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Forgiveness – Seek It And Give It

عن سالم ، عن أبيه قال : سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول اللهم العن فلانا ، اللهم العن الحارث بن هشام ، اللهم العن سهيل بن عمرو ، اللهم العن صفوان بن أمية فنزلت هذه الآية : ( ليس لك من الأمر شيء أو يتوب عليهم أو يعذبهم فإنهم ظالمون ) فتيب عليهم كلهم

Ibn Kathir reports,

“Salim’s father reported that he heard the Prophet saying in his prayer, upon rising from ruku’: ‘O God!, curse so-and-so and curse al-Harith bin Hisham, Suhayl bin ‘Amr, and Safwan bin Umayyah’ upon which the following verse was revealed:

لَيسَ لَكَ مِنَ الأَمرِ شَيءٌ أَو يَتوبَ عَلَيهِم أَو يُعَذِّبَهُم فَإِنَّهُم ظالِمونَ

“You have no part in the affair. Either He will turn towards them or He will punish them, for they are wrongdoers.” — Qur’an, 3: 128

Part of Suhayl’s opposition to the Prophet and Islam is that he had two sons, Abu Jandal and Abdullah, the both of whom became Muslim before him, leading to Suhayl disowning them until he himself later became Muslim.

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Don’t Let This World Rob You And Your Family of the Next

مَنْ فَاتَتْهُ الْعَصْرُ فَكَأَنَّمَا وُتِرَ أَهْلَهُ وَمَالَهُ

“Whoever allows his ‘Asr prayer to escape them it is as though he was cheated of his family and property.”Sahih Muslim #626

In this episode, Imam Marc discusses the hardships and challenges of this life, particularly striking a balance between earning a living and providing religious and spiritual sustenance — not only material sustenance — to our children and family.

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Victory Comes From God Alone

وَهُوَ الَّذي مَدَّ الأَرضَ وَجَعَلَ فيها رَواسِيَ وَأَنهارًا

“It is He who stretched out the earth and placed firmly embedded mountains and rivers.”Qur’an, 13: 3

لَهُ مُعَقِّباتٌ مِن بَينِ يَدَيهِ وَمِن خَلفِهِ يَحفَظونَهُ مِن أَمرِ اللَّهِ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يُغَيِّرُ ما بِقَومٍ حَتّىٰ يُغَيِّروا ما بِأَنفُسِهِم ۗ وَإِذا أَرادَ اللَّهُ بِقَومٍ سوءًا فَلا مَرَدَّ لَهُ ۚ وَما لَهُم مِن دونِهِ مِن والٍ

“Everyone has a succession of angels in front of him and behind him, guarding him by Allah’s command. Allah never changes a people’s state until they change what is in themselves. When Allah desires evil for a people, there is no averting it. They have no protector apart from Him.”Qur’an, 13: 11

وَلَقَد ذَرَأنا لِجَهَنَّمَ كَثيرًا مِنَ الجِنِّ وَالإِنسِ ۖ لَهُم قُلوبٌ لا يَفقَهونَ بِها وَلَهُم أَعيُنٌ لا يُبصِرونَ بِها وَلَهُم آذانٌ لا يَسمَعونَ بِها ۚ أُولٰئِكَ كَالأَنعامِ بَل هُم أَضَلُّ ۚ أُولٰئِكَ هُمُ الغافِلونَ

“We created many of the jinn and mankind for Hell. They have hearts they do not understand with. They have eyes they do not see with. They have ears they do not hear with. Such people are like cattle. No, they are even further astray! They are the unaware.”Qur’an, 7: 179

إِنَّ الَّذينَ فَرَّقوا دينَهُم وَكانوا شِيَعًا لَستَ مِنهُم في شَيءٍ ۚ إِنَّما أَمرُهُم إِلَى اللَّهِ ثُمَّ يُنَبِّئُهُم بِما كانوا يَفعَلونَ
مَن جاءَ بِالحَسَنَةِ فَلَهُ عَشرُ أَمثالِها ۖ وَمَن جاءَ بِالسَّيِّئَةِ فَلا يُجزىٰ إِلّا مِثلَها وَهُم لا يُظلَمونَ
قُل إِنَّني هَداني رَبّي إِلىٰ صِراطٍ مُستَقيمٍ دينًا قِيَمًا مِلَّةَ إِبراهيمَ حَنيفًا ۚ وَما كانَ مِنَ المُشرِكينَ
قُل إِنَّ صَلاتي وَنُسُكي وَمَحيايَ وَمَماتي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ العالَمينَ
لا شَريكَ لَهُ ۖ وَبِذٰلِكَ أُمِرتُ وَأَنا أَوَّلُ المُسلِمينَ
قُل أَغَيرَ اللَّهِ أَبغي رَبًّا وَهُوَ رَبُّ كُلِّ شَيءٍ ۚ وَلا تَكسِبُ كُلُّ نَفسٍ إِلّا عَلَيها ۚ وَلا تَزِرُ وازِرَةٌ وِزرَ أُخرىٰ ۚ ثُمَّ إِلىٰ رَبِّكُم مَرجِعُكُم فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِما كُنتُم فيهِ تَختَلِفونَ
وَهُوَ الَّذي جَعَلَكُم خَلائِفَ الأَرضِ وَرَفَعَ بَعضَكُم فَوقَ بَعضٍ دَرَجاتٍ لِيَبلُوَكُم في ما آتاكُم ۗ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ سَريعُ العِقابِ وَإِنَّهُ لَغَفورٌ رَحيمٌ

“As for those who divide up their deen and form into sects, you have nothing whatsoever to do with them. Their affair will go back to Allah and then He will inform them about what they did. Those who produce a good action will receive ten like it. But those who produce a bad action will only be repaid with its equivalent and they will not be wronged. Say: ‘My Lord has guided me to a straight path, a well-founded deen, the religion of Ibrahim, a man of pure natural belief. He was not one of the idolaters.’ Say: ‘My salat and my rites, my living and my dying, are for Allah alone, the Lord of all the worlds, Who has no partner. I am commanded to be like that and I am the first of the Muslims.’ Say: ‘Am I to desire other than Allah as Lord when He is the Lord of all things?’ What each self earns is for itself alone. No burden-bearer can bear another’s burden. Then you will return to your Lord, and He will inform you regarding the things about which you differed. It is He who appointed you khalifs on the earth and raised some of you above others in rank so He could test you regarding what He has given you. Your Lord is Swift in Retribution; and He is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”Qur’an, 6: 159-165

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The Routine Miracle of Islam

وَلَقَد ذَرَأنا لِجَهَنَّمَ كَثيرًا مِنَ الجِنِّ وَالإِنسِ ۖ لَهُم قُلوبٌ لا يَفقَهونَ بِها وَلَهُم أَعيُنٌ لا يُبصِرونَ بِها وَلَهُم آذانٌ لا يَسمَعونَ بِها ۚ أُولٰئِكَ كَالأَنعامِ بَل هُم أَضَلُّ ۚ أُولٰئِكَ هُمُ الغافِلونَ

“We created many of the jinn and mankind for Hell. They have hearts they do not understand with. They have eyes they do not see with. They have ears they do not hear with. Such people are like cattle. No, they are even further astray! They are the unaware.”Qur’an, 7: 179

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Knowing How You Failure – Towards Success With God

قُل يا عِبادِيَ الَّذينَ أَسرَفوا عَلىٰ أَنفُسِهِم لا تَقنَطوا مِن رَحمَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغفِرُ الذُّنوبَ جَميعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الغَفورُ الرَّحيمُ

“Say: ‘My slaves, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful’.”Qur’an 39: 53

قالَ فَبِما أَغوَيتَني لَأَقعُدَنَّ لَهُم صِراطَكَ المُستَقيمَ

ثُمَّ لَآتِيَنَّهُم مِن بَينِ أَيديهِم وَمِن خَلفِهِم وَعَن أَيمانِهِم وَعَن شَمائِلِهِم ۖ وَلا تَجِدُ أَكثَرَهُم
شاكِرينَ

“He [Shaytan] said, ‘By Your misguidance of me, I will lie in ambush for them on your straight path. Then I will come at them, from in front of them and behind them, from their right and from their left. You will not find most of them thankful’.”Qur’an 7: 17

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Is God Punishing Me? Misunderstanding Divine Attributes

In this episode, Imam Marc discusses some critical yet subtle misunderstandings many of us have about Allah and His Attributes.

وَلَنُذيقَنَّهُم مِنَ العَذابِ الأَدنىٰ دونَ العَذابِ الأَكبَرِ لَعَلَّهُم يَرجِعونَ

“We will give them a taste of lesser punishment before the greater punishment, so that hopefully they will turn back.”Qur’an, 32: 21

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Mischief Managed – Secularism and The Managing of Muslim Voices

In this episode Imam Marc discusses secularism and how it impacts the Muslim community.

“The management of race and religion is not administered from some neutral ground. It continues the very specific religious, and racial, heritage of the United States.”Vincent W. Lloyd, “Managing Race, Managing Religion” from Race and Secularism in America

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Time – Investing In Our Here-After

Miscalculating Time: Learning To Invest For the Here-After

We often miscalculate time like we miscalculate money. Some of us, with no money sense, often spend all of what we have living hand to mouth. If we receive a windfall of money, we splurge. One sign of good money habits is that one’s money makes more money. Money builds wealth and is never mistaken for being the same as wealth.

If we live for a 100 years, which most of us don’t, we only get 5,200 Mondays, give or take. Imagine if instead of having 5,200 Mondays we were given $5,200. For those with no money sense they may think they’ve “won the lottery” and recklessly spend it all. Their money builds no wealth and then when a moment presents itself where having some wealth would be advantageous, they miss out.

Likewise, time is not only a problem of this life, but potentially a problem of the next. How we spend our time Here will have consequences of having time There. If our time has been invested wisely, then we’ll enjoy the fruits of our labor, literally kicking back and collecting those dividends. But if we squandered or mismanaged our time, then we’ll curse ourselves, for we’ll be in a place where despite having all the time in the world, it’ll literally be a punishment.

كُنْ فِي الدُّنْيَا كَأَنَّكَ غَرِيبٌ أَوْ عَابِرُ سَبِيلٍ وَعُدَّ نَفْسَكَ فِي أَهْلِ الْقُبُورِ
إِذَا أَصْبَحْتَ فَلاَ تُحَدِّثْ نَفْسَكَ بِالْمَسَاءِ وَإِذَا أَمْسَيْتَ فَلاَ تُحَدِّثْ نَفْسَكَ بِالصَّبَاحِ
وَخُذْ مِنْ صِحَّتِكَ قَبْلَ سَقَمِكَ وَمِنْ حَيَاتِكَ قَبْلَ مَوْتِكَ فَإِنَّكَ لاَ تَدْرِي يَا عَبْدَ اللَّهِ مَا اسْمُكَ غَدًا

The Prophet said to Ibn ‘Umar, “Be in this world like a stranger or like someone passing by on a journey, and count yourself as someone amongst the graves.”

Having understood this, Ibn ‘Umar said to me (Mujahid), “When you wake in the morning, do not immediately talk to yourself about what you’ve got to do this evening. Likewise, when you reach the evening time, don’t immediately speak about what you’ve got to do in the morning.”

“Rather, take from your health before you become sick. And take from your life before your death for you have no idea, o’ slave of God, what Allah has named for you tomorrow.”Jami’ al-Tirmidhi, #2333