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 […]

Embracing Excellence – 23 – On Social Duties (from the Book of Assistance) – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the section on social duties in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. The first duty he describes is the duty towards one’s limbs in protecting them from sin for the sake of God. Next, he discusses one’s social charges, beginning with one’s family. He discusses how to protect their […]

Embracing Excellence – 22 – Commanding Good and Forbidding Evil – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz addresses the important yet often abused obligation of commanding the good and forbidding the evil, basing the discussion on the relevant chapter in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. After explaining relevant Qur’anic verses and hadith on the topic, he delineates when commanding good and forbidding evil is obligatory, recommended, and […]

Embracing Excellence – 21 – Scrupulousness – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin gives guidance on avoiding the religiously doubtful based on the section on scrupulousness in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He explains how falling into the religiously suspect and unlawful tarnishes our spiritual works, emphasizing that this particularly applies as related to our food, as acts fuelled by the prohibited will be anything […]

Embracing Excellence – 20 – Fasting and Ramadan – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin inspires us to rev up our Ramadan devotions, giving a reminder on fasting and Ramadan from the section in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He underscores the importance of increasing one’s good works, staying in the mosque, and performing night prayers (tarawih) in the sacred month. Next, he sheds light on the […]

Embracing Excellence – 19 – Zakat and Charity – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reads the discussion on zakat and charity in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He first outlines some practical guidelines on when and how to give one’s zakat, as well as certain practices to avoid. He also warns severely against the non-payment of the obligatory charity. Next, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtue of […]

Embracing Excellence – 18 – Congregational Prayer – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin continues the series “Embracing Excellence – 30 Steps on the Straight Path,” covering the Book of Assistance by Imam Haddad. In this session, he discusses prayer in congregation, its merit, and how it is to be properly performed for both men and women. He highlights the importance of following the imam properly, […]