May 2, 2008

Agenda to Change Our Condition, by Hamza Yusuf and Zaid Shakir (Appendices)

Posted in Character, Islam, Islamic Books, Knowledge, Taqwa at 7:43 pm by faith786

So, the appendices:

Appendix A: Foundations of the Spiritual Path (Sidi Ahmad Zarruq)

The are 5 foundations of the path:

  1. “Mindfulness of Allah privately and publicly”
  2. “Adherence to the Sunnah in the word and deed”
  3. “Indifference to the acceptance or rejection of others”
  4. “Satisfaction with Allah in hardship and ease”
  5. “Turning to Allah in prosperity and adversity”

The foundations of the preceding five are predicated in these five:

  1. “Possessing celestial aspirations”
  2. “Preserving reverence for Allah”
  3. “Excelling in service of others”
  4. “Fulfilling one’s resolves”
  5. “Exalting one’s blessings”

“When one’s aspires to heights, one’s station rises. When one preserves Allah’s sanctity, one’s sanctity is preserved. When one excels in service, one’s standing is assured. When one fulfills resolutions, one’s guidance continues. When one exalts blessings, one is grateful, and gratitude ensures increase from the Ever-Giving in accord with His sincere promise.”

There are 5 foundations of proper conduct:

  1. “Pursuing knowledge to fulfill this scared affair”
  2. “Accompanying a spiritual guide and a fraternity to gain insight”
  3. “Abandoning dispensations and excuses for one’s own protection”
  4. “Managing one’s time for litanies that result in presence of heart”
  5. “Guarding againt the ego to free it of whims and save it from destructive tendencies”

(The next part of the notes were from Sarah-I don’t know how to change the font on wordpress-)



Appendix B: The Counsel of Imam Nawawi ~ Section Concerning Arrival to the Knowledge of Allah


Arrival to the knowledge of Allah is achieved by:

Repenting from all things unlawful or offensive

Seeking sacred knowledge in accordance with one’s needs

Maintaining ritual purity

Performing the obligatory prayers in the first of their time and in congregation, as well as their corresponding Sunnah prayers

Praying Duha (8 rakat in midmorning) and Awwabeen (6 rakat after Maghrib)

Performing tahajjud after waking from one’s sleep

Praying witr

Fasting Mondays, Thursdays, lunar days (13th, 14th, 15th of each month), and other recommended days of the year

Reciting the Qur’an and reflecting upon its meaning

Frequently seeking forgiveness

Sending salawat on the Prophet SAS

Saying the duas of the morning and evening that are found in the Sunnah


Appendix C: The Counsel of Sidi Ahmed Zarruq ~ Excerpts from the Poor Man’s Book of Assistance


Some wise advice:

A servant is never free of blunders, so be mindful in repentance

Never neglect acts that bring you closer to Allah

When you fall short or burn out, don’t give up.. turn back to Allah in repentance

Practice emptying yourself of vices until you find that fleeing from vices is second nature

When you’ve mastered that, work on engaging your heart in the remembrance of Allah

Act with principles and legalities, not stories and assumptions

Abandon foul speech completely

Cast off anything if you fail to sense its benefit immediately

Beware of being too hard or too lax on your nafs- set goals that will challenge you but that are also attainable

Find a sincere friend to help you along your ‘spiritual path’

Try to keep company with those of high character and who are concerned about their relationship with Allah

Manage your time well; beware of both harshness and self-indulgence

“Work for this world as if you will live forever, but work for the next life as if you will die tomorrow”

Never be fanatical about anything, whether true or false, and you will maintain integrity towards others

Never demand a right from anyone; don’t assume people will understand you except from their perspective

Never discuss people in their absence; don’t divulge your secrets b/c their heart isn’t a safer vessel than yours before you revealed it

Never leave an atom’s weight of your regular devotional practice

Don’t do anything you don’t need to do

Treat others as you want to be treated

The Prophet SAS said: “ Be aware of Allah wherever you are. Follow up a wrong with a right, and it will repel it. Final, treat people with utter respect and courtesy”

“Every child of Adam makes mistakes, and the best of those who make mistakes are those who seek to redress them”

The foundations of all benefits are: repentance, awareness of Allah, and uprightness


Excerpts from Sidi Ahmad Zarruq’s ‘The Principles’


Transactions with Allah involve 3 obligations:

Adhering to legalities

Avoiding prohibitions

Resigning oneself to Divine decree


Dealing with the ego has 3 necessities:

Fairness with the truth

Forgoing justifications

Wariness of the ego when involving desires/aversions, acceptance/rejection, and attractions/antipathies


Dealing with people has 3 conditions:

Fulfilling their rights

Not taking what belongs to them

Restraining from anything that makes them upset


“An intelligent person should know the age in which he lives; he should hold his tongue and mind his own business. An intelligent person should have four portions to his day, each portion as follows: a portion to take his soul to account, a portion to converse with his Lord, a person to spend time with his brothers (meaning those who help him see clearly his faults and direct him towards his Lord), and a portion to indulge in his own recreation from the permissible appetites of man”


…and again, thanks Sarah for finishing the notes. =)

But I totally have to get the book now. And I hope you all like Sarah’s and my notes. =)


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