Audio Lectures

The Believer’s Shield: Ibn Juzayy on Taqwa

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Audio Lectures | 1 comment

The Believer’s Shield: Ibn Juzayy on Taqwa

It is said that ‘Umar once asked Ubayy ibn Ka‘b about the meaning of taqwa (being mindful, conscious or wary of God), to which he replied: ‘Have you ever walked down a thorny path?’ ‘Umar responded: ‘Yes I have.’ ‘What did you do,’ asked Ubayy? ‘I gathered up my clothes and tried my best to avoid harm,’ said ‘Umar. Ubayy remarked: ‘That is what taqwa is like.’ In this talk, Abu Aaliyah discusses the fruits of taqwa and its various levels, reading from the work of the profound Spanish scholar, Ibn Juzayy (d.741H/1340CE). To understand the levels of God-consciousness is to be able to climb Mount Taqwa, and perhaps even reach its summit!

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Fair Trade, Sacred Trade & Yunus ibn ‘Ubayd

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Audio Lectures | 2 comments

Fair Trade, Sacred Trade & Yunus ibn ‘Ubayd

‘A truthful and trustworthy trader will be raised in the company of the prophets, saints and martyrs,’ is what one hadith tells us. Another says: ‘Traders will be raised on the Day of Judgement as transgressors, except those who were God-fearing, righteous and truthful.’ As the anti-capitalist protesters outside St. Paul’s Cathedral try desperately to bring the issue of free market inequality to our attention, Abu Aaliyah outlines Islam’s teachings on business, trade, equity and justice. The talk concludes with the remarkable life of Yunus ibn ‘Ubayd, a second century pietist whose saintliness wasn’t to be found so much in the mosque, as it was the market-place and in his ethics of trade.

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Putting First Things First

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Audio Lectures | 1 comment

Putting First Things First

The Prophet, peace be upon him, once said that God said: “O son of Adam! Free yourself for My worship and I shall fill your hearts with sufficiency and will remove your poverty. But if you do not, I shall fill your hands with distractions and will not lift your poverty.” So as we settle into the new Islamic year of 1433H, let us renew our hope in God and seek to put first things first. This reminder by Abu Aaliyah is an exhortation to do precisely that. For when our trust and hope in God gets eroded, we lose the script of the human story. It is then that we begin to find it hard to say what we are about, what really matters, and why.

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Can The Qur’an Be Read For The Dead?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Audio Lectures | Comments Off

Can The Qur’an Be Read For The Dead?

Is it allowed to ‘donate’ or ‘gift’ the rewards of one’s recitation of the Qur’an to the deceased? And does it reach them? Or is doing so an innovation, a bid‘ah, contradicting orthodox Islamic teachings? Citing the likes of Imam Ahmad, Ibn Qudamah, al-Nawawi, Ibn al-Qayyim, and other great jurists – with their proof-texts and legal reasoning – Abu Aaliyah discusses the issue in a clear and systematic manner. He also talks about how, today, some bigoted minds now dismiss as deviant those whose views differ from their own – even if the views are those of the great majority of imams. Today, our great fiqh legacy is being turned on its head by the rantings of these self-styled ‘vanguards’ of Islam. The talk, then, offers vital insights into the actual issue and the current religious anarchy the ummah now faces.

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Parents: Honoured, Loved & Loving

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 in Audio Lectures | 1 comment

Parents: Honoured, Loved & Loving

Here, Abu Aaliyah reminds us of three matters: (i) The status of parents in Islam and the love, honour, kindness, service and cheerful obedience owed to them. (ii) The status of mothers and motherhood: for fathers may be the heads of families, mothers, however, are the hearts. (iii) The responsibilities and duties of parents towards their children: to love and care for them; to be guardians of their future; to give them sound education and religious instruction; and to watch over their spiritual welfare. Muslim parents may not, with a safe conscience, neglect or fall short of such duties.

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The Dirty Business of War

Posted by on Jun 10, 2008 in Audio Lectures | 1 comment

The Dirty Business of War

‘Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense,’ said Eisenhower, ‘a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense.’ Abu Aaliyah, with the veteran activist Bruce Kent (vice-president of CND), discuss the reality of war, nuclear weapons and the global arms trade, and why they must be of concern to each of us. The talk was part of JIMAS 2007, and is posted here with kind permission.

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