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Khutbah by Nouman Ali Khan: Young Americans Attitude Towards the Qur’an


Khutbah courtesy of Qabeelat Wedad and Masjid Annur in Sacramento, CA.

Khutbah delivered on September 18, 2009 in Sacramento on our yourg American generation’s
attitude towards the Qur’an and working towards a solution.

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Nouman's ice cream

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Nouman Ali Khan is the director of the Bayyinah Institute. He is well known for his contributions in the fields of Arabic and Quranic studies - most recently starting a full time on-campus institute for this purpose in Dallas, TX.



  1. Mirza Shahbaaz Baig

    October 9, 2009 at 1:58 AM

    assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah,

    jazakumullah kheir brother nouman.


  2. Omar Mumtaz

    October 9, 2009 at 3:06 AM

    JazakAllah khayr br Nouman!

    After a khutbah like this, a sweet treat was a must ;)
    Looking forward to some more good times and ice cream @ your next visit br Nouman :D

  3. Nouman Ali Khan

    October 9, 2009 at 3:24 AM

    who picks the cheezy titles for my khutbahs anyway? and wow is that picture incriminating…

    • Danish Hasan

      October 9, 2009 at 3:35 AM

      I’d like to know too.

    • SaqibSaab

      October 9, 2009 at 8:33 AM

      At least now I know where to take you when you come to Chicago inshaAllah.

    • MR

      October 9, 2009 at 10:05 AM

      I can change it when I add it to Halal Tube :-D

      Any suggestions?

    • Arshada

      October 9, 2009 at 12:03 PM

      It could have been worse, “Future of Muslims in America” :)

    • Siraaj Muhammad

      October 9, 2009 at 12:10 PM

      You’re one of those guys with the super-duper metabolism, masha’Allah :D


    • Amatullah

      October 9, 2009 at 12:41 PM

      br Nouman, did u finish it??

    • AbuUmar

      October 9, 2009 at 12:49 PM

      leatherbys…yummmm :)

    • Ibn Malik

      October 9, 2009 at 1:23 PM

      And if you ever come to Canada :p

      • Nahyan

        October 10, 2009 at 10:43 AM

        that’s a humungous order of ice cream.

        — i dono how this pic relates to the khutbah in any way :P

    • Sabour

      October 22, 2009 at 10:42 PM

      the title should be, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!”

    • HumaneMuslimah

      November 1, 2009 at 11:30 AM

      Salam Alaikum bro, that ice cream looks delicious :)

      Great khutbah, as always.

      May Allah swt grant you jannah

  4. Aly B - DiscoMaulvi

    October 9, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Ummm…. any way to download this? I like to listen to my audio on the go….


    • ibnabeeomar

      October 9, 2009 at 10:16 AM

      download link added to post

      • bilal

        October 9, 2009 at 11:06 AM


  5. Muslim Social Network

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    *young American generation’s attitude


  6. Mahin F. Islam

    October 9, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    I thought you had a much smaller appetite.

  7. Dawud Israel

    October 9, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    This could be used as a poster for an eating contest lol…

    I like the title for this talk- Muslims tend to read the Quran or often even its meaning…as if they are reading a blank page. Ma sha Allah- keep up the good work br. Nouman! :)

  8. muslima

    October 9, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    yum, me wants ice cream

  9. Amatullah

    October 9, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    that thing is enormous.

  10. MD2B

    October 9, 2009 at 3:36 PM


    Perhaps that brother who went to public school (where 18 ppl took shahadah) can write something about his experience and how he talked to the youth. Did anyone follow up with them? Are they still muslim?

    The problem is that we dont have effective mechanisms of following up with people who take shahadah. The truth isn’t desperate for numbers, we need to figure out how to support those who do take the brave step or to strengthen those who alread are muslims but don’t know much about their deen.

    We tend to load the new muslims with a hundred books and pamphlets expecting them to be just like a regular muslim the next week.

    I think the situation of the youth is analogous to that of new muslims. Lack of support. What books should beginners read? Which websites can they goto? Which talks should they listen to? What are the most common questions that they have? Which tafsir program can help them easily understand Quran? Which hadith books can give them a good foundation?

    perhaps we need a user-friendly curriculum that the youth and new muslims feel comfortable using at their own pace, but one that will keep them motivated inshaAllah. [the youth might need a stepping stone to reach the level where they feel the desire to goto a bayyinah or almaghrib class]
    may Allah swt guide us in following and spreading the deen in the best manner. ameen.

    Brother nouman what do you think (anyone else please feel free to share your input)? may Allah swt reward you for your efforts, this khutbah is very important indeed.


  11. MR

    October 9, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Hhhhm it’s not working for me.

  12. Agajuice

    October 9, 2009 at 8:27 PM I finally know Br. Nouman’s secret and what keeps him so energic mashAllah.

  13. Siraaj

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 PM

    Where’s Amad – we should make this a “Caption This” headline :D

    Nice khutbah, btw ;)


  14. mystrugglewithin

    October 10, 2009 at 1:53 AM

    perfect, precise and powerful message.. understood! :)

  15. Sadaf Farooqi

    October 10, 2009 at 2:08 AM


    Allah is So GREAT! “Yadmaghuhu” indeed – the truth bashes in the brains of falsehood! Excellent use of this word in this context.
    I totally agree with two of the points he has made: (i) The truth (Quran) makes a Muslim confident about his Deen, so confident that he no longer protects himself from other religions in a secular, multi-religious environment, and (ii) The only justification for living in this environment is to do da’wah very actively.

    P.S: can anyone really finish such a dessert without having an absolutely empty stomach before starting to eat it? Its huge!

  16. Nahyan

    October 10, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Excellent khutbah mashaAllah.

    I especially liked the points about
    – truth’s intolerance to falsehood
    – helping others understand the miraculous-ness of Quran, without Arabic knowledge
    – do dawah and do some more dawah after that

    Jazakallahukhair Br.Nouman,


  17. TheAlexandrian

    October 10, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Salam MM Crew,

    Not sure what you guys changed in the past couple of days, but MuslimMatters no longer loads correctly in Google Chrome. Not a big IE fan, so please look into it. Thanks!

    • ibnabeeomar

      October 10, 2009 at 12:41 PM

      whats the issue? i use chrome 99% of the time and it works ok..

      • TheAlexandrian

        October 10, 2009 at 7:14 PM

        Hmm, not sure what the deal is, then. Here’s a screen shot though:

        I am using a netbook tho, so I wonder if that has anything to do with it?

  18. Anwer

    October 11, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    This khutbah was during Ramadan.

    How are you eating? :-O

    • Omar Mumtaz

      October 12, 2009 at 12:18 PM

      Br Nouman is not sitting on the mimbar in the pic, just in case you were confused ;)
      You can have ice cream in Ramadan you know… just make sure its after iftaar time :D

  19. OM

    October 11, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    As Salamu Alikum,

    I usually like brother Noumans Khutbas a lot and benefit tremendously from them. This Khutba was excellent in terms of content. However, I felt that it fell short of action. How do we change this defensive attitude? I wish more time was devoted to that. Nonetheless, JazakAllah Khair for bringing the topic up, since it forced me to brainstorming.

    • Omar Mumtaz

      October 12, 2009 at 12:32 PM

      I think the khutbah was meant to get us thinking, to ask ourselves questions like the one you just asked, ” How do we change this defensive attitude? ” There were plently of hints in the 2nd part of the khutbah that lead us to the answer… i.e. we change our attitude towards the Quran by allowing ourselves and our young generation to learn & appreciate the miraculous nature of the words of Allah, the beauty and eloquence of this book, its timeless message,.. for us to learn how this book actually inspires us and instills in us a confidence about the truth, about the message of Islam. As opposed to reading this book from time to time simply because we feel that this is a religious ritual required of us, will not earn us any appreciation nor understanding of this confidence in Islam.
      I think when we reach such conclusions on our own, and through our internal brainstorming, the message is even more powerful…

  20. m.bana

    October 12, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    i love lectures full of quran.

  21. Arif Kabir

    October 12, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Cooler titles would be:

    The Spear of Truth
    The Best Offense is Defense
    The Vehicle of Da’wah

    …and much more :) JazaakumAllahu Khayran fid Dunya wal Akhirah Ustadh Nouman. I tremendously benefited from this lecture and hope to see more like this Insha’Allah!

  22. Nihal Khan

    October 13, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    That ice cream looks amazing….mashaAllah.

  23. Abu Anas

    October 15, 2009 at 4:21 PM


    Great khutbah, bro…just love it. May Allah reward you n all of us

  24. sarah

    October 24, 2009 at 11:11 PM

    when will you be giving the khutbah at IFS?

  25. Manzar

    December 26, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Assalamualkim wa rahmatuAllahi wabarakatuhu bros and siss

    can I become a member of this website? if yes then how?

    Plus I have some questions and confusions regarding the Qur’an…some of them are scientific in nature others are subjective…can anybody here help me out?


    March 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    mashallah.. This picture is emitting so much of positive energies!!! :)) Love you brother nouman..

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