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Habib Ali Jifri: Muhammad – Master of Change Tour

We were blessed last month to have the presence of Habib Ali Jifri visiting us in the UK. I had the opportunity to attend a weekend gathering to hear him teach Imam al-Ghazali’s 20th book the Ihya on the subject of prophetic character. For everyone there it was a deeply enriching and soulful experience to have Habib teach us the text, which became more about the inward spiritual dimension of prophetic character as opposed to the simple Shamail.

Excerpts and snippets from the weekend, as well as Habib’s other engagements can be found at this blog: Treasures for the Seeker. Just scrolling through and picking up little short quotes open up a treasure trove of wisdom within them, it’s worth taking the time to go through all of them and choosing some to spend some time reflecting on. This being one of my favourites:

Look to how great our Prophet was. Everything that was connected to him was also raised in remembrance. 1400 years later we’re talking about his donkey named Ya’fur and a mule named Dhul Dhul because they were connected to him. Even remembering them is an act of worship. The donkey is at a raised state due to its attachment. What about a heart of a believer that is attached? This donkey may be better than many human beings. The donkey didn’t eat or drink after the flight of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) due to sadness. What kind of sadness is this? Other Muslims, days pass and no tear is shed out of longing and yearning for him. This attachment increases you in degree and rank.

Radical Middle Way who hosted the event will be putting up the whole thing online soon, all the sessions put together will be quite long, but it would be very beneficial to wait and take the time to go through the whole thing, I cannot overstate the immense nature of the whole time spent there and to benefit from its recording is very worthwhile.

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Hamza Yusuf – “The Critical Importance of Al-Ghazali in Our Times”

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad on Ashura and Karbala

Another short and excellent khutba by the Shaykh where he talks about the significance of the death of Imam Hussein, and how we as moderate Sunni Muslims can learn from and take from the ultimate sacrifice that he gave:

Ashura and Karbala: Spiritual Renewal

Demonstrations of Wudu

Today I came across a video of Shaykh Muhammad as-Saqqaf performing wudu as per the Shafi’i school:

It reminded me of a video I saw a few months ago of Shaykh Khatri demonstrating wudu in the Maliki school:

Both these videos are excellent demonstrations, one can see the inner dimension of wudu being manifest in the way these scholars perform their purification.

Dr Umar Abdullah on the Salaf vs Salafis

Hamza Yusuf: God-consciousness After Ramadan (Eid Al Fitr 2011)

An Eid too late, but I only just watched this. An excellent khutba by Shaykh Hamza where he covers a lot of issues very succinctly, touching very briefly on the moonsighting issue, moving onto the importance of prayer, the global hunger problem, essentially enjoining good and forbidding evil as a whole.

And to Him is our return.

Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi on the Syrian unrest

Historically since the end of the reign of the rightly guided caliphs, the scholars of Orthodox Islam have largely been at odds with their respective governments, with a few exceptions. This continues to this day, and arguably, this issue is more of a problem due to the post-colonial secular governments of the Muslim world.

As a result, the key to understanding who is upon the right path amongst our ‘ulema, is to see who are the ones who aren’t afraid to show their cards when the chips are down. Shaykh Muhammad without any regrets, spells out what is going on in his home country and what needs to be done. What is most admirable is that only very recently he was removed from his position as Imam of the Darwishiyya mosque, for rightly criticising the ‘Mufti’ of Syria for his blasphemous remarks. For those of us outside of Syria his sermon acts as a reminder to pray for the people of Syria, especially since this sermon was delivered, the situation there has escalated. There are a number of hadiths the Shaykh mentions on the sanctity of a fellow Muslim’s blood which every Muslim should be aware of.

Let us try to remember the people of Syria in our prayers, and ask Allah to help them now in their time of need, to remove the tyrants from their ranks and grant them righteous leaders. And to Him is our return.

An Interview with Shaykh Ramadan al-Buti

Considered a Sheikh al-Islam of our time. And this is why.

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad: Miracles of Badr

Cambridge Khutbas etc is one of the best Islamic websites out there. ‘Nuff said. Simple, easy to use, inspiring, and it contains a huge amount of easy to listen to, short khutbas by someone who I truly believe is one the ‘Awliya of Allah.

In this talk, Shaykh Abdal Hakim begins with describing some of the amazing miracles that occurred at the Battle of Badr (It occurred during Ramadan and its anniversary was around a week ago). He then moves on to talk about the inspiration the martyrs and victors of Badr had, which was the Qur’an. He goes onto delve into the inner aspects and dimensions of what it means to believe that the Qur’an is the literal word of God, and it will leave you truly amazed. A must listen:

http://cambridgekhutbasetc.blogspot.com/2009/09/miracles-of-badr.html

Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah “I call upon the Muslims to revive the science of Tasawwuf”

Source

Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah is one of the world’s leading Islamic scholars, to have him offer this advice is to the Ummah is something that is deeply needed. Unfortunately Tasawwuf or “Sufism” is deeply misunderstood in both the Muslim and non-Muslim world. The Shaykh spells it out perfectly:

“Tasawwuf (Sufism) is not a separate religion, but rather that it derives from the Qur’an and Sunnah, and that the scholars have developed its principles just as they have developed and derived the principles of Fiqh (Islamic Sacred Law) from those two sources as well.”

As well as:

The Shaykh also mentioned that Tasawwuf is one (legitimate) science among the sciences of Islam, and stated that an Islamic science can either focus on the outward aspect, namely the actions of the limbs, which is termed “fiqh”, or it can focus on the inward aspect, namely the purification of the soul, softening of the heart, being inwardly detached from the dunya, and so on, and this is termed “tasawwuf”.

May Allah reward our eminent teacher for his efforts and guide the Ummah back to orthodoxy and the way of the Sunnah.