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The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh Sound Lights

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Last Khutbah

Friday, April 24th, 2015 was Sheikh Atef's last khutbah as the Religious Director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. He left us with final words of advice from four ahadith that every Muslim should live by. This excellent khutbah is chock-full of wisdom and advice on how to be a better individual for the sake of a better community and a better society as a whole.


28 Apr 2015

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No stranger to controversy, Ayaan Hirsi Ali asserts in her newest and most controversial book Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now that Islam needs to undergo a drastic reform in order to become compatible with the norms and values a modern and free society. In this Juma'ah khutbah, Sheikh Atef responds to this assertion and takes an honest and unbiased look at the current state of our Muslim communities, arguing that it's not Islam but Muslims themselves who are in need of a reformation. Take a listen and please let us know your thoughts. We always value your feedback.


14 Apr 2015

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Al-Wahhab + Announcement

In this Juma'ah khutbah from March 20th, 2015, Sheikh Atef discussed the meaning of the attribute of Allah "Al-Wahhab," (The Giver) and our obligation of gratitude to Him. In the second part of this khutbah, Sheikh Atef made an emotional announcement to the community about his departure from ICP and what ICP has meant to him.


9 Apr 2015

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Verse of the Sword

The so-called "Verse of the Sword" is the oft-cited verse of the Quran that is used by critics of Islam as evidence that Islam is a religion of violence and intolerance that demands Muslims to kill non-believers until they submit to Islam. Is this true? Is Islam as violent as they claim? Sheikh Atef explains the history behind the revelation of this verse and outlines the scholarly opinions of the commentators on this very controversial, oft-misunderstood ayah of the Quran.

31 Mar 2015

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In this Juma'ah Khutbah, Sheikh Atef discusses the quality of Allah, "Ar-Raqeeb," or "The Ever-Watchful" as a reminder to us all to "engage with Allah on an everyday level" by being mindful of Him at all times, in public and in private. Remember to share the wisdom!

25 Mar 2015

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Beautifully calm recitation of Surah ad-Dukhan by Sh. Atef Mahgoub during Tahajjud prayer last Ramadan.


5 Mar 2015

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Malcolm X

In this Juma'ah khutbah on "Malcolm X: Man of Legacy," Sheikh Atef talked about the legacy and greatness of Malcolm X - his dedication to the truth, his determination, his will, and his courage in the face of oppression - and the lessons that we today can derive from his extraordinary story. Listen, learn, be inspired, and share the wisdom!


3 Mar 2015

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Chapel Hill

In this emotional Juma'ah khutbah, Sheikh Atef discusses the legacy of Deah, Yusor, and Razan, three students who were shot dead by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, NC. This is a beautiful khutbah with lessons on patience in the face of tragedy, martyrdom, and what it means to live a meaningful life.


3 Mar 2015

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In this khutbah, Sheikh Atef discusses trials and tribulations as a means of spiritual elevation.

9 Feb 2015

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n this Juma'ah khutbah, Sheikh Atef offers lessons from the Sunnah on how to communicate effectively with one another.


3 Feb 2015

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