A Description of The Prayer of Those Close To Allah

Ustadha Shireen Ahmed takes us through the essential points in Imam al-Habib Hasan ibn Salih al-Jifri’s classic text, A Description of the Prayer of those Near to Allah (Sifatu Salati’l Muqarrabin).

This is a profound eye-opener for those concerned about their lack of concentration and awe for Allah during the five daily prayers. For a more detailed commentary on this book, please see Dr ‘Umar Faruq ‘AbdAllah’s three part lesson on the SeekersHub YouTube channel.

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What It Means To Seek Purity, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani shares a deep insight of Imam al-Shadhili, one of the great spiritual masters, on what it means to seek purity. This is linked to one of the earliest commands revealed to the Prophet ﷺ, “And your garments make pure.” The Holy Qur’an, Sura al-Mudather, 74:4.

He explains that there are five garments that Allah bestows on his servants as they excel spiritually:

1. Submission
2. Belief
3. Divine Oneness
4. Knowing Allah
5. Love of Allah

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The History of Coffee and Its Role In Muslim Worship

The pious say that great actions are made small through small intentions, and small actions are made great through great intentions. Sidi Abdul-Rehman Malik gives a brief but fascinating summary of the history of coffee, and how Muslims have used it for centuries to aid in their worship.

Photo by Porsche Brosseau.

What Is ‘Afiya and Why Do We Pray For It?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani was asked why the Prophet ﷺ advised us to “ask Allah for well-being” and said that there can be no prayer more comprehensive than asking for ‘Afiya. So what is ‘Afiya? How should we ask for it?

Cover photo by Omar Chatriwala.

Why Were The Sahaba Dazzled By The Prophet ﷺ?

The companions of the Prophet ﷺ were in absolute awe of him, as documented exhaustively in accounts of their time with him ﷺ. How did a man, known as the unlettered or illiterate Prophet ﷺ capture the hearts of friends and enemies alike?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives us some idea in this brief podcast.

Art by Tom Gowanlock.

Why Did Allah Create Humans With The Potential For Evil?

When Allah first told the angels that He was going to place Adam as a Khalifa (vicegerent) on earth, the angels asked Him, “Would you place in it one who spreads corruption and who sheds blood?”

Given the state of humanity, this is a profound question. How did the angels know? And why was it Allah’s will that they would ask this question?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains in this beautiful 20-minute khutbah.

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What is Modest Clothing for Men and Women?

A woman in a headscarf or face veil is one of the most, if not the most, commonly associated image with Islam but the concept of modesty in Islam is a fascinating, profound concept. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives a methodical and thorough explanation of how it relates to both men and women.

The Myth of The Golden Age of Islam, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Catch yourself thinking wistfully about Islam’s golden age? In this brief clip, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains how this way of thinking can hinder us from seeing the current glories of our faith. Despite the challenges, we should not feel overwhelmed, as Allah has granted many great leaders to every generation.

No Reward in Punditry: What To Do When Following (Bad) News

Contrary to popular opinion, following the news is not good for us because almost all news is bad news. Some of the most depressed people are those who consume a regular diet of news media. However, if you must follow the news, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani advises that you do so for two reasons:

  • if there is going to be a benefit
  • if you are genuinely concerned

No Reward in Punditry

When you follow the news, realise that there is no reward in punditry. There is however, immense benefit in making du’a at every opportunity. Make dua when you hear bad news and even during everyday moments like when you meet someone. It can be in your own words and in any language you are comfortable in.

Photo credit: Stéphane Peres

What To Do After Hearing The Adhan – The Prophet’s ﷺ Promise

The Prophet ﷺ made a tremendous promise to those who respond upon hearing the adhan – “My intercession will be granted to them on the Day of Resurrection…”

However, many of us don’t know or don’t remember the sunnahs of doing the adhan and hearing the adhan. This is particularly the case in lands where the adhan is not publicly given. It is as if we don’t believe in what the Prophet ﷺ has promised. It could be the key to Paradise for us. May Allah make it so!

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives a step by step list of things to do.

Photo by Md. Mafizul Hasan Hawlader.