Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): Become Lovable to the People of Allah (Part 2) – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

Shaykh Yahya continues his discussion on the virtue mentioned in Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab al-Futuwwa: attracting the love of Allah Ta’ala by becoming loveable to the awliya (people of Allah). Here, he begins discussing the numerous benefits of this virtue, including the immense benefit of reciting […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): Become Lovable to the People of Allah – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

Before Shaykh Yahya discusses the next trait of Futuwwa mentioned in Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab al-Futuwwa, he reflects upon several lines from the Mawlid, The Resplendent Illumination, which mention the Prophet’s, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, effect on his mother Aminah when she carried him in her […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): Do Not Hold Self or Action in High Regard or Seek Recompense – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

According to Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) in his book, Kitab al-Futuwwa, it is from Futuwwa not to hold oneself or one’s action in high regard nor to seek recompense for what one does. Shaykh Yahya mentions Ayah 9 of Surah Ihsan (76:9) in his discussion of this next […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): To Break a Nonobligatory Fast to Make Others Happy – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

In this next session, Skaykh Yahya discusses two more character traits of Futuwwa mentioned in Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab al-Futuwwa: (1) to break a nonobligatory fast to make your brother or sister happy; and (2) to bring happiness and joy in your relationships with others. With […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): To View Wealth As What One Gives – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

In his book Kitab al-Futuwwa, Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) states that it is from Futuwwa (spiritual chivalry) to view what remains from one’s wealth as what was spent in charity and not what was withheld. Shaykh Yayha mentions that this great character trait derives from a faith-based perspective […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): To Begin Eating Only After Everyone Else Has Started – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

The next trait of Futuwwa discussed in Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab al-Futuwwa, is to begin eating only after everyone else has started eating. Although this trait may appear to be small and easy, Shaykh Yahya explains why you cannot have a leader without this fundamental etiquette. […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): Rectifying One’s Inner State – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

This next session on Futuwwa based on Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab al-Futuwwa, states that the real work is with rectifying one’s inner state. As part of the discussion, Shaykh Yahya mentions that when the Prophet, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, taught, he sometimes wore nice clothes and […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): To Show Good Hospitality and To Honor Guests – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

In this session on Futuwwa based on Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab al-Futuwwa, Shaykh Yahya continues with the next great trait of spiritual chivalry: showing good hospitality and honoring guests. He mentions the story of what Sayyida Khadijah, radi allahu anha, said to comfort the Prophet, sallallahu […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry): Speak Truthfully and Fulfill Trusts – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

Shaykh Yahya continues his discussion on Futuwwa based on Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al Sulami’s (d. 412 AH, 1034 CE) book, Kitab al-Futuwwa with the next character trait: speaking truthfully and fulfilling trusts. The six different levels of truthfulness are mentioned, with a focus on the first level—always maintaining truthfulness in speech and being careful […]

Futuwwa (Spiritual Chivalry) – To Love and Visit Each Other and To Care For Strangers – Shaykh Yayha Rhodus

In this next session on Futuwwa, Shaykh Yahya first translates a poem by Al-Habib ‘Ali Bin Muhammad Al-Habashiyyi, which teaches us how to implore our Lord and which can be found in the book Al-Khulasah (The Cream of Remembrance). Afterwards, Shaykh Yahya discusses the next two character traits mentioned in Imam Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al […]