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 – 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 […]

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 […]

Embracing Excellence – 05 – Regular Devotions – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this episode, Ustadh Amjad covers the section from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance on regular devotions. After beginning with a reminder on the importance of structuring one’s time, he comprehensively examines the routines of worship a seeker should have in his day. He encourages us to value consistency rather than excess, outlining the various […]

Embracing Excellence: 30 Steps on the Straight Path – 04–Inner and Outer Self , from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance –Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad continues exploring Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance, a concise manual on the path to the Divine. In this section, he explains how the outward and inward aspects of faith fuse together. He highlights a prayer of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) that Allah make his inward be better […]

Embracing Excellence: 30 Steps on the Straight Path – 02 – Intention , from Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin continues the series “Embracing Excellence: 30 Steps on the Straight Path” covering Imam Haddad’s manual The Book of Assistance. In this session, he looks at the second chapter, on Intention. He sheds light on the centrality of intention, its virtues, and how it can be used to bring life to our actions. […]

Get Ready for Ramadan: Reflecting on the Great Opportunity – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin highlights the great opportunity for all Muslims in Ramadan to draw closer to Allah and be granted salvation. He urges everyone to reflect on that opportunity and increase in their aspirations for the good in Ramadan.