Saturday, October 22, 2011

30th anniversary of Masjid Taqwa - Dec. 17th in NYC

Diary of a Stuyvesant Teacher: A Muslim Point of View by Anthony Valentin

A student from my third period class asked me if he could go back to the classroom to retrieve a textbook he had left there. I told him that I would go with him. As I walked up the stairs, I came across two female students who were crying. One of these students was wearing traditional Muslim attire. I asked if they were okay and the most-composed student said “yes’, but told me that students were making accusatory comments insinuating that the WTC disaster was a terrorist attack by Muslims. I told the student that was crying that I too was a Muslim and that Allah will be with us all. I attempted to remind her that the Lord would not abandon her or any one of us. He knows all and knows best. I told her to seek me out should she be fearful again. She said she would and we parted.

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Purification of the Heart

If we examine the trials and tribulations all over earth, we’ll find they are rooted in human hearts. Covetousness, the desire to aggress and exploit, the longing to pilfer natural resources, the inordinate love of wealth, and other maladies are manifestations of diseases found nowhere but in the heart. Every criminal, miser, abuser, scoffer, embezzler, and hateful person does what he or she does because of a diseased heart. So if you want to change our world, do not begin by rectifying the outward. Instead, change the condition of the inward. It is from the unseen world that the phenomenal world emerges, and it is from the unseen realm of our hearts that all actions spring. . . . We of the modern world are reluctant to ask ourselves—when we look at the terrible things happening—“Why do they occur?” And if we ask that with sincerity, the answer will come back in no uncertain terms: all of this is from our own selves. In so many ways, we have brought this upon ourselves. This is the only empowering position that we can take.

— Excerpted from Hamza Yusuf’s introduction to Purification of the Heart

Haroon Moghul: Qaddafi Dies; Should it Matter How?

Counseling Muslims Handbook of Mental Health Issues and Interventions (New book) via ISPU

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Best Mid-Sized Manual of Hanafi Fiqh in English: Ascent to Felicity by Imam Shurunbulali - Translated & Annotated by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan (Maraqi ‘l-Sa’adat) A Manual on Islamic Creed and Hanafi Jurisprudence

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Qad Kafani – My Lord is Sufficient – by Imam Haddad, sung by Nader Khan

Thursday, October 20, 2011

دعاء الحبيب عمر في نيويورك - Habib Omar in NYU

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Sixteen years in the making…

I recalled Shaykh Hamza recommending that the participants should collectively recite Sura Yasin and the Wird Al-Latif of Imam Al-Haddad after Fajr and Sura Mulk and the Ratib after ‘Isha. I was lost. I was familiar with the concept of a Wird, but who was Imam Al-Haddad and what were these Awrad of his? More precisely, how were we going to learn to recite them so quickly?