Sheikh Kamal El-Mekki
Sheikh Kamal El Mekki is a well-known Islamic speaker and lecturer in the United states. He has studied with numerous scholars from around the world and served as the Imam of George Mason University and has also served as a radio talk show host for a large Islamic radio station in America. He is mostly popular for his dawah workshop, “How to Give a Shahadah in Ten Minutes”. The workshop is six hours long and has been taught across the United States and throughout the world. It has been attended by thousands and has led hundreds into Islam. He also teaches a number of intensive courses designed for youth and has many lectures especially in the field of Islamic history. Contact: kamal@IISC.CA
Hayaa & Imaan
Haya itself is derived from the word hayat which means life. This term covers a wide number of concepts. In English, it may be translated as modesty, shyness, self-respect, bashfulness, shame, honour, humility, etc. The original meaning of Haya according to a believer's nature, refers to a bad and uneasy feeling accompanied by embarrassment, caused by one's fear of being exposed or censured for some unworthy or indecent conduct.
End of Music
O Muslim, lawful things have good attributes Where is the good in singing, dancing and listening to flutes? Can we compare the words of singers and sounds of Musicians To the Glorious Quran, its lessons, wisdoms and admonitions? How many singers do you know and give admiration, And how many do you know of the companions and the following generation? How much do you spend on singers from your dollars? Compared to how many you know of Islamic Scholars. Do you see how much is memorized of Music songs? While you ignore the book to which memorization belongs? How much do you memorize of these incantations? And swayed back and forth in intoxication? Have you not seen those who follow the misguided? And increase the loudness of the Music, when they should hide it? And who writes their songs? thinkers, or men of academia? Or maybe scholars, like Ahmad, Malik or maybe ibn Taymiyah. O you who listens to music.. Don't you see that All the songs of the world and all the lyrics you've seen Wouldn't compare in reward to Alif Laam Meem.
Eating Habits in Ramadan
By Kamal El-Mekki. The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, "Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer's sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all." [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]
Strengthening One's Memory
Some ways of strengthening one's memory include: Keeping away from sin, because the bad effects of sin result in a bad memory and the inability to retain knowledge. Frequently remembering Allaah, may He be glorified, by reciting dhikr, tasbeeh (saying ‘Subhan Allaah’), tahmeed (‘Al-hamdu Lillaah’), tahleel (‘Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah’) and takbeer (‘Allaahu akbar’), etc. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “…And remember your Lord when you forget…” [al-Kahf 18:24]. Not eating too much, because eating too much makes one sleep too much and become lazy, and it dulls the senses, besides exposing one to the risk of physical diseases. Most of the diseases which we see result from food and drink. Some of the scholars have mentioned certain foods which increase the memory, such as drinking honey and eating raisins and chewing certain kinds of gum resin. Another thing that can help the memory and reduce forgetfulness is cupping (hijaamah) of the head, as is well known from experience. (For more information see Al-Tibb al-Nabawi by Ibn al-Qayyim). And Allaah knows best.
Holiday Season - An Islamic perspective By: Kamal El Mekki. Each holiday season Muslims in the West are barraged with the holiday spirit, yet few understand the true nature of these holidays and fewer still manage to save their religion when approached by this fervor. This Lecture is a most important look at the history and refutations of common western Holidays, and provides the Islamic principles by which to judge all such events.
The Battle Of Badr
By Kamal El-Mekki. Anas bin Malik narrated that on the day of the battle of Badr, the Messenger of Allah said: Stand up and face Paradise, the width of which is like the heavens and earth Umair bin al Hamam said: O Messenger of Allah, Paradise the width of which is like the heavens and earth The Messenger of Allah said: Yes Umair was eating from some dates in his hand. He said: If I am going to live as long as it takes to finish eating these dates thats a long time! and he threw away the dates and rushed to the battlefield and was killed. (Muslim al Hakim).