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Lesson 1 | Remedying the Heavy and Tight Chest

Sunday 14 Jan

✏️ Remedying the Heavy and Tight Chest

Lesson 1: Introduction, Biographies, What is the Basis of a relaxed heart

  • Introduction to the class
  • What are the means by which the chest can be alleviated from stress and tightness?
  • Ibn Al-Qayyim in his book lists several ways however he does not make them related to the world
  • Living in the land of disbelief means attaining means of remedying heavy chest is important however it is also difficult in the west due to reduced access to knowledge
  • Who was Ibn Al-Qayyim? A brief biography
    • When/where was he born
    • At what age did he start seeking knowledge?
    • Where did he travel to?
    • What did he study?
    • What was he known for?
    • Who did he seek knowledge from?
    • When did he pass away?
  • The commentary of the book is done by Shaikh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaami, a brief Biography of the Shaikh
    • Where is he from?
    • What is his full name and kunya
    • How was his journey to Makkah?
    • Where else did he travel to?
    • What was he known for?
    • Who were his students?
    • What was his approach to those who opposed and even physically harmed him?
    • When did he pass away?
  • Only the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) attained pure and perfect tawheed
  • The greatest cause of alleviating the chest is Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism)

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Lesson 3 | Authentic Adhkār from the Qur’an & Sunnah

Sat 13 Jan 2018

✏️ Authentic Adhkār from the Qur’an & Sunnah:

Lesson 3: Gatherings of Knowledge, making plentiful remembrance and the dangers of Negligence

  • Those who sit in the gatherings of remembrance will have safety and security on the day of Judgement
  • Wasting time with vain gatherings and negligence will only be a means of regret on the day of Judgement
  • Gatherings of the remembrance of Allah are gatherings were peace and tranquillity descend therein:
    • It was narrated that Abu Hurairah and Abu Sa’eed (may Allah be pleased with them) bore witness that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “No people sit in a gathering remembering Allah, But the angels surround them, mercy covers them, tranquillity descends upon them and Allah remembers them before those who are with Him.” [Reported by Ibn Mājah]
    • NOTE: this is not the same as Sufi gatherings where they chant repeatedly and turn off the lights etc. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his Sahabah did NOT do any of these types of acts
  • Gatherings of knowledge are a great cause for the protection of the tongue (e.g. from backbiting and other evil speech)
    • Know that if a person does not use his tongue in the remembrance of Allah (goodness), then one is more likely to use it for evil
  • The Remembrance is from the most purifying of actions and from the best of actions with Allāh subhaanahu wata’aalaa
    • Narration of Abū Dardā (may Allah be pleased with him): The Messenger of Allāh (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said “Shall I not inform you of the best of your actions, and the purest of it with your Lord, and the one which will raise you in levels the most, and that which is better for you than spending in charity with gold and silver and better than meeting you enemy and striking their necks and they strike your necks?” they said “Yes, O messenger of Allāh! Inform us”, He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said “The remembrance of Allāh” [Reported by At-Tirmidhī, Ibn Mājah and Al-Hākim and others]
  • Ibn Rajab mentioned that there are many texts which indicate the higher virtue of the remembrance of Allah over and above giving in charity and other actions
    • Narration about Abū Dardā (may Allah be pleased with him)
    • How Shaykh Ibn Baz (may Allah have mercy on him) would make dua whilst waiting
    • Narration of Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ud (may Allah be pleased with him)
    • Note: The above point about how the remembrance of Allah can be superior to some acts such as charity does NOT mean that charity or other acts of worship should be belittled or stopped, these are tremendous acts of worship. The point is to show how great remembering Allah is when one knows the value of acts of worship such as charity

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Lesson 2: Safety from hypocrisy, curing the heart and The Great Reward of Gatherings of Knowledge

Sat 6 Jan 2018

✏️ Authentic Adhkār from the Qur’an & Sunnah:

Lesson 2: Safety from hypocrisy, curing the heart and The Great Reward of Gatherings of Knowledge

  • Engaging in the remembrance of Allah is a sign that a person has safety from Hypocrisy
    • This is because the hypocrites do not remember Allah except a little, see Surah (chapter) An-Nisaa verse 143: “Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them. And when they stand up for As-Salat (the prayer), they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little.” [4:143]
    • Allah mentions in Surah Munaafiquun (The Hypocrites): “O you who believe! Let not your properties or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. And whosoever does that, then they are the losers.” [63.9]
    • The above verse is a warning from Allah to keep away from the hypocrites as they have left the remembrance of Allah
    • from the signs of hypocrisy is the lack of remembrance of Allah, and this could be upon a Muslims even!
    • Allah would not place hypocrisy upon a person who is constantly and sincerely remembering him.
  • From the benefits of remembrance of Allah is that it is a cure for the diseases of the Heart
    • The remembrance of Allah is a cure, but the remembrance of the people is an illness
    • The remembrance of the Allah takes away the hardness or hardening of the heart
    • A person came to Hasan Al-Basri (may Allah be pleased with him) and complained about the hardness of his heart, and Hasan Al-Basri advised him to soften it with the remembrance of Allah
  • When you remember Allah, then Allah is with you
    • The one doing the remembrance is close to the one whom he is remembering
    • This is a specific type of Allah being with you (his creation), it is Allah aiding you, guarding you and giving you success
    • Allah mentions in the Qur’an: “Truly, Allah is with those who fear Him (keep their duty unto Him), and those who are Muhsinun (good-doers, – see the footnote of V. 9:120).” [16:128]
    • And Allah says: “And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).” [8:46]
    • More verses mentioned
  • Also from the virtues of remembering Allah is that it is a means for blessings to come to you and will divert evil
    • Allah says: “Truly, Allah defends those who believe. Verily! Allah likes not any treacherous ingrate to Allah [those who disobey Allah but obey Shaitan (Satan)].” [22:38]
    • The more one remembers Allah, the more one has a share of this protection, and likewise the one who is deficient in this regard then he will likewise be deficient in these blessings
  • When you remember Allah, then this is a form of worship
    • Hadith of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) : “Some of the poor Emigrants came to Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and said to him, “The wealthy have obtained all high ranks and everlasting bliss.” He asked, “How is that?” They replied: “They offer Salat as we do, and observe Saum (fasting) as we do, but they give in Sadaqah (charity) and we do not, and they emancipate slaves and we cannot.” He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Shall I not teach you something whereby you will catch up with those who have preceded you and will get ahead of those who follow you, and no one will surpass you unless he does the same as you do?” They said, “Surely, O Messenger of Allah.” He said, “Say: Subhan Allah, and Allahu Akbar, and praise Him (by saying Al-hamdu lillah) thirty-three times at the end of every Salat.” They returned to him and said: “Our brothers, the possessors of wealth, having heard what we are doing, have started doing the same.” Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “This is Grace of Allah which He gives to whom He wishes.”” [Reported by Al- Bukhari and Muslim].

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Authentic Adhkār Lesson 1: Introduction to the Importance of Remembrance and its Virtues

Sat 30 Dec 2017

✏️ Authentic Adhkār from the Qur’an & Sunnah:

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Importance of Remembrance and its Virtues

  • Introduction to this course and what it will cover
  • What is the importance of Dhikr (remembrance) and its benefits:
    • All Muslims should know that the remembrance of Allāh is one of the greatest acts of worship one can do and is one of the most beneficial things to do
    • Remembrance will bring one closer to Allāh
    • Allāh commanded and encouraged for remembrance to be made. Allāh also has praised the ones who make remembrance and has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward. For example, see verses in Surah Ahzaab (ayah 41 and 35) and Aali-Imraan (ayah 191), note: these are only a few examples, the Qur’an mentions this topic plentifully
    • NOTE for the above point: why does Allāh mention remembrance so often in the Quran? = Because of servants great need for this. All of the creation needs Allāh and he needs none.
  • There are many ways of making remembrance, for example:
    • Reading the Qur’an and Sunnah
    • Attending circles of knowledge
    • Acts of worship
    • Reading supplications found in the Qur’an and Sunnah
  • Neglecting remembrance will be an evidence against a person in the hereafter. Any benefit (e.g. being busy with work and not remembering Allāh) gained whilst neglecting remembrance is small compared to the amount of reward lost
  • Hadith of Aisha (may Allāh be pleased with her) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said “There is not an hour [a moment of time] that passes by the son of Adam wherein he does not remember Allāh except that he will be in grief over it on the day of Judgement” [reported by Al-Bayhaqi]
  • The effect making duā has on your life

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