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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Domes of protection

Tariqah is a spiritual haven for us from the onslaughts of this world.  By onslaught I am not referring to physical attacks on one, but onslaughts that are mainly in the form of egoistic and satanic whisperings.  So, when I speak of a haven, that the structure of...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Our Attitudes

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Our Attitudes

Each one of us has a different consciousness of things, and this consciousness dominates our lives and governs our behaviour. So, one might be God-conscious, class-conscious, colour-conscious, consciousness of other physical features, sectarian-conscious, or whatever...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Acquisition of knowledge

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Acquisition of knowledge

If one looks back at one’s life, as in the case of many of us, Allah Almighty provided us with free periods during which we could have acquired knowledge. The periods were there, the teachers were available, but many of us were not prepared to take the initial step of...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Consistency

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Consistency

Anyone to whom Allah Almighty has granted a special station will tell you that in his practice of ibadat, he tried to be as consistent as possible. And so, even if he did a small amount, he would do it consistently. I’ve been amazed at what appears to me to be...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Dropping our cultural identity

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Dropping our cultural identity

When I was a young student, I went to many of the homes of my fellow students. In some of these homes, although “Muslim” homes, there were no indications of Islam; no rakams or prayer mats or photographs of prominent Muslim personalities or verses from the Qur’an or...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Each one is a unique individual

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Each one is a unique individual

Because of our backgrounds and also the way we have participated in Islam, each one of us, strangely enough, has his or her own path that he or she walks in the religion. There are no two or more individuals with the same attitude, understanding and practice of our...

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