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Assalamu Alaikum, ASAK for my Wahabi readers,
Well, today was interesting. I returned to the UIC MSA. You guys didn't think I forgot about you did you? Of course I couldn't forget about you, you guys are the reason why I even started Khutbah Khaos. Thank you.
If you recall, my last khutbah critique for this congregation was several months ago, and it was also REALLY good. I really enjoyed the last khutbah I attended there and was truly impressed and pleased. But, summer came, and summer went, as did any effect of my previous khutbah critiques. C'est la vie!
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It seems that God Almighty has answered my prayers. I believe my job at the UIC MSA is done. After writing this blog for six months, it seems that UIC MSA is finally getting its act together. The khateeb today spoke about the most basic thing that will help all of us realize humility and garner a genuine love for each other and God.
Today's khutbah was a good one.
It was a simple reminder that Islam and the Qur'an are universal, they are not limited in scope by either time or space. Nor are they only for specific ethnic groups, they are indeed for all of mankind.
Dr. Omer Mozaffar
Today's khutbah was held on the second floor atrium as part of the Islamic Awareness Week here at UIC. It was a nice relief from the basement, although, I think I prefer the basement. People staring at you while praying, very loud talking coming from every direction, I understand they are trying to make a statement like, "We're Muslim and we're here!" or perhaps something more profound, but it's not ideal for actual prayer. Alhamdulillah.
| || |Today's khutbah was the best khutbah I have EVER heard at UIC, I have been attending Jummahs here for 3 years now. The khutbah was given by Shaykh Yahya Rhodus.
But before I begin my analysis of his fantastic khutbah...A wudu story...
Today's khutbah at the UIC basement prayer hall started off with a story about how the khateeb's mother kept a painting of his since pre-school and how much that meant to him that she kept it. Cheezy, but he was making a point. The point was that when you are a child, any little act you perform, your parents typically rejoice in it much more than when you achieve something as an adult, since that's what expected from you.
Today, I returned to the basement of the Student Center East building on the UIC loop campus. The UIC MSA were eager as ever to have Jummah. The khateeb, however, was not all bad, he was actually more good than bad, judging simply by what he said during the khutbah. He began the khutbah by reciting verses 103 and 104 from Surah al Kahf.
Well, today I returned to the UIC MSA Jummah. I will start off by saying... well, how the khutbah started off.
I walked into the basement, removed my shoes and tried to make my way into the prayer room.
Unfortunately, we started this site at a very busy time. Hence, we were unable to attend Jummah today. Kind of defeats the purpose of this blog right? Wrong! As we continue to grow and acquire more writers, we will fill the void with reminiscences of past Jummahs we have attended and discuss the points that we clearly haven't forgotten.
It's always interesting walking into the squalid basement room in which the Jummah prayers are held by the UIC’s enthusiastic MSA. I tend to find a corner for myself, to avoid unnecessary eye contact with the many people that have to look at the doorway when people walk in to the prayer area. The “sisters” section is curtained off of course, or as we like to say in our Indo-Pakistani culture “pardah”ed off.