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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf: This World Is An Illusion (Video)


Shaykh Hamza Yusuf: This World Is An Illusion (Video)


Shaykh Hamza Yusuf: A Moral Vision For The Future (Video)


info-pictogram1 Reflections on the core values that bring us together to build the beloved community – a moral vision for the future. Hamza Yusuf is a president, cofounder, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College. He is an advisor to Stanford University’s Program in Islamic Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. He also serves as a member of the board of advisors of George Russell’s One Nation, a national philanthropic initiative that promotes pluralism and inclusion in America. In addition, he serves as vice-president for the Global Center for Guidance and Renewal, which was founded and is currently presided over by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, one of the top jurists and masters of Islamic sciences in the world. Recently, Hamza Yusuf was ranked as “the Western world’s most influential Islamic scholar” by The 500 Most Influential Muslims, edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin, (2009).

Nasheeds or Songs


I want to clear the biggest and fattest misconception that the so-called “Islamic Nasheeds” with hip hop and whatever type of music going on in the back is “Halaal”. Music is Haraam, if your mind is saying “no no.. Since the song is talking about Allah and the Prophet(PBUH), therefore it makes it Halal.

Those who say that it is halaal, are truly fooling themselves. When music itself is Haraam, do you think Allah is cool with His name and His Prophet’s (PBUH) name being heard with violins and guitars. No, just because singers these days “think” that their songs are halaal due to the fact that they are singing about Islam and peace (mixed with beats) doesn’t make it less Haraam. We as Muslims can’t MOLD Islam into our lifestyles, we got to mold ourselves and our lifestyles into Islam. There are so many men who have Real Nasheeds (without music) like Ahmed Bukhatir, Sheikh Mishary Al Afasy and so on.

Muslims should stop calling them Nasheeds. They are not Nasheeds, they’re songs. Allah’s name needs no music nor does His Words need a guitar or a piano to make them sound good.

Think! Is the music you’re listening to reminds you of Allah and the day you’ll return to Him? Is it something you’d be proud to have written in your book of deeds?

May Allah guide us all in the straight path.

“From among my followers there will be some people who
will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of
silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of
musical instruments, as lawful.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith
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