The Spiritual Purpose of Fasting – Closeness to Allah

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful. May Allah’s blessings and peace be upon His Beloved Messenger, his folk, and companions Ramadan isn’t the “Month of Fasting…” It is a month of seeking closeness to Allah. Fasting is a means. Prayer is a means. Zakat is a means. Reciting the Qur’an is a […]

Why Is the Prophet’s Character Described as Being Tremendous? – Faraz Rabbani

by Faraz Rabbani (originally published in Islamica Magazine) In the Qur’an, the Prophet is addressed directly, “Truly, you are of tremendous character.” [Qur’an, 68.4] This Qur’anic verse intrigued Muslim scholars, early and late, especially the Qur’anic exegetes and the masters of the spiritual path, especially as the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him […]

Mawlid by Moonlight – Hina Khan-Mukhtar

The flickering flame of a candle casts a light on a child’s face, causing it to glow…and something magical happens.  The six-year-old opens his mouth to sing salawaat on the Prophet…and hearts soften. An older sister takes her brother by the hand as they march off to the beat of a daff, singing nasheeds under a full moon, […]

Who is Muhammad (God bless him and grant him peace)? – Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

Who is Muhammad (God bless him and grant him peace)? Sayyid Naquib al-Attas The following excerpt is from “Prolegemona to the Metaphysics of Islam: An Exposition of the Fundamental Elements of the Worldview of Islam” by Sayyid Naquib al-Attas. In it, he challenges the modern portrayal of man as a rational agent with independent creative […]

The Aim, Purpose, and Consequence of Consistent Spiritual Routines – Imam al-Haddad, with Commentary from Faraz Rabbani

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful. May Allah’s blessings and peace be upon His Beloved Messenger, his companions and folk. Imam Abdallah ibn Alawi al-Haddad (Allah have mercy on him) (d.1132 Hijri) said, ‘The aim and spirit of spiritual routines (awrad) is presence with Allah. Aim for it; you will reach it […]

The Virtues of the Voluntary Prayer at Home

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 […]

“The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, though there is good in both.”

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the words of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, though there is good in both.” See also: The Believer’s Clarity When Tested: The Power of Patience The Struggle and Strife Of A Believer’s Life Will a […]

Follow the Way of the Companions

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful. It is reported by that Abd Allah ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with him) said, “Whoever seeks to follow, let them follow the way of those who have passed away. Those were the Companions of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him): they were the best of […]

Love for the Beloved Prophet Muhammad, by Imam Abdullah al-Haddad

Love for the Beloved Prophet Muhammad — “And know that the loftiest of exemplars, the most noble and the greatest and the most binding to all Muslims is the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and grant him peace: verily he is by unanimous agreement the Greatest Exemplar. And the obligation due to him is […]