Regular readers of our blog may have noticed that we’re quite fond of the lectures delivered by Sheikh Arif Abdulhussain. Me and Ali both would highly recommend hearing these lectures. Most of them are delivered in English and deals with topics that would be interest to anyone who’s even slightly religiously inclined, Muslim or not. Sheikh Arif doesn’t have too many of his lectures available online, below is the complete resource of lectures that I’m aware of that’s currently up for grabs:
Link details: Once you click on the above link you’ll have to scroll half-way down the page to find this lecture.
If it’s just one lecture that you hear from this page. Let this be the one. It quite well summarises most of the topics that Sheikh Arif is fond of reciting. His main theme is an attempt to answer, “Why are we here? What’s the purpose of our existence?”
A moving quote from this majlis “I’m confined in this mass of a body today, which gives me the ability to say, “I am.”. But what are you, O man? Have you looked at yourself from the top of a lofty mountain and seen how insignficant you are?”
2. Lectures delivered at Masumeen Islamic Centre, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Link details: The Multimedia library of Masumeen Centre seems currently down. I’m sure they’ll have it back up soon.
Update: The Masumeen lectures have now been uploaded to the IslamiCentre website.
These are the first set of lectures of Sheikh Arif that I had heard and since then I began to see the world with different eyes altogether. Now, this may not have the same effect to all who hear this, but I’ve seen it happen to many. There are various themes takes up in this series:
– Our concept of God is limited by just that, our concept. Afterall, is there anything other than God? When looking at the Ocean, We see only the waves, but is there anything other than the Ocean.
– Why should God stop the Tsunami, when we are God’s hand in doing so.
– The mind-boggling proximity that God has with us, (that He’s even closer to us than our own souls).
– Miracles, what was their purpose anyway.
– And best of all is the little Urdu portion that Sheikh Arif recites at the end of each of these series on the topic, “Akhir Allah, kya Chahta hai?” (Afterall what does God Want?)
3. Lecture on Imam Ali’s letter to Malik-e-Ashtar
Link details: The audio/video library of Masumeen Centre is down, inshallah should be up soon.
Also available at the library of Masumeen Centre is a 6 part series of lectures by Sheikh Arif on the letter which Imam Ali (AS) wrote to the then Governer of Egypt. A series of lectures where I have picked up invaluable Leadership and Management advice.
To those interested the letter is available here.
The lectures here are a continuation of the topics that began in the lectures that were delivered in Masumeen Centre, Brampton, Canada.
5. Majlises listed on website Imambargah.com
In this series Sheikh Arif takes on again many different topics, a key topic is centred around the theme of Life after death, Heaven & Hell. As mentioned earlier, even if you are not Muslim but do believe in the after-life you’ll have a lot to take back from this series. Few memorable bits from this series:
– Sure Allah Swt can put us all into heaven, even his most despicable slave, but then what would the degree mean to a child who’s not been through the rigor of college education. It would just be a piece of paper, it would mean nothing.
– Our sense perception is highly limited by our material body. What we see is limited by the strength of our eyes, we hear only what our ears allow us to, we taste only what our taste-buds on our tongues can taste. Once you remove these material limitations, the sense perceptions would be at a different level altogether.
Below are the lectures that I’ve not yet heard in depth and am really looking forward to:
6. Dar al Tabligh Centre
Dar-es-Salaam, East Africa
7. Al Muntazar Audio Library
Link details: under reciters, select Shekih Arif
8. Islamic Unit Society
Link details: one lecture here.
These lectures were delivered in 2001 on proving the existence of God.