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Juz 23: Gratitude and God's Commands | Sh. Abdirahman Kariye

Juz 23: Gratitude & God’s Commands | Sh. Abdirahman Kariye

Why is it so important to take responsibility for your actions and not blame others? What can Ibrahim (AS) and Ismail (AS) teach us about father-son relationships? How did Allah send us guidance not just through the prophets but their individual stories? What causes the heart to accept Islam?

Join Sh. Abdirahman Kariye with hosts Dr. Omar Suleiman and Sh. Abdullah Oduro as they reflect on Juz 23 of the Qur’an, discussing how to be grateful to God, having a soft heart, the story of Abraham and Ishmael (AS), rites of passage, and father and son relationships.

✨Test your knowledge of the Qur’an✨

What is the name of the man who is the warner in Surah Yasin?
A. Waraqah ibn Nawfal
B. Bahira
C. Habib Al-Najjar


0:00 – Highlights
📌 1:00 – Today’s trivia
1:50 – Introduction

📌 3:30 – Dr. Omar Suleiman reflects on those who assign blame
4:26 – The failure of self-accountability
5:10 – The people who blame Allah for failures in this life
7:10 – The question of evil and our responsibility

📌 8:53 – Sh. Abdullah Oduro reflects on Ibrahim’s (AS) test with Ismail (AS)
12:50 – On father-son relationships
13:20 – The submission of Ibrahim and Ismail to Allah
14:15 – Rites of passage

📌 14:43 – Sh. Abdirahman Kariye reflects on the blessing of submission to God
16:05 – Those that were given the blessing
17:30 – What causes the heart to accept Islam
18:40 – Those whose hearts denied the message

📌 19:10 – Reflections
19:15 – The hereafter as a means of softening the heart
20:18 – The hearbreak of “my dear father”
23:38 – The father-son relationship parallels in Ibrahim’s (AS) life
25:25 – The qadar of family ties

📌 26:06 – Final thoughts

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Abdirahman Kaariye

Abdirahman Kaariye

Abdirahman Kaariye is an Imam, humanitarian, and Educator. Abdirahman has a B.A in Education from Highline College and Islamic degree in Sharia from Al-Azhar University and currently pursuing a masters degree at Islamic University of Minnesota. He serves as Country Director for Helping Hand for Relief and Development, an international NGO, and Imam/Community engagement at Dar Al Farooq Center.

Sh. Abdullah Oduro

Sh. Abdullah Oduro

Fellow, Head of Convert Resources | Abdullah Oduro is a first generation Ghanian native that converted to Islam in 1997. He graduated from the College of Islamic Law from the University of AlMadinah in 2007. He conducts public speeches, sermons, lectures, and workshops around the US on Islamic Law, self-improvement, and convert life. He is currently the Imam at the Islamic Center of Coppell and Lewisville in Dallas, TX. He resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and four children.

Having recently joined Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research as a Scholar, Shaykh Abdullah leads a team providing unique and comprehensive resources for new Muslim converts and institutional convert care.

Dr. Omar Suleiman

Dr. Omar Suleiman

President | Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University.