An excerpt from Imam Ghazali’s Ayyuhal Walad – translated by Shaikh Seraj Hendricks Ayyuhal Walad, “Oh my Young Man,” is a letter to a student by Hujjat. Page ). . Page ) ..!:) ».«. Page *. ]: [.) *.: .) *.: .) *.. ) *. *.: .) *. *: .:): »..« Page ))».. «:». «:». «:).. 16 Mar Imam Al-Ghazali (rh) begins this letter to his student, whom he affectionately calls walad (=Son), by saying Ya ayyuhal walad al-mehboobi i.e. O.

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Hatim al-Asam begins every lesson with that: So, he says that I observed humanity and I saw that it is the very part of human nature that every single human being is in love with something or someone or some idea.

We should start with some amal-e-salih and try to fall in love with them. He did not give away everything. How can we feel Allah swt in our Prayer? That nafs also desires.

So here you have two different possibilities of tasawwuf. It shows how much one learns when they associate themselves for a long period of time with walqd Ullema and Mashaikh Ayyuhql, one thing is to say that I want to do amaal-e-salihone thing would be to say that I want to be regular and consistent in amaal-e-salihaat ; Here, he is saying that I fell in love with amaal-e-salih!

Imam Al-Ghazali wrote him a very long letter which has been printed in the Arab world as a small Risala or an epistle. Copyright has expired in the U.

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But both in the lifetime of Nabi e Kareem sws and after the Beloved Messenger sws waoad away from this world, even after giving away so much in charity, he agyuhal well-off. Imam Al-Ghazali rh wrote a letter to one of his students and this student was a graduate from the Madrassa Islamic Institution of Learning that Imam Al-Ghazali was teaching at. The second lesson that Shaykh Hatim ayyual says that he learnt from his Shaykh — Shaykh Shaqiq rh — is that again he said that I saw humanity, I reflected upon the human condition and I saw that to be human is to desire.


This is something that the mashaikh of tasawwuf understood so well that how deeply we have to purify ourselves. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

They are always striving, yearning, seeking, acquiring something. Type of work Copyright has expired in Egypt if But he gave away what we call ayyual an al-zarurah — that was beyond his needs, as he perceived them to be, he gave them away.

And, wa ma indallah — that which lies with Allah swt, that which is in the possession and dominion of Allah swt is eternal, it is subsisting, it is ayyunal ending. So, Hatim says that I learnt how to understand humanity from you and when I saw this about humanity that: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

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Third thing that Shaykh Hatim rh mentions which he learnt from keeping the company of his shaykh, that I saw humanity has another thing to them and that is that they all strive for something. So what I learnt from you, Shaykh, was that I have to keep my nafs away from my unlawful desires and pleasures.

From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Not just to give away the extra money, not just to give something that we view as extra. Certain types of Egyptian works official documents, stamps, works of national folklore should use specific license tags instead of this generic tag. This page was last edited on 20 Novemberat You have had my company for thirty years, what have you learnt in the 30 years that you have been with me?

That is why there are so many adaab in our Deen for all of the acts of worship, so that the acts become more enjoyable and we perform them with love. And then secondly, may Allah swt help us to not just avoid the bad desires, but to actually go deeper and take out those bad desires and bad pleasures.


So it means to give away from those things that we always thought of keeping with us. When our nafs desires them itself, then doing those wala becomes very easy. We use that as an excuse to give away nothing. The Student actually wrote Imam Al-Ghazali a letter asking him for some final words of advice, which he ayyuha, in his letter, that he would bind close to his heart and do his utmost effort to practice upon throughout his life. The following other wikis use this file: O my beloved Son.

Third Lesson I learnt that to be human is to acquire. This whole world, every single thing that people have, is going to come to nothing when they pass away, and certainly when the world ends itself. This is another battle that we are trying to wage and that is our nafs does not desire to pray.

What we really need to do is prevent our nafs from having those desires. Some Sahaba karam ra like Syedna Uthman al-Ghani ra were very well-off. And I realized that the things of the world are necessarily bound to fade away, so I started giving away my extraneous wealth and possessions to get the eternal rewards of the akhirah. I learnt that to be human is to desire.

If we can prevent the nafs itself from having unlawful desires, then the question of us acting on those desires, or thinking along those lines, or yearning for those things is completely gone. That is going to be when you enjoy Salah.

So, if we want to make our Salah an act of love, we need to start focusing on the adaab of Salah.