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Devotions And Practices

A compilation of the major Naqshbandi devotions and practices, most of which had originated from Sayiduna Abu Bakr (r.a) and which are thoroughly grounded in Divine Law.  These practices have been used during the ages as one of the means for spiritual purification and attainment.  They came to us through a series of tariqah shaykhs, starting with Sayyidunã Abu Bakr (r.a.).  The present Grand Shaykh of the Order is Mawlanã Shaykh Muhammad Adil al-Haqqãni of Turkey.

 

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Spiritual Discourses

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.

[Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani, 1997.  Defending Truth, London: Zero Productions, p.81]

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Bay’ah – The pledge to Allah Almighty

Compiled and arranged by: Yusuf da Costa

The word bay’ah, as dealt with in this paper, 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 (s.a.w.s.) 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.  Accepting religious authority based on piety is an expression of deep love and respect for those specially blessed by Allah Almighty with such piety.  This kind of religious authority based on piety was a process launched by the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.), and it has been carried forward by those who have inherited from him (s.a.w.s.) and from other Prophets (a.s.).

[Shaykh Yusuf da Costa, 2008]

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The Interview

VOC interview with 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 in 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 Professor 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.”.

[Introduction by Munadia Keraan, October 2008]

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The Honour of Woman in Islam

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 (peace be 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.

[Shaykh Yusuf da Costa, 2005]

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Dhikr & Nafl Salahs

This compilation and arrangement of supererogatory ibadat grew out of the lessons that are generally given to my Hajj classes.  These classes are held every year to prepare people to perform Hajj and Umrah.  As part of their spiritual preparation for these undertakings, the classes are 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.  We also call on Him for all of this, for us as well, amin.

I supplicate to Allah, the Most High, to let the reward of this work be a light for me and for my family Yaum al-Qiyamah, and that it be a means for us to attain to the experience of His Countenance, amin.

I supplicate to Him to let this work be of spiritual benefit to all of us who use it, and that it helps all of us to attain to His Satisfaction, amin.

I supplicate to Him through this work for His Mercy and Forgiveness, and I call on Him to make us of His pious obedient servants, amin.

[Shaykh Yusuf da Costa, 2003]

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Hajj and Umrah – A Summary

 Compiled and arranged by: Yusuf da Costa

Although there are many books on Ԩajj 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 Ԩajj 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 Ԩajj 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. It is, however, going to be extremely difficult to use this book or any other book on the same subject without the guidance of a teacher.

And Allah, Most High, knows best.

[Shaykh Yusuf da Costa, 2003]

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The Remembrance of Allah Almighty

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

DURING THE MISSIONARY WORK conducted by murids of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order 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.  This means that through the remembrance of Allah, we in fact go into spiritual prostration, appealing to our Lord to clear our hearts of everything other than Him.  When we talk about these spiritual energies, which are generated by the remembrance of Allah, we are referring to an energy that purifies the human heart for Him, and direct its attention to Him.  This is Islam in its purest form – when we are for Him and our direction is to Him.  The spiritual energy that is brought with the remembrance of Allah, makes the human heart function totally differently, and it is this change in function that dhikrullah brings about.

[Shaykh Yusuf da Costa, 2017]

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Tawassul

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 ad 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.

[Shaykh Yusuf da Costa, 2001]

 

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Malfoozaat – Book 1 & 2 set

 

 This book is a compendium of sohbets or spiritual discourses, of the years 2014-2016, of our master and teacher of millions, and worldwide leader of the Naqshbandi Muhammadi Sufi Order, Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Aadil Ar-Rabbani (q), may Allah Almighty grant him good health and long life, Aameen.  His words are words of wisdom and light for all of us on this spiritual path.

 

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