A Poem of Love


A Poem of Love
by Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

His birth is the birth of Islam
His birth in this world is the birth of Islam
But his light was the first to be created
And from this light is the birth of all creation
He was and he is still, the Prophet of all prophets
The beacon of the universe and Paradises
The ocean of beauty and majesty
The sky of happiness and love
He is the perfect servant of Allah {swt}
He is The Servant
He is The Jewel, he is The Gem
He is The Mirror of the reflections of the Divine
That brings the light of heavens on this dark earth
He is the one who is with everyone
As Allah said, w`alamoo anna feekum rasoolullah
Know that the Prophet is within you
He is the one that will intercede for humanity
He is the one that can stand in front of Allah {swt} by Allah's permission
He is the Means for all creation
He is the Intercessor for all creations
He is the Light, the one Allah dresses with Light upon Light
He is the Illumination that illuminates the universe
His secrets are in heavens, His secrets are in the Presence
His Secrets are in the Divine
His Secrets are like an abundant river
His Secrets dominate the creation because he is Muhammad Rasoolullah (s)
He is the one that has been brought to the Nearness
The Nearness that no nearness can reach
The Nearness where it was revealed to him what he was asking for
The Nearness Gibril was unable to reach
The Nearness of all nearnesses and that no one can understand
His level, no one can understand
His level, no one can reach
His level, neither angel, nor human nor jinn can understand
He is what he is, only His Lord knows who he is
And as for us we say: he is the jewel of jewels
Light of lights, Secret of secrets
Heaven of heavens, the door to the Divine
The way to every seeker, the struggle of every gnostic
He is the one Allah created as Mercy for His humanity
He is the Mercy and the mercy is He
He is the Gifted-Mercy, he is the Undescribed Mercy
He is the joy and, oh rejoice O human beings in that mercy of his
Allah {swt} gave him what He did not give anyone else
Dressed him with what he did not dress anyone else
Loved him with what He did not love anyone else
He was and still is and forever will be
For every human being and for every angel that exists:
The Honored One
For him humanity was honored when Allah said:
Wa laqad karamnaa bani Adaam
Allah honored human beings for the honor of the leader
And the light and the prophet of humanity and creation
May Allah dress us with the endless dresses He dressed his Prophet
And keep us with him dunya and akhira
And make him intercede for every sin we have done
And for every lie we have lied and for every imperfection we have made
And for every mischief we have produced, for what we know and don't know
As You, O Allah, said: Laa taqnatoo bi'rahmatillha
Dont lose hope of Muhammad (s}!
O Allah make us at his threshold, at his feet, under his feet
Sincere slaves to you and sincere believers in your Prophet
We congratulate the Muslim world for the birth of the Prophet (s)
For his birth is the birth of beauty and the birth of paradises
And the light of whatever Allah created from the light of Muhammad Rasoolullah
On this night may Allah dress us with the dress of Rabbi`al-Awwal

Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

Source- As Sunnah.org

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani Kissed the threshold of the Prophet (saw)

Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem!

How Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani Kissed the threshold of the Prophet (s)

"One day I was in Jeddah and I decide to visit Madina, because every Friday and Thursday I used to go to Madinat al-Munawwara to pray there as I was most of the time living there. So one day I was going and to the house I received a call form my Shaykh who is Cyprus and many of you know him, he is Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani. He said, "Where are you going?” I replied- "if there is permission I am going to visit the Prophet (s)." He said, "Kiss his threshold for me.” And when someone says something like that to you what do you say, "Especially your shaykh. But your mind begins to think, “How am I going to do that with all these barriers and guards? It is impossible.”
So that time I went and that time I was driving 150, 160 km./hour about 120 miles per hour in order to reach quickly. Because he said, "go and kiss the threshold of the Prophet . There must be an opening. So I reached there safely and quickly by baraka of the Prophet (s) . And I have to take a shower and go that holy place that Allah made piece of Paradise. The holy grave of the Prophet . The mistake we all make when we go to the Muwajaha, the holy place of Paradise I don’t like to say grave it is heavy on my heart to say “grave”; it is qata`n min al-jannah a piece of Paradise. So when you pass by a Paradise in this world what do you do? You stay as long as you can, you don’t want to go out.
You have to take opportunity and whatever in my heart I was taking opportunity usually many guard come and tell you to move. But usually I don’t stand by the beginning I stand by the wall. And that night however many guards and one of them with red beard and he is head of these guards. And he didn’t approach me and didn’t let one guard to come to me. It is strange. Because you cannot stand one hour there or one and a half hours. They will come and say move even after five minutes.
So I finished and I went to kiss the pillar the big pillar which is in back as no one will see you. Then one of the big guards the head of them, came to me and I said to myself, it is finished now. He came to me and said, "you want to kiss the threshold of the Prophet." I said "yes." He took me to the door of the Prophet and I was able to kiss the threshold of the Prophet (s) and everything disappeared no guards and I was seeing nothing but the threshold of the Prophet (s). And I kissed the threshold, and then I stood up and then everything came back as normal and then he came to me and said, "give my salaams to Shaykh Nazim” He never knew Shaykh Nazim and Shaykh Nazim never called him and he never called Shaykh Nazim.
I left and went to a school that is called Madrasat ash-Shoonah, ash-Shoonah School that Mawlana Shaykh Nazim usually goes there. And I heard footsteps running behind me. And I said, "O they are coming” and I turned and one of the guards came and he was holding a very beautiful decorated Qur’an. And he gave it to me and said, "O Hisham. This is a gift from my father for Shaykh Nazim.” I thanked him and didn’t say anything or ask him anything. That is tark al-adab - beyond good conduct - to ask a question. Tariqah is not to ask anything, “asma`oo wa awoo – listen and act on what you heard.
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Reality of Light, The Light of Realities

Courtesy -Naqshbandia Vancouver Sufi Meditation
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    Shirk and Hidden Shirk More Dangerous

    Be Imam of your Family
    Be Imam of your Family

Who Gazed at the Soul of Muhammad
The Twelve VeilsDescriptions of the Prophets of God
Creation of the BelovedCreated Through the Light of Muhammad
From the Light of Muhammad

Creation of the Light of Muhammad {s}

One day Ali, karam Allahu wajhahu, the cousin and son-in-law of the Holy Prophet {S} asked, "Oh Muhammad, both my parents shall be my ransom, pray tell me what the Lord Almighty created before all other beings of creation?" This was his blissful reply:
Verily, before your Lord made any other thing, He created from His own Light the light of your Prophet {S}, and that Light rested haithu mashaAllah, where Allah willed it to rest. And at that time there existed aught else-not the Preserved Tablets, not the Pen, not Heaven nor Hell, not the Angelic Host, not the heavens nor the earth; there was no sun, no moon, no star, no jinn nor man nor angel-none was as yet created, only this Light.
Then Allah - glorified be He - by divine decree willed the Creation to be. He therefore divided this Light into four parts. From the first part He created the Pen, from the second the Tablets, from the third the Divine Throne.
Now it has become known that when the Lord had created the Tablets and the Pen, the Pen had on it one hundred nodes, the distance between two nodes being that of two years wayfaring. The Lord then commanded the Pen to write, and the Pen asked,
"Oh Lord, what shall I write?"  
The Lord said,
"Write: la ilaha illAllah, Muhammadan Rasulullah." Thereupon the Pen exclaimed, "Oh, what a beautiful, great name is that of Muhammad that it is to mentioned in one with Thy hallowed Name, oh Lord."
The Lord then said, "Oh Pen, mind your manners! This name is the name of My Beloved, from his Light I have created the Throne and the Pen and the Tablets; you, too, are created from his Light. Had it not been for him, I would not have created a single thing."
When Allah Almighty had spoken these words, the Pen split in two from awe of the Lord, and the place from which its speech issued became blocked, so that to this very day its nib remains cloven in two and clogged up, so it does not write, which is the sign of this great divine secret. Therefore, let no one fail in veneration and honoring of the Holy Prophet {S}, or become lax in following his shining example, or contravene the noble custom he has taught us.
Then again the Lord commanded the Pen to write. "What shall I write, oh Lord?" asked the Pen. The Lord of the Worlds then said, "Write that which will be until the Day of Judgment!" Said the Pen,
 "Oh Lord, with what shall I begin?" Said the Lord, "With these words you shall commence:   Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim." In perfect respect and deference, the Pen then set out to write these words upon the Tablets, and it completed writing them in seven hundred years.
When the Pen had written these words, the Almighty spoke and said, "It has taken you seven hundred years to write three of My Names; the Name of My Majesty, My Mercy and My Compassion. These blessed words I have made as a present to the nation of My Beloved Muhammad {s}. By My Majesty I pledge that whenever any servant from this nation pronounces the words of the Bismillah with a pure intention, I will write seven hundred years of countless reward for this servant, and seven hundred years of sins I will erase."
Now, the fourth part of this Light I have again divided into four parts:
from one part I have created the Throne-bearing Angels (hamalat al-`Arsh);
from the second I have created the Kursi, the Divine court (the upper Heaven supporting the Divine Throne, the `Arsh);
from the third I created all the other heavenly angels;
and the fourth part I have partitioned once more into four: from its first part I made the skies,
from its second I made the earths, from its third I made the Jinn and the fire.
Its fourth part I have again divided into four parts: from one part I made the light upon the faces of the believers; from the second part I made the light within their hearts, imbuing them with knowledge of the divine;
from the third the light upon their tongues which is the light of Tawhid (the Unity of Allah), and from the fourth part I made the different lights of the soul of Muhammad {s}.
This lovely soul came into being 360 thousand years before the creation of the world, { There is No Time in Heaven }
and it was shaped most beautifully and made of incomparable matter. Its head was made from guidance, its neck from humility, its eyes from modesty, its forehead from closeness (to Allah), its mouth from patience, its tongue from truthfulness, its cheeks from love and admonition, its belly from abstemiousness and other worldliness, its feet and knees from following the straight path, and its noble heart was filled with mercy. This much-honored soul was taught with mercy and equipped with all manner of wondrous powers. It was given its message and its prophetic qualities were installed.
Then the Crown of Divine Proximity was placed upon its blessed head, eminent and exalted above all else, embellished with Divine Pleasure and given the pure, holy name of Habibullah (Beloved of Allah).

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dhikr is the Head of Shukr The Fiqh of Islam, Vol 27 - Sufilive Newsletter, vol. 40

Dhikr is the Head of Shukr
The Fiqh of Islam, Vol 27
Ramadan Series 2013
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
4 August 2013 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan
Fajr Suhbah

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.
Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,
nawaytu 'r-riyaadah, nawaytu 's-sulook, lillahi ta`alaa fee haadha 'l-masjid.
أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ
Atee`oollaha wa atee`oo 'r-Rasoola wa ooli 'l-amri minkum.
Obey Allah, obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority among you. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:59)

As-salaam `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. Salaam to all viewers wherever they are, and to those who are here, may Allah (swt) give us from His endless blessings. We mentioned before in this series since the beginning of Ramadan about the hadith of the Prophet (s), which is very important, where he says:
الدين نصيحة
Ad-deenu naseeha.
Religion is advice. (Abu Dawood)

Are you Muslims? (Yes.) I hope so, because the Prophet (s) said:
أخوف ما أخاف على أمتي الشرك الخفي
Akhwafu maa akhaafu `alaa ummattee ash-shirk al-khafee.
What I fear most for my ummah is hidden shirk.

“The thing I fear most for my ummah is the hidden shirk.” There is outside (external) shirk and we know you don’t do it, but the hidden shirk is what is dangerous, when you listen to your ego and bad desires and don’t listen to what Allah (swt) wants. So there is always a struggle here, “Should I do this or I don't do this? Do it for love of Allah or listen to Shaytan?” So it is a struggle and the Prophet (s) was worried for his ummah, and there is obvious shirk where people are not worshipping Allah (swt) or associating something to Allah (swt), where they claim Allah has a child or a son, or they call a plant or tree a God, but He (s) was worried for us not to have this hidden shirk, where people are not humbling themselves.

So we are Muslims, alhamdulillah, Allah created us Muslims, not because we are clever as we didn’t do anything; we opened our eyes and we saw our parents praying and fasting, so we learned praying and fasting. So we didn’t do anything, but we just followed their footsteps all the way to Prophet (s). That is what Allah (swt) likes as He says in Holy Qur’an:

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
Qul in kuntum tuhibboona 'Llaaha fattabi`oonee yuhbibkumullaahu wa yaghfir lakum dhunoobakum w 'Allaahu Ghafooru 'r-Raheem.
Say (O Muhammad), "If you (really) love Allah, then follow me! Allah will love you and forgive your sins, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:31)

Do you love Allah? Yes, by tongue, but inshaa-Allah also by heart. If it is by heart, then you have to follow the footsteps of the Prophet (s). Are we following the footsteps of Prophet (s)? We hope we are, inshaa-Allah. Follow Muhammad and Allah loves you, that is so simple! The Sahaabah (r) followed the Prophet (s) and Allah made them stars in dark skies.

أصحابي كالنجوم بأيهم اقتديتم اهتديتم
As-haabee ka 'n-nujoom bi ayyihim aqtadaytum ahtadaytum.
The Prophet (s) said:
My Companions are like stars (on a dark night); whichever of them you follow, you will be guided.
(`Abd ibn Humayd, ad-Daraqutnee, ibn `Adiyy, ibn `Abd al-Barr,
with unsound chains but the meaning is sound.)

That means that to follow one of them is enough, even follow only one hadith and it is enough, you will be lead to Paradise! So, ad-deenu naseeha, religion is good advice, and good advice is equal to religion. It is so simple. What is religion? It is based on one issue, in prayers we do it, in fasting we do it, in charity we do it, and in making Hajj we do it, in making Shahadah we do it, and all of them are under that and that is dhikrullah. Do you want Allah (swt) to be with you? (Yes!) You are so awake today! Do you want Allah to be with you, and then Allah is saying in Holy Hadith and the Prophet (s) related to us:

أَنَا جَلِيْسُ مَنْ ذَكَرَنِي
Anaa jaleesu man dhakaranee.
I sit with him who remembers me. (Ahmad, Bayhaqi)

Al-Muslihoon, The Reconcilers Al-Muslihoon Series, Part 3 - Sufilive Newsletter, vol. 39 "The Reconcilers"

Al-Muslihoon, The Reconcilers
Al-Muslihoon Series, Part 3
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
8 December 2013 Fenton, Michigan

Sayyidina Adam (a) went into sajda, why he disobeyed? What happened? The Contract of Agreement was breached, torn up, so he had to bring it back to normal and he went into sajda and asked for Allah's forgiveness. So our duty is to turn to Allah (swt) and to take away Shaytan from ourselves, and to bring back the relationship between us and Allah (swt), between us and the Prophet (s), between us and Islam, between us and imaan, between us and ihsaan, between us and countries or communities, between us and our families and our children! But what you see today is that everyone is broken, so our duty is to make islaah, peace, to bring people together in order to reach the peak of what you are asking.

Now today, people speak about peace and love and, in reality, peace is an order for every human being. The prerequisite for peace is islaah bayn an-naas. Islaah is reconciliation of people or reconciling, to bring them and say something in order to make people come together. Even in the hadith of the Prophet (s), he said, “A mu’min doesn’t lie.” We are lying. When they asked, “Could a mu’min make adultery?” the Prophet (s) said, “Rubbamaa, it might be.” And they asked, “Can a mu’min steal?” and he said, “Rubbamaa, might be.” And they asked, “Can a mu’min lie?” and the Prophet (s) said, “Fa amma hadhihi fa laa, as for this, no.”

And the hadith says: The signs of the munaafiq, hypocrite, are three:
1) Idhaa wa`ada akhlaf (laa yufee wa`dahu). If he promised he would break his promise, and today they don't keep their promises.
2) Idhaa haddath kadbhab. If he speaks he lies, and too many in interfaith, when they say something their heart is with something else.
3) Idhaa tuminaa khaan. If he is given a trust, he will betray it. You trust him on your life and he betrays you.

We are trusting all governments on our life and they betray us in everything, and they are betraying us: in justice, in families, in protection, in behaving with us like masters over slaves, like people have no life. They don't care for you and they only care for themselves. So islaah is these issues: to bring justice, to bring communities together, to bring people together, to build back the relationship between us and Allah together.

Allah likes that, as-sulhu khayr. Sulh is better. “Come, O My servant! Make sulh with Me. When you make sulh with Me, it is easy to make sulh with people! But what is the benefit to make sulh with people and you don't make sulh with Me, you only betray Me?”

Awliya Are Very Stressed - Sufilive Newsletter, vol. 38 "Armageddon Series", Part 2

Awliya Are Very Stressed
(Ziyara to Holy Hair of Prophet & Sayyidina `Abdul Qadir al-Gilani)
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
13 December 2013 Singapore
Simply Islam Center

Can you go without certain, what you call it, certain credentials, so they know you are classified material? They say, “Come in,” because they trust you. Allah (swt) is dressing you with medallions. Allah said:
فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُواْ لِي وَلاَ تَكْفُرُونِ
F ’adhkuroonee adhkurkum, w ’ashkuroo lee wa laa takfuroon.
Remember Me, I will remember you. Give thanks to Me and do not be ungrateful towards Me.
(Surat al-Baqarah, 2:152)

“Thank Me and don't do the opposite.” Here 'takfuroon' does not mean kufr, it means, "Don't come against Me, don't disobey Me, and thank Me that I am accepting it."

The time is changing. The window that has been given to us is closing now. Awliyaullah now are very stressed, not as before; they were waiting with patience. Now they are stressed out. If you look a little bit on Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, may Allah grant him long life, his suhbat it is mainly stopped. Now all the suhbat is not suhbat anymore, it is becoming munajaat, du`as, du`a that I heard some of that, but many of new ones I never heard before; they are new ones. When you make du`a you memorize it, but many of the du`as he is making he did not memorize; it is coming spontaneously, depending on the time that we are in.

Earthquakes Are Coming before and after Armageddon - Sufilive Newsletter, vol. 37 "Armageddon Series", Part 1

Earthquakes Are Coming before and after Armageddon
Armageddon Series, Part 1
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
18 December 2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Suhbah at a Private Residence

Last week, they opened a center in Kedah, Malaysia. It was more than that ten times. And they invited me to the masjid to give a lecture, and there were at least 5,000 people. And most of them, young people like this, between the ages of 18 and 25, were the majority. Ten percent were like me, old people. And subhaanallah, they are so much into the love of Prophet (s) and learning Shari`ah. And I was happy that our people are learning Shari`ah and most of you must do the same thing. Don't say there is no Shari`ah! In Islam, there is Shari`ah. First, there is Shari`ah, then there is Tariqat. First, our son will collect from zaawiya people. If you don't have something, put your credit card or watch! (Laughter.) If you don't have now, you can give tomorrow.

Allahumma salli `alaa Muhammad! Allahumma salli `alaa Sayyidina Muhammad hatta yarda Sayyidina Muhammad (s). Alhamdullahi Rabbi 'l-`Alameen. As-salaatu wa ‘s-salaam `alaa ashrafa ‘l-mursaleen, wa shafi`ee al-mudhnibeen. (Du`a.)

Viewers, wherever you are, as-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. Insha-Allah, this evening, whatever will come in the heart I will try to explain. I need what I say. If what I say is correct, you take it; if I say something else, forgive me.

In Allah's eyes, we are all equal. In Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala's love for everyone we are equal, as Prophet (s) said:
االناس سواسيه كااسنان المشط
An-naasu sawaasiyatan ka-asnaani 'l-masht.
People are equal like the teeth of a comb.

People are equal like the comb of a teeth: all of them are perfect. If you have one up or one down it will not comb properly, it must be equal so that it is easy to comb your hair or beard and if not equal, you might have a wound or pain. So Prophet (s) want to tell us that Allah created human beings equal in everything.

لافرق بين عربي ولا اعجمي الا بالتقوى
Laa farqa bayna `arabiyy wa laa `ajamiyy illa bi ’t-taqwaa.
There is no difference between Arabs and non-Arabs (one race and another) except in piety.




Historic achievements by the Muslim Community of Guyana on this visit

Guyanese Muslims, and even the non-Muslims he came in contact with wherever he went, were automatically drawn into wanting to touch his hand and to be blessed by his spiritual nature. For the very short visit, Muslims and the general public were treated to several awe-inspiring zikr (the remembrance of Allah) coupled with inspiring and enlightening lectures from one of the World’s Most renowned and respected Muslim scholar, His Eminence, Shaykh Maulana Hisham Kabbani who recently visited Guyana for three days. His Eminence, Maulana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani was in Guyana through The Anna Catherina Islamic Complex and The Guyana United Sadr Islamic Anjuman in observance of the commencement of the Islamic New Year 1435AH. The distinguish scholar’s visited Guyana during November 27—29 last (after visiting neighboring Trinidad & Tobago) and was associated with four (4) programs.

Maulana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani has dedicated his life to calling people to increase their love of Prophet Muhammad (SAS). For over two decades he has worked tirelessly to validate expressions of love of Allah’s Messenger throughmawlid celebrations and gathering of dhikr in the West and the East. Shaykh Hisham was born in Beirut, Lebanon to the family of the Beloved Prophet (SAS), on both his paternal and maternal sides. He has studied Islamic jurisprudence from an early age and has acquired a proficiency in the major schools of Sunni fiqh. He obtained a degree in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut before completing his medical studies in Belgium. His teacher in the science of tasawwuf (Sufism) is Shaykh Nazim Haqqani, the world renowned leader of the Naqshbandi order, known as the Golden Chain, who would later became his father-in-law.  He also acquired sacred knowledge from his uncles, one was the Grand Mufti of Lebanon and another was the President of the Association of Islamic Scholars of the Middle East.

Shaykh Hisham has the rare gift of being able to combine the demands of the Shari’ah with the inner certainty of the Tariqa. This characteristic allows him to weave together religious and scientific knowledge and to convey the message of Islam to diverse groups of people in English, French, Arabic, and Turkish. His message has touched millions of the people all over the world and through his da`wah, by Allah’s grace, over 15,000 people have accepted Islam in the Americas and Europe. Maulana Kabbani advocates an understanding of Islam as fundamentally based on peace, tolerance, interreligious cooperation, respect and love. He has counseled and advised Muslim leaders around the world from Afghanistan to the UK to build community resilience against violent extremism. In 2012 the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre named him one of the top 500 most influential Muslims

Even at his advanced age the eminent Shaykh continues to travel extensively to speak to ordinary people, Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers and even Prince Charles of England. He has published dozens of books on Islam and Sufism many of which have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic and Urdu.

Shaykh Kabbani presides over ISCA (the Institute for Spiritual and Cultural Advancement), the As-Sunnah Foundation and eShaykh.com which provides online guidance in matters of jurisprudence, theology and responding to requests for prayers. He is also the founder/chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America(ISCA), a non-profit, non-governmental educational organization dedicated to teaching personal moral excellence. ISCA has spearheaded a number of peace initiatives, hosted notable conferences, actively engages in inter-religious dialogue, and promotes traditional and moderate Islamic views. ISCA has addressed numerous world bodies such as the United Nations and continues to advise the United States Department of State on issues regarding Islam, religious tolerance and terrorism. He has given lectures at many universities, including Yale, Oxford, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, the American University, Howard, McGill, Concordia, the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and Rutgers.