In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Bilal was born in Williamstown, Melbourne, Australia. He started his Islamic studies at a very early age and acquired his Shariah knowledge in Lebanon; and continued tertiary education in Bio-Medical Science in Australia. Bilal has been offering his service to the community for many years and has been working with the Islamic Society of Victoria for over ten years.
Reflections on the Prophets
Allah the Most Exalted says in the Qur'an:
•"We are relating unto you the most beautiful of stories in that what We have revealed to you from the Qur'an, though before it you were from among those who were not aware of them." (12:3)
•"We have indeed sent aforetime Messengers before you, of them there are some whose stories We have related to you, and whose stories We have not related to you..." (40:78)
•"We relate to you the important news of their story in truth..." (18:13)
•"And all that We relate to you of these stories of the Messengers, We strengthen with them your heart. Through them there come to you the truth as well as admonition and reminder to all those who believe." (11:120)
•"There is, indeed, in their stories lessons for people endowed with understanding. It is not any invented tale, but a confirmation of what went before it, and a detailed exposition of all things, and a guide and a mercy to the people who believe." (12:111)
•"...so relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect." (7:176)
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The Mercy of Allah through our Parents
Allaah mentions the command to treat parents well alongside the command to worship Him as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents” [al-Isra’ 17:23] Obedience to parents is obligatory on the child with regard to that which will benefit them and will not harm the child. With regard to that which does not bring them any benefits or which will cause harm to the child, he does not have to obey them in that case. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Ikhtiyaaraat (p. 114): A person is obliged to obey his parents with regard to that which is not sinful, even if they are immoral evildoers… This has to do with that which is beneficial for them and not harmful to him.
Those Who Desire Paradise
Paradise is a beautiful place where Muslims will enter on the Day of Judgement by the will of Allah. However in order to take a seat in Paradise, we must strive very hard in this life. In this lecture, Bilal Assad narrates inspiring stories, which shakes the heart and causes the eyes to shed tears, of men and women who truly deserved Paradise by remaining firm on their religion despite all the merciless persecution and hardship. These inspirational stories are from before, after and during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Ahmad The Repenter
The speaker commences the lecture by explaining the importance of repenting to Allah without despairing from His Mercy and forgiveness. The main topic of this talk is about the recent unforgetfull true story of a man called Ahmad, who struggled to live a normal life after committing a major sin. The speaker takes us on a rollacaster ride with Ahmad on his quest for forgiveness, sharing with us his joy and sadness and details the lessons that can be learnt from this emotional, heartbreaking story.
The Mercy of Prophet Muhammad
"And We have not sent you except as a mercy to mankind" (Surah Al-Anbiyah 21:107) Belal Assaad speaks about the compassion and mercy of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam - peace be upon him) towards the world. Not only to mankind, but all of creation. The speaker shares stories and examples from the life of the Prophet (pbuh) of how he was compassionate towards different beings in his life. How he showed compassion towards all creatures, human beings, and even the jinn. His compassion towards women and children, his wifes, his sons and daughters, and the sons and daughters of all believers. The poor and the old, the sick and the sad, the animals, and the insects even. How he showed compassions towards even the enemies of Islam.
Fasting From One's Desires
By Bilal Assad. "The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan), he must fast that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number (of days which one did not fast must be made up) from other days. Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him" [Soorah al-Baqarah (2):185]
What Are Your Priorities In Life
Sheikh Bilal Assad delivers an outstanding lecture about how we should prioritize things in our life to get the best in both this life and the hereafter.