Tasawwuf (Sufism)

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On Pilgrimage -  Imam ‘Abdullah al-Haddād

On Pilgrimage – Imam ‘Abdullah al-Haddād

Hasten to perform the obligations of Hajj [Pilgrimage] and ‘Umra [the Smaller Pilgrimage] as soon as you are able. Beware of postponing them while able for you may lose the ability or die while this duty …

On the Special Merit of the Month of Sha'ban - Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani

On the Special Merit of the Month of Sha’ban – Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani

‘A’isha, the wife of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace, and may He be well pleased with her), is reported as having said:

Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) used to fast until we would say he was never going to stop fasting, and he would go so long without fasting that we would say he was never going to fast, but I never saw Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) continue a fast from the beginning to the end of any month except the month of Ramadan, [apart from which] I never saw him do more fasting in any month than he did in Sha’ban.

The Wife – Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

The Wife – Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

A woman should be her husband’s friend, while keeping a respectful shyness towards him, avoiding arguing with him, obeying his word in everything lawful. She should hold her peace when he speaks, keep his honor when he is away, and not treacherously take his property.

The Husband - Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

The Husband – Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

A man should be his wife’s friend, pleasant and courteous in speech, show her love and affection, and be relaxed and informal when they are alone. He should overlook occasional missteps, forgive mistakes, defend her honor, seldom argue with her, honor her family, continually promise her the best, and have the manly jealousy to keep matters between her and other men from exceeding permissible limits.

7 Attacks of Satan – Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali

7 Attacks of Satan – Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali

It should be borne in mind that there are seven methods to know the cheatings and deceptions of Satan with which he snares mankind:

Firstly, Satan stops man from worship altogether. If Allah’s mercy overtakes that man and he does not listen to Satan’s reduction and insists on his worship for the sake of the Hereafter,

Odes of Imam al-Haddad – Habib Hussein ibn Umar al-Haddad

Odes of Imam al-Haddad – Habib Hussein ibn Umar al-Haddad

Ode of Imam al-Haddad sung in its original Hadrami style by Habib Hussein ibn Umar al-Haddad.

On Long Hopes – Imam al-Haddad

On Long Hopes – Imam al-Haddad

Long hopes are extremely blameworthy. They lead one to work for prosperity of his worldly life at the expense of ruining his Hereafter. The Messenger of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) said, “The first fold among this nation will be saved by detachment from this world and short hopes, while the last will perish by greed for this world and long hopes.”

On Renunciation - Imam al-Haddad

On Renunciation – Imam al-Haddad

Renunciation was said by Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal to be of three degrees. The first is to renounce what is sinful or unlawful, the renunciation of the common people. The second is to renounce what is licit but superfluous, the renunciation of the elect. The third is to renounce everything that may divert the servant from God, and this belongs to the gnostics. “Renunciation is the forerunner of felicity, the manifestation of providence, and the sign of sanctity,” wrote Imam al-Haddad in The Book of Assistance. This does not mean total outward divestment from worldly goods and means, but total inward detachment from them, so that, “one does not rejoice for what one has, nor mourn for what one has not.” He was once heard saying that the jubilation experienced on obtaining a worldly thing is a sign that both one’s reason and one’s upholding of religion were flawed and wanting, for an increase or a decrease in either one means a corresponding response to the Hereafter.

Distinguishing The Soul – Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah

Distinguishing The Soul – Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah

… the soul is neither from the East of the world of pure spirits, nor from the West of the world of material bodies. It is of three types: the one that incites to evil; the self-blaming one; and the recollected one. The soul that incites to evil (an-nafs al-ammarah bi’s-su’) is that which inclines to physical nature and commands one to engage in sensual pleasures and carnal appetites. It draws the heart toward the lowest region and is the abode of iniquity and the source of blameworthy morals and evil deeds. It is the soul of the masses. It is tenebrous; and for it, the invocation is like a lamp lit in a dark house.

On Removing the Cares of the Heart - Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani

On Removing the Cares of the Heart – Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani

The Shaikh (may Allah be well pleased with him, and grant him contentment) said: Step out of your own self and keep your distance from it. Practice detachment from your possessiveness, and surrender everything to Allah. Become His doorman at the door of your heart, obeying His command by admitting those He instructs you to admit, and respecting His prohibition by shutting out those He instructs you to turn away, so that you do not let passion back into your heart once it has been evicted. Passion is expelled from the heart by resistance to it and refusal to follow its urges, whatever the circumstances, while compliance and acquiescence allow it to gain entry. So do not exert any will apart from His will, for anything else is your own desire,

On Ramaḍān — Imam al-Haddad (Counsels of Religion)

On Ramaḍān — Imam al-Haddad (Counsels of Religion)

Strive to make your acts of goodness and benevolence as abundant as you can in Ramaḍān, for it is a blessed time when wages are multiplied, reward is abundant, and good works are made easy. As for the multiplication of wages, it has been transmitted that a supererogatory devotion in Ramaḍān attracts a rewards equal to that of an obligatory one [of the same kind] at other time, while an obligatory devotion equals seventy such devotions performed at other times. Why should one miss such profit and be too lazy to seize the opportunity of such a transaction, one that can never lose?

On Fasting - Imam al Haddad

On Fasting – Imam al Haddad

Increase your good works, especially in Ramadan, for the reward of a supererogatory act performed during it equals that of an obligatory act performed at any other time. Ramadan is also a time when good works are rendered easy and one has much more energy for them than during any other month.