Category: Imam

February 28, 2021

A MUSLIM CALL FOR HOPE: LIVING AS FAITHFUL PEOPLE IN A VIOLENT AGE (part 2)

Follow models of patience

We need patience for our devotion and worship. We need patience for resisting worldly temptations. And we need patience to overcome our difficulties and tests. The Holy Quran tells us about different models of patience that the apostles of God resembled. Adam with Satan, Abraham with the tyrant Nimrod, Ishmael (as Muslims maintain) with the test of his sacrifice by his father, Jacob when he lost his son, Joseph and his brother, Joseph with his own brothers, Moses with Pharaoh, and Jesus with his enemies.

       The Quran empowers us with the special stories of five specific apostles of God, those of strong will and determination: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (PBUT). The Quran tells us how those five set the model for their followers to counter the violence of their rejection until God interfered and resolved the situation.

       Patience is a special gift to a person who can benefit a lot from such a practice in their life. Patience is a religious necessity as well as a worldly one. It elevates human spiritually and physically, individually and congressionally. Patience is necessary like a farmer after seeding the soil or student with his lessons. Patience is the key to Paradise and protection from Hell. Paradise at the end of this life is so precious and the price has to be paid by the believers.

Turn to God in prayer

       True faith in God teaches us to also use another technique to overcome our violent circumstances. Allah says in the Quran: “O you who have attained to faith! Seek aid in steadfast patience and prayer: for, behold, God is with those who are patient in adversity.”

       So after we talked about patience we come to the other technique which is prayer in which a believer will draw him/herself out of all the attachment of this world and turn to the Almighty with true submission and sincerity, crossing all the human, materialistic, and psychological barriers between a believer and God, turning to Him with a pure humble heart and with full confidence of the answer. God is the only One worthy of man’s awe and reverence requiring one’s turning back to Him. God is so close to every human being if just that later turns correctly to Him in his inquiries.

Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi

Originally published on Sunday, Feb 28th in the Omaha World-Herald

 

December 31, 2020

Have a Safe & Happy New Year!

Asalamu Alaykoum
A few months ago, we celebrated the memory of the migration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Mecca to Medina, which also marked the beginning of the new Islamic year (1442 H).
 
Two months ago, we commemorated the birth month of Prophet Muhammad, also known as the month of Rabii Awwal. Both events were an opportunity for the Muslim community to benefit and learn more about the contributions of the Prophet to the world.
 
As we now approach the end of yet another year of our life, this is a good time to re-evaluate our characters, our actions, and set forth new goals to better ourselves. This includes improving our spiritual connection with our faith via righteous deeds and prayers.
 
Let’s plan a good new year resolution that includes overcoming all the shortages we had last year, investing in more devotion to Allah and to understanding our religion, taking care of our elderly and needy, and strengthening the relationship within our own community as well as with our Tri-Faith neighbors.
 
By working on these goals, we strive to have our names enlisted among those who are seeking Allah and His pleasure, and therefore His paradise. Let’s remember His words in the Quran:
 
وَسَارِعُواْ إِلَى مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ (3:133)
3:133 And vie with one another to attain to your Sustainer’s forgiveness and to a paradise as vast as the heavens and the earth, which has been readied for the God-conscious
الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاء وَالضَّرَّاء وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ وَاللّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ (3:134)
3:134 who spend [in His way] in time of plenty and in time of hardship, and hold in check their anger, and pardon their fellow-men because God loves the doers of good.”
 
I want to take this opportunity to wish our community members, our dear neighbors at Tri-Faith Initiative and everyone reading this message the happiest and most blessed New Year.
 
May Allah bring His peace on this earth.
Be safe, well, and healthy.
 
Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi