Al-Ghazali was one of the most prominent and influential philosophers, theologians, jurists, and mystics of Sunni Islam. He was of Persian origin.
Islamic tradition considers him to be a Mujaddid, a renewer of the faith who, according to the prophetic hadith, appears once every century to restore the faith of the ummah (“the Islamic Community”).His works were so highly acclaimed by his contemporaries that al-Ghazali was awarded the honorific title “Proof of Islam” (Hujjat al-Islam).
Al-Ghazali believed that the Islamic spiritual tradition had become moribund and that the spiritual sciences taught by the first generation of Muslims had been forgotten. That resulted in his writing his magnum opus entitled Ihya ‘ulum al-din (“The Revival of the Religious Sciences”).Among his other works, the Tahāfut al-Falāsifa (“Incoherence of the Philosophers”) is a significant landmark in the history of philosophy, as it advances the critique of Aristotelian science developed later in 14th-century Europe.
Fate, predestination, and divine decree: This lectures deals very clearly with the difficult topic of qadr and attempts at explaining the wisdom behind decrees. The speaker eloquently provides great inspiration for the depressed and despondent.
A Lecture on Steadfastness for Truth
The saying goes “Life is full of hurdles,” and the truth of the matter is that being a Muslim has never been easy. For the one who has no faith, this saying may provide a pessimistic view of the world. But for the believer, it is no foreign concept. Challenging situations have been foretold to test belief in the certainty of the truth. In light of this, the speaker gives an exemplary figure, the Great Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, who persevered through physical persecution ensuring the truth remained upheld when challenged by the ruler of his time.
Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf covers the topic of the importance of the night of the 15th Sha’ban along with step to take on how to get your du’as accepted. This talk was delivered on the night of the 15th Sha’ban at the Tooting Islamic Centre in May 2016.
Shaykh Abdur Rahman covers the virtues of fasting on Ashura and the many virtues which have been allocated for this month. He also speaks on the common trend which has been growing in the last few years of celebrating the new year and misconceptions of actions to be performed on the day of Ashura.
Ayat Al-Kursi, or the “verse of the Throne” is a famous and important verse of the Quran. It can be found at Surah/Chapter 2, verse 255. The name, Ayat Al-Kursi, means “the verse of the Throne,” based on Allah’s Throne (dominion) which is described in the latter part of the verse.
A much needed talk, pertinent not just to the ordinary Muslim but to group elders too. The first part is almost like a diagnosis for deviant sects; which shows how their adopted theme of revival becomes the prism within which the entire deen is viewed and shaped and how the natural balance within deen is lost. The verse وأقيم الوزن (And establish weight in justice) comes to mind.
In this lecture Mufti Abdur Rahman shares some advice on the Secrets of Ramadanic Success. And how one should spend their time wisely and to ask for barakah in the months of Rajab and Shaban to finish off any ongoing projects to help to take full benefit of the blessed month of Ramadhan.