In this course, the student will study al-Risala al-Khushu`iyya of Imam Abu Sa’id al-Khadimi, a treatise that provides a holistic look at the prayer as an act of worship centred on presence with, and attachment to, Allah.
“Successful are the believers who in their prayers are humble.” (23:2) Humbleness (khushu`) is considered the life of the prayer, which possesses both an inward and outward reality. In his treatise on khushu`, Imam al-Khadimi, relying on earlier authorities like Imam al-Ghazali, focuses on the inner and outer dimensions of prayer, their various elements, conditions, and the way one attaches the heart to Allah in the actions one is performing and rids oneself of distractions.
- Learn the inner and outward adab of purification and prayer.
- Understand the higher purpose of prayer and its role in the cultivation of piety and ihsan
- Become better acquainted with the spiritual states of early Muslims and their attitude towards the prayer.
- Learn practical ways to attach one’s heart to Allah in the prayer and safeguard oneself from distractive thoughts.
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“Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a similar reward”– The Prophet (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him)