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 […]

Embracing Excellence – 26 – On Salutations and a Salutary Opinion – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad discusses the section “On Salutations and a Salutary Opinion” from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance, where he discusses spreading peace, having good character, and its various manifestations. He first touches on the greetings of peace and various etiquettes pertaining to it, as well as related proprieties related to social rights—responding to one who […]

Embracing Excellence – 25 – Sincere Concern – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode Shaykh Faraz covers the chapter in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on sincere concern or counsel (nasiha). He explains how this is expressed, and delineates the harm of its against its opposite: envy. He then discusses what to do if one is praised and gives guidelines for praising others and giving them […]

Patience and Gratitude – The Two Sides Of the Coin of Iman- Shaykh Abdurrahim Reasat

As with everything of value, there is a price for Paradise. That price is iman. Those who possess iman must nurture it with patience and gratitude, for they are the two appropriate responses to life’s tests. To make sense of these tests we need a context which explains the wisdom behind difficulty and ease, and […]

Embracing Excellence – 24 – Kindness and Charity – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this episode, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin continues the exploration of the chapters in Haddad’s Book of Assistance related to good character with others. He first examines the concept of love and hate for the sake of God. Next, he explains the importance of good company and highlights the virtue of being merciful and easygoing and […]