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The following lectures have been presented by Shaykh Abdallah Adhami to various audiences over the course of the last decade. Due to the illegal distribution of these lectures, often under false pretences, a serious effort has been undertaken to ensure the quality of these recordings. Thus they have been made available here with Shaykh Abdallah�s approval. We are indebted and grateful for your patience and support as this
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Purifying the Self   In this series of lectures, Shaykh Abdallah takes us through the essential ways in which we can purify and refine ourselves through the study of the self (nafs). He points out that purification (tazkiyyah) of the self is not only something that the hearts inclines towards but a trust (amana) from Allah, as we have been raised above the rank of angels by virtue of knowledge in order that we may elevate in closeness to Allah (honor and sublime beauty).
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Romance in Islam   Shaykh Abdallah starts off discussing Romance, Love, and Marriage in Islam around the oneness of human origin, “...being from one soul (ruh)...” and continues by heightening our sensitivity and appreciation to the topic of Romance in Islam by connecting us the intricate linguistics of the Arabic language.
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Rethinking Romance: Love, Marriage and Islam   In this two part lecture Shaykh Abdallah discusses how Hayaa, modesty, is the emblematic quality of Islam and is the essential driving force behind sensuality in dignified marriage. Thereafter, he defines the words romance and romanticism and explains the reasoning behind the modern manifestation of romanticism in our era making it imperative on every Muslims to understand. Finally, he closes with the ideal description of marriage in Islam as demonstrated by the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
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The Prayer of Women   In this series of talks, Shaykh Abdallah addresses the worship as performed by women including prayer, fasting and other forms of worship. These lectures explores the idea that women are of a higher spiritual essence than men and the impact this notion has on a woman's worship.
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Sacrifices in Islam   In this lecture Shaykh Abdallah explains that Islamic tradition on the authority of the Prophet Muhammad (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) has reached us today only by the sacrifice of many and enumerable grand luminaries of the ummah, men and women who truly sacrificed for this deen to be where it is today.
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Gender Relations   In this ground-breaking series of lectures, Shaykh Abdallah discuses issues of gender, marriage, sexuality, and the interaction of male and female in a way that is both contemporary and deeply grounded in traditional Islam and classical scholarship. The topics presented in this series are as varied as gendered language in the Qur'an, the limits of male-female interaction, the process of getting married and the role of spirituality in married life. This series is essential listening for all Muslim families and students of Islamic knowledge.
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Islam and Feminism   Shaykh Abdallah discusses the concept of feminism in the West contrasted with Islam. He first points out that in discussing feminism in the West, we must acknowledge the struggle that the feminists underwent, for what is proclaimed to be their struggle, needs to be acknowledged and respected as a 'human struggle'.
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The Nature of Women   Shaykh Abdallah begins by presenting the definition of human nature in the Quran in order to address the concept of the nature of women in Islam. He further elaborates this point by contrasting the Islamic view of women with views found in other traditions.

Shaykh Abdallah explains that men are the backbone of society and have a responsibility to stand up for truth and maintain righteousness and justice in society. Whereas women are the anchors of society - they are, as the word in the Arabic language implies, elements of stability for all those around them.
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Islam, Gender, and Spirituality   In this lecture series Shaykh Abdallah explains that the role of a human being in society, whether male or female, is to surrender to Allah; an act which is not gender-specific. Our surrender to Allah is an acknowledgement of the fact that our souls are a creation and that as spiritual beings our bodies, our needs, our desires are just part of our limitations meant to remind us that we have to stop and refuel on this journey called life.

Shaykh Abdallah also addresses the concept of slave-hood in Islam followed by an elucidation of the reasoning behind the Shari'ah rulings on polygamy.
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The Adab of Qur'an   Shaykh Abdallah speaks about the manners in which to approach the Qur`an. By focusing on the lessons that the scholars of traditional learning have transmitted in understanding the words of God, we can learn how to benefit from the divine guidance embodied in the Book of Allah.
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The Prophet's Warnings: Reflections on the Last Days   This lecture reflects on the last days based on the knowledge of what Allah and our most beloved Prophet have revealed (peace and blessings be upon him). Shaykh Abdallah puts this topic in perspective, as the discussion of the last days provides the lens through which Muslims live and promote goodness in this world.
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The Empowerment of Women in Islam   In light of the Qur'anic decree that “all empowerment, sense of pride, and strength comes from Allah,” Shaykh Abdallah discusses how the empowerment of women in Islam as an extension of the one, transcendent divine power of Allah. Only through the obedience of Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) do women actualize true strength, pride, and empowerment.
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Internal Nature of Shari'ah and its Eternality   Shaykh Abdallah addresses the applicability of shari'ah (Islamic Law) in the context of its eternality and its view on the spirit and the body as inseparable entities. Submission to the divine law becomes the means by which the physical and spiritual realms can coexist in the Muslim, in this life and the next.
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For the Love of Our Children   Citing exemplary examples from our Islamic tradition, Shaykh Abdallah approaches the topic of raising our children by focusing on two points: Children as mercy and children as trusts (amana) from God.
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Men and Women in Islam   Shaykh Abdallah talks about how women and men who are shaped by Islamic ideals relate to one another in the dynamics of marriage in Islam.
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Love for the Prophet (sallahu 'alaihi wa sallam)   Shaykh Abdallah sheds insight on how the divine love of our most beloved changed and shaped Medinan society through the unforgettable examples of a young girl to even his mimbar. Shaykh Abdallah also expands upon the propriety entailed upon the ummah to the family of our most beloved and his companions (radhi Allahu anhum).
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Love in Islam   Shaykh Abdallah talks about love and the context by which it is applied in light of the Qur'an. Shaykh Abdallah also expands upon how love, when properly understood, can shape and define our deen within the scope of gender relations.
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Lessons from Early Islamic Civilization   RIS 2005 - Toronto, Canada

Shaykh Abdallah addresses the applicability of shari'ah (Islamic Law) in the context of its eternality and its view on the spirit and the body as inseparable entities. Submission to the divine law becomes the means by which the physical and spiritual realms can coexist in the Muslim, in this life and the next.
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Partners in Faith   RIS 2005 - Toronto, Canada

Shaykh Abdallah addresses the applicability of shari'ah (Islamic Law) in the context of its eternality and its view on the spirit and the body as inseparable entities. Submission to the divine law becomes the means by which the physical and spiritual realms can coexist in the Muslim, in this life and the next.
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Partners in Faith   ISNA 2005

Shaykh Abdallah addresses the applicability of shari\'ah (Islamic Law) in the context of its eternality and its view on the spirit and the body as inseparable entities.

by Shaykh Abdallah Adhami, Ingrid Mattson, and Maliha Chishti
  Currently Unavailable
         

Closer Than Veins, by Outlandish   Netherlands: Sony BMG, October 31, 2005 with an Interlude byShaykh Abdallah Adhami
 
         

Shine: A Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love   Star Jones Reynolds,
(New York: HarperCollins,January 6, 2006).

The book includes an interview with Shaykh Abdallah Adhami.
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What is Ihsan?   NYU University - September 23rd, 2006

In the last portion of the famous Hadith Jibrael, Shaykh Abdullah explains the meaning of ihsan from a global perspective to specifically connecting it to our personal worship of God. He explains how through ihsan we can see through God where He becomes the vehicle with which we move in this world. Shaykh Abdullah also makes linguistic connections with ihsan in regards to surrender intertwined in the physical and spiritual realm of worship.
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Branches of Faith   NYU University - September 24th, 2006

Shaykh abdullah begins by sharing the linguistic implication of faith (iman). He continues with an introduction to the framework and history of the 77 Branches of Faith.
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The Shama'il of Imam Tirmithi   The Shama`il of Imam Tirmithi

Dar al-Islam, New Mexico, August, 2003
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The Shifa` of Qadhi Iyadh   The Shifa` of Qadhi Iyadh

Dar al-Islam, New Mexico, August, 2003
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Connecting to God: Finding Our Spiritual Compass   ISNA 2007
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“Partners in Faith”   RIS Annual Conference
Courtesy of SpiritWorks (December 2005)
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“Lessons from Early Islamic Civilization”   RIS Annual Conference
Courtesy of SpiritWorks (December 2005)
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Around the Table   Presented by Unity FM. Around the Table features Shaykh Abdullah Adhami and Sr. Fatima Doyen on a British radio talk show about gender roles and understanding the opposite gender in modern urban marriages. The discussion identifies issues plaguing many western Muslim couples and attempts to offer practical solutions to matters involving marriage pressure, general unpreparedness for marriage, and lack of good character. The show reminds people that by cultivating a consistent perspective of life as a place to elevate society and contribute to communal goals, the Believer can, by the grace of God, enhance the quality of his or her prayers and bring peace to the marital home.
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Culture, Identity, and Islam   In this podcast with Brother Dash, Shaykh Adhami discusses the relationships between reading, culture, freedom, and personal identity. The discussion also goes on to explore the lack of censorship in Islam as well as the artist\'s responsibilities in challenging the paradigm.
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“Building a More Perfect Union: Reconciling Discordant Images of the Prophet Muhammad in Western Culture,”   IIDR - New York, 2008
A Message for the “National Sirah Conference 2008”
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Islam, Shari 'ah, and the Modern Encounter   How does Shari\'ah engage the world in general, based on its own constitution and the exegetical commentary on that constitution (Quran and Sunnah)? Shaykh Adhami defines Shari\'ah as timeless, an affirmation of multiplicity, and as a mediating instrument through the tumult of life. He expounds upon the Muslim responsibility to first enrich ourselves with what people and cultures around us have to offer so that we may contribute to life. He further highlights insecurity and a lack of competency as afflictions that debilitate Muslims today.
In the Q & A segment, Shaykh Adhami addresses the issues of apostasy and corporal punishment in Islam, among others.
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Family and Society Today   Family and Society Today is a ground breaking series exploring the human condition, how the dynamics of family and society are microcosms of principles of order that govern the universe. Shaykh Adhami highlights how the guidance of Shariah helps us to navigate the various domains of order with dignity and sense

Shaykh Abdallah Adhami’s fascinating new lecture album takes an indepth look at human nature, the family, society and the self.
  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27
         

Family and Social Issues   In this interview Shaykh Abdallah Adhami answers questions regarding social and family issues and specifically addresses the issues of music and homosexuality.
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On Blasphemy   In the first of this 2-part khutbah (sermon) series Shaykh Adhami addresses the severity of alleging that another person’s actions are blasphemous and punishable and that his honor is degraded. Taking the law into our own hands, thereby setting ourselves above the law of Allah (swt), is a dangerous matter. Moments in Islamic history depict how transgressions against Islam and Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) should be carefully and wisely addressed.

In the second khutbah (sermon), Shaykh Adhami describes the dignity of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the honor owed to him. He examines the distinction between the reaction to blasphemy against the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) during his lifetime – as evidenced in the juridical rulings – and after his death as depicted in the judicial traditions. This distinction is very relevant to our modern experiences. Shariah courts judges were guided by the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) example; their familiarity with his life and character granted them the sense of balance power, knowledge, and confidence that we seek.
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Spirit of the Messenger   Khutbah(sermon) given by Shaykh Abdallah Adhami. The prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was gifted as a mercy to all of creation and those who follow him are hence responsible to be merciful toward all of creation. What distinguishes a believer is a tranquil heart, a heart that can project goodness and calm because of its contentment with God. Our job now is to understand the human dimension of the sunnah and to incorporate this mercy in our lives.
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Prayer Recitation   Prayer recitation by Shaykh Abdallah Adhami.
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Celebrate Mercy Part III   A brief talk given by Shaykh Abdallah Adhami discussing the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) concern for others.
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Taqwa: The Fruit of Ramadan  
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Women, Society, and Human Nature   ChaiPod with Brother Dash
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Women, Authentic Hadith, and Gender Roles   ChaiPod with Brother Dash
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Women, Islam and ControVERSEy   ChaiPod with Brother Dash
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Active Asceticism   Muslim Community Radio
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Finding Goodness in Others   Khutbah(sermon) given by Shaykh Abdallah Adhami on April 1, 2011 at Masjid Manhattan in New York, NY.
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Love in Islam: A Critical Perspective   Columbia University, 2013
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