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Dhikr & Nafl Salahs – R40

Compiled and arranged by: Shaykh Yusuf da Costa

This compilation and arrangement of supererogatory ibadat grew out of the lessons that were generally given to Shaykh Yusuf’s Hajj classes. These classes were held every year to prepare people to perform Hajj and Umrah. As part of their spiritual preparation for these undertakings, the classes were given a considerable amount of supererogatory ibadat to start doing at home, and which they continue to do while in the Holy Cities. It is hoped that the spiritual transformation brought about in them by Allah, the Most High, through the level of performance of their Hajj and Umrah would encourage them to continue with these supererogatory ibadat for the rest of their lives.  It is hoped further that through their obedience to Him by their combination of obligatory and supererogatory ibadat, Allah, the Most High, would grant them a special status by Him, ameen.

Naqshbandi Devotions and Practices – R80 (Out of stock)

Compiled and arranged by: Shaykh Shamiel da Costa

A compilation of the major Naqshbandi devotions and practices, most of which had originated from Sayyidinã Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (RA) and which are thoroughly grounded in Divine Law.  These practices have been used during the ages as a means for spiritual purification and attainment. They came to us through a series of Tariqah Shaykhs, starting with Sayyidunã Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (RA).  The present Grand Shaykh of the Naqshbandi Tariqah is Mawlanã Shaykh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani of Turkey.

Spiritual Discources – R280

By Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

We are living in a century where people are saying that there is no god.  Atheism has dominion over the whole world.  All governments and educational systems are based on atheism and materialism.  It means that the sovereignty of Satan has been established from north to south and from east to west, in every nation and within every belief.  Until we are able to destroy the sultanate of Satan, we cannot do anything. Imagine a huge desert with an oasis where there is a spring of water, which is only enough for a small greenery.  The thousands and thousands of kilometres of desert cannot flourish from that spring. In the same way, I am only one person.  I cannot help the whole desert.  Only a handful of people can come and drink at the oasis, but most people will be running through the desert instead.  I am not claiming that my impact will be from east to west.  I am only trying to sustain a small oasis, nothing more.

The Honour of Women in Islam – R60

By Shaykh Yusuf da Costa

As a member of the Advisory Committee of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, whose aim is to present the peaceful, moderate, tolerant face of Islam, Dr da Costa undertook the writing of this work as a mission to elucidate the true respect and love for women inherent in the Islamic faith.

Relying explicitly on the source texts of Islam, including the Holy Quran and the sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah Almighty send prayers and salutations upon him), Dr da Costa details classical Islam’s true teachings regarding the rights and roles of women.  He then presents brief case studies of several leading female figures from Islamic history, including Mary mother of Jesus and Hagar hand-maiden of Sarah, whose exemplary lives truly demonstrate the honour and power God has bestowed upon women.

If we consider Islam in its traditional form, as practiced by the majority of Muslims throughout the world, we too may witness the honour of women in Islam.

Hajj and Umrah: A Summary – R70

Compiled and arranged by: Shaykh Yusuf da Costa

Although there are many books on Hajj and ‘Umrah available on the market, the presentation of this book is unique because it tries to take the pilgrim through the different aspects of the Hajj and ‘Umrah in a systematic way.  The book in no way replaces the teacher who is still needed to help prospective pilgrims to understand the processes of the ‘ibãdãt of Hajj and ‘Umrah they have to go through. The book may be used by the teacher as a reference or by those who have already been under a teacher and who need to refresh their knowledge of the ‘ibãdãt.

Bay’ah: The pledge to Allah Almighty – R50

Compiled and arranged by: Shaykh Yusuf da Costa

The word bay’ah refers mainly to a pledge one makes to Allah Almighty, usually on the hand of an authorized intensely pious person, with regard to one’s religious commitment to Him, to His Messenger (may Allah Almighty send prayers and salutations upon him) and His Message. The pledge is, therefore, a deeply religious action involving the orientation of one’s life totally for Him and for His sake.  It is as if one is saying: “O my Lord, I have decided to redirect and to dedicate my life and all its activities to Thee.”  If this is said in all seriousness, and it is supposed to be like that, and one translates into action one’s commitment, it can only result in major spiritual grants and Divine Satisfaction.  The pledge thus represents the first step towards servanthood to which Allah Almighty brings one.  Of course, part of the pledge is the realization that everything is achieved through Allah Almighty, and that it is His Hand that directs.  The taking of the hand of the intensely pious person is one’s humble submission that Allah authorizes persons on account of their piety to help in the process of religious direction for an individual.

The Remembrance of Allah Almighty – R110

By Imam al-Hafiz Abdul-Alim al-Mundhiri, translated by Shaykh Yusuf da Costa

During the missionary work conducted by murids of the Naqshbandi Tariqah over the last decade in South Africa and also beyond its borders, they were surprised to find the extent to which dhikrullah has been taken out of the lives of Muslims. This applied especially to congregational dhikrs.  In many cases, the performance of such dhikrs was declared haram or an innovation (a bid’ah) by persons who themselves had very little understanding of Islam. It appears that this concerted campaign against the performance of dhikr, especially its congregational form, is part of an international campaign, stemming mainly from the Hijaz, against the sciences of the Hereafter and the striving for piety.

The Remembrance of Allah or dhikrullah, through litanies from the Qur’an and the Sunnah, as we know them, generates the spiritual energy that permeates our forms of worship and our lives.  Without this energy, our prayers degenerate into different forms of ritualistic physical movements and we derive almost no spiritual benefit from them.  When these prayers are energized by dhikrullah, they become an intensive form of a Call to Allah.  And so, our prayers and our lives become Calls, whether we are in supplication or not.  These Calls come from the heart where the remembrance of Allah lodges, and when the Calls are made, the callers are at their most humble.

Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Mãliki on Tawassul – R80

By Shaykh Yusuf da Costa

This work is primarily an exposition of the teachings of as-Sayyid Muhammad ibn Alawi al-Mãliki on certain aspects of Islam over which a blanket of silence has been surreptitiously placed, especially during the last few decades. Drawing mainly from his work, Mafãhim Yajibu an-Tusaḥḥaḥ (Concepts which need rectification, 1995), and from a few works by other authors, I have attempted to present certain perspectives that have always been an essential part of the major teachings on Islamic spirituality.  Regrettably, these teachings, for a variety of historical reasons, have either been totally ignored, distorted or silenced and have left all of us so much poorer and deprived in our understanding and practice of the religion.

This work is an attempt to open the door to the original teachings of Islam, and to try to break the silence that has been imposed on different aspects of the religion. The work is also part of our remembrance of the visits to South Africa by as-Sayyid Muhammad ibn Alawi al-Mãliki in the first half of 1997 and of 2000 – visits, which have not only inspired us to continue along the religious path we have chosen for ourselves, but have also strengthened our resolve to defend our religious heritage.

The Interview on Tasawwuf – R40

Voice of the Cape radio interview with Shaykh Yusuf da Costa by Munadia Keraan

One of the things very few of us are aware of is the fact that people who had come here and were the founders of Islam in Cape Town, South Africa had come with very special qualities, were in fact very spiritual people, but where did they get their spirituality from?  What did that mean?  And what has that got to do with the new trend we see towards Sufism today? That’s what this interview is covering in speaking with Shaykh Yusuf da Costa, one of the people who can tell us a great deal about our heritage and more so about the lives of the Awliya.

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