“At a certain stage the bedouin in their power of growth and expansion, and by a genetic vitalisation denied the passive urban community, begin to identify themselves as a new civic force. A natural need becomes wedded to a higher evaluation, an evaluation of themselves. There emerges among them the most powerful force that social man can experience. It is kinship, but not of blood. It transcends the tribal and the familial. This unification of the group takes them to the Second Stage. Stage Two is defined by Ibn Khaldun with the term ‘Asabiyya’. Asabiyya, normally ‘kinship’, is here used to mark as distinctive the bond, the life and death unifying bond of a brotherhood without blood ties. In the excellent Pléiade edition of ‘The Muqaddima’ its editor and translator calls it ‘esprit de corps’, but it is much more than that, for it has in it also a moral evaluation as in the term ‘Futuwwa’, chivalry or nobility of character. Asabiyya unites men to find the power to act and transform and command. If its motor power is high, its brotherhood is raised higher. If the binding factor (religio – to bind together) is there, that is Divine religion, it is, that being its highest possibility, assured a triumph.”
This was the first of three meetings held in London to talk about the wird of Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib
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Wapping, London wird class
Kela’at Mguna, Tinghir, Morocco
Saturday, 29th April 2017
I have been honoured by our Shaykh Mawlay Murtada al-Bumashuli to talk to you today about the influence of Tasawwuf orginating in Morocco on other parts of Africa, and while I do not feel able to fulfill the task and my knowledge is limited, for the murid the Shaykh knows better, and I ask Allah to bring to my heart and intellect what will fulfil his intention and my obligation.
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We are on the verge of receiving another of Allah’s great gifts to humanity in the arrival of another month of fasting in Ramadan.
Our two greatest enemies, our selves and Shaytan are about to be met by reinforcements coming to our aid from Allah. Continue reading “Ramadan 1437”
Norwich class in March 2016 – a look at the preface of Root Islamic Education
A recording of a class for the students of the Muslim Faculty of Islamic Sciences for the revision of ‘Root Islamic Education’ from its second edition published by Madinah Press of the talks delivered by Dr. Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi in San Antonio, Texas, USA in 1982.