Lectures on Tazkiyah

Omar Suleiman – Reviving a Dead Heart

Imam Omar Suleiman reminds us in this khutbah on the importance to be in a state of remembrance of Allah.

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).

AbdulBary Yahya – Al-Quran: The Divine Cure

What does it mean when Allah says the Quran is a cure for mankind? Shaykh AbdulBary Yahya explains in this lecture how the Quran is a miracle from Allah that it can cure people.

Ismail ibn Musa Menk – Forgive and Cleanse the Heart

Jummah Khutbah by Mufti Menk on purification of the heart.

Yasmin Mogahed – The Greatest Love of All, Building Divine Love

In this lecture, Yasmin Mogahed talks about real love for Allah and building this love for Allah.

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.

Yasmin Mogahed – Poverty of the Soul

Our modern condition bombards us with artificial stimuli that not only teases our senses and creates in us the yearning for things we do not need, it also blurs our inner vision and distracts us from the real purpose of our lives — to know, remember and worship Allah. In this lecture, sister Yasmin Mogahed, discusses the danger that the modern condition poses to the actualization of our true humanity, the resultant spiritual poverty and how it can be overcome.

Omar Suleiman – Purification of the Soul in Ramadan

A great reminder on the importance and benefits of Ramadan by Shaykh Omar Suleiman.

Suhaib Webb – Spiritual Challenges

Imam Suhaib Webb talks about the power of prayer and supplication to Allah for protection and strength from the traps of the dunya. He also discusses the idea of “transhumanism” or how people can live forever.

Abdul Rahman Chao – The Dunya and True Happiness

Sh. AbdulRahman Chao gives a very inspiring lecture what is [on how to achieve] true happiness, as well as touching upon the true nature of the dunya. He also examines practical steps of how to increase happiness through moderate asceticism.

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 – Seven Steps of Highly Effective Muslims

Mankind is lost and confused. Islam has the answers and solutions but yet we stray from it. We do not reflect upon the Quran. Our hearts yearn for Allah and want to be purified. In this lecture Shaykh Hamza discusses ways to improve our souls and get closer to Allah.

Navaid Aziz – He Who Has No One Has Allah

He who has no one has Allah
By Navaid Aziz:

I want to dedicate it to every individual who is struggling with life and doesn’t know what to do. I want to dedicate it to every individual who may have been abandoned by a father. I want to dedicate it to every individual who may have a love that was not reciprocated. I want to dedicate it to every individual who lost someone to death and found their own selves lost. I want to dedicate to everyone that just wants to be reminded. I want to dedicate this lecture to you.

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