The natural order for the human being is disturbance and disquiet. The state of the heart outside of dhikr is one of agitation. It is with the dhikr of Allah that the heart becomes tranquil.
So much kufr today has got Arabic painted on it, Deen scribbled on it in Arabic and we say this is belief! It is nothing other than straightforward unadulterated shirk.
When we look at our young children, you can see when they look at a plant they're overwhelmed. When they look at an animal they are completely aghast. We were all like that at 8 months or 6 months. What happened to that fascinated light magical being?
Why do Muslims have an issue with pleasure? Why is it that being Muslim is so punitive that you can't do things which other people enjoy doing, and which you enjoy doing, that you get pleasure out of? Why is it what we are so restricted and accept and take on this restriction?
In Surah Alam Nasrah, Allah subhana wa taala reassures us that in difficulty there's ease. We often think of this as subsequently to difficulty there's ease. But there's at least one way of reading this that suggests that the difficulty itself is the ease.
The average person has a miserable experience of being inside their own skin, they wake up alienated and frightened and they go to bed alienated and frightened. They are stuck in a cycle of being alienated and frightened.
The first virtue which is the parent of all virtues is gratitude. Why this should be the case becomes apparent when you consider the opposite. The first vice, which is the parent of all vices is ingratitude and resentment. If I am convinced that the world has done me in, and that what I have...
One of the many devices on our path that we use in order to clarify our intent and to polish our hearts so that we could experience the proximity of the Rabb is remembering the proximity of death. By definition, for the living, the proximity of death will always be a reasonably speculative idea, because...