The Spiritual Path begins in Tawba (A GenM talk by Mufti Aasim Rashid)

Notes from Mufti Aasim Rashid’s opening lecture at the GenM conference in British Columbia on Jan 5th 2013. It was my first time hearing Mufti Aasim speak, and alhamidullah, it was a wonderful, thought-provoking talk. Alhamidullah for the blessing of local, excellent teachers! Below, a few gems from the talk.

      • Before we get to the akhira, our good and bad deeds affect us in this world.
      • Sometimes we are so busy with the asbab (means) we don’t affirm the Creator behind them.
      • Dua for us has become more of a formality. How many minutes did we actually spend in dua today? On Friday, when there is a period of time when Allah says duas are accepted, did we try to catch that time?
      • Allah is saying to us “Ask Me, I answer the call, I solve the problem, I regulate the issue. I am the One who does everything! So where, and to whom are you turning?”
      • Look for our good deeds, because going to need to need them in dunya.
      • Every step towards Allah starts with tawba (repenting for one’s sins) and istighfar (asking Allah for forgiveness). We are never running to Allah showing how good we are. We always go with humility.
      • Prophet told us to make lots of istighfar (asking Allah for forgiveness), because I am the best of you, and I make istighfar 100 times a day.
      • After istighfar, we must focus on the fara’id (obligations).
      • Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu ‘anhu, reported that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said:


“Allah the Almighty has said: ‘Whosoever acts with enmity towards a closer servant of Mine (wali), I will indeed declare war against him. Nothing endears My servant to Me than doing of what I have made obligatory upon him to do. And My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with supererogatory (nawafil) prayers so that I shall love him. When I love him, I shall be his hearing with which he shall hear, his sight with which he shall see, his hands with which he shall hold, and his feet with which he shall walk. And if he asks (something) of Me, I shall surely give it to him, and if he takes refuge in Me, I shall certainly grant him it.’”

[Al-Bukhari]

            • There are rights (huqooq) that are obligatory to fulfill. The rights of parents, of family members, of society.
            • There are the obligations of adopting necessary beliefs.
            • Nowadays spirituality taken in wrong context. The spiritual path begins in tawba repenting for one’s sins), correct intentions, and end of spiritual path in Islam is ihsan. And anything that takes us there is part of the spiritual path.  We need to fix ourselves before we leave this world.
            • And person who has gotten close, is then looking for extra opportunities. Fard can never be excused with nawafil. Sometimes we make our Islam about the nawafil. These are excellent acts that we should do, but they do not take the place of the fara’id. Some people, their Islam is about feeding the poor, which is excellent, but it does not take place of the fara’id. Some people, their Islam is about charity, which is excellent and we should be engaged in charity, but it does not take place of the fara’id.
            • Community work does not take the place of taking care of our parents.
            • “Now beloved of Mine”… Allah is saying One of Mine, and I will look out for him, I will protect him.
            • The doors of khayr are open when people rectify their bond and commitment with Allah.
            • We’ve shown unwillingness to compromise dunya, but not our deen. It should be the other way around.
            • Way to Allah starts with tawba, then the fara’id, then the nawafil acts that we can do consistently.
            • For ease, comfort, peace of mind, let us activate our connection with Allah.
            • Every one of us needs help, needs a teacher helping us along the way to Allah.

~ Mufti Aasim Rashid, Jan 5th 2012.

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