Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Spiritual Diseases of the Heart

Spiritual diseases of the heart are those sins which are committed by the heart and cannot be seen. They have an impact on our outer actions, because they are often the cause of other sins. Imam Al-Ghazali once wrote: “Other sins are like the mosquitoes hatched in a swampland and the sins of the heart are like the swampland itself. Unless the swampland (i.e. sins of the heart) is not eradicated, it would not be possible to get rid of the mosquitoes (i.e. other sins).” If we do not cure these diseases, we cannot truly get rid of the cycle…

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Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

45 Supplications (Duas) Every Muslim Should Know

The supplication (dua) is a weapon of the believer. It is one of the best ways for a believer to connect with his Maker. Allah in the Qur’an commands the believers call out to Him: And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided. [Qur’an 2:186] In another verse Allah tells Muhammad (pbuh) to tell his followers: Say, [O Muhammad], “I only invoke…

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Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Ibn Taymiyyah on Khushu’ (Humility) in Prayer

The word khushu’, humility, implies two meanings: One is humility and submissiveness, while the other is calmness and tranquility, which require a tenderness of the heart that is contrary to harshness. Thus, a humble heart implies its worship of Allah as well as tranquility; hence, humbling oneself in prayer implies both humility and tranquility.  The word ‘humble’ cited in the verse “Those [the believers] who humble themselves in their prayers” (23:2) means to Ibn Abbas that the believers are in a state of submissiveness; according to al-Hassan and Qatadah, they are in a state of fear while praying before Allah. Also they…

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Family, Finance

Seven Practical Steps to Building Halal Financial Security & Wealth for Your Family

Note: This post contains a few affiliate links. I just finished reading Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover personal finance book and I must say that I am inspired! It is a step by step guide on how to become debt free and build wealth. After reading the book, I don’t look at money the same way. I wish someone had given me this advice when I was 18! Unfortunately, most parents do not pass on proper understanding of money and how to manage it. For those who may not know, Ramsey is a devout Christian and a financial guru.…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Dawah/Non-Muslims

Atheism: Doubting Your Doubts

I have come across a very interesting talk by Asadullah Ali, a convert to Islam. He has two philosophy degrees and a very unique take on the atheist debate. He’s been dealing with them for years on different platforms and it really shows in his articulate delivery of his arguments. In the lecture below, he addresses the following three issues often brought up by atheists: The problem of evil – If there is an Almighty and Merciful God, then why is there is so much suffering and evil in the world? The problem of representation – This is when atheists…

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Reviews, Seeking Knowledge

Review of Islamic Online University’s (IOU) BAIS Program

Update (June 1, 2019): I have decided to release my complete notes for many of the courses I studied at the university in hopes that it will bring benefit to the readers and a more enlightened ummah. These are the very notes I used to study for my exams at the university. In fact, they are the only thing I used. You can download them all here. After five years of studying, reviewing, memorizing, and stressing out, I am proud to say that I finally graduated from Islamic Online University’s Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies (BAIS) program. It was…

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Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Six Inward Requirements for Fasting

By Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali 1. See Not What Displeases God A chaste regard, restrained from viewing anything that is blameworthy or reprehensible, or that distracts the heart and diverts it from the remembrance of God, Great and Glorious is He. Said the Prophet, on him be peace: ‘The furtive glance is one of the poisoned arrows of Satan, on him be God’s curse. Whoever forsakes it for fear of God will receive from Him, Great and Glorious is He, a faith the sweetness of which he will find within his heart.’ 2. Speak Not Guarding one’s tongue from twaddle,…

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