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hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah, hookah fossa, Ramadan arriba de su sanada, Suki Drusilla, Mahatma ambia, early heliski I was having a latte I'm about inshallah, we will be starting the texts that we had promised to start today, the beginning of guidance written by him because I've got to lie. in Charlotte today what we will do is we will start from the very beginning the publishers note on page seven. And then after that we'll read through the translators prefix also on page 11. And then we'll read the author's biography which is at the end I believe is page 171 and then we'll start from the beginning of the book inshallah. So just so we can get rid of these introductory discussions and
some points that may be beneficial while reading the book inshallah. This will require
us to allow the loving Lord around the world in me his blessing to peace be upon his beloved messenger Muhammad, mercy to the world so largely was Southern his family and companions. For centuries the diet was the beginning of guidance has inspired Islamic scholarship. It has been published in its original Arabic as well as other languages around the world. Dr. Masha Allah Allah English translation was first published in 2004, and was received with much excitement. We are extremely grateful to Allah for the opportunity and to Dr. Allah for granting us permission to publish our revised edition of this translation through whitebread Press. This edition has gone
through several improvements. The work has been entirely revised and updated according to the to the recent.org enhanced Arabic edition, although a number of additions found in the earlier editions have been retained. The language has been thoroughly edited for flow and lucidity. We would like to think for us a con hundy but I saw Shanaze as minakari Aziza spiker, an army of further assistance in this regard, the Arabic test has now instead of with the corresponding translation on facing pages for ease of comparison, rather than at the end of the book. References for the Quranic verses and prophetic narrations had been provided with much of the Hadees references taken from the Rockies
referencing these AR, and referencing notes of the first edition. So
y'all know Medina was a masterpiece that his book is based off of NAMM was added after a quarter many narrations. However, he did not provide detailed referencing for each of his narrations in your domain. So half the recipe who was a great master and Hadeeth, he revised him I'm sorry, Dr. Lyle is diluting the full book from beginning to end, you know, over 10 volumes, the full thing and he went through each narration one by one, and provided referencing forever, his research can take him. So based off that research, the publishers have used that research in providing references for the different narrations that have been mentioned within this edition itself.
an appendix comprising the English transliteration of the supplications has been included for the benefit of those who have difficulty reading the Arabic text changes and additions have also been made to the English section sections heading to better facilitate navigation through the book, a brief biography of the author has been added at the end of the book. So in the book, obviously, the two R's are in Arabic. On the English translation side, we will have a translation, if you're looking for a transliteration, the English wording, but the Arabic pronunciation, then you'll have to turn to the end of the book. If you look at the end of the book, you'll find that there's a whole
section just dedicated for that page 155, you'll find all the attributes was there, but they're written in transliteration and English wording. So that way you can I can help you memorize inshallah. And the other thing that was mentioned is that at the end of the book, there's also a brief biography of the author. As I mentioned earlier, that's on page 171. will read that as well in Sharla, is very shortly.
This work was never intended to be a manual. The mom was only when expounding the etiquette of purification in ritual prayer, inclusive judicial rulings, primarily according to the Sharpies. Okay, this is important, because I do have to lie early in this work. He's walking us through a 24 hour day. That's the first chapter he's walking us through an ideal schedule, how we should be productive productive with our time. Now, while showing us and guiding us on how to use our time properly. Obviously, there are matters of physical that come up. How do you Priscilla when is on given? How do you what do you do when you enter into the budget so there are different issues there
were fifth is involved after the Imam says later mo lluvia. Alejandro Pauline, do you say amin loudly or silently for example. So there are different 50 issues that also are passed upon during the in the text itself? namely because only the hunt Allahu Allah Himself followed which flip
shaft. So that's why we even bizarrely make references to those issues. He references the shaft a position. Now if a person reading this book from another fifth reads it, it can cause confusion. The the publishers from my thread press, they follow and they have detailed research on the Hanafi Fiqh. So what we've done is that for every matter where amount because it quotes the shuffle, again, at the end of the book between the transliteration and the actual biography on page 163, they have notes, giving the hanafy opinion on those issues. That's why it's important for you to have the book itself. So remember that it may see something, but that could be the shuffle position, how do you
know the honeybee position, you have to flip over to page 163. There'll be a footnote there, and they provide references, and also the opinions accorded the Hanafi school of thought in these matters. Not only have they provided references for the Hanafi school of thought on page 6163 onwards, but they've also given references for certain narrations. So for example, you know, because it encourages that when a person goes to the washroom, he should cover his head.
We're going to read that in the opening chapter, maybe next week or the week after, when you go to the washroom you should not go to the washroom with your head uncovered. Now, what's the reference for that? So that's where the footnotes come the first note in the footnotes. footnote number one of this book is that long discussion of the narrations regarding covering the head when going to the washroom. So that's why once again the this this particular edition is very powerful, because of the footnotes and the references that are also given at the end of the book. Now one point to mention here, and this is just a side point, and to help us realize the importance of these great scholars
who came before that great men like him and was added on to La Jolla and we did a whole biography of him last week, talking about how great of a person he was and how he had reached an academic level where the rest of the scholars of his time would aspire to be in scholars say that, you know, a man was out in the LA era, he was a quenching sea of knowledge, and he had so much knowledge he was so much knowledge and because he had and there we can talk about his knowledge all day, but even then, even wasabi lyerly when it comes to matters that he lowers himself in front of another scholar by the name of
Imam Shafi Rahmatullah here, you guys understand this? This is common. We're masters lowered themself in front of other scholars. So when it comes to people like us, who may not be so well versed in religion, you know, we have full time job two, three jobs running. And then at the end of it, we would also want our own personal fifth above that. That's where we need to ask ourselves, are we doing the right thing or the wrong thing? Is this what is this one of those, you know, self empowerment steps where you're empowering yourself by saying that I want to say in what legal rulings should apply inside the machines or to myself? great men like him, because I didn't put the
light on the the father the fifth? You guys understand? Have you guys ever heard the name of half 1100? ls Kalani. Some of you have heard of the name. Some of you may have some half either. Bill hunter Alice Kalani Rahmatullah. Hari is the greatest commentator. Sorry.
Okay. Happy to be the hustlers. Kalani de la la is v. v. Great. And that's in capsule K, the greatest commentator of sahadi.
Whatever school of thought you follow, it's, it doesn't matter here. Whenever you try to understand or reads he'll Bahati. The number one commentary on the top of the list is written by half witted hajat lS kanani, who was one of the senior scholars and he was a graduate from another university, and half of them 100 Mr. Ali, even a man like him who was a master of Hadith, even he was shafa in school thought, you guys understand that, which shows us that these great people who are masters and they were mastered, they had memorized hundreds of 1000s of Hadith, but even they understood that when it comes to matters of faith, there are people who came before who are a lot more firm, and we
should drop ourselves to them and follow their opinions in these matters. Happy to be 100 mackaninee Natalya Lee, he wrote a commentary on Sohail Buhari by the name of Foothill body, what's a
federal body? It's an army. If you'd like to read it, you have to learn anatomy. It's a very beautiful book. He was Schaeffer, he and his brother in law. His name was allama aney. What was his brother in law's name? I love it. I love it also wrote a commentary on it as well. Both brother in law's living at the same time they both work cometary isms to hit Buhari. However, under my name was Hanafi. And
you understand? So what he ended up doing was that he spent a lot of his time refuting his brother in law's commentary.
So the Hanafi scholars spent a lot of time refuting his brother in law and look at these guys, their brother in laws, and they're debating on such a high academic level on the commentary of the hill, Bahati. Half of them then huddled around, he then wrote a response to his brother in law. And he started responding back to all the objections and more, and he left the book incomplete. And he said, If I complete this book, I fear no one will ever buy your book.
Like these men were solid guys, because knology saying that if I complete my book, I fear no one's gonna buy your book. So I'll leave it right there. Here are some replies to your objections. Let's stop right there. So these were great men. Have you guys ever heard of the name of mom suited to life?
He wants you to know the law. He was a giant when it came to the feet, not only the feet, all the sciences, they say that one of the only men in Islamic history who has written a masterpiece and every science of Islam is a mammal suit in
his book and every science is considered as the standard, not just one of the small books in a five page book, none of that kind of stuff. He's written the book and every single science that's maybe hundreds there. And within the sciences, his book is considered as the
the standard, the go to book you go to that book if you want to understand this science. Not I'll give you an example before I establish my point that there was a there was a there's a famous seed. No one has the seed of Jolene. Have you guys ever heard of that book before? It's a very common book. They teach it in all the other programs anyone that has studied the Alinea program from the subcontinent in particular, they have definitely read the book by the name of the seat of seed Jelani. Jelani means to jelas What does it mean? Jelani gelatine is a name so to jelas Jolene, there's an incident is an interesting incident. Behind this book. There was a famous scholar by the
name of gelato Dean mahali Rahmatullah Harare. And what he did was he started writing at the feet of the Quran, there were two unique things about
the unique thing about us the seed was the first thing was that he said that all these scholars write the seed of the Quran but that the seeds are so lengthy. Would you guys agree on that? The average the seed when you think of the word of seed, how many volumes are you thinking of
30 volumes 15 volumes 10 volumes. They're also lengthy so he said I need to write it the fear that small and when he did was he made a formula. He said the formula I'm going to use Dr. Mehta seed is that I will try to match the number of words with the Quran in the Quran with the number with the number of words using the worksheet. So for example, if the current let's say for example, if the Quran consists of 720 1000 words, for example, this is an example okay? If the Quran consists of 20,000 words, how many words are the commentary going to be
20,000 you want it to match it so that way it wasn't too long it was equivalent to the two words of the Quran and he would explain it very briefly but a very beautiful to see. Now the second thing was when he started writing that the seed
he thought to himself that all these long series have written all the scholars start from sin fit harder and go to sort of Baccarat and and sudo RM around surah, Nisa, Milan are often fall Toba like this. And by the time they reach the last 10, Jews of the Quran, most fossils die.
So the last 10 years of the Quran, there's not enough work done on it. So he started from the 15th. Just where do we start from? He went all the way till the end to Sudan, us. He then came back, started for the beginning rope certified Yeah, and then passed away.
So he wrote 15 Joe's wrote sort of fatty and then what happened to him, he passed away. But his work was so beautiful. And it was so unique, that the scholar said, we have to find a way to complete this book off. So they said we need to hire or find another scholar to come and continue on what he's doing. But the scholar has to have such skill in language. And his knowledge has to be so powerful and strong, that he has to mimic the previous writers method. He has to write as if he was a lot of the mahali. You guys understand that? He has right from his eyes from his perspective. So it seems as if it was from the same procedure, same method, same style. So they searched and
searched and searched. And finally they found one scholar who was worthy of this and they knew that this guy can do it. His name was Imam. So UT Rahmatullahi. His full name was gelada Dean's ut imaginativeness. ut, they asked him, can you finish off that CD said no problem. I'll do it. Okay.
He started writing the 15 just to feed on the first of them was on and 15 just to see that's a very long project. Very long project. Okay. How many years do you think it took him to write it?
15 years, 10 years. You know, someone might say like, you know, three years, you might assume and this is just to give you an idea of how great of a genius this man was, mmm suited to like it started on the first of Ramadan. And on the 10th of chawan. He finished off 15 justice here.
That's 40 days. How many days than
40 days in 40 days he wrote to all 15 years of seed and my shift when I studied this book, he said it seems as if you did outdid Mohali. He outdid him in his own style of writing. He wrote better than he wrote that he would write. And that's why this book is called the cheetah lane because there were two jelas involved in writing the book. Okay, now even in unsuited, amatola era, look at this man, he himself follows the shaeffer a school of thought, okay, so there are 10s and 10s of examples of this sort. The reason why I highlight this and mentioned this is because we should humble ourselves in front of these great scholars. And it seems as if it's a part of, you know, just
wanting a say in fifth or wanting to say in religion, it feels like people feel more empowered when they can dictate rulings, rather than submitting themselves to someone
Hire. And this is common in every field. The sad thing is that we accept this principle in every field minus Islam. When people go to the doctors, do you find them sharing their opinions with the doctors in the sitting in the office? I can only imagine the doctor saying please find someone else go somewhere else. You go to a mechanic you can you can share your you can maybe see Oh, how about this, you can ask a question. But you can't share your opinion there because that's the expert. It's disrespectful to stand in front of an expert and share your opinion on the issue. You should ask questions that What about this? What about that? That's okay. But to say that, no, this is not the
way nutrition should work, it should work this way. That's disrespectful and that's wrong. So similarly, when it comes to religion, we should also respect this principle that there are people who are masters in certain fields, and we leave those fields to them. And these are the people who are specialists in this. They've given their lives for this. We should trust their research. So here really mom because they follow the Shafi school fund. This is a very powerful point. From from, from my standpoint for the way I look at it, and I think that's a big lesson for everyone.
However, some divergences with the Shafi school are to be observed here, and therefore Readers should consult the manuals of their respective schools for the official positions related to purification in prayer. We have provided the positions of the Hanafi school on the divergent matters wherever possible. In this edition, there are, these are set as endnotes, along with other useful notes taken from the Arabic editions of the work and introduced by him. Ah, finally, we pray that Allah accept this translator edition from us and allow it to inspire as many as the author's original did
with the translators, because this
is the beginning of guidance, but it is one of
the shorter treatises, one of his most useful for the secrets of a successful and organized moral life. Abu Hamid Al ghazali, wrote this book, if you look at him, because Allah is the year in which he passed away, it was
one Millennium in two years ago, he passed away in 1111 1111 years, you know, what do you call this? See, and today we're in 2013. So, one, one Millennium in two years ago, it's a distance. And that's why we also learn to respect these cars because they're from the older generation,
who immediately goes on he wrote this book as a simplified version of his most celebrated work the revival of the religious sciences, he will room at the end, it was written in reply to one of his students who asked him to write a short essay on spiritual knowledge and the method of practicing and maintaining one spiritual connection with God. The aim of financial hidayah was different from that of his other books. While the idiom, for instance, emphasizes the epistemological, moral and jurisprudential dimensions, when it Daya concentrates on the methodological level, how to reach spiritual guidance and how to meet. So it's all about a method. This book is about a method, there's
a starting point, and you need to do ABCD. It's not just a bunch of information among us, it is literally telling you, here's the map, and you have to join the dots. And there are numbers there go from one doc to second, second to third, third to fourth, you have to follow the pattern and the method that he meant was always giving. This book is about a method. It's a method and how to reach closest to Allah subhana wa Tada.
It was published in Arabic many times, it was published in Cairo in 1353, or 1932, and also in Belgrade without date, but before 1391 1972 by Fawad aldine samurai. The book was also published in Beirut in 1409, slash 1988 by Darren boo elmia. Unfortunately, the Arabic conditions were full of were full of type of graphical and textual errors that confused and sometimes critically changed the meaning. I mean, this happens a lot when, when books are printed, you have to remember one thing, there is always a chance of a typing error. And a typing error can make a very big difference. It's a symbol dot symbol, Holocaust, sometimes, sometimes just the way words are written, they can make a
very big difference. I always share with you guys a story and I've shared it before I'll share it again. That one of my teachers was telling us a story that he saw one person, he was praying salon, he was rocking in prayer, side by side like this. He was rocking like this and praying. Softer prayer was over. My teacher asked him
and he said that why were you rocking in prayer? So he said, Brother, what do you know? It's in the Hadith.
So awesome. What kind of Hadith is this? Where is he said it's in, say, Muslim. So it is your Shahada Rahim said I've been teaching a Muslim for over 10 years. I've never come across as it says, show me the Hadith. So this guy, he went to the shelf and he picked up an audio translation of a Muslim which translation,
the translation and he opened up the deco look. So the shifts that I looked at the army of the the Hadeeth and it said, whoever is in arm from you for your hafizullah he should keep prayer short. It's a famous Hadith whoever is appointed as Imam should he make prayer long.
Long or short? Short, nothing? No often and so no long fall. Short, that's a principle. Can you guys remember that? No often in Santa's long fight is short, because you need to be considered of the weakest person in your gathering. You need to be considered the weakest person in front
of them as long as you want, you can stand there all night. No one's gonna stop you inshallah. But when it comes to five, you should make sure that you keep it short and concise to make sure that people who are there they are not inconvenienced by your prayer. So you read this hadith and said, How did you deduce the meaning of rocking in prayer from this? It says, keep your prayer short? How did you do this to me of rocking? He said, Arabic?
So he said to my teacher, forget that. Have you read it?
So he said, Okay, so he read the other one, it said, to message your mom who went to Moscow. So in in order that we have two types of yarn. And yeah, we have the one that looks like an S. And one that's a very long one, like a like an underlying, long line. And they both give a different meaning. When shorty when I was pretty young, one gives a pronunciation of E. The other one gives a pronunciation of a. So for example, if you want the car for the car, you would say key. If you wrote the car for the long, yeah, you would say, okay, so it said to Mr. Joe Imam who went to Moscow. The guy was wrong. Yeah. It was supposed to be halki. He was talking
to Mr. Joe mom, who in the Moscow hockey party means he should keep it short. So he changed the reality What are y'all when instead of hockey becomes Hill cave, which means you should rock while praying. So small types, like titles like this make a difference. That's why it's important that you don't only rely on books because you'll be amazed that sometimes the most authentic books also have titles, sometimes the most authentic books for that type of Alhamdulillah other than not, because the Quran has been preserved by Allah subhana wa Tada. And even if someone doesn't make a typing mistake, it's corrected just like this because there are millions of people across the world I can
say, maybe who have memorized the Quran or portions of the Quran. Gee,
I really use the Babylon edition for this translation comparing it throughout the Cairo in Beirut additions that only Daya has been translated before into German by Joseph hell 1914 and English by delete Montgomery watts in 1953. the latter's translation was incomplete included in his larger work, the faith and practice of Azadi in London and covering the first and second parts of the video leading up to third CMM. Python is book consistent. This book right here consists of three parts. The first section is about how do you use your day, productively. So you walk us through a 24 hour day of you know, with guidelines and suggestions on what to do, the second part of the book, it
engages in those things that we should stay away from. So the things that we should not do, for example, the different types of sin, the different sins that are committed with the different body parts, that's a whole discussion there. So first one is what to do. The second part is what not to do. The third part of the book he talks about, and this is actually, in my opinion, the most spiritual part of this book, I love it to bits, the last part, and it talks about how to develop companionship with Allah subhanho, wa Taala. And how to develop companionship with the creation and how Allah, it's a very powerful part, when we get to that part of the book, you'll understand why
I'm saying this. Okay, so these are three parts. However, Montgomery, when he did the translation, he thought the third part of the book wasn't a part of the book, he saw, he didn't see a flow. The first two, there was a flow of the last part, there's no flow there. So what he ended up doing was that he said, he said, let's just take it out. And he didn't include the third part into the book, he deleted one third of the book more or less. So that's what he's referring to here. What clean the third part does not seem to belong to the book, but offer no proof for his opinion. Indeed, the third part goes in harmony with the previous two, both in language and purpose CML has it has a
language and he also has a method of writing Dinnerstein. And the third part easily thought flows into the first two parts, but you have to understand them and understanding them because it is thought and then you'll see it from there.
Once translesion furthermore has many mistakes, okay, now whenever not whenever but very commonly, when orientalist decide to work on Islamic text, there are some common mistakes they make. So when you have orientalist academics out there who are not Muslim, and they're trying to analyze Islamic texts, there are some common mistakes they make and what also made these mistakes. What are those mistakes? The first one, the titles of the Quranic sutras and chapters and the numbers of the verses, most of the verses numberings are wrong. So one common mistake they make is titling the sutras and verses properly numbering them properly, okay? It's it's, it's something that's you know,
that requires further further research. You have to understand the Quran properly, have it memorized, and then you can make those references very quick. But when you're doing a whole book like this, it's very common. This is not one or two scenarios very common, that the referencing will be wrong. And as Muslims obviously we want to make sure when it comes to the Quran in particular, the referencing is accurate enough
On. The second common mistake they make is right mistakes related to the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So they kind of misunderstand the context of the statements of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. as Muslims, we know, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam statements and actions are all within a framework of belief. You guys understand that? They're within a framework of belief. If any action seemingly contradicts that framework, then we don't say the framework is broken. We try to understand that statement or that action with more detail. You guys understand that? Right? We try to understand that with more detail, but what's the message
behind this? For example, we know that Allah subhana wa tada has forgiven the prophets of Allah while it was set up. Understood, right? We know that right after prophet everything his persona was forgiven everything. leofric Allahumma Takata melindungi Kamata Alas, forgiven all the sins of the prophecy, most of them. Now some orientalist can see if that's true, then why is it that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is staying stuck for 100 times a day? It seems like there's a contradiction there. So we say there's no contradiction here. In order to understand that, actually, the prophet said a lot of them, you have to understand the framework. And the framework is he's
already forgiven. So if he's already forgiven, then why is he making autobahn is too far. There's something extra to Why? First, there are two answers. The first answer is he's teaching the oma, he doesn't need it. But he teaching the oma, it's like you know, the doctor, he doesn't smoke himself, because he wants his patients to learn that you're also not supposed to smoke. He's teaching through action. And the second thing is that in Islam, we believe that it's the far isn't only used for forgiving of sins. If a person makes a step far, along with sins being forgiven, what happens to that person's rank,
it's elevated. So now when you look at it from this framework, it makes a lot more sense. So that's why it's important that you look at the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam in the right framework from the right perspective. And the third common mistake they make is semantics, semantics mistakes related to the language of Muslim jurists. Now when they read Islamic books, or what do you call this jurisprudence,
they don't understand the language because like I mentioned, Hadeeth has a context fifth also has a framework and context to work within. So these three things because they're not familiar with the Quran, Hadith, or filk. When they decide to work on these texts, it's very common that you'll find Miss quotations and and they can be very convincing if you don't have knowledge, but for a scholar, he'll be able to read through them very quickly and see that these are mistakes right here. So what made some of these mistakes as well gee, mistakes like these are common in oriental orientalist works because they did not know the textual meanings of the Islamic legal language and its
comprehensive relation to their jurisprudence. I'll give you an example have you guys you guys know the word Jihad right? What does the word Jihad mean?
Now you guys know that Mashallah, okay. Now let's say there's someone who's not sitting here was on the street some some person who's not even Muslim when he hears the word you have what happens?
Now imagine that she's on the gym, right? And he's bench pressing, and the other spotting him says, Come on, show me some Jihad some Islam jihad. Now what happens to everyone else in the gym?
job. Everyone ducks down, maybe something crazy is gonna happen. Now the reason is because they haven't understood the word yet. The word Jihad has a meaning in Islam, what is the meaning of the words you have?
to struggle to strive, make some struggle, make some louzada strive struggle. It's very interesting military war, the brothers and sisters who work at care, Mashallah they're doing something that the oma should be doing, but they are, you know, these lawyers are at the forefront, and they're giving their day and night working. And, you know, and they're allowing us to live in safety in peace with our houses, for the rehab, and some others. They started a special Twitter campaign. I think it was last year, maybe earlier this year, called the mind Jihad campaign. You guys heard of that? Right? Hashtag my jihad. So what they're doing is that the idea behind I was talking to somebody was saying
to me, that we're reclaiming the word jihad. It's been hijacked. People have taken their word away from us, we're going to reclaim it, we're going to claim the word Jihad back. So the campaign is not my jihad, right? Hashtag my jihad is to cut down on eating chocolate tweet, you understand? My jihad is to tie my shoelaces with one hand tweet, for example, you guys understand that? So it's like claiming the word Jihad back because sometimes, words are hijacked, and they're stolen, and when they're stolen, you have to claim something back that's stolen from you. So that's the whole idea here that people don't understand the true legal translation or the legal language. And then this
confusion that comes out of that.
According to Muslim scholars, each text must be considered from the perspective of incense reference ruling values and other aspects. This is another issue. This is the point out here. A lot of our young men and women even within the Muslim community, when they decide to open up books of Hadith and Quran, sometimes they don't understand the context of the other of the other traditions that are reading. And if you don't understand the context of the verses of the Hadees that you're reading, it could be very dangerous. That's why it's important that when you study Islam, you study it under a scholar. So
They can guide you and help you. It's very important this point is requires a holistic approach and deep knowledge in the Islamic religious sciences that many oriental orientalist were deficient in a better translation on Islamic guidance was published in 1979 by Dr. Mohammed above possum of Langston University Malaysia. This translation included the third part which was emitted by watch both translations I found useful when comparing with the values original and learning how to offer my readers and improved rendering. This edition presents a complete English text free of syntactical and semantic problems. It helps a student scholar and general reader to improve in spirituality and
research by reading a more reliable text. It is worth noting that ghazali wrote this work with the public and was able to follow the minute details of daily life from early morning until sunset without redundancy, his language is highly eloquent and formal, get non technical model designer, there's something beautiful about him, his language is very formal, it's very nice, it's very beautiful. And in order to truly appreciate the value, you have to add an RV. It's because the use of the language and the way it has this beautiful flow that goes with it. And you'll learn this about the scholars of the past. May Allah preserve them and reward them wherever they are in the
world, that they were always eloquent in language. And this is something very important. One thing that we should train our children from a very young age, that we should train them to be eloquent in language. We shouldn't be those who are happy with them being good in certain sciences, but not in language. Language is very important. It could be any language in the world, but you should be very good in your language. Our teacher Shinkansen Matata sub, I was just discussing this, I was in Toronto two days ago. And when I was there, I was talking with a few friends. And I was saying to them, one of my colleagues that we studied with, I studied with another son. I have a saying to him
that sometimes when I think about our principal, she thinks of Madonna, it amazes me. What amazes me about him is that he was a master in many sciences. But in particular, when it came to language, I don't think there was anyone that I had met that could match him when it came to audio language. Just the way he wrote his understanding of the words to fluency how to win the fluency he had when he wrote and he once gave us a whole lecture once on how to write poetry.
How to compose over the porch, he was trying to make us into poets little letting know that we were light years behind writing one of the poetry but he was getting us excited about the poetry he was right are the poetry a lot in Persian poetry. And you know, he was a master in the languages. So we should also train our kids from now when they're young to be masters in language Imam, Imam Shafi, you don't have to LA era, when he wanted to gain mastery in Arabi. He actually went to the veteran lands, and some say he went to the Arabian lands, right outside Mecca, and he stayed there for years. Why so because the veterans had the most purest form of therapy. When you come to the city,
you meet different people, different cultures, different backgrounds, so then it gets mixed. It's kind of like the older language, the older language really isn't, in. Historically speaking, it's not really a language, it's more of a basic language, you know, the,
the mobile Empire, in their barracks, they would have the mobile and Ottoman Empire and their barracks of soldiers would gather together from different backgrounds, different countries, and they would speak their languages. And one would speak Farsi, for example, they don't want to speak Hindi, for example, whatever, four or five languages put together, and they all sort of trading words and that's what we're looking at into existence. It's called a beric language is the language that comes from the barracks because this is the language of soldiers. It was a made up language by soldiers, this is what their their form of communicating, but because the soldiers belong to the Muslim
armies, and then ended up becoming Muslim identity in India, and then you know, in Hyderabad, the Nizam he established the battle tangela the establishment where they translated all the texts into order. And then after that, they also established a university where lectures were given an order, they they did all this to promote the order language. So there's, there's a big history, rule that head on, please, in regards to establishing and developing the oral language. So anyway, we were talking about the same I'm Shafi Rahmatullah himself went to the Bedouin lands to learn Arabic. And this made him a beautiful poet. One thing people don't know about him Shafi Rahmatullah Holly is
that he was a,
a very good point, not just a point, he wasn't a mediapad, he was a very good poet. This city I was sitting at home and I was reading, I was thinking some Han Allah, it's modern, and the month of Muharram, marks also the Shahada of Paseo de la with Allah. And similarly along one was the grandson of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. Now, obviously, in Islam, we know that there's no tradition in regards to celebration and all this stuff. It's more than obvious because the last one was martyred after the Prophet said, lots of pastors so you can't have any narrations in this regard period, for the purpose of lots of them. But it's just a beautiful moment to reflect over what sacrifice you
went through what kind of Messiah you went through, what kind of courage the man had, the battles that he fought, that he fought and all this other good stuff. And I was speaking to some friends about the honor of the elevate the family of the purpose that alone is in fact one of the Law Center the law one hasn't really allowed it
They allow one. And you know what one brother said to me in the gathering? He said multi sob. It seems as if your diamonds getting weak.
What did you say to me? It seems as if you're, you're, you're withering, you're like you're shaking a little you're not firm. So I said, Why is that? He said, Well, when's the last time you heard a Sunday praise to elevate the Hello enough for the lamella? What do you say? When's the last time you heard him? Suddenly praise to elevate. And this is a common thing. You have to understand this. In the previous days, this became a problem where a group and I won't name any group, a particular group hijack the debate, and people that praise them or show any love for them. It was as if they were from that group, when in reality, they had nothing to do with that group. And this became
common even at a mom Chavez time. Imam Shafi Rahmatullah Holly someone came and said to him, that it seems like you're praising the debate a lot these days is your Eman still firm. So you've shopped around with the lolly then sell a very beautiful line of poetry. And this is because language is so good. He said in Ghana if done hobo Ali Mohammedan Felicia Kalani and me Rafi. He said if you say that a Shia or a Rafi is one who loves the family of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, then add my list to the top of that madman needs at the top of that list. You understand? In gathering the hobo Allah Muhammad and Felicia Kalani Rafi, there are many panelists if you want to, you can call them
whatever you want. You use your language, I still have my appeal and attack and firm. But you can't take me away from loving the elevate the family members of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So we were talking about the importance of having good language, we should, we should never undermine this I have seen so many scholars. So many scholars from Islamic Institute's who graduate Unfortunately, they cannot write a paragraph with proper punctuation. I have seen so many kids graduate from him schools across Chicago across America across the world. And when they graduate from his programs at the age of 1314. They can't speak English properly. Which Have you seen this or
not? Horrible language, very bad language. And you think to yourself, what happened to your language this is something very important. It's not something small that you can overlook. The language and your mastery and language is very important. We started this from number one because he was highly eloquent and formal. But he wasn't technical. He wasn't too technical on his terminology, because technical terminology requires scholarship to understand it. So he didn't make a technical, it was formal and eloquent. Ge.
It flows smoothly and empowers the heart with the light of wisdom. I would like to thank white red, white, red press for the interest shown in revising and publishing the second edition of this book. My sincere thanks goes to multi over the recommended news for his great efforts produced for the English speaking reader, a reliable version based on the most authentic Arabic text and enhanced by useful jurisdictional notes. I would also like to thank the people who worked hard to bring the English texts closer to the level of perfection, special things to go to my students at Washington University, who eagerly studied the text in detail and who challenged and inspired me to enhance my
work in my service. For all people above and my readers, I asked a lot most exalted to grant them all the sincere intention to obtain useful knowledge and act upon it. I mean, I mean, well read through the, the author's biography, which is half a page and then it will stop inshallah, next week, we'll start the actual introduction of email because as of next week, we'll be starting because it is working. Well, we'll read through the brief biographies of members Allium, page 171. This will
to see a sharpie because it was from a tooth. Where was he from? Anyone number two says
it's Iran. Where is he from? Currently in on this, because Ali Abdullah is from GE. He was born in 450. slash 1058. induce located in present day, Iran. So if he passed away, think about this for a second if he passed if he was born in 58 and passed away, and 11 how many years How many years did he live?
How many years 63 years right 63 years. I mean, it's it's not such a long life. It's not such a short life. But as a scholar say it's a sooner life because the process of himself also how many years 63 years gee. He studied under the Greek theology and jurist Emmanuel haramain Duany and produced a number of texts on Islamic law and theology. At the age of 34. He accepted the position as Rector and Professor of the new zamia of college and but God, he remained busy teaching, refuting Harish heresies, and responding to questions from all segments of the community. During this period he produced a celebrated works the objectives of the philosophers Mufasa philosopher, followed by
the incoherence of the philosophers, the half alpha philosopher, in which he strongly challenged period with the pedic philosophy. There after facing a personal spiritual crisis, Mount ghazali abruptly left his position
spent the next 10 years in between the cities of Damascus maka Medina in Jerusalem. During this period he wrote the seminal revivification of the religious sciences as aluma been a grand work of 40 books outlining the significance and wisdom underlying the practices of Islam. At this point, the amount was only returned to teaching initial load. And finally it is birthplace of tools, leaving a legacy of works that synthesize jurisprudence, philosophy, theology, and Sufism. Among those only died in 505 1111 tools. And in short time was recognized as the reviver which are the end of the century, celebrated ever since among Muslims approval of Islam, which the economy was added to the
stamp. And hundreds of Islam means a proof of Islam. The reason why they call them hundreds of Islam was because they say he was such an intellectual person, that the fact that even though he was so smart, he was a Muslim. That aside, Islam is the truth.
Imagine how smart he was the scholars of the time, what did they call him?
on Islam, that him being a Muslim is a sign that Islam is a true religion. Because he's such an intellectual man. He's such a smart man. And he debated all the religions out there and had studied all the religions out there. He was a debater for a great part of his life, especially with the philosophers. He debated with him, you roll with the word you were in that science. He was in the sciences. So they say that he after studying all the sciences and being firm and strong in the sciences, his conclusion was that Islam is the Huq Islam is a true religion. That in itself is 100 Islam. It's a proof of Islam. I pray that Allah subhanaw taala showers mercy on him was Alia from
the diary, and allows all of us to benefit from his beautiful words and law that allows us to teach these words to other people as well. melasma that allow people to benefit from the words of men without empathy and in such gatherings until the day of judgment. Subhan Allah hid behind the use of Hanukkah lama behenic Allah Allah, Allah and Mr Filipina to break after the awana monogamy ceremony