There is Always a Choice – talk by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

 • Imam Abdul Latif Finch • There Is Always A Choice •

Watch this insightful talk by Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch speaking about how ‘we always have a choice’ from the perspective of Islam & Philosophy.

Alhamdulillah we had the blessed opportunity of capturing this talk in the mashAllah beautiful house of the 18th century Saint Shaykh Ahmad Tijani (RA) in Fez, Morocco.

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• Filmed & produced in Fez, Morocco 2016 •
• Produced & edited by ISArts

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch converted to Islam at the age of 20 and has earned ijazas in Islamic Sciences including Quranic Sciences, Hadith, Maliki and Shafi’i Jurisprudence, Usul al-Fiqh, Seerah, Logic, and Arabic Grammar and Morphology under the tutelage of numerous scholars, including Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Salik bin Siddina, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Abdur Rahman Taahir, Qari Umar Bellahi, Shaykh Abdullah Ali, and Shaykh Yahya Rhodus.

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch co-founded the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland, California where he served as the Imam for 3 years until he resigned in 2012 to focus on his graduate studies. In addition, he was a teacher and a program developer for Deen Intensive Foundation, Seekers Guidance and had assisted Zaytuna College’s Summer Arabic Intensive program for three years in a row.

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch  has recently attained a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Many thanks to Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch for contributing to this blog.

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UM Special: Efficient Being – a thought from Imam Abdul Latif

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1) Deficient creatures seek benefit for themselves. Seeking benefit, then, is the objective of human action. Efficient beings do not seek benefit for themselves as they are free from deficiency. Likewise seeking benefit for themselves is not the objective of the actions of efficient beings.

2) God is the only efficient Being and thus it follows that whatever He does is not for His own benefit, as He is not in need of it, but rather it is for the advantage of the deficient creatures who seek benefit from His efficiency.

3) As God also knows where the benefit lies for each of His dependents, His acts regarding us are both generous and wise, even if we fail to recognize how or to what extent.

This seems logically sound but is only realized through faith.

Have a good opinion of Allah.

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch

Dec 2015

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UM Special: How we are here – a Thought from Imam Abdul Latif

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The Prophet, peace be upon him, had given dawa to 26 tribes before going to Medina. Why did he not give up after the first few rejections? Why not after being beaten in Ta-if? He kept going because He knew Allah would never abandon Him. This attitude is from the inward sunnahs of the Prophet, peace be upon him. It is so essential that had it not been there we would not be here.

Have a good opinion of Allah. ‪

 

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Dec 2015

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UM Special: God is Greater – a thought from Imam Abdul Latif

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When Musa, upon whom be peace, met with Pharaoh’s sorcerers, 72 in number, he had them cast their ropes down first. Musa, upon whom be peace, knew they were dealing with magic, yet he had them go first. A wisdom here is that had he gone first, and the snake appeared, it would have merely scared everyone but they wouldn’t have seen the ropes and staffs of the magicians for what they are. With them going ahead of him their own falsehood was a means to reveal the truth for all to see. Thus, have a good opinion of Allah for at times you will have to see the sorcerers cast their ropes first so that you can see God is Greater in the end.

‪Have a good opinion of Allah.

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Dec 2015

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UM Special: Maintaining a Good Opinion – a thought from Imam Abdul Latif Finch

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A good opinion of Allah is faith in Him, despite circumstances that come and eventually go. He never rejects faith. Thus, He never rejects a good opinion of Him. If He doesn’t reject it He certainly doesn’t betray it. It follows then that those who maintain a good opinion of their Lord will see it made manifest in one way or another, inshallah.

Have a good opinion of Allah.

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Dec 2015

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UM Special: Hearts Turning to Allah – a Thought from Imam Abdul Latif Finch

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I’d rather turn a soft heart toward people than a hard one to Allah as a result of them, inshallah.

Have a good opinion of Allah!

Have a good opinion of the slaves of Allah!

Jumuah Mubarakah!

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch

Dec 2015

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UM Special: Our difficulties – a Thought from Imam Abdul Latif Finch

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The Quran states…

“And Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak.” 4:28

Have a good opinion of Allah!

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Dec 2015

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