Imam an-Nawawi (rah)

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  • He studied 12 subjects a day. He would sleep sitting up, because he was so busy studying.

  • He crystallized the Shafi’i madh-hab (it was compiled by Imam Abu Is-haq Shirazi and Imam al-Ghazalli). He linked the fiqh to the dalil.

  • He was a muhaddith, a faqih, an usuli.

  • His room was filled with books. He wrote books for public consumption such as his compilation of 40 ahadith, his Adhkaar, and Riyadus Saliheen.

  • He wrote on tasawwuf but didn’t subscribe to a particular tariqah.

(Shaikh Riyad Saluji)

Character of Rasulullah (saw)

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  • The character of Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam was defined by three things:
    1. A cool, calm mind;
    2. A wide heart, a pure heart connected to Allah;
    3. A soft and sweet tongue.

(Shaikh Riyad Saluji)

Things to Make Dua For

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  • We should implore that He makes beloved to us what was most beloved to His beloved.

  • Salah is the caravan of the seekers and their mi’raj. We should make dua that He makes it that for us as well.

(Shaikh Riyad Saluji)

What is Death?

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  • It is a journey back home.

  • We were born to die and go back to Him.

(Shaikh Riyad Saluji)

Reality of Humanity

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  • Insaan (human) comes from the word uns, meaning “solace” or “intimacy”. Because that’s what we once were, when we were in Jannah: we had the uns with Allah.

  • Why was Jannah a happy place? Because you were with Allah.

  •  What is the greatest punishment for the people of Hell? That they are mahjooboon – they can’t ever see Allah and thus won’t ever know what it’s like to be human again.

  • Thus the purpose of Salah is for us to become human, through rediscovering that uns.

(Shaikh Riyad Saluji)

Why is Salah Fard?

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  • It is so that we would learn that He is the Source of Peace, so that we would disconnect from the world.

  • If it wasn’t, we would be unhappy. Our hearts would be attached to other than Him.

(Shaikh Riyad Saluji)

Suffering in the World

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  • Why is the world painful? Why is there difficulty and suffering? It is so that you would turn to Him and find Him.

  • Had He made the world easy, we would have forgotten Him.

(Shaikh Riyad Saluji)

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