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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Obedience in Tasawwuf

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Obedience in Tasawwuf

Perhaps the most difficult thing on the path of Tasawwuf is to be able to listen and obey. I have written to you previously about this but I suppose, through the course of many months, we have forgotten the importance of listening and obeying and not saying: “No” or...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Special explanations

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Special explanations

On many occasions, especially during periods of intense distress, we turn to our Lord and appeal passionately to Him for relief. We know that nobody else can help us. If a person, for example, suffers from some kind of chronic illness, that person knows that his/her...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Wanting to be a rememberer

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Wanting to be a rememberer

In one of his lesser-known Traditions, Nabi Muhammad (ﷺ) speaks of the inmates of Paradise, who have serious concerns over the periods on the Dunya during which they had not remembered their Lord. They are in Paradise, in an indescribable condition of pleasure, but...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Those who are reluctant

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Those who are reluctant

One does not think that there are any murids who are not concerned about their spiritual status, or, if I can put it in another way, who do not feel deeply about their piety. All of us, perhaps without exception, want to be pious individuals, now or sometime in the...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Our forefathers and us

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Our forefathers and us

A few weeks ago [2012] I went to a very enjoyable 70th birthday celebration of one of our murids. While we were eating, somebody mentioned the game “Dumm”. There was much excitement around the table as names and moves were mentioned associated with this game; names of...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Our Challenges

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Our Challenges

In the history of Islam, there have been many occasions when individuals or groups faced major challenges. When one thinks back to the time when the Prophet (ﷺ) received the first revelation and was instructed to deliver the message, this must have been an...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Our link with the Prophet (ﷺ)

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Our link with the Prophet (ﷺ)

To a certain degree we understand little of our relationship with Allah (ﷻ), because the actual relationship and how the benefits work for us, are all clouded in mystery. We know of the Lord-servant relationship but its nature and how it operates and the periods of...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Place Allah (ﷻ) First

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Place Allah (ﷻ) First

Sometimes when I assess our work or rather our incomes from debit orders, I am told that a debit order has been cancelled, because things are not going so well financially with the donor. I have always been surprised by this and I get the impression that when it comes...

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