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Don’t Worry Too Much

This Qasidah is by Sayyidi Imam Abdullah ibn Alawi al-Haddad (1044-1132 AH) raDiyallahu ta'ala anhu: ———- ilzam bāba rabbik * wa’truk kulla dūn wa’s-al’hu’s salamah * min dāri’l futūn lā yađīq şadruk * fa’l ĥādith yahūn Allāhu’l muqaddir * wa’l áālam shu’uun lā yakthur hammuk * mā quddir yakūn hold fast, the doorstep of your Lord * and...

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Memory

shakawtu ilā wakīyin sū-a hifžī fa arshadanī ila tarki’l máāşī wa akhbaranī bi anna’l ílma nūrun wa nūrullāhi lā yuhdā li áāşī i complained to wakiy of a failing memory he advised me to stay away from sins and told me that knowledge is a light and a sinner is not guided to this light   These lines are attributed to Imām Shāfiýī, in his...

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Abu Hanifah’s Concern for his Mother

When Imām Abū Ĥanīfah was lashed for not accepting the post of Chief Justice, he said: ‘Nothing hurt me more than the thought of my mother; because, she has been agonized on account of my suffering.’ Imām Dhahabī adds: ‘He was very assiduous in his duty towards his mother.’ Imām Dhahabi in his Manāqib Abū...

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Taj al-Arus: as-Sakandari

Arabic Title : Tāj al-Árūs al-Ĥāwī li Tahdhībi’n Nufūs English Title : The crown of [befitting] a bride – covering the matter of disciplining the lower-self, the ego, the nafs. Author : Imām Tājuddin Aĥmed ibn Áţā’allāh as-Sakandari [d. ] Pages : 67 A brief booklet describing why and how one should discipline one’s self or nafs. At times, the tone is mildly reprimanding but always full...

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Al-Ghuraba

A well-known ĥadīth says: ‘Islām began in a strange and forlorn fashion and it shall return to becoming strange just the way it began; so glad tidings [or ţūbā] for the strangers [in that age].’ Another says: ‘Be in this world as a stranger or a wayfarer; and count yourself among the dead’. Gharīb, means a stranger; Ghurabā its plural. Gharīb is also the state of being forlorn and foreign. Islām, in its...

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Al-Tanwir fi Isqati’t Tadbir

The book At-Tanwīr is an elaborate book on a frequently misunderstood matter. Tadbir or planning is of many kinds – permitted, not permitted and disliked. The shaykh discusses these and other matters of destiny in a beautiful manner. His style of speech is disarming, moving, knowledgeable, authoritative. ‘Know my dear brother, may Allāh make you one amongst those who are granted his love and are gifted with His nearness and...

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