The Heart of the Qur’an – Tafsir of Sura Yasin – Introduction and Ayah 1-3 (Part 01 of 19) – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus – Al-Maqasid Podcast

  In this 19-part series, Shaykh Yayha discusses Surah Ya Sin, Chapter 36 of the Qur’an, also known as “the heart” of the Qur’an. This initial session covers important introductory matters, such as the wisdom behind the unconnected letters (hurufi muqatta’at) found in the Qu’ran, a discussion on several hadith that mention this surah specifically, […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): To View Wealth As What One Gives – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

In his book Kitab al-Futuwwa, Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) states that it is from Futuwwa (spiritual chivalry) to view what remains from one’s wealth as what was spent in charity and not what was withheld. Shaykh Yayha mentions that this great character trait derives from a faith-based perspective […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): To Begin Eating Only After Everyone Else Has Started – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

The next trait of Futuwwa discussed in Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab al-Futuwwa, is to begin eating only after everyone else has started eating. Although this trait may appear to be small and easy, Shaykh Yahya explains why you cannot have a leader without this fundamental etiquette. […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): Rectifying One’s Inner State – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

This next session on Futuwwa based on Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab al-Futuwwa, states that the real work is with rectifying one’s inner state. As part of the discussion, Shaykh Yahya mentions that when the Prophet, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, taught, he sometimes wore nice clothes and […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): To Show Good Hospitality and To Honor Guests – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

In this session on Futuwwa based on Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab al-Futuwwa, Shaykh Yahya continues with the next great trait of spiritual chivalry: showing good hospitality and honoring guests. He mentions the story of what Sayyida Khadijah, radi allahu anha, said to comfort the Prophet, sallallahu […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry) – To Love and Visit Each Other and To Care For Strangers – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

In this next session on Futuwwa, Shaykh Yahya first translates a poem by Al-Habib ‘Ali Bin Muhammad Al-Habashiyyi, which teaches us how to implore our Lord and which can be found in the book Al-Khulasah (The Cream of Remembrance). Afterwards, Shaykh Yahya discusses the next two character traits mentioned in Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al […]

(Rebroadcast)The Etiquettes of Companionship (Part 7): “Giving People a Second Chance” and the 3 Steps of Interacting with Others – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

In colloquial terms, “Giving People a Second Chance” is a crucial Etiquette of Companionship mentioned in Iman Abdulwahhab ash-Sha’rani’s book Adab as-Suhbah. Shaykh Yahya explains its meaning, in part, with a beautiful story of a righteous man and a tree. He also discusses the 3-step process that should govern our interactions with each other, allowing […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): To Be Generous of Soul and Pure of Heart – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

              In this especially powerful session, Shaykh Yahya discusses the next character trait of Futuwwa mentioned in Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab al-Futuwwa: To be generous of soul and pure of heart. Someone may not be a person of knowledge or […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): Respect Your Friends and Move For Them; Remain Upright – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

                In this next session, Shaykh Yahya shares some beautiful insights about the deen, specifically discussing how to benefit from the night and day of Jumu’ah, including the hour during which supplications are answered according to the well-known hadith. He then discusses two more traits of Futuwwa (spiritual […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): Sharing Wealth with Friends and Hospitality – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus – Al-Maqasid Podcast

According to Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) in his book, Kitab al-Futuwwa, it is from futuwwa to (1) to allow your brother (sister) to use your wealth as if it were his own and (2) to love having guests and showing hospitality. In this session, Shaykh Yahya explains these […]