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 […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): To Show Compassion and Share Your Possessions – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

In this session, Shaykh Yahya first translates a beautiful poem about Hababah Khadijah al-Kubra, radi Allahu anha. the beloved first wife of the Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alaihi wasallam. He then 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 show […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): Selflessness towards friends and neighbors – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

In this seventh lecture on Futuwwa (spiritual chivalry), Shaykh Yahya first discusses the particular provision that different aspects of our being (i.e., physical body, mind, spiritual heart, and spirit) need to thrive. He then looks at two traits of Futuwwa mentioned in Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): Etiquettes Concerning Guests – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

Shaykh Yahya discusses three more traits of the people of Paradise in this fifth lecture on Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book Kitab al-Futuwwa: (1) going to a close friend’s house uninvited; (2) not finding fault with food; and (3) generosity to guests. He also explains how gratitude to […]