Articles of Faith – Part 1 of 2 – By Hamza Yusuf (Foundations of Islam Series: Session 3)

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An in-depth exploration into the concept of “iman” (or faith) in Islam, and its application and implication for human beings in general and for those who call themselves Muslims. This near three-hour session is an intense survey of the human condition in the world today and what the human being must believe, from the Islamic perspective, in order to have hope for security and peace in this life and the hereafter. These objects of belief, which are known as the “articles of faith” in Islam, are what’s at the core of this highly stimulating lecture. These six articles are: belief in the one God, the revealed books, the prophets and messengers, the angels, predestination, and the Day of Judgment. An amazing session that also makes many comparisons to the Judeo-Christian understanding of God’s imminence, salvation, and other very relevant issues pertaining to faith. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: the fitrah (the natural desire to believe in one God), the human intellect, faith vs. disbelief, deja-vu, heedlessness, the transcendence and imminence of God, negation and affirmation within the human psyche, the nafs (the commanding self, the regretful self, and the peaceful self), the philosophical problem of evil in the world, Salmon Rushdie and capital punishment, the five objectives of the Islamic law, inheritance laws, homosexuality, the desire for massive stimulation, the stages of life, the after-death experience, God’s mercy and wrath, suicide, slandering prophets, and Muslim countries today implementing Islamic law.

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  1. khalid abdilahi

    May 14, 2017 at 2:27 am

    can we ever have a religion lecture that every body ask questions other than islam? if the answer is no. why?

  2. HoldShiftt2Run

    May 14, 2017 at 2:30 am

    The new Hamza Yusuf is a retard. The old Hamza Yusuf was good.

  3. mohammedllbhons

    May 14, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Shaykh Hamza may Allah grant you a long life, good health and more knowledge so we mere mortals can benefit from your wisdom. I pray Allah unite us in Jannah with the rest of the Muslim Ummah. Aameen

  4. nasser khan

    May 14, 2017 at 3:17 am

    this can be only understand by people who understand that nothing can appear without it's creator, it's owner. everyone else I hope the creator makes your understanding increase.

  5. سعودية اشعرية

    May 14, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Doesn't sheikh Hamza remind you of Milo from the cartoon Atlantis here  No ? :p

  6. arctic bliss

    May 14, 2017 at 3:37 am

    I got these from a search on the word"Allah" if used by christian Arabs and this is what i got;

    "christianity doesn't trump arabic… meaning the arab christian culture is the exact like the arab muslim culture.. the only thing different is some muslim wear covers and christian not… muslim go to the mosk and christian go to the church,…. I was born and raised in the middle east for more than 30 years.. I'm muslim my friends some muslims others christians… no one from outside could tell who is who…and more than that the christian read and pray in arabic … so Allah ia Allah for christian muslims and all others who speak arabic…
    aisha a · 6 years ago"

    "They say Allah for God, and Issa for Jesus.
    They also use the term "al-Masih" (the Messiah) for Jesus as well.
    The pre-Islamic pagan gods and goddesses were actually named, each one of them.
    The list is on the right side of this wikipedia page:

    "I have a "26 language dictionary" (don't know how accurate it is) that says "illah" means "god" (lowercase) and "Allah" means "God" (proper).
    The Doctor · 6 years ago"

  7. Norisha Mohammed

    May 14, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Amazing video, you have answered so many of my questions. Mashallah

  8. Julio Kosters

    May 14, 2017 at 4:11 am

    I was attracted to the wisdom and the intellectual beauty of Islam which only confirms my inner true beliefs. All Praise and Glory be to ALLAH alone.
    May Paradise be yours Hamza for giving the divine gift to fellow humans as a free gift, in reality that (gift) which money can`t buy.

  9. shinaz000

    May 14, 2017 at 4:58 am

    I don't think it's right to just simply say that someone is misguided. But that's just my opinion.

  10. SAB786 TRUTH

    May 14, 2017 at 5:19 am

    true inspiration to ALL that want to seek the truth..

  11. oddizzee

    May 14, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I wonder why atheists watch these religious videos since they're already endowed with all knowing wisdom? if all complex things are a product of millions of random chemical reactions over millions of years we shud have at least one mobile phone or chip that's evolved at the same time as us 😉

  12. Judipops13

    May 14, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Might have made sense if I was living in c650 and knew nothing else. Today it simply makes none.

  13. Judipops13

    May 14, 2017 at 5:57 am

    @roac7777 Couldn't agree more – peace and happiness to you 😉

  14. McHuZii

    May 14, 2017 at 6:19 am

    thank you!! what an inspiration human being 🙂

  15. sables1000

    May 14, 2017 at 6:40 am

    wonderful. And in the islamic tradition we also find that a woman has to obey her husband when he wants sex with her, without a good reason if she refuses the angels will curse her. It also says that a guy can have sex with his female war booty (slaves). Kind of puts all this 1,5 our theological blahblahblah into perspective, or doesn't it. I can tell you for me it did…

  16. bayreuth79

    May 14, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Sh Hamza Yusuf misrepresents St Thomas Aquinas here by suggesting that he held the view that God is "the supreme being". Thomas Aquinas thought that the only literal things we can say of God are what God is not. Whatever we might say of him positively is a metaphor or an analogy; and this would include the idea of God as "being". For Aquinas to think of God as a being is tantamount to idolatry, for God is not one being amongs others, but there reason there is something rather than nothing.

  17. IslamChika

    May 14, 2017 at 7:14 am

    @xyzzy7000 here's the direct translation:

    41:30 In the case of those who say, "Our Lord is Allah", and, further, stand straight and steadfast, the angels descend on them (from time to time): "Fear ye not!" (they suggest), "Nor grieve! but receive the Glad Tidings of the Garden (of Bliss), the which ye were promised!
    From what I understand from some lections the "stand straight and steadfast" part relates to the belief in Allah as The God in private and public.

  18. Islam On Demand

    May 14, 2017 at 7:44 am

    @xyzzy7000 "On the Day of Judgment, neither wealth nor sons will avail. But the only ones who will prosper are those that bring to God a sound heart." (Qur'an 26:88-89). I think this verse may be a starting point for researching the answer to your important question. "Sound heart" implies to me sincerity of belief or faith. But I'd be interested to hear what others have to say. Allah knows best.

  19. IslamChika

    May 14, 2017 at 7:54 am

    @xyzzy7000 The Quran says that only those who believe in Allah steadfastly will go to heaven. Now, this is one of the more general ayats about what is needed to get to heaven, so its the idea that even Muslims who sinned &go to hell will eventually get to heaven provided that they DID believe in Allah. I believe that hypocrites necessarily do not believe in God. So even though they "go through the motions" they don't meet the basic requirement for them to eventually get to heaven. Allahu a3lam

  20. TVkeyse

    May 14, 2017 at 8:03 am

    what he says makes sense mashalah

  21. ShesGotManHands

    May 14, 2017 at 8:04 am

    this guy has blown my mind and twice over. all in one weekend!

  22. Islam On Demand

    May 14, 2017 at 8:22 am

    @TheAreReNa Wa iyakum… Recorded in 1997.

  23. TheAreReNa

    May 14, 2017 at 8:42 am

    jazakallah, really opens the thought abt traditions in islam.
    just curious when did this video taken.. coz he looks a lot younger. in 90s?

  24. Jaafar Morocco

    May 14, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Great informative videos ! Please post more 🙂

  25. jac yo

    May 14, 2017 at 9:24 am

    thanks for the lecture

  26. Ali Raza

    May 14, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Thank you for the lecture brother. May the mercy, peace, and blessing of Allah be upon you!

  27. ByChoiceMuslim

    May 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

    @CkimCharles Sheikh Hamza does not call himself a sufi. But he does accept a form of tawassuf that is compatable with the sunnah, therefore people started labeling him a Sufi and attributes all the innovation of modern sufi to him. I have watched some of his lecture where he openly says he is not a sufi.

  28. Islam On Demand

    May 14, 2017 at 10:08 am

    @CkimCharles Thank you for your comments and for your dua. I respectfully ask for you to give us some quotes from Sh. Hamza's speeches, books, etc. that make it unambiguous he is "spreading sufism, innovation and misguidance". Jazak Allah Khair and masalam.

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