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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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Embracing Excellence – 20 – Fasting and Ramadan – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

What Is the Benefit of Fasting for 40 Days?

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin inspires us to rev up our Ramadan devotions, giving a reminder on fasting and Ramadan from the section in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He underscores the importance of increasing one’s good works, staying in the mosque, and performing night prayers (tarawih) in the sacred month. Next, he sheds light on the Night of Great Worth (laylat al-qadr), giving some pointers on which night it is. At the same time, he reminds that “it’s not a lottery,” and that Allah’s mercy is continually manifest in all of the odd nights. Finally, Ustadh Amjad discusses the recommendation of hastening one’s iftar and delaying sahur, while giving guidelines on how this is to be practically applied. He closes by highlighting some of the meritorious days on which to fast throughout the year and the great virtue of fasting in general.

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Embracing Excellence – 18 – Congregational Prayer – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin continues the series “Embracing Excellence – 30 Steps on the Straight Path,” covering the Book of Assistance by Imam Haddad. In this session, he discusses prayer in congregation, its merit, and how it is to be properly performed for both men and women. He highlights the importance of following the imam properly, the virtue of the first row for men, straightening the rows in prayer, and praying in congregation in general, clearing some confusions in this regard along the way. Ustadh Amjad explains traditions of the Prophet Muhammad encouraging going to the mosque and chastising those who hold back from doing so. He also underscores the importance of the Friday prayer, even if one has work, shedding light on the immense value of these sacred acts and offering guidelines to judge whether one’s excuse in not attending prayer is genuine. In addition, he discusses how to deal with friends and relatives who don’t pray.

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Embracing Excellence – 17 – The Ritual Prayer – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Prayer Spiritual Travel Intention

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin looks at the ritual prayer, covering Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He discusses the importance of praying at the beginning of the time and preparing for the prayer in advance. He sheds light on the outward and inward manners to be observed while praying, highlighting the importance of concentration. He closes by discussing the importance of varying one’s Qur’an recitation in prayer, and, if leading others, not making one’s recitation too lengthy.

 

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