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It is clear that the fitnah, trials, and afflictions are a matter preordained by Allah (سبحانه و تعالي), befalling those of the past and present. It is inevitable that each children of Adam will be tested by many types of fitan. This talk will cover – what are the many causes which lead to fitan and how fitan continues to increase and compound eventually turning many away from their deen (religion). We must wake up and explore this reality around us.

Anti-Islam-anti-Muslim conspiracies and plots are everywhere. From politics to socio-cultural, economic, in the media right down to daily living. Yes, our enemies can reach us even in our own homes. How did this happen and why? Did it happen to Muslims in the past or is it a modern-day problem only? How do believers respond to these kinds of attacks in accordance to authentic understanding of the Quran and Sunnah? We shall cover all that in this talk In shaa Allah.

Islam is one in belief, doctrine and practice, which unites all Muslims across the globe on the basis of the Quran and the Prophetic sunnah. This unity formed the foundation of the Islamic Shari’ah, regardless of one’s cultural background, ethnic origin or national identity.

In social affairs and dealing with people, Islam has always guarded the diversity to cultural traditions and customs. For instance, throughout the entire Islamic history, Muslims in Africa and Asia maintained their way of life without transgressing the principles of Islam and kept the Shariah intact. A process of cultural selection went underway to keep what do not contradict with the Islamic principles. Consequently, Muslims in their different societies did not abolish their cultural practices altogether. Let us learn where Islamic principles stand between faith and culture. 

Islam always encourages one to be productive and balanced in all aspects of life. At the same time, Muslims are urged to be humble, grateful and content with the Almighty’s decree upon them in terms of wealth, means and health.

And that is the question isn’t it: What is balance in Islam? How do I know if I am Zuhud? What does it mean to be Zuhud? How do I know when I have made the Dunya and all its riches my priority?

In Shaa Allah in this talk we will try to tackle the questions above and ultimately try to find that balance between being productive and being Zuhud. May Allah (SWT) guide and ease us all. Ameen.

Around the world today – social and political climate are getting more and more absurd whereby we see many extremes accepted and normalised these days. Things like -legalising same-sex marriage and normalising homosexuality; allowing abortions; pornography is mainstream; promoting a superficial culture are just to name a few of them.

They have led to heaps of public debate, with all sides ferociously protesting, boycotting, and lobbying in order to prove that their side is right.

Nevertheless we can’t deny that the “Western-non-Muslim-way-of-life” is influencing the Muslim Ummah.

As we accept and embrace technology & information with all its benefits; do we also embrace and take in the dark side as well? This segment aims to explore and shed light on the matter.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was sent by Allah Almighty as a mercy to the worlds, so we may be guided to Allah and achieve eternal happiness, just by following his example. The Prophet Muhammad stated that make the affairs of our religion ease and easy to implement. His life was a living example of ease and thousands follows Him during and after his depart.

However, as our lives are so distanced from the Prophet’s (both in time and location), it seemed difficult to see how to implement his examples with ease. When we look at today’s Muslim, their life has witnessed a lot of difficulties and various differences. Perhaps it is a result of our own ignorance and arrogance to follow His footstep,

Let’s explore how easy to follow Sunnah is.

Here are a couple facts: –

  1. Many people today believed in the fundamental incompatibility between Islam and science of the West,
  2. The Renaissance which took place in Europe were the founding blocks to modern science as we know it today.
  3. There could be no Renaissance if not for the hard work and exploration in all fields of knowledge by Muslims
  4. Bertrand Russell, the famous British philosopher, who said it was Muslims “who introduced the empirical method” in the study of nature, and cultivated it widely when they were leaders of the civilized world.

Hence in this segment we take a break from the “day-2-day” conversation and excite the mind as we expand on the topic on whether we can attribute today’s remarkable advancement in all fields of knowledge to Islam? And to answer the question – will Islam always be evergreen?

Those who chose Islam are represented by the Salaf whereby they chose to leave behind paganism and their wrong ways in favour of Allah and His Messenger – in favour of Jannah. Those who chose Islam are also represented by our reverted brothers and sisters. They chose Islam even though it would mean having to go against years of habit. Even if it means losing everything.

Then there are does who do not choose Islam but are born into it. We represent majority of Muslims the Muslims today.

Having said that, we see a different kind of spirit and approach to Islam by reverts.

In this segment, we aim to explore and understand what it’s like to choose Islam every day. That despite being born a Muslim or a revert; we don’t focus on how we became a Muslim but rather focus on what kind of a Muslim I want to be the rest of my life.

To understand that we need to choose each time we need to make a decision (for eg. choosing what to wear, what to eat, how I spend my time etc).

Do we choose to remain steadfast & obedient OR not? Do we decide with Allah in mind OR not?

Brief on topic

At present Muslims live with all types of temptation, where we are exposed to doubt and confusion, where we are seenas something strange. And so such are the believers that we are likened to something weird. Not to mention having to fight against our own nafs all the time & our enemy, the cursed Shaytan on our backs trying to bring us down.

We can all agree we need reminders and practical solutions on how to remain steadfast.

Hence, we have dedicated the last segment solely to this. Definitely not a segment to be missed whereby In Shaa Allah it will be filled with enough tips for you to share with friends and family.

May we all remain steadfast on the Deen. Ameen.

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