بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
One of you asked for more lectures of time management so here goes…
[Reminder: I’m still waiting for feedback from those of you who have not gotten around to it yet.]
Here’s a lecture to remind us of the importance of each SECOND.
Making Every Second Count by Dr. Bilal Philips (Download)
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[No, no, I am not Bengali, not even close. I just came across a translation of this book in Bengali by mistake.]
Yes, even more stuff on tawheed. Can anyone ever get tired of tawheed?
[Well, only if he/she has a really diseased heart, I suppose.]
Here’s one of the better books in English on this topic. It really simplifies matters greatly.
It’s one of those “must read” books.
[Click on the image to download the book.]
Here’s the Bengali translation. I’m assuming that it’s authentic. However, could someone, who knows Bengali, please check it against the English text as well? Jazakumullahu kheira.
I’ve mentioned this before but because this is such a great website, I’ll mention it again.
This is basically an online university (as is obvious from the title).
They have two sections:
1) Diploma courses
These are free short courses (22 and counting so far!) which consist of audio/video, notes and quizzes. They have assignments too.
For those of you who have trouble studying on your own, this is a great way to go!
2) The Bachelor’s degree
This is free too! You just pay for the registration and tuition fees.
Now, let me ask you: What are our common excuses for not attending Islamic classes?
a) No transport
b) No money
c) No time
Well, IOU destroys the first two excuses, and because the free courses can be done at your own leisure, it destroys the third excuse too.
Perhaps what it does not destroy is the reason most people do not want to take Islamic classes:
– Simply because they don’t want to.
All the excuses are generally just a cover for this reason.
If a person really wanted to attend classes (on site or online), they would find a way to do so. When a person keeps saying that they CANNOT find a way, it simply means that they do not WANT to find a way.
So, we all need to ask ourselves: do we really want to know more about Allah and His religion?
If we really do, we’ll make an effort. And websites like IOU have made it easy for us to make that effort.
In the last Recover Ramadan post, I spoke about adjusting our attitude.
I found this interesting lecture (I’m still at the beginning) by Dr. Bilal Philips about the “shackles” of the mind. The example that he starts of with is also interesting: the Day of Eid.
Then, he moves on to explain how Surah Al-Fatiha talks about the shackles of the mind.
Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?
[According to the comments, this is a straight to the point lecture. Just my type.]
Shackles of the Mind by Dr. Bilal Philips
This is a three-part series that Dr. Bilal Philips did before Ramadan. You can view the first two parts here.
This is the third and final part.
I just discovered a nice series by Dr. Bilal Philips on making the most out of Ramadan. Only the first two sessions have been uploaded so far.
[I think it might continue throughout Ramadan.]
I’m currently listening to it. The first lecture talks about the goals that we need to set for this Ramadan. It’s a sorely-needed reminder.