The Prophet’s Constant Cheerfulness and Consistently Being Sorrowful- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The Sunna of Expressing Emotion — Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains some of the proper manners of expressing emotion and celebration in light of the sunna. He highlights that while the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) exhibited the best of character and experienced happiness and sorrow, inwardly his heart was always content with […]

Embracing Excellence – 34 – On Pilgrimage (Hajj) – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani looks at the chapter on pilgrimage (hajj) from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He first highlights the importance of the pilgrimage and of performing it as soon as one is able. He also underscores the importance of properly learning the relevant sacred knowledge related to the pilgrimage in advance […]

Embracing Excellence – 33 – On Reliance on God – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this episode, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin explores the virtue of reliance on God (tawakkul), looking at the concept from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. Imam Haddad starts the section with the virtues of reliance from various Qur’anic verses and hadith. He explains the basis of reliance (realizing that everything is in Allah’s control) and its […]

Embracing Excellence – 32 – Renunciation (from Haddad’s Book of Assistance) – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this episode, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin discusses the virtue of renunciation, covering the section in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He discusses the importance of renouncing worldliness and its spiritual benefit and warns against the harms of being attached to the world. He highlights the virtue of renunciation, with key discussions on its objectives and […]

Episode 4 The Art of Reading – Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

In this fourth episode, Nabiel Mohamed asks Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary to provide advice and insights on how to select a suitable text for reading when studying a certain discipline. Additionally, Shaykh Ahmed provides a methodology of how to utilize the various components of a book (the introduction, index, nomenclature etc) in enhancing one’s understanding […]

Embracing Excellence – 31 – Gratitude- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz covers the chapter of Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on gratitude (shukr). He explains how, if we reflected, would we would find much to be grateful for in every state. He cites Qur’anic verses showing that gratitude bequeaths increase in blessings. Next, he discusses gratitude for wider blessings as well, such as faith […]

Embracing Excellence – 30 – Patience and Fortitude (Part Two) – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this session, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani continues exploring Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance, completing the chapter on patience (sabr). He explains how good character can be attained through patience with others. Next, he looks at the fourth category of patience, patient renunciation of desires, where he discusses how to deal with the challenges presented by […]

Embracing Excellence – 29 – Patience and Fortitude (Part One) – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses the virtue of patience (sabr) from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He first discusses how patience is required to follow the straight path despite one’s lower tendencies. He further divides patience into four categories: patience in acts of obedience, in renouncing sins, and in enduring unpleasant things. On this point, he […]

Embracing Excellence – 28 – Hope and Fear – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani looks at the concept of hope (raja’) and fear (khawf) of God, covering the section on the topic in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He explains the centrality of these two states, their causes and effects, and how people at various levels balance between hope and fear. He also […]

Embracing Excellence – 27 – Repentance (from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance) – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin covers the concept of repentance (tawba), reading the discussion on the topic in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. In this section, he emphasizes the requirement of repentance and outlines how it is to be fulfilled. He warns against persistence in sin and encourages the constant renewal of one’s repenting to Allah. He […]