The True Eid – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

“Be Joyful with Allah.” This is what Ustadh Amjad Tarsin heard while he was studying abroad. Here, he speaks about Eid in our religion, and encourages us to see the beauty encompassed in the tradition.

Pray for Acceptance

One of the best things we can do on Eid, is pray for the acceptance of the actions that we performed in Ramadan. Even great deeds are meaningless if they are not accepted by Allah. Imam Ali once said that no accepted action is insignificant. Scholars say that the sign of acceptance of your actions, is that Allah places in your heart a greater commitment to continue those fasts. They also say that a sign that your Ramadan is accepted, is that you are able to fast the six days of Shawwal, which carry the reward of fasting the rest of the year.

Before Ramadan ends, we should try to make intentions to carry on certain acts of worship. Of course, we cannot continue fasting every day, praying 20 rakats at night, and reading a whole juz a day. However, we can try to pray tajajjud, do some voluntary fasts and recite a page of Qur’an a day. Small, consistent actions enable you to stay engaged with Allah’s word.

Be Thankful

Why do we chant “Allahu Akbar” and other words of praise, on Eid day? The answer lies in a very special verse on the Qur’an.

“So that you may complete the prescribed period and proclaim the greatness of Allah for guiding you, so that you may be grateful.” (2:185) 

Therefore, we celebrate the completion of Ramadan by praising Allah. Of course, our celebrating Eid is like an engagement party, with the real celebration is in the next life, when we meet our Lord. Eid is a celebration, and any day that we are able to fulfill our duty towards our Creator, is a cause of celebration.

Remembering the Greatest Eid

As we celebrate this Eid, let’s remember the Greatest Eid; the day we meet our Lord. For some people, their whole lives are like Ramadan, and their day of Eid is when they see Allah.

There was once a righteous man who told one of his students, “When you hear of my death, buy sweets and distribute it to those at the madrassa.” Because he was so eager to meet Allah, he considered his death a celebration, rather than a cause for fear.

Capturing the Spirit of Ramadan – Ramadan Playlist

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, Shaykh Adeyinka Mendes and other leading scholars provide lessons on how to embody the values and realities of the month of Ramadan. This video series was recorded during Ramadan 2016.

Get Ready for Ramadan: Reflecting on the Great Opportunity – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin highlights the great opportunity for all Muslims in Ramadan to draw closer to Allah and be granted salvation. He urges everyone to reflect on that opportunity and increase in their aspirations for the good in Ramadan.

Embracing Excellence – 35 – On Divine Love and Contentment- Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin looks at the closing chapter of Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance, on Divine Love and Contentment. He begins the section by explaining why we love Allah and the various degrees of love of God. He shows that other loves for the sake of God — such as love of the prophets — are in reality part of one’s love for God, and discusses the signs of sincere love. Next, he discusses contentment with the Divine decree and leaving objection to Allah’s Will, particularly in tribulation (though he warns against falsely applying this same outlook in relation to one’s sins, from which one is obliged to repent). He closes by highlighting the importance of supplication (duʿa’), which in reality expresses the meanings of contentment with Allah and neediness to Him.

 

This is part of the series presented by SeekersGuidance Canada in Ramadan 2019.

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Embracing Excellence – 33 – On Reliance on God – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this episode, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin explores the virtue of reliance on God (tawakkul), looking at the concept from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. Imam Haddad starts the section with the virtues of reliance from various Qur’anic verses and hadith. He explains the basis of reliance (realizing that everything is in Allah’s control) and its condition (that it not violate Allah’s command), and that taking worldly means does not necessarily contradict reliance. He closes by highlighting three characteristics of those of sincere reliance.

 

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Embracing Excellence – 32 – Renunciation (from Haddad’s Book of Assistance) – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this episode, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin discusses the virtue of renunciation, covering the section in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He discusses the importance of renouncing worldliness and its spiritual benefit and warns against the harms of being attached to the world. He highlights the virtue of renunciation, with key discussions on its objectives and how it is to be achieved. He also warns against love of wealth and prestige, citing religious traditions on their harm. He closes with a counsel to confine oneself to one’s needs as relates to worldly things and to not go overboard in acquiring them.

 

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Embracing Excellence – 27 – Repentance (from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance) – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin covers the concept of repentance (tawba), reading the discussion on the topic in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. In this section, he emphasizes the requirement of repentance and outlines how it is to be fulfilled. He warns against persistence in sin and encourages the constant renewal of one’s repenting to Allah. He closes by recommending Jonah’s prayer of repentance in the Qur’an as a supplication to remove grief and worry.

 

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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 sneezes, answering invitations, and visiting others. Next, he highlights the importance of having a good opinion of others and warns against ill opinion. He advises to make supplications for others, particularly one’s parents, but also the believers in general. He discusses by discussing the mutual obligations Muslims have towards one another.

 

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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 of assisting others through both religious guidance and general support. He elaborates on what constitutes excellence to one’s fellow believer and fulfilling his rights, and warns of the gravity of wronging others.

This is part of the series presented by SeekersGuidance Canada in Ramadan 2019.

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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 but good. Next, he gives guidelines on how to distinguish the prohibited and doubtful and their various degrees and cites the example of the companions in leaving the doubtful. He explains the three causes for the religious falling into ambiguities, when investigation is appropriate, unlawful trade practices, and indulgence in the world’s pleasures. He closes by explaining how taking merely sufficient but clearly lawful provision is safest for the heart.

 

This is part of the series presented by SeekersGuidance Canada in Ramadan 2019.

 

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