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The Key to Laylatul Qadr

Laylatul Qadr, or the Night of Power, occurs in the last ten nights of the sacred month of Ramadan and contains within it the blessings of a thousand months.

By being prepared and in sincerity on this holy and luminous night, you can earn the spiritual reward of an entire lifetime, and be lifted infinitely closer to the Eternal and Divine Presence of God.

In this video, you will learn the key to being prepared to receiving the divine blessings of Laylatul Qadr and to reaching to ultimate success in this holy night


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The Precondition for Piety

Although we often equate piety with the observance of religious rites and rituals, this can be very misleading and can even lead us away from the very purpose of religion, resulting in self-delusion, blindness and arrogance.

There is an absolutely essential precondition for piety, and that is akhlaq, which is a good, refined and beautiful character and personality.

Developing a good, blessed and beautiful character based in patience, tolerance, compassion, forgiveness and humility is the very purpose of religion, and the simple observance of religious duties and practices in and of themselves is utterly insufficient to constitute progress upon the spiritual path.

The truth is that when good character is lacking, actions of piety are not acceptable in the Divine Presence, for good actions devoid of good character lead us into hypocrisy.

True religion requires excellence in both the outer and the inner dimensions of faith, and a true believer is one whose heart is pure and benevolent.


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Stations of the Wayfarers (Section 2: The Gateways) - 1: Introduction

Shaykh Walead Mosaad begins covering the second section from Imam Harawi's Manazil al-Sa'irīn (Stations of the Wayfarers).

The second section is on the gateways that lead to the stations of the wayfarers. In this session, he introduces the path of wayfaring, where one rectifies one's internal states which motivate one's actions.

This wayfaring is spiritual: forging a path against one's external and internal enemies. One's external enemies, he explains, are worldliness and the Devil, while one's worst enemy, the self (nafs), is internal.

Shaykh Walead posits that knowing the Prophetic inner states and ranks is part of knowing the sunna, contending that inner cultivation is the heart of the faith. Having covered the first section of Harawi's work during a previous visit, he closes by introducing its second section, on the gateways taken to enter the various paths of wayfaring.


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Stations of the Wayfarers (Section 2: The Gateways) - 2: Grief & Fear

Shaykh Walead Mosaad continues exploring the fruits of the branches of faith, covering Harawi's Manazil al-Sa'irīn (Stations of the Wayfarers).

He begins looking at the first two gateways of wayfaring mentioned in the text, grief and fear.

He explores the three hierarchical levels of grief: (1) over negligence in devotion, alienation, and lost days, (2) over dispersion, being busied from witnessing, and being consoled, and (3) over being saddened by obstacles, that which blocks one's intentions, and over objections against Allah's command.

Next, Shaykh Walead looks at fear. He explains that only fear of Allah is legitimate, and explains what this fear means.

Then he looks at the levels of fear, which are (1) fear of punishment and (2) fear of being deluded regarding one's station, while the elite do not have fear in this sense, only deep reverence and awe of the Divine.


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Stations of the Wayfarers (Section 2: The Gateways) - 3: Concern

Shaykh Walead Mosaad continues looking at the fruits of faith, covering Imam Abdullah al-Ansari al-Harawi's Manazil al-Sa'irīn (Stations of the Wayfarers).

In this lesson, he looks at the third gateway to spiritual wayfaring, concern (ishfaq), which, he says, resembles a combination between vigilance and compassion.

Shaykh Walead looks at the three hierarchical levels of this compassionate vigilance mentioned by Imam Harawi in his work:

(1) concern over the self lest it lend itself to recalcitrance, over action lest it become lost, and over others recognizing their excuses;

(2) concern over time lest it be tainted by distraction, over the heart lest it be busied, and over certainty lest it be undercut by an intermediary function; and

(3) concern which guards one's striving from conceit, spares one from entering into conflict, and helps one keep within Allah's limits.

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Stations of the Wayfarers (Section 2: The Gateways) - 4: Reverence

Shaykh Walead explains the three hierarchical levels (lowest to highest) of reverence mentioned in the work.

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(1) humility to Allah's command, surrendering to His judgement, and cognizance of His gaze,

(2) vigilance of the self's shortcomings, seeing others' favours on one, and inhaling the breeze of annihilation, and

(3) maintaining the sanctity of the spiritual station upon an unveiling, purity from ostentation, and seeing all favour as from Allah.


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Stations of the Wayfarers (Section 2: The Gateways) - 5: Submissive Humility

Shaykh Walead Mosaad continues looking at the fruits of faith, covering Harawi's Manazil al-Sa'irīn (Stations of the Wayfarers).

In this session, he looks at the fifth gateway to wayfaring, submissive humility (ikhbat; "the inception of security from reversal or hesitation")a beginning of the station of serenity, which he begins by exploring.

Shaykh Walead explains the three hierarchical levels (from lowest to highest) of this virtue mentioned by Imam Harawi.

They are: (1) that virtue overcome desire, resolve overcome remissness, and seeking overcome comfort,

(2) that no intermediary cause diminish one's resolve, that no incident alienate one's heart, no tribulation hinder one's path, and

(3) indifference to praise and disparagement, constant reproach of the ego, and blindness to people's shortcomings compared to oneself.


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Stations of the Wayfarers (Section 2: The Gateways) - 6: Renunciation & Scrupulousness

Shaykh Walead Mosaad continues to look at the fruits of faith, covering Harawi's Manazil al-Sa'irīn (Stations of the Wayfarers).

In this session, he covers the sixth and seventh gateways to wayfaring, renunciation (zuhd) and scrupulousness (waraʿ).

Shaykh Walead explains on the meaning of renunciation and its three hierarchical levels listed in the text.

They are: renunciation (1) from the doubtful, after leaving the unlawful, (2) from excess beyond necessities, and finally (3) from renunciation.

He moves on to look at scrupulousness, what it means, and its three levels: (1) avoiding abominations, (2) keeping within the limits of the completely unobjectionable, and (3) scrupulously avoiding every distractor.


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