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Juz 21: Why Are Humans So Weak? | Sh. Mikaeel Ahmed Smith | Qur’an 30 for 30 S5

Juz 21: Why Are Humans So Weak? | Sh. Mikaeel Ahmed Smith

How can I remember Allah in times of both safety and danger? How can recognizing my weakness and vulnerability make me a stronger believer?

Join Sh. Mikaeel Ahmed Smith with hosts Dr. Omar Suleiman and Sh. Abdullah Oduro as they reflect on Juz 21 of the Qur’an, discussing thanking God for our blessings, asking God for help, weakness and vulnerability in humans, and why we need God.

✨Test your knowledge of the Qur’an✨

In which surah does Allah promise the Prophet ﷺ a return to Makkah?
A. Al Fath
B. Al Qasas
C. Ar Rum


0:00 – Highlights
📌 1:03 – Today’s trivia
2:23 – Introduction

📌 4:18 – Dr. Omar Suleiman reflects on the line of reasoning about Allah in Juz 20 and 21
6:39 – Those that diminished God by giving Him partners
8:03 – Allah gives provisions to whom He wills
9:28 – The connection of gratitude for blessings

📌 10:30 – Sh. Abdullah Oduro reflects on calling to Allah in times of hardship and ease
11:40 – Our natural disposition (fitrah)
12:40 – The response of travellers through calamity
15:23 – Those that are ungrateful in their safety

📌 17:26 – Sh. Mikaeel Ahmed Smith reflects on our need of God
18:55 – The signs of God through creation
20:58 – Recognizing our weakness as humans

📌 23:43 – Reflections
24:03 – The contradition between seeking help without serving God
25:11 – The difficulty of remembering Allah in times of ease
26:02 – Dhikr and du’a as means to be consistently grateful
27:50 – Recognizing your vulnerability even at your strongest
28:50 – Breaking down before God

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Mikaeel Ahmed Smith

Mikaeel Ahmed Smith

Contributor | Imam Mikaeel Ahmed Smith is an instructor at Qalam Seminary in Dallas, Texas and has a Degree in Islamic Studies from Dar ul-Uloom Canada in Chatham, Ontario. He is passionate about meeting the needs of Muslim converts, building Islamic literacy among youth, and striving for social justice. He recently published his first book, a translation of a classical Arabic text on Islamic pedagogy. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and three young children.

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.