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Bismillahi Babuna - 'In the Name of Alllah is our Door'
Why is it important to learn about Imam Al-Muhasibi, you may ask, well for many reasons, from a Shadhili-Darqawi point of view, he was one of the great Sufi masters that Imam Shadhili learnt and studied his works.
Purification of the Soul (English Audio Commentary by Imam Zaid Shakir on Al-Muhasibi’s Risalah al-Mustarshideen)
Purification of the Soul (English Audio Commentary on Al-Muhasibi’s Risalah al-Mustarshideen) Imam Zaid Shakir has also released the book of Al-Muhasibi’s Risalah al-Mustarshideen is translated as “Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance.” Now, for the first time, this classical work, dealing with the purification of the soul, has been translated orally, in it’s entirety, along with an indepth commentary. It is our sincere conviction that this moving narrative, by Imam Zaid Shakir, will prove an invaluable work of enduring benefit for the English-speaking Muslims. Zaytuna about Imam Zaid Shakir on Al-Muhasibi’s Risalah al-Mustarshideen.
Purification of the Soul Audio Commentary on Al-Muhasibi’s Risalah al-Mustarshideen)
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Notes of 'Purification of the Soul' Imam Zaid Shakir based on Al-Muhasibi’s Risalah al-Mustarshideen
Allah (SWT) creates your works, not you, so it's foolish to be proud of them, be grateful.
Remember Allah (SWT) is always watching. Associate with people who are higher spiritually than you, if you cannot find such people then read the books of the great people of the past.
Be pleased with what Alah (SWT) has measured out for you.
Know that the promise of Allah (SWT) is true. Allah (SWT) will not wrong any soul. Our assumption should not be that our deeds will be accepted. We are never sure we're going to Jannah, but we must know the promise of Allah (SWT) is true.
Do not burden yourself with what you've been given sufficiency in. We should live decently but not extravagant and not seek for unneccessary increases.
Overlook those who opress you. If someone doesn't give you a gift, give them a gift. Enjoin relations with those who have cut you off. And give preference for the sake of Allah (SWT) for those who love you. And spend your wealth (time, energy, money) for your brothers. And be mindful for what you owe to Allah (SWT) in your Deen. Don't transgress the rules of our Deen by opressing people.
Don't treat the smallest wrong as insignificant.
Don't treat something great as exhaulted.
Don't show off in your knowledge or worship.
Don't think that you will benifit from your good adab from your failure to act on your knowledge in worship.
And never obey the people if it means disobeying the creator. And don't be pleased with yourself and complacent for any action you've done for Allah (SWT). Be upright and just. Hasten to the gift of the opportunity to good from Allah (SWT). It's better to share food with someone you haven't spoken with in a long time and break a voluntary fast than to keep on fasting.
Always be merciful to the believers.
Say the truth wherever you are and don't be excessive in making oaths.
Do not overwhelm yourself in Deen even if you are a scholar.
Do not speak without knowing the ruling.
Never even imagine being 2-faced.
If you go tell a lie, go back to the place you've made a lie and make dhikr so the place will have more good to say than bad on Yomul Qiyama, when it bears witness on us.
Do not be ashamed to say "I don't know."
Do not waste your speech on someone who does not want to listen.
Do not put yourself in a trial you may not be able to bear.
Do not be pulled down with vile character.
Do not reveal your secrets to anyone.
Treat everyone according to their right. Treat the ordinary with all due respect... but like an ordinary person. And do not address them with knowledge their mind's cannot bear. Every situation has its appropriate speech.
Mind your business.
Know the esteem of the wise people.
Do a kind act, such as give flower and be nice to those who are misinformed by steriotypes about Islam. Forebear with fools.
Help your brother when he's opressed. Turn him away from opression if he's the opressor.
A Muslim does not demand his right in full. If someone borrowed $20 from you and only gives you $15 and you don't need the $5 then don't argue. But a Muslim pays back his borrowed money in full, as soon as possible. And be easy to your debtors if you don't need the money give them time.
Treat with genteless the widows and orphans. They should never be left alone, visit them very much.
Poor people are the most dignified people if they patiently persevere with their poverty. Treat these people in the most honorable of ways. And be merciful to those people who are put through the trial of being rich. Tell them sincere advice, encourage them to goto the Mosque, encourage them to take a day off.
Do not envy someone for anything Allah (SWT) has given them. Instead ask Allah (SWT) to give them more. If they have intellect say "Oh Allah (SWT) increase them in intellect" or a nice car, "Oh Allah (SWT) give them an even better car." This is one of the greatest cures for envy. Envy is a rejection of the decree of Allah (SWT).
Do not mention anyone in a way they would not like you to mention them. We shouldn't ever put a label on people, do not use labels, people do not like labels.
Drive away from yourself any bad thoughts about other people or Allah (SWT). Only think good of a person. If you see someone you think is doing bad, do not think bad of them. Assume a wide interpretation thinking they are doing good. If you see a Muslim walking with a woman who is 1/2 naked through the streets, do not assume bad, assume he is doing da'wah to his non-Muslim sister. If you see a Muslim coming out of a bar, assume he went in to stop his friend from drinking. If we think bad of someone we have to answer to Allah (SWT).
The people cannot give you. Oly Allah (SWT) can give you. Be content with what Allah (SWT) has given you. And remove yourself from ever mentioning Allah (SWT) in assocation with something negative or bad. We recognize everything is from Allah (SWT) - however - if someone finds something good should praise Allah (SWT), whoever finds something negative or bad should only blame his own self (nafs) and not Allah (SWT).
Do what is most appropriate at the time that is most important, in the manner that is most approprite. We should know what consumes our days and nights, if you it's something that does not bring benifit for your soul, use your time in a different manner. Always renew your repentance. Repent from specific sins immediately, before you forget. Divide your time into 3 parts. For knowledge and studying, for worship - intense concentrated quality worship, and for the rights due to yourself and others.
Travel through the earth and reflect on the fate of those who came before you. Reflect on the fate of the 2 groups before Allah (SWT). Those who earn Allah (SWT)'s mercy and pleasure in Jannah, and those who earn Allah (SWT)'s anger in Jahanam.
And know how close you are to Allah (SWT). We should be mindful of our constant survelience. Honor the angels accompying us and recording our deeds. How do we honor them? We offend them when we smoke, when we enter into places of haram, when we look at unacceptable things, and when we use foul language.
And deal with the blessings Allah (SWT) sends you with understanding, reflecting on it's beauty and thanking Allah (SWT). And beware of the deception that you are at a certain spiritual station. You may think "Oh I have the Sabr of the Musabireen" and then Allah (SWT) will send down a trial which will show you do not have as much Sabr as you think. Rather, blame yourself.
And do not belittle or look down on people for this is a poison of the heart. Don't behave foolishly with the truth by looking down on other people and despising them. It is a poison for your spiritual progress.
Spiritual Progress - Purifying your heart so it is attached to Allah (SWT) and not this dunya by feeding the Ruh (Soul) with dhikr (remembrance of Allah [SWT]), Qur'an, tahajjud (night prayers), and good akhlaq (manners) so that your Ruh grows and becomes commander instead of your carnal appetites.
Avoid thinking that if you do certain things, people will hate you. One shouldn't feel that people will come to hate them. And therefore people will not do anything that will incur the people's dislike. Or, do not fear going into poverty by doing good. Don't fear poverty by remembering how close death is.
Hide your good deeds as much as possible. For this decreases riyya (showing off).
If someone asks for your opinion, exert yourself dilligently.
Love for the sake of Allah (SWT) with conviction so that love is strong and firmly rooted. We might have to even break relations for the sake of Allah (SWT). Only befriend pious righteous people. Follow those who came before you from amoungst the knowledgable Imams.
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