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Thursday, November 9, 2023

 English Translation of Tanwir al-Qulub by Shaykh Muhammad Amin al-Kurdi Naqshbandi  RA

Excerpt : Allah Ta'ala says, "Invite people to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good

advice, and argue with them in a good way..."

Allah says: "Who has better words than those who call upon Allah, do righteous

deeds and say: Surely I am among those who surrender."

Allah says: "And let there be among you a people who call to virtue, enjoining the

good and forbidding the evil, they are the fortunate ones."

The above verses are evidence of the obligation to carry out al-amru bil-ma'raf wan-

nahyu 'anil-munkar (calling for good and preventing evil). This obligation has been

affirmed in the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet. This obligation is one of the

greatest shar'i obligations, one of the most sublime principles of Shari'ah and its most

solid pillar. With al-amru bil-ma'rif wan-nahyu 'anil-munkar the shari'a order becomes

firm and noble. Calling for goodness and preventing evil are two perfect virtues. Allah

has commanded His servants to carry out these obligations. The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him, said: "Whoever invites people to the path of guidance, he will be

rewarded as much as the reward of those who follow him without diminishing their

reward in the least. And whoever invites people to misguidance, for him is as much

sin as the prayers of those who follow him without diminishing the weight of their

prayers." This hadith was narrated by Imam Muslim, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, an-

Nasa'i and Ibn Majah.

Calling people to return to Allah, preaching to His way and calling them to religion

and obedience to Him is the nature of the prophets and messengers. This was the

task that Allah commanded and enjoined upon them. This is also what is followed by

their successors, namely the scholars who truly practice their knowledge and the

righteous saints. They always invite people to the path of Allah and call for obedience to Him, with words and deeds that are full of sincerity and

enthusiasm for the sake of Allah's pleasure. They continue to do so because of their

affection for His servants, because of the reward He has promised and to emulate

His messenger.


Tanwir al-Qulub by Shaykh Amin al Kurdi PDF

Biography :Shaykh Muhammad Amin al-Kurdi ق

He is famous for the book ‘Tanweer al-Qulub’ which is still studied today for the learning of fiqh, tawhid and ethics. He particularly emphasised the importance and the benefits of the siwak in his works, a sunnah of The Beloved Prophet ﷺ.
The Shaykh was born in the city of Erbil in Iraq. He became a well learned man in the Islamic sciences and gained a reputation as an honourable teacher.
When he made the pilgrimage to the holy lands of Makkah and Madinah he was sought by the people for his knowledge and many scholars and common folk benefitted from him.
Whilst in the holy lands he had a yearning to visit the blessed resting places of the Ahlul Bayt and thus made intention to travel to Egypt. The following verse was composed by him in praise of The Beloved Prophet’s ﷺ household:
“I carry my love for the Prophet’s ﷺ household in my heart, By Allah ﷻ! I am infatuated with them.
Their love inflames my heart like the mixing of light with tears.”
In Egypt he was initiated into the Naqshbandi tariqah and soon became authorised to guide people and spread the tariqah. He also benefited from the teachers of al-Azhar and eventually taught students at the University.
May Allah ﷻ sanctify his secret and grant us the love of His Awliya.


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