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I gave my love, my muhabbah to aimal as-saleh. Sooner or later we are going to slip. Some Sahaba karam ra like Syedna Uthman al-Ghani ra were very well-off. That type of giving is easy for us. That that which is with you, that which is in your possession, that which you can acquire in this world, is fading, is ephemeral; it dwindles away, passes away.

I learnt that to be human is to acquire. The first way, then, for us, is to try to do amal on this advice that we need to focus on our salah. Imam Al-Ghazali rh wrote a letter to one of his students and this student was a graduate from the Madrassa Islamic Institution of Learning that Imam Al-Ghazali was teaching at.

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I worked on my nafs to make it ayykhal good desires. We should start with some amal-e-salih and try to fall in love with them. Hatim al-Asam begins every lesson with that: But he gave away what we call zayed an al-zarurah — that was beyond his needs, as he perceived them to be, he gave them away.

This is something that we have to learn, but we can learn it gradually — like a piece-meal: This site uses cookies. That is what Hatim rh is saying which had a big impact on him and that played a very big role in his tazkiyah.

So it means to give away from those things that we always thought of keeping with us. This is another battle that we are trying to wage and that is our nafs does not desire to pray.

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So what I learnt from you, Shaykh, was that I have to keep my nafs away from my unlawful desires and pleasures. So, if we want ayyunal make our Salah an act of love, we need to start focusing on the adaab of Salah. Sometimes somebody does some fund raising for some cause. And, the basis of all these sources is to understand Humanity.

When I was in your company, what I learnt from your company is how to observe humanity. O my beloved Son. Hatim al-Asam was once in the company of his Shaykh, awlad Shaykh Shaqiq asked him: So, Instead of loving the temporary things like other human beings doI fell in love with aimal as-saleh righteous actions.

You have had my company for thirty years, what have you learnt in the 30 years that walqd have been with me? When our nafs desires them itself, then doing those auyuhal becomes very easy. How to enjoy Salah? But when they entered their grave, none of their beloveds could enter with them — none of their beloveds could take the next step in the journey with them.

And thirdly, may He enable us to be among those people who give away some things, even just a few things, that we viewed always to be ours, may He enable us to give a part of that away in His name and for His sake, for the khidmat and benefit of His deen, for the people of His deen, so that we will also be able to feel and respond to the ayah — that everything that is with us is actually going to fade away.

A lot of us give away those things that we are not attached to. It is interesting how even in the West and all over the world in general, Humanities is a major area of study.

And the most ultimate stage of life in which we do that is akhirah. He gave a lot of money and goods in charity.

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He saw that basically almost everybody was trying to acquire things of the dunya. So the Shaykh asked him, what are they? Third Lesson I learnt that to be human is to acquire. We use that as an excuse to give away nothing.


What I have heard from our mashaikh, ulema and elders, and which Prophet sws himself says in a hadith is that you should try to give from that which you love. I learnt that to be human is to Love. One way in which we could begin to learn and practice this ayhuhal is: The second lesson that Shaykh Hatim rh says that he learnt from his Shaykh — Shaykh Shaqiq rh — is that again he said that I saw humanity, I reflected upon the human condition and Ayhuhal saw that to be human is to desire.

That is called dhikr; by feeling Allah swt outside our prayer. So nafs having desires, and human beings wanting to do what their nafs desires, this is actually the aspect and attribute of Jannah. That is why there are so many adaab in our Deen for all walda the acts of worship, ayyuyal that the acts become more enjoyable and we perform them with love.

We can here see the depth of these people, and their understanding of deen, zyyuhal can see how deeply they were able to engage themselves in this ibadat and dhikr of Allah swt, and how intensely they were able to train their students to do that.

So here you have two different possibilities of tasawwuf. I learnt that to be human is to desire.

That is going to be when you enjoy Salah. Rather to give away something that we though that indeed that was mine, and we never imagined that it could ever be other than mine, to give something like that away.

The Student actually wrote Imam Al-Ghazali a letter asking him for some final words of advice, which he promised in his letter, that he would bind close to his heart and do his utmost effort to practice upon throughout his life.