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Salat al-Istikhara Explained: How to perform the prayer of seeking guidance, and how one knows the answer to one's prayer?
July 15, 2014 01:18 AM PDT
In this lesson, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani of SeekersHub Global discusses salat al-istikhara (the prayer of guidance) by defining it, debunking misconceptions regarding it, the best way to perform it, and easy ways to integrate it into our lives in a meaningful manner.
Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to teach us the way of doing Istikhara in all matters as he taught us the Suras of the Qur’an. He said, “If anyone of you thinks of doing any job he should offer a two Rakat prayer other than the compulsory ones and say (after the prayer):
‘Allahumma inni astakhiruka bi’ilmika, Wa astaqdiruka bi-qudratika, Wa as’alaka min fadlika al-’azlm Fa-innaka taqdiru Wala aqdiru, Wa ta’lamu Wala a’lamu, Wa anta ‘allamu l-ghuyub. Allahumma, in kunta ta’lam anna hadha-l-amra Khairun li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa’aqibati amri (or ‘ajili amri wa’ajilihi) Faqdirhu wa yas-sirhu li thumma barik li Fihi, Wa in kunta ta’lamu anna hadha-lamra shar-run li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa’aqibati amri (or fi’ajili amri wa ajilihi) Fasrifhu anni was-rifni anhu. Waqdir li al-khaira haithu kana Thumma ardini bihi.’
(O Allah! I ask guidance from Your knowledge, And Power from Your Might and I ask for Your great blessings. You are capable and I am not. You know and I do not and You know the unseen. O Allah! If You know that this job is good for my religion and my subsistence and in my Hereafter… (or said: If it is better for my present and later needs). Then You ordain it for me and make it easy for me to get, And then bless me in it, and if You know that this job is harmful to me In my religion and subsistence and in the Hereafter… (or said: If it is worse for my present and later needs). Then keep it away from me and let me be away from it. And ordain for me whatever is good for me, And make me satisfied with it).
The Prophet added that then the person should name (mention) his need.
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July 13, 2014 06:11 PM PDT
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gave this brief but comprehensive overview of the opening of the Qur'an--Surat al-Fatiha--in one of the suburbs of Johannesburg, during a SeekersHub Global tour of South Africa in June, 2014.
Shaykh Faraz explains how the chapter summarizes the entire message of the Qur'an: (1) to know Allah, His Names, and Attributes; (2) to submit to Him through fulfillment of the rights of His Lordship and the duties of one's slavehood; (3) neediness to Him, expressed in seeking His guidance--and turning to Him on the path of the prophets, foremost, and most righteous of His servants; and (4) turning away from the ways of those who have turned away from Allah, or who are in states displeasing to Him.
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July 07, 2014 11:43 PM PDT
A practical introduction by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani of SeekersHub Global (http://www.SeekersGuidance.org) to sufism (tasawwuf), Islamic spirituality (tasawwuf/sufism).
Shaykh Faraz gave this introduction from a classical text on faith, worship, and spirituality by Imam Abu Bakr al-Mulla of Ahsa' (Saudi Arabia), Ithaf al-Talib.
This introduction begins with a clear definition of true spirituality--that it is "Making one's heart for Allah alone..."
The introduction explains the roots of the science of spirituality in the Qur'an and Prophetic teachings (sunna); and the specific practices of spiritual discipline and spiritual routines that are keys to one's transformation and the attainment of spiritual excellence.
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June 30, 2014 05:30 PM PDT
“O you who believe, seek assistance in patience & prayer; surely Allah is with the patient.”
In this lesson in the series on Understanding the Calls to the Believers in the Qur'an, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains how everything in life is, in reality a test—and the believer is called to seek Allah’s assistance in all matters, worldly and religious, through patience and prayer.
Shaykh Faraz explains the reality and levels of patience—and, importantly, how to uphold patience when tested.
He also explains that there is a difference between establishing prayer (iqamat al-salat) and mere praying. Establishing prayer is striving to complete and perfect the prayer, outwardly and inwardly.
February 18, 2014 01:35 AM PST
In this khutba delivered at the Sayeda Khadija Centre, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives a powerful explanation of the clarity the believer has in responding to the tests and trials of life.
The believer recognizes everything--good and bad, pleasing and displeasing--as being a test. All of life, in reality is a test, as Allah Most High makes clear in the Qur'an: "He has created death and life in order to truly test you--which of you are best in deeds." [Qur'an, 67.2]
Shaykh Faraz explains a set of verses from Surat al-Baqara in which Allah guides us on how to respond to the tests and trials of life--and the tremendous consequences of right response:
"You who believe, seek help through patience and prayer, for Allah is with the steadfast. Do not say that those died in the path of Allah are dead. Rather, they are alive, though you do not realize it. We shall certainly test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property, lives, and crops. But give glad tidings to the steadfastly patient--those who say, when afflicted with calamity, ‘We belong to God and to Him we shall return.’ These will have blessings upon them from their Lord and mercy--and it is they who are rightly guided." [Qur'an, 2.153-157]
Shaykh Faraz explains that:
This makes every moment of the believer's life beautiful and blessed, as the verses above make clear.
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Sayed Khadija Centre: http://www.sayedakhadijacentre.comWhy do we love the Prophetic Family (Ahl al-Bayt)? - plus the Burda of Praise for the Prophetic Family - Faraz Rabbani
November 14, 2013 11:43 PM PST
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the basis of the love for the Prophetic Family (Ahl al-Bayt) in mainstream Sunni Islam, at the Weekly Circle of Praise of SeekersHub Toronto (http://www.SeekersHub.org).
He begins by explaining who the Ahl al-Bayt are, clarifying that while there are levels of relationship and circles of ascription, the more central usage of this term relates to those specified by the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk) himself--namely, Ali, Fatima, al-Hasan, and al-Husayn--in the famous hadith of the people of the cloak.
Shaykh Faraz then explains that there is both a general duty to love and respect anyone of the Prophetic Family--for their ascription to the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk)--but there is also a religious duty to have particular love, respect, reverence, and following of the imams of guidance and virtue from the Prophet's Family....
There are many important lessons in this brief lesson.
The lesson closes with a rendition of the Burda al-Hasaniyy al-Husayniyya of Shaykh Salih al-Ja`fair. (Text at: http://ia700400.us.archive.org/18/items/AalAl-baytBooks/AlbourdaAlhosainia_SalhJafari.pdf)
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November 08, 2013 10:50 PM PST
In this Friday sermon, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses the lessons of the great day of Ashura--the 10th of Muharram. This is one of the greatest days of the year--a day the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) highly encouraged us to fast.
This is the day in which Prophet Adam was absolved of his error; the day in which Prophet Nuh was saved from the flood; the day in which the people of Prophet Yunus were forgiven; the day in which Prophet Musa and Bani Israel were saved from the Pharaoh...
It is from the days in which Allah has favoured and honoured those whom He has tested with trials and challenges--and who responded right through the right choices.
Shaykh Faraz explains the sunnas related to fasting and devotion on the 10th of Muharram, as well as how the great historical events that happened on this day can help us respond right to the challenges in our life.
The importance of knowing the history of faith--the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself, the past Prophets, the righteous, scholars, saints, and virtuous--is that it gives us embodied examples of turning to Allah through the tests of life, towards becoming of His honoured and beloved servants.
This Friday sermon was delivered at Jamiatul Ansar (Brampton, ON, Canada - http://www.jamiatulansar.ca), as part of SeekersHub Toronto's community education and outreach efforts. See: http://www.SeekersHub.org
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October 16, 2013 03:43 PM PDT
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani delivered this powerful, inspiring, and uplifting Eid Khutba at the joint Eid al-Adha Prayer and Khutba sponsored by SeekersHub Toronto, Lote Tree Foundation, and Risalah Foundation.
Shaykh Faraz begins with a reminder of how tremendous the blessing of Allah's command to rejoice--both in general and in these blessed days of Eid--truly is.
Then, he shares some of the implications of Allah's command, "When you complete your pilgrimage rituals, remember Allah as you remember your parents or more intensely." [Qur'an]
The believer lives with passion and intensity, both in their social relations and in their spiritual life, as both are expressions of remembering Allah, seeking Allah, and beholding Allah.
The question arises: how can one rejoice in troubled times? Shaykh Faraz explains that the believer sees troubles and tribulations (fitna) as opportunities of seeking Allah through right response.
What is the right response? It is to revive the Prophetic way (sunna). The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said that whoever revives his sunna in times of tribulation (fitna) for his Community shall have the reward of a martyr.
Shaykh Faraz explains the two wings by which the sunna flies: (1) presence of heart with Allah (hudur ma`a Allah) and (2) calling oneself and others to Allah, as explained by the great Iraqi scholar and jurist, Shaykh Abd al-Karim al-Mudarris.
He then closes by urging us to be part of this Prophetic call, by seeking knowledge; by supporting the institutions that seek to spread beneficial knowledge; and by being active members of the community.
And Allah alone gives success.The Muslim Standard of Excellence : Seven Rules for Work and Life - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani at Islamic Living Fest
October 16, 2013 04:53 AM PDT
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani shares seven principles for making our work an act of worship. These are seven principles understood clearly from the Qur'an and Prophetic Sunna:
Make your life, career, and work truly a means to seek Allah Himself.
Seek Allah in work by seeking true benefit: for yourself and others, both worldly and spiritual benefit.
These are two qualities central to what it means to be a believer. It isn't an accident that these are two qualities that the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk) was known by even before Revelation: the True (al-Sadiq) and Trustworthy (al-Amin).
Seek the good for others, as you seek it for yourself: "None of you believes until they wish for others the good that they wish for themselves," said the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). And religion itself was defined by the Blessed Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) as being sincere concern: "Religion is sincere concern (nasiha)." This sincere concern applies to one's employers, fellow workers, one's customers or clients, and for all God's creation.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Deal with people on the basis of good character."
Without observing the Limits of Law in one's dealings, one will invariably fall into wrong and wrongdoing; harmed relationships; and grave sin. "The Lawful is clear and the Unlawful is clear," said the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Learn the limits of the Law related to your work. Learn about how to have sound and virtuous contracts and dealings. And uphold your commitments with excellence and steadfastness.
This talk was delivered at an Islamic Living fair in Toronto, as part of SeekersHub Toronto's community outreach. For SeekersHub Toronto's programs, see: http://www.SeekersHub.org
October 13, 2013 03:22 AM PDT
At SeekersHub Toronto's weekly Circle of Praise, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani recently explained the Smaller Fatiha for Drinking Coffee, of the noble scholar al-Habib Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Mihdar (Allah have mercy upon him).
(1) having high purpose--seeking Allah Most High--in all our affairs, worldly and religious;
(2) thankfulness, through seeing everything as a blessing from the Bestower;
(3) having expansiveness of appreciation of blessings, and recognizing the greatest of our blessings;
(4) seeing everything as a sign of Allah;(5) seeking the good of this life and the next--for oneself and others;
(6) sending blessings on the one who taught us to turn to Allah in all matters--the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk)--and other high spiritual meanings.
We also see why we recite the Fatiha before good matters and when seeking good from Allah. The key to this is to understand what it means to ask Allah to "Guide us to the Straight Path," as this 'straight path' is the path to Allah's pleasure and closeness in the pursuit of the good of this life and the next.
Free lessons, lectures, and reminders from the SeekersHub Toronto (www.SeekersHub.org), a project of SeekersGuidance (www.SeekersGuidance.org).
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