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Archive for the day “September 6, 2007”

The Inner Dimensions of Fasting by Imam Ghazali

From ZAWAJ

The Inner Dimensions of Fasting

From Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship
By Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
Translated from Ihya’ Uloom ad-Deen by Mukhtar Holland

Three Grades

It should be known that there are three grades of Fasting: ordinary, special and extra-special.

  • Ordinary Fasting means abstaining from food, drink and sexual satisfaction.
  • Special Fasting means keeping one’s ears, eyes, tongue, hands and feet — and all other organs — free from sin.
  • Extra-special Fasting means fasting of the heart from unworthy concerns and worldly thoughts, in total disregard of everything but Allah, Great and Glorious is He. This kind of Fast is broken by thinking of worldly matters, except for those conducive to religious ends, since these constitute provision for the Hereafter and are not of this lower world. Those versed in the spiritual life of the heart have even said that a sin is recorded against one who concerns himself all day with arrangements for breaking his Fast. Such anxiety stems from lack of trust in the bounty of Allah, Great and Glorious is He, and from lack of certain faith in His promised sustenance.To this third degree belong the Prophets, the true awliya and the intimates of Allah. It does not lend itself to detailed examination in words, as its true nature is better revealed in action. It consists in utmost dedication to Allah, Great and Glorious is He, to the neglect of everything other than Allah, Exalted is He. It is bound up with the significance of His words: ‘Say: “Allah (sent it down)”: then leave them to play in their vain discussions.’ [al-An’am,6:91] Read more…
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Fundamentals of Tasawwuf by Imam an-Nawawi

From AhlusSunna

By Imam an-Nawawi

The basic rules of the way of Tasawwuf are five:

1. Having godfearingness privately and publicly,
2. Living according to the sunna in word and deed,
3. Indifference to whether others accept or reject one,
4. Satisfaction with Allah Most High in scarcity and plenty, and
5. Turning to Allah in happiness or affliction.

Shaping Islam in America: 10 Young Muslim Visionaries – Eboo Patel – The Bridge Builder

From Islamica Magazine

by SABAHAT ADIL

With the exception of a few littérateurs, not many of us read Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Rumi’s Masnavi and Tagore’s Gitanjali side by side. Our tendency to neatly categorize ideas and objects based upon differences leads us to place these writing in their own realms as, to us, each work stems from three appar¬ently distinct traditions. For Ebrahim “Eboo” Patel, a social entrepreneur and cultural visionary born and raised in Chicago, this is not the case. He calls it the jazz approach: The traditions from which each of these authors stem— American, Islamic and Indian—are interconnected in their values, resonating with one another. As literary masterpieces, Patel finds each of these works “playful and profound.”

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Islamic Art: Al Karim (The Generous) in Arabic Calligraphy

Art by Fahdi (Samir Malik)

Sheikh Ahmad Al Ajmy Recites Surah Rahman

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