The videos of my first lecture at Aspire mosque, the second designated for English Khutbahs in Qatar, are now available on my youtube channel. Next week’s will be better recorded, in shaa Allah. Anyway, here’s this week’s offering:
Archive for January, 2010
Al hamdulillaah the Jumu’ah far exceeded our wildest expectations. Depending solely (after Allah) on only word-of-mouth announcements, a few emails, a post on Qatar living, more than 900 people attended and the mosque was filled almost to capacity – Allahu Akbar. It looks as though we will have to make arrangement for rugs outside the mosque for next Jumu’ah in order to accommodate the next wave, once the word spreads!!
The khutbah topic was on Jumu’ah itself and I hope to have it up here soon. In the first half, I spoke about Allah’s choice of Friday for Muslims, after ordaining Saturday for the Jews and permitting by Qadar Sunday to be chosen by the Christians. Then I discussed the status of Friday as the Eed of the week, and why fasting on Friday was prohibited. Also I focused on the relationship between Jumu’ah and daily prayers and the benefits of purification from sin attributed to both Jumu’ah and daily prayers.
In the second half I spoke about the etiquettes of Jumu’ah. Why we are doing it in English and why it is not considered Bid’ah to do so. I clarified that there was no “sunnah” prayers between the two athaans and the rules concerning talking and playing during the khutbah. The issue of bringing children to the mosque was also elaborated on and the responsibility of parents in keeping a close watch on their children was stressed. I also touched on the importance of the 2 rak’aat prior to sitting in the mosque, the importance of the first lines and sitting attentively, as well as preparations for Jumu’ah and Soorah al-Kahf.
Al hamdulillaah, the Qatar Awqaf’s approval for a second mosque in Doha in which the Friday khutbah will be given in English was finalized yesterday, and today the official formalities were completed with me as the designated Khateeb.
Some pictures of the mosque will be added later and the khutbah will be recorded – in shaa Allaah. Perhaps we will also try to arrange live streaming of the khutbah, as someone suggested recently.
Anyway, Allahu Akbar! We have been trying unsuccessfully to get this beautifully designed mosque for this purpose for the past 2-3 years. With every difficulty comes ease. It is in a truly beautiful location – very family oriented, with perhaps the largest public family park in Qatar nearby as well as two major shopping centers, Villagio and Giant Stores.
Today I am uploading my first lecture on my youtube channel (www.youtube.com/aabphilips) after my announcement of the channel a few weeks back. The URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XPwzlp2_Q4 It was a lecture on “Islam and Modernism” given in Maldives last August and was a major event on the island nation organized by Jamiyyat as-Salaf, broadcast on national tv and attended by a huge audience. It was a first for Maldives and personally a great experience. The greatness and beauty of Allah creation is so evident there.
I will be delivering a two-week intensive course on Da’wah in Contemporary Times as a part of the Omdurman Islamic University curriculum for the College of Da’wah – Allah willing.
The course is aimed at developing an awareness about the need for Da’wah in these times, an understanding of its different schools and movements, and the ways to unite them. It will also look at the internal problems of math’hab differences.
Classes at the Dana Center in Doha, Qatar, will run from Tuesday 19th January until Saturday 30th January, with two exams and assignments.
A dear friend of mine, Riaz Ansary, sent me a link http://www.rissc.jo/muslim500v-1L.pdf where a book has been produced which claims to list the top 500 most influential Muslims. To my surprise I found on page 159 the following:
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
philips, dr abu ameenah bilal
A notable convert and Islamic scholar, Philips is founder of the virtual educational institution
Islamic Online University and Discover Islam, an Islamic center based in Dubai. He reaches mass
Muslim audiences through his television appearances on India-based satellite channel, Peace TV.
Just came back from an intensive weekend (7-8 Jan) in Oman with my core IOU (Islamic Online University) team and the stage has now been set for launching the Bachelors in Islamic studies (BAIS) in March 2010. Registration will begin from the 15th of January, Allah willing. Al-hamdulillaah, an excellent promo was completed by one of our volunteers and the process of hiring full-time staff and teachers for supervising the different courses has begun. FREE BA in ISLAMIC STUDIES
I am currently in Muscat, Oman, meeting with the members of my team for the IOU in order to get the systems ready to launch the FREE BA in Islamic Studies by the end of this month. Tomorrow I’ll be giving a talk to those involved in Da’wah at the Grand Mosque of Sultan Qaboos on methods of Da’wah. We still have meetings tomorrow morning and evening to hammer out the remaining details and the new format for the IOU website. Please pray for our success in this matter.
While there, I was asked to give a lecture on “Methods of Da’wah” to those involved in Da’wah at the last minute. Many were surprised to hear that I was in Oman, as my trip was itself a last minute decision. My dear friend and brother, Abdur Raheem Green, is coming here for a lecture tour on the 13th January. Previously, another dear friend and brother Dr Abdullah Hakeem Quick was there.