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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Subject: A Collection of Spiritual Talks ...
Date Posted: 27 July 2016 at 5:38am
How does a believer reach a state of high spirituality?

The main answer is not to forget God, our Creator.

Allah (SWT) tells us in the Qur'an:

"Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah .

Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured."

( http://quran.com/13/28 - 13:28 )

But what is the remembrance of Allah?

Sheikh Mokhtar answers this question in this first video:

What is the Remembrance of Allah? How Does The Heart Find Tranquility?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaUFcVPOsY4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaUFcVPOsY4

(5 minutes)


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 July 2016 at 2:19am
In this second brief video, Sheikh Mokhtar answers the following question:

Why Should I Put The Effort Into Getting Spiritually Fit?

The purification of the soul is very important in our journey to God, as an intellect without a soft heart full of compassion and mercy is dry.

To lose the spiritual, moral and ethical dimensions in our life is to lose the essence of our Deen.

The mission of our Prophet, peace be upon him, within the context of Tawheed, is tazkiyah (purification of the soul).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkRp2K4W6Ts - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkRp2K4W6Ts

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 July 2016 at 2:08am

Wealth is the Wealth of the Heart

An interesting talk by Sheikh Mokhtar last year at an ICNA conference in Baltimore on the real wealth which counts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzbLGG8vEnw - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzbLGG8vEnw

(26 minutes)




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 August 2016 at 4:22am

Purify Yourself

Another interesting talk by Sheikh Mokhtar last year at an ICNA conference in Baltimore on purification of the self

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-EWxFqcQqk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-EWxFqcQqk

(27 minutes)



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 August 2016 at 9:29am

Witnessing God: The Greatest Pleasure

An interesting talk in Toronto last Ramadan by Sheikh Yahya Rhodes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-4H34b83MY - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-4H34b83MY

(35 minutes)




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 September 2016 at 1:51am

"Rely on Him" by Imam Zaid Shakir

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiHtR9DDZ1Y - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiHtR9DDZ1Y

(4 minutes)




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 September 2016 at 3:03am

The Most Hopeful Verse and Prophetic Forgiveness

An interesting talk in Toronto last Ramadan by Sheikh Waleed Mosaad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1Cu8WZBICs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1Cu8WZBICs

(9 minutes)




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 September 2016 at 3:51am
Life is Filled with Difficulty and Ease http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzbLGG8vEnw -

An important reminder by Sheikh Mokhtar on the nature of this world:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4X4J_QCNI4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4X4J_QCNI4

(8 minutes)




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 September 2016 at 5:44am
See the Good

Shaykh Yahya speaks about the importance of dealing with people and how through those dealings our religion gets tested and our true level of piety shows.

He calls on everyone to reconcile with anyone they need to reconcile with. Shaykh Yahya finally advises us to see the good in people, things and situations so that we may attain goodness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RpMpURVPLc - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RpMpURVPLc

(12 minutes)




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 October 2016 at 10:59am

Every Bounty We Have Is From God

A Friday sermon last April by Sheikh Mokhtar on Allah's favors and bounties

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gDXfCQH7w0 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gDXfCQH7w0

(31 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 October 2016 at 12:27am

The Power of Subhan Allah, Alhamdulilah and Allahu Akbar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gDXfCQH7w0 - Sheikh Mokhtar Maghraoui explains the power of remembering Allah with these words:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWEApW8R4l0 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWEApW8R4l0

(14 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 October 2016 at 12:39am

The Love of God as a Power for Transformation

Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui discusses how loving God (hub love) is a means for transformation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxRHZCGSMus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxRHZCGSMus

(6 minutes)




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 October 2016 at 12:39am
Allah is Sufficient

An uplifting talk and important reminder by Sheikh Mokhtar in a speech he gave in Baltimore last May at the ICNA-MAS Convention

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQmlTcvEcEc - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQmlTcvEcEc

(23 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 October 2016 at 2:23pm
Mercy Precedes Knowledge

A brief reminder by Sheikh Mokhtar from Pearls of the Qur'an 2016
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n84MZBn-rQo -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n84MZBn-rQo

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 October 2016 at 1:01am
Don't Be Sad About This Life

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf reflects on not being sad about this life (dunya)

Relax, you are in good hands ...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnLlCUV-KtI - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnLlCUV-KtI

(4 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 October 2016 at 8:02am

Allah Won't Let You Down

A short powerful life example from brother Yusha Evans.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0sXSZlXtis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0sXSZlXtis

(2 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 November 2016 at 5:27am

Heart Matters: Hadiths that Soften the Heart

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gave a tremendous amount of importance to the health of our hearts. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani starts reading and explaining hadiths from the Chapter on Matters That Soften the Heart from the hadith compilation, Mishkat al-Masabih, compiled by Muḥammad ibn Abdullah Khatib al-Tabrizi (d. 741 AH).

Shaykh Faraz prefaces the reading by explaining that a soft heart is one that is most susceptible to the good. If there is something of the good that is said, indicated, entailed or pointed to, the soft heart is one that would incline to and direct itself towards that good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rywWFhtrv0w -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rywWFhtrv0w

(19 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 November 2016 at 3:27am

Staying Centered on the Middle Path

Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui at Pearls2016

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7HB3WcxkGU - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7HB3WcxkGU

(45 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 November 2016 at 5:16am
Heart Matters: Hadiths that Soften the Heart - Part 3

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz covers the sixth and seventh hadiths from the Chapter on Matters That Soften the Heart from the hadith compilation, Mishkat al-Masabih, compiled by Muḥammad ibn Abdullah Khatib al-Tabrizi (d. 741 AH).

The sixth hadith informs us about the things that veil hell and heaven. "Hell is veiled by desires, and Heaven is veiled by disliked matters." Shaykh Faraz explains that the believer must look to the reality of matters, and not be deluded by how matters may falsely appear.

The seventh hadith tells us about the loss of the slave of this world. Shaykh Faraz highlights the Prophet's warning (peace and blessings be upon him), from being busied with amassing the fleeting wealth of this world and not having concern for others.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-UPeprzu2o - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-UPeprzu2o

(12 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 November 2016 at 5:36am
Nurturing Spirituality http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7HB3WcxkGU -

A lecture and discussion with Sister Yasmin Mogahed on the dynamics of the soul, the inner dimensions of Islamic worship, delving into the struggles against our nafs and the practical steps that we can take to truly nurture the essence of Islamic Spirituality through the teachings that are found in the Qu'ran and the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam.

Nurturing the human soul is crucial as Muslim and non-Muslim youth of America and the struggle of spirituality in a world that is enforcing hyper-materialism and suffering from desensitization

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JljW6oPBeQ0 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JljW6oPBeQ0

(34 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 January 2017 at 4:22am

Who Do I Follow: Connecting - Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui

A talk by Sheikh Mokhtar from the Pearls of the Qur'an Convention on Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIjfS8qptFQ -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIjfS8qptFQ

(52 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 January 2017 at 4:24am

Purification of the Soul Series with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui: Video 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daE4Ne1Jgiw - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daE4Ne1Jgiw

(19 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 January 2017 at 2:44am
Faith Boosters

Do you want to SOFTEN your heart?

Feeling your Imaan down?

Need an Imaan Booster?

A summary of useful suggestions by sister Yasmin


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT9t5PyIk6Y - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT9t5PyIk6Y

(6 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 January 2017 at 1:10pm

Imam al-Ghazali on the 4 Levels of Remembrance of God

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRsyjBM4tXQ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRsyjBM4tXQ

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 January 2017 at 4:41am
Practical Steps to Increase Your Faith

In the following talk Mufti Abdur-Rahman provides a few practical steps to be taken to help increase ones level of belief.

This talk was delivered in Copenhagen (Denmark).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca3c_RgYafg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca3c_RgYafg

(55 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 January 2017 at 4:33am
Purification of the Soul Series with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui: Video 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daE4Ne1Jgiw - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daE4Ne1Jgiw

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 January 2017 at 5:46am
Purification of the Soul Series with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui: Video 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT3ADUYk_GM&t=68s -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT3ADUYk_GM&t=68s

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 February 2017 at 4:52am
Purification of the Soul Series with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui: Video 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT3ADUYk_GM&t=68s -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf-wCHVU4wY - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf-wCHVU4wY

(12 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 February 2017 at 5:26am
The Pursuit of Happiness with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui

An interesting talk at Pearls of the Qur'an 2016 Convention

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPpf4MfF7YA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPpf4MfF7YA

(42 minutes)






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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 February 2017 at 5:41am
Purification of the Soul Series with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui: Video 6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT3ADUYk_GM&t=68s -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq-uT40KElg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq-uT40KElg

(17 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 February 2017 at 9:02am
Purification of the Soul Series with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui: Video 7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnOopkZ-6ZU -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnOopkZ-6ZU - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnOopkZ-6ZU

(13 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 February 2017 at 3:44am
Purification of the Soul Series with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui: Video 8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnOopkZ-6ZU -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI3wg7WIPOg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI3wg7WIPOg

(14 minutes)





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 March 2017 at 3:48am
Spiritual Elevation & Liberation

A recent Friday speech in Boston on spiritual elevation by Sheikh Yasir Fahmy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuKddch0V6I -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuKddch0V6I - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuKddch0V6I

(39 minutes)






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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 March 2017 at 2:27am
The Gifts of Allah Are Near http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuKddch0V6I -

A nice reminder by Sheikh Mokhtar on Allah's many bounties

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxs5gDzyBNQ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxs5gDzyBNQ

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 March 2017 at 5:58am
Life Is Filled With Difficulty and Ease

Sheikh Mokhtar explains the expansion and constriction of the heart:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4X4J_QCNI4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4X4J_QCNI4

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 April 2017 at 7:57am
Pure Submission

The Pursuit of Happiness through the One and Only God -

Pure Submission: The Duaa of Prophet Ibrahim

A reminder by Sh. Mokhtar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzu59v7otRg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzu59v7otRg

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 April 2017 at 2:47am
Leaving this World in a State of Loving Surrender

A recent Friday speech in Boston by Sheikh Mokhtar with important reminders for us all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkrmAeKpSfA -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkrmAeKpSfA

(33 minutes)




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 May 2017 at 1:49am
Tazkiya Intensive Intro - Boston

An evening session last Friday with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui & Shaykh Yasir Fahmy on the purification of heart and soul.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X14cdmOziv0 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X14cdmOziv0

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 May 2017 at 4:13am
Life and Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad

13-part lecture series given by Sh. Hamza Yusuf and held in Arabia in 2008.

"During the 2008 Rihla to Mecca and Madina, Hamza Yusuf translated and explained the profound and eloquent poem titled Qurrat al-Absar, or Discerning the Eyes' Delight, a beautiful account of the life of the Messenger of God written by the noble Shaykh 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Lamti in the 10th century of the Islamic era."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOt6b3BkLng - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOt6b3BkLng

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 May 2017 at 4:38am
More Than a Feeling

As the month of Ramadan fast approaches, Muslims are turning their attention to what their faith means to them.

Is it just a feeling?

A warm fuzzy that makes you glow?

Or is it something more grounded, more rigorous and more meaningful.

Shaykh Idris Watts, in his clear and inimitable style, address what Iman - faith - really is and how the believer can meet all adversity and truly experience life and joy through its practice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9odZfxjvyaY - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9odZfxjvyaY

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 May 2017 at 4:59am
The Faith Revival Episode One: Faith is Refuge

Before exploring different methods of reviving and protecting our faith, it's important to understand the meaning of faith itself.

In the first episode, Sh. Omar Suleiman explore what faith is, particularly its role as a protector - a refuge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYQEW37_hWM - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYQEW37_hWM

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 June 2017 at 7:42am
Maintaining Spirituality in Everyday Life

A talk by sister Yasmin on spirituality at the University of Vermont
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uUmfH8_8_A -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uUmfH8_8_A

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 June 2017 at 2:13am
08: Etiquettes of Reciting Quran - Renewing Religion: An Overview of Ghazali's Ihya

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin reviews the chapter on etiquettes of reciting the Quran from Imam Al-Ghazali’s book Ihya Ulum al-Din. The Chapter goes through the outward etiquettes of recitation as well as the inward implications of those practices.

Learning the Quran and teaching the Quran is not limited to teaching, but rather should extend to an internalization of its virtues and meanings. The Prophet, peace and blessings upon him said: “the most virtuous of worship of my Ummah is the recitation of the Quran”. The virtues of reciting the Quran are many so one should strive to increase their recitation especially during Ramadan.

Ustadh Amjad explains in this lesson the 10 internal etiquettes of the recitation of the Quran:
[1] Knowing the greatness of these words, their exaltedness and their weightiness.
[2] Having reverence for the One speaking. Part of that reverence is approaching the Quran in a state of purity.
[3] Having presence of heart and leaving internal conversations
[4] Pondering the Quran
[5] Understanding as you recite the Quran such that you achieve a deeper understanding as you read.
[6] You remove from yourself things that prevent you from understanding, such as continually engaging in sins.
[7] Know that Allah is talking to you
[8] Being affected by the Quran, both by verses of punishment and reward.
[9] Experience the Quran and this is of many levels
[10] Absolve yourself from anything related to yourself. Such that anything you read about the people of righteousness you don’t think that this about you and when you read about people of evil that you don’t absolve yourself from their characteristics.

In summary, Ustadh Amjad reminds us that the Quran is the greatest form of remembrance and worship so we must strive to increase our recitation and understanding of it.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 June 2017 at 7:03am
How Loving God is a Means for Transformation

Sheikh Mokhtar reflects on a verse in Chapter 2 of the Qur'an on the love of Allah (SWT)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxRHZCGSMus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxRHZCGSMus

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 June 2017 at 5:50am
The Art of Sitting Still

Living in such a fast paced world we often lose ourselves in the commotion around us.

Join Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui as we learn to sit still and realize the need to carve out a portion of our day to reconnect with the only thing that will bring peace to our otherwise hectic lives, the Source of all that is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYONtsdEnZ8 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYONtsdEnZ8

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 July 2017 at 3:47pm
How Does the Heart Find Tranquility?

Sheikh Mokhtar answers in this brief video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaUFcVPOsY4 -
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 July 2017 at 4:25pm
Islamic Spirituality: Purification of the Soul in the Modern Context

Leaving a Legacy of Islamic Spirituality: Purification of the Soul in the Modern Context

A talk by Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tlONg2gR1w - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tlONg2gR1w

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 July 2017 at 4:10pm
Richness of spiritual Islam

This is a lecture by Shaykh Hamzah Yusuf delivered in Turkey.

He brilliantly explains how Imam Ghazali reviewed the essence of spiritual Islam.

Rituals without compassion are a wrong path.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pBKGs6hY8U -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pBKGs6hY8U

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 August 2017 at 2:59pm
O Allah! Help me to be with You as if I see Your Infinite Beauty

A talk by Sheikh Mokhtar


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHJek9xLIFg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHJek9xLIFg

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 August 2017 at 2:15pm
The Good Life

Imam Mokhtar discusses the secret of living a good life by leading the path of Quran and Sunnah.

This talk was held at the Islamic Center of Irving, TX on September 25th 2015.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOBTCK2pqTg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOBTCK2pqTg

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 August 2017 at 12:16pm
Contentment: the Property of the Believers

A talk on contentment at Leeds University, UK, by Sheikh Yahya Rhodes.

Biography: Ustadh Yahya was born and raised in America's midwest.

At the age of 19 he became Muslim in the San Francisco Bay Area and began studying with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and distinguished scholars visiting from Mauritania, Shaykh Khatry & Shaykh Abdullah Ould Ahmadna.

In 1998, he left for Mauritania to further his studies of the Islamic sciences. There he spent over two years sitting with some of Mauritania's great scholars, including Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj, one the great scholars of our age.

In 2000, he moved to Tarim, Yemen to continue his studies at the prestigious Dar al-Mustafa. There he studied with renowned scholars Habib 'Ali al-Jifry, Habib 'Umar bin Hafiz, and other local scholars. In 2005, he returned from his studies overseas to serve as a full-time teacher at Zaytuna Institute


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 August 2017 at 4:04pm
The Richness of Spiritual Islam

A recent lecture by Shaykh Hamzah Yusuf delivered in Turkey.

He brilliantly explains how Imam Ghazali (ra) reviewed the essence of spiritual Islam.

Rituals without compassion are a wrong path.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pBKGs6hY8U - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pBKGs6hY8U

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 September 2017 at 6:15am
Do it For The Love of Allah

Reflections by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsW-0ND8AP8 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsW-0ND8AP8

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 September 2017 at 2:25am
The Greatest Gift You Can Give

Often, our perceptions of others can have a significant impact upon their perceptions of themselves.

As Muslims, we must do our best to see goodness in others and to thus help them rise to their potential.

By seeing good in others and minimizing our perception of negative qualities, we heal not only the other, but ourselves as well.

Islam is based in adab (good manners) and in excellence, and when properly observed, helps create loving, healthy and harmonious relationships between people.

By eliminating negativity, we are in fact rising in nearness to our Lord Most High, Allah Almighty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEcJIEPsfv0 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEcJIEPsfv0

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 September 2017 at 12:21pm
To Be Dressed in the Attributes of God

It has been said that the spiritual path of Islam has been described as progressively becoming "dressed in the Attributes of God."

What this means is that only by increasingly cultivating our capacity for love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, patience, forbearance, humility, light and beauty can we draw nearer unto the Divine Presence of the Eternal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBBQgoQwwi0 -
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 September 2017 at 5:38am
Your Belief Will Be Tested

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ stated to his companions that the believers will be tested in ranks according to their capacities, and that through such testing, that which is false is dissolved allowing the light and love of the Divine to shine through the awakened and purified heart.

All growth takes place and occurs outside and beyond our comfort, and so, the believer must learn to ultimately transcend all suffering and sorrow.

The Straight Path is the way that will ultimately take a human being beyond self and ego, and into the Oceans of Truth and Reality.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z89dk6xz47U -
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 September 2017 at 6:30am
It Will Cost You Everything

The pure and noble purpose of religion is nothing other than the transcendence of the self, the ego, the nafs, for only through liberation from ego-based consciousness can a human being ever attain to truth, success, joy and happiness.

Religion and spirituality are the training and the education, and life is the test. The answer is and has always been, as taught by all of the Messengers and Prophets of God, surrender, humility, sincerity and righteousness.

True piety and spirituality necessitate jihad an-nafs, the sacred and holy struggle against the self, for only we must recognize and realize that unless we accept that our real enemy is within, we are doomed, and the ego will destroy our lives, it will cost us everything.

The greatest danger comes from the enemy we do not know and see, and our greatest enemy hides within. Not facing the self precludes the possibility of developing consciousness and taqwa, and keeps a human being condemned to the lower state of unconsciousness and ignorance known as jahiliyya.

Yet by learning to awaken beyond and transcend the self, happiness and success are possible, not only in this life, but eternally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uphbqhgTMM - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uphbqhgTMM

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 September 2017 at 5:13am
The Power of Focus

Your FOCUS determines your reality.

The key to success in life and in business is in harnessing the power of focus and holding the vision of your goals in sight and in mind.

What we focus on expands, and by focusing on our goals to the exclusion of anything else, we can make rapid progress towards attaining them.

In this short video, you'll learn about the Power of Focus and how you can:

• Transcend and Move Beyond the Past
• Choose Results Over Excuses
• Keep Your Vision Focused on Your Goals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HglEPWSNwnk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HglEPWSNwnk

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 September 2017 at 3:26pm
Make Conscious Your Fears

Subconscious fears that if not made conscious and brought into the light of awareness to be cleansed and purified will inevitably play themselves out in our lives, ultimately leading to failure in vital areas such as our health and wellness, marriage and family, and business and career.

The goal of al-Islam is the purification of the self from all that is a result of the lack of faith made real, and through the work of self-development and tazkiyyah, we have the opportunity to draw nearer to our Lord Most High.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFnoXkT8uDo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFnoXkT8uDo

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 September 2017 at 3:42pm
You Attract What You Are

One of the greatest errors we can make is to play the role of a victim and not embrace personal responsibility.

Al-Islam necessitates personal responsibility, and by the Holy Will of Allah Almighty, the Universe is continually seeking to show us what we are choosing from within.

In this video, I briefly discuss the law of attraction and how you attract what you are, meaning we attract to ourselves what is in vibrational harmony and resonance with our subconscious thoughts, beliefs and states.

Yet by playing the role of a victim, not only are we forced to continually experience similar circumstances, we fall deeper into unconsciousness and negativity, which are counter to al-Islam, the path of positivity.

Only by knowing and purifying oneself can we awaken and ascend to the Divine Presence of Allah Almighty, and attain to peace, success and prosperity in both this life and the next.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGREJeK-YmM - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGREJeK-YmM

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 September 2017 at 1:37pm
Me Versus We

Modern materialist culture does its greatest harm in increasing selfishness and self-centeredness, and thus, we as human beings have become weaker than ever before.

Throughout human history, we have come together in expanding circles of solidarity, and traditionally have put the success and survival of the family and tribe above selfish personal interest, knowing that this in fact best ensured our happiness and success. Modern research proves that the more we operate from a place of selfishness and self-interest, the less happy we are, and the the more we operate from a place of selflessness, the greater our levels of fulfillment.

In this video, I invite you to reconnect with your family, your friends, your community, and to begin coming together for strength, support and solidarity.

United we stand, divided we fall. Together we rise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z4iXTFwrRE - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z4iXTFwrRE

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 September 2017 at 6:18am
What is Sacred Knowledge?

While there are many fields of knowledge, the ultimate goal of all knowledge is knowledge of the Divine.

And towards this end, the one field of knowledge that is most fundamental and essential is the Knowledge of the Self.

It is all too easy to become distracted by the religious sciences and fail to pursue the very path they are meant to aid one upon.

To truly know God, we must as human beings come to know ourselves, and this then constitutes the most vital field of Sacred Knowledge.

The essence of Sacred Knowledge is self-awareness, for it is but the self, the ego, that veils us from the Divine Presence of God.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xoYlpTjA20 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xoYlpTjA20

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 October 2017 at 5:18am
Use Your Power of Speech Consciously

The sacred spiritual warrior who walks the path of spiritual asceticism (zuhd) seeking awakening and consciousness, and to live a life of noble and honored divine service, must take great care with his or her words, for your words carry divine power and authority.

Be mindful of your speech, and use your words to attract and create only that which is good and positive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Bq5nPSrTA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Bq5nPSrTA

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 October 2017 at 2:27pm
This is the End

The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) continually advised his companions to remember death often, and to take the time to visit cemeteries and graveyards to cultivate a shift in consciousness from life based in dunya, the world of form and illusion which is temporal, to life eternal, akhira.

Only by remembering and preparing for the end of our journey in life can we discover who we truly are and our potential. Paradoxically, only be facing and accepting death can we truly live.

Fear of death is the source of all fear, and transcending fear is to transcend death. This is awakening, illumination and enlightenment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9oekdh1nyk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9oekdh1nyk

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 October 2017 at 3:31pm
Don't Judge Others

One of the great errors we make as human beings is judging others in the mistaken belief that we are somehow better, forgetting that any good in us is purely a mercy from God Most High, and that if left to our selves, our own egos, we would be as oppressive as any.

In this short video, I remind that in al-Islam, our primary duty is the cleansing and purification of our own selves, and that we must leave judgement to the One, Allah Ta'ala.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdxNFwtsWIs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdxNFwtsWIs

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 October 2017 at 3:46pm
Allah is the Source of All Joy, Love and Prosperity

Normally as human beings we seek happiness and fulfillment in things, in the world of form, yet happiness can only be achieved and experienced when we realize that the Source of all things is God, Allah Almighty, the Creator.

Through this, we are able to enjoy the gifts of God and use them as a means to draw closer to the Divine Presence, and so grow personally and spiritually while experiencing authentic happiness and joy, and freedom from fear and anxiety.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWIVWwHhy8M -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWIVWwHhy8M

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 October 2017 at 3:29am
Ustadh Yahya Rhodus: Disciplining the Soul, Session 2

A lecture series based on two sections in the third quarter of Imam al-Ghazali's Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' Ulum al-Din).

This course will delve into the foundational principles of disciplining one's soul, offering a theoretical framework of how this is achieved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FW9aAHJGFg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FW9aAHJGFg

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 October 2017 at 5:02am
Negativity is Contagious

Contagious diseases are not limited to but the physical dimension, as in viral or bacterial infections. Of even greater concern are spiritual, psychological and energetic diseases.

In a world where the general focus is outward upon the external, upon physical forms, these are often little understood. Yet they affect us constantly and contribute to our health and happiness.

Thoughts are energy, and through meditation and spiritual practice, you can learn to protect yourself from negative and damaging environments and people.

Islam encourages of associations of light, circles of zikr (dhikr), and the formation of communities based in faith, belief, love and compassion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grPvHb25d8s - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grPvHb25d8s

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 October 2017 at 3:28am
How to Stay Calm in a Crisis

Crises, challenges and difficulties are a natural part of life and necessary for our awakening, growth and spiritual development.

By learning to develop presence through a daily meditative spiritual practice, you can develop root and anchor within so that when a storm does come to pass, it will not topple you.

In this video, Ihsan shares the key to remaining calm in a crisis, and how you can use the challenges, trials and tribulations of life for your continued growth, development, ascension and awakening.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgi4HC3KRt0 -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgi4HC3KRt0

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 November 2017 at 12:39pm
Love is the Ultimate Game

It can be said that life is an education in learning how to love, and that the very purpose of life, as taught by the noble prophets and messengers of God, peace and blessings upon them all, is to learn how to love.

As human beings, we are driven by the fundamental need for love, which is the deep desire for oneness, for unity, for wholeness and for peace. Yet the single impediment to love is the self, the ego, mind-based consciousness.

To truly learn to experience and live in love, we must as human beings transcend the self, become selfless rather than self-centered and selfish, and ultimately become love itself.

This is best learned in the sacred relationship of marriage, and by fully and totally embracing personal responsibility, we can, rather than play the role of victims who learn nothing, actually learn to remove the elements of ego within ourselves and awaken to love, the ultimate prize.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j1ZeVCcSkw - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j1ZeVCcSkw

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 November 2017 at 1:42am
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

We often make the assumption that good people should have easier lives than others, yet that doesn't always appear to be the case and we may find ourselves then asking, why do bad things happen to good people?

The truth is that they who are nearest and dearest to God, and who are destined to at some level awaken to Truth and to transcend are often more challenged in their circumstances than others.

The difference is that with proper spiritual growth, development and training, a human being progressively develops the capacity to carry greater burdens, and can in face be happier and more at peace even in more challenging circumstances.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymHn3_Simt8 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymHn3_Simt8

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 November 2017 at 4:00am
There is No Depression for a Muslim

Deep reflections on the nature of this life by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPgv5B7Wio8 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPgv5B7Wio8

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 December 2017 at 8:36am
A Surah that Consoled the Prophet… It will Relieve You Too

Do you feel disconnected with Allah, feel down, feel depressed or think maybe Allah doesn’t love you anymore… feel like your du`as are not being answered?

Watch this, Sheikh https://www.facebook.com/DrTawfiqueChowdhury/ - Tawfique Chowdury gives a beautiful Tafsir of Surah Ad-Duha and shows how Allah choose the best for us.

A must watch lecture for anyone looking for an Iman boost and appreciation of the blessings of Allah in giving us all we have.

In this Video:

  • The context of Surat Ad-Duha’s revelation
  • When negative thoughts haunt your mind
  • How first verses of Duha combat depression
  • When you feel bad, remember previous blessings

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/quran/quranic-reflections/fight-depression-surat-ad-duha-video/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/quran/quranic-reflections/fight-depression-surat-ad-duha-video/





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 December 2017 at 4:23am
Virtues of The Remembrance La Ilaha Illa Allah

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminded us that the Beloved Messenger (may Allah's prayers and peace be upon him) kept his lips moist with the remembrance of his Lord, using the best of phrases.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnEBpLyLwGM - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnEBpLyLwGM

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 January 2018 at 2:34am
The Gifts of Allah Are Near

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxs5gDzyBNQ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxs5gDzyBNQ

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 February 2018 at 3:11am
Be In this World as a Traveler

The blessed and noble Messenger of God ﷺ advised, "Be in this world as a traveler," for only thus can the heart of the human being learn to let go of attachment, which is the source of suffering.

It is when we forget that we are on a sacred and divine journey from the world of form and illusion known as dunya to the eternal abode known as akhira that we lose focus and thus lose purpose.

Yet by continually remembering that we are but travelers, we can progressively transcend the suffering that is inherent in a world that is temporal and transient.

While the world of form and appearance may rob us of purpose and warp our true nature known as fitrah, the sincere pursuit and practice of the spiritual path guides us to our true selves beyond time and space, ultimately culminating in the manifestation of divine light in the heart and in our beings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCTBVQwmgQ4 -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCTBVQwmgQ4

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 February 2018 at 1:36am
Two Conditions of Repentance

Repentance is essential in Islam and constitutes the first step upon the spiritual path.

While modern culture and conditioning which is often based in arrogance and pride can veil our hearts from the importance of humility, it is essential for the believer seeking to return to the Presence of God to be sincere in his or her repentance.

When sincere repentance based in remorse and in intentionally asking for forgiveness does not take place, hidden idolatry persists in the heart and stains the soul, barring the human being from the pleasure of God.

Additionally, when sincere repentance is not sought, the burdens of one's sins and transgressions persist and affect all areas of our lives, particularly the health of our hearts, minds and bodies, in addition to the health and harmony of our relationships.

By humbling the self and continually seeking God's mercy and forgiveness, by learning to see the arrogance, pride and hidden idolatry of the self, we grow in self-awareness and in transcendence, thus rising to the Divine Presence of God.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXzFJ7Hk520 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXzFJ7Hk520

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 February 2018 at 4:22am
The Entire Universe is Alive

We may not be aware of it, yet the truth is that the entire Universe is not only filled with life, it is in fact alive.

There is a current of energy and life that flows throughout all of creation, and in affirming this, Allah Almighty says in the Holy Qur'an that "The heavens and the earth and all that is within them glorifies God, yet you perceive not their praise," [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNcowXq1r-M&t=1064s - 17:44 ].

Additionally, the blessed Messenger of God ﷺ taught that all things possess consciousness and must be treated with love, respect and compassion.

Thus, the Muslim is one who by definition is in a state of surrender, harmony and oneness with all that is, with the Universe Itself.

The barrier and impediment to such transcendent awareness and consciousness, and to the ability to love, is but the self, the ego. And hence, the necessity of learning to become self-aware, and with the grace and guidance of God, via the messengers and their spiritual inheritors, free from the ignorance and limited consciousness of the self.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 February 2018 at 7:27am
In Stillness You Will Find God

It is only when the mind is still and the self in complete absolute surrender that one can awaken to the transcendent Divine Presence of the Eternal.

Upon the sacred spiritual path, a daily meditation practice is essential.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fimM_4R3VZI -
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 March 2018 at 2:02am
What Are You Creating?

It is essential to realize that in each moment and in every circumstance, your response to what is happening is a choice, and that choice determines the reality you are creating.

In every instance, we are either choosing peace or suffering, light or dark, heaven or hell.

And the way of spirituality is the path to peace, prosperity, light and beauty.

As a believer, stand firm on faith, truth and beauty


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Y2XHFgXR8 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Y2XHFgXR8

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 March 2018 at 4:13am
How to Eliminate Stress in 60 Seconds

Although stress has become a cultural epidemic and causes immense damage to the health of our bodies, hearts and minds, it can be managed and ultimately even entirely transcended.

Stress, tension, pressure and friction are the result of consciousness that has become consumed by the world, or dunya, and the key to liberation from the inherent anxiety of the world of form and appearance is transcendence.

You can do this by tapping into your sacred breath, which connects you to the Divine Presence of the Eternal. By establishing a simple daily practice of muraqaba, or Islamic Meditation, in which you relax and surrender your self at a deep and fundamental level, you increase your presence-power and your ability to stay rooted, calm and centered, particularly during challenging circumstances and situations.

It then takes but three breaths to reconnect with the Divine Presence, and by practicing this simple method throughout the day, you will rewire your brain for trust and reliance upon the Divine rather than stress and anxiety in the world...


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 March 2018 at 2:01am
The Art of Sitting Still

A talk by Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui at Pearls 2017:

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 April 2018 at 5:07am
Breaking Spiritual Silence

A talk by Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui:

"Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children - like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion." (Surah Hadid, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAk_h7EkevY&t=3440s - 57:20 )

We are often reminded in the Qur'an that the world around us is filled with distractions that can keep us from realizing the true potential of our humanity.

The modern world's incessant concentration on material and social pursuits has granted many of us with lots of possessions and ideas, yet we still feel empty inside.

Even as Muslims' identity appears galvanized in a response to an endlessly news cycle, Islamophobia and injustice, this reactive activism to those challenges in itself often paralyzes and distracts us from the pressing issues of the soul that are humanity's greatest need.

In this session we will seek to examine how we can shed the weight from our hearts and unlock our spiritual potential.

(34 minutes)

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 June 2018 at 3:34am

Muslim Motivation: Believe and Do

It is said that when you take action (harakah), you will attract blessings (barakah).

Often, we are waiting for a sign from God to take action and do what we were created to do, yet it can be said that God is waiting for us to believe and to take action.

Once we are in action, our course can be corrected. When we are in movement and in motion, we can learn, adjust, correct and improve.

It is better to make mistakes and to fail than to do nothing at all. And as Muslims, as believers, we must always remain humble, sincerely seeking the pleasure and the Presence of God.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOlY8rUZDFw - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOlY8rUZDFw

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 June 2018 at 4:46am
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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEkGxNQfjTc - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEkGxNQfjTc

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 June 2018 at 6:56am
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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sanvQF3wEa0 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sanvQF3wEa0

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 July 2018 at 2:14am
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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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66XtNPZPzJQ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66XtNPZPzJQ

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 July 2018 at 6:20am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 July 2018 at 6:12am
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.

The session closes with a Q&A.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KapEiR2OVG0 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KapEiR2OVG0

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 July 2018 at 4:28am
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.

They are:

(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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4iOVi78UGo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4iOVi78UGo

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 July 2018 at 6:53am
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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re-pPSGTrTU -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re-pPSGTrTU - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re-pPSGTrTU

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 July 2018 at 1:44pm
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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHfplHE8Hec - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHfplHE8Hec

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 July 2018 at 5:08am
Stations of the Wayfarers (Section 2: The Gateways) - 7: Summary and Q&A

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 gives practical advice on how to deal with these stations and implement them in one's life.

He then gives a summary of the first few the seven gateways of spiritual wayfaring covered—grief, fear, compassionate concern, and reverence.

Shaykh Walead moves on to entertain the audience's questions. He discusses the difference between a hal (state) and maqam (station), balancing renunciation with worldly cultivation, perceiving the state of the Muslims today, modern culture, and balancing different forms of worship.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKP-Gha0qxw - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKP-Gha0qxw

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 August 2018 at 5:45am
Who Are Your Four Enemies?

Life in the world and upon this plane will ever be fraught with challenge, hardship and difficulty.

This then often results in the creation of conflict. Yet who are our true enemies?

In this video, I share with you who your true enemies are based upon the prophetic path that is meant to lead to liberation, freedom, safety, security, peace and prosperity.

By learning how to recognize the true enemies of our happiness and success, we can learn to overcome and transcend them. Thus do we reclaim our divine purpose and attain to divine pleasure.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_mCJr3O_qQ -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_mCJr3O_qQ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_mCJr3O_qQ

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 August 2018 at 3:21am
Purify Yourself

An important talk by Sheikh Mokhtar at the 2016 ICNA-MAS Convention

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-EWxFqcQqk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-EWxFqcQqk

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 September 2018 at 9:06am
Seeking Divine Pleasure is Greater

As we travel through this world, it is the goal of the enemy to have us forget the very journey by lulling us into indulgence in the lower level tastes and pleasures of this world.

Yet the believers are they who do not sacrifice eternity for the temporal, but rather restrain and discipline themselves, live in excellence and balance, and so attain the transcendent pleasure of the Divine.

While most of the world seeks out self-indulgence, the Servants of the Most High are they who increasingly become subsistent on light and who are drawn through love to the worship of their Lord and Creator.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfOu_C-ImqI -
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 September 2018 at 4:18am
Message to Youth : Protect Your Fitrah

As human beings, we are created in a state of perfection and innocence in which we are one with and in harmony with the Universe.

In this state, not only are we naturally happy, content, joyous and buoyant, but we are in alignment with our Source and so abundance and prosperity naturally flow towards us.

Yet as the ego develops and we become increasingly influenced by the world, which is but the ego's of others, we begin to lose our fitrah, and thus our peace and our purpose.

In this video which marks the beginning of a new series aimed primarily at youth, yet applicable to everyone, I discuss the importance of preserving and protecting your fitrah, which is the very goal of religion.

By keeping good company, immersing ourselves in good and positive input, and progressively developing our spiritual practice, not only is fitrah preserved, but it is regained.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQxH-jh_tgg -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQxH-jh_tgg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQxH-jh_tgg

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 October 2018 at 7:13am
The Art of Sitting Still

A talk by Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui at Pearls of the Qur'an:

Living in such a fast paced world we often lose ourselves in the commotion around us.

Join Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui as we learn to sit still and realize the need to carve out a portion of our day to reconnect with the only thing that will bring peace to our otherwise hectic lives, the Source of all that is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYONtsdEnZ8 -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYONtsdEnZ8 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYONtsdEnZ8

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 October 2018 at 7:20am
Ghazali's Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidaya)

By Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf (1/3)

Imam al-Ghazali’s Bidayah al-Hidayah is a highly motivational manual detailing the fundamentals of acquiring guidance through God-consciousness (taqwa).

Imam al-Ghazali argues that just as there is an end to this noble objective there is also a beginning to it, which must be made firm for one to achieve success. He then goes on to expound the fundamentals of this “beginning.”

While being concise and to-the-point the manual is laid out in the form of a detailed daily timetable providing the reader strong inspiration and much heart-rending counsel.

The three sections of this book are on obedience, refraining from disobedience, and the etiquette of companionship with the Creator and with creation.

One of Imam al-Ghazali’s final works, it embodies a lifetime of learning, experience, and spirituality and can be taken as an introduction to his larger works.
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 November 2018 at 6:46am
To BE DRESSED in the ATTRIBUTES of ALLAH

It has been said that the spiritual path of Islam known as tasawwuf, or Sufism in English, has been described as progressively becoming "dressed in the Attributes of God."

What this means is that only by increasingly cultivating our capacity for love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, patience, forbearance, humility, light and beauty can we draw nearer unto the Divine Presence of the Eternal.

The superficial observance of forms and rituals is not enough to truly awaken and reach to Truth, but to truly benefit from the spiritual practices enjoined upon humanity, one must make sincere effort to purify the heart of all negativity and darkness.

If we fail to cultivate the spiritual excellence we are called to, we risk losing both in this life and the next. Yet by developing the character of a believer by sincerely and truly following the Prophetic Path, we can attain to the grace and divine pleasure of God, and be granted true success in this world and the hereafter...

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