s h u r o o q :: focusing on tazkiyah (purification) & tarbiyah (self development)

April 19, 2007

The most moving “conversion to Islaam” video I’ve seen…

Filed under: Videos — by s h u r o o q @ 7:03 pm

This is by far the best “conversion to Islaam” video that I’ve seen. The brother became a Muslim after attending a few talks at the ISOC of Luton Uni. The most moving part is at the end after the brother takes his shahaadah and especially when brother Jalaal ibn Saeed gives him advices and promises.

I can’t seem to get the video in here, grr! So, I’ll just post the link to watch to it at IslamicTube.


You know it’s Eiid when…

Filed under: Pictures — by s h u r o o q @ 6:49 pm

You know it’s Eiid, when you see this early in the morning (at the Masjid):

You know it's Eiid, when you see this early in the morning


April 18, 2007

Why tazkiyah & tarbiyah?

Filed under: General — by s h u r o o q @ 8:34 pm

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu,

The famous daa’ee Jamaal ad-Deen M. Zarabozo summarises the importance of tazkiyah & tarbiyah, in the introduction of his amazing book “Purification of the Soul: Concept, Process and Means”. In shaa Allaah I’d like to extract his words here:

For a number of reasons, this is a very important time to be writing a book of this nature.

First, the concept of purification of the soul as a whole is and always will be central to the message of Islam and to the welfare of humans, both in this life and the Hereafter. Indeed, it was a main mission of the messengers and prophets themselves.

Second, there is a very strong need to shed light on the correct path of purification as delineated by the Quran and Sunnah- free of the foreign influence, deviations and heresies that have found their way into the realm of the religion and have caused a great deal of harm. The path described by the Quran and Sunnah is the only path that can result in a true purification of the soul. Indeed, it is the only path that is truly consistent with the purpose for which humans were created. Hence, any discussion of purification of the soul must rely heavily and exclusively on the Quran and Sunnah and what can be correctly derived from those two sources.

Third, many Muslims themselves are today being influenced by secular, materialistic psychology, leading them to neglect the spiritual side of humans and to ignore the guidance that Islam offers for the purification of the soul. This influence often occurs at a level wherein the person himself may not be completely aware that it is occurring.

Fourth, for some time now, there has been an Islamic revival spreading throughout the Muslim world. Upon closer inspection, it seems that this revival is somewhat tenuous and delicate, in the sense that for many Muslims it is more of an emotional¬¶ phenomenon. In order for this revival to be truly successful and lead to what it needs to lead to, it must be guided by the comprehensive teachings of Islam. First and foremost among those teachings is what is related to the purification of the soul. Without the purification of the souls, the revival will only be on the outer shell and will, in fact, be a “deceptive” revival, in the sense that the inner consciousness will not have been reformed and the lapse back to the pre-revival times may be very close at hand. Indeed, without the purifications of the souls, the very goals of the revival from the outset may be wrong.

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