Purification Of The Soul: Concept, Process And Means

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Jamaal al-Din M. Zarabozo
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 360 | Size: 29 MB

For a number of reasons, this is a very important time to be writing a book of this nature. First, the concept of purification of the soul as a whole is and always will be central to the message of Islam and to the welfare of humans, both in this life and the Hereafter. Indeed, it was a main mission of the messengers and prophets themselves.

Second, there is a very strong need to shed light on the correct path of purification as delineated by the Quran and Sunnah- free of the foreign influence, deviations and heresies that have found their way into the realm of the religion and have caused a great deal of harm. The path described by the Quran and Sunnah is the only path that can result in a true purification of the soul. Indeed, it is the only path that is truly consistent with the purpose for which humans were created. Hence, any discussion of purification of the soul must rely heavily and exclusively on the Quran and Sunnah and what can be correctly derived from those two sources.

Third, many Muslims themselves are today being influenced by secular, materialistic psychology, leading them to neglect the spiritual side of humans and to ignore the guidance that Islam offers for the purification of the soul. This influence often occurs at a level wherein the person himself may not be completely aware that it is occurring.

Fourth, for some time now, there has been an Islamic revival spreading throughout the Muslim world. Upon closer inspection, it seems that this revival is somewhat tenuous and delicate, in the sense that for many Muslims it is more of an ‘emotional’ phenomenon. In order for this revival to be truly successful and lead to what it needs to lead to, it must be guided by the comprehensive teachings of Islam. First and foremost among those teachings is what is related to the purification of the soul. Without the purification of the souls, the revival will only be on the outer shell and will, in fact, be a “deceptive” revival, in the sense that the inner consciousness will not have been reformed and the lapse back to the pre-revival times may be very close at hand. Indeed, without the purification of the souls, the very goals of the revival from the outset may be wrong. Continue reading

Contemplations With Iceland Volcano

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Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 14 | Size: 1 MB

All praises be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the best of Messengers (Muhammad), then:

In a small country which is no more than a distant island in the north of the Atlantic Ocean, there is a small volcano erupting under a glacier and blowing waves of dust clouds arousing general terror in all Europe and universal embarrassment for international flights.

The aircrafts stopped, airports were closed, flights were suspended, 113 European air ports closes all international flights, more than 63 thousand air flights are canceled and the airlines companies losses are estimated with 250 million dollar per day. The affected people are more than seven million passengers; all the ways are closed before them, air port terminals became as if they were beds for passengers, air ports started to provide them with beds and covers in addition to the losses of importers and exporters.

Today, Europe became semi isolated from the external world as it faced the biggest failure in aviation transport. Some people considered that the worst in the history of civil aviation!

1- Take admonition, O you with eyes (to see):

Dust clouds from only one volcano strike a whole continent with terror and fear, paralyze its aviation movement, so how will be the matter if many volcanoes erupt?

This matter really is worth contemplation, thinking, consideration and admonition. Muslims have to contemplate these great events, this contemplation should be based on their creed and belief in Allah, their trust that every thing good is endowed from their Lord’s Mercy and Benevolence and everything bad takes place with His Knowledge.

“That is the Decree of the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing.” (Yaseen: 38)

ذَٲلِكَ تَقۡدِيرُ ٱلۡعَزِيزِ ٱلۡعَلِيمِ

Allah decides and measures every thing with Wisdom. “He cannot be questioned as to what He does, while they will be questioned.” (Al-Anbiyaa’: 23)

لَا يُسۡـَٔلُ عَمَّا يَفۡعَلُ وَهُمۡ يُسۡـَٔلُونَ

Believers have to contemplate everything that could render a sermon to think and consider the Divine Acts. The Muslim consideration should not only be confined to what happens in near places or times, they have to consider any Signs of Allah whether they are near or far from them in time or in place.

2- And We sent not the signs except to warn, and to make them afraid (of destruction): Volcanoes and earthquakes are soldiers of Allah which Allah sends upon His slaves whom He chose as per His Wish, as a warning, threatening or as an affliction , a trial or a punishment.

“And none can know the hosts of your Lord but He.” (Al-Muddathther: 31)

وَمَا يَعۡلَمُ جُنُودَ رَبِّكَ إِلَّا هُوَ‌ۚ

Among the soldiers of Allah is the cinder which is composed of small broken up particles of glass and rocks that threaten aircrafts and hinder their movements. This cinder is described to be killing because inhaling it causes to tear the lung tissues.

Attributing what happened only to the natural phenomena that take place only through universal systems and laws indicates that the people are unaware of the Creator and Disposer of this universe. Who manages the matters like that? And who runs them against whom He wishes as per His Measure and Planning!

“It is He Who shows you the lightning, as a fear (for travellers) and as a hope (for those who wait for rain). And it is He Who brings up (or originates) the clouds, heavy (with water). And Ar-Ra‘d (thunder) glorifies and praises Him, and so do the angels because of His Awe. He sends the thunderbolts, and therewith He strikes whom He wills, yet they (disbelievers) dispute about Allâh. And He is Mighty in strength and Severe in punishment.” (Ar-Ra’d: 12-13)

هُوَ ٱلَّذِى يُرِيڪُمُ ٱلۡبَرۡقَ خَوۡفً۬ا وَطَمَعً۬ا وَيُنشِئُ ٱلسَّحَابَ ٱلثِّقَالَ   وَيُسَبِّحُ ٱلرَّعۡدُ بِحَمۡدِهِۦ وَٱلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةُ مِنۡ خِيفَتِهِۦ وَيُرۡسِلُ ٱلصَّوَٲعِقَ فَيُصِيبُ بِہَا مَن يَشَآءُ وَهُمۡ يُجَـٰدِلُونَ فِى ٱللَّهِ وَهُوَ شَدِيدُ ٱلۡمِحَالِ

3- And this (Hell) is nothing else than a (warning) reminder to mankind:

What happened is one of Allah’s Signs which Allah sends to his slaves as a reminder and admonition for the believers and frightening and terrifying those who turn away, the believing hearts take admonition, submit with humility and repent to their lord, while the heedless hearts are only preoccupied with economic losses, following the media and watching the volcano while forgetting the Lord of the volcano:

“They have hearts wherewith they understand not, and they have eyes wherewith they see not, and they have ears wherewith they hear not (the truth). They are like cattle, nay even more astray; those! They are the heedless ones.” (Al-A’raaf: 179)

لَهُمۡ قُلُوبٌ۬ لَّا يَفۡقَهُونَ بِہَا وَلَهُمۡ أَعۡيُنٌ۬ لَّا يُبۡصِرُونَ بِہَا وَلَهُمۡ ءَاذَانٌ۬ لَّا يَسۡمَعُونَ بِہَآ‌ۚ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ كَٱلۡأَنۡعَـٰمِ بَلۡ هُمۡ أَضَلُّ‌ۚ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلۡغَـٰفِلُونَ

One of the signs of cruel hearts is that the people hear the terrible events and the sermons which make the mountains submissive yet they continue to be tyrannical and commit their sins and to be confined to following their desires heedless of any threatening or warning. Continue reading

Riyad Us-Saliheen (Gardens Of The Righteous) – Vol. I & II

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Imam Abu Zakaria Mohiuddin Yahya An-Nawawi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 291 | Size: 2.5 MB


The book was compiled by Imam An-Nawawi who was the great scholar of Hadith and Fiqhof his time. Commentaries on the Ahadith have been added by Hafiz Salahuddin Yusuf of Pakistan who had originally executed them for the Urdu edition of this book. The English translation of the book and the – commentaries was performed by Dr. Muhammad Amin and Abu Usamah Al-Arabi bin Razduq who have performed their task with utmost care and profound interest.

Contents:

1. Chapter on Sincerity and having an intention for all actions, words and states, outward and inward
2. Chapter on Repentance
3. Chapter on Steadfastness
4. Chapter: On Truthfulness
5. Chapter: On Watchfulness
6. Chapter: On Fearful Awareness of Allah (Taqwa)
7. Chapter: Certainty and Trust in Allah
8. Chapter: On Going Straight (Istiqama)
9. Chapter: Reflecting on the immense creation of Allah Almighty, the passing of this world, the terrors of the Next World, and other matters. On the  negligence of the self, disciplining it and forcing it to go straight
10. Chapter: On hastening to perform good actions, and on encouraging the one who intends to do something to go ahead and do it with diligence and not to  hesitate
11. Chapter: On Striving (Mujahada)
12. Chapter: On the encouragement to increase good actions in the later part of one’s life
13. Chapter: On the clarification of the many paths of good
14. Chapter: On Moderation in Worship
15. Chapter: On perserverance in actions
16. Chapter: On the command to follow the Sunna and its adab
17. Chapter: On the Obligation to obey the judgement of Allah, what is said by those who are summoned to that, and commanding the right and forbidding the  wrong
18. Chapter: On the prohibition against innovations and new matters
19. Chapter: On the one who makes a good or bad sunna
20. Chapter: On showing the way to good and calling to guidance or misguidance
21. Chapter: Helping one another to goodness and fear of Allah
22. Chapter: On Good Counsel
23. Chapter: On commanding the right and forbidding the wrong
24. Chapter: On the harsh punishment of someone who commands right or forbids wrong while his own actions contradict what he says
25. Chapter: On the command to deliver trusts
26. Chapter: On injustice and the command to make restitution in cases of injustice
27. Chapter: On respecting the sacred things of the Muslims, clarification of their rights and having compassion and mercy forthem
28. Chapter: Veiling the faults of Muslims and the prohibition against divulging them without necessity
29. Chapter: Taking care of the needs of the Muslims
30. Chapter: Intercession
31. Chapter: On Putting things right between people
32. Chapter: On the excellence of the weak, poor and obscure Muslims
33. Chapter: Kindness to orphans, girls, the weak, the very poor, and the downtrodden. Treating them well, compassion towards them, humility with them, and  gentleness towards them
34. Chapter: Treating women well
35. Chapter: On the rights of a husband from his wife
36. Chapter: Spending on one’s family
37. Chapter: Spending out of what one loves and spending what is excellent
38. Chapter: On the obligation to command one’s family and children and whoever is in one’s care to obey Allah, and to forbid them to oppose Him, teaching  them proper behaviour and preventing them from committing what is prohibited
39. Chapter: The right of the neighbour and treating him well
40. Chapter: On dutifulness to parents and maintaining ties of kinship
41. Chapter: On the prohibition of disobeying parents and severing ties of kinship
42. Chapter: The excellence of dutifulness shown to the friends of one’s father and mother, relatives, wife, and others whom one
should honour
43. Chapter: Honouring the people of the family of the Messenger of Allah and their clear excellence
44. Chapter: Respect for people of knowledge, the great and people of importance, and putting them ahead of others, raising
where they sit and showing their rank
45. Chapter: On visiting the people of virtue, sitting with them, keeping their company, loving them, seeking visits and supplication
from them, and visiting places of virtue
46. Chapter: The excellence of love for the sake of Allah and encouraging it, and a man who loves another informing him of that
and what he says to him when he informs him
47. Chapter: On the signs of Allah’s love for His slave and urging that it be taken on and that one should strive to obtain it
48. Chapter: On cautioning against causing injury to the righteous, the weak and the poor
49. Chapter: Judging people according to the outward while leaving their secrets to Allah Almighty
50. Chapter: On Fear Continue reading

Purification Of The Heart – Love, Fear And Tears

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AbdulBary Yahya

This set contains the following lectures: CD 1: Diseases of the Heart & its cure. CD 2: Two wings of the Believer, Hope & Fear. CD 3: Love of the Prophet (SAAW). CD 4: Tears of Repentance.

AbdulBary Yahya was born in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and very soon thereafter immigrated to the U.S. with his family. He grew up in Seattle, WA and after completing his primary and secondary education there, began his studies at the Islamic University of Madinah. It was at the University that he befriended Muhammad Alshareef, as they sat next to each other in the first year of their studies. Upon graduation from the Islamic University of Madinah’s College of Shariah, AbdulBary Yahya returned to Vietnam and Cambodia and became a teacher and director of the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society in Cambodia and the Umm al-Qura Charity Organization in Vietnam. He presently resides in Seattle, WA with his family, and is an instructor with AlMaghrib Institute, an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars leading students towards a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies. He is currently the Imam (spiritual leader and advisor) of Masjid Jaamiul Muslimeen in Seattle, WA. He also holds the positions of President of the Cham Refugee Community and Vice-President of the Islamic Center of Washington State. Continue reading

Regret

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Muhammad Alshareef

A police officer in a Muslim country wrote the following letter to a shaykh describing the events that led to his return to Allah. He recalls:

Seeing accidents and crash victims was a normal part of my day, but one incident was different.

My partner and I had parked on the shoulder of the highway and began to chat. In a random second, the scene shattered to the hideous sound of metal bodies becoming one. We threw our heads back to see what had happened. It was a head-on collision, the result of a vehicle slipping into the lane of the oncoming traffic.

We couldn’t describe the carnage. Two young men sprawled in the first car, both in critical condition. We carried them gently away from the car and rested them on the ground.

Quickly we returned to assist the owner of the second car. He was dead. Back we went to the two young men lying side by side on the pavement.

My partner began dictating the Shahaadah to them. “Say la ilaaha illAllah (There is no god but Allah), la ilaaha illAllah…”

Their tongues wouldn’t acknowledge it. They started humming the hypnotic lyrics of some song. I was terrified. My partner had experience however, and he kept repeating his instruction.

I stood up watching, no movement, eyes locked. Never in my life had I seen anything similar to what was going on before me. In fact, I’ve never actually seen someone die, and never, in such a satanic way.

My partner continued to instruct them to say the Shahaadah but there was no use. The hum of their song came to a slow silence, slowly. The first one stopped and then the other. Not a stir. Dead.

We carried them to our patrol car; my partner made no effort to speak. Not a whisper between us two as we carried the corpses to the nearest hospital. Continue reading

Ahmad The Repenter (Video)

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Bilal Assad

The speaker commences the lecture by explaining the importance of repenting to Allah without despairing from His Mercy and forgiveness. The main topic of this talk is about the recent unforgetfull true story of a man called Ahmad, who struggled to live a normal life after committing a major sin. The speaker takes us on a rollacaster ride with Ahmad on his quest for forgiveness, sharing with us his joy and sadness and details the lessons that can be learnt from this emotional, heartbreaking story. Continue reading

Ahmad The Repenter (Audio)

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Bilal Assad

The speaker commences the lecture by explaining the importance of repenting to Allah without despairing from His Mercy and forgiveness. The main topic of this talk is about the recent unforgetfull true story of a man called Ahmad, who struggled to live a normal life after committing a major sin. The speaker takes us on a rollacaster ride with Ahmad on his quest for forgiveness, sharing with us his joy and sadness and details the lessons that can be learnt from this emotional, heartbreaking story. Continue reading

The Benefits Of Tawbah

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Safi Khan

Sheikh Safi Khan of Dar-Us-Salam Presents the Benefits of Tawbah. Scholars interpret tawbah (repentance) to mean all of the following: (i) immediate renunciation of the sin, (ii) firm intention and determination to not return to the sin ever again, (iii) regret over having committed a sin, and, if the sin was against the rights of another human being, then one mast also, (iv) compensate for it. Continue reading

Muharram And ‘Ashura

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Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 27 | Size: 1 MB

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets and Chief of the Messengers, and upon all his family and companions.

Allah’s sacred month of Muharram is a blessed and important month. It is the first month of the Hijri calendar and is one of the four sacred months concerning which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein…” [Surah al-Tawbah 936]

Abu Bakrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“The year is twelve months of which four are sacred, the three consecutive months of Dhu’l-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah and Muharram, and Rajab Mudar which comes between Jumaada and Sha’baan.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 2958)

Muharram is so called because it is a sacred (muharram) month and to confirm its sanctity. Continue reading

Stories Of Repentance

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Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 34 | Size: 1 MB

Who among us does not sin? And who among us does all that is required of him in the religion? It is an undeniable fact that we all have shortcomings; what distinguishes some of us from the others, what raises some of us above the others, is that the successful ones among us are those who repent their sins and ask Allah to forgive them. It is truly encouraging to know that the door to repentance is always open. Glad tidings, then, to every Muslim who constantly and consistently hastens to repent to Allah and to ask for His forgiveness. Continue reading

Salvation Through Repentance (An Islamic View)

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Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 91 | Size: 8 MB

This book clearly and concisely presents the Islamic concept of Tawbah (repentance) and its viewpoint wherein salvation by faith and salvation by deeds are combined in a truly unique manner. A book that is relevant to every Muslim. Continue reading

The Resurrection

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Islamic Propagation Office in Rabwah
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 47 | Size: 1 MB

The Resurrection: A description of Death, the Life of the Grave, and the Day of Judgment.

We all believe that our life has an end, and nothing is eternal except Allah (SWT):

“Whatsoever is on it (the Earth) will perish. * And the Face of your Lord, full of majesty and Honour, will remain forever” [Surah Ar- Rahman (55):26-27]

It is better for all of us to ponder deeply about our future and about our eternal life which is everlasting. We are expected to devote some time in this life to ponder what will occur in the life to come.

The Day of Judgment is the day which all creation will meet fully and fairly, the reward for how they conducted themselves in this life. It is a day which is different from all other days. It will come, sooner or later.  But some questions must be raised: Are we fully prepared and aware of this day? What are its signs and horrors? When will it come? What will it look like?

Sheikh Muhammad bin ‘Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy on him, gave a sermon describing the sings horrors of such day.

May Allah (SWT) save us and make us steadfast on the right path until the Day of Judgment. [Ameen] Continue reading

Obstacles That Prevent One From Making Repentance

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Shaikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 20 | Size: 1 MB

A very beneficial ebook that clarifies the steps that the believer needs to take in order to make a full correct Tawbah to his Lord and Sustainer. The Scholars mention that the act of seeking repentance is deemed obligatory for every sin committed. From the things that prevents one from making Tawbah is paying little concern to the sins one commits. Continue reading

I Want To Repent But …

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Muhammad Saleh al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 35 | Size: 1 MB

With the passage of the time it is becoming clearer that the modern age is not simply suffering from a moral crisis but of total confusion about what is right what is wrong. The tragedy is not that the finer points go unappreciated but that the world has come to question the validity of even the age-old truths. This has left young men and women totally confused about their course of action. Injustices are multiplying at the great pace and threaten to explode any moment into a fire-ball of conflicts that may engulf the whole world. In such circumstances this book is a welcome addition. It offers penitent useful guidelines and dwell upon those aspects of repentance that are the very specialty of Islam. Continue reading

Repentance In Ramadhan

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Ibraaheem ibn Hamad al-Mansoor
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 06 | Size: 1 MB

This book is a consise work on the importance of repentance during the holy month of Ramadhan. It is an invigorating short book that insh’Allah will provoke an emotive response and inspire the reader to take advantage of the blessings Allah has permitted us… In the words of the author, this book was written ‘for everyone who wants to change his situation and his actions so as to earn the pleasure of his Creator and achieve happiness in this world and in the Hereafter’. Continue reading