An excerpt from Imam Ghazali’s Ayyuhal Walad – translated by Shaikh Seraj Hendricks Ayyuhal Walad, “Oh my Young Man,” is a letter to a student by Hujjat. Dear Beloved Son – Ayyuhal Walad [Al-Ghazali] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. I seek Allahs refuge from the knowledge which is of no. Al-Ghazali Letter to a Disciple: Ayyuhal-Walad. Tobias Mayer, tr. Paperback. Item out of stock – notify me! Enter your email address below to be.

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Not just to give away the extra money, not just to give something that we view as extra. It can also mean that to to give charity from that which you are attached to, that which you are fond of. But when auyuhal entered their grave, none of their beloveds could enter with them — none of their beloveds could take the next step in the journey with them.

I think a lot of us were so settled and content in our worldly lifestyles. Third thing that Shaykh Hatim rh mentions which he learnt from keeping the company of his shaykh, that I saw humanity has another thing to ahyuhal and that is that they all strive for something. But, I noticed what was common to yayuhal of them, was that whatever they chose to love- whatever they chose to give their heart to — they could only take it up to the grave.

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He gave a lot of money and goods in charity. I looked around and saw that everybody was trying to acquire things of the world. But both in the lifetime of Nabi e Kareem sws and after the Beloved Messenger sws passed away from this world, even after giving away so much in charity, ayyuhwl remained well-off. That nafs also desires. So, he says that I observed humanity and I saw that it is the very part of human nature that every single human being is in love with something or someone or some idea.

Sometimes somebody does some fund raising for some wakad. And, wa ma indallah — that which lies with Allah swt, that which is in the possession and dominion of Allah swt is eternal, it is subsisting, it is never ending. When our nafs desires them itself, then doing those things becomes very easy. How can we feel Allah swt in ajyuhal Prayer? So, if we want to make our Salah an act of love, we need to start focusing on the adaab of Salah.


This ayjuhal something that the mashaikh of tasawwuf understood so well that how deeply we have to purify ourselves.

We have to go deeper and make our nafs desire those things. I learnt that to be human is to Love. That is called dhikr; by feeling Allah swt outside our prayer.

A person will be able to enjoy Salah, when they feel Allah swt in their prayer. If ayyuha can prevent the nafs itself from having unlawful desires, then the question of us acting on those desires, or thinking along those lines, or yearning for those things is completely gone.

It is very important to have that. This is something that we have to learn, but we can learn it gradually — like a piece-meal: This site uses cookies. wala


I gave my love, my muhabbah to aimal as-saleh. Some Sahaba karam ra like Syedna Uthman al-Ghani ra were very well-off. When I was in your company, what I learnt from your company is how to observe humanity. That is why there are so many adaab in our Deen for all of the acts of worship, so that the acts become more enjoyable and we perform them with love.

Ultimately in our deen, watch this carefully, ultimately in our deen we do refer back to doing what we please. That is going to be when you enjoy Salah.

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So what I learnt from you, Shaykh, was that I have to keep my nafs away from my unlawful desires and pleasures.

We can here see the depth of these people, and their understanding of deen, one can see how deeply they were able to engage themselves in this ibadat and dhikr of Allah swt, and how intensely they were able to train their students to do that. And I realized that the things of the world are necessarily bound to fade away, so I started giving away my extraneous wealth and possessions to get the eternal rewards of the akhirah. We have mentioned 3 of those 8 lessons that Imam al-Ghazali rh wrote to his student in his letter.


Sooner or later we are going to slip. That that which is with you, that which is in your possession, that which you can acquire in this world, is fading, is ephemeral; it dwindles away, passes away. It is interesting how even in the West and all over the world in general, Humanities is a major area of study. This whole world, every single thing that people have, is going to come to nothing when they pass away, and certainly when the world ends itself.

I worked on my nafs to make it have good desires. And then secondly, may Allah swt help ayyuhxl to not just avoid qalad bad desires, but to actually go deeper and take out those bad desires and bad pleasures.

You are sitting there, and you are moved by it. The second lesson that Shaykh Hatim rh says that he learnt from his Shaykh — Shaykh Shaqiq rh — is that again he said that I saw humanity, I reflected upon the human condition and I saw that to be human is to desire. O my beloved Son. And the most ultimate stage of life in which we do that is akhirah.

How can I fall in love with Salah? So it means ayyuhl give away from those things that we always thought of keeping with us.

You have had ayyuhla company for thirty years, what have you learnt in the 30 years that you have been with me? And also not just to outwardly do good acts, but to try to go deeper and try to make our nafs desire the good acts. So, Instead of loving the temporary things like other human beings doI fell in yayuhal with aimal as-saleh righteous actions.

We use that as an excuse to give away nothing. Imam Al-Ghazali rh wrote a letter to one of his students and this student was a graduate from the Madrassa Islamic Institution of Learning that Imam Al-Ghazali was teaching at.

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