Examine your intention. Know your objective. Verily, recompense is based on intention. The Prophet said, “Actions are judged by their intentions and every person will have what they intended.”
Al-Muhasibi in “Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance”

Chain of narration linking some major reciters of our time all the way back to the Prophet in their recitation of the Quran.

Chain of narration linking some major reciters of our time all the way back to the Prophet in their recitation of the Quran.


The Holy Places

I have been blessed to make a trip to umrah. Below is the extent of what I plan to post about it. I’m taking it as a personal spiritual discipline issue.

Some things are meant to be experienced without sharing them with everyone else. Turn to God alone, with nobody else, enjoy it, and then keep it for yourself.

God bless.




Imam Zaid explaining al-Muhasibi’s “Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance.”

Imam Zaid explaining al-Muhasibi’s “Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance.”


Practical adab tip— this is how the elderly deserve to be treated.

Practical adab tip— this is how the elderly deserve to be treated.


Practical Adab Tip

One should always be conscious of their surroundings and seek to be considerate to those who are sharing a space with them.

Some practical examples:
- When in a store or a public walkway, never stand in the middle of the aisle or sidewalk.
- When in a public space adjust the volume of your conversation and presence in accordance with the space.
- Don’t listen to things at a very high volume in quiet areas (i.e. Residential neighborhoods).
- If there are children around make sure your content is child-appropriate.
- if you are the first car at a stoplight it is your responsibility to not mess it up for everyone else by not paying attention.
- If you’re at a left turn yield light move up so that if it turns yellow more than you can make the light.
- If it’s late and you’re leaving an apartment, watch your volume. People are sleeping.


And so on.


Generally principle: always be considerate of your surroundings and circumstances.


Practical Adab Tip

It’s not appropriate to discuss publicly parts of your body that should be covered according to the normative teachings of Islam.

This is not gender specific and applies to both sides. For example, if a guy mentions how his quads feel good after a workout, it’s inappropriate. If a girl mentions how her abs feel after a workout, it’s also inappropriate.

Again, not trying to call people out, just sharing for those who care.


Adab

Everything goes back to adab (manners, refinement, taste). Things are learned through exercising it, gateways of understanding are opened through it. It beautifies the person internally and externally and causes them to be beloved to the people, and more importantly to Allah.

We are in an age of disconnectedness and adab was always learned face to face through continued interactions.

A reminder to myself to constantly strive for it, as it is the embodiment of true beauty.

It’s hard to explain abstractly so when I see things that contradict it I will point them out over time, anonymously, without intending to call anyone out.