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Mixed Signals
“And mention when We said to the angels:Prostrate to Adam!
So they prostrated but Iblis. He had been among the jinn and he disobeyed the
command of His Lord. Will you then take him to yourselves and his offspring to
be protectors other than Me while they ar...

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Choice and the Chessboard
The title of my khutbah today is, “Choice and the Chessboard”.
It is part 11 of the Iblis series. In the last khutbah, we discussed Iblis’ spiritual
blindness. Rumi calls him the “one eyed” because Iblis was unable to see the
connection between God and huma...

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Good and Blind
The title of my khutbah today is “Good and Blind“.  This is part 10 of my series on Iblis, the
Muslim devil. I talk about the devil because I think the question of evil (What
is it? Where does it come from? How can we avoid it?) is central to religious
disc...

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Laying the Foundations
The title of my khutbah today is “Laying the Foundations“. As we come into December, the end of the year as well as my
birthday, is approaching. At this time, I try to reflect upon
the past year by evaluating last year’s resolutions, and compiling my moral
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Names That You Have Named
The title of my khutbah today is “Names That You Have Named”. In
full disclosure, I didn’t start writing this khutbah until after the election
results. I didn’t know how much the election would affect me or my family. But
on Tuesday night when we started wa...

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Ready Pilgrim One
The title of my khutbah today is “Ready Pilgrim One”. This
khutbah will be about hajj. However, in the spirit of full disclosure, I have
never been on hajj. I’ve never gone on umrah. My knowledge about the pilgrimage
is from second hand accounts and books, ...

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A Worthy Adversary Part 9, Putting Down Roots In this World
 Ramadan, at the very
least, was a break from Iblis. But now that we have all returned to our normal
schedules, guess who’s back? That’s right, you-know-who. In my previous
khutbah, I discussed how the Suif world view envisioned Iblis’ involvement of
mankin...

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A Worthy Adversar, Part 8 The Heart is a Battlefield
The title of my khutbah today is “The Heart is a Battlefield”, it is part 8 in the Worthy Adversary series on Iblis. In the previous khutbah, I spoke on how Sufis believe that while God is closer to us than our jugular vein (Qur’an  50:16), Iblis runs throu...

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A Worthy Adversar, Part 8 The Heart is a Battlefield
The title of my khutbah today is “The Heart is a Battlefield”, it is part 8 in the Worthy Adversary series on Iblis. In the previous khutbah, I spoke on how Sufis believe that while God is closer to us than our jugular vein (Qur’an  50:16), Iblis runs throu...

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A Worthy Adversary Part 7, The Nutrition Connection
In the previous khutbahs, we have
explored the mythic biography of Iblis based on a variety of sources including
the Quran, commentary of Quran, hadith, and didactic tales. Another group of
Muslims in the Islamic tradition were also fascinated by Iblis, and...
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