Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Juz’ 22: Dr. Ovamir Anjum | True Masculinity

How can you become a dignified and praiseworthy person? Why are some people guided and others “misguided”? What is true manhood according to Allah?

Dr. Ovamir Anjum reflects on these (and more) questions with hosts Dr. Omar Suleiman and Sh. Abdullah Oduro as we reach Surahs Saba, Fatir, and Ya-sin in Juz 22.

0:00 – Intro and dad jokes
5:02 – Dr. Omar Suleiman reflects on some verses from Surahs Saba and Fatir
6:30 – What can make you dignified and praiseworthy?
8:08 – The passage about the two gardens
10:49 – The King of kings
12:31 – Sh. Abdullah Oduro reflects on what brings life
13:36 – Sh. Oduro reflects on verses 5 – 8 of Surah Fatir, the reality of Shaytan and how Allah responds to him
14:50 – What is Satan’s goal?
16:12 – When your actions are beautified for you as a test
17:20 – When all of creation testified that Allah is the Creator
19:00 – How can Allah “misguide” someone?
21:50 – Why everything Allah does is mercy
23:21 – Dr. Ovamir reflects on the virtues of Surah Ya-Sin
25:35 – How Allah speaks to each prophet differently
27:58 – The story of the man in verses 20-28
30:12 – Will we remember others in Jannah?
30:50 – What makes a true da’ee, or caller to Islam?
31:33 – What is true manhood according to Allah?
33:34 – Reflections
35:50 – Toxic masculinity and what does it really mean to be a man?
38:55 – The Prophet’s (s) character as a man

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Dr. Ovamir Anjum

Editor-In-Chief | Dr. Ovamir Anjum is the Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Toledo. His work focuses on the nexus of theology, ethics, politics and law in Islam, with comparative interest in Western Thought. Trained as a historian, his work is essentially interdisciplinary, drawing on the fields of classical Islamic studies, political philosophy, and cultural anthropology.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Islamic Intellectual history in the Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and Masters in Computer Science and Bachelors in Nuclear Engineering and Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before higher education, his Islamic training began at home while growing up in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States with a broad range of scholars including his remarkable grandmother, and continued as he studied fiqh with South Asian Ḥanafī and Ahl-e-hadīs scholars and usūl al-fiqh and qirā’āt of the Quran with scholars from Egypt’s Al-Azhar and Syria. He is the author of Politics, Law and Community in Islamic Thought: The Taymiyyan Moment (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He has translated Madarij al-Salikin (Ranks of Divine Seekers, Brill 2020) by Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 1351), one of the greatest Islamic spiritual classics, which upon completion will be the largest single-author English translation of an Arabic text. His current projects include a survey of Islamic history and a monograph on Islamic political thought.

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.