10 Principle Investigations in Tasawwuf (Sufism)

Islamic Studies

The Basics of Tasawwuf

by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

1- Definition: Purification of the heart.
True devotion to Allah in the ways He likes by the means He likes.
… Acting upon knowledge;
Acquiring the good characters and getting rid of the bad. 

2- Subject: Allah, as how He can be known; or hearts & souls, as how to purify them.

3- Fruit: The purification of the heart and knowing the Master of the worlds and attaining the Station of ihsân.

4- Merit: Tasawwuf is of high merit. Its nobility stems from its subject. Ihsân is one of the three levels of this deen and the highest.

5- Relation to other disciplines: It is the base of the Sharia; without it acts of worship become imperfect. It isthe core of Quran and Sunnah and the tissue of Muslims spiritual life.

6- Name: The word “tasawwuf” is derrived from souf (wool). Tasawwuf has been known…

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Doctors Claim ‘Hood Disease’ Afflicts Inner-City Youth

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Harvard doctors have coined the term ?hood disease? to describe a complex form of post-traumatic stress syndrome threatening the well-being of inner-city youth, reports The Root.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 30 percent of U.S. inner-city youths are affected by the disorder, which makes it difficult for them to learn. Those who exhibit the disorder often live in virtual war zones, the CDC report says.

Doctors at Harvard recently coined the name “hood disease,” a term for a more complex form of PTSD, the news site reports. And since the youths rarely escape their communities—unlike soldiers who eventually leave a war zone—they are repeatedly exposed to trauma.

Pointing to the lack of food security, rampant violence and a culture of fear that permeates inner-cities across the country, San Francisco State University associate professor Jeff Duncan-Andrade told KPIX 5 that education is secondary to survival…

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The Correct Islamic Belief regarding our Creator as passed down through each century

Splendid Pearls

The Creed of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him

The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa ‘aalihi wa sallam) said: “O Allah, You are the first: there is nothing before You; and You are the last: there is nothing after You. You are the Manifest (adh-Dhahir): there is nothing above You. You are the Hidden (al-Batin): there is nothing below You” (Sahih Muslim).

Imam al-Bayhaqi: “What was mentioned towards the end of the hadith is an indication of denying Allah has a place and denying the slave is alike to Allah, wherever he was, in proximity or remoteness. Allah, the Exalted, is adh-Dhahir – hence, it is valid to know about Him by proofs. Allah is al-Batin – hence, it is invalid that He would be in a place….Therefore, if there is nothing above Him and nothing underneath Him, He is not in a place” (Imam al-Bayhaqi…

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