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Dharma Seed is dedicated to preserving and sharing the spoken teachings of Theravada Buddhism in modern languages. Since the early 1980's, Dharma Seed has collected and distributed dharma talks by teachers offering the vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) practices of Theravada Buddhism. New recordings are being added continuously from contemporary dharma teachers.
 
The Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidayat) is one of the last books written by the great 12th century Persian scholar, Imam al-Ghazali. It is intended to be a guidebook for structuring daily activities and rectifying the state of your heart as you strive to be a worshipful servant of God. The book covers three sections: acts of worship, avoiding misconduct and advice on keeping company with others. It begins with the intentions of seeking knowledge, the etiquettes of waking in the mornin ...
 
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Imam al-Ghazali begins the next section on guarding against the three transgressions of the heart addressed in this book; envy, ostentation and conceit. The introduction looks briefly at the animalistic qualities inherent in a human being and how they are overcome by developing angelic qualities, through knowledge, wisdom and certainty. Two extreme…
 
This section on transgressions of the limbs ends with Imam al-Ghazali's advice on guarding the hands and feet from unlawful and unpraiseworthy acts. This part of the book is concluded by reminding people of the need to act positively and constructively to seek knowledge and sustenance, and to know that God's blessing upon you is facilitating that f…
 
This week's class continued with the study of the transgressions of the limbs with a focus on the stomach and private parts - the two desires or two carnal appetites. Imam al-Ghazali approaches the topic of eating with a perspective based on consuming pure and halal food, and avoiding products about which one is doubtful. The topic of al-War' / scr…
 
The final five types of transgressions of the tongue are explained in detail according to Imam al-Ghazali's text and Imam al-Jawi's commentary and contextualized for contemporary times. This class deals with: Disputation, Argumentation and Competitive Debate Ascribing Goodness to Oneself Cursing Supplicating Against Creation Jesting, Ridiculing and…
 
This lesson takes us into the first of the types of speech that are hazardous and sinful for a Muslim who is concerned about their conduct in this life and the consequences of it in the next. Imam Al-Ghazali counsels us to avoid lying, which is one of the foundational sins of the tongue. Then breaking promises is discussed, with the hadith on the q…
 
Welcome to the second, online class recording of Imam al-Ghazali's Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidayat). We discuss how the commentator, Imam al-Jawi, builds his commentary by drawing upon eleven branches of knowledge that we identify and colour code in a sample paragraph. Not many English speaking, female students of knowledge would be expos…
 
Welcome to our first class recording! We have switched from straight podcasting to teaching the text, The Beginning of Guidance, on the online Zoom format. These classes are available to all listeners who would like to attend in person on Sundays, or if you are unable, then you can still study the book via those recordings uploaded here. For class …
 
This is a detailed episode divided into two parts. In the first part, Imam al-Ghazali discusses the voluntary fasts that are recommended on an annual, monthly and weekly basis. The rewards and reasons for fasting at these times are explained and the commentary provides supplementary proofs and insights into the merits of these non-compulsory fastin…
 
Perfecting the etiquettes of the congregational prayer is an important part of a Muslim's family and community life. In this episode, we discuss the details of the etiquettes that pertain to the Imam (the person leading the prayer) and the Ma'mum (the person following in the prayer). The aspects of both practices that pertain specifically to women …
 
We conclude our study of the formal prayer with Imam al-Ghazali's detailed explanation of how to perfect its performance. We are taken step-by-step through each movement, with advice on perfecting the raising of the hands to enter the prayer, the recitation of al-Fatihah, the bowing position, the prostration, exiting the prayer and the meanings of …
 
Join us in this episode for a detailed explanation of four short paragraphs in Imam al-Ghazali's Beginning of Guidance on preparing the heart before prayer! Firstly, we revise the conditions of prayer, such as having the correct purification, covering the body appropriately and standing facing the direction of prayer. Then Imam al-Ghazali informs u…
 
Finish up your day the Prophetic way, by following the eight etiquettes of sleep described by Imam al-Ghazali in this chapter. Learn how to prepare for sleep, the dua and ayaat to read before sleeping, how to wake up and what does it mean to pray in your sleep? We are counselled to strive to implement the daily program laid out in this and all prev…
 
In this episode, Imam al-Ghazali lays out the optimal schedule for benefiting from the remainder of the day from noon until the night prayer. He reminds us that we have a precious jewel in every moment... Discover how to prepare for each of the rest of the prayers, how to spend your time in between and how to purify the end of your day and commence…
 
After morning worship is concluded, how should we best spend our time until midday? Imam al-Ghazali counsels us in four areas of activity from which the person seeking her Lord in all times of the day will benefit the most. We are taught about what beneficial knowledge is and what it should do for us, as well as to make sure that we spend our time …
 
In this episode we discuss some of the challenges facing mothers with young children and how to be worshipful in any situation. We expand upon the key concept of having a full worship schedule by learning how to structure and benefit the most from our time between the Fajr prayer and sunrise…and what you are missing if you go back to sleep! Imam al…
 
In this episode, we learn about the key concept in this book on the importance of having a worship schedule and how to fulfill it. We look at what to do in the early morning, the sunnah prayer of Fajr, preparing to go to the mosque and the general etiquettes of entering the mosque, greeting and waiting for the communal prayer to begin. Imam al-Ghaz…
 
Islam is so complete and holistic that there is no physical state or human condition that prevents ritual purification. Whether it be a full bath from top to toe or the wiping of dust over the face and arms for the ill or injured, the Divine law provides a way to ensure that access to your Lord through purification and worship is always possible, r…
 
It's time to prepare for the performance of the prayer and acts of worship that require the minor ritual purification - wudu. Imam al-Ghazali takes us through the essential steps, with spiritual insights and meanings that explain how what looks like the mere washing of one's limbs is actually the key to entering the presence of the Divine.…
 
There is no topic off the table in Islam...even the most mundane activity, such as personal hygiene, requires a dignified response that conforms to Prophetic etiquette and ensures that one's body and clothes are purified and ready for prayer. Perfecting the lowest aspects of life is akin to opening a door on to the first step of an illuminated stai…
 
Discover the importance of waking in the last third of the night and how not to let your ears be used for the wrong reasons. Study the supplications that are recommended to read upon waking. We look at dressing: as the first requirement after waking, the two conditions of women's Islamic dressing, how to blend in with your society without compromis…
 
This episode includes a variety of concepts invaluable to the person seeking to draw closer to Allah. We discuss why does 'obedience' get a bad rap? We explore Book 38 of the Ihya 'Ulum al-Din to expand on the concept of observing oneself. We discuss adab, etiquettes and manners, and having a daily schedule.…
 
The final episode on the introduction to the book, Bidayat al-Hidayat. Discover the three groups of people who seek knowledge, and strive to be of those who are sincere. Make sure you are not dazzled by the illusion of worldly success as you traverse the path of seeking sacred knowledge because you are sure to regret the outcome. Check your intenti…
 
Imam al-Ghazali immediately directs us to check our hearts and intention...what are we seeking when we set out on the path to learn sacred knowledge? Please find us on Instagram at miskwomen for discussion, comments, questions and references for the books used in the podcast series.Por Umm Abdullah
 
Let the celestial spotlight illuminate your way, as you master the outer sciences and their application, before tasting the sweet fruit of Divine guidance. Please find us on Instagram at miskwomen for discussion, comments, questions and references for the books used in the podcast series.Por Umm Abdullah
 
We begin our formal study of the Beginning of Guidance with a deep exploration of what are four of the most analysed and discussed words in the universe - In the Name of Allah. The name and place of birth of Imam al-Ghazali are also discussed, along with the meaning of his title "The Proof of Islam".…
 
Off on a tangent, this episode explores the primordial pedagogical method of recitation/reading and listening. We investigate why it is important for English speaking, Muslim women to engage with this method of learning in Arabic, and why correct reading is more than just fluency and pronunciation.Por Umm Abdullah
 
Welcome to MISK Women and our first classical text - the Beginning of Guidance! We chat about the importance of English speaking Muslim women studying a classical text from Arabic sources and commentaries, the content of the book and the fruit of knowledge and practice...Divine guidance.Por Umm Abdullah
 
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