Dr. Umar gives a rich, engaging commentary on the aphorisms (hikam) of Ibn Ata’illah, which are one of the greatest summaries of authentic Islamic spirituality, grounded in mainstream understanding of the Qur’an and Sunna.
Have you seen him who takes his low desires for his god? (Surah Furqan, 25:43)
And know that Allah knows what is within yourselves, so beware of Him. (Surah Baqarah, 2:235)
Balance holds a very significant place in every phase of life, and yet the phenomenon of social media creates an inner world for us to become so self-focused that it can lead to narcissism. It is a self-love, a need for attention to keep the fragile inner ego convinced it is liked. A recent study has found that students who posted more often on Facebook and Twitter scored higher in specific measures of different types of narcissism, including personality traits such as being exhibitionists, exploitative, and feeling superior. This may result in over-evaluating the importance of our own opinions. How do we center ourselves to the consciousness that every individual should pursue life with firm balance and composure? The goal sought in the remembrance of God is the attainment of balance and being centered as one submits to the consciousness of the Divine.
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus provides insights to help us along our lifelong struggle to find clarity, calm, and community through spiritual development and draw near our Creator with step-by-step tried and proven methods for removing pride (kibr or ujub).
The world is always spinning and life continues regardless of whether or not we are prepared. How do we remain steadfast with our deen and always living with a purpose in a world with countless distractions.
Living in such a fast paced world we often lose ourselves in the commotion around us. Join Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui as we learn to sit still and realize the need to carve out a portion of our day to reconnect with the only thing that will bring peace to our otherwise hectic lives, the Source of all that is.
In this two part lecture Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui discusses that the only success in this world is with a pure and clean heart. Everything else will not matter in our life. How do we clean and purify our hearts?
Allah says: “By the Soul and Him who perfected it, Then he inspired it to understand what is right and wrong for it; He will indeed be successful who purifies it, And he will indeed fail who corrupts it.” (Al-Quran 91:7-10)
Yusha Evans at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 17th December 2012. Hosted by SOAS Islamic Society.
Shaykh Abdur-Raheem McCarthy discusses the dangers that lead to a corrupt heart and soul, steps to the purification of the heart and soul, how to attain true success and happiness, dealing with difficulties and calamities and attaining a peaceful heart.
Shaykh Hamza gave a general talk on the changing world around us and the warnings Allah and the Prophet (s) gave us to deal with the sins around us. This was after a special prayer for rain in the San Francisco area which has experienced a serious drought over the several years.
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.
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.
“Therefore, stand firm in your devotion to the upright faith – the nature made by Allah, the one on which mankind is created – and the laws of Nature ordained by Allah cannot be changed. That is the standard of true faith, but most among mankind do not know.” (30:30)
We are God’s greatest creation, perfect and innocent in our childhood. This is the beginning, the moment where we are precisely calibrated to the Truth. It has been described as our inherent nature, but since we are bombarded by modern dogma, human philosophies, and tampered traditions, it gathers dust waiting to be known again. Therefore, we ask the question, what is our true nature and why were we given it? And if we are to rediscover this natural state of ours, it certainly may need some polishing in order to see our unblemished reflection again. As a result, we may find something we had felt all along but simply ignored.
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.
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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Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
"When a person dies, his deeds are cut off except for three: Continuing charity, knowledge that others benefited from, and a righteous son who supplicates for him."
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