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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.

Loving Allah: A Reader

Love and longing of the Divine, although active in the Islamic  tradition, is a concept that is fading in modern society. Here are some resources on how to understand the concept of Divine love.

loving Allah

Understanding Allah and His Attributes

I Am Near: Understanding and Living the Reality of Allah’s Closeness

A Reader on Understanding the Attributes of Allah

Understanding Allah’s Attributes: Love & Mercy

 

How to Grow Love of Allah

The Key to Loving Allah – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

How to Fall in Love With Allah – Habib Umar bin Hafiz

Why Should I Be Grateful to Allah for Being Created in This Painful World?

Understanding Allah’s Attributes: Love & Mercy

Poem in Praise and Magnification of Allah by Imam Abdullah bin Ja`far Mad-har al-Alawi

Advice for those Feeling Down: Remembrance of Allah is the Key to Contentment

Fighting Depression Through The Remembrance Of Allah

The Best of Spiritual Actions – Imam Shadhili relates from his teacher, Ibn Mashish

 

Becoming of Those Whom Allah Loves

The People Whom Allah’s Love is Incumbent For | Avidness for Benefit | The Best of Actions

 The Most Beloved of Actions to Allah | The Company You Keep | High Aspirations for the Afterlife

How To Be Free of All But Allah

 Seeking the Pleasure of Allah and His Messenger – Habib Umar

Spiritual Routines & Night Worship

Fasting for Love: Habib Kadhim’s Ramadan Message #Fast4Love

Loving the Books of Imam Ghazali is a Sign that Allah Loves you

Where To Even Begin Describing Muhammad? by Shaykh Ahmed Abdo

Muhammad ﷺ. Where shall we commence? If you want to describe the most beautiful of creatures that God, Sublime and Majestic, has commissioned and issued to the Universe…from where are you going to begin, asks Shaykh Ahmed Abdo.

The Messenger of God ﷺ is the most beautiful in his physical appearance and absolute excellence in his inner character. What words can do justice to him? His honour and nobility with God speaks for itself.

In Whose hands will the keys of the Garden reside?
The doors of the Garden shall open up for no one other than this man Muhammad ﷺ
The Garden shall open for the entirety of his Ummah, his nation, prior to anyone else.
His nation shall  encompass the horizons and cover the North, South, the East and the West when other prophets will come with large  numbers, some with few, and others with no followers at all.
His Heart is such that whatever came across it would find itself transformed…

We have heard of men and women falling in love, but who has heard of a love between a man and a mountain? The followers of Muhammad ﷺ know this tale, for the Messenger of God ﷺ was such that everything thing fell in love with him; he ﷺ was loved by the Mountain Uhud and his ﷺ Noble heart reciprocated.

The Noble Prophet ﷺ personifies Islam; and Islam rectifies and transforms where it truly enters. This is primarily reflected in the change and transformation that took place in the 6th century Meccan society rectified by advent of Islam. Muhammad ﷺ transforms;  it is because of Muhammad ﷺ and his Noble Heart that Islam transforms.

Where are the followers of Muhammad?

It is easy to say that we follow him; but the challenging and most earnest question is what is our proof? Not for others to know, but for your own selves. Do you love him? Do you know him? The first thing is to try and strengthen our connection and love for the Messenger of God by getting to know him and becoming mesmerised by his Noble character and Beauty ﷺ.
Come and fall in love, for the path is love, the destination is love and one shall be with whom one loves.

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We are grateful to Daar Ibn Abbas for the video. Cover photo by Islamicdesktop.

Why Your Soul Craves The Love Of Allah – Habib Hussein al-Saqqaf

Habib Hussein al-Saqqaf was invited to the SeekersRetreat 2016 but was unable to come. Instead, he prepared this beautiful video for the participants and now, we are releasing his gift to the public. Even if you weren’t able to come to the retreat, inshaAllah you will gain much benefit from his talk.

Our Origins and Love

Habib Hussein begins by talking about the various components of human beings; the high elements and the low elements. The high element is from the spirit, and yearns for permanent, lasting things. However, the lower element is the body, which runs after temporary things.

He goes on to say that we need to reconsider our idea of love. We may love people, groups, or things that give us a sort of happiness, even though they give us little or no benefit. On the other hand, Allah is our maker and Sustainer, and He gives us everything we need.

What Allah wants from us is not for us to pray with a sense of obligation, but a sense of true love and intimacy with Him.

Resources for Seekers

Photo by Ken Tsang.