Friday 19 October 2012

Islamic Spirituality (Zuhd or Tasawwuf) - The Qur'anic Approach

In a world where materialism is so prevalent many people are looking for spirituality. Most westerners look for spirituality in eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Yet others look for it in nature and 'spiritual music'. Muslims look for it in the works of spiritual masters such as Imam Al-Ghazzali, Ibn Ataillah Al-Iskandari, Ibn 'Arabi or Maulana Rumi and in various spiritual orders. Yet very few look for spirituality in the Qur'an despite it being the most important source of spirituality. The Prophet (SAW) took spirituality from the Qur'an, the companions took it from the Qur'an, the great imams (scholars) took it from the Qur'an and the pious people of this ummah took it from the Qur'an. But why is it that we look for spirituality elsewhere?

Ibn Shihab reported that Anas ibn Malik heard 'Umar on the morning when the Muslims gave allegiance to Abu Bakr. He went up the minbar (pulpit) of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said the shahada before Abu Bakr and then said, "Following on from that, Allah chose for His Messenger, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, that which is with Him to that which is with you. This is the Book by which Allah guided His Messenger, so take it and you will be guided by that by which Allah guided His messenger." [Sahih Al-Bukhari #6841, trans. Aisha Bewley]

What is spirituality? How and what does Qur'an teach about spirituality? Who are the Qur'anic models of spiritual masters? Why have we turned away from the Qur'an for spirituality? Where did it all go wrong? How can we turn back to the Qur'an for spirituality? What is the difference between the Qur'anic approach to spirituality and other approaches? These are some of the questions that we may have. One of the aims of The Magnificent Journey Seminars is to answer these questions and to show the amazing depth and breadth of spirituality in the Qur'an. This Saturday we will journey through Surah Al-Qalam which relates to the spiritual development of none other than the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) himself.

Sa'd related from his father from Abu Hurayra that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "There is no Prophet who has not been given Signs by the like of which people were safe or believed. That which I was given was the Revelation (The Qur'an) which Allah revealed to me. I hope that I will have the most followers on the Day of Rising." [Sahih Al-Bukhari #6846, trans. Aisha Bewley]

Is there anything better than the Qur'an for spirituality, guidance and conviction? Find out this Saturday at The Magnificent Journey Seminar at Cambridge University.

The Magnificent Journey 

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzz Tabaarak and Juzz 'Amma) of the Qur'an, From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas, by one of the foremost Islamic Scholars and Thinkers of the Western World today

Surah Al-Qalam...

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Saturday 20th October 2012     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Online   <<<<<< Click Here To Register

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