Category: Imam

April 25, 2021

Ramadan 2021

Allah says in the Quran: “You who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may be mindful of Allah” (2:183).

In Islam, fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, a major act of worship, and a mean of attaining Allah-consciousness. Along with the physical aspects of fasting, its spiritual dimensions purify the soul, instill self-reflection, and inspire virtuous living.

Fasting is observed as an act of obedience to Allah, one for which He has reserved special blessings. The fasting person is rewarded manifold for all good deeds. In addition, according to a saying of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), whoever observe fasting and prays during Ramadan with pure intentions will have their past sins forgiven.

At the same time, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught his followers to remain conscious of the deeper significance behind their fast, saying, “Whoever does not abandon falsehood in word and action, then Allah has no need that they should leave their food and drink.” Therefore, fasting is multidimensional – along with the physical aspects of fasting, one must nurture the social and spiritual elements as well to fully benefit from fasting.

In essence, fasting in the month of Ramadan is a yearly opportunity for Muslims to revive themselves physically and spiritually. Fasting redirects the heart away from worldly affairs and towards the remembrance of Allah. During Ramadan, Muslims focus on strengthening their relationship with their Creator. The self-restraint practiced in Ramadan makes the heart and mind accustomed to the remembrance of Allah and to the obedience of His commandments.

Fasting during Ramadan is, therefore, a spiritual regimen and a reorientation for the body and mind. It is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, and good deeds. The spiritual cleansing during the month of Ramadan results in renewed determination to worship Allah throughout the year.

Unlike other faith belief that grace will open the gates of heaven, Muslims believe they must earn their way on the Day of Judgment with good deeds. They believe that the good deeds they perform during Ramadan are multiplied. God will honor their prayers and supplications in a very blessed way during Ramadan.

Let’s keep that in mind and come together as one healthy sound Muslim community at these very critical times Insha’Allah.

Ramadan started Tue. Apr. 13th. and will finish May 12th. this year.

May Allah have mercy on the whole planet. Ameen

Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi

Originally published on Sunday, Apr 25th in the Omaha World-Herald

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