Embracing Excellence – 15 – Following the Sunna (Part Two) – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin continues to look at the chapter in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on following the sunna. In this episode, he discusses the importance of following the sunna, and gives a recap of the sunnas related to one’s clothing, speech, walking, sitting, sleep, eating and drinking, and sexual relations. Next, Ustadh Amjad completes […]

Embracing Excellence – 14 – Following the Sunna (Part One) – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin begins looking at the most comprehensive chapter in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance, on Following the Sunna. In this episode, he cites examples of the stringent following of the sunna by the righteous. He also gives a thorough discussion of sunnas related to one’s clothing and dress, speech and conversation, walking, sitting, […]

Embracing Excellence – 13 – Cleanliness (from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance)- Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Imam Haddad characteristically begins his chapter on cleanliness in the Book of Assistance not with outward but inward cleanliness — purifying the heart from character traits he describes as “vile”: envy, showing off, and so forth. And when he moves on to outward cleanliness, he first looks at purifying one’s outward from sin and adorning […]

Embracing Excellence – 12 – Religious Obligations and Knowledge – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani looks at the chapter of Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on religious obligations and seeking Islamic knowledge. He emphasizes the importance of ensuring we fulfill our religious obligations, reminding that these are not merely things we do but are keys to the love and closeness of Allah Most High. […]

Embracing Excellence – 11 – Nurturing Faith – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explores the chapter of Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on Doctrine. He highlights the importance of learning one’s beliefs (ʿaqidah) soundly and from reliable sources. He sheds light on ahl al-sunna wa’l-jamaʿa, the mainstream of Muslims, and warns against sectarianism. In this chapter, the author, Imam Haddad, explains how […]

Embracing Excellence – 10 – Following the Book and Sunna – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin explains the chapter of Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on following the Qur’an and sunna. He highlights its centrality to faith and warns against innovations contradicting the sunna, while clarifying that this does not refer to everything not practiced by Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace). He also sheds […]

03- The Art of Reading- Shaykh Ahmed Hussein El Azhary

In this new podcast series, Shaykh Ahmed Hussein El Azhary will discuss why the art of reading is critical for students of knowledge to master. One of the greatest barriers in mastering a science is the inability to read with structure and comprehension. In this series, Shaykh Ahmed will provide students with a detailed approach […]

Embracing Excellence: 30 Steps on the Straight Path- 09- Reflection -from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this session, Shaykh Faraz looks at the section on reflection from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He first explains the centrality of reflection to religious practice. Next, he explores the various types of reflection — reflecting on Allah’s creation, His favours, His encompassing knowledge of one, one’s shortcomings, the paltry nature of this world, […]

Embracing Excellence: 30 Steps on the Straight Path- 08- Remembrance -from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin continues exploring Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance as part of the series “Embracing Excellence: 30 Steps on the Straight Path.” In this session, he covers the chapter on remembrance. He explains the importance of remembrance from the Qur’an and hadith, as well as the importance of having a set litany of remembrance […]

Embracing Excellence – 07 – Acquiring Knowledge – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin moves on to look at Imam Haddad’s chapter in the Book of Assistance on acquiring knowledge. He sheds light on the three core sciences necessary for the Muslim to understand and operationalize the Qur’an and sunna — beliefs (ʿaqida), sacred law (fiqh), and spiritual purification (tasawwuf) — in addition to hadith and […]