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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Old age is a special blessing

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Old age is a special blessing

Many of us have had the good fortune to have reached big ages or rather, to put it more accurately, that Allah Almighty has granted big ages to. Perhaps there are advantages in this, because one can continue, in one’s own humble way, to make ibadat to one’s Lord. Of...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: We know so little of our Lord

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: We know so little of our Lord

Sometimes as we grow in our religion, or, to put it more accurately, as we are made to grow in our religion, we either appear to have a better understanding of the Divine Teachings or our understanding of those teachings appear to change. It must be understood that...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Working in Allah’s cause

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Working in Allah’s cause

If somebody should ask me what I have found to be the most difficult Islamic principle to implement in my life, and to implement in the lives of the murids, I would say it is to work solely for the sake of Allah Almighty. This principle is difficult to implement not...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Our egos

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Our egos

Many of us consider our personal life on the planet to be eternal. When we consider all the things people do and the disregard they have for Divine Instructions, then it is quite clear that they do not consider that their lives are ever going to end. Humanity has a...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Shaytan is a shaykh of the Unseen

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Shaytan is a shaykh of the Unseen

I think that with regard to many of us, our original entry into Tasawwuf consisted primarily of “dabbling in the Unseen”. Our major interest at the time was what we could see or hear or smell, and long discussions were held by many of us on these matters. We learnt...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: The unselfish heart

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: The unselfish heart

Sometimes during our lives, we were primarily concerned about ourselves and perhaps our immediate family. When we look back at those years, in some cases decades, that have passed, we find that we have done very little for our own spiritual benefit and very little for...

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Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Contentment of the heart

Shaykh Yusuf da Costa: Contentment of the heart

Especially during the holy month of Ramadan, if undisturbed, one’s heart is overwhelmed with peace and satisfaction or rather with contentment. It is difficult to say whether this is as a result of one’s intensive approach to one’s Lord through fasting, or on account...

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