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Lessons from Seerah


Lessons from the Seera

Sheikh Mohammad Al Hilali, Lecturer of Islamic American University

The Start

Historical Background

Mecca and Kaaba

Prophet Ibrahim was the founding father, and it all began nearly four thousand years ago, in the Sumerian town of Ur in the valley of the river Euphrates, lived a young man named Ibrahim. The people of Ur had once worshipped Allah but as time passed they forgot the true religion and started praying to idols, statues made of wood or clay and sometimes even of precious stones.
Even as a small child Abraham could not understand how his people, and especially his father, could make these images with their own hands, call them gods, and then worship them. He had always refused to join his people when they paid respect to these statues. Instead he would leave the town and sit alone,
thinking about the heavens and the world about him. He was sure his people were doing wrong and so alone he searched for the right way.
One clear night as he sat staring at the sky he saw a beautiful shining star, so beautiful that he cried out: ‘This must be Allah!’ He looked at it in awe for some time, until suddenly it began to fade and then it disappeared. He turned away in disappointment saying: / love not things that set Quran (6: 77)
On another night Ibraham was again looking at the sky and he saw the rising moon, so big and bright that he felt he could almost touch it. He thought to himself: This is my Lord. Quran 6: 78)
But it was not long before the moon set as well. Then he said, Unless my Lord guides me, I surely shall become one of the folk who are astray. Quran (6: 78)
Ibrahim then saw the beauty and splendor of the sunrise and decided that the sun must be the biggest and most powerful thing in the universe. But for the third time he was wrong, for the sun set at the end of the day. It was then that he realized that Allah is the Most Powerful, the Creator of the stars, the moon, the sun, the earth and of all living things. Suddenly he felt himself totally at peace, because he knew that he had found the Truth.
One day, while all the townspeople were out, Abraham angrily smashed all the idols with his right hand except for one which was very large. When the people returned they were furious. They remembered the things Abraham had said about the idols. They had him brought forth before everyone and demanded, ‘Is it you who did this to our gods, O Abraham?’ Abraham replied, But this their chief did it. Ask them, if they are able to speak.’ The people exclaimed, ‘You know they do not speak.’ ‘Do you worship what you yourselves have carved when Allah created you and what you make?’ Abraham continued, ‘Do you worship instead of Allah that which cannot profit you at all, nor harm you?’
Finally, Abraham warned them, read more

Leading the change

Leading the change: Lessons from the Seerah
Sheikh Mohammad Al Hilali
Sheikh Zoubir Bouchikhi
Islamic American University
Continuing Education Course
Islamic Dawah Center,
Houston, Texas

1. Introduction:
Seerah is a blueprint showing the complete embodiments of the formation of the creed, change of the course of history, and brought about a complete overhaul of society. Also, it is a source of understanding the relationship between the tactical and the strategical goals of Da’wah.

a. Aqeeda is the main axis for changing human behavior in order to have that change permanent and comprehensive.
b. The Messenger of Allah is the perfect role model given to humanity by the grace of Allah.
c. Understanding the comprehensiveness of Islam. read more

مادة فقه السيرة

مادة فقه السيرة

1-التعريف بفقه السيرة:

هو فهم أحداث السيرة والظروف التي وقعت فيها تلك الأحداث فهما استيعابيا بما يرينا موافقتها المثالية لتلك الظروف ويشبع حاجاتنا العصرية، ولهذا لا نهتم بسرد وتفاصيل الأحداث إلا بالقدر الذي يعيننا على ذلك.

2- الأهداف :

يمكن للدارس لفقه السيرة أن يتوخى الأهداف التالية: read more

Five pillars of Islam

Islam includes many religious practices. The five main pillars of Islam are…

1- The belief (Imaan): That there is no God to be worshipped except Allaah (the one God) and that Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) is His Messenger.

2- Performing the prescribed prayers (Salaat): five times a day.

3- Fasting (Siyaam): Once a year, from sunrise to sunset throughout the entire month of Ramadhan.

4- Charity (Zakaat): Which is paid to the poor and needy once every year.

5- Hajj: Which is the pilgrimage to Makkah once in a lifetime if one is physically able and can afford it financially. read more

Muhammad A to Z

Almost everyone on the earth today is discussing Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon
him. People want to know, “Who was he exactly?” “What did he teach?” “Why was he
loved so much by some and hated so much by others?” “Did he live up to his
claims?” “Was he a holy man? “Was he a prophet of God?” “What is the truth about
this man – Muhammad?”
How can we discover the truth and be totally honest in our judgment?
We will begin with the very simple historical evidences, facts as narrated by
thousands of people, many of whom knew him personally. The following is based on
books, manuscripts, texts and actual eyewitness accounts, too numerous list
herein, yet all have been preserved in original form throughout the centuries by
both Muslims and non-Muslims. read more