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The Soul of Hajj” is a spiritual guide to Hajj where all the components that make up hajj are explained by Dr. Aboo Ameenah Bilal. The focus is on the spiritual aspect of the Hajj, as it is in understanding the inner aspects of Hajj that we can make a Hajj acceptable to Allaah.

The main goal of Hajj is to establish the remembrance of Allah in our hearts by having us go through a variety of different rites and rituals, constantly remembering Allah. We should be aware in all the various rites and rituals of the hajj what the individual character changing or modifying goals are. These are the sub goals which help us to achieve that remembrance wherein we are blessed with the purification from sin and ultimately paradise as the reward for the accepted hajj.

This course is an effort to awaken the Ummah from the state of ignorance and obsession with rituals while at the same time being unconscious of the goals of the rituals. It will keep us focused on the spirit of Hajj, give us a sense of humility by which we can truly worship Him as He alone deserves to be worshiped.

The Nullifiers of Islam – like many of the writings of al-Imaam Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhaab (rahimahu-llah) – though small in size, is great in benefit. It’s subject is of the utmost importance to each and every Muslim: i.e. those matters, whether speech, action or beliefs, which cause someone to go out of the fold of Islam [after having entered it].

Usool-us-Sunnah (The Foundations of the Sunnah) is a brief essay which deals with the pure Islamic ‘Aqeedah (Creed) and correct Minhaaj (Methodology) of the early generations of the Muslim Ummah. The importance of this treatise is that it belongs to an honorable Imam, the revered Imam, the scholar, the teacher, the Reviver of the Sunnah, the Subduer of Innovation, Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Hanbal (may Allaah be pleased with him). Shaykh Abdur-Ra’uf Shakir explanation of this essay is primarily based upon the explanation of the Noble Shaykh Abdullah ibn Abdur-Rahman al-Jibreen.

Although death is not a pleasant or popular topic of discussion, it is the most absolutely certain incident which every human being knows must happen in his or her life. Consequently, Islaam has provided a complete set of instructions for both the dying individual, as well as those who are present at the person’s death. These instructions should be common knowledge among Muslims, since death often comes when it is least expected. This course provides a concise and authentic compilation of the instructions regarding funeral rites in Islaam.

Hajj is one of the best forms of worship and is one of the most sublime deeds because it is one of the pillars of Islam that Allah sent Muhammad (peace be upon him) with. Anybody declaring to be a Muslim must fulfill this ritual act, or at least have the intention to do so once in their lifetime. The purpose of this course is to teach the Fiqh of Hajj in the light of the Qur’aan and the authentic Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Qadar is a very sensitive topic. It is the sixth pillar of faith, and many people have gone astray regarding it. Some have denied it altogether while others have gone to such extremes in affirming it that they end up denying human free will. The truth as elucidated in Islamic teachings is between these two extremes.