Luminaries – The End

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#Luminaries – The End
Index of all Luminaries covered:

Originally posted on Healing Hearts:

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As we draw the Luminaries series to an end, we would like to thank everyone that has contributed.
Uniting bloggers from around the globe and delivering this series has been an enriching experience. Furthermore, we really appreciate all the support we received from our teachers and friends who helped promote the series. Allah reward you all abundantly!

The great Shāfi’ī scholar, historian and biographer Imām al-Sakhawi said,
 “Whoever records a biography of a believer, it is as though he has brought him or her back to life.”

That was our intention in this series, to bring a little of their light into your lives. The entire series has been an honour, a privilege, and a blessing.

If anyone has any queries with regards to the references, or indeed incidents that have been mentioned, please contact us.

Luminaries I– Imām Abū Qāsim al-Junayd
Luminaries II–Shaykh Aḥmad ibn ʿAjība
Luminaries III–

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Day 7 – Sayyida Nafisa (rh)

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Day 7 – Sayyida Nafisa (rh) by Healing Hearts.

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Sayyida Nafisa: The Lady of Purity

By Sidra Mushtaq

It would be impossible for me to recount each and every woman that has inspired and touched my life in some way. I wouldn’t hesitate to say that some are luminary figures that have shed their light far and wide. It’s been in such blessed company, in the warmth of a friend’s home that I first heard of a lofty figure who has been inspirational through the ages: Sayyīda Nafīsa. As a community, we tend to be aware of the elevated rank of the wives of the Prophet (ﷺ) or hear of the oft-quoted Rābiʻa al-ʻAdawiyya. Yet other towering women are barely whispered about, except perhaps in the closest of circles. It’s with this in mind that I wanted to share what I’ve learnt about the saintly Sayyīda Nafīsa.

Sayyīda Nafīsa was a remarkable scholar and saint. She was famously known…

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Day 6 – Imām al-Hārith al-Muhasibī (rh)

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Imām al-Ḥārith al-Muḥāsibī (rh)

By Tariq Yusufzai

It was during Iʿtikāf last Ramaḍān where I was sitting in our masjids library and I gazed upon a book my friend was reading, “al- Muḥāsibī’s Risāla al-Mustarshidīn” (Treatise for The Seekers of Guidance), by Imām al-Muḥāsibī. As he left, I picked up the book and started reading it.

Imām Abū ‘Abdullāh al-Ḥārith b Asad al-Muḥāsibī (may Allāh be pleased with him) was born in the great city of Baṣra, Iraq in the year 165 A.H./781 C.E – 243 A.H./857 C.E. The city which would plant the deep roots of the beginning of all Islamic Sciences to be. It is in the center of debates regarding new translated knowledge of the Greeks, Romans, and Syrian Christians etc that Imām al-Muḥāsibī would intellectually take part of, exploring the proper viewpoint of alienated knowledge and philosophies in the Islamic worldview.

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Both a scholar and narrator of Ḥadīth, he held a high level of legal thought. He was a major speculative theologian (Mutakallim), who authored over 200 books and treatises. He was the teacher of great Luminaries such as: Imām al-Junayd, Sarī al-Saqaṭī, Aḥmad and Muḥammad b. Abi al-Ward, Aḥmad bin Muḥammad ibn Masrūq, and Muhammad b Ya’qūb al-Farajī. He influenced many theologians who came after him, including Imām al-Ghazālī and his Iḥyāʾ ʿulūm al-Dīn. He had a somewhat fractious relationship with Imām Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal for his propensity to respond to the Rationalists using their own methods of reasoning, over the years this has led to some people overlooking his works.

He was called Muḥāsibī due to his constant reckoning of his own self, taken from the word muḥāsib, which means he who takes account of something. Therefore Imām al- Muḥāsibī ‘s major intellectual contribution was in the area of character reformation and human development, used essentially as a means in coming close to God. His work entirely focused on God-consciousness, that act which is necessary if we are to truly know and serve God. On the other hand, he emphasized on Divine Grace; it is Allāh who allows one to be on the path of truth; it is Allah who elevates the maqām of His servants; it is Allāh who allows one to be able to conquer and discipline his soul. Though he did not believe it to be completely passive, that it is through reflection, devotion, humility, and having a good opinion of Allāh that the hearts can become illuminated by the Light of Divine Grace.

His greatest work is considered to be ar-Ri ʿāyah li-ḥūqūq Allāh (Book of observance of the rights of Allāh); most of the themes in that book are dealt in al- Muḥāsibī’s Risāla al-Mustarshidīn (Treatise for The Seekers of Guidance) the book I laid my eyes upon.

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Painting by Morteza Katouzian

The greatest of miracles, I believe, of Imām al-Muḥāsibī is his discourse on speculative theology and rectifying the self and that in and of itself has brought in much miracles and inspiration to later luminaries and nations to come by. You and I are both transformed by his works, one way or another. I definitely was since Ramaḍān benefited me well.

Selected saying sof Imām al-Muḥāsibī:

“One who rectifies his inner self with an awareness of God’s surveillance and sincerity; God adorns his outer self with devotional acts and adherence to the prophetic way (Sunnah).”

“Knowledge bequeaths fear, divestment from the world bequeaths comfort, and gnosis bequeaths self criticism.”

“Good character is bearing abuse, rarely becoming angry, a pleasant face, and sweet speech.”

“One who does not thank God for a blessing has called for its eradication.”

“The best person is one who does not allow his Hereafter to preoccupy him from his worldly affair nor does he allow his worldly affair to preoccupy him from his Hereafter.”

“The tribulation of the seeker of the world is the idling of his heart from remembrance of the Hereafter.”

“For indeed, the pleasure of the wise scholars is in their intellects, and the pleasure of the ignoramuses and beasts is in their desires.”

Source: Treatise for The Seekers of Guidance, al-Muhasibi’s Risala al-Mustarshidin translation, commentary, and notes by Imām Zaid Shakir.

Day 5 – Shaykh Ahmad Ibn Idrīs (rh)

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Day 5 – Shaykh Ahmad Ibn Idrīs (rh) by The Conscious Muslim.

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Shaykh ʾAḥmad Ibn Idrīs’s

By Kamran Shaheen

Bismiʾllahi ʾr-Raḥmāni ʾr-Raḥīm wa ʾṣ-ṣalātu wa salām ʿalā Rasūlihi ʾl-Karīm

When we decided to create this series titled Luminaries, I was undecided as to whom I would write about. So I thought, what does Luminary actually mean? For me, a luminary is someone that has reached the status of sainthood and then gone that one step further. The word luminary is derived from one of two Latin words; lumen meaning “light”, or lucere meaning “to shine”. Interestingly, lumen is also a unit of measurement of; yes you guessed correctly, light (more specifically visible light). My teacher Dr ‘Umar Fārūq ‘Abd-Allāh says that a person’s heart is a receptacle of light, every time you do good, your heart fills with light. Hence, a luminary’s heart is full of light, to be specific: epiphanic light. This light is so strong that it radiates and…

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Day 4 – Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke (rh)

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Day 4 – Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke (rh) by Kamran Haikal.

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Freedom-Fighter Saint of Senegal:
Cheikh Aḥmadou Bamba Mbacke
By Kamran Haikal

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When it comes to West Africa, or even Africa for that matter, few know where (or what) Senegal is. Below Morocco, a country that needs no introduction to the countless mystics and luminaries it has produced, and below the now famous Mauritania of Murābiṭ al-Ḥajj and Imām Muḥammad Mawlūd, lies Senegal: a country known by historians more for the Atlantic Slave Trade than the beacon of traditional Islamic scholarship that it became. The whole of Africa was a colonial chessboard less than a century ago, and the French moved pawns and rooks in Senegal. There would be a man, by the name of Aḥmadou Bamba Mbacke who would come to revive the love of Allāh and His Messenger (ﷺ) , and his (ﷺ) example in the hearts of the Senegalese.

A Saint from Birth:

AhmaduBambaCheikh Aḥmadou Bamba…

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Day 3 – Shaykh Abū Bakr bin Sālim (rh)

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Day 3 – Shaykh Abū Bakr bin Sālim (rh) by Zara Nargis.

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Shaykh Abu Bakr bin Salim

By Zara Nargis

His Life
Several of the `Alawī Imams were given good tidings of the coming of Shaykh Abū Bakr; Fakhr al-Wujūd. Shaykh `Abdullāh, the youngest son of Shaykh `Abd al-Rahmān al-Saqqāf, was one day wondering how he could ever reach the station and prominence of his two brothers, `Umar al-Mihdār and Abū Bakr al-Sakrān. His father read his thoughts and said to him: “That prominence will be in your progeny.” Amongst this blessed progeny was Shaykh Abū Bakr bin Sālim and all his blessed progeny. Shaykh Abū Bakr was born in Tarīm in 919 (1513). His father took him to the Imam of Tarīm at the time, Shaykh Shihāb al-Din, Ahmad bin `Abd al-Rahmān, complaining that his son was having difficulty in memorising the Qur’ān. The Shaykh said to his father: “Leave him and do not burden him. He will devote himself to…

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Day 2 – Shaykh Ahmad ibn ʿAjība (rh)

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Day 2 – Shaykh Ahmad ibn ʿAjība (rh) by Dawud Israel.

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Shaykh Aḥmad ibn ʿAjība

By Dawud Israel

Imām al-Junayd said that the stories of the righteous are the marshaled soldiers of God. I found the autobiography of the 18th century Moroccan Ṣūfī Shaykh Aḥmad ibn ʿAjība to be full of stories and lessons that motivate one to strive as if they were a soldier of God. Beyond usual hagiography, Shaykh Aḥmad ibn ʿAjība gives us an account of the details of his life, his upbringing, how he struggled, his spiritual development, and his miracles. I found many aspects of his life similar to those of the early Imāms of Islam – his learning, his imprisonment, his traveling, and his routines. He brings much of the early days of Islam back to life, when the himmah (exertion) for Islam was far greater. This is relevant to our time when due to the chasm of time it has become difficult to bring…

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Day 1 – Imām al-Junayd (rh)

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Day 1 – Imām al-Junayd (rh) by Mohamed Ghilan.

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Sultan of the Path- Imām al-Junayd

By Mohamed Ghilan

When I received the invitation to write in the Luminaries Series, I was surprised that I thought of Imām al-Junayd first before someone like Imām al-Ghazālī. Imām al-Ghazālī is well known and widely quoted. His books serve as immense sources of wisdom and prescriptions for how one can purify their heart and elevate their station with their Lord. After the words of God and the words of the Beloved (endless peace and blessings be upon him), we often hear the words of Imām al-Ghazālī when it comes to setting on the path of purifying our hearts. But now as I think of it, in our times we desperately need to get to know Imām al-Junayd.

You know you are dealing with a special person when much of his personal biography is lost, and no major text of his was left behind…

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New Series – Luminaries: Illuminations From The Past

May this letter reach you in the best state of health and imān.

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I will be teaming up with a couple of good friends on a new blogging series titled:

“Luminaries: Illuminations From The Past.” A series highlighting the life and work of some of history’s illuminating faithful in the hope of inspiring us towards light.

Contributors:

Mohamed Ghilan- Mohamed Ghilan
Kamran Haikal- Ahlul Bay
Sidra Mushtaq- Healing Hearts
Kamran Shaheen- The Conscious Muslim
Dawud Israel- Muslimology
Zara Nargis- Treasures for the Seeker
Tariq Yusufzai- Tariq the Pilgrim

A 7 days series starting on March 10th. Follow the series on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress. #Luminaries

May Allah bless this series and make it a source of goodness, amīn.

And success is from Allah,
Tariq Yusufzai.

The dua of our parents – Exam time

The Messenger of Allah, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said: “Three supplications will not be rejected by Allah, the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveler.”

Before heading out to school for an exam, I asked mom to make dua for me.

A while later after Maghrib came by, we headed to pray in congregation. We waited for mom to finish her prayer. I thought she was praying Maghrib but gave her the benefit of the doubt. And it turned out to be a nafl prayer and she said, “I made dua for you that Allah makes you successful in this world and the next to come”.

“Ameen”, I replied.

Iqamah was made and we prayed our  Maghrib.

Before any difficulty you are going through, ask your parents to make dua for you. Explicitly. Never underestimate it, it will do you wonders. Many of us still have exams left, work hard and tell your parents about it.

And success comes from Allah.