In this talk, Mufti Abdur-Rahman describes the correlation between performing good deeds and how it increases one in guidance. He highlights how one should race and strive to perform good deeds as الله loves piety, virtue and righteous actions. For the one who carries out a good deed, it is only that الله has responded by enshrouding them in happiness, success and prosperity. Shaykh mentions that only after one begins to grow in taqwa (god-consciousness) will he/she find their heart more receptive to the words of the Holy Qur’an, almost as if it is directly addressing them. He goes on to mention two praiseworthy traits which lie at the basis of ones faith that if one strives to acquire these traits, الله will grant them understanding of the pearls of wisdoms from the Qur’an whereby allowing the person to distinguish between those things which are the means of their assistance and those things which are the means of their downfall.
Shaykh Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari & Shaykh ‘Abdullah Gangohi
Translation of the Hikam by Victor Danner Commentary Edited by Andrew Booso & Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf
Muslim religious life not only consists of belief in orthodox tenets of faith and a determined effort to follow the Sacred Law, it also requires one to scale the heights of the spiritual path. The Kitab al-Hikam of Shaykh Ibn ‘Ata’illah al-Iskandari is the inspiring explanation of the soul’s journey through this life, as determined through the Qur’an and Sunna. Along with his treatises and intimate discourses (munajat), the substantive feature of the work is the author’s 264 spiritual aphorisms (hikam)—concise, comprehensive and sublime sayings on self purification (tazkiya), and guidelines to help strengthen the relationship between humans and their Lord. These aphorisms, which have never failed to inspire, are presented in this edition according to the systematic arrangement of the great Indian scholar Shaykh ‘Ali Muttaqi (d. 975/1567), together with the indispensable commentary of the twentieth-century sage Shaykh ‘Abdullah Gangohi.