Regarding Sincerity: A Conversation About Truthful Intention and Self Accountability – By Dr. Mahmoud Masri

There’s a story in ‘al-Risala al-Qushayriyya’ of a young man who regularly attended a gathering (majlis), when he heard a shaykh discussing sincerity: how is it, how should it be when performing actions, etc. The young man found this heavy upon himself, and from that day forward he made a firm intention that he would […]

Masterclass Course Announcement – Tushar Imdad

As-salamu ‘alaikum First of all, thank you for all the interest in my articles these last few months. It has been a true honour to have so many of you subscribe to my mailing list. I am so happy to finally announce the first training of 2020. My professional courses are corporate in quality, typically […]

The Intimate Prayers of Ibrahim b. Adham – By Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

I’ve left all people, entirely, for your love. I’ve orphaned my dependants so I can see you.   If, for love, You diced me up into many pieces, My deep-feeling heart would yearn for none besides You.   Pardon (this) weak (slave) who has hastened to You. He has come full of hope in Your […]

Islamic Time Management Series: Power Your Day with Pre-Planning – Sidi Tushar Imdad

If I lost my memory and could only remember ONE productivity technique from the many learned over the years, then do you know which I’d choose? PRE-PLANNING. Out of the thousands of pounds invested in the last few years and the dozens of time management books I’ve experimented with, the practice of pre-planning is undoubtedly […]

The Trodden Path (Episode 11): Shaykh Sulayman al-Ahdal

In this series, Shaykh Shoayb Ahmed of South Africa will take us on a journey through the lives and biographies of some of the most celebrated and well known scholars of the twentieth and twenty – first century. These historical accounts will provide us with refreshing insights and lessons, and motivate us to follow in […]

Seeking Knowledge – Maulana Ebrahim Bham

Maulana Ebrahim Bham marks the beginning of the South African educational year. He offers justifications for why educational sciences flourished after the coming of Islam, before highlighting the core meaning of the Hadith “Seeking knowledge is an obligation for every Muslim.” In this vein, Maulana Bham explains which knowledge is compulsory—the religious knowledge required to […]

Reconnecting with Our Scholars Upon the Plain of Taqwa – Dr Fareeha Khan

* Courtesy of The Sila Initiative  وَإِذَآ أَنْعَمْنَا عَلَى الإِنسَانِ أَعْرَضَ وَنَأَى بِجَانِبِهِ وَإِذَا مَسَّهُ الشَّرُّ كَانَ يَؤُوسًا “When We bestow Our favors unto man he turns away and becomes remote. But when evil befalls he gives himself up to despair.” [17:8] Among the many thousands of spiritual disciples of Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (d. 1943), […]

On Lowering the Gaze – Habib Umar

* Courtesy of Muwasala Habib Umar provides guidance on what helps us to lower our gaze The beginning of lowering the gaze is sincere resolve. If someone maintains that resolve then Allah will allow him to taste the sweetness of faith and thus assist him in continuing to lower his gaze. The stronger the believer’s […]

Hard Questions for the New Year – Imam Zaid Shakir

* Courtesy of New Islamic Directions As we North American Muslims enter a new year it might be beneficial for us to ask ourselves some serious questions. A bit of soul searching has never harmed anyone. The type of questions I have in mind involve a set of challenges to some of the prevailing trends […]

Islamic Time Management: The Ultimate Hack in Islam (Part 2) – Sidi Tushar Imdad

The Ultimate Hack in Islam Last week, we discovered that the greatest hack in Islam is undoubtedly the niyyah or intention. Today, I want to explore three innovative ways in which you can utilise this amazing gift from Allah. I’m pretty sure some of these techniques will be new to you. 1. Start intending for […]