A general oath of allegiance was taken from us by God’s Messenger -God bless him and grant him peace- that the greatest part of our love for fasting be because God Most High has said “Fasting is Mine,” and not for any other reason, such as the pursuit of reward or the expiation of sin
How to be among the best minds in God’s sight? This paper uses Imam Yassine’s Prophetic Method [al-Minhāj an-Nabawī] as a guide to develop eight dimensions for mind excellence where the mind uses the light of divine Revelation to leverage its competencies with the right intention, in
In the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to apply themselves more and increase their worship more than they do in ordinary days. In addition, Ramadan is also a more opportune season for contemplation and re-discovery of the self. Because of its deep transformative power, Ramadan
“Stay tenaciously in the companionship of those who call their Lord morning and evening, seeking His countenance; and let not your eyes overlook them, seeking the splendor of the worldly life. And do not obey the one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance, and who has fo
Just like Joseph [peace be upon him], Ramadan is a month which sweeps clean our messes in the other months of the year. Did not Joseph kindheartedly acquit his brothers of their mischievous act, telling them (No blame will there be upon you today. Allah will forgive you; and He is the
Know that fasting is of three grades, namely, the fasting of the general public (ṣawm al-ʻumūm), the fasting of the select few (ṣawm al-khuṣūṣ), and the fasting of the elite among the select few (ṣawm khuṣūṣ al-khuṣūṣ). The fasting of the general public involves refraining from satisf
Everyone who truly understands fasting and its secret knows that he who abstains from food, drink, and sexual intercourse but commits [all manner of] sins is like the person who, in performing the ablution runs his hand over one of his members thrice, thereby outwardly fulfilling the
Ramadan offers us a rare opportunity to think about ourselves, our behaviors and finally our relation with God. The purpose of the fast is to elevate one’s spirituality and to enable him/her to attain awareness to God.
Specifically, this paper shows how to apply the ten attributes [al-Khiṣāl al-’Ashr] (Yassine, 1981) of the Prophetic Method to such pursuit of excellence. It reformulates these ten attributes as follows:...
If you have faith in God, then embark on a journey of excellence pursuit in harmony with His Plan. It is the only plan that is absolutely perfect. Your journey for achieving excellence will have the best possible results, guaranteed in this life and the next.
Simply put, you should excel because God loves those who excel! If God loves you, then you are among the best of the best in His sight. Is there any better or bigger success than that? Another reason to excel is that it is one of the aspects of iḥsān that God enjoins.