Best way to defeat Shaytan – Having a Good Opinion of Allah! – recording by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

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What Is The Best Way To Defeat Shaytan – Having A Good Opinion Of Allah!

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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 till 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 has 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.

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UM Special: Truth v Falsehood – Quran Tafsir

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 “Customarily, God, be He blessed and exalted, causes falsehood to appear before the Truth. Once falsehood appears the Truth then apprehends it such that no trace of it remains. ‘The Truth has come and falsehood has vanished-falsehood is ever vanishing.’ (17:81) Falsehood, whenever it does seem to be around, isn’t actually there, so, when the Truth appears falsehood continues to be- as if it didn’t exist, in the first place.”

(Shaikh Ibrāhīm Niās, may God be pleased with him, Fī Riyādh al-Tafsīr, Vol. 4, pp. 114)

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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.

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Dec 2015

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UM Special: Certainty – a quote by Imam Abdul Latif

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“May Allah put certainty into our hearts regarding Him during such apparently uncertain times regarding His creation.

Have a good opinion of Allah.”

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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: Your Opinion of People – Quran & Hadith

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“O you who believe, avoid most suspicion. Indeed some suspicion is a crime. And do not spy and do not backbite one another. Would any of you like to eat his brother’s dead flesh? No, you would hate it. And fear Allah.” (49: 12)

“ُThere are two characteristics that have no superior good : a good opinion of Allah and a good opinion of the slaves of Allah. There are two characteristics that have no superior evil : a bad opinion of Allah and a bad opinion of the slaves of Allah.” -Hadith

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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.

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Dec 2015

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UM Special: Surah Ad-Duha – Quran

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  1. By the forenoon (after sun-rise);

  2. And by the night when it is still (or darkens);

  3. Your Lord (O Muhammad ()) has neither forsaken you nor hated you.

  4. 4. And indeed the Hereafter is better for you than the present (life of this world).

  5. And verily, your Lord will give you (all i.e. good) so that you shall be well-pleased.

  6. Did He not find you (O Muhammad ()) an orphan and gave you a refuge?

  7. And He found you unaware (of the Qur’an, its legal laws, and Prophethood, etc.) and guided you?

  8. And He found you poor, and made you rich (selfsufficient with selfcontentment, etc.)?

  9. Therefore, treat not the orphan with oppression,

  10. And repulse not the beggar;

  11. And proclaim the Grace of your Lord (i.e. the Prophethood and all other Graces).

 – Surah Ad-Duha

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UM Special: Find Good – Hadith

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According to Abū Dhār, the Prophet, peace be upon him said, reporting the words of God, ever blessed and exalted is He:

“Oh My servants, I have forbidden injustice to Myself and I have made it forbidden amongst you. So be not unjust to one another.

Oh My servants, all of you go astray except the one whom I guide. Ask guidance of Me, and I shall guide you.

…Oh My servants, all of you go hungry except the one whom I feed. Ask Me for food, and I shall feed you.

Oh My servants, all of you go naked except the one whom I clothe. Ask Me for clothing, and I shall clothe you.

Oh My servants, you transgress by day and night, but I forgive all misdeeds. Ask forgiveness of Me, and I shall forgive you.

Oh My servants, harming Me is beyond you, so you cannot harm Me; and benefitting Me is beyond you, so you cannot benefit Me.

Oh My servants, if all of you-first and last, man and jinn-were like the one among you with the most devout heart, that would add nothing to My kingdom.

Oh My servants, if all of you-first and last, man and jinn-were like the one among you with the most ungodly heart, that would take nothing away from My kingdom.

Oh My servants, if all of you-first and last, man and jinn-were to stand on the same level and address Me with your requests, and if I were to give each one what he requested, that would not diminish what is with Me any more than a needle dimities the sea when it enters it.

Oh My servants, it is solely your deeds that I take account of, and it is by virtue of them that I will repay you. So let him who finds good praise God and let him who finds other than that hold none but himself to blame.”

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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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