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Al Kawthar Academy was established under the guidance of Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq to cater for the religious, spiritual and educational needs of English speaking Muslims. Its endeavour is to become a reliable reference and a valuable resource of authentic Islamic material in various media.

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Al Kawthar Academy was established under the guidance of Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq to cater for the religious, spiritual and educational needs of English speaking Muslims. Its endeavour is to become a reliable reference and a valuable resource of authentic Islamic material in various media.

For more information visit our website: www.akacademy.org

    The Pursuit of Perfection

    The Pursuit of Perfection

    The Pursuit of Perfection
    Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Sunday 16th December 2018 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester.

    Video: https://youtu.be/t4uRlYBHWfw

    Perfectionism is a human trait. We seek to have everything perfect around us, yet we neglect the agitation and harm this causes to our mental state and spirituality. The life of the Prophet ﷺ was anything but perfect; where he was an orphan from a young age, was persecuted by his own family and suffered the loss of all his children during his lifetime except his youngest, Fatimah. Despite all of this, the Prophet ﷺ remained settled and patient.

    Many people seek to perfect the world around them through religion, but this is a misconception. Verses of the Quran indicate that hearts do find settlement in the remembrance of Allah, but have we truly understood the verse? This talk does well to help us understand that perfection cannot be attained in the world around us, but we should seek to perfect our inner spirit. Practical steps are mentioned to help us identify our own imperfections and prioritise on working on them first.

    Below are some of the topics mentioned in this talk:
    - Was the world ever destined to be perfect?
    - Prioritising one's time to better themselves
    - Political and social desire for peace, prosperity and stability
    - Seeking perfection in marriage
    - "Do not be Allah and do no be the Prophet ﷺ"
    - Seeing beauty if we accept imperfections
    - One thing a person should aim to perfect
    - Difficulties during the Prophet's ﷺ life
    - The meaning of the word 'fitnah'
    - The meaning of 'tuma'ninah'

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    Our Duty to the Prophet ﷺ

    Our Duty to the Prophet ﷺ

    Our Duty to the Prophet ﷺ
    Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 30th November 2018 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)

    Video: https://youtu.be/N8c0aUfzoKA

    Our lives are filled with relationships between various people. Many of these relationships require reciprocal behaviour for them to be long lasting and successful. Allah shares a relationship with his creation, where He promises to provide and care for them in return that they worship Him alone. Our relationship with the Prophet ﷺ should also be a reciprocal one, where he sacrificed and faced hardships so that he may see as many of us as possible enter Paradise.

    The Prophet ﷺ fulfilled the duties which Allah had placed upon him. What then are our duties to the Prophet ﷺ? Allah has detailed five important duties in the Quran for us to act upon as followers of the Prophet ﷺ. These are discussed in details; including how we should not only love the Prophet ﷺ but also revere him.

    Examples of how the sahabah would behave and revere the Prophet ﷺ are given towards the end of the talk, along with how Allah admonished those who lacked reverence and warned them in the Quran.

    Below are some of the topics mentioned in this talk:
    - Our relationship with the Prophet ﷺ
    - The Prophet ﷺ having duties towards his ummah
    - What is the duty of the ummah towards the Prophet ﷺ?
    - Allah cursing those who take without giving
    - Discussing tawqir (reverence) of the Prophet ﷺ
    - Creating love in our hearts for the Prophet ﷺ
    - How often should we send salaat and salaam?
    - Sacrifices made by the Prophet ﷺ for his ummah
    - Respecting everything about the Prophet ﷺ
    - Allah admonishing those who lacked reverence for the Prophet ﷺ
    - Urwah ibn Mas'ud's experience of the sahabah's reverence for the Prophet ﷺ at al-Hudaybiyah

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Reverence for the Prophet ﷺ

    Reverence for the Prophet ﷺ

    Reverence for the Prophet ﷺ
    Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 9th March 2018 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)

    Video: https://youtu.be/UXaUDLHd2sM

    "Verily, We have sent you (O Muhammad ﷺ) as a witness, as a bearer of glad tidings, and as a warner. In order that you (O mankind) may believe in Allah and His Messenger ﷺ, and that you assist and honour him ﷺ, and (that you) glorify (Allah's) praises morning and afternoon." [Surah 48 : Verses 8-9]

    Allah has instructed us to not only follow the Prophet ﷺ but to also respect and revere him. The companions were prime examples who fulfilled this obligation; in addition to their other qualities of believing, assisting, honouring and loving the Prophet ﷺ.

    It is made clear that the Prophet ﷺ, due to his bashful nature, did not respond to instances of lacking reverence for him, but several examples from the Quran show Allah repeatedly responding on his behalf. Etiquettes for our own behaviour with others are also deduced from these verses, as well as the importance and impact on our deen that the respect and reverence of the Prophet ﷺ and the symbols of Allah have on us.

    Several examples from individual sahaba showing their reverence and their sincere reactions to verses of reprimand are also mentioned.

    Below are some of the topics mentioned in this talk:
    - How reverence is different from love
    - The bashfulness and modesty of the Prophet ﷺ
    - The Prophet ﷺ being inconvenienced by some companions remaining behind for too long
    - Hadith on knocking thrice before turning away
    - Umar and Abu Bakr reprimading their daughters for their treatment towards the Prophet ﷺ
    - Allah not tolerating lack of respect to the Prophet ﷺ
    - Examples of muhadithun and their respect and love of hadith

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Benedictions & Salutations on the Prophet ﷺ

    Benedictions & Salutations on the Prophet ﷺ

    Benedictions & Salutations on the Prophet ﷺ
    Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 23rd February 2018 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)

    Video: https://youtu.be/UqBUZ4fmGD8

    "Verily Allah and His angels send their benedictions upon the Prophet ﷺ. O you who believe! Send your benedictions upon him and salute him with a goodly salutation" [Surah 33 : Verse 56]

    Allah has instructed the believers to send salutations upon the Prophet ﷺ as he was sent with the message of Islam and will intercede for the believers on the Day of Judgement. 

    This talk begins by introducing us to the verse in Surat al-Ahzab, where Allah sends his own salutations to the Prophet ﷺ. It explains the meaning of Allah’s salat and then the meanings and benefits of our sending salat and salam. Allah’s continuous honouring of the Prophet ﷺ is exemplified with how he has legislated salat and salam on many occasions; such as in relation to adhan, when entering and leaving the masjid and on the day of Jum'ah. The uniqueness of sending salutations is also explained, shown by the fact that the Prophet ﷺ said salat and salam himself despite being on the receiving end and how it can be considered a form of dhikr with unique benefits.

    Benefits mentioned include; acceptance of du'a', gaining shafa'ah and proximity to Prophet ﷺ, gaining solace at time of misery, increased love for the Prophet ﷺ and possibly a vision of him in our dreams. It is made clear that we recite salat and salam for our own benefit, without the Prophet ﷺ being in need of it.

    The Sahaba are shown to have abundantly recited salat and salam, both in and after the life of the Prophet ﷺ on many occasions - this also being a tradition still practised in many Arab countries. The fact that we cannot over-recite salat and salam is exemplified by the hadith of Ubay ibn Ka'b and how students of hadith benefit from abundant recitation of salat and salam without ever tiring.

    Below are some of the topics mentioned in this talk:
    - The meaning of Allah's salutations on the Prophet ﷺ
    - Salutations during and after the adhan
    - The salutations of the angels to the Prophet ﷺ
    - Salat and salaam being a form of dhikr
    - The sahabah being careful when quoting the Prophet ﷺ
    - Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal being asked a strange question
    - The reward for sending salutations to the Prophet ﷺ
    - Salutations sent on daily occasions in the Arab world

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Prophet's ﷺ Love for his Companions

    The Prophet's ﷺ Love for his Companions

    The Prophet's ﷺ Love for his Companions
    Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 9th February 2018 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)

    Video: https://youtu.be/4ltVDHjL_kA

    This talk shows how the Prophet ﷺ had a great impact on the Sahaba and how they loved him in return without any wealth influencing them. Given this love from the Sahaba and the Prophet’s ﷺ unique character, it would have been inconceivable that he wouldn't requite this love. His love for them was both explicitly expressed and manifested by weeping. It was for all Muslims; regardless of age, family or tribe. This is shown by his love of the Ansar despite them being from rival tribes to his.

    The Prophet's ﷺ love was also shown towards the children and the weak, despite it being difficult to feign love for such people. Special focus is placed on his love of Usamah ibn Zayd, who was both a child and from slave descent. Examples of loving relationships with Abu bakr and Umar are also mentioned. Given his love for all Muslims, the talk makes us understand how stingy we are if we do not send salaat and salaam over the Prophet ﷺ.

    Below are some of the topics mentioned in this talk:
    - The Prophet's ﷺ great character
    - Three empires that could not control the Arabs
    - Description of the Prophet ﷺ in the earlier scriptures
    - Examples of the loving relationship between the Prophet ﷺ and Abu Bakr and Umar
    - Names of the companions who the Quraysh considered riff-raff
    - The Prophet ﷺ weeping out of concern for the sahabah
    - The importance of sending salutations to the Prophet ﷺ

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Companions' Love for the Prophet ﷺ

    The Companions' Love for the Prophet ﷺ

    The Companions' Love for the Prophet ﷺ
    Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 2nd February 2018 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)

    Video: https://youtu.be/ZulWYQUIvJY

    The companions displayed immense love for the Prophet ﷺ and this talk demonstrates the depth of this love with many examples. It becomes clear that the companions loved the Prophet ﷺ more than anyone else, including themselves, and preferred his own happiness and well-being over anyone else's.

    The companions loved the Prophet ﷺ not only as a friend or family member, but as the Messenger of Allah. The love of Abu Bakr is specifically mentioned, as well as a wide range of other companions, including the wives. At times the manifestations of their love can be difficult to comprehend, but this talk explains the context behind their actions and how they would have preferred no other option.

    The talk further mentions the reverence that the companions had for the Prophet ﷺ and the support they willingly gave. The fear of the Prophet ﷺ leaving them and the shock at his demise is also explained. The talk finishes with how their love and longing for him continued after his death, and how they were comforted by knowing that they can be reunited with him after death.

    Below are some of the topics relating to this talk:
    - The companions' love being more than that of a friend or family member
    - The companions wanting his ﷺ company in the hereafter
    - Understanding the love shown by the companions to the Prophet ﷺ
    - The companions willingly defending the Prophet ﷺ with their own lives
    - The reaction of the companions when the Prophet ﷺ passed away

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