In this powerful and inspirational Khutbah, Br. Omar Regan reminds the believers to love Allah, follow the prophet Muhammad (s) and how to improve our Islamic character and manners.
Italian marathon runner Max Calderan goes on a spectacular Ramadan journey across the desert of the Sinai Peninsula.
Al Jazeera World presents ‘Son of the desert’, an inspirational story following Italian marathon runner and desert explorer Max Calderan and his ability to survive alone in the desert without food or medical help for unusually long periods of time. His dream is to cross some of the world’s most dangerous and unexplored deserts on foot.
In 2013, Calderan realised that dream and decided to make it a spiritual journey by crossing the desert of the Sinai Peninsula. He started on the first day of Ramadan and followed in the footsteps of Moses who led the Jewish people out of Egypt towards the Promised Land according to religious text.
Calderan left Suez for the Gulf of Aqaba where he converted to Islam. He then fasted from sunrise to sunset, stopping five times a day to observe the times of Islamic prayer. Temperatures reached 45 degrees as he started his run from Oyun Musa to Nuweba, accomplishing 240km in around 72 hours.
The lesson of his spiritual journey was ‘Al Saber’, patience, or the ‘fruit of the spirit’ in adversity. Calderan came to believe that we all have an inner strength and that with strong belief we can go beyond our normal limits. He decided that if he can cross the desert in extreme summer conditions while fasting, then anyone can achieve their own goals no matter how remote they may be.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished.” – Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Manners.
Abdullah bin Al-Haarith said, “I didn’t see anyone who smiled more than the Messenger of Allah (s).” – (At-Tirmithee, 3641).
“Allah. It all starts with Him – the universe, humanity, and our own conception – and it all comes back to Him in the end. There’s no victory without Him, no progress, no peace. Strengthen your relationship with Him in the easy times, and you will find Him beside you in the hard times.” – Wael Abdelgawad
“Allah (God) is an exponential word.” – Imam Zaid Shakir
“Keep your head up, forge forward fee-sabeel-illah, keep praying, learning, thinking, following your dreams, and loving the people in your life. It’s all worth it, it all matters and makes a difference. Every single thing you do is meaningful, even when you don’t see it. You are my brothers, my sisters, my heroes.” – Wael Abdelgawad
“When you’re out of ideas, that’s when faith comes in. Let Allah show you the way.” – Wael Abdelgawad
“No one should ever be depressed by his or her worldly situation as long as he or she is walking on the path leading to Paradise. Attaining Paradise is the great objective of this life, and the person who gains it is victorious, regardless of what he achieved in the world.” – Imam Zaid Shakir
Allah has a beautiful plan
for every woman and man.
Trust Allah and pray
and He will light the way.
– Wael Abdelgawad
“When I am feeling low and downtrodden I just find a quiet place and sit alone with my favorite book (the Quran)! When I turn each of its miraculous pages my heart begins to feel lighter and the world around me brighter! The love, warmth and security of each word sets in and it is in these very moments that I know for sure in my heart how much Allah really loves me! Alhamdulillah! Subhanallah! Allahu Akbar!” – Asmaa Deanna-Dee
“‘Oh, but what’s the use of trying to be a good Muslim when I end up sinning again and again?’… Well, what’s the use of bathing when you get dirty again and again? Salat (prayer) is a purifier. Though you sin again and again, keep returning to Allah for purification. Fasting is a purifier, Zakat is a purifier, Hajj is a purifier… We can use the same analogy for hope and motivation. We have to keep finding them again and again. That’s the nature of life.” – Wael Abdelgawad
Only in love can we find our true meaning in life, everything else just leads to a dead end.
Sólo en el amor podemos encontrar nuestro verdadero sentido de la vida, todo lo demás sólo conduce a un callejón sin salida.
Alleen in de liefde vinden we onze ware zin van het leven, al het andere leidt alleen maar tot een doodlopende weg.
Seulement en amour pouvons-nous trouver notre véritable sens de la vie, tout le reste mène juste à une impasse.
Nur in der Liebe können wir unsere wahren Sinn im Leben zu finden, alles andere führt nur in eine Sackgasse.
Zhǐyǒu ài, cáinéng zhǎodào wǒmen zhēnzhèng de shēngmìng yìyì, yīqiè zhǐshì dǎozhìle sǐhútòng.
Endast i kärlek kan vi finna vår sanna mening i livet, allt annat leder bara till en återvändsgränd.
Tol’ko v lyubvi my mozhem nayti nash istinnyy smysl v zhizni , vse ostal’noye prosto privodit v tupik.
Sadece aşık hayatta bizim gerçek anlamını bulabilirsiniz, her şey sadece bir çıkmaz yol açar.
Solo in amore possiamo trovare il nostro vero significato della vita, tutto il resto porta solo ad un vicolo cieco.
Hanya cinta kita dapat menemukan makna sejati dalam hidup, segala sesuatu yang lain hanya mengarah ke jalan buntu.