Dealing with Worries and Stress
Khutbah at Islamic Center of Tennessee, October 19, 2012
Delivered by Dr. Awadh Binhazim –  Click here to read or download the Khutbah

Imam Al-Ghazali’s Advice – Click here

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Friday Sermon Recapitulations

May 11, 2012 – Knowledge & Action (Sh. A.R. Chao)

  • In this world everyone who seeks a destination is required to know about it.
  • Our journey to the hereafter is a more important quest. It’s a world of many unknowns and a place where our fate is at stake.
  • As a nation bound by the tradition to read and write, it’s surprising as well as disappointing to know that over 60% of Muslims in the world are illiterate.
  • Parents need to learn about Islam and put such into practice.
  • Parents are in need of encouraging their kids to learn about Islam as much as their kid’s need for the secular studies.
  • Knowledge must also accompany action. Knowledge without action is useless
  • Imam Al-Ghazali advised his student to be mindful of the importance of following knowledge with action.
  • Action without knowledge will not only be a sin upon us on the Day of Judgment, but that it will ultimately bring us nothing in this life or in the hereafter.
  • Knowledge must be coupled with firm resolve to make a change within oneself.
  • Allah says in the Quran: و أن ليس الإنسان الا ما سعى و أن سعيه سوف يرى
  • Allah says in the Quran: فمن كان يرجوا لقاء ربه فليعمل عملا صالحا

May 4th 2012 – Responsibility (Sh. A.R. Chao)

  • Umar ibn al-Khattab was once weeping thinking about the legacy Abu Bakr had left behind. Abu Bakr had set the bar of responsibility so high that it became a burden upon those who came after him because everyone would fall short in their results and efforts.
  • Humility is about serving other people. Umar bin al-Khattab once cried thinking about how Allah would hold him accountable for causing a donkey to stumble in Iraq due to unpaved roads.
  • Humility is about fiscal responsibility. Imam Abu Hanifa once paid back all of his profits after learning that his business partner had accidentally forgotten to disclose a deflect in the sold merchandise.
  • Humility is about caring for others – In a hadith Sahih, a man had entered Jannah because he fed a dog some water.
  • A responsible Muslim’s attitude is as follows: If no one else does, it than I must do it. If someone else can do it, then I must be able to do it.
  • A lazy Muslim’s attitude is as follows: If someone else can do it, then why should I bother? If no one else is doing it, then what makes me think I can succeed?

March 16th – Islam in American History (Dr. Awadh Binhazim)

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Jan 13, 2011 – Weakness of Faith (Sh. A.R. Chao)

  • Compare our worries and fear of losing our jobs to our fear of our weak faith. Do we show the same concern?
  • The weakness of faith is natural and expected. However, we cannot resign our fate and simply give up.
  • When people start falling short of their expectations and their obligatory acts of worship, such is a sign of the weakness of faith.
  • Additionally, when people only care to know of the bare minimum and do not look forward to performing extra good acts of worship, such is also a weakness of faith.
  • When people grow careless of the impact of their sins will have on their lives, such is a weakness of faith that needs remedying. When people start sinning without shame, such negative energy will also impact their close family, friends and associates.
  • People should avoid surrounding themselves with friends who do not encourage others to do good deeds. We should be very careful of whom we associate with.
  • When was the last time you memorized a Surah? From last year till now, how many more verses of the Qur’an have you memorized? How many extra ahadith have you read? When people stay away from the remembrance of Allah, such as reading the Qur’an and increasing one’s knowledge in Islam, their level of faith plummets.

December 23, 2011 – Self-Image and Confidence (Sh. A.R. Chao)

  • Allah gave Adam self-esteem and respect in two ways: (1), Adam was created by Allah’s hands and Allah ordered the angels to prostrate to Adam. Such is the respect and dignity Allah gave to Adam; (2) Allah taught Adam the names and definitions of all the created things in the universe.
  • Self-respect and confidence can be obtained only from Allah and Islam. When people seek any other form of respect and dignity, we will always feel ashamed, disappointed and saddened.
  • In order to increase one’s confidence, one must recognize that they have the greatest gift, or, Islam. What else could a person ask for? To remedy this, Muslims need to understand what it means to be a “Muslim.” Islam is not a state in which one is in. Islam is a way of life. Islam requires us to adjust our lifestyles in order to better submit ourselves to divine love and mercy.
  • One should not think that talking bad about one’s self is a mark of humility. Talking or thinking negatively about oneself does not humble one’s ego. Instead, it only hurts one’s body and spirit.One should not feel that one is incapable. One must have the can-do attitude by truly relying on Allah.
  • Everything that goes up must come down.  One shouldn’t feel bad when other individuals enjoy success. Such is temporary. Everybody will go through different phases in their life and career. Instead, be optimistic and hope that Allah will bring more bounties.
  • One of the most important ways that an individual can invest their time in is education. Education and learning more about Islam will increase one’s love for Allah and Islam.
  • Self-esteem depends on one’s relationship with Allah, as well as one’s commitment to the community. The more you give back, the more confident you will feel.
  • Parents are not supposed to address their children with disparaging names. Parents should fulfill their duties by nurturing with love and care. They should encourage, not force.

Nov 18, 2011 – Increasing One’s Sincerity (Sh. A.R. Chao)

  • Sincerity protects one from problematic situations. Allah protected Prophet Joseph (pbuh) from potential evil in part for his sincerity (Quran 12:24).
  • Sincerity is the first condition for any act of worship to be accepted by Allah.
  • Muslims need to constantly wrestle with their intentions and ascertain that they are purely for the sake of Allah. It helps by reminding themselves over and over again that intentions are never static.
  • Doing acts of worship privately tests one sincerity because no one else sees except Allah. The Prophet (Pbuh) said in a hadith, “Allah will shade seven types of people on the Day of Judgment-the day where there is no shade but Allah’s shade…”  The hadith continues where it mentions, “…And the person who gives charity and kept it so secretly to the extent that his left hand does not know the right hand gave.  And the person that remembers Allah privately until his eyes filled with tears.”
  • Since there is no certain guarantee that Allah will accept our good acts, one must constantly strive to improve it.
  • Ignoring what others say will help purify one’s intentions. In other words, one should not be motivated or moved by praise, or discouraged from criticism. When praise has no effects on one’s conscience, only then can one begin to purify one’s intentions.

Nov 11, 2011 – The Light of Patience (Sh. A.R. Chao)

  • It is important to thank Allah when tragedy befalls a believer because of the following reasons: (1) Allah only tests the true believers, (2) the tragedy could have been worse, and (3) we thank Allah for all the blessings we have already received to show gratitude.
  • Types of patience: (1)  acts of worship, (2) staying away from the prohibited, (3) trials and tribulations
  • Pain does not expiate sins, rather, it is our patience that we exercise when we are in pain that cleanses our sins.
  • Jâbir ibn Abdullâh (RA) said that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) entered upon a woman and asked her, “Why are you shivering like that?” She said, “It is because of fever,” and cursed the fever. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Do not curse [the] fever, because it takes away many wrong actions, just as the blacksmith’s bellows remove dross and impurities from iron.” (Sahih Muslim)

Nov 4, 2011 – Life of Caliph Harun Rashid (Sh. A.R. Chao)

  • Fifth Caliph of the Abbasid Dynasty at the age of 22
  • His legacy and life distorted by orientalists
  • Known for his philanthropy of giving 1000 dirhams everyday
  • Divided the days of his week into separate tasks and responsibilities
  • Was a keen student of knowledge and studied under Imam Malik bin Anas
  • Is famously remembered for his willingness to give half of his kingdom for a cup of water and give the other half of his kingdom to retain the ability to release it.