Friday Khutbahs (Sermons)

Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 20. March 2020
We exist in an unusual circumstance and this khutbah is being given in an unusual circumstance. Dr. Abou El Fadl begins by explaining a few points about virtual khutbahs that are important to understand. Scholars disagree on the sufficient number of people for a jumu’a to be valid; some said 70, 150 or 20, and some said a minimum of four other than the imam. For a variety of reasons, in the United States – meaning a non-Muslim country where Muslims are a very small minority – Dr. Abou El...
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 13. March 2020
Dr. Abou El Fadl begins with the reminder that if God truly allowed humans to suffer the consequences of their own actions, nothing would remain on earth. Divine grace intervenes in our lives constantly, saving us from our own follies and giving humanity infinite opportunities in the hope that we will do good. God has also blessed humanity with a beautiful, true moral example: The Prophet Muhammad. Yet, no prophet has been vilified throughout history as much as the Final Prophet. The Prophet...

Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 06. March 2020
"WHAT DO YOU HEAR WHEN THE WORLD GOES SILENT?" 6 March 2020 Dr. Abou El Fadl begins with the reminder that because humans are often oblivious and forgetful, we take much for granted. The Prophet Muhammad was a moral example of how we should live our lives, and those who fail to understand this guidance lose so much because they cannot truly be guided to the path of Islam. Last week, Dr. Abou El Fadl shared the news that he had become functionally deaf and reflected upon his thoughts as he coped...
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 28. February 2020
"WHEN THE WORLD GOES SILENT: REFLECTING ON LOSS" 28 February 2020 Dr. Abou El Fadl begins with the reason for the previous jumu'a’s cancellation - the loss of his hearing. He sees it as both a challenge and a blessing, as we should view everything we are dealt in life. If we reflect upon ourselves, we will see that everything that we enjoy, even the most minor coordination, the simplest thought, the way that we interpret every desire is a clear indication of God’s existence. However, the...

Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 14. February 2020
THE THEOLOGY OF DESPOTISM AND REFLECTING ON THE CORONAVIRUS 14 February 2020 Every week, there is so much that takes place in the Muslim world, in what is supposed to be a single Ummah, bonded by faith and a deep sense of compassion and empathy for one another; bonded by a common cause and purpose. This Ummah collectively embodies and represents Islam on this earth, united in the very hope, purpose, and aspiration of coming to know God, and coming to know one another in God. But knowing God is...
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 07. February 2020
"THE HIGHER ASPIRATIONS OF JUSTICE" 7 February 2020 The Quran manifests the power of words. Words make a great deal of difference because of way that God created existence. God created humans as intelligent animals capable of reason and reasoning. Intelligent and rational animals respond to words. The Quran persistently reminds and calls humanity to reason, through the power of words. The more human beings stop responding to words, the more that words lose their place and role in the life of...

Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 31. January 2020
"HUMILITY, CERTITUDE AND 'THE DEAL OF THE CENTURY'" 31 January 2020 In Surah al Furqan, God reminds us of the quintessential character of a Muslim. A Muslim treads on this earth lightly with humility and with the blessing of certitude—that there will be accountability and justice, and that God is the anchor that stabilizes us in our existence, giving us a sense of direction and a commitment to what is truthful, good and beautiful. This certitude does not make us arrogant, self-entitled or...
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 24. January 2020
"REASON AND REVELATION: ON BECOMING A MORAL HUMAN BEING" 24 January 2020 Our anchor in our existence is revelation. This is, in principle, what defines a believing Muslim. A Muslim is the person who believes that this world – this existence with its known and unknown, physical and non-physical, and material and non-material planes – has an Owner, and that this Owner is All-Knowing, All-Seeing, and purposefully and meaningfully engaged with the existence that the Owner owns. This existence...

Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 17. January 2020
Tawhid, in the sense of monotheism, is the realization that this existence has a Maker, an Owner; someone responsible for it that is not the product of chance. The one God, which is the core of Tawhid, can have no partners precisely because it is a God who is not subject to the laws of human beings, nor the laws of physics, nor the laws of time and space, nor the logic of human beings, physics or mathematics. Islam is the only religion on this earth that is firmly anchored in the theology of...
Friday Khutbahs (Sermons) · 10. January 2020
Dr. Abou El Fadl begins with the troubling fact that despite consisting of over one billion people and collectively controlling over half of the world’s sources of energy, material and natural resources – everything that would enable them to empower themselves – Muslims worldwide are plagued by powerlessness. Many Muslim countries are led by corrupt puppets that effectively rule for someone else’s interests. Since colonialism, it is common that a Muslim ruler would rule over Muslim...

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