This book examines the work of a scholar of this discipline, al-Hārith al-Muhāsibī, who lived and worked during the classical Islamic period under the Abbāsids. View Al-Muhasibi Research Papers on for free. Presentation version, all references removed. Message me for details. John D’ Alton, Monash University Combatting the soul in al-Muhasibi and Isaac of Nineveh.

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Shakir is to be lauded for his commentary, bold at times. Al-Muhasibi is one of the first people who combined between Sufism and kalam — the general norm for the first five centuries of the hijra was that these two trends were distinct and separate from one another.


To be saved and muhwsibi it to paradise in the afterworld, one must maintain a real and present fear of God and endure trials and tribulations while on earth. He taught his disciples to follow reason and avoid emotionalism. Get to Know Us.

Jazak Allah khayr… yes that is a better way of looking at it, except that it then makes the following sentence problematic. Help us improve this article! Log In Sign Up.


Rather, the real one who contemplates is he who ponders over what he hears, and reflects upon what he knows, and understands what he has been commanded to do. Muhasibi was known as one who strenuously took account of himself for every aspect of his life. Please try again later.

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How much of the human acts would exceed the line of resignation? Are you an author?

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He called his theory the “science of hearts. Internet URLs are the best. This difference in adoption of philosophy is also noticeable in their differing style of writing about spiritual struggle. Its overly critical attitude can lead to self-hatred and even suicide.

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In early Islam, Sufism and kalam Islamic speculative philosophy were usually antagonistic, but Muhasibi weaves them together in a seamless cloth. Isaac the Syrian in the late s wrote extensively on ascetic practice, frequently using a cluster of related terms derived from the Greek concept of the hero’s struggle. Post navigation Previous Previous post: Skip to main content. April 4, at This understanding of the word jihad in a leading early Muslim shows that jihad was from early times understood primarily as inner spiritual struggle.


But whereas Christian monks used to live in seclusion, a Muslim ascetic felt obliged to remain an active member of his community.

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The key to taming the “commanding nafs ” is self-examination muhasaba. Despite differences, they have September 7, at 6: September 26, at 8: Yasir Qadhi May 31, All references have been removed!!! Feel free to message me for details. Retrieved December 28, from Encyclopedia. In his work al-Nasah, Muhasibi lists various elements of human nature that muhassibi be struggled against, for example against impatience during affliction, and for loving what God loves.

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