Lectures on Qalb

AbdulKarim Yahya – The Book of Assistance

The Book of Assistance, authored by Imam al-Haddad, is widely considered the greatest summary of Islamic spirituality ever written. It summarizes the foundations of Islamic spirituality into 32 succinct, practical chapters covering topics such as certainty, vigilance, knowledge, reflection, prayer, adherence to the sunnah, and much more. The book serves as a comprehensive, practical manual for traveling the path to Allah (swt) and is taught to the present-day by teachers of Islamic spirituality throughout the world. Soundly based on the Qur’an and Hadith, this book is invaluable to all who love the Prophet (saw) and his way.

In this monthly class, Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya will guide attendees through the Book of Assistance, covering each lesson with a special focus on what we can do now to apply the Imam’s teachings, improve our spiritual states, and strengthen our relationship with Allah (swt).

Yusha Evans – Weakness of Emaan (Faith) & Its Cures

There are several reasons for weakness of faith. Brother Yusha Evens goes through some common weaknesses among Muslims and talks about its cures.

Yasmin Mogahed – Neither Wealth Nor Family Will Avail, Only a Sound Heart

All of our personal and social problems are rooted in the states of our hearts. Just as the body has ailments that force us to the doctor, the heart also has ailments that should force us to the doctor. Traditionally, purification of the heart was a central focus of Muslim civilization. Manuals, texts, glosses, and commentaries fill our libraries with the strategies, techniques, and methods for purifying hearts. Many Muslims don’t have access to this rich tradition of spiritual healing that could, if rediscovered and used, heal our persons and societies from many of the destructive forces impacting us. This lecture will discuss some of the dominant ailments of the heart and the strategies the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and our tradition provide us with to address them.

Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf – Heart of a Believer

Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf talks about the diseases of the heart and the power of the dunya. We need to purify it and Islam has the science behind the heart.

Muhammad ibn Adam al Kawthari – Heart of a Believer & the London Riots

In this lecture Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al Kawthari discusses purifying our hearts as well as the recent events of the London Riots in 2011.

Yasmin Mogahed – Keeping the Heart Alive

The USC MSU was very honored to host our beloved guest, Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed, on November 7th, 2011 to discuss the very relevant and poignant topic of keeping our hearts alive while facing the struggles of this life. Alhamdulilah, an excellent lecture that is both practical and relevant.

Hamza Yusuf – In The Footsteps of The Prophet (s)

Hamza Yusuf implores the audience to consider the major crisis of our time: the disillusion of the human soul itself. He then presents a program based on a hadith in which the Prophet (P) said, “I was sent to perfect noble character.” In this context, he outlines the two primary concerns of the Muslim, the heart and the limbs, and the need to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet (P) by utilizing his divinely-inspired methodology to guard them.

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