Entries by Amr

04: Prayer – Renewing Religion: An Overview of Ghazali’s Ihya – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this lesson, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin reviews the chapter on prayer from the Ihya Ulum al-Din (Renewing the Religious Sciences), the fourth chapter. Imam Al-Ghazali emphasized the importance of both the outward and inward in prayer. This condition is in line with the purpose of prayer and that is remembrance of Allah. Imam Al-Ghazali adds […]

03: Purification & Repentance – Renewal by the Book: Quran Tafsir Based on Imam Ghazali’s Ihya – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this lesson, Shaykh Faraz highlights verses 222 of Surat al-Baqara, and how it corresponds to the third chapter of Ghazali’s Ihya on purification. (إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ) (Truly, Allah loves the oft-repentant and He loves those who purify themselves completely). Shaykh Faraz explains that repentance (tawba) is return (ruju’). He outlines the […]

02: Faith & Certitude – Renewing Religion: An Overview of Ghazali’s Ihya – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this epoisode, Shaykh Faraz gives an overview of the second chapter from Imam Ghazali’s Ihya Uloom ud-Din, Foundations of Islamic Belief. Shaykh Faraz highlights the what Muslims believe, how faith is nurtured and the understanding of faith. He concludes with an example of the Prophetic through one of narrated supplications of Prophet Muhammad (peace […]

02: Faith & Certitude – Renewal By The Book: Daily Quran Tafsir Based on Imam Ghazali’s Ihya – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz highlights the closing verses of Surat al-Baqara, verses 284-286, and how they correspond to the second chapter of Ghazali’s Ihya on faith. He tells us about the verses’ great merit, key underlying meanings as they relate to faith and certitude, and some guiding advice on how to benefit from these […]

01: Knowledge – Renewing Religion: An Overview of Ghazali’s Ihya – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this lesson, Shaykh Faraz gives an overview of the first chapter from Imam Ghazali’s Ihya Uloom ud-Din, the chapter on knowledge. Shaykh Faraz explains Imam Ghazali’s statement that “the purpose of religion is knowledge – knowing Allah”. Shaykh Faraz further explains that all the forms of religion require knowledge. A believer needs to know […]

01: Knowledge & Guidance – Renewal By The Book: Daily Quran Tafsir Based on Imam Ghazali’s Ihya – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz highlights the oft-repeated verse and supplication from Surat al-Fatiha, verse 6: (ٱهْدِنَا ٱلصِّرَٰطَ ٱلْمُسْتَقِيمَ) – (Guide us to the straight path). Shaykh Faraz connects this verse with the first of chapter of Imam Ghazali’s Ihya, the Book of Knowledge. He explains that one asks guidance towards what they seek. As […]

00: Introduction – Renewing Religion: An Overview of Ghazali’s Ihya – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this introductory episode, Shaykh Faraz gives us an overview of this new series in Ramadan: Renewing Religion. Throughout the month of Ramadan Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin and our other visiting scholars will be sharing with us a thematic overview of each of the 40 chapters in Imam Ghazali’s Ihya Uloom ud-Din (Renewing […]

Renewing Commitment: Four Characteristics of the Prophetic Way – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) told us: “I have left you on the clear, wide way. (So clear) its night is like its day. None will veer from it except for one who ruins themselves.” What are the clear characteristics and the core aspects of the way of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and […]

Renewing Our Connection to the Life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

“By the mention of the Chosen One (peace and blessings be upon him) hearts come to life” – Imam al-Busiri. In this brief counsel to students of knowledge, Shaykh Faraz emphasizes the importance of regularly connecting with the life and example of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Shaykh Faraz urges students of […]

Renewing Light Upon Light – The Light of Faith and Guidance in the Verse of Light – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz explains what “light” is. What does it mean that Allah is the Light (al-Nur). Then, he explains the Verse of Light (Ayat al-Nur) in the Qur’an. “Allah is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth,” means that He is the One who gives the light of existence to all creation. He then […]