Embracing Excellence – 19 – Zakat and Charity – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reads the discussion on zakat and charity in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He first outlines some practical guidelines on when and how to give one’s zakat, as well as certain practices to avoid. He also warns severely against the non-payment of the obligatory charity. Next, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtue of […]

Embracing Excellence – 18 – Congregational Prayer – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin continues the series “Embracing Excellence – 30 Steps on the Straight Path,” covering the Book of Assistance by Imam Haddad. In this session, he discusses prayer in congregation, its merit, and how it is to be properly performed for both men and women. He highlights the importance of following the imam properly, […]

Embracing Excellence – 17 – The Ritual Prayer – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin looks at the ritual prayer, covering Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He discusses the importance of praying at the beginning of the time and preparing for the prayer in advance. He sheds light on the outward and inward manners to be observed while praying, highlighting the importance of concentration. He closes by […]

Embracing Excellence – 16 – Conduct in Mosques – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the chapter of Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on conduct in mosques. He first discusses the great virtue of mosques and devotional retreat (iʿtikaf) therein. Next, he highlights things to avoid in the mosque, as well as particular adab and supplications to make the most of one’s time […]

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 […]