The Coming of the Dajjal and his System – Hamza Yusuf Lecture

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This is a 12 part lecture that has invaluable information for all believers in truth and justice. The wisdow of Shakyh Hamza Yusuf is even more appropriate now in these turbulent times.

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PBS Presents “Prince Among Slaves”: The True Story of An African Prince Enslaved In The American South

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On Monday, February 4, 2008 at 10:00 PM (check local listings), the National Black Programming Consortium will present on PBS, Prince Among Slaves, a one-hour documentary film on the inspiring story of an African prince who survived 40 years of enslavement in America before finally regaining his freedom and becoming one of the most famous men of his day.

Winner of the Best Documentary at the 2007 American Black Film Festival, this true story is told through feature-film styled reenactments directed by Andrea Kalin and Emmy® Award-winner, Bill Duke, through contemporary artworks, archival letters and diaries, as well as through on-camera interviews with distinguished scholars and experts. Artfully narrated by actor and hip-hop Mos Def, Prince Among Slaves is based on Dr. Terry Alford’s biography of the same name.

Prince Among Slaves tells the compelling true story of Abdul-Rahman, an African Muslim Prince who was captured in 1788 and sold into slavery in the American South. He endured the horrific Middle Passage, and ended up the “property” of a poor and nearly illiterate planter named Thomas Foster from Natchez Mississippi. He remained enslaved for 40 years before finally regaining his freedom under dramatic circumstances, becoming one of the most famous men of his day, and returning back to Africa with his royal status acknowledged. The film ends with a family reunion between Abdul-Rahman’s African and American descendents in Natchez, Mississippi.

The documentary film is supported by a comprehensive Web site (www.princeamongslaves.tv) that includes in-depth information about the life of Abdul-Rahman and details about local film screenings happening across the United States in advance of the PBS broadcast premiere. The Web site, which launched earlier this fall highlights special behind-the-scenes interviews with narrator, Mos Def and reenactment director, Bill Duke. The site will also feature profiles on prominent individuals who played a role in the developments throughout Abdul-Rahman’s life, backgrounds on the actors and executives involved with the production, and special introductory clips about the film.

Prince Among Slaves is a production of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) in association with Spark Media Inc. and Duke Media. Major funding for the film was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The film was executive produced by UPF’s Michael Wolfe and Alex Kronemer. It was produced, directed and written by Andrea Kalin co-produced by Raki Jones.

About Unity Productions Foundation (Longer video)

Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is a non-profit educational foundation working to promote peace and understanding through the media. Its mission is to create documentaries, feature films and educational products that contribute to ending the clash of civilizations. UPF’s first project, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, aired nationally on PBS on December 18, 2002 and was awarded a 2004 Cine Award for Best Professional Documentary in its category. Its recent Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain has won several awards, including Best Documentary at the 2007 ITVA Peer awards and Goldie Awards.

17 Benefits of Tribulations – narrated by Hamza Yusuf CD

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I just heard the CD from Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and found this post from Ihsaan. The CD is available for sale from the AlHambra Productions website. Thanks to both for their work.

The Prophet Muhammed, upon him be peace, was someone who went through unparalleled hardship, and yet he never allowed any difficulties to perturb him. In one very powerful and condensed session, Hamza Yusuf explains why. Commenting on the treatise of the seventh century scholar Izz ibn Abdus-Salam, he reveals 17 benefits of tribulations for those who would see them. Not only will this lecture completely transform your outlook on calamities, but it will also leave you in total awe of Allahs magnanimity and infinite mercy.

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Sultani Uleman (Sultan of the Scholars) Izzuddin Abdul Aziz ibn Abdus Salam was an Egyptian scholar who died in 660 AH. He was perhaps the only scholar that mastered both the maliki and hanifi madhabs. The 17 benefits of tribulation are listed below:

1. You realize the power of Lordship over you.

2. You realize your object servanthood and your complete state of resignation and brokenness before the will and power of God.

3. Sincerity to God, one has no place of return in putting off or defending against the calamity except to Him. It makes you sincere because the muhsin is the one who call on God without any skirk. A moment of ikhlas in this world is enough to save a person.

4. He returns to God and suddenly is fervent in his desire of his Lord.

5. It leads to a humbled state before God and it leads to prayers (du’a), that you call on God.

6. You’re forbearing towards the One who has afflicted you.

7. You forgive the one who has wronged you.

8. To be patient during the tribulation.

9. To be happy about what’s happening because of those benefits.

10. To be grateful for it.

11. Purification that these calamities have towards peoples’ wrongs and sins.

12. Compassion that God enables you to show to people who are in tribulation and to help them.

13. Tribulation gives you the blessing of having true knowledge of the extent of well-being.

14. God has prepared rewards for the calamities that you’ve beared patiently or with contentment.

15. What is hidden inside the folds of these calamities are blessings.

16. Tribulations prevent you from arrogance.

17. Contentment. Tribulation afflect the good and the evil (people), whoever doesn’t like it, its on Him, he’s lost the dunya and the akhira. Those who are pleased with it, its because he knows it, because paradise is better than anything in this world and if these tribulations are what it takes for him to get to paradise, then he’s content with it.

Synopsis: We will all face trials and tribulations in our lives. The benefits of the test is not always the end-result but what happens in between. May our trials remove sins and make our journey to Jannah easier. May we be fortunate to face those trials in this life, Inshallah. May we come out of our trials with gratitude, humility, knowledge, sincerity and contentment, Inshallah. Ameen!