What we all pursue…


Below is an intro session from a past Retreat on Tazkiyat al-Nafs (Purification of the Soul).  The Shaykh begins by discussing “…the pursuit of every human being… from the righteous to the wicked… the pursuit of happiness“.

Words from the works of Imam Ibnul Hazm and Imam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimullah ta’ala jamiyun) on achieving true happiness are shared, along with the four root causes of why our hearts feel happiness (saadah) and the four root causes of why our hearts feel sadness (huum & ghuum)…

Listen here:

An excerpt from the talk:

Ibn Hazm was amongst an early generation who lived with and was amongst the aristocrats of his time, contemplated on the following –

‘i asked myself the question “what is it that each person – whether righteous or wicked – seeks?” and i found that the answer was ‘freedom from humm/ghumm (constriction/sadness)’.

Further he comments –

‘..and i saw that every human pursues that which is believed to bring happiness – most miss the mark, and some hit it just right’  … ‘..and i found that the way to “true” (vs. unreal) happiness was clearing ones heart of everything but Allah’.





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