The neighborhood was different back in those days. There was no zawiya, and I lived on the ground floor of a three-story apartment block nestled between our guest-house and the land that would eventually give birth to the zawiya. As I turned right from the black-and-white outer door of my home that faced the street, […]

In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses four considerations to take into account when calling to Allah (the Most Exalted): the call itself, the caller, the one called, and the way of calling. Download Options: (1) Download this talk here. (right click and “save”) or (2) Download podcasts directly onto your iPod by going to Seekers […]

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty-six): In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of Witr at the End of the Night. Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever fears not being able to pray at the end of the […]

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty-five): In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of lengthy standing in Prayer. Jabir ibn Abd Allah (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked about which prayer is best. He replied (peace and blessings be […]

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty-four): In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of praying between Maghrib and Isha Prayers. Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever prays six rakats after Maghrib–without speaking ill between them–shall have the […]

“… Allah will exalt those of you who believe, and those who are given knowledge, in high degrees;” (Surah al-Mujadila v. 11) In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the tremendous virtue of knowledge in Islam and explains how our knowledge of the deen should not consist of mere factoids and to-do-lists but should be a […]

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty-three): In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of praying at night. Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The best of fasting after Ramadan is in the Month of Allah–Muharram. And the best […]

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty-One): In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of praying while in ones home. Jabir ibn Abd Allah (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “If one of you prays at your mosque, then leave a […]

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty) In this lesson, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of performing Taraweeh in Ramadan. Additionally, he discusses the importance of Laylat al-Qadr and its signs. Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever stands in […]

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Nineteen): In this lesson, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of prostrating to the one alone worthy of worship. Rabi`a ibn Ka`b al-Aslami (Allah be pleased with him) said that he would sleep by the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and then give him water for […]