and we are already seeing pictures of severely emaciated children, pictures of flesh hanging onto the bare bones of children in Gaza. It is very...

Taking an Ethical Stand on the System That Led to A Genocide
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 01. March 2024
Ramadan is approaching. It is only days away now. We receive this coming Ramadan with a reality that puts all of us, all 2 billion plus Muslims in the world, to shame. We are all aware of this reality. Whether we express it or repress it, whether we deal with it consciously or allow it to act on our subconscious, the fact of the matter is that our existence on this earth at this time is marked by the fact that we are living through a genocide committed against a largely Muslim people. And the...
Redirecting the Islamic Gaze, Usuli Khutbah by Cherif Abou El Fadl
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 23. February 2024
One of the primary goals of the khutbah is to witness, to stand for and to demonstrate an understanding of the truth of what is reality, and also to reorient and correct the gaze of its congregants, of Muslims, for the week to come. Another year has gone by and Ramadan is very, very close. Time seems to go by very quickly. It has been a while since I have given a khutbah. Truthfully, since October 7th, I have wondered to myself, “What do I have to offer? What is it that I can say that will be...

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