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What Being “Religious” Means | Imam Hanif Fouse | Juz 26 Qur’an 30 for 30 S5

Juz 26: What Being “Religious” Means | Imam Hanif Fouse

What is real iman? What does being “religious” truly mean? How can a sinner hope for reward in Ramadan?

Join Imam Hanif Fouse with hosts Dr. Omar Suleiman and Sh. Abdullah Oduro as they reflect on Juz 26 of the Qur’an, discussing what sets true believers apart from unrepentant sinners, the fairness of Allah, guidance, the link between truthfulness, faith, and scholarship, and how connecting with Divine Revelation shapes us.

✨Test your knowledge of the Qur’an✨

Which verse from Juz 25 used to cause Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz to cry all night in his qiyyam?A. Surah Shuraa Verse 45 
B. Surah Shuraa Verse 7
C. Surah Jathiyah Verse 28 


0:00 – Highlights
📌 1:13 – Today’s trivia
1:57 – Introduction

📌 3:40 – Dr. Omar Suleiman reflects on Allah’s fairness
5:00 – Are believers equal to unrepentant sinners?

📌 8:22 – Sh. Abdullah Oduro reflects on guidance
9:33 – Intention and action
11:42 – What it means to be religous
12:30 – Mindfulness makes you a muttaqi

📌 13:57 – Imam Hanif Fouse reflects on truthfulness
15:59 – Being truthful in your iman
16:46 – Being with Abu Bakr (rA) & Umar (rA)

📌 19:07 – Reflections
21:19 – Iman and ihtisab
23:04 – The effects of being tied to Qur’an
25:12 – The four khalifahs
26:30 – Submitting your personality

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Hanif Fouse

Hanif Fouse

Guest Contributor | Hanif Fouse is presently Imam of United Muslim Masjid in Philadelphia's Center City. He is also the Director of QARI's Accessible Arabic program, dedicated to helping students develop the literacy skills necessary for Arabic for Religious Purposes. Hanif holds an M.Ed. in TESOL, and has taught for over eighteen years, thirteen of which were in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During Hanif's last eight years in the Kingdom, he resided in Madinah, where, when not busy with work and family, he spent his time seeking knowledge with several of the city's local scholars and students of knowledge.

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.