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Impediments to Strengthening the Nafsiyyah Part 4 “Shaytan”

Impediments to Strengthening the Islamic Disposition – Part 4: Shaytan One of the impediments to a person building h/her nafsiyya and strengthening it is the accursed shaytan. Allah mentions in the Qur’an as a warning for us: {Did I not enjoin on you of children of Adam not to worship shayatn; he is a determined … Continue reading

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Impediments to Strengthening the Nafsiyya Part 3 “Bad Company”

Impediments to Strengthening the Islamic Disposition – Part 3: Bad Company One of the impediments to a person building h/her nafsiyya and strengthening it is bad company. Allah mentions in the Qur’an to His beloved as a lesson for us on the importance of good company: {And keep yourself patient with those who call on … Continue reading

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Impediments to Strengthening the Nafsiyya Part 2 “Ignorance”

Impediments to Strengthening the Islamic Disposition – Part 2: Ignorance One of the impediments to a person building h/her nafsiyya and strengthening it is ignorance (jahl). Allah mentions in the Qur’an the consequences of failing to attain knowledge and comprehending the reality with the mind: {And they will say: ‘If only we had been listening … Continue reading

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Impediments to strengthening the Nafsiyya Part 1 “Desires”

Impediments to Strengthening the Islamic Disposition – Part 1: The Lower Desires One of the impediments to a person building h/her nafsiyya and strengthening it is the pull of one’s desires (ahwa). Allah makes it a mandatory directive to restrain the lower desires if Paradise is the aim. Allah says: {But as for he who … Continue reading

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Ibn Abd al-Wahhab and Sufism

MUḤAMMD IBN `ABD AL-WAHHĀB AND TAṢAWWUF *** In his Fatāwā wa Rasā’il, p.31 by Sh. Muḥammad ibn `Abd al-Wahhāb, mas’ala 5 states:[1] اعلم– أرشدك الله– أن الله سبحانه وتعالى بعث محمداً صلى الله عليه وسلم بالهدى الذي هو العلم النافع, ودين الحق هو العمل الصالح إذا كان من ينتسب إلى الدين: منهم من يتعانى بالعلم … Continue reading

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Imam al-Shafi’i and Sufis

‘Imam al-Shafi`i (Allah have mercy on him) and the Sufis’ – Quote from Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya’s Madarij al-Salikin (‘Stations of the Wayfarers) Imam al-Hafiz Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya (d. 751/1350-1) quotes Imam al-Shafi`i (d. 204/820) in Madarij al-Salikin[1] as saying: قال الشافعي رضي الله عنه صحبت الصوفية فما انتفعت منهم إلا بكلمتين سمعتهم يقولون الوقت سيف … Continue reading

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The Qasidat al-Burda_shariah as fortress

“The Qasidat al-Burda and the Shari`a” Part 1: Imam al-Busiri writes in the section on the Prophet’s jihad and bravery in the Qasidat al-Burda (‘Ode of the Prophetic Mantle’) as follows:  أحل أمته حرز ملته He lodged his nation (umma) in the fort of his religion.  كالليث حل مع الأشبال في اجم Like a lion … Continue reading