Akhlaaq (Manners), Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Get the Most Out of Your Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak everyone! So blessed to have reached one more Ramadan. May Allah make us get the MOST out of it. When it comes to virtue, Allah has decreed some people to be above others, some places to be above others, and some months to be above others. Ramadan is one of those months which Allah has favored over other months with regards to its virtues. It is a month full of blessings and opportunities to get closer to Allah. Gates of Paradise Opened and the Gates of Hell Locked and the Devils are Chained Up One of the greatest…

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Wrong Path
Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Weakness of Faith Due to Scandalous Conduct of Some Religious Scholars – Imam Al-Ghazali

There are three remedies for this sickness: One of them is for you to say: “The learned man who, you allege, devours what is illicit, knows that such illicit things are forbidden just as well as you know that wine and pork and usury–to say nothing of backbiting, lying, and slander–are forbidden.  Now you know that, yet you do such things, not because of the lack of your belief that it is disobedience, but rather because of your desire which gets the better of you.  Well his desire is like yours, and it has indeed got the better of him.…

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Muhammad (pbuh)
Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Prophets of God: The Doctors of the Soul – Imam Al-Ghazali

Man is formed of a body and a heart–and by the “heart” I mean the essence of man’s spirit which is the seat of the knowledge of God, not the flesh which man has in common with corpse and beast; that his body may have a health which will result in its happiness, and a malady in which lies its ruin; that his heart, likewise, may have a health and soundness–and only he will be saved “who comes to God with a sound heart” (26:89), and it may have a malady which will lead to his everlasting perdition to the…

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Muqarraboon
Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development), Translations

How to Be Among the Al-Muqarraboon [Those Brought Near to Allah]

Allah Says in the Qur’an [56:10-11], the meaning of which is: “And the forerunners, the forerunners – Those are the Al-Muqarraboon [ones brought near (to Allah)].“ Who Are the Al-Muqarraboon? The Al-Muqarraboon have the highest place in paradise and the top among them are the prophets, the siddiqeen (those followers of the Prophets who were first and foremost to believe in them; steadfast affirmers of truth), the martyrs, and the righteous. The Characteristics of Al-Muqarraboon They remain steadfast [Istiqaamah] on the religion of Allah and seek closeness to Allah by doing the mandatory acts prescribed in the religion and as well as the supererogatory acts.…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Hadith, Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

The Fortunate Seventy Thousand Who Will Enter Paradise Without Accountability

From the hadith of Abu Hurayrah in the two authentic books, it is narrated that he said, “From my nation a group of seventy thousand [people will] enter paradise whose faces [will] illuminate [like the] illumination of the full moon.”  And in the hadith narrated in Bukhari on behalf of Ibn ‘Abbas, it is narrated that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “The people were displayed in front of me and I saw one prophet passing by with a large group of his followers, and another prophet passing by with only a small group of people, and another prophet…

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Hadith, Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development), Translations

Hadith: “He would provide for you as He provides for the birds”

By Sh. Ibn ‘Uthyameen ‘Umar said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, ‘If you were to rely on Allah as He should be relied on, He would provide for you as He provides for the birds. They go out early in the morning hungry and return in the evening full.’” – Narrated by at-Tirmidhi and he said, “Hadith Hassan.” ((If you were to rely on Allah as He should be relied on)) meaning: [with a] true/genuine reliance on Allah, the Great and Almighty, [and with] a complete trust [in Him] with…

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Dawah/Non-Muslims, Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Wisdom Behind the Creation of Shaytan (Devil)

Imam Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) brings together some of the great wisdoms behind the creation of Shaytan in his book, Shifaa al-Ghaleel, p.322, he writes, “In the creation of Iblees and his cohorts, there is wisdom, the details of which cannot be encompassed by anyone except Allah.” A few of the many reasons he mentioned are briefly stated below: 1) The effects of fighting against Shaytan and his supporters leads to the perfection of worship. The Prophets and slaves of Allah perfect their servitude to Allah by struggling against Shaytan and opposing his supporters. They also perfect their faith by seeking refuge…

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