Embracing Excellence – 35 – On Divine Love and Contentment- Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin looks at the closing chapter of Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance, on Divine Love and Contentment. He begins the section by explaining why we love Allah and the various degrees of love of God. He shows that other loves for the sake of God — such as love of the prophets — […]

Embracing Excellence – 33 – On Reliance on God – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this episode, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin explores the virtue of reliance on God (tawakkul), looking at the concept from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. Imam Haddad starts the section with the virtues of reliance from various Qur’anic verses and hadith. He explains the basis of reliance (realizing that everything is in Allah’s control) and its […]

Embracing Excellence – 32 – Renunciation (from Haddad’s Book of Assistance) – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this episode, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin discusses the virtue of renunciation, covering the section in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He discusses the importance of renouncing worldliness and its spiritual benefit and warns against the harms of being attached to the world. He highlights the virtue of renunciation, with key discussions on its objectives and […]

Embracing Excellence – 27 – Repentance (from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance) – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin covers the concept of repentance (tawba), reading the discussion on the topic in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. In this section, he emphasizes the requirement of repentance and outlines how it is to be fulfilled. He warns against persistence in sin and encourages the constant renewal of one’s repenting to Allah. He […]

Embracing Excellence – 26 – On Salutations and a Salutary Opinion – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad discusses the section “On Salutations and a Salutary Opinion” from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance, where he discusses spreading peace, having good character, and its various manifestations. He first touches on the greetings of peace and various etiquettes pertaining to it, as well as related proprieties related to social rights—responding to one who […]

Embracing Excellence – 24 – Kindness and Charity – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this episode, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin continues the exploration of the chapters in Haddad’s Book of Assistance related to good character with others. He first examines the concept of love and hate for the sake of God. Next, he explains the importance of good company and highlights the virtue of being merciful and easygoing and […]

Embracing Excellence – 21 – Scrupulousness – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin gives guidance on avoiding the religiously doubtful based on the section on scrupulousness in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He explains how falling into the religiously suspect and unlawful tarnishes our spiritual works, emphasizing that this particularly applies as related to our food, as acts fuelled by the prohibited will be anything […]

Embracing Excellence – 20 – Fasting and Ramadan – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin inspires us to rev up our Ramadan devotions, giving a reminder on fasting and Ramadan from the section in Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. He underscores the importance of increasing one’s good works, staying in the mosque, and performing night prayers (tarawih) in the sacred month. Next, he sheds light on the […]

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 […]