Tasawwuf (Sufism)

Articles and posts related to the science of Tasawuf (Sufism)

On The Benefits of The Month of Ramadan - Shaykh 'Abdul Qadir al Jilani

On The Benefits of The Month of Ramadan – Shaykh ‘Abdul Qadir al Jilani

O young man, the word Ramadan consists of five letters, ra‘, meem, dhad, alif, noon. The ra‘ is derived from rahma (mercy), the meem from mujazat (recompense), mahabba (love) & minna (favour), the dhad from dhaman lilthawab (assurance of reward), the alif from ulfa (affinity) and qurb (nearness) & the noon from nur (light) and nawal [the receiving (of grace)]

Merits of the Month of Ramadan – Imam ‘Abdullah al Haddad

Merits of the Month of Ramadan – Imam ‘Abdullah al Haddad

Regarding the merits of the month of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, had said: “Ramadan to Ramadan, and Friday to Friday, and prayer to prayer; (these) are expiations of sins between the two of them if the major sins are abandoned.”

Prophet’s Sermon On Welcoming Ramadan

Prophet’s Sermon On Welcoming Ramadan

“O people! The month of Ramadhan has approached you with His mercy and blessings. This is the month that is the best of all months in the estimation of Allah. Its days are the best among the days; its nights are the best among the nights. Its hours are the best among the hours.

The Night of the Heavenly Ascension (Mi’raj) - Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak

The Night of the Heavenly Ascension (Mi’raj) – Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak

Saddened by the despicable treatment he had received during the day, our Master prayed before lying down to sleep. His blessed heart ached and his eyes were moist with tears. He had barely dropped off to sleep, when the Lord of Majesty said:
“O Gabriel, do you know what night this is? Tonight, convey my command and good tidings to all My worlds! Tonight I shall take My beloved to My station. My Heavens, My Lotus Tree, My Prosperous House, My Throne, My Footstool and My Paradise will be adorned with the dust of My beloved’s feet.

On the Month of Rajab

On the Month of Rajab

This is an excerpt from the book Kanz Al-Najah wa As-Suroor (“The Treasures of Success and Happiness”), a book highlighting the special qualities of each month. As the blessed and holy month of Rajab approaches, hopefully this information will be of use in allowing us all to appreciate it and benefit from it:

Commentry on the Chess of the Gnostics – Shaykh Muhammad al-Hashimi

Commentry on the Chess of the Gnostics – Shaykh Muhammad al-Hashimi

Practices which expiate prior and later wrong actions as it says in the Book of the Healing of the Sickness and Pains by Muhammad ibn Ja’far al-Kittani al-Hasani. I will only mention the practices themselves and not the evidence behind them. Whoever wants to learn the evidence for them should read that book.

Sciences: The Priorities – Imam al Haddad

Sciences: The Priorities – Imam al Haddad

If you wish to know which sciences and acts are the most important and beneficial for you, imagine that you are to die the next day and return to God to stand before Him and be asked to account for your knowledge, behavior, and all your affairs and states, subsequently to be taken to either the Garden or the Fire. What you see there as most important

Keeping the Company of the Pious - Habib 'Abd al-Qadir as-Saqqaf

Keeping the Company of the Pious – Habib ‘Abd al-Qadir as-Saqqaf

“Keeping the Company of the Pious” was filmed on a visit he made to his ancestor, Imam Muhammad bin `Ali “Sahib Mirbat”, the grandfather of al-Faqih al-Muqaddam and the ancestor of all the great Ba `Alawi scholars. He discusses the importance of attending the gatherings of the pious and attaching one’s heart to them. May Allah benefit us by this great Imam and strengthen our attachment to him.

On Intention - Imam an Nawawi

On Intention – Imam an Nawawi

Know that when you desire to perform any act of obedience, no matter how small, you must have a conscious intention. That means that you intend to please Allah by your action. Your intention should be simultaneous with the action. This includes all acts of worship: the prayer, fasting, wudu’, tayammum, retreat, hajj, paying the zakat, giving charity, taking care of needs, visiting th sick, following a funeral, initiating the greeting and returning it, blessing anyone who sneezes, objecting to what is rejected as wrong, and commanding what is recognized as right, answering an invitation, attending gatherings of knowledge and dhikr, visiting virtuous people, spending on your family and guests, honoring the people you love and close relatives, learning knowledge and discussing it, repeating it, teaching it, instructing in it, reading it, writing it and putting it in order, giving legal opinions (fatwas), and any other similar actions.

Pride, Arrogance, Boastfulness – Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

Pride, Arrogance, Boastfulness – Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

This is the chronic disease. It is man’s consideration of himself with the eye of self-glorification and self-importance and his consideration of others with the eye of contempt. The result as regards the tongue is that he says, ‘I.. I..’; as accursed Iblis said, ‘I am better than he; Thou hast created me of fire, but him Thou hast created of clay’ (38:77).

Worldly Pleasures – Imam al Haddad

Worldly Pleasures – Imam al Haddad

In this world, those who possess the utmost comfort and the greatest forms of pleasures and are the most intent on pursuing them are the most troubled, fatigued, endangered, worried, stressed, and sorrowful of all. Such is the plight of the kings and the rich. In contrast, those who possess the fewest comforts and the pleasures, and are the least desirous of them, are the least troubled, fatigued, endangered, apprehensive, and aggrieved.

On One’s Spiritual State – Imam al Haddad

On One’s Spiritual State – Imam al Haddad

Should a man wish to know whether he is rising or falling in religious terms, he should look at how his state and conduct had been a month or a year ago. If he finds that they were better than his present state and conduct, he should know that he is descending into degradation; whereas if he finds that his present state and conduct are better, he should know that he is rising and improving.