friday khutbahs (2015)


Muslims gather for congregational prayers on Fridays. At the beginning of each service, according to Islamic tradition, the most learned of the community should address the community regarding topics that are pressing and pertinent to the community and the obligations of the faithful.  Unfortunately, many khutbahs today do not engage or enliven the spirit of Muslims seeking inspiration, honest and direct confrontation with important issues, or spiritual comfort.  Dr. Abou El Fadl does not disappoint when it comes to tackling difficult issues, challenging the intellect and heart, and underscoring ethics, morality and virtue in the Islamic message through his khutbahs.  


2015

"Taghut, Transgression and Truth"

Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl discusses the concept of Taghut, or transgression, the opposite of Godliness, and the necessity of coming to God's truth without compulsion. Delivered at the Islamic Center of Southern California on November 6, 2015.



"On Faith and Justice"

Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl delivers the Friday khutbah (sermon) at the Islamic Center of Southern California, October 16, 2015.



"Islam and the Ethics of Goodness"

Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl delivers the Friday khutbah at the Islamic Center of Southern California on September 18, 2015. He discusses the notions of goodness and justice and what it means to say that Muslims are the ambassadors of Islam.



Eid al-Fitr Khutbah on the Meaning of Ramadan

On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, Dr. Abou El Fadl gives the Friday Khutbah at the Islamic Center of Southern California.

 

Dr. Abou El Fadl discusses the meaning and purpose of Ramadan, Eid and God's Love. Delivered on July 17, 2015.



"Istiquaama, Dhikr and The State of Grace"

A rich and meaningful discussion on the blessings and power of the remembrance of God, what it means to live a life in an honest and transparent way in loving God, and staying on the right path. Also, in contrast, how much of the lack of blessings are a direct result of our own actions. Delivered at the Islamic Center of Southern California on June 15, 2015.



"On Returning the Favors of God"

On keeping promises to God and remembering to return the favors granted as promised.

 

Delivered at the Islamic Center of Southern California on May 15, 2015.



"The Handprints of God in Word and Action"

Islam is the religion of the word but unless the word, or revelation, is affirmed by action, it loses its meaning. The word or the revelation in the Quran is never mentioned without being accompanied by the necessity of action. Iman and Islam as described by the Prophet is in what a person becomes. Who is a true believer? He in whose actions show the handprints of God. Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl delivers the Friday Khutbah at the Islamic Center of Southern California on April 3, 2015.



"On the Legacy of Dr. Maher Hathout"

Khaled Abou El Fadl talks about the legacy of Dr. Maher Hathout, the founder of the Islamic Center of Southern California and the ethic of establishing the American Muslim movement. A touching and insightful reflection on lessons learned and the wisdom to remember in moving forward. He talks about how to move past the superficial and get to the heart of how to become true ambassadors of Islam, inviting others to the path of God from a native effort. Delivered at the Islamic Center of Southern California, January 30, 2015.



"On Godliness, the Compass of Truth, and Islam"

On Godliness, the Compass of Truth, and Islam, delivered at the Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, January 1, 2015.