Meaningful Prayer

“The motions of prayer are the physical manifestation of your words and state, each in perfect congruence with the other” – Shaykh Asim Yusuf The words of my teacher struck deep; prayer is not driven by your thoughts, but by your state. Each motion is a perfect reflection of the state your heart should be…

The Soliloquy of the Full Moon

A sign of the maturation of a society is the development of its own literature, culture and art. This has been the case for every place Islam reached since its inception. The style and form of ‘our Islam’ varies immensely between China, North Africa, the Middle East etc; all adopting the customs of the local…

Misdirected Passions

I used to have so many passions that were so diverse But since I have come to know you, all of my passions have become one, So those who I used to envy began to envy me And I became the master of creation, the day that You became my Master كانـت لقلبي أهواءٌ مفرّقــة…

The Self

والنفس كالطفل إن تهملهُ شبَّ علــــى حب الرضاعِ وإن تفطمهُ ينفطــــم The self is like an infant; if you neglect its proper care, it will grow up still loving to suckle; But once you wean it, it will be weaned فاصرف هواها وحاذر أن توليــــــــــه إن الهوى ما تولى يصم أو يصـــــم So dismiss its…

The means of reliance

“Yusuf (as) ran to the door when he knew it was locked. When it seemed worthless to do so, he sought whatever means he could and relied on Allah to save him” Shaykh Ahmad Dabbagh This is the story of Prophet Yusuf (as) when he was being seduced by Zulekha, the wife of his owner.  It…

Think Outside the Cube

A brilliant discussion to what looks like a brilliant event! How many things do we think are Islamic simply because it’s what we are used to? How many of us are trapped at seeing things from one perspective I’ll let Sheikh Hamza and Imam Zaid explain what its all about: [youtube:=http://youtu.be/tyqVLEHCRQ8] [youtube:=http://youtu.be/Sy8_0uXMOJQ] THINK OUTSIDE THE…

Relaxing or time wasting?

Its a topic I constantly find myself reflecting over; how do we distinguish balance between relaxing and time wasting? In the conclusion to his article “Chess in the Light of  the Jurist“, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf beautifully sums up the balance between these two states of being. ——————————————————- Islam is a religion based on revelation that deems the human…