The Mindful Messenger ﷺ

featuring President Hamza Yusuf and Other Esteemed Guests
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Join us as we honor and study the extraordinary presence and stillness of the Mindful Messenger ﷺ, who is our guide to bring relief and calm in an age of anxiety and agitation.

We live in a time of distraction and restlessness. The ease of travel and communication has brought with it new challenges, among them an endless barrage of stimuli. Due to the extensive mental and spiritual strain people now face, psychologists and mental health practitioners advocate for “mindfulness,” which, according to their definition, is “the awareness of one’s own state and surroundings.” The dictionary defines mindfulness as “the state or quality of being mindful or aware of something.” From a Qur’anic perspective, however, mindfulness equates to an awareness of the presence of God, God’s limitless knowledge of our inward states and outward actions, and our ultimate destination: death and resurrection. The Qur’an states,

“Know that Allah knows what is within yourselves, so beware of Him, and know that Allah is Forgiving and Forbearing” (2:235).

The mindful Muslim maintains a consistent remembrance of God throughout the day and of God’s Messenger through emulation. No one practiced mindfulness more than the Prophet Muhammad , and he was also The Reminder (al-Mudhakkir). “To remind” means “to cause a person to remember,” and, in this case, one who calls the minds of others back to God. The Qur’an says, “And remind them, for surely reminders benefit the believers” (51:55). The Prophet gifted us with a collection of situational prayers for every human action and occasion unparalleled in world religions. These prayers have been preserved and transmitted by his family and companions in unbroken chains to the present time and offer the practitioner a perfect practice of Muslim mindfulness.

The Prophet’s ﷺ unwavering mindfulness of God serves as an example for us today.

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with Imam Tahir Anwar and Dr. Asad Tarsin

The daily life of every individual involves a type of repetition that can easily lead to boredom, ennui, and a sense of futility, if no serious spiritual practice enables one to infuse even the most mundane daily events with purpose and meaning. Ibn al-Hajj wrote Al-Madkhal to help people make all their activities those of mindfulness and intention. This lecture will look at how we can take merely permissible activities and mindfully bring them into the realm of devotion. 

If you have ever heard yourself say, “Been there, done that,” this lecture will help you see that you have never been there or done that twice in your life. Each moment is a completely new one that has never been and will never be again. Nothing reoccurs. The Greeks said, “You can’t step into the same river twice.” A wise Dane said, “You can’t even step into the same river once.” The Qur’an reminds us that “Every day, He (God) is on a new affair” (55:29). And our Prophet encouraged us: “Renew your faith with the words ‘La ilaha illa Allah.’”

with Imam Dawud Walid and Ustadha Hosai Mojaddidi

Raising children today involves immense struggle, given all the assaults on their minds for their attention. How do we protect them? What strategies can we use to keep them focused on what’s important? This lecture will cover the “theology of home.” How can we make our homes more mindful places of tranquility and peace? How can we keep our children protected against the current forces pulling them away from their parents? The Prophet was a father. What were his parental practices? How did he treat children and help them come closer to God?

with Shaykh Faraz Khan and Heba el-Haddad

The gift of speech distinguishes us from other animals, but it also can be abused and result in destroying one’s reputation, causing wars, strife, animosity, hatred, and countless other ills that emanate from a tongue not guarded by a mindful person. According to our Prophet , no other organ harms the human being on the Day of Judgment more than the tongue. The Prophet gave us much counsel concerning the tongue and encouraged us to have a tongue moist with God’s remembrance. Learn the prophetic sunnah regarding the rules of the tongue and how to better use one’s tongue for devotion and salvation in accordance with the practices of our blessed Messenger .

with President Hamza Yusuf

Obesity has become a modern health crisis that now threatens countless people worldwide, especially in more affluent countries. This talk looks at walking as a practice. In premodern societies, classes were often held while walking, a practice that still exists in West Africa. Many scholars of the past and present complete their litanies and Qur’an recitations while walking. Recent research in the study of health and disease indicates that many modern people suffer from nature deficits. Some doctors even prescribe walking in parks or nature as a means to help with mental health.

The Prophet travelled over 40,000 kilometers in his lifetime, much of it done walking or riding a camel. He often took excursions to places like Uhud and even climbed the mountain with his companions. Learn about the benefits of walking as a devotional practice. The Prophet said, “And give glad tidings to those who constantly walk in the dark (fajr and isha) with complete light on the Day of Judgment.” The Qur’an says, “And the servants of the Merciful who walk lightly on the earth and when ignorant people abuse them, they simply say peace” (25:63).

What is Your Mind Full of? Mindfulness in Prophetic Practice

This lecture looks at the current crisis of overstimulation, TikTok, Snapchat, Netflix, WhatsApp, and myriad other distractions. Advertisers speak of “mindshare,” which according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary denotes “a controlling or predominant hold of one’s attention that is gained especially by marketing ploys”—in other words, what share of your mind can they occupy? Advertisement means to divert your attention to something the ad campaign (a military term) wants you to be mindful of. Entertainment, according to the dictionary, means “agreeable occupation of the mind, diversion, amusement.” Who or what is occupying your mind? Our Prophet occupied his own mind with remembrance of God. He said, “Whoever makes his concerns (what he or she is mindful of) one concern (God), God will take care of all his other concerns.” One of the Arabic words for mindfulness is muhtamm, which means “what one is concerned with.”

First Command Book Club

The First Command Book Club is a member benefit for 12000 Strong monthly donors.

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  is reported to have said, “Wisdom is the lost property of the believer. Wherever he finds it, he is most deserving of it.” In realizing God’s first command and the unrelenting pursuit of knowledge, Muslim scholars studied texts from many traditions, including the Greco-Roman. Today, this precedent is more important than ever. Reviving a holistic intellectual literacy allows the community to engage in civil discourse, cultivate virtue, and promote empathy. To that end, the First Command Book Club has carefully selected books that, God willing, will stimulate the mind and soften the heart, bringing us closer to realizing the universal truths established by our Creator. 

During October, through the First Command Book Club, 12000 Strong members will explore Al-Shama'il al-Muhammadiyya by Imam Tirmidhi, which is perhaps the greatest collection of hadith related to the sublime character and attributes of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. In addition, President Yusuf has announced that he will also guide us through Martin Lings’ award winning seerah text, Muhammad ﷺ: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

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