Friday, October 28, 2011

Faith Fridays - Your 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah by Imam Khalid Latif [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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Remember that Ramadhan feeling? That feeling you got everyday knowing that you were striving for Allah's sake and nothing else? And then remember when Ramadhan ended and you felt sad and you wondered if you could keep up all the things you were doing?

And of course it's hard. But Allah knows the human heart better than we do and then He gives us the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

"The days are better than anything else for us," Imam Khalid Latif explains. He explains how we should make a commitment to strive to go for Hajj but also that for those of us who remain behind the only thing stopping us from reaching a higher state of God consciousness (taqwa) is ourselves.

These days are better than all other days in the year, including the days in Ramadhan. There are even opinions that they are better than the last ten nights of Ramadhan (you know, the ones where you make sure you go to the mosque and try to get up early for Qiyam?) and yet in most years they just pass us by.

So spend some time to listen to Imam Khalid and let him motivate you from your core to reap the benefits of this short period that has come before us.

Imam Khalid Latif is the Imam of the New York University Islamic Centre and the New York Police Department (!). He is the first imam (Muslim chaplain) at New York University and was also the first imam at Princeton University. He can be found on twitter @KLatif



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