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The Believer's Clarity When Tested: The Power of Patience and Prayer in Responding to Tests and Trials - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
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February 18, 2014 01:35 AM PST
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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:
(1) The believer sees everything as being from Allah
(2) The believer holds to patience (sabr)--which, he explained, is "remaining firm on what is pleasing to Allah"
(3) The believer responds in accordance to what will please Allah
(4) This patience is always accompanied by thankfulness (shukr), as the believer sees everything as a blessing--an opportunity for drawing closer to Allah, and for eternal reward.

This makes every moment of the believer's life beautiful and blessed, as the verses above make clear.

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Why do we love the Prophetic Family (Ahl al-Bayt)? - plus the Burda of Praise for the Prophetic Family - Faraz Rabbani
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November 14, 2013 11:43 PM PST
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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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Challenges and Choices: Lessons from the Great Day of Ashura (10th of Muharram) - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
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November 08, 2013 10:50 PM PST
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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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Rejoice! Reviving Remembrance and the Prophetic Way - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Eid al-Adha Khutba 2013
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October 16, 2013 03:43 PM PDT
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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.

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The Muslim Standard of Excellence : Seven Rules for Work and Life - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani at Islamic Living Fest
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October 16, 2013 04:53 AM PDT
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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:


1. Purpose

Make your life, career, and work truly a means to seek Allah Himself.


2. Seeking benefit

Seek Allah in work by seeking true benefit: for yourself and others, both worldly and spiritual benefit.


3. Excellence in workStrive to work in the best of ways, as excellence is beloved to Allah.


4. Upholding Being True and Trustworthy

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).


5. Upholding Sincere Concern

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.


6. Upholding Excellence of Character 

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Deal with people on the basis of good character."


7. Knowing and Upholding Limits, through sound contracts

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.


Shaykh Faraz Rabbani closes this important lesson by mentioning some of the keys to succeeding in upholding these principles.

 

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

 

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The Prayer for Drinking Coffee - The Power of Purpose and High Intentions - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani at SeekersHub Toronto
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October 13, 2013 03:22 AM PDT
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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).


This is an example of:

(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.


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الفاتحة الصغرى للحبيب أحمد بن محمد المحضار رحمه الله تعالى 
الفاتحة لمشايخ القهوة البُنية ، والسادة العلوية والصوفية ، وكل ولي وولية ، ومن شربها بنيّة ... أن الله يُصلح الطوية، ويقضي الحوائج الدينية والدنيوية ، بجاه خير البرية ... أن يسهل البنين والعُوَينَ ، ويقضي عنا الدين ، ويصلح ذات البين ، بجاه الحسن والحسين ، وعمران بن الحصين ، وخديجة زوجة سيد الكونين ، وإلى حضرة النبي سيدنا محمد صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم .

Qushayri's 40 - 15 - Having a Good Opinion of Allah & Assisting Allah's Creation - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
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September 05, 2013 03:44 PM PDT
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Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains two qualities needed for one seeking closeness to Allah: (1) Having a Good Opinion of Allah & (2) Assisting Allah's Creation, from Imam Abu'l Qasim al-Qushayri's 40 Hadith on Turning to Allah.

Qushayri writes: {Principle} A person must have a good opinion of Allah Most High in all their states, without falling short in the excellence of their worship and works.

Jabir relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“Let none of you die except with good opinion of Allah (Mighty & Majestic).” [Muslim]

Shaykh Faraz explains how we maintain a good opinion of Allah, and how not to let one's sins and bad habits cause one to lose hope and this good opinion.

"Don’t let sins become so great in your eyes that they prevent you from having a good opinion of Allah, because whoever knows their Lord considers small any sin before their Lord’s Generosity."
(Ibn Ata’illah, Hikam)

[Assisting Allah's Creation]
It is from the trueness of a person’s concern for others to assist them, seeking Allah Himself--and knowing that this is a means for Allah’s assistance in one’s pursuit of the good of this life and the next...

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Qushayri's 40 - 14 - Leaving Showing Off and Concealing Others' Faults - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
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September 02, 2013 04:13 PM PDT
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Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains to central qualities a seeker needs in turning to Allah: Leaving Showing Off and Concealing Others' Faults, from Imam Qushayri's work on 40 Hadith in Turning to Allah.

Imam Qushayri states: [Principle] The way of a believer is to strive their utmost in shielding themselves from showing off (riya’) in every possible way.

Shaykh Faraz explains what showing off (riya') is, how it negates sincerity (ikhlas), and what its manifestations are in worship and conduct.

Among the hadiths mentioned is: Shaddad ibn Aws relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“Whoever shows off in prayer has committed shirk.
Whoever shows off in fasting has committed shirk.
Whoever shows off in giving charity has committed shirk.”
Awf ibn Malik commented:
“Wouldn’t Allah turn to and accept from that what was for His sake?”
Shaddad said: I head the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) say that Allah Most High says: “I am the most deserving partner. Whoever associates another with Me, then their actions--whether a little or a lot--are for that partner, and I am free of them.” [Ahmad and others]

Then, Imam Qushayri mentions regarding Concealing Others' Faults: {Principle}
From the perfection of chivalry in religion and from the completion of dignified conduct between Muslims is to conceal the faults of those who have faults.

Abu Sa`id relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“No person sees the faults of another and conceals them, except that they’ll enter Paradise through it.” [Tabarani]

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Qushayri's 40 - 13 - Remembrance of Allah and Being Pleased with Him - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
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August 19, 2013 09:34 AM PDT
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Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains two principles of the path to Allah, from Imam Qushayri's 40 on Turning to Allah: remembrance of Allah (dhikr), and being pleased with Allah (rida).

[Being Pleased with Allah]
Imam Qushayri states: {principle} Contentment with what Allah has commanded that the servant be content with is from the completion of faith--and through it, religion is in harmony.

He then mentions a number of hadiths of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) related to being pleased with Allah, including the words of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him):
“Whoever is content with Allah as their Lord, with Islam as their religion, and with Muhammad as their Messenger has tasted the reality of faith.” [Muslim]

[Remembrance of Allah]
Imam Qushayri states: {principle} It is incumbent on the one seeking Allah to remember Allah Most High at all times with their heart--and not to forget Him, nor let their tongue stop being busy with His remembrance, as much as possible.

He then mentions a number of hadiths of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk), including: Anas relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“The Final Hour will not come until no one on earth says: Allah!” [Muslim]

This is from a SeekersHub Toronto class, held at IMO during Ramadan 2013. See: SeekersHub Toronto (www.SeekersHub.org) for programming.

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Qushayri's 40 - 12 - Trust in Allah and Contentment - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
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August 13, 2013 06:45 AM PDT
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Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains two central virtues in turning to Allah: trust in Allah (tawakkul), and contentment (qana`a), from Imam Qushayri's 40 on Turning to Allah.

Imam Qushayri states: Principle: Allah Most High has made trust a condition of faith. Allah Most High says, “Upon Allah place your trust, if you are indeed believers.”

He then shares hadiths on how trust in Allah is a quality of those who enter Paradise without reckoning.

Sh. Faraz shares classical definitions of trust in Allah, and how it is cultivated in our life.

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