Embracing Excellence: 30 Steps on the Straight Path – 04–Inner and Outer Self , from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance –Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad continues exploring Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance, a concise manual on the path to the Divine. In this section, he explains how the outward and inward aspects of faith fuse together. He highlights a prayer of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) that Allah make his inward be better than his outward and his outward virtuous. He cautions against adorning one’s outward while neglecting to purify oneself inwardly. In the same vein, he warns against occupying oneself with one’s public appearance rather than aiming for the sincerity of devotion, for instance in our recitation of the Qur’an.

 

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

Embracing Excellence: 30 Steps on the Straight Path – 02 – Intention , from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin continues the series “Embracing Excellence: 30 Steps on the Straight Path” covering Imam Haddad’s manual The Book of Assistance. In this session, he looks at the second chapter, on Intention. He sheds light on the centrality of intention, its virtues, and how it can be used to bring life to our actions. Ustadh Amjad gives a “spiritual pro tip” on how to magnify one’s actions through multiple intentions. He reminds of the great opportunity of the reward granted by Allah through intentions for good works. He also sheds light on the different types of intention.

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

Get Ready for Ramadan: Constructing a Plan – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin gives some key pointers on the importance of constructing a plan for Ramadan, in order to make the most of it, and how to do so. He also explains that fasting is not just abstaining from food and drink in the daytime, it is abstaining from all prohibited actions of the limbs. Ustadh Amjad urges everyone to use Ramadan as a school and training for upholding righteous character and deeds, so that it lasts throughout the whole year.

Giving Life to the Night of the 15th of Shaaban and Its Virtues – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this talk Ustadh Amjad highlights the virtues of the night of the 15th of Shaaban, and encourages everyone to seek it out and to give life to that night.

 

Reflections on the Prophet’s Night Journey and Ascension – By Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this video, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin highlights the great virtue, rank and special uniqueness of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) through the tremendous event of the night journey and ascension (Isra’ and Mi’raj). He calls us to recognize these meanings about the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and try our utmost to connect ourselves with him by following the beauty of his character and worship.

Forgiveness in Light of Being With The People, by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Forgiveness in Light of Being With The People, by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Capturing the Spirit of Ramadan
Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation

Every night our Ramadan scholars will explore one of the three key spiritual goals of Ramadan. Each talk will conclude with a dynamic conversation as we explore mercy, forgiveness and salvation deeply and see how we can attain these divine gifts practically. These talks will enliven and inspire us as we begin our nightly ‘isha and tarawih prayers.

Let’s #GiveLight to Millions More

We envision a world in which no one is cut off from the beauty, mercy and light of the Prophetic ﷺ example. A world where the dark ideology of a few is dwarfed by radiant example of the many who follow the way of the Prophet ﷺ. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support. This Ramadan, we need you to help us #GiveLight to millions more. Here’s how.

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Purifying the Hearts- Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In a Friday sermon given in Cape Town, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin reminds us about the relationship between the believers and the state of their hearts, to their connection with Allah. He quotes the hadith, “The Messenger of Allah(peace be upon him), said, “Verily, Allah does not look at your appearance or wealth, but rather he looks at your hearts and actions.” (Sahih Muslim)

Traits such as humility, gratitude, trust in Allah, are some of these traits that can adorn our hearts. So many people spend so much time worrying about their appearance, wealth or property. Imam al-Ghazali asks, “How much time do you spend adorning your heart?”

The Prophet(peace be upon him) was sent to a people who had many social ills in their society, and said, “I was sent to perfect character.” Examples include Umar ibn al-Khattab, who was a person of harshness before Islam. Afterward, he completely changed. Now, 1400 years later, people’s hearts are still being transformed by him.

There is no greater way to Allah’s pleasure than working towards purifying our hearts. True knowledge is passed through embodiment, not merely through books. This is why we are called to venerate the scholars and elders, so that we may learn from them.

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The True Eid – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin gives some perspective of what Muslims should look forward to at the end of Ramadan. Eid is a celebration of having completed the month of Ramadan in a state of worship, and having drawn closer to Allah. In that sense, every day that passes by where one abstains from sin is Eid. Sayyidina Ali ibn Abi Talib (may God be pleased with him) is reported to have said: “Eid is not merely wearing new garments, Eid is for the one who’s worship increases.”

Ultimately the true Eid celebration for a believer is realized in the hereafter, when they are entered into paradise are in the company of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018 at SeekersHub Toronto: “Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith”.

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Establishing Prophetic Communities Through Love, Peace and Joy – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this Eid al-Adha sermon, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin calls all believers to rejoice in the bounties of Allah. He reminds us of all the great blessings that Allah has granted the Muslim community. Ustadh Amjad highlights hadiths and the sunna of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) of establishing communities upon, love, peace and joy. He points out that gathering for the Eid prayer in itself is an expression of that sunna of community.

Ustadh Amjad also encourages us to share that sense of community, love, peace and joy with others. We as Muslims have a lot to offer, give and share with the world, so we shouldn’t let that good stop at us.

This Eid al-Adha sermon was delivered in September 2017, at SeekersGuidance Toronto (seekersguidance.org/toronto)

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27: Sincerity, Vigilance, Meditation, Reflection on Death – Renewing Religion: Overview of Ghazali’s Ihya – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this lesson of Renewing Religion, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, reflects upon the chapters from Imam Ghazali’s Ihya on sincerity, self examination, meditation and reflecting on death.

Ustadh Amjad begins with the chapter on sincerity, explaining that true sincerity can lead habits to be acts of worship if they are done with the right intentions. Many of the companions would actually hide a lot of their acts of good and worship so that they would ensure its sincerity. Thus sincerity is the defining factor of our actions that determine whether our actions will be accepted or not.

The second chapter that is examined in this lesson is that on self examination. Ustadh Amjad mentions that many of the righteous would remember their mistakes years after so that it would push them to improve to the better. The Prophet, peace be upon him, says if you do not feel shame then do as you will. Here, he points to the importance of self examination and understanding that all your actions have a consequence.

Ustadh Amjad gives an overview of the chapter on the importance of meditation and reflection. Spending time in nature calms the soul and really allows our internal sounds to quiet so we can start to think about deeper matters. The second type of reflection that one should seek is reflecting on blessings and be thankful for them. The third, is reflecting upon the nature of the world, life, death and the hereafter. This allows a person to prepare for meeting their Lord.

Lastly, reflecting upon death is the last chaper of the Ihya. Reflecting upon death forces people to get done now what they would have otherwise delayed. That is why the Prophet, peace be upon him, advises us to take advantage of our free time before we become busy. Imam Ghazali likens every breath one takes to a prescious jewel becuase it can never be brought back once it is taken. The fruit of all this will be realized at the time of death if one has lived their life preparing for it then they will welcome it when the time comes but if they have lived their life headless of it they will be terrified of dying.

In this brief overview of Imam Ghazali’s opus magnum, Ihya Ulum al-Din (Renewing the Religious Sciences), this series will serve as blueprint for how the believer can bring to life their religion. It will aim to help the believer to not just practice the form of the religion properly, but to also practice it with excellence.

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