Srebrenica Massacre of Bosnian Muslim: Lessons of Faith, Steadfastness, Learning from History, and Unity- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this talk, at the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre of over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys–rightly classified as a genocide–Shaykh Faraz Rabbani shares reflections on some lessons for all believers: One: Faith and how we view tests and tribulations. Two. How we respond to tribulations, and how we ready ourselves to be […]

The Prophet’s Constant Cheerfulness and Consistently Being Sorrowful- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The Sunna of Expressing Emotion — Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains some of the proper manners of expressing emotion and celebration in light of the sunna. He highlights that while the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) exhibited the best of character and experienced happiness and sorrow, inwardly his heart was always content with […]

Embracing Excellence – 34 – On Pilgrimage (Hajj) – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani looks at the chapter on pilgrimage (hajj) from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He first highlights the importance of the pilgrimage and of performing it as soon as one is able. He also underscores the importance of properly learning the relevant sacred knowledge related to the pilgrimage in advance […]

Embracing Excellence – 31 – Gratitude- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz covers the chapter of Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on gratitude (shukr). He explains how, if we reflected, would we would find much to be grateful for in every state. He cites Qur’anic verses showing that gratitude bequeaths increase in blessings. Next, he discusses gratitude for wider blessings as well, such as faith […]

Post-Ramadan Renewal: 5 Lessons to Live By – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

* Originally Published on 24/06/2017 Shaykh Faraz Rabbani shares some key advice from the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on how to keep the spirit of renewal post-Ramadan.

Embracing Excellence – 30 – Patience and Fortitude (Part Two) – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this session, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani continues exploring Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance, completing the chapter on patience (sabr). He explains how good character can be attained through patience with others. Next, he looks at the fourth category of patience, patient renunciation of desires, where he discusses how to deal with the challenges presented by […]

Embracing Excellence – 29 – Patience and Fortitude (Part One) – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses the virtue of patience (sabr) from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He first discusses how patience is required to follow the straight path despite one’s lower tendencies. He further divides patience into four categories: patience in acts of obedience, in renouncing sins, and in enduring unpleasant things. On this point, he […]

Embracing Excellence – 28 – Hope and Fear – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani looks at the concept of hope (raja’) and fear (khawf) of God, covering the section on the topic in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He explains the centrality of these two states, their causes and effects, and how people at various levels balance between hope and fear. He also […]

Embracing Excellence – 25 – Sincere Concern – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode Shaykh Faraz covers the chapter in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on sincere concern or counsel (nasiha). He explains how this is expressed, and delineates the harm of its against its opposite: envy. He then discusses what to do if one is praised and gives guidelines for praising others and giving them […]

Embracing Excellence – 23 – On Social Duties (from the Book of Assistance) – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the section on social duties in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. The first duty he describes is the duty towards one’s limbs in protecting them from sin for the sake of God. Next, he discusses one’s social charges, beginning with one’s family. He discusses how to protect their […]