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The Virtues of Fasting in the Summer

By Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali An excerpt from Latā’if al-Ma’ārif “…And from the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting, and this is because of the thirst that one experiences in the mid-day heat. This…

More Than A Headscarf: How Hijab Has Lost Its Soul

By Shazia Ahmad Hijab[1] is a frequently discussed topic in our community and a practice dissected and opined over from many different angles. While it is talked about frequently, in many of the most important ways it is little understood.…

The Benefits of Belief in Destiny (Taqdīr) and Trust (Tawakkul)

By Mawlānā Ashraf Ali Thānawi Edited by IlmGate The belief that everything which happened, is happening and will happen is according to the knowledge, will and command of Allah (SWT) is called Taqdīr. Belief in Taqdīr is compulsory. The advantages of…

Expressions of Servitude

By Mufti Rasheed Ahmad Fareedi Edited by Faraz Abdul Moid Qari Muhammad Tayyib Qasmi said that his father, Hadrat Hafiz Muhammad Ahmad, had mentioned that he had seen many pious people. However, there were three among them whom he had not…

The Indispensability of Abundant Dhikr and Murāqabah

By Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad The first lesson in the esteemed Naqshbandi silsilah is Latīfat al-Qalb. Upon this, the seeker traveling the spiritual path (sālik) engages in the spiritual exercise of murāqabah, where he or she sets aside some private time…

Attaining Fanā al-Qalb: Annihilation of the Heart

By Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad “And that person who was dead, we gave him life and we granted him a light because of which he walks amongst people.” (Surat al-An’ām, verse 122) A heedless person is like a corpse, whereas truly…

An Introduction to the Three Types of Nafs

By Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed [1] Edited by Faraz Abdul Moid Question: Can you please explain the different types of nafs, nafs-e-ammara, nafs-e-lawwama and nafs-e-mutmainna. Answer: In the Qur’an-e-Kareem the word nafs is used in two ways.

On Objections to Some Methods of Dhikr

By Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi Translated by Ismaeel Nakhuda[1] Question: To my sayyid, my mawla (may Allah increase your piety), Al-Salam ‘alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh, Your dear letter arrived on 15 Dhu ‘l-Hijjah. I am regretful…