The course will feature over 12 lessons, Students also have the option to watch from home via Live Stream. Shaykh Ali Laraki will cover the scholarly acclaimed "Jawhara al-Tawhid" of Imam Ibrahim al-Laqani, a text widely taught throughout the world. The poem sets out the tenets of Tawhid the foundation of Faith in a way that allows students to understand the intricacies of the Creed. It is therefore regarded as a foundational, yet detailed — primer in becoming acquainted with the science of Scholastic Theology Ilm al-Kalam. All those who purchase the Attended tickets can also view the Live Stream recording later on for a week.
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Salutations upon the best of creation, the purest of souls, the most elevated in status, the seal of Prophethood, Muhammad peace be upon him. In worldly letters he was unversed, but with spiritual knowledge his mind and soul were filled. The word Rabb in this verse establishes a direct nexus between the source of the message and the one addressed peace be upon him.
Indeed, he would represent the entire humanity as a luminous light permeating all the land. A Muslim does not experience education as the nourishment of the mind alone, but rather as the nourishment of the body and soul as well. The pursuit of knowledge is a spiritual journey, directed at the heart, with the purpose of transformation. One of the objectives of seeking sacred knowledge, as well as the sending of the messengers is to refine the moral character [akhlaq] of the human being.
It is interesting to note that the heart is located to left of the chest, while the Arabic language has a natural flow from right to left i. Scholars agree that one of the treasures of revelation [wahi] is that it has the potential to purify the human being in a holistic sense.
The legal rulings concerning Islamic jurisprudence [fiqh] is aimed at the purification of the body, the spiritual teachings [tasawwuf] at the purification of the heart, and the laws concerning beliefs [tawhid] at the purification of the intellect. This particular work, on the subject of beliefs, does not ignore the remaining two facets of the religion [al-din], as will be made clear once the reader engages the text.
Free is He from the imperfection of having any deficiency and its opposites. He conveyed everything that he was commanded to convey from the Lord and Cherisher [Rabb] of the created order. In it the author systemized all the unique and critical issues of this craft [fann]. Some of my brothers have asked me to write a commentary [hashiya] on the poem. One that will unpack [tusfiru] its symbols [rumuz] and secrets [asrar] and lift the veil of what is hidden within it.
I have extracted from it, its precious pearls and noble excellences and composed it upon a pattern embellished and well arranged. May all sound hearts benefit from it. It is my hope that the reader of this text look upon it with the eye of pardon and covers the faults which I have made within it. It is as if he is preparing a table of delicacies and inviting one and all to taste of its fruits.
The Arabic word for mankind is insan, which is derived from the root nasiya, meaning to forget or err. As human beings, we have interwoven within our very being the potential to err and forget. How then do we respond to the next human being who might err? Do we respond with belligerence and anger? Or do we respond with the eye of forgiveness? These are pertinent questions, which we need to reflect upon as they are key to the betterment of any society.
As for the idafi, this is a starting point before the intended act, even though something might have preceded it like the basmalah. If it is accepted as a form of poetry then is it permissible to start and associate the basmalah with poetry? Some scholars said that poetry should not start with the basmalah. The basmalah should also not precede poetry that is considered detested like a man longing and yearning for a woman who might not be lawful for him [taghazzul].
The reason is because this goes against the preferred method [khilaf al-awla], which is to exclude the basmalah from any form of poetry. All Divine secrets are contained within this dot. It is the ignorant who increased it. That point is the beginning and the essence of all the letters and words within the book. In contains them all. As for the grammarians of Kufa, they prefer the root of wasama meaning to symbolize.
In this case it is any symbol that indicates the named. What is known or confirmed is that the name [ism] is other than the named. There are however scholars who hold the opposite view. How could it be otherwise? He is the true actual Existent, while everything other than He is ephemeral, perishing and worthless except in relation to Him.
Every other being draws its existence from Him, so that it is non-existent in its own right, and existent only by Him who gives it existence. It is the greatest of all the Names, because it refers to the Supreme Essence, in which is synthesised all the perfection of the Divine Qualities.
The perfection of the Essence is the perfection of Being and Its timeless and eternal presence, without beginning or end. He can never cease to be; His Being is necessary, as is His Eternality. That which is attached and associated with the basmala is enumerable and will prolong us should we mention all of them. Mercy is rooted within the divine and expressed in the Prophet peace be upon him as two of the most central virtues, which embraces everything.
If a man does it with excellence, he will find forgiveness. Then I saw in a dream a sheet of paper. It is the Name of the One who brings good cheer to those who practice solitary retreats [khalawat]. It is the Name of the One who brings a sense of completeness to those who perform the ritual prayers [salawat]. It is the Name of the One who inspires us to improve our minds by thinking better thoughts [Dunun]. It is the Name of the One who is far beyond description in terms of physical touch [misas].
It is the Name of the One who can dispense entirely with human beings [unas]. And if someone says it with his innermost being, that person will actually witness the Master. It is a phrase that brings about the abolition of misfortune [niqma].
Offer them water to drink, for I am the One who quenches your thirst [Saqikum]. This is referred to as Naht in the Arabic language. Naht is a word-formation process using the initial letters or syllables of a string of words in a formula to create a quadrilateral noun. The Arabic word sahih translates as authentic or correct. The basmalah need not be mentioned before these pure adhkar s. If the act is forbidden then the basmalah is forbidden and if it is disliked then the basmalah is disliked.
For this reason it becomes forbidden to use the basmalah before stealing the water but lawful before performing the ablution. It becomes disliked, for example, if one is about to go to the mosque and pray, according a Prophetic narration. In this way the hamdalah remains a starting point. Those who give fatwas never cease to differ, and so this one permits something while that one forbids it, without one finding fault with the other when he knows of his position.
Section: The Divine Verse. The name could be Arab, Persian or Turkish, whereas the thing named may not be of that sort. Grammarians though differ on its origin and etymology. The alif and lam take the place of the hamza. Sibuway said that it is like mankind [al-nas], which is derived from the root anas.
It is said that its root is lah and that the alif and lam are added to exalt it. This is what Sibuwayh preferred. Any Name pronounced with truthfulness is like the Greatest Name. Khalid Williams.
With one of them, the creation shows mercy to each other; even the beasts show kindness to their offspring.
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