Imam Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. He’s also the resident scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center, and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith alliance for peace and justice.
Originally from New Orleans, LA, he began his journey of traditional Islamic learning in the year 2000 and has spent years studying in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Malaysia, etc. Upon becoming certified in various traditional sciences, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic law, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a Master’s degree in Islamic Finance, a Master’s Degree in Political History, and is in the process of completing his PhD from the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Islamic Thought and Civilization.
His career started in his hometown of New Orleans where he served as the Imam of the Jefferson Muslim Association in New Orleans for 6 years and directed the ICNA Relief “Muslims for Humanity” Hurricane Katrina Relief effort. It was in this time that he was noted on a national level as being a strong advocate of community service, interfaith dialogue, and social justice. He co-founded the East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association and was awarded for his outstanding civic achievement by the Mayor and City Council of New Orleans in 2010.
He then moved to Dallas and became the Resident Scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center in 2013 and more recently, Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square. In Dallas, he has been a noted leader and voice for peace, and has partaken as a representative of the Muslim Community in many city functions. He has since been a guest at various national functions to share his experiences in community building.
Shaykh Omar most recently founded the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research which is a think tank that focuses on instilling conviction based on Islamic texts, and producing contribution. He also founded M.U.H.S.E.N (Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs), a nonprofit umbrella organization serving the community to establish a more inclusive “Special Friendly” environment for our Brothers & Sisters of all Disabilities.
The most frequent reference in the Qur'an to the love of Allah is in relation to Taqwa, piety. In this episode, we explore what piety is and how to attain it.
To know you are loved by God is one of the greatest gifts of faith. In "Allah Loves..." Sh. Omar Suleiman explores who and what Allah loves so that we may become those who are beloved to Him.
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What is your purpose in life?
What is the connection between your Lord and your purpose on earth?
When you have purpose you realize the One you're doing those little good deeds looks at your deeds and sees what's in your heart and your connection with Him.
Through your small good deeds you seek Allah's mercy. Purpose is what takes those small good habits that we do on a daily basis that connects us into Jannah.
Do not let your family and your friends distract you from your purpose. Think of your family and friends and your career AS PART of your purpose on earth. Think of all this as a means to seek recognition from Allah.
So set your sights on your purpose in life and strive to fulfill it today. Do not wait for tomorrow. Do not let a calamity be the factor that makes you question your purpose and seek that connection with your Creator.
Get to know Allah in times of stability so when hardship hits, your connection with Allah is so strong that you automatically turn to Him and not to some other similar creation of His for ease. Find the purpose now. Cement that connection now. Be this purpose today. Now.
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 30 - Show Us Guidance and Error
In the final episode of the Prayers of the Pious series, Sh. Omar Suleiman reflects upon the du’a of Umar (ra) and praying for guidance.
[ Day 30 Du'a ]
اللَّهُمَّ أَرِنِ الحَقَّ حَقّاً وَوَفِّقْنِيْ لأِتِّبَاعِهِ، وَأَرِنِ البَاطِلَ بَاطِلاً وَوَفِّقْنِيْ لِاجْتِنَابِهِ
“O Allah show me guidance as guidance, and allow me to follow it. And show me error as error, and allow me to avoid it.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 29 - Beautify Me Internally
Why would Abu Darda’ pray all night for good character? Sh. Omar Suleiman discusses the benefits of this pious man’s supplication.
[ Day 29 Du'a ]
اللَّهُمَّ كَمَا حَسَّنْتَ خَلْقِي فَحَسِّنْ خُلُقِي
“O Allah, as you have beautified me externally, beautify me internally.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 28 - If You Have Written Me From The Sinful
Can you change what has been decreed? Today’s episode covers Umar’s (ra) prayer to be written amongst those who have been blessed.
[ Day 28 Du'a ]
اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ كَتَبْتَنِي فِي أَهْلِ السَّعَادَةِ فَأَثْبِتْنِي فِيهَا وَإِنْ كُنْتَ كَتَبْتَ عَلَيَّ الذَّنْبَ وَالشِّقْوَةَ فَامْحُنِي وَأَثْبِتْنِي فِي أَهْلِ السَّعَادَةِ فَإِنَّكَ تَمْحُو مَا تَشَاءُ وَتُثْبِتُ وَعِنْدَكَ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ
“O Allah, if you have written me among the blessed, then affirm it therein. And if you have written me among the sinful and the damned, then wipe it away and affirm me among the blessed. Verily, you wipe away and affirm whatever you will, and with you is the mother of the Book.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 27 - You Took My Kids
Sh. Omar Suleiman reflects upon the righteous du’a of Umar ibn abd al-’Aziz after he suffered the loss of his children.
[ Day 27 Du'a ]
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ قَدْ قَبَضْتَ سَهْلاً، وَعَبْدَ المَلِكَ، وَمُزَاحِما، فَلَمْ أَزْدَدْ لَكَ إِلَّا حُبّاً، ولا فِيْمَا عِنْدَكَ إِلَّا رَغْبَةً فَاقْبِضْنِيْ إِلَيْكَ غَيْرَ مُضِيعٍ وَلا مُفْرِطٍ
“O Allah, you took back the soul of Sahl, AbdulMalik, and Muzahim, and it only made me love You more, and more desirous of what awaits with you, so take back my soul without me being negligent or careless.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 26 - You Are You, and I Am Me
du’a is an example of how making du’a to Allah doesn’t have to be complicated, and the beauty behind the process of supplicating.
[ Day 26 Du'a ]
اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ أَنْتَ وَأَنَا أَنَا أَنْتَ الْعَوَّادُ بِالْمَغْفِرَةِ وَأَنَا الْعَوَّادُ بِالذُنُوبِ فَاغْفِرْ لِي
“O Allah, You are who You are, and I am who I am; You are the One who keeps forgiving, and I am the one who keeps sinning, so forgive me!”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 25 - Oh Teacher of Abraham
Sh. Omar Suleiman covers a prayer narrated by Imam ibn al-Qayyim that highlights Allah’s power to grant knowledge and wisdom.
[ Day 25 Du'a ]
يا مُعَلِّمَ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ عَلِّمْنِيْ
“Oh Teacher of Abraham! Teach me!"
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 24 - Your Beautiful Veil
the beautiful du’a of Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah, and the benefits of privatizing our good deeds as we do our sins.
[ Day 24 Du'a ]
اللَّهُمَّ اسْتُرْنَا بِسِتْرِكَ الجَمِيْلِ ، وَاجْعَلْ تَحْتَ السِّتْرَ مَا تَرْضَى بِهِ عَنَّا
“O Allah, veil us with Your beautiful veil and place beneath that veil what will please You from us.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 23 - My Sincerity to Your Creation
We may do good deeds to help others, but how is our sincerity in our private lives? Sh. Omar Suleiman covers the beautiful du’a of Yusuf ibn al-Hussein.
[ Day 23 Du'a ]
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّيْ نَصَحْتُ لِخَلْقِكَ ظَاهِراً وَغَشَشْتُ نَفْسِيْ بَاطِناً ، فَهَبْ لِيْ غِشِّيْ نَفْسِيْ لِنُصْحِيْ لِخَلْقِكَ
“O Allah, I was sincere to Your creation in public but cheated myself in private. Please excuse my disgrace because of my sincerity to Your creation.”
Why Laylatul Qadr? The Significance & Virtues... | Behind the Scenes
Sh. Omar Suleiman gives an introduction to "Why Laylatul Qadr? The Significance & Virtues of the Most Important Night of the Year", which he coauthored with Dr. Nazir Khan and Sh. Ibrahim Hindy, as well as some practical tips to help maximize our reward during the final 10 nights of Ramadan.
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 22 - Your Perfect Light
This episode walks us through the beautiful nightly prayer of Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) and the beauty of praising Allah.
[ Day 22 Du'a ]
تَمَّ نُورُكَ فَهَدَيْتَ فَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ , عَظُمَ حِلْمُكَ فَعَفَوْتَ ، فَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ , وَبَسَطْتَ يَدَكَ فَأَعْطَيْتَ فَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ , رَبَّنَا وَجْهُكَ أَكْرَمُ الْوُجُوهِ ، وَجَاهُكَ خَيْرُ الْجَاهِ ، وَعَطِيَّتُكَ أَفْضَلُ الْعَطِيَّةِ وَأَهْنَأُهَا ، تُطَاعُ رَبَّنَا فَتَشْكُرُ ، وَتُعْصَى رَبَّنَا فَتَغْفِرُ لِمَنْ شِئْتَ ، تُجِيبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ ، وَتَكْشِفُ الضُّرَّ ، وَتَشْفِي السَّقِيمَ ، وَتُنْجِي مِنَ الْكَرْبِ ، وَتَقْبَلُ التَّوْبَةَ ، وَتَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ ، لا يَجْزِي بِآلائِكَ وَلا يُحْصِي نَعْمَاءَكَ قَوْلُ قَائِلٍ
“Your light was complete, so You guided; all praise is to You. Your forbearance was great, so You forgave; all praise is to You. You held out Your Hand, so You gave; all praise is to You. Our Lord, Your face
is the noblest of faces, Your prestige is the greatest prestige, and
Your gifts are the best of gifts and the most wonderful. Our Lord, You are obeyed and You show appreciation. You are disobeyed, Our Lord, yet you pardon whomever. You respond to one in hardship and you remove harm. You heal the sick. You deliver from difficulty. You accept repentance. You forgive sins. The word of no one can compensate for your bounties, nor count the praises You deserve.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 21 - Death After Fajr
Today’s episode talks about the beauty in asking Allah for a good ending with an example of a du’a from Abdullah ibn Abi Sarh.
[ Day 21 Du'a ]
اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ خَاتِمَةَ عَمَلِيْ صَلاةَ الفَجْرِ
“O Allah! Make my last deed in this life the performance of Fajr prayer”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 20 - Don't Ask Allah for Patience
In this episode, Sh. Omar Suleiman goes over a narration that gives us insight into some do’s and don’ts of du’a, especially about praying for patience.
[ Day 20 Du'a ]
حَدَّثَنَا مَحْمُودُ بْنُ غَيْلاَنَ، حَدَّثَنَا وَكِيعٌ، حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ، عَنِ الْجُرَيْرِيِّ، عَنْ أَبِي الْوَرْدِ، عَنِ اللَّجْلاَجِ، عَنْ مُعَاذِ بْنِ جَبَلٍ، قَالَ سَمِعَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم رَجُلاً يَدْعُو يَقُولُ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ تَمَامَ النِّعْمَةِ . فَقَالَ " أَىُّ شَيْءٍ تَمَامُ النِّعْمَةِ " . قَالَ دَعْوَةٌ دَعَوْتُ بِهَا أَرْجُو بِهَا الْخَيْرَ . قَالَ " فَإِنَّ مِنْ تَمَامِ النِّعْمَةِ دُخُولَ الْجَنَّةِ وَالْفَوْزَ مِنَ النَّارِ " . وَسَمِعَ رَجُلاً وَهُوَ يَقُولُ يَا ذَا الْجَلاَلِ وَالإِكْرَامِ فَقَالَ " قَدِ اسْتُجِيبَ لَكَ فَسَلْ " . وَسَمِعَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم رَجُلاً وَهُوَ يَقُولُ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الصَّبْرَ . فَقَالَ " سَأَلْتَ اللَّهَ الْبَلاَءَ فَسَلْهُ الْعَافِيَةَ "
حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ مَنِيعٍ، حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، عَنِ الْجُرَيْرِيِّ، بِهَذَا الإِسْنَادِ نَحْوَهُ . قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ
Mu`adh bin Jabal narrated that the Prophet heard a man supplicating, saying: “O Allah! Verily, I ask You for the bounty’s completion (Allāhumma, innī as’aluka tamāman-ni`mah).” So he said: “What thing is the bounty’s completion?” He said: “A supplication that I made, that I hope for good by it.” He said: “Indeed, part of the bounty’s completion is the entrance into Paradise, and salvation from the Fire.” And he heard a man while he was saying: “O Possessor of Majesty and Honor (Yā Dhal-Jalāli wal- Ikrām)” So he said: “You have been responded to, so ask.” And the Prophet heard a man while he was saying: “O Allah, indeed, I ask You for patience (Allāhumma, innī as’alukaṣ-ṣabr)” He said: “You have asked Allah for trial, so ask him for Al-`Āfiyah.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 19 - Make Me Better Than What They Think
Today’s episode is one that especially applies to those in the public eye. Sh. Omar Suleiman discusses the dangers of destructive praise and the prayer Abu Bakr made to avoid it.
[ Day 19 Du'a ]
اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِى خَيْرًا مِمَّا يَظُنُّونَ وَاغْفِرْ لِى مَا لَا يَعْلَمُونَ وَلَا تُؤَاخِذْنِى بِمَا يَقُولُون
“O Allah, make me better than what they think of me, and forgive me for what they do not know about me, and do not take me to account for what they say about me.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 18 - A Reminder of My Illness
Today’s episode talks about being grateful to Allah and remembering the promises we make to Him. Sh. Omar Suleiman explains this lesson through the prayer of Uwais al-Qarni.
[ Day 18 Du'a ]
"Oh Allah cure all of my leprosy except for the space of a coin."
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 17 - His Prayer Amazed the Prophet
Today’s du’a is from an unknown Bedouin who called to Allah with so much praise he amazed the Prophet ﷺ.
[ Day 17 Du'a ]
يَا مِنْ لا تَرَاهُ العُيُوْنُ، وَلا تُخَالِطُهُ الظُّنُوْنُ، وَلا يَصِفُهُ الوَاصِفُوْنَ، وَلا تُغَيِّرُهُ الحَوَادِثَ، وَلا يَخْشَى الدَّوَائِرَ، يَعْلَمُ مَثَاقِيْلَ الجِبَالِ، وَمَكايِيْلَ البِحَارِ، وَعَدَدَ قَطَرِ الأَمْطَارِ، وَعَدَدَ وَرَقِ الأَشْجَارِ، وَعَدَدَ مَا أَظْلَمَ عَلَيْهِ اللَّيْلُ وَأَشْرَقَ عَلَيْهِ النَّهَارُ، وَلا تُوَارِيْ مِنْهُ سَمَاءٌ سَمَاءً، وَلا أَرْضٌ أَرْضاً، وَلا بَحَرٌ مَا فِيْ قَعْرِهِ، وِلا جَبَلٌ مَا فِيْ وَعْرِهِ، اجْعَلْ خَيْرَ عُمْرِيْ آخِرَهُ، وَخَيْرَ عَمَلَيْ خَوَاتِيْمَهُ، وَخَيْرَ أَيَّامِيْ يِوْمَ أَلقاكَ فِيْهِ
“Oh He whom the eyes do not see, nor can be mixed with doubts, nor can be described by any who describe, nor is changed by any events, nor fears any officer, who knows the weights of the mountains, the measurements of the seas, the number of raindrops, the number of leaves on trees, and the number of whatever is shrouded in the darkness of night and brightened by the light of day, for whom no heaven or earth is concealed, nor a sea in its depths, nor a mountain in its ruggedness! Make the best of my life the end of it, the best of my deeds the last of them, and the best of my days the Day I meet You.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 16 - A House on Fire
Omar Suleiman reflects upon the story of a burning town, and the power of making dua with conviction and trust in Allah.
[ Day 16 Du'a ] بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
In the name of Allah; with His name, nothing whatsoever on earth or heaven can inflict any harm; He is All-Hearing and All-Knowing.
In todays episode, Sh. Omar Suleiman reflects upon a prayer made by a tree and the beauty of prostration.
[ Day 15 Du'a ] اللّهُمّ اكتُبْ لي بِهَا عِنْدَكَ أَجْراً، وَضَعْ عَنِّيْ بِهَا وِزْراً، وَاجْعَلْهَا لِيْ عِندَكَ ذُخْراً، وَتَقَبّلْهَا مِنِّيْ كَمَا تَقَبَّلْتَهَا مِنْ عَبْدِكَ دَاوُدَ عَلَيْهِ الصَّلاةُ والسَّلامُ
O Allah, write for me a reward with You because of it (the prostration), and remove from me a sin because of it, and stow it for me as a treasure with You, and accept it from me as You accepted it from Your servant David (Dawud), upon him be blessings and peace.
Todays prayer is about acknowledging to Allah the bad deeds we have done to invoke the good that He can bring to us.
[ Day 14 Du'a ] اللَّهُمَّ لا تَحْرِمْنِي خَيْرَ مَا عِنْدَكَ لِشَرِّ مَا عِنْدِي
O Allah dont forbid me from the good you have, for the evil I have.
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 13 - A Station of Patience Without Trial
Sh. Omar Suleiman covers the prayer of Salaam ibn Mutee, whose du'a encourages us to have faith that Allah is capable of granting you the best of this life and the next.
[ Day 13 Du'a ] اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ بَلَغْتَ أَحَداً مِنْ عِبَادِكَ الصَّالِحِيْنَ دَرَجَةً بِبَلَاءٍ فَبَلِّغْنِيْهَا بِالعَافِيَةِ
O Allah, if you have granted any righteous servant of Yours a station because of a trial they faced, then grant it to me while sparing me that trial.
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 12 - Don’t Make an Example Out of Me
Sh. Omar Suleiman relates yesterday’s du'a to the prayer of another great man. Where ibn al-Jawzi worried his students would not find him in paradise, al-Mutarraf ibn Abdullah worried he would be made into a bad example for others.
[ Day 12 Du'a] اللَّهُمَّ لا تَجْعَلْنِيْ عِبْرَةً لِغَيْرِيْ ، وَلا تَجْعَلْ أَحَداً أَسْعَدَ بِمَا عَلَّمْتَنِيْ مِنِّيْ
“O Allah, do not make a lesson out of me for others, and do not let there be anyone who benefits more than me from what You’ve taught me.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 11 - Don’t Punish a Tongue of Praise
Today’s du'a from Imam ibn al-Jawzi encourages us to do good and to share knowledge, then invoke Allah swt with our good deeds in prayer.
[ Day 11 Du'a] إِلَهِيْ لَا تُعَذِّبْ لِسَاناً يُخْبِرُ عَنْكَ، وَلا عَيْناً تَنْظُرُ إِلَى عُلُوْمٍ تَدُلُّ عَلَيْكَ ، وَلا يَداً تَكْتُبُ حَدِيْثَ رَسُوْلِكَ؛ فَبِعِزَّتِكَ لا تُدْخِلَنِي النَّارَ
“My God, do not punish a tongue that informs about You, nor an eye that looks upon (Islamic) sciences which point to You, nor a hand that writes the traditions of Your Messenger. So by Your honor, do not admit me into the Fire.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 10 - A Prayer More Powerful Than the Wind
This episode discusses a du'a that Ibrahim ibn Adham made upon bearing witness to Allah swt’s power, and how it may help us to frame difficult situations in more positive light.
[ Day 10 Du'a ] أَرَيْتَنَا قُدْرَتَكَ فَأَرِنَا عَفْوَكَ
“You have shown us Your power, so show us Your forgiveness.”
Prayers of the Pious - Episode 09 - The Greed of the Soul
In today’s episode, Sh. Omar Suleiman talks about the supplication of Abdulrahman ibn ‘Auf, one of the richest men at the time of the Prophet ﷺ, and how to refrain from the temptations of greed ourselves.
[ Day 9 Du'a ] اللَّهُمَّ قِنِي شُحَّ نَفْسِي
“O Allah, protect me from the greed of my soul!”
Prayers of the Pious - 08 - The Precious Prayer of A Mother
Sh. Omar Suleiman identifies a du'a by Asmaa bint Abi Bakr for her son, illustrating the power of du'a from mothers and those who are oppressed.
[ Day 8 Du'a ]
اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمْ طُوْلَ ذَلِكَ القِيِامَ فِي اللَّيْلِ الطَّوِيْلِ، وَذَلِكَ النَّحِيْبُ وَالظَّمَأُ فِي هَوَاجِرِ المَدِيْنَةِ وَمَكَّةَ، وَبِرَّهُ بِأَبِيْهِ وِبِيْ. اللَّهُمَّ قَدْ سَلَّمْتُهُ لِأَمْرِكَ فِيْهِ، وَرَضِيْتُ بِمَا قَضَيْتَ فَأَثِبْنِي فِي عَبْدِ اللهِ ثَوَابَ الصَّابِرِيْنَ الشَّاكِرِيْنَ
“O Allah, have mercy on his lengthy standing during the longest nights, and that whimpering, and his thirst during the hot summer days of Mecca and Madinah, and his kindness to his father and to me. O Allah, I have surrendered him to whatever You decree on him, and am content with whatever You have decided, so reward me for ‘Abdullah the reward of the patient and thankful.”
Ramadan 2018 - Prayers of the Pious - Episode 07 - O Allah, You Know That I Love You
Today’s episode covers the du'a of Hudhaifa ibn al-Yaman, whose love of Allah swt inspires us to love Him and ask Him for his love.
[ Day 7 Du'a]
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ صَبَاحِ النَّارِ وَمِنْ مَسَائِهَا ، وَلمَّا نَزَلَ بِهِ المَوْتُ قَالَ: هَذِهِ آخِرُ سَاعَةٍ مِنْ الدُّنْيَا، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّكَ تَعْلَمُ أَنِّيْ أُحِبُّكَ فَبَارِكْ لِيْ فِي لِقَائِكَ
“O Allah, I seek shelter with You from mornings and evenings in the Hellfire.”
“This is my last hour in this world. O Allah, You know that I certainly love You, so bless my meeting with You.”
Ramadan 2018 - Prayers of the Pious - Episode 06 - The Highest Companionship in the Highest Garden
Today’s episode is about the sincere du'a of Abdullah ibn Mas’oud, on the beautiful occasion when the Prophet ﷺ listened to his prayers to be among his companions.
[ Day 6 Du'a ] اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَسْأَلُكَ إِيْمَانًا لا يَرْتَدُّ ، وَنِعِيْمًا لا يَنْفَدُ ، وَمُرَافَقَةَ نَبِيِّكَ مُحَمَّدٍ ـ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ـ فِي أَعْلَى جَنَّةِ الخُلْدِ
“O Allah, I ask You for faith that does not unravel, and delight that never depletes, and the companionship of Your prophet Muhammad ﷺ in the highest eternal garden.”
Ramadan 2018 - Prayers of the Pious - Episode 05 - The Hand That Kills Me
A du’a can make even the most unlikely circumstances occur, such as in the case of Umar and his martyrdom.
[ Du'a Day 5 ] اللهُمَّ ارْزٌقْنِيْ شَهَادَةً فِيْ سَبِيْلِكَ وَاجْعَلْ مَوْتِيْ فِيْ بَلَدِ رَسُوْلِكَ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ اللَّهُمَّ لا تَجْعَلْ قَتْلِيْ عَلَى يَدِ عَبْدٍ سَجَدَ لَكَ سَجْدَةً يَحَاجُّنِيْ بِهَا يَوْمَ القِيَامَةِ
“O Allah I ask you to be accepted as a martyr in the city of your Prophet.” “O Allah, do not let my killing be at the hand of someone who ever prostrated to You, lest he use that against me on the Day of Judgment.”
Ramadan 2018 - Prayers of the Pious - Episode 04 - Enormity of My Sins vs His Mercy
In this episode, we observe the du’a of a complicated character, Abdul Malik ibn Marwan, and how we can improve the quality of our du’as when asking for forgiveness from Allah swt.
[ Day 4 Du'a ] يَا رَبِّ إِنَّ ذُنُوْبِي عَظِيْمَةٌ ، وَإِنَّ قَلِيْلَ عَفْوِكَ أَعْظَمُ مِنْهَا ، اللَّهُمَّ فَامْحِ بِقَلِيْلِ عَفْوِكَ عَظِيْمَ ذُنُوْبِي
“My Lord, my sins are enormous, but a little of Your forgiveness is greater than them. O Allah, so erase with a little of Your forgiveness my enormous sins.”
Ramadan 2018 - Prayers of the Pious - Episode 03 - A Covenant with Allah
Sh. Omar Suleiman discusses the power of making covenants with Allah swt through the prayer of Abdullah ibn Mas’oud, and the sincerity covenants can bring to your own du'a.
[ Day 3 Du'a ] اللهُمَّ فَاطِرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ ، عَالمَ الغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ ، إِنِّي أَعْهَدُ إَلَيْكَ فِي هَذِهِ الحَيَاةِ الدُنْيَا : إِنَّكَ إِنْ تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِيْ تُقَرِّبُنِي مِنْ الشَّرِّ ، وَتُبَاعِدُنِي مِنْ الخَيْرِ ، وَإِنِّي إِنْ أَثِقُ إِلَّا بِرَحْمَتِكَ فَاجْعَلْهُ لِي عِنْدَكَ عَهْدَاً تُؤَدِّهِ إِلَيَّ يَوْمَ القِيَامَةِ ، إِنَّكَ لَا تُخْلِفُ المِيْعَادَ
“O Allah, Originator of the heavens and earth, Knower of the seen and unseen, I testify in this worldly life of mine that if You leave me to myself, You are by that bringing my closer to harm and distancing me from good. I have no confidence except in Your mercy, so let that be a covenant that You deliver to me on the Day of Judgment — for You never break Your promises.”
Ramadan 2018 - Prayers of the Pious - Episode 02 - His Door is Always Open
In today’s episode, we examine the importance of persistent du'a, like that of Habiba al Adawiya, and how to get personal with Allah SWT.
[ Day 2 Du'a ]
إِلَهِي غَارَت النُّجُوْمُ، وَنَامَت العُيُوْنُ وَغَلَّقَت المُلُوْكُ أَبْوَابَهَا، وَبَابُكَ مَفْتُوْحٌ، وَخَلا كُلُ حَبِيْبٍ بِحَبِيْبِهِ، وَهَذَا مَقَامِي بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ
“O Allah, the stars have vanished, the eyes have slept, the kings have locked their doors, and Your door remains open. Every lover has found privacy with their beloved, and here I am standing before You.”
Hadith #23: Why is Riba Haram? | 40 Hadiths on Social Justice
A thorough look at the harms of usury to society and why it's so strongly prohibited in Islam.
Download lecture notes here: http://bit.ly/2zwo4R3
In the first episode of the Prayers of the Pious series, Sh. Omar Suleiman considers the righteous dua that Abu Bakr made at the end of his lifetime.
[ Day 1 Du'a ] اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ خَيْرَ زَمَانِيْ آخِرَهُ، وَخَيْرَ عَمَلِيْ خَوَاتِمَهُ، وَخَيْرَ أَيَّامِيْ يِوْمَ أَلقَاكَ
“O Allah, let the best of my lifetime be its ending, and my best deed be that which I seal [my life with], and the best of my days the day I meet You.”
Reclaiming The Narrative About Our Prophet SAW - Part 1
Sh. Omar Suleiman, Founder and President of Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and Sh. Mohammad Elshinawy, Fellow at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, speak about reclaiming the narrative about Prophet Muhammad ï·º at the 2017 ICNA-MAS Convention in Baltimore, MD.
Did you know that the shark can detect a drop of blood from 3miles away? An elephant can smell water from 3 miles away? A cheetah can go from 0-60 miles in 3seconds? A bald eagle's eyesight is 4x the perfect eyesight of the human? Did you think there is no Creator considering you cannot explain all the above? That you cannot explain how you were created from a drop of fluid? That you cannot explain where you were before you were that drop of fluid? All the signs around you are evidence that there is a Creator. And they go further to emphasize that there is a Designer. So what existed before us? Before the Universe? Before even Time? These questions and the responses are here in this talk of Sheikh Omar. Take a wee bit of time off today and give him a listen.
Jummah Khutbah at the Valley Ranch Islamic Center - Forgive But Should You Forget? Knowing When To Give A Second Chance.
Sheikh Omar Suleiman deals with this very important issue - to forgive or not?
Grudges, slights, stab in the backs these days, as in the bygone days, leads to generations of feuding. More so today when life and living has become complicated and confusing. The rat race too hasn't helped ease things. People are in a constant state of stress. Anger and frustration are always in the forefront of the madness of survival.
Disputes arise in many situations - family, friends, business. Worse when family mashes with business. These can lead to the worst fights and are practically impossible to repair.
So what do you do when Allah has forbidden breaking ties? How do you manage the situation so some semblance of harmony, of a truce may be achieved?
Pay heed to our Sheikh as he walks you through incidents from the Seerah that address these specific circumstances, guiding you to achieve that peace of mind and tranquility we all seek in the face of betrayal by others we trusted and believed sincere.
Friends of Faith
Episode 26: A person is not given a gift, after Islam, better than a righteous brother or a righteous sister. Be in the company of those that will remind you why you believe.
2017-06-21 - Ramadan 2017
Episode 23: Sometimes the most detrimental thing to your Iman is setting unrealistic expectations for yourself. Set reasonable, achievable goals to avoid crushing your faith.
2017-06-18 - Ramadan 2017
Why Do People Leave Faith?
Episode 22: Once faith enters into the hearts, there is no way a person would easily give that up. So why would someone leave their faith? The answers are complex.
2017-06-17 - Ramadan 2017
They Don't Believe Until..
Episode 21: How do we get to the point where we can taste the sweetness of faith? The journey involves humbling oneself and submitting fully to Allah.
2017-06-16 - Ramadan 2017
Envy and Faith...
Episode 18: Envy and stinginess cannot coexist with faith in the heart. Guard your iman by disconnecting yourself from the love of this world and taking advantage of opportunities to be generous.
The Faith Of The Prophets Before...
Episode 15: Everyone's faith is occasionally challenged by doubt. Even the prophets had their moments. By immediately reminding ourselves that God is sufficient for us and is the best disposer of our affairs, these doubts can strengthen our faith rather than damage it.
Episode 14: Allah Rewards You for Your Doubts If... Satan is always going to whisper. But refusing to allow yourself to turn that whisper into action is a sign of clear and pristine faith.
Episode 11: Remembers his place in front of Allah
As human beings, we will never stop sinning. But remembering your place in front of Allah before committing the sin can deter you from it.
Episode 10: Move Beyond the Catalyst
Allah sends you reminders night and day, and sometimes those reminders are major wake up calls. What happens if you donât make use of that wake up call right away?
Episoded. 8: Two Supplications of the Prophet (s) for the Heart
There is nothing more inconsistent than the heart, yet no vessel more important. Therefore the Prophet (s) taught us two supplications to keep it firm.
Episode 7: You're No Angel
Even the greatest companions of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) were vigilant about their faith. No matter how confident you are in your Iman, you're no angel. Be protective of it.
Episode 6: Healthy Fluctuations
Faith is supposed to increase and decrease, but how dramatic are your fluctuations? The Prophet (peace be upon him) emphasized that both your peak and your base line should be reasonable, otherwise it may all disappear.
Episode 5: Even If Abu Dharr Doesnât Like It
There is hope for the major sinners, as long as they turn back to their Creator. Allah doesnât want you to be weighed down by your past in a way that you canât meaningfully progress in the future.
Episode 4 - He is not a believer when...
There are certain actions that are so unbefitting of a believer, that belief departs from the doer of those deeds. We may have low points in faith, but we should never allow that to push us to major sins. Death doesnât always come to us in our best moments.
Episode 3 - Shaky Foundations
There is a direct correlation between the actions of the tongue and the condition of the heart. If you want to receive faith, you must first settle your heart - and if you wish to settle your heart, you must settle your tongue.
Episode 2 - Your Faith Wears Out
Think of your favorite shirt. It fades slightly each time you wash it, and will eventually wear out if you don't take proper care of it. Faith is the same way - but unlike a piece of clothing, it's the most valuable asset you have. Without faith, you have nothing. Use this du'aa to ask Allah to renew your faith.
Episode 1 - Faith Is Refuge
Before exploring different methods of reviving and protecting our faith, it's important to understand the meaning of faith itself. In the first episode of "The Faith Revival", Sh. Omar Suleiman explores what faith is, particularly its role as a protector - a place of refuge.
The Quran places emphasis on the oneness of human beings. It introduces the idea of common human origin and ancestry at four different places and says that humans have their origin in a single cell or soul
Do Muslims Support ISIS? - Omar Suleiman
In Part 14 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. When it comes to condemning acts of terrorism like San Bernardino for instance, every mosque and pulpit spoke against it, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman.
Do Muslims Hate Americans? - Omar Suleiman
In Part 13 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. The anger felt by many in the Muslim world and other countries, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, is primarily directed against the American government not the American people. Many are dismayed by American foreign policy in Syria, for instance, where they feel betrayed because Bashaar El Asad was left to butcher his own people for months until ISIS appeared on the scene.
What Is Martyrdom In Islam? - Omar Suleiman
In Part 12 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. According to Sheikh Omar Suleiman, there are various categories of martyrdom in islam, which isnât just achieved through fighting - Sheikh Omar explains further...
Is Jesus Christ Divine? - Omar Suleiman
In Part 11 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. The best way to alter the public perception of Muslim women in the West, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, is for them to continue to be out there and for thriving, successful Muslim women to engage fully in their communities. Regarding the debate over the divinity of Jesus, a study of early Christianity will reveal that it was far from monolithic.
Is there Persecution of Arab Christians? - Omar Suleiman
In Part 10 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. Throughout history there has been a lot of friction between Muslims and Christians, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, with Muslims also on the receiving end during the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition.
Does Racism Drive Islamophobia - Omar Suleiman
In Part 9 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. There is certainly an element of bigotry and racism, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, because you'll find that the same people who are Islamophobic are also anti-Semitic.
What Kind Of Training Is Available For Imams? - Omar Suleiman
In Part 7 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. Imam training is not as defined in Islam as it is in other faith traditions, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman.
The "All-Terrorists-are-Muslim" Myth - Omar Suleiman
In Part 6 of the interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman dispels the myth that all terrorists are Muslim, noting the huge disparity between the amount of media coverage given to the rare cases where perpetrators were actually Muslim and when they were not.
Sharia Law vs. Penal Code - Omar Suleiman
In Part 5 of the interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman gives the definitive word on the meaning of Sharia law and how it must be distinguished from Islamic penal code.
Love Thy Neighbor - Omar Suleiman
In Part 4 of the with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman answers a question in the mind of many people in the West who have become conflicted about their Muslim minorities: Can you be a Muslim and a patriot? Can the allegiances of a Muslim in a non-Muslim country sit side by side? Can you be a practicing Muslim and an American, British or French citizen?
Rules of Engagement In Islam - Omar Suleiman
In Part 3 of the interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman debunks erroneous interpretations of what has become popularly known as âthe verse of the swordâ from chapter nine of the Quran, Surat At-Tawba.
The Medina Charter of Coexistence - Omar Suleiman
In Part 2 of the interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman tears down some of the most popular misconceptions about Islam, the Quran and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Is the Quran inherently violent? Does the Quran contradict itself? Does Islam advocate Holy Wars through jihad? Is Islam anti-Semitic?
Forget the Pundits, Ask a Muslim - Omar Suleiman
In Part 1 of this fourteen-part interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman shatters myths about Islam in America and about Muslims in general.
Quran 30 for 30 - Day 8 - Al A'raf and Al Anfal
June 13, 2016
Al A'raaf - The Heights
A Barrier between Paradise & the Hellfire on which those people whose good deeds and bad deeds are equal will sit. Allah's mercy overtakes them and they enter into paradise. SubhanAllah.
In the previous Surah Allah's mentions that whenever they insisted on turning away from guidance, we opened for them every door of good for them but it didn't fulfil them or they were taken by death, left in complete despair.
If only the people had believed good and blessings would have come to them.
V101 - The stories of the people of disbelief come to you so you are informed of their destruction or their bad ends due to denying the truth despite the truth coming to them constantly. Their hearts are sealed.
The story of Musa and the magicians who eventually believe in Allah. The magicians throw their staffs first appearing to be snakes. When Musa (as) throws his staff it becomes a snake and eats all their snakes, they accept Islam thereafter. Allah gives aid to Islam often using those who want to destroy Islam.
The threats of the Pharoah towards the believers among his people are mentioned, always along the lines of persecution. Abu Jahl was the Pharoah of our time - the makkans would persecuted the new muslims.
A'raaf - Anfaal
Persecution of Pharoah did not work and the persecution of the Makkans will not work because they will be successful. "Spoils of War"
This Juz deals with the Battle of Badr.
Those who establish the prayer and give charity are the true believers and have a high position with their lord.
V7 - Victory is granted to the believers. Those establish truth and abolish falsehood no matter what!
Tastagheefuna rabbakum - Call upon your Lord. Muhammad (saw) spent the night praying to Allah for victory at Badr.
Why did Allah send Angels? Why so many angels (3000)? Why did they have to come for victory. Allah sent it as a glad tiding to the believers - to ease their heart. The believers saw the affect of the angels.... Reaffirm their faith and to ensure them that victory comes from Allah alone. In Badr - The victory came to those who believed. Never lose trust in Allah.
"Oh you who believe respond to Allah and respond to the Messenger when they call you to that which gives you life."
This message - The Quran, the guidance- gives life to the heart! Stick with Allah and nothing will phase you!
Quran 30 for 30 - Day 7 - Al Anaam and Al A'raaf
June 12, 2016
Of the disbelievers Allah says, even if the angels came with the truth they will still disbelieve. Allah doesn’t force people into disbelief.
People who challenge you in your faith are there to strengthen you.
NO matter what we show to a person who is misguided, if they insist upon it they will not be guided.
If you were to follow the majority of those on they will misguide you. Allah is saying don’t follow the majority, they aren’t necessarily correct. Allah wants to strengthen the believers as they are a minority.
Allah will open the hearts of those Allah wishes to guide and those who insist upon misguidance, their hearts will be constricted. This is what happened to Umar Ibn Al Khattab. His heart opened to the deen of Islam. When Allah wishes good for the person h grants them guidance.
“And you Lord I free of need…. If Allah wills he can do away with you…”
Allah does not need us, he can easily replace us. We should be grateful for receiving guidance. We are privileged. Sacrifice at the time in Makkah in the early days of Islam was a form of Ibadah.
Allah reminds that HE (swt) is the possessor of Vast Mercy especially for those who still have not accepted Islam, so do not continue is disbelief.
Verse 161 – 163
“Say that My Lord has guided me to the straight path…”
Ibrahim (as) is mentioned again, who built the kaaba, that was built for One Allah. Remind them of that so they may stop using the kaaba to worship multiple gods.
“Prayer and sacrifice” – these two are equated. To mention Ibrahim is to insist upon monotheism. Everything is for Allah alone.
Suratul An’aam – establish the warnings
Suratul A’raaf – talks about the consequences for not heeding the warnings?
The first ten verses speak about the regret of the people once they have been punished.
They lament over their inability to follow guidance.
They turned away from guidance only because the messenger was not from their tribe. It wasn’t because they didn’t believe in the message or didn’t believe Islam was the guidance. They followed their ego. Just the same as shaytan said – “I am better than him.” The first racist in the world was Shaytaan – do not follow him!
Abu Jahal couldn’t accept it! The surah draws parallels with Shaytaan and the disbelievers of Makkah.
Shaytaan blames Allah for leading him astray but Allah has given us intelligence to choose between right and wrong.
Allah tells the story about Adam and Hawa eating from the tree and the deception of Shaytaan. But while Adam and Hawa (as) turned back to Allah, shaytan remained steadfast in his arrogance. Shaytaan lead them astray through ingratitude. This is the way Shaytaan gets to us all, beware of his deception.
“O children of Adam, don’t let shaytan…”
Don’t let shaytan deceive you the way he deceived your parents – Always turn back to Allah.
“All praise to Allah who guided us to this and we would not have been able to find guidance if not for Allah…” The believer is ALWAYS grateful!
Juz ends off with the conversations between people of hellfire and people of Jannah and their respective rewards.
Quran 30 for 30 - Day 6 - Al Maida and Al Anaam
June 11, 2016
The end of Suratul Maidah and beginning of Suratul An’aam (Makki Surah).
Laws of Shariah continue and ends with story of Isa (as).
Verse 82 (Al Maaidah)
Praises those Christians who recognize the truth as they hear it.
“A person who believed in Isa (as) and then believed in Muhammad (saw) will have two rewards”
Breaking of oaths
Intoxicants, gambling and sacrificing to other than Allah, casting arrows and trusting Shayateen should be avoided!
Immediately after this prohibition Allah says there is no blame on those who believe for what happened in the past.
Verse 94 – 100
Laws of hunting, ihram and prohibitions
Allah makes permissible the game of the sea. “Its water is pure and its animals are pure.”
Unlike for the Jews.
Don’t persist in excessive questioning – you could make things haram for you.
All the food was haram for Bani Israel except that which they made haram for themselves.
Food – Everything is Halaal unless proven Haraam.
Verse 105 – 108
Allah clarifies wills and inheritance
Verse 109 – end
The table spread? May Allah send a table spread with food?
Isa (as) followers asked for this as a gift from Allah (swt) – Isa (as) made dua for this and Allah granted it.
Musa (as) followers were ungrateful after Allah (swt) sent manna and salwa to them from the heavens.
Isa (as) glorifies Allah and denies telling the people that they should worship him as god. Allah knows this but this is part of bearing witness. Isa (as) is the victim as those who made this claim against him.
Surah Alan’aam revealed all at once! Along with Jibreel (as) accompanied by 70000 Angels! It went from the heart of Muhammad (saw) to heart of Ibn Masud all at one as well.
This Surah spells out Allah’s oneness, longest and first of the Makki Surahs.
All praise is due to Allah! Allah is stressing is Tawheed. And also stresses His (swt) creation. Allah is the only one worthy of worship.
How many generations were destroyed before them (the people of Makkah)?
Shubuhaat and Shahawaat (Pride and desires) veil them from the truth. Nothing will unlock their hearts. Not miracles, not difference in revelation etc.
Allah addresses Muhammad (saw) and says that the prophets before him were mocked as well.
Speaks about judgement day and those who worshipped other than Allah. Allah will gather them and they will be questioned about those they worshipped and about the claims they made against those who brought the truth. They also denied resurrection.
Asaateerul Awalleen – Fiction of the people who came before (an insult to Muhammad (saw).
The people of the book for the most part believe in life after death.
Verse 36 – Verse 42
Allah mentions the animals and plants use their natural instincts to worship Allah by running their course, who are you to deny Allah with such arrogance!
Verse 43 ---
Do not be deceived by this world! Turning yourself away from guidance turns you away from good – enjoy the world… Aakhirah is not for you! Be pleased with Dunya, it does not last forever.
Surahtul An’aam also focuses on Ibrahim (as) and his natural inclination towards Allah.
Verse 74 ---
People of the book and People of Makkah both honor Ibrahim (as). So Allah tells us the story of Ibrahim following his inclination to worship one Allah. After seeing the stars and the moon and the sun….it’s not possible for these things to be Allah.
Verse 80 – 82
Ibrahim (as) was divinely inspired with the argument that he used. Elevated Ibrahim (as) from his people and protected him against them.
Quran 30 for 30 - Day 5 - Nisaa & Al Maida
June 10, 2016
Beginning of Suratul Maidah
This surah has a different time period, post Hudaybiah (Treaty), Muslims now in power after turning back to Allah. In a place of success, authority and victory. So Allah reminds them of humility. The prophet (saw) is now sending letters to the rulers of the world. So Surah Maidah details the etiquette of dawah. The maturity of the laws are also shown.
This Surah also talks to the followers of Isa and Maryam.
Allah addresses the Muslims and mentions the importance of fulfilling contracts. Allah says the grazing livestock are halaal for us. And there should be no hunting while in the state of Ihram. Muharram, Thul Qa’dah, Thul Hijja, Rajab and the sanctity of these sacred months.
The prohibition of eating dead animals, blood and the flesh of swine and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah. That were killed with a violent blow or strangled. A lot of laws regarding what’s allowed to eat.
All good things have been made lawful for us. Always start with the name of Allah. Allah also made marriage to the women of the people of the book halaal for the muslims.
Remember the favour of Allah (swt) and the covenant we took with Allah, addressing the Muslims. We hear and obey! If we connect this to the previous Ayat – If the heart is corrupted then the person will undoubtedly find loopholes in the law. Allah gives us these laws and reminds us to be mindful of Him. Fear Allah.
And don’t let your hatred of people keep you from being just – Because you are in a state of power doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be just.
Allah mentions rewards for those who do and those who disobey.
Remember Allah’s favour – Allah protected the believers form the enemies and the hypocrites.
And then Allah reminds us of Bani Israel – broke their covenant with Allah and fell into the punishment of Allah. We should not deviate!
And then Allah reminds us of the Christians – they deviated from the covenant.
We should not be like them!
Muhammad (Saw) is reviving the covenant that was brought to the people of Musa and Isa. Allah guides those who are pursuing his pleasure and take us from darkness to light and upon the straight path.
Allah takes us to the story of Musa (as) in Verse 20 –
Remember the favour of Allah – Allah had blessed them with position. Musa (as) is about to enter Jerusalem with his people. “Oh my people enter the holy land…” They turned their backs on Jerusalem they did not want to fight. After seeing the army of Firawn drown miraculously. They still do not realize that Allah is truly in charge and only He (swt) grants victory. Allah reminds the believers not to make the same mistake! And they then entered Makkah with grace, justice and mercy, having no fear and maintaining justice!!!!!
The children of Adam (as) – Qaabil and Haabil. Allah only accepted the one sacrifice and out of envy the one brother turned in envy and hatred he killed his brother. He should have turned to Allah instead.
“Whoever turns back to Allah after transgression, Allah will forgive him….” The dominion of the entire heavens and earth belongs to Allah. We are never in a position act unjustly.
We should always judge justly – Bani Israel were entrusted with the scripture and they were unjust. DO NOT be selective in punishment.
The Quran is a criterion over the books that came before!
Allah will replace nations if they turn away from the covenant with people who will worship and love Allah and Allah will love them.
Quran 30 for 30 - Day 4 - Al Nisaa
June 9, 2016
Surah An Nisa verses 24 onward
Includes spiritual admonishes and legal rulings.
Verses 26 – 28 (Summary of the purpose of Islamic law)
“Allah wants to make clear for you...”
“Allah wants you to succeed” Allah admonishes the people of the book their faults but also highlights the good they did so we can do good too. Allah also wants to forgive us. “Allah’s mercy precedes his anger”
“Allah want to lighten your difficulties” Allah doesn’t burden us beyond our scope. The law has been legislated to make things easy for us, for e.g.. Restricting us from alcohol (harmful effects).
Verse 34 – “The abused verse” (or ‘the verse of abuse’)
Procedure of resolving conflict with one’s spouse.
Why an abused verse? Prophet (saw) is the Quran and he never beat any of his wives even though he may have reached divorced– does not mean to beat or strike (rather strike an example) – People abuse this verse saying wife beating is allowed!
Verse 36 onwards – focuses on different things other women’s laws.
“And worship Allah and do not associate anything with him….”
General rules of Ihsan are imparted, showing excellence to everyone: starting with one’s parents and ending with the stranger.
“When we bring upon every nation a witness and we bring you as a witness upon all of them…”
Why is it important that Rasul (Saw) is a witness for all mankind?
Abdullah Ibn Masood (ra) recited to Rasul (saw) Surah Nisaa until he reached verse 41
“When we bring upon every nation a witness and we bring you as a witness upon all of them…”
Rasul (saw) urged him to stop and began crying because he realized the Amanah he was given as an intecessor. May Rasul (saw) not be a witness against us.
Verse 43 –
“Do not approach the prayer while intoxicated….”
Legislation of tayammum is introduced as well
“And indeed Allah does not forgive association with him but he forgives everything else for whom he wills…”
Allah forgives everything except for shirk – May Allah forgive all our sins.
“Allah commands you to render trust…”
Give back trust to those who are due and Judge between the people with justice.
“Oh you who believe…Obey Allah, the messenger and those who have been granted authority over you…”
If you have been granted authority over people, be just and turn to the Quran and Sunnah
“No, by your Lord they do not truly believe until they make you the final judge…”
First few Juz – Allah mentions people going astray for desires and pride.
Here Allah says desires should conform to what Rasul (saw) has judged and as for pride they agree with the prophet (saw) snuffing their pride.
Battle has a noble purpose – For the sake of Allah – protecting the weak and oppressed.
“Whatever has come to you of good, is from Allah…”
When good comes to you Thank Allah, when bad happens to you acknowledge that you are to blame, do not blame Allah.
“Do they not contemplate the Quran or do they have locks on their hearts…”
Take responsibility for your spiritual shortcomings and worldly failures
Third consecutive “Allahu la ilaha illa hu…”
Allah warns of the day of judgement ‘Laa rayb’
Long verse detailing Salatul Khawf – How to pray in battle
“When you finish the prayer remember Allah standing, sitting and while you lie on your side…”
“Indeed Salah has been decreed upon the believers within its specified times…”
Even in battle, prayer should be prayed on time.
Shaytan is an enemy,
Quran 30 for 30 - Day 3 - Ale Imran and Nisaa
June 8, 2016
Ale Imran part 2 and Surah An Nisa
Bani Israel was condemned in Surah Baqarah – we should avoid their actions they followed so we don’t follow their fate. We should not reject revelation.
“Oh you who believe fear Allah or be conscious of Allah….”
“And do not die except in a state of submission to him.”
“Cling to the rope of Allah…” Theme revolves around guidance of the Quran to the Prophet (saw). Our nation should unite around the book of Allah. Always remain productive in the work of Allah and free oneself from personal agendas, desire and pride. What makes us the best nation is that we enjoin what is good and forbids what is evil and we believe in Allah alone. Focus on what has made the successful succeed.
Allah addressed the believers and says that their success at badr was about them fulfilling their covenant to Allah and so they were successful. At Uhud they fell in their covenant so they should becareful, rush to Allah’s forgiveness. Those who are righteous enjoin good and forbid evil and rush toward good deeds. This relates to the battle of Uhud – because the believers turned away because they thought the prophet (Saw) was killed, and it wasn’t about Rasul (SAW) it is about Allah always! And Allah rewards those who are grateful, so don’t turn away no matter what.
The archers were tested along with the believers at the Battle of Uhud, but Allah has already forgiven them. Allah did not tell you this about your weakness to distress you, it is being brought to your attention so that you take lesson from it. SubhanAllah! Allah will always forgive so long as you turn back to Him (swt).
“If Allah aids you, then who is it that can overcomes you and if Allah forsakes you and who will support you after that. So upon Allah let the believers place their trust…”
Rasul (saw) would awake for Tahajjud and recite the last ten verses of Ale Imran.
“Allah responded to them, that I do not cause the deeds of anyone to go to waste…”
Surah An Nisa
The chapter about women – many issues are covered regarding women and family life.
Ale Imran – Spiritual admonishment end of the surah also establishes gender equity
An Nisa- Practical issues – how to deal with orphans, widows. Establishes legal implications.
The verse of polygyny was established to deal with the problem of widows and orphan girls. But not restricted to that time, though one must be just.
Quran 30 for 30 day 2 - Al Baqara and Ale Imran
June 7, 2016
End of Surah Baqarah beginning of Ale Imran is a connection
The quran will intercede on the day of Judgement
These two surahs will shade the believer like a cloud – argue on your behalf on the day of judgement. Emphasize guidance.
Ale Imran –
1st section revealed early in Madinah – Muslims have just fought off their opressors so Allah shifts the believers focus.
Al Hayy Al Qayyum – Names of Allah (Ayat Al Kursi) (Two greatest names of Allah)
The quran is for those who are conscious of Allah.
This surah also addresses the People of the Book – all the revelations before were a guidance before they were changed. But the Quran is now the criteria for all those who have Taqwa.
Allah addresses the hypocrites – those with crookedness in their hearts. They focus on ambiguous verses and interpret it according to their desires and to cause corruption on earth.
Allah addresses the believers- people of knowledge accept every verse as it is all from Allah. We don’t escape any ruling. The heart is ready to receive revelation – it can bear any ruling of the Quran. The law is not too burdensome. The theme of dua still exists through these first three surahs. The focus is the purity of the heart and maintaining sincerity as well as remembering the aakhirah often and meeting Allah. The desires are not strong enough to take them away from Allah
Allah addresses the disbelievers- Allah has the best reward with him. They disregard this for their own desires. There are things more beautiful that what you desire over pleasing Allah. Unrestricted desires leads to a person fall into hypocrisy.
Allah clarifies that the way to HIM has always been Islam (submission to Him alone in the way that he orders you to submit with his guidance).
The people of the book only differed out of animosity and pride – desire and pride leads people astray.
Allah addresses them – the likeness of Jesus (as) is just like that of Adams (as) – Allah said “BE” and they came into being.
Warning to the people of the book to accept truth and not be deluded. Allah calls them to guidance. Some of them accept and some will turn away.
To the muslims – we do not want any element of Deen to be rejected we should believe in all prophets. We accept the entire body of revelation and divine guidance and so distinguish ourselves.
Allah will not guide those who insist on misguidance.
Can’t attain righteousness until you spend from that which you love.
Quran 30 for 30. Al Fatiha and Al Baqara summary.
June 6, 2016
Ramadan is the month of Quran.
Al Fatiha and Al Baqarah
Fatiha (Umm Al Kitaab) –
Opening of Quran is a supplication for guidance. Prophet (saw) “Dua is essence of worship”
Asking Allah for guidance
Ain Surah Fatiha we asked for guidance and then in this surah Allah responds that this book has guidance.
Allah gives us reasons why we should believe in him in surah Baqarah – stories of how to seek guidance, what guidance is, how to be sincere, reasons we fall from guidance. Always be sincere Allah will be with you.
The Quran is a book wherein there is NO DOUBT. Always seek refuge from Allah.
Allah speaks about 3 people:
Those who believe in Allah and accept guidance
Those who purposely turn away from guidance and their hearts eyes and ears are sealed
Those who are hypocrites who use guidance for their own good (material/worldly benefit).
Story of Adams (as) – fell from guidance (due to simple desire) and was guided again – (Repentance). Follow Allah’s guidance and there will be no fear upon you nor shall you grieve.
Iblis guided Jinn – lost guidance (pride) much harder to return to Allah.
Firawn – a man who insists upon pride and put it before everything including divine guidance.
Bani Israel – Insist on desire, some may turn to Allah again others insist upon their desire until it hardens the heart much like firawn
Sulaiman (as) - had access to desires and a great kingdom! He (as) remained close to Allah, a beacon of guidance.
Ibrahim (as) – Abrahamic way is unique from all the children of Adam. The way of Deen. Representing everything a person would want to achieve in becoming close to Allah. “Oh Allah send from amongst them a messenger that would recite upon them its verses……”
Guidance – Quran
Implementation of that Guidance – Rasul (saw)
Allah places purification before knowledge – purification first from desires
Qiblah is switched to the Kaaba.
Allah has prescribed upon you fasting as it was prescribed upon those before you so that you may attain taqwa.
Fasting is supposed to bring guidance into your life.
Guidance comes in Ramadaan – by gaining piety, glorifying Allah and being grateful. Thank Allah for guidance.
“When my servant asks of me I am near to him, I answer the call of the caller when he calls upon me…..”
Rushd – guidance in your actions (Rashidoon – guided)
Enter into Islam (submission) entirely – do not follow the footsteps of Shaytan and Firawn. Rather follow Ibrahim, Moosa, Rasul (saw)
Allah does not burden you beyond your scope. Every soul will have what is within its scope.
Fatihah starts with dua for guidance
Baqarah ends with dua to be kept firm upon that guidance
An encouraging talk by Omar Suleiman on creating a wholesome community by giving thought-provoking stories of the sahabas and the next generation of scholars. Tune in to listen and learn from these stories.
The Beginning and the End - EP 70 The Earth is a Blessing
In this episode, Shaykh Omar Suleiman discusses about Adam As and Hawa AS descending on earth, the construction of Ka'aba by angels, the white stone coming to earth and the reasons for it to be turning black and concludes by giving an understanding of earth once upon a time being a blessing, however loosing its barakah in this age.
This episode is about marvelous exchange of words between Adam AS and Musa AS. As we are aware Musa AS had a difficult life from childhood to death, he asked Allah SWT for a conversation with Adam AS and Adam AS was presented and then starts the conversation. Tune in to learn about this short yet amazing communication.
The Beginning and the End - EP 68 Overcoming your Sins
In this episode, Shaykh Omar Suleiman explains the decree of Allah irrespective of the sin of Adam AS, how the situation of Adam AS was greater after repentance, being chosen as a Prophet of Allah than the situation before and Rasullalah SAW said when you sin and seek repentance its like you haven't sinned and if that sin got you closer to Allah SWT its better for you.
In this episode, Omar Suleiman explains how Adam AS owned his sin completely on himself repentance sincerely solely for forgiveness from Allah SWT so much so Jibreel AS comes down and asks Adam AS until when he cry. Tune in to listen to the beautiful conversation between Allah SWT and Adam AS on repentance and Jannah.
The Beginning and the End - EP 66 Running Away from Allah
This episode is about enlightening conversations between Allah SWT and Adam AS when Adam AS ate from the forbidden tree and how beautifully Allah SWT explains Adam AS to come back to Allah SWT when a sin is committed rather than running away and the conversation termed as An-Najwa, a talk between Allah SWT and each of HIS servant on the day of judgement reminding us about HIS prohibitions.
This talk is a preview of the full course on Jibreel AS available on Bayyinah TV. A must-listen by Omar Suleiman explaining about the angel, Jibreel, which gives enormous confidence in revelation when his character is studied. As there is no book written on Jibreel AS, an enormous effort has been put in to collect the information from various different books of hadith, aqeedah etc and present it to the ummah in the form of this course.
A beautiful explanation by Omar Suleiman about a powerful conversation between Adam AS and Sheeth AS mentioning about falling prey to shaytaan and disobeying Allah SWT. The episode ends with a take-home advice that if a sin is committed out of desire it is easier to come back to Allah SWT and if it is committed out of pride then is it taking the satanic path. May Allah protect the ummah at large.
The Beginning and the End - EP 64 Double Standards
In this episode, Omar Suleiman explains about the double standards existing in the society pertaining to women when sinned unlike men, who are forgiven in most of the cases. A wonderful principle laid out by Allah SWT condemning the favoritism of boy-over-girl and the concept of blaming woman alone. Islam truly stands for justice!
The Beginning and the End - EP 62 Married in Paradise
Beginning and End is a series based on the book بداية و نهاية,. Sheikh Omar Suleiman goes through this entire text weekly to bring stories and reminders to you. In this episode, Omar Suleiman continues the talk with shaytaan getting evicted from jannah and the beginning of Adam AS, his greetings with Allah SWT, the angels, his longing for a companion, Allah SWT granting him a spouse and ends very beautifully with the beauty of the mankind in Jannah.
The Beginning and the End - EP 61 Banned From Heaven
In this episode, Imam Omar Suleiman tells us the story of shaytaan particularly with Adam AS and focuses on the encounter between Adam AS and Shaytaan. A major question, “When shaytaan was kicked out of jannah when he disobeyed Allah SWT, how was he able to come back and sway away Adam and Hawwa AS?” is answered in a great detail.
An enlightening and powerful reminder by Omar Suleiman on disarming the shaytaan in the light of ahadith, one of which states do not curse the shaytaan for he becomes bigger than your house, instead say "Bismillah" which would reduce him to something smaller than a fly. For more such powerful tips, tune in to this episode of removing shaytaan completely from the equation.
The Beginning and the End - EP 59 Feeling Insecure
In this episode, Omar Suleiman talks about shaytaan and how he plans to leads the mankind astray by creating insecurities amongst mankind to an extent that the authority, control and power of Allah SWT comes under doubt. May Allah SWT protect us from falling prey to shaytaan.
The Beginning and the End - EP 58 Desperate Measures
In this episode, Omar Suleiman talks about the mention from Allah SWT about shaytaan not being able to attack from top and bottom direction. Tune in to educate yourself about its reasons and the promises of Allah SWT for mankind.
The Beginning And The End - EP 57 Stronger than the Devil
In this episode, Omar Suleiman talks about how weak the plan of shaytaan is and that Allah has equipped us in a powerful way. A detailed short talk on how to prevent yourself from shaytaan when he attacks from all directions. May Allah protect us from the vil whispers of shaytaan.
Recent headlines about Islam and slavery have shaken many. We are excited to announce a free live webcast exploring the past and present manifestations of slavery, and how Islam and other religions viewed it. This will be a brutally honest program that will discuss this topic in great depth.
The Beginning and the End - EP 56 Your Sworn Enemy
In this episode, Omar Suleiman explains how Allah SWT warns us about our enemy, shaytaan whose only motive is to lead us astray and away from the remembrance of Allah SWT. May Allah SWT protect us from the enemy and give us the ability to win over him at all times to attain paradise.
This episode is about a companion who loved one of the Surahs of the Quran so much that he would recite it in every rakah after surah Fatiha and then recite another Surah. Watch the last episode of this series to know if the Prophet SAW approved of this act of worship or no.
In this episode Shaykh Omar Suleiman explains the verse 48 from Surah Mursalaat where Allah SWT says, “That when it is said to them to bow down in prayer they don’t bow down in prayer”. A story about the humble response given by one of the greatest scholar, Imam Maalik Raheemallahu Ta'ala when a person with less knowledge tries to correct him.
This episode is all about the amount of respect to be bestowed upon women and how Allah SWT heard the plea of woman and mentions in Surah Al Mujadilah verse no 1. A powerful story about a woman, Khawlah Bint Ta’alaba RA who grieved and complained to Allah SWT about her verbally abusive husband and Allah SWT revealed an entire Surah Al Mujadilah.
This episode is about the abundant mercy of Allah SWT made mention of in Surah Hadid, verse no 16 where Allah SWT says, “Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humble, submit themselves to Allah SWT, that which has come down as truth and do not be like those who are given scripture before you and a long period passed so their hearts hardened once again and many of them are defiantly disobedient”. A transformational journey of highway robber during the day and committing zina in the night to becoming Imam Al Haramain, the Imam of two harams.
This episode is about the first two ayahs from Surah Hujurat also known as Surah of adab/respect as it teaches us the adab holistically. A small story of a companion who thinks he is going to hell fire instead he is guaranteed by Prophet SAW that he is a person of paradise by the mercy of Allah SWT.
This episode enlightens us on forgiving the oppressors and forgetting the oppression and collect the reward on the day of judgement from Allah SWT. A powerful story about how Imam Ahmed Rahemallahu Ta’ala forgave every person who subjected him to torture for almost a decade solely to collect the reward from Allah SWT on the day of judgement as mentioned in Surah Ash Shuraa verse 40.
This episode makes mention of the leaps and bounds of the mercy of Allah SWT there by teaching us not to lose hope in the mercy of Allah SWT. A small story about three companions, two of whom were forced to leave Islam because of the family and how Allah SWT made a way for them and revealed verses about their forgiveness from Surah Zumar, verse no.53.
This episode is about expressing patience in difficult times and remembering Allah SWT and Quran. A Quranic conversation between one of the greatest companions, Muadh Ibn Jabal RA and his son AbdurRahman when both of them were struck by a plague on their death bed.
This episode is about the most asked question that why does Allah SWT always speak about men in the Quran or always use the male gender to speak about something. A question asked by the wife of Umm Salama RA to Prophet SAW and how Allah SWT addresses this beautifully in Surah Ahzaab.
This episode talks about how the cousin and son-in-law of Prophet SAW, Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taalib RA, dealt with his haters in a dignified way and reminding himself with a beautiful ayah from Surah Rum where Allah SWT says, be patient indeed the promise of Allah is true and let not those who are uncertain in their own faith discourage you.
This episode makes mention of how true believers would have a beautiful ending to their life - an influential story about the grandson of Umar Ibn Khattab RA, Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz Rahemallahu Ta’ala who welcomed the angels of mercy and constantly recited verse 83 from Surah Al-Qasas during his final moments.
This episode makes mention of how the merciful servants of Allah would respond when ignorant people address them harshly through a verse numbered 63 from Surah Furqan. A powerful story about the response of Imam Ahmed Raheemallahu Ta’ala and a man who said foul things to him.
A powerful message conveying video about dealing with hardship and calamities from verse 76 of Surah Muminun. It is the story of Wahb Ibn Munabbeh Raheemallahu Ta’ala, a great scholar who was imprisoned and how he chose to respond to this trial of Allah SWT.
An interesting episode about an intellectual conversation between a student, Abdullah Ibn Haarith Raheemallahu Ta’ala and a teacher, Ka’ab Ibn Ahdhar Raheemallahu Ta’ala which is narrated by the student himself. When the tafseer of Surah Ambiya was being done in the halaqa and came to verse no. 20, Abdullah raised a thought provoking question, “How can angels engage in constant tasbeeh while they are doing multiple actions like recording deeds etc?". Get the answer through this video.
This episode is about a verse numbered 88 from Surah Maryam, where Allah SWT informs us about the conditions of sky, earth and mountains when disbelievers associate son with Allah. A smart debate between one of the knowledgeable scholars of Islam, Al Qari Abu Bakr Al Baqillani Rahemallahu Ta’ala from Baghdad and a Christian priest about not associating partners with Allah SWT.
This episode is about a story of tyrant ruler, Hajjaj Ibn Yusuf, who would kill people very easily and the Quranic literacy of a woman which was so powerful that she could save her son from the tyrant.
This episode is about a verse from Surah Nahl, juzz 14, explaining how we can inspire ourselves and what lessons can be learnt when Allah SWT says Ibraheem AS was an ummah by himself. An intellectual conversation between Abdullah Ibn Masood RA and one of his student.
This episode is about the legacy of the verse from Surah Yusuf numbered 92, spoken by Yusuf AS to forgive his brothers upon plotting to kill him, continued by Prophet SAW on the victory of Mekkah after suffering oppression for 20+ years and 500 years later by Salahuddin Rahemallahu Ta’ala upon conquering of Jerusalem. A powerful story on victory of forbearance.
This episode talks about verse no.58 from Surat Yunus, tenth juzz, where Allah SWT says the rejoice we experience in Allah and his messenger SAW must be far above and greater than the happiness experienced upon any worldly possession. A story about humbleness of a prominent ruler, Umar Ibn Khattab RA.
This episode talks about verse no.101 from Surat At-Tawbah, ninth juzz, where Allah SWT says to Prophet SAW regarding the fate of people on the day of judgement, “You, do not know them, but We know them". A narration by Khataa’da Rahemallahu Ta’ala which give emphasis not to judge others’ fate that he/she would be in hellfire/paradise.
This episode talks about verse no.12 and 48 from Surah Al-Anfal, explaining how Allah SWT favored the believers on the day of badr. A story narrated by Sa’ad Ibn Rabeeah RA to his students explaining about the ascending of angels and exit of shaytaan from the battlefield.
This episode talks about verse no. 163 from Surah Araf, explaining the destruction of the people of town when they disobeyed Allah SWT. A small story between a teacher, Abdullah Ibn Abbas RA and his student khataa’da narrating the incident of Sabbath.
This episode talks about verse no.201 of Surah Aaraf, seventh juzz, where Allah SWT says indeed who fear Allah SWT when they are touched by an impulsive shaytaan and as soon as that happens they remember Allah SWT and they can see clearly. A story of young man full of taqwa, who responded from his grave.
This episode talks about verse no.95 of Surah Maeedah, sixth juzz, which gives a solution to those on Hajj and in Ihraam for killing an animal. A story with golden advice given by Umar Ibn Khattab RA to Khabeesa Ibn Jaabir, a youngster whose friend killed an animal on their way to hajj.
This episode talks about Surah Maeedah verse no.34, sixth juzz, where Allah SWT says "O you! who have transgressed amongst yourselves do not despair in the mercy of Allah SWT, He is all-forgiving and merciful". A transformational story about Ali Ibn Asadi Raheemallahu Ta’ala- from the most wanted highway robber in medina to a noble scholar.
This episode talks about Surah An-Nisaa verse no.123, fourth juzz where Allah SWT says whoever does a wrong deed/commits a sin will be compensated for it and he will not find besides ALLAH SWT a protector or helper. A story worth listening about Prophet SAW and Abubakr-as-Siddiq R.A which shows us how the companions of Prophet SAW feared Allah SWT.
This episode talks about Surah An-Nisaa verse no.19, fourth juzz where Allah SWT says dwell with your spouses in kindness and also perhaps you dislike a thing and Allah SWT puts within it much good. A beautiful small story about Abdullah Ibn Umar R.A when he fought with his wife, decided to divorce her and how this verse came to his rescue.
This episode talks about Surah Al-Imra’an verse no.92, third juzz, where Allah SWT says you will not achieve the reward of righteousness (Jannah) until you spend out of that which you love. A heart-touching small story narrated by Anas Ibn Maalik R.A about his step father Abu Talha on the lines of this verse.
This being the second episode talks about verses from Surah Al Baqarah and Surah Maeedah, Second and third juzz, where Allah SWT revealed verses in the context of intoxication. A story about the sincerity of dua made by Umar Ibn Qattab R.A to clarify matters of alcohol.
The series, “People of Quran”, by Shaykh Omar Suleiman an incredibly knowledgeable series talks about how our pious predecessors interacted with the Quran starting with first juzz. First episode is about how surah Fatiha, was used as a cure/treatment by the companions when a non-muslim tribe was bitten by snake.