How it happened was nothing less than a miracle. And whoever played a part in it, is not hidden from Allah. May Allah reward everyone involved for their intentions, du`as and efforts in making this happen.
And my special prayers for our beloved teacher: Dr. Farhat Hashmi (referred to as Ustadha, Arabic word for ‘female teacher’). May Allah have Mercy on her, be pleased with her, forgive her her shortcomings, increase her ranks in Jannah, give us the opportunity to ‘chill’ with her in her personal garden in Jannah, and let us be a sadqah jariyah for her (as huge as possible).
For the clueless, I’m talking about the on-going “Fiqh-ul-Quloob” class with Ustadha. Shh! It’s supposed to be a secret (FAIL! -_-). It’s an Arabic book written by Muhammad ibn Ibrahim ibn Abdullah al-Tuwaijri (yayy! I finally know the full name by heart. :D), and it’s about understanding the hearts. Don’t you just love the concept? <3
We’ve only begun to read the foreword of the book, so it’d be unfair if I even try to describe what the book is about. But here’s what the title means: knowledge or deep understanding of the hearts.
Why the author decided to write it, is yet to be discovered. As to why we felt the need to study this book, well.. what do we understand anything about ourselves if we don’t understand our hearts? Need I remind you the importance of the mentioned organ? Thought so. e_e
Prophet (SAW) said:
ألا وإنّ في الجَسَدِ مُضْغَةً إذا صَلَحَتْ صَلَحَ الجَسدُ كُلُّهُ وإذا فَسَدَتْ فَسَدَ الجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ ألا وهْيَ القَلبُ
“Indeed there is a piece of flesh in the body when that stays right, the whole body stays right, when that goes astray, the whole body goes astray! Listen with open ears, that is al-Qalb (the heart).”
Moving on, we have two targets that must be achieved while/after reading this book:
- Access Arabic literature (read: treasure) with ease. No need for translation.
- Tazkiyyah: purification (of the heart, soul and mind).
If these targets are not achieved, this course was more or less useless.
On the other hand, any other benefits we attain from it, are bonus for us. ;)
Stay tuned for more details on the first session! A LOT more to come inshaAllah.