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The Sacred State of Itikaf

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Riyadul Haqq

Channel: Riyadul Haqq

Episode Notes

An Excerpt from the lecture, ‘Ramaḍān: A Spiritual Retreat’ – Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Sunday 14th May 2017 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)

I’tikaf is a sacred state in which people enter during the last 10 days of Ramadan. Being restricted to the Masjid, people are often distracted by technology and can easily fall into sin while in seclusion.

I’tikaf goes beyond physical detachment from the rest of the world. It is a mental, spiritual and emotional state that a person should be in, maintaining a connection with Allah throughout.

Find out in this short excerpt just how easy it is for a person to fall into sin while in the state of I’tikaf and what they should do to prepare for these final 10 days of Ramadan.

Episode Transcript

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At the golf isn't just physical. This is why we can be in Africa and yet have no Africa whatsoever.

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Hmm. People are in the masjid.

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They're in the masjid of Allah in the final 10 days of Ramadan. They are in the sacred state of Attica.

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Let's speak of ourselves a laugh a bit, but I be in the masjid in the final 10 days of Ramadan in Africa within intention of sooner Hezekiah

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planning to stay for the whole 10 days and never leaving the mustard

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and fasting in those 10 days. So a dual Attica, the attic off of the masjid, the attic are for fasting, they have the Gulf state of fasting. I'm in seclusion, I'm supposedly in retreat from the world.

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And yet there I am sitting on my smartphone, surfing the net. I'm not saying it's wrong.

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I'm just saying that I can be in the Gulf and you're not being etica. I'm surfing the net.

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I'm attached to the world.

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I don't, but I could be reading gossip,

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vain, worldly news,

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irrelevant things.

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And then having finished from my browsing session,

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I could then have a friend sit next to me.

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And whilst being in the Attica, secluded inside a tent,

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I could be engaged in conversation with another person in Africa, in the masjid in the state of fast both of us backbiting someone else

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and engaging in the verbal sin of backbiting.

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And so, I am in the center of the machine, maybe right next to the member and then we'll suddenly on the subject of the man. Maybe I am the Mr.

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I am the email.

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I've just finished leading salah

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and I'm in my tent, surrounded by students.

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And I'm engaged in backbone, Panama, I could be in Africa and yet have no Africa. Because at the golf isn't just a physical state. It's a mental state. It's an emotional state. It's a spiritual state. The real meaning of Attica, not just inside the machine is a retreat from the whole world. Just as a sort of muscle alarm, it retreated from the dunya.

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You have to detach yourself from the physical world to tap into that spiritual and it has to be a complete break. It's like going from one room to another one world to another one realm to another one complete state to another. You can't have your feet in both places at the same time.