December 2013

Remember your brethren in Syria. Their predicament is deep. A harsh winter has suddenly arrived. There are millions of them displaced within Syria and outside. They are exposed to the dangers of this winter in addition to the continuing dangers of a horrific crisis now in its third year. By Allah, they were the best of helpers when Iraqi and Lebanese refugees fled to their country. They have always been open-hearted towards anyone seeking refuge amongst them and they would never discriminate on grounds of religious affiliation or ethnicity. We have a duty to stand with them and support them with all that we can, be it little or much. In reality, all that we are able to expend is little. Let us exhaust our efforts in helping them – through volunteering, creating awareness, or raising funds – bearing in mind that this is a duty we have been unable to sufficiently fulfil and not a favour we’re extending to them.

Here is a link to the UN Refugee Agency, an organisation that can be trusted not to undertake its work for the benefit of a particular political leaning or sectarian affiliation.

http://donate.unhcr.org/international/syria?_ga=1.80724693.334097533.1386867121

Sacred Monotony: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

Habib Ali’s second lecture from the RIS convention, 2013, in Toronto, Canada.
Saturday 28 December

From RIS program brochure:
“There is a sameness to our days that causes many to seek thrills and entertainment to avoid the boredom of the daily routines. “There is a legend about the citizen who wakes up at forty to find himself going through a routine, the meaning of which he now may doubt. His days repeat themselves, and he cannot find a theme among the more or less dead sounds they make when they strike in time. The reason could be that he has missed the heart of the human doctrine, which deals with repetition, routine, and refrain. Life is monotonous.” Devotion and prayer know what to make of this fact: how to accept it, dignify it with practice, and grace it with sacred orientation to time and place. The Qur’an says, “We made the night and the day alternate, for those who want to be mindful, and those who want to be grateful” (25:62). How do we establish a meaningful daily routine through devotional practice that improves as the days pass? What are the special days and months when our devotion is most beneficial? This session will provide guidelines for a fruitful spiritual practice to enhance our daily prayers and infuse them with more meaning and purpose that takes us from the mundane to the sublime, from the boredom of routine and regularity to the pleasure of prayer and serenity.”

– Admin

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Sacred Monotony: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

Habib Ali’s second lecture from the RIS convention, 2013, in Toronto, Canada. Saturday 28 December There is a sameness to our days that causes …

Avert Evil by Good: Waging Warmth

Habib Ali’s first talk at the 2013 Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference in Toronto, Canada

Some Muslims mistakenly believe that Islam has no tradition of turning the other cheek. Yet any perusal of tafsir tradition provides ample evidence that pre-modern scholars viewed this practice of Jesus (peace be upon him) as the higher of two options in Islam – fighting back or ignoring provocation when appropriate. The Qur’an argues that in repelling harm with goodness, we can turn enemies into warm friends (wali hamim). In fact, in Chapter 28, verses 51-55, it is clear Christians who convert receive a double reward “for being patient, averting evil by good, and for giving of what We have provided them.” This neglected Sunnah of our Prophet (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) of repelling evil and hatred with virtue and goodness is the subject of this talk. The importance of this Sunnah cannot be overstated, especially its relevance to inviting others, who sometimes respond belligerently, to the faith of Islam. (Taken from the RIS program brochure).

– Admin

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Prayer 3/3 from the #GlimpsesIhya Class for Aiding Against Ostentation (Riya)

This prayer is attributed to Imam Ali Zain al-Abidin, son of al-Hussein, upon them both be peace. The first part of it is attributed to his grandfather, Imam Ali:

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أعُوذُ بِكَ أنْ تَحْسُنَ فِي لَامِعَةِ الْعُيُونِ عَلَانِيَتِي وَتَقْبُحَ لَكَ فِيمَا أخْلُو سَرِيرَتِي، مُحَافِظًا عَلَى رِيَاءِ النَّاسِ مِن نَفْسِي مُضَيِّعًا لِمَا أنْتَ مُطَّلِعٌ عَلَيهِ مِنِّي، أُبْدِي لِلنَّاسِ أحْسَنَ أمْرِي وَأُفْضِي إلَيكَ بِأسْوَأ عَمَلِي، تَقَرُّبًا إلَى النَّاسِ بِحَسَنَاتِي
وَفِرَارًا مِنْهُم إلَيكَ بِسَيِّآتِي، فَيَحِلَّ بِي مَقْتُكَ وَيَجِبُ عَلَيَّ غَضَبُكَ، أعِذْنِي مِنْ ذَلِكَ يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِين

Allahuma inni a’udhu bika an tahsuna fi lam’iatil ‘uyuni ‘alaniyati wa taqbaha laka fi-ma akhlu sarirati, muhafidhan ‘ala riya an-naasi min nafsi, mudayi’an lima anta mutali’an alayhi mini, ubdi lin-nasi ahsana amri wa ufdi ilayka bi-aswa amali, taqarubun ilan-nasi bi-hasanati
wa firaran minhum ilayka bi-sayi’ati, fa-yahilu bi maqtuka wa yajib ‘alaya gadabuka, a’idhni min dhalika ya Rabb al-alamin.

“O Allah, I seek refuge from my outward being beautified in the eyes of people and my inward being reprehensible to you; from being concerned for what people see in me while having totally lost sight of what You know of me; showing people the best I have to offer and presenting you with the worst of my deeds; drawing near to people with my good deeds and fleeing from them to you with my misdeeds, thus making me the object of your scorn and worthy of Your wrath. Give me refuge from this O Lord of the worlds.”

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Prayer 2/3 from the #GlimpsesIhya Class for Repelling Ostentation (Riya)

The Prophet would supplicate with this prayer:

ُاللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أعُوذُ بِكَ أنْ أشْرِكَ بِكَ شَيئًا أعْلَمُهُ وَأسْتَغْفِرُكَ مِمَّا لَا أعْلَمُه

Allahuma inni a’udhu bike an ushrika bika shayan a’alamuhu wa astagfiruka mima la a’alamuhu

O Allah I seek refuge in You from associating a partner with You knowingly, and I seek your forgiveness from what I do unknowingly.

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Prayer 1/3 from the #GlimpsesIhya Class for Aiding Against Ostentation (Riya)

Muhammad bin Wasi’, one of the generation of the followers (tabi’un), mentioned that he saw the devil after supplicating with this prayer in the morning and at night. The devil said to him, “I promise to never whisper to you again if you promise me to not teach anyone this prayer.” Muhammad bin Wasi’ responded, “No! I will teach it to the Muslims.”

اللَّهُمَّ إنَّكَ سَلّطْتَ عَلَينَا عَدُوا بَصِيرًا بِعُيُوبِنَا، مُطَلِّعًا عَلَى عَوْرَاتِنَا، يَرَانَا هُوَ وَقَبِيلُهُ مِنْ حَيثُ لا نَرَاهُم , اللَّهُمَّ فَآيِسْهُ مِنَّا كَمَا آيَسْتَهُ مِنْ رَحْمَتِك , وَقَنِّطْهُ مِنَّا كَمَا قَنَّطتَهُ مِنْ عَفْوِكَ , وَبَاعِدْ بَينَنَا وَبَينَهُ كَمَا بَاعَدْتَ بَينَهُ وَبَين جَنَّتِك.

Allahuma inaka salat-ta alayna ‘aduwan basiran bi-‘uyubina, mutali’an ‘ala ‘awraatina, yaraana huwa wa qabiluhu min haythu la naraahum. Allahuma fa-aayis-hu mina kama aaya-stahu min rahmatika, wa qanithu mina kama qanatahu min ‘afwika, wa ba’id baynana wa baynahu kama baa’adta baynahu wa bayna jannatika.

“O Allah, you have inflicted us with an enemy who sees our faults; who is aware of our weaknesses; he and his tribe see us from whence we see them not. O Allah, remove his hope in harming us just as you have made him hopeless of receiving Your Mercy; make him give up on us just as he despairs Your Pardon; make a distance between us and him like his distance from paradise.”

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Tabah Essays:
Metaphysical Dimensions of Muslim Environmental Consciousness
To read: http://bit.ly/1bZPmLK

Much of the contemporary Muslim discourse surrounding the environment takes place at the level of ethical duty—juristic commands and prohibitions. The present essay seeks to complement and underpin this necessary ethical discourse by offering considerations as to the metaphysical dimensions of a Muslim environmental consciousness.

Through a beautiful and lucid engagement with the Qur’an, the Prophetic sunnah, and the insights of some of Islam’s greatest mystical poets, a vista unfolds in which the natural order is perceived as a locus of the theophany of the divine names. In light of this connection, the Shari‘ah’s teachings as to man’s relationship with creation as steward (khalīfah) may be both better understood and experienced.

#PDF #research #Metaphysical


Tabah Essays:
Metaphysical Dimensions of Muslim Environmental Consciousness
To read: http://bit.ly/1bZPmLK

Much of the contemporary Muslim discourse surrounding the environment takes place at the level of ethical duty—juristic commands and prohibitions. The present essay seeks to complement and underpin this necessary ethical discourse by offering considerations as to the metaphysical dimensions of a Muslim environmental consciousness.

Through a beautiful and lucid engagement with the Qur’an, the Prophetic sunnah, and the insights of some of Islam’s greatest mystical poets, a vista unfolds in which the natural order is perceived as a locus of the theophany of the divine names. In light of this connection, the Shari‘ah’s teachings as to man’s relationship with creation as steward (khalīfah) may be both better understood and experienced.

#PDF #research #Metaphysical

Class 9 from Glimpses of the Ihya: An Abridged Study of the ‘The Blameworthiness of Status and Ostentation – Part Two’

Thursday 26 December
Toronto, Canada
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Class 9 – “The Blameworthiness of Status & Ostentation – Part Two”

Habib Ali al-Jifri explains “The Blameworthiness of Status & Ostentation – Part Two” from Habib Umar bin Hafiz’s abridgement of the I…

Class 8 from Glimpses of the Ihya: An Abridged Study of the ‘The Blameworthiness of Status and Ostentation – Part Two’

Wednesday 25 December
Toronto, Canada
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Class 8 – “The Blameworthiness of Status & Ostentation – Part Two”

Habib Ali al-Jifri explains “The Blameworthiness of Status & Ostentation – Part Two” from Habib Umar bin Hafiz’s abridgement of the I…

Class 7 from Glimpses of the Ihya: An Abridged Study of the ‘The Blameworthiness of Status and Ostentation – Part Two’

– ostentation which invalidates actions

Tuesday 24 December
Toronto, Canada
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Class 7 – “The Blameworthiness of Status & Ostentation – Part Two”

Habib Ali al-Jifri explains “The Blameworthiness of Status & Ostentation – Part Two” from Habib Umar bin Hafiz’s abridgement of the I…

Class 6 from Glimpses of the Ihya: An Abridged Study of the ‘The Blameworthiness of Status and Ostentation – Part Two’

– subtle ostentation

Monday 23 December
Toronto, Canada
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Class 6 – “The Blameworthiness of Status & Ostentation – Part Two”

Habib Ali al-Jifri explains “The Blameworthiness of Status & Ostentation – Part Two” from Habib Umar bin Hafiz’s abridgement of the I…

A Special prayer for Dr. Abbas Khan

A call by Sh. Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

Let us all brothers and sisters join each other and pray for our great hero Dr. Abbas Khan; may Allah have mercy on his soul; in recognition of Dr. Abbas Khan’s great sacrifice for the Syrian people in order to save the lives of the injured. The Syrian regime killed him in clod blood which is another proof to the brutality and savagery of Assad forces. We believe he was killed so that he does not become a witness against the regime in international courts to the torture which the secret service applies against Syrian prisoners.

He paid his own life as a price for that noble work, but his prize is Al-Jannah insha Allah.
We pray that Allah, Most Generous, grant him the highest ranks of the Garden and that he be amongst the martyrs. We offer his family all condolences and sympathy and prayer; may Allah grant them more patience to copy with this great loss.

The British Government, in compensation to its failure in guaranteeing his safety and freedom, should give Dr. Abbas Khan the highest medallions of honour and list him as one of the greatest heroes of the United Kingdom.

On behalf of the Syrian people, we offer our sincerest condolences to his family and friends and we ask everyone to join us and pray for him, may Allah have mercy on his soul.