Shaykh Ninowy uses various examples of leadership from the Messangers of Allah Ta’la to demonstrate how leadership is currently as to how it should be. He talks about the importance of awareness & sacrifice, and brings home the importance of that within individuals as well. He instills the importance of leading the self and communities for the sake of Allah as opposed to leadership for the self. Shaykh beautifully integrates lessons from historical accounts into current living.
In this talk Shaykh Ninowy presents examples from stories from the Quran, what lessons they teach and how relevant they are for Muslims of all generations. He demonstrates how every Messenger was sent to teach lessons and what happened when they refused the message. Also, he talks about the importance of leaders and how they can affect change in communities today.
The Prophet Muhammad Salalahu alaihi wa aalihi wa salaam (SAW) is living in the living hearts. Shaykh Ninowy emphasises the priority of al-Quran and Sunnah and that we must strive to be closer to Allah SWT and His beloved Prophet (SAW) in reality. The Prophet (SAW) said: “I am to you like a father; I teach you.” [Abu Daawood] Allah SWT created the Prophet SAW as Rahmatullah Alameen – a Mercy to the entire Universe.
Surah Taubah verse 128 – Humanity received a great gift from Allah SWT- the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu alaihi Wasalam. al-Madina al-Munawwarah was a place of disease, before the Prophet (SAW) entered it. With the Prophetic presence it was cured. Disease became healing. “When Nabi (SAW) entered Madina everything was illuminated” (Tirmidhi).
Adab and ilm are mutually exclusive. There is a special adab which must be observed when in the presence of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Out of love, salutations on the Prophet (SAW) are increased and when on Hajj and Umrah, special effort is made to exercise adab when visiting Madina.
In this Khutbah Shaykh talks about one of our holy prophet’s saw characteristics Al Aziz which means unmatchable and rare. Allah swt gives him His support and His aids as he is the most dearest and beloved to Allah swt and to all his believers. His sahabas would sacrifice their lives, wealth, children for him. It grieves our prophet saw to see the hardships, pains and difficulties that we encounter in this life and the hereafter . He genuinely cares about his ummah, he has our best interests at heart, nobody cares the way he does for us, he wants us to hold onto him so that we don’t fall into harm ways or fire as he wants us to be illuminated. He has been known as Al Saddiq and Al Min before he even brought the message to duniya. When he entered the duniya, the duniya failed to change him but he reversibly changed the duniya until the end of it, the noor of La illaha, the Mohammad saw and the Quran will always shine. When the Quraishy people belittled him about his Ishra and Mehraj trip, Abu Bakr undoubtedly believed him as he knew he said the truth. When he mentioned his revelations to his wife Khadija, she blindly believed him and said that Allah swt will not let him down as he cares about the needy and the weak, honours the guests despite knowing all the risks that they were about to face. Our prophet saw knows that life is full of tests, trials and tribulations and he became a fresh breath of hope and opportunity for us so that we can lead a comfortable life. He teaches us how to pray, fast, give charity, sadaqah, do haj, arafah, spend lailatul qadr night, ten days of hijjah. His message is to ease our journeys on how to go through our lives, and without him it would be a total spiritual drought.
In this talk Shaykh Ninowy talks about Shirk and also the importance of seperating politics from religion. He then talks about how Allah gifted us with Nabi SAW with the message that he brought to mankind. He tells us how loving Nabi SAW should be the focal point of our lives. Shaykh Ninowy explains why the message came in the form of Nabi SAW and not any other species that Allah created.
Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ninowy delves into Surah Al-Asr and unpacks each verse of this short yet powerful surah. The Shaykh draws the listener’s attention to the oath invoked by Allah in the first verse – “By the time”. Maximising our time to engage in righteous deeds, believing and practicing honesty and patience are qualities of a believer that are expounded on. The Shaykh ends by drawing inspiration from the love of the Messenger sallallahu alaihi wa aalihi wasalam and reminds us of our direct connection to him and his example.
In this inspiring and informative khutbah, Shaykh Ninowy explains the struggles of the human being between his earthly needs and the aspirations of the soul through his tafsir of the beginning of Surat Al-Ma’arij. The Surah relates the nature of man’s tendency to see the Day of Judgement as far away, when Allah tells us it is very close. Shaykh explains the necessity of waking up from heedlessness and taking advantage of our time in this world.
In this very informative khutbah, Hafidh Khan explains the compatibility between science and religion through the modes of acquiring knowledge. The attribute of knowledge makes mankind unique and special, so much so that it was the attribute that Allah revealed to the Angels about Adam (as), after creating him. Hafidh emphasizes and encourages the acquisition of knowledge in the Deen, especially in the hostile environment of our modern times where Muslims are constantly put under the pressure of false information.
This Khutba reminds us about the universal mercy of the Prophet (saaw) to all creation and not just mankind; He (saaw) has assisted humanity in excelling in moral conduct and etiquettes – perfecting human character. The Quran tells us that we are created by Allah(swt) into tribes and nations, reminding us that we had no say or choice in this matter, so we should not use race, heritage or gender to have superiority over one another, rather what’s important is one’s Taqwa.