Post-Ramadan Renewal: 5 Lessons to Live By – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

* Originally Published on 24/06/2017 Shaykh Faraz Rabbani shares some key advice from the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on how to keep the spirit of renewal post-Ramadan.

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 – 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 […]

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 – 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 – 16 – Conduct in Mosques – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the chapter of Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on conduct in mosques. He first discusses the great virtue of mosques and devotional retreat (iʿtikaf) therein. Next, he highlights things to avoid in the mosque, as well as particular adab and supplications to make the most of one’s time […]

Embracing Excellence – 12 – Religious Obligations and Knowledge – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani looks at the chapter of Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on religious obligations and seeking Islamic knowledge. He emphasizes the importance of ensuring we fulfill our religious obligations, reminding that these are not merely things we do but are keys to the love and closeness of Allah Most High. […]