Disciplining the Soul, by Habib Umar bin Hafiz

The Ihya Ulum al-Din (Revival of the Religious Sciences) is considered to be one of the most widely-read, most reliable  books in the Islamic world, covering various topics from practice to spirituality. In this series, Habib Umar bin Hafiz taught the section “On Disciplining the Soul”, during a trip to Denmark.

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Dr. Ramon Harvey’s “The Secrets of Hajj” Now Online

Dr. Ramon Harvey’s exposition of Imam Ghazali’s Book 7 of the Ihya Ulum al-Din, The Secrets of Hajj, is now online, thanks to Travelling Light.

The Hajj is very much the final frontier for the Muslim; the only pillar of Islam that requires a single execution. Yet the journey to the House of Allah symbolizes man’s true end: a return to the Divine Creator. Dr. Ramon Harvey explores Imam Ghazali’s “The Secrets of the Hajj” explaining the pilgrimage’s essential elements, its properties, its merits, and its mysteries. The lecture is delivered from the Trebbus Mevlevihane in Germany. For more lectures on the Ihya Ulum Al-Din, please visit Classes | Travelling Light.

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“On Friendship, Brotherhood and Companionship” now online

There are spiritual advantages to our friendship. Alone we may fall prey to depression, loneliness, or temptation, Shaykh Seraj Hendricks explains in the latest installment of the Travelling Light series.

Shaykh Seraj’s exposition of Imam Ghazali’s Book 14 of the Ihya Ulum al-Din, On the Halal and Haram is now online, thanks to Classes | Travelling Light.

Human beings benefit from companionship, and the company that we keep is extremely important. Shaykh Seraj discusses the importance of fellowship for the spiritual wayfarer in the words of Imam Ghazali.

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When Will Muslims Take Back Jerusalem? Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

When will Muslims take back Jerusalem? This question has been asked over and over again during the last few decades…but the answer has always evaded us. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, however, has the answer.

Throughout his life, he has seen Muslims reacting to their situations with radicalism, anarchy, horror, and bloodshed. He doesn’t see them emulating the glory of Islam.

When he looks at them, he doesn’t see the character of the Prophet Muhammad, Salah al-Din, and other heroes of Islam, who treated others so well that they were praised by even their prisoners.

The problem, he says, is that Muslims are reacting too much like the ones that hurt them. We react to evil in kind, forgetting that those people who hurt us are not our teachers. He gives the examples of Imam Ghazali, who was ostracized for his teachings, and Imam Ahmad Zarrouq, who fought for the rights of the Jews, but whose teachings carried far into the future.

Now, left to represent Islam are beautiful stones like the Taj Mahal and the Blue Mosque, but the hearts that built them, are long gone.

Cover photo by Asim Bharwani.

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Shaykh Seraj Hendricks’ "On the Halal and Haram" now online

Shaykh Seraj Hendricks’ exposition of Imam Ghazali’s Book 14 of the Ihya Ulum al-Din, On the Halal and Haram is now online, thanks to Classes | Travelling Light.

Relevance in the Modern World

In this book, Imam Ghazali synthesizes theory with application, discussing features of the halal and haram, and then offers a way of applying one’s knowledge to overcome day to day challenges. Shaykh Seraj navigates this difficult terrain with erudition and insight into how the words of Imam Ghazali resonate in the modern world.
All revenue from purchases will support the establishment of the Cambridge Mosque, to be built in the historical city of Cambridge, UK. Please visit Travelling Light for more information on the Cambridge Mosque project. For more lectures on the Ihya Ulum Al-Din, please visit Classes | Travelling Light.

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Imam Ghazali’s Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din’s Importance and Value: A Reader


Imam Ghazali’s Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din ranks as one of the most widely read books in Islam, having earned the praise of the scholars and the general acceptance of the Community.
The Ihya was also strongly criticized for a variety of reasons, among them the number of weak or forged narrations cited in it.
This reader will attempt, through answers and lectures from Habib Ali Jifri, Dr. Umar Abd-Allah, Shaykh Ahmad Saad, Shaykh Nuh Keller and others, to answer these critics and to shed some light on the importance and value of this work.

What Scholars said about Al-Ghazzali’s Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din [Shaykh Gibril Haddad]
Weak (daif) hadith in Imam Ghazali’s Ihya by Habib Ali Jifri

Dr. Umar Abd-Allah answering a question on weak hadiths in Imam Ghazali’s Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din

Dear Beloved Son by Shaykh Ahmad Saad

“Ayyuhal Walad” or “Dear Beloved Son” is a text written by Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali, a letter that he sent to one of his students advising and describing to him the path towards Allah. In this book, Imam Al-Ghazali makes clear the importance of sincere repentance, self-control, self-remonstrance, reflection, overcoming negligence and lust in order to be close to God.
Shaykh Ahmad Saad Al-Azhari explained extracts from the text of Imam Al-Ghazali.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf – The Critical Importance of Al-Ghazali in Our Times
Dr. Timothy Winter: The life and works of al-Ghazali

Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller: The Place of Tasawwuf in Traditional Islamic Sciences
“These and similar haram inward states are not found in books of fiqh or ‘jurisprudence,’ because fiqh can only deal with quantifiable descriptions of rulings. Rather, they are examined in their causes and remedies by the scholars of the ‘inner fiqh’ of Tasawwuf, men such as Imam al-Ghazali in his Ihya’ ‘ulum al-din [The reviving of the religious sciences], Imam al-Rabbani in his Maktubat [Letters], al-Suhrawardi in his ‘Awarif al-Ma‘arif [The knowledges of the illuminates], Abu Talib al-Makki in Qut al-qulub [The sustenance of hearts], and similar classic works, which discuss and solve hundreds of ethical questions about the inner life. These are books of Shari‘a and their questions are questions of Sacred Law, of how it is lawful or unlawful for a Muslim to be; and they preserve the part of the prophetic sunna dealing with states.”
Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and Sufism by Mufti Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf

Scholars appraisal of Imam Ghazali (ra) by Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani: Five Lessons From Imam al-Ghazali

Related courses:
Purification of the Heart & Praiseworthy Character (from Ghazali’s 40 Foundations of Religion)
Living Spirituality: Beginnings of Guidance-Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Part 1
Living Spirituality: Beginnings of Guidance-Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Part 2