Live Class Every Saturday:  9:00 – 9:30 PM [Toronto Time]

Executive Summary

The Book of the Heart Softeners [Kitab al Riqaq] is a chapter that is included in many primary hadith collections, included Sahih al-Bukhari. It compiles hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]  that serve to soften the heart or bring about a state of receptiveness to truth and the divine reality. This is done by speaking of the reality of this worldly life and its charms, which often serve to harden the heart from heeding divine guidance and distract and engulf the self into lusts and desires, leading to its spiritual destruction. These hadiths also speak about the virtues of poverty, the nature of greed and false hopes, the value of being heartbroken at one’s misdeeds, and the simple lifestyle of the Prophet [peace be upon him], among other subtopics. This course looks at how Imam Tabrizi masterfully compiled just over 210 narrations from various hadith collections and combined them under his chapter of the Book of Heart Softeners in his work Mishkat al Masabih [A Niche of Lamps], and analyzes their meaning and spiritual implications in order to apply their message to our lives today.

Course Summary

In this course, we will read and understand a wide selection of the prophetic hadiths intended to soften the heart from Imam al-Tabrizi’s Mishkat al Masahib, under the chapter Kitab al Riqaq, the Book of the Heart Softeners.

We intend to implement the import of the hadiths to help in changing our attitude and outlook towards the world and to remove heedlessness of Allah.

We hope to lift our gazes towards our inevitable passing and the everlasting Hereafter, and allowing that to condition how we interact and behave in this worldly life with ourselves and others,  and most importantly, with Allah Himself.

Learning Outcomes

  • a guided reading of Hadith and an introduction to the genre of Hadith collections
  • understanding how Hadith commentaries work on multiple levels
  • familiarizing oneself with hadith
  • understanding how chapter subheadings are used
  • reading for understanding, then reflection, then implementation, and finally, changing character and spiritual outlook.