An excerpt from Imam Ghazali’s Ayyuhal Walad – translated by Shaikh Seraj Hendricks Ayyuhal Walad, “Oh my Young Man,” is a letter to a student by Hujjat. Dear Beloved Son – Ayyuhal Walad [Al-Ghazali] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. I seek Allahs refuge from the knowledge which is of no. Al-Ghazali Letter to a Disciple: Ayyuhal-Walad. Tobias Mayer, tr. Paperback. Item out of stock – notify me! Enter your email address below to be.
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We can here see the depth of these people, and their understanding of ayyuhla, one can see how deeply they were able to engage themselves in this ibadat and dhikr of Allah swt, and how intensely they were able to train their students to do that.
I learnt from you, what to learn from humanity itself and from human beings. A lot of us give away those things salad we are not attached to. You are sitting there, and you are moved by it. Hatim al-Asam was once in the company of his Shaykh, when Shaykh Shaqiq asked him: So, Instead of loving the temporary things like other human beings doI fell in love with aimal as-saleh righteous actions.
The second lesson that Shaykh Hatim rh says that he learnt from his Shaykh — Shaykh Shaqiq rh — is that again he said that I saw humanity, I reflected upon the human condition and I saw ayuhal to be human is to desire.
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And then secondly, may Allah swt help us to not just avoid the bad desires, but to actually go deeper and take out those bad desires and bad pleasures. One could only imagine what it would be like to associate with a Shaykh, a wali of Allah swt, somebody like Shaykh Shaqiq rah for 30 years! Sooner or later the nafs is going to overcome us.
And I realized that the things of the world are necessarily bound to fade away, so I started giving away my extraneous wealth and possessions to get the eternal rewards of the akhirah. It is very important to have that. So what I learnt from you, Shaykh, was that I have to keep my nafs away from my unlawful desires and pleasures.
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And, the basis of all these sources is to understand Humanity. And also not just to outwardly do good acts, but to try to go deeper and try to make our nafs desire the good acts.
I ayyuha, to prevent my nafs from desiring. That nafs also desires. This is something that we have to learn, but we can learn it gradually — like a piece-meal: When our nafs desires them itself, then doing those things becomes very easy. So, Hatim says that I learnt how to understand humanity from you and when I saw this about humanity that:.
Third thing that Shaykh Hatim rh mentions which he learnt from keeping the company of his shaykh, that I saw humanity has another thing to them and that is that they all strive for something. I learnt that to be human is to desire.
Some Sahaba karam ra like Syedna Uthman al-Ghani ra were very well-off. But, I noticed what was common to all of them, was that whatever they chose to love- whatever they chose to give their heart to — they could only take it up to the grave. If we ayyunal prevent the nafs itself from ayyuyal unlawful desires, then the question of us acting on those desires, or thinking along those lines, or yearning for those things is completely gone. This is something that the mashaikh of tasawwuf understood so well that how deeply we have to purify ourselves.
Hatim al-Asam begins every lesson with that: They are always striving, yearning, seeking, acquiring something. It shows how much one learns when they associate themselves for a long period of time with the Ullema and Mashaikh Now, one thing is to say that I want to do amaal-e-salihone thing would be to say that I want to be regular and consistent in amaal-e-salihaat ; Here, he is saying that I fell in love with amaal-e-salih!
When I was in your company, yayuhal I learnt from your company is how to observe humanity. Then I looked around and I said that let me see what is it that all these people are acquiring, what is the object of their acquisition? I learnt that to be human is to Love. A person will be able to enjoy Salah, when they feel Allah swt in their prayer.
This whole world, every single thing that people have, is going to come to nothing when they pass away, and certainly when the world ends itself. I think a lot of us were so settled and content in our worldly lifestyles. Walzd, if we want to make our Salah an act of love, we need to start focusing on the adaab of Salah.
How can we feel Allah swt in our Prayer? Try to think in terms of love ; that I have to love these amaal. That is called dhikr; by feeling Allah swt outside our prayer.
So the Shaykh asked him, what are they? This is another battle that we are trying to wage and that is our nafs does not desire to pray.
That type of giving is easy for us. Certainly, the later tradition of tasawwuf is a bit more soft on this, and even ayyuuhal the early tradition of tasawwuf you do have mashaikh who, in terms of their own lives and in their teachings, were quite well off.
We should start with some amal-e-salih and try to fall in love with them. How to enjoy Ayyuuhal The first way, then, for us, is to try to do amal on this advice that we need to focus on our salah. How can I fall in love with Salah?
Not just to give away the extra money, not just to give something that we view dalad extra. What we really need to do is prevent our nafs from having those desires.