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The Exquisite Pearl - Purification of the Heart


This two day course aims to explore some of the main spiritual stations that are essential for the heart in its worship of Allah and journeying to Him. The stations being qualities such as sincerity, love, fear, hope, patience, contentment and their like. It will explain how to 'arrive' at these stations and make them part and parcel of who we are. 
 
This course is a must for every seeker desiring guidance on how to purify their hearts and gain intimacy with their Lord. It will cover the knowledge of the soul and provide students with advice on how to gain nearness to Allah (swt).
 

The Exquisite Pearl: The Journey to Allah and the Home of the Hereafter. Of all the faculties man has been endowed with, none excels the heart in importance and nobility. For the heart is both the seat of intelligence and understanding, and the locus of faith and spirituality; it is the quintessential faculty by which man may come to know his creator, and seek nearness and intimacy with Him. The heart's spiritual sustenance lies in its being receptive to the effusions of divine grace and guidance, without which the veils that cover it will continue to corrupt its primordial purity, gradually rendering it dysfunctional! Each veil- a metaphor for heedlessness, sins and distraction- that is melted away by the rays of faith and spiritual endeavour, allows vital qualities such as love of Allah, as well as hope, fear, remembrance, and reliance upon Him, are referred to in the religious vocabulary as spiritual stations; only when the heart embraces these stations is it said to be truly sound. The Majestic Qur'an informs: 


'The day when wealth and sons avail not, save him who brings to Allah a heart that is sound.' 


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The Exquisite Pearl - Purification of the Heart


This course is a brief introduction to the Islamic science of spirituality or wayfaring to Allah.It is based upon a poem entitled, 'The Journey to Allah and the Home of the Hereafter,' written by the late Sheikh AbdurRahman al-Sa'di (1307H/1889CE), as well as a brief explanation to the poem, which he called, 'The Exquisite Pearl.'
 
This two day course aims to explore some of the main spiritual stations that are essential for the heart in its worship of Allah and journeying to Him. The stations being qualities such as sincerity, love, fear, hope, patience, contentment and their like. It will explain how to 'arrive' at these stations and make them part and parcel of who we are. 
 
This course is a must for every seeker desiring guidance on how to purify their hearts and gain intimacy with their Lord. It will cover the knowledge of the soul and provide students with advice on how to gain nearness to Allah (swt).
 

The Exquisite Pearl: The Journey to Allah and the Home of the Hereafter. Of all the faculties man has been endowed with, none excels the heart in importance and nobility. For the heart is both the seat of intelligence and understanding, and the locus of faith and spirituality; it is the quintessential faculty by which man may come to know his creator, and seek nearness and intimacy with Him. The heart's spiritual sustenance lies in its being receptive to the effusions of divine grace and guidance, without which the veils that cover it will continue to corrupt its primordial purity, gradually rendering it dysfunctional! Each veil- a metaphor for heedlessness, sins and distraction- that is melted away by the rays of faith and spiritual endeavour, allows vital qualities such as love of Allah, as well as hope, fear, remembrance, and reliance upon Him, are referred to in the religious vocabulary as spiritual stations; only when the heart embraces these stations is it said to be truly sound. The Majestic Qur'an informs: 


'The day when wealth and sons avail not, save him who brings to Allah a heart that is sound.' 

 

The Following topics will be covered in this course:
 
  1. The Awakening
  2. The Aspiration
  3. The Station of Sincerity
  4. The Station of Fear and Hope
  5. The Station of Love
  6. The Station of Remebrance
  7. Seeking Nearness to Allah (swt)
  8. Self-Inspection
  9. The Station of Patience
  10. The Station of Contentment
  11. The Station of Gratitude
  12. The Station of Reliance
  13. The Station of Excellence
  14. The Station of Good Character
  15. The Station of Attentive Care
  16. The Station of Renunciation
  17. The Fellowship

 

 

 
 

Taught in English

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