Travelling Light DVD Set Imam al-Ghazali's Ihya Books 31-34
[#3087 1T1Abdal Hakim Murad TJ Winter Revival Religious Sciences Repentance Sabr Fear Hope Poverty]
Travelling Light: Imam al-Ghazali's Revival of the Religious Sciences. (Books 31-34)
4 DVD SET
with Abdal Hakim Murad
From The Sinanova Tekke, Sarajevo
LECTURE SUMMARY SERIES I BOOKS 31-34
Released December 2008
What is wrong action? How can we understand our damaged inner state, and repair it? The Imam explains that repentance consists of knowledge of the act, an emotion of sorrow, and a decisive inner and outward action that will erase the wrong action and help the spiritual wayfarer never to return to it.
PATIENCE AND GRATITUDE (al-Sabr wa’l-Shukr).
We are made human by our ability to restrain our egos and cravings. We also experience states of overwhelming gratitude to our Creator. Here the Imam explains how to cultivate these two gifts, and to keep them in a positive relationship which promotes spiritual growth.
FEAR AND HOPE (al-Khawf wa’l-Raja’).
Almighty God is to be feared; for His justice is absolute. But we also hope for His mercy, for He is ‘the most merciful of all’. We fear our weakness, and hope for God’s forgiveness; the Imam explains how the balanced soul is one in which both these gifts are alive and active.
POVERTY AND ABSTINENCE (al-Faqr wa’l-Zuhd).
Here the Imam celebrates the poverty of the Holy Prophet, and shows how a detached attitude to the things of this world is a precondition for inner calm and a stress-free life
Disc 31 includes an interview with Osman Lavic, curator at the Gazi Husrev-beg Library in Sarajevo, and translator of Busiri’s Burda into Bosnian (2008). Lavic shows the Sarajevo manuscript of Ghazali’s work, thought to be the oldest in the world, and talks about some of the other unique treasures in his collection.
LOCATION The ancient and exquisite Tekke of Hadzi Sinan, in the Vrbanjusa district in the heart of the old city of Sarajevo. Built in 1640 by Hadzi Sinan-aga, a wealthy local shopkeeper, this structure has remained the main centre for the Qadiri Tariqa in the Bosnian capital, and during the 1992-5 war its young dervishes were among the first to fight in defence of the city from the Serbian aggression. The complex includes a series of rooms which, according to the 17th century historian Mula Mustafa Baseskija, were used to treat sufferers from mental illness. Particularly famous are the calligraphic murals, painted in the eighteenth century. Today the tekke has meetings twice a week, and regular programmes for Mawlid, Ramadan, Ashura, and other events.
Qur’anic Recitation by Hafiz Mensur MELKIC, Imam of the Gazi-Husrev Beg Mosque, Sarajevo.
Ilahis sung by NESIDU-L-HUDA, a leading dervish choir from Sarajevo. NESIDU-L-HUDA have released a number of popular CDs (Downloads here)
About Imam Ghazali
Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as al-Ghazzal was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D). in Persia . He graduated from the Nizamia Madressa at Nishapur, with distinction.a very famous educational institution in Nishapur. Later he was appointed as a teacher at the Nizamia College in Baghdad, where he proved very successful in imparting knowledge to the scholars under his care. This valuable gift of sustaining interest of his pupils and passing on his knowledge to them made him so famous that students from all parts of the country flocked to study under him.
Imam al-Ghazzali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", Proof of Islam, He is honoured as a scholar and a saint by learned men all over the world.
Imam al-Ghazzali's life was spent in self-sacrificing service of God and his fellowmen. He left behind him a fine example for all men to follow. He died in 505 AH He remains one of the most celebrated scholars in the history of Islamic thought. His exceptional life and works continue to be indispensable in the study of jurisprudence, theology, philosophy and mysticism. The books that he left behind were the result of an inquisitive mind that began the quest for knowledge at a very early stage
The Speaker Timothy J Winter AKA Abdal Hakim Murad graduated from Cambridge University with a double-first in Arabic in 1983. He then studied Islam under traditional teachers at Al-Azhar, one of the oldest universities in the world. He went on to reside in Jeddah, where he administered a commercial translation office and maintained close contact with Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad and other ulama from Hadramaut, Yemen.
In 1989, Tim Winter (Abdal Hakim being his Muslim Name ) returned to England and spent two years at the University of London learning Turkish and Farsi . Also a University Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, England, and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College.
His research work focuses on Muslim-Christian relations, Islamic ethics and the study of the Orthodox Muslim response to extremism.
Sheikh Abdal Hakim is the translator of a number of works, including two volumes from Imam al-Ghazali Ihya Ulum al-Din. He gives durus and halaqas from time to time and taught the works of Imam al-Ghazali at the Winter 1995 Deen Intensive Program in New Haven, CT. He appears frequently on BBC Radio and writes occasionally for a number of publications including The Independent and Q-News International, Britain's premier Muslim Magazine.
To many others, he is an English Middle Class Academic and to many he is Sheikh Abdul Hakim Murad a religious scholar of eminence. Eminence in the Islamic community. Both of these people reside in the one body, Tim Winter, welcome to the program.
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