Thursday, September 22, 2011

Faith Fridays - Fajr Reminders with Sheikh Bilal Ismail [VIDEO]

Every Friday we hope to bring you a khutbah or short lecture in English that we feel may be of benefit to you. Think of it as a weekly khutbah from a different perspective. All you need to do is spend 30 minutes (or less) a week to learn something new.

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Salam.

If you haven't already heard YMP will be hosting an event with Sheikh Bilal Ismail this Friday 23r September entitled "How to be a Good Buddy?". As such this week's video will be introducing Sheikh Bilal.

This two part video was taken at Al Kauthar's Knowledge Hive 2010 in Kuala Lumpur (which I heard was really good). In it Sheikh Bilal validates the feeling that we have sometimes that being a Muslim is tough. Sometimes our ritual worship, prayers, Ramadhan, saving money and going for Hajj, are really difficult.

But Allah says "For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease", surah ash-Sharh verses 5-6. It is surely impossible for us to imagine life without our daily prayers, without fasting, without Qur'an, without Islam.

And in the difficulty of waking up to pray fajr, in the difficulty of foregoing food, drink and all our desires, in the difficulty of striving to worship Allah there is beauty and joy. Joy when we accomplish what we set out to do beauty in the knowing that there is unity in this ummah because we all proclaim there is no God but Allah. And of course, ultimately and most important of all there is tranquility in knowing that we seek only to please Allah.

This is one of the best reminders I have ever received.


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