Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas and completed his primary and secondary education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences. Thereafter, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology from the College of Dawah, after which he returned to America and completed his doctorate, in Religious Studies, from Yale University. Currently he is teaching at Rhodes College, in Memphis, TN.
As Muslims, we are taught to be loving and kind to one another. The smallest deed can have the greatest impact. in addition, the smallest deed could be the reason why we go to Jannah instead of Jahannam on the day of judgement. Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi & Br Jessiah
The Rights Between the Creation(Iqtiá¹£Äá¹£). Our Deen (religion) is based on three fundamental pillars, belief in Allah, belief in Prophet Muhammad(SAW), and belief in the day of judgment! In this brand new series, Shaykh Dr. Yasir will discuss the topic of Judgement Day(Qiyamah) in a very detailed analysis starting from the blowing of the trumpet, to the very end where people will be taken to either Jannah or Jahannam.
Can Laws of Inheritance be Mutually Re-Negotiated. Yes, the division of wealth should be done in the specified portions in general, but what if all of the family members involved accept to divide it in another way?
Understanding Quranic References to 'White' and 'Black' Faces. How do I explain the verses mentioned above to the people when others have accused the Quran of being racist due to the meaning of them even though that's not what is meant?
Advice on Death of a Loved One & Islamic Ruling on Idda. This pandemic has taken the lives of many people including some of our loved ones. Whether it is because of the pandemic or not, what are the rulings for the widow morning the loss of her husband?
Racism in America and the Role of American Muslims In Combating It, Racism has been well and alive in our communities. As Muslims, we are taught to love one another regardless of our differences. There are different ways of how we can combat this within our Muslim communities
FOREX and Currency Trading. In a fast-moving world like today, some of us are often looking for alternative ways to make money. One of the things many people do is FOREX trading, which is when different currencies are traded with the goal of making a profit. Is this something that is permissible in Islam?
How Should I Memorize the Quran - Practical Tips. Some of us might be feeling a boost that we usually get after Ramadan. We should take advantage of that blessing and nurture it carefully to make the most out of it. If you are looking to get closer to the Qur'an by memorizing it, Shaykh Dr. Yasir offers some practical tips in this video!
The Fiqh of Re-opening Masjids in Light of COVID-19. As part of the re-opening process, multiple countries including some States have granted Masjids permission to open as well, but with a number of rules and restrictions. As a Muslim, how do I determine if I should go to the Masjid if I am not completely sure? Shaykh Yasir answers this question in this video!
Every year for the last ten years, I've had a dedicated series that I've done during the month of Ramaá¸Än (previous years have included Tafsir Surah al-Kahf; the Names of Allah; Analysis of Surah al-FÄtiá¸¥a; Quranic Du'as, and others).
This year I've decided to do something I've never done before - it's a very ambitious project and I ask for Allah's help.
I plan to summarize the entire message of the Quran, in 30 lessons.
As those of you who listen to my lectures are aware, my style is typically to go into quite a lot of detail. Most of my lectures would be classified as intermediate or advanced. However, this series will be very different.
I want to present the message of the Quran to those who have never really read the Quran before. The goal would be that after listening to this 45-minute lecture, they should then read the entire juz (para) themselves.
I want people to follow along with me, day by day, and recite that juz, and then read a translation of it, so that we complete the whole Quran this month. The goal of my lecture is to help them appreciate and contextualize what they are going to read. This is NOT a detailed, word by word, verse by verse, tafsÄ«r. I've done that for quite a few Surahs, and if we ever did that for the entire Quran it would be over a thousand lectures at least!
Rather, this is an analytical summary - it is 'basic' in that I'm not going to go into academic details, but to prepare this 'basic' summary will require quite a lot of work (as those who know, know!).
I have also asked Hafiz SajjÄd to join me, to recite a section of that juz (around ten minutes) so that we do get a taste of the beauty of the original as well.
I hope that this series will be of benefit, and that it will increase our love for this Divine Book! I ask Allah to bless me with sincerity and to guide me to what is best!
This Ramadan will be unlike any other we have experienced. We might be stuck at home but that does not mean your Ramadan is ruined. In fact, we will be at home most of the time allowing us to really connect with our Lord in this beautiful month!
What Is the Origins and History of Tarawih Prayer
This latest series of Q and A all involve the tarawīḥ prayers.
Q1. There was no 'institutionaized' tarawīḥ prayers in the time of the Prophet (SAW) - so where did this ritual come from? And how was it historically practiced? As well, is there really a genuine controversy over 8 vs 20 rak'ats?
Q2. In light of our current situation of a complete lockdown, is there any leeway to pray behind our regular Imam via a live transmission? After all, surely fiqh needs to accomodate to our currect circumstances? What have modern scholars said?
Q3. What is the permissibility of carrying a muṣḥaf while praying tarawīḥ?
Modern Issues On Islamic Medical Ethics in Light of COVID-19 - A Conversation with Dr. Aasim Padella
We may be experiencing one of the biggest tragedies of our generation at this moment. There are many questions and uncertainties when it comes to modern issues we face regarding medical practices due to COVID-19.
Q1: What is the opinion of Imam Abu Hanifa and Imam Malik on closing Masjids during times of emergency?
Q2: What is the reward of a person who dies from a plague?
Q3: Is it permissible to pray with a face mask that prevents you from touching the ground?
Q4: What should we do if the situation remains the same during Ramadan?
Q5: What should we do if we have weddings planned in the coming days/months?
Q6: What if your spouse refuses to be intimate during these confusing and scary times?
Q7: Is there a Hadith stating that if Tawaf stops, then Ya'juj and Ma'jud is coming the day is near?
Q8: If Hajj is cancelled, is this the first time of this happening?
Q9: As Muslims, we are supposed to take care of our families, so should family gatherings be cancelled?
Q10: How do we address those who decide to continue prayers outside the masjid during these times?
We ask for your peace and security O Allah!
Following this series The Signs of Judgement Day, Sheikh Yasir Qadhi takes on the topic of the Masih al-Dajjal, the first of the ten major signs of Judgment Day.
The topic of Dajjal is begun in this talk and concluded in the next. This episode introduces the individual Masih al-Dajjal and differentiates him from the our beloved prophet Isa a.s. to whom the term Masih is also applied. There is however a clear difference between the two titles and Sheikh Yasir delves into this matter thoroughly.
Our respected Sheikh thereafter proceeds to expound the origin of Dajjal, an aspect Muslims have always been curious about. And it is also interesting to note that the Dajjal is mentioned in other religious scriptures too under the title the Antichrist.
With everything that's happening in the world today and the speed at which Time appears to be moving, let us not waste any more of that precious commodity Allah has gifted Muslims. Make the time today to listen to this series on the Signs of Judgment Day by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi delves into the topic of the Day of Judgement and we are acquainted with the Minor Signs of the Judgement Day.
The Prophet ﷺ said, "Did you ever hear of a city located partly on land and partly in the sea? They (the Companions) said: Messenger of Allah Ever. He Saw said: It happened the day of Resurrection, so he was attacked by 70,000 people from Bani Ishaq. When they had got there, so they enter it. They are not fighting with guns and did not release any single arrows. They just say La ilaha illa Allaah Akbar, then fell one part of the city. Said Tsaur (narrators of hadith): I do not know unless it is; only say that troops are in the sea. Then they say the second time Laa ilaha illa Allaah Akbar, then fell also some other (land). Then they said again Laa ilaha illa Allaah Akbar, then opened all of the city. Then they entered it. When they were handing out the war booty, suddenly there came a man (Satan), shouting: Behold the liars have been out. Then they left everything and come back.” - This Hadith predicts many westerners converting to Islam and they will conquer Constantinople without any bloodshed .
In the Arabian Peninsula, there shall be tall buildings and skyscrapers.
The Ummah of the Prophet ﷺ will have plenty of wealth.
Evils will spread like the loss of trust among people.
The rise and spread of evil and corrupt leaders.
There would be plenty of bloodshed among the Ummah continually until Judgement Day.
Killing, bloodshed and war would be increased.
Intercourse outside of marriage - Zina - will become a norm of sorts.
The proliferation of intoxicants and music till the end of time.
Building of magnificent Masajid that are empty.
Children will become bossy and domineering over the parents and be disrespectful towards them.
Multiple shopping centers and souqs will be in large quantities and this will lead of hardening of the hearts and diminishing of Taqwa.
Obesity will be rampant among the people.
Ar Room will be the dominant civilisation of the world. This is indicated at the Modern West.
Writing would become prevalent and literacy will be at its peak.
The coming of Muhammad Ibn Abdillah - the Mahdi - this is the link between the end of the Minor signs and the beginning of the Major Signs - which is the coming of Dajjal.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi provides an elaborate insight into the signs and the concept of the Judgement Day in this amazing lecture.
Understanding the concept of the Day of Judgement and its signs awakens us to the reality of the actual Day of Qiyamah.
Of the needs to study about the concept of Judgement Day are as follows:
It makes us appreciate the truthfulness of our Noble Prophet ﷺ.
The signs of the Judgement Day makes us take precautions and take care to prepare for the Day of Qiyamah.
It gives us a sense of comfort.
The Signs of the Day of Judgement can be categorised as follows:
Based on a particular incident or a general trend.
Based on division into Major Signs (10 of them) and Minor Signs.
The Major Signs of the Day of Judgement are as follows:
The Dukhan - The Dust
The Daabbah - The Beast
The rising of the sun from the west
Coming down of Isa AS
Yajooj and Majooj
Three Zalazil or earthquakes
A blazing Fire that will emanate in Yemen
Some of the more significant of the Minor Signs are as follows as per the book Kitab ul Fitan :
The Birth of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
The Sahaba would themselves fight one another
The Prophet ﷺ predicted the Battle of Siffin
The Prophet ﷺ predicted this when Ammar Ibn Yasir RA was being tortured - He said that a lady would come from Sanaa with her flock of sheep and she would bring peace and security in the nethers.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi answers the most often asked question on the ruling regarding the Fate of good Non Muslims.
Allah is the Hakam and we are His Makhlook. Allah does as He pleases and nobody challenges what His actions. To judge Allah from our finite wisdom is the height of arrogance. He has a Code of Law, which was legislated by Him and He says that He will not do injustice even of an atom’s weight.
Numerous verses in the Qur'an are quoted that explicitly assert the fate in the Hereafter of the non believers and those who stray from the path of Islam.
A non believer may go to Jannah only as an exception and not as a general ruling or an ethical perspective.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi explains on the issue of people going to western courts for marriage and divorce issues and what should be done when it conflicts with Islamic Law.
In a nutshell, this is a case by case verdict and not a general matter. First, a Shari'ah standpoint should be advised and tried to incorporate into the arbitration. They should go to a qualified Faqih and sort it out.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi answers the pertinent question - is minute quantities of alcohol permitted in one’s food?
The basic rule for this with reference to the Hadith is that applies is that which intoxicates in large quantities is Haram in small quantities.
Not every alcohol is Khamar and vice versa is also true. Vanilla extract has a lot of ethanol in it but it serves only as a solvent. So even if we eat food that has lots of vanilla incorporated into it, it does not become Haram and does not intoxicate us.
Shaykh Yasir takes on the question of Einstein’s theory of relativity being Shirk. The Shaykh simply advises caution on what we think and what we accept. Einstein is not talking theology and hence, there is nothing wrong with it. Allah SWT can change whatever He wants as and when He wills.
Shaykh answers the question on the permissibility of carrying a small Qur'an in the wallet or car for Barakah.
The answer is given on a theological basis and it is permissible to turn the Quran for protection and it is not Shirk. But is this proper etiquette or Adab towards the Qur'an for Barakah? Shaykh Yasir Qadhi answers.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi delves on some practical steps on how we can eliminate and dissipate anger.
Of the primary causes of anger is the over inflation of one’s own ego. So, humility and eliminating our ego is the key to overcoming anger.
Eliminating vulgar vocabulary from one’s tongue.
Do not open your mouth.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi delves into the ruling on cryptocurrency.
Cryptocurrency is based on decentralized commodities to be a type of currency not backed by banks and the government.
The Fiqh Council issued a fatwa that cryptocurrency is not prohibited and hence, it is halal unless proven otherwise.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi delves into the subject of Udhiya.
Udhiya is the sacrifice done to please Allah from 10 Dhul Hijjah till before Maghrib of 13 Dhul Hijjah. Sacrifice is one of the greatest deeds of worship during the days of Hajj. For every hair on the animal, one shall get a good deed.
Udhiya is Wajib on every Muslim who is financially stable. It is advisable to give one third each to the family, give to relatives and give to charity. Trimming of hair and nails is considered Makrooh during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah for the ones who are giving Udhiyah and not performing Hajj.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi delves into the permissibility of organ donation. Can one donate their organs?
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi provides us with valid pointers and the concept of organ donation, thereby, facilitating our comprehension of the terms and conditions for this phenomenon to be made permissible.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi delves into the technicalities of permissibility of backbiting.
Imam An Nawawi mentions some exceptions when backbiting is allowed:
When somebody has done Zulm on you.
When we need to warn the community against a general Maslaha.
If somebody comes to you for a personal advice for a greater good.