Transformative Worship in Islam: Experiencing Perfection

Table of Contents

    • CHAPTER 1: Creation and its Direction
      • 1.1 Cycles of Life and the Arrow of Time
      • 1.2 Knowledge, Consciousness & Intelligence
      • 1.3 Rationality, Inspiration & Revelation
      • 1.4 States & Stages of Development
      • The Purified Heart and the Light of Soul
      • 1.5 Oneness, Dualities & Universal Connectedness
      • 1.6 The Return to Origin – Ma`ād
    • Chapter 2: Roots & Foundations of Truth
      • 2.1 The Desire to Believe & Worship
        • Prescriptions for the Spiritual Wayfarer
        • Historical Evolvement
      • 2.2 Traditional Foundations of Faith
      • 2.3 Unity (tawhīd)
      • 2.4 Justice (`adl)
      • 2.5 Prophethood (nubuwwah, imāmah & wilāyah)
        • Layers of Understanding Prophethood
        • Imamate and Wilayah
        • The Connection between Imamah and Wilayah
      • 2.6 The Return (al-ma`ād)
        • Spiritual and Physical Resurrection
    • Chapter 3: Preliminary Keys to Effective Worship
      • 3.1 Rituals, Intention, Attention & Appropriate Action
      • 3.2 Ritual Purification (taharah)
      • 3.3 Outer and Inner Ablution (wudu’)
        • The Significance of wudu’
        • Ritual Ablution According to Revealed Law
        • Meanings of Ritual Ablution
        • Higher Meanings of Ritual Ablution
        • Additional Recommended Actions of Ritual Ablution
        • Invalidations of Ritual Ablution
      • 3.4 Ritual Bathing (ghusl)
      • 3.5 Dry Ablution (tayammum) & the Meaning of Water
        • Invalidations of Tayammum
        • The Meaning of Water & Dust
      • 3.6 Supplicatory Prayer (du`a)
    • Chapter 4: Traditional & Transformative Acts of Worship
      • 4.1 The Branches of Faith or Acts of Worship
        • Prescribed Behavior
      • 4.2 Formal Prayer (salāt)
        • Timings
        • Preparations for Acts of Devotion and the Presence of the Heart
        • Preface to Prayer and the Meaning of Various Acts
        • Obligatory Actions and Conditions
        • Intention (niyyah)
        • The Standing Position (qiyām)
        • The Initial Takbīr (takbīr al-ihrām)
        • Bowing from the waist (ruku`)
        • The Prostration (sajdah)
        • Other Obligatory Actions
        • Further Obligatory Actions of Prayer
        • Additional Requirements
        • Disliked (makruh) Actions During Prayer
        • Meaning and States in Prayers
      • 4.3 Fasting (sawm)
        • Fasting in History
        • The Islamic Fast
        • Meaning and Benefits of Fasting
        • Making Up or Expiation
        • The Feast of Fast-Breaking (`Id al-fitr)
      • 4.4 The Pilgrimage (hajj)
        • The Pillars of the Pilgrimage
          • 1. Al-Ihrām
          • 2. The Walking Around the Ka`bah (tawāf)
          • 3. Hastening between the Stations of Pilgrimage (sa`y)
          • 4. The Pause on `Arafah (wuqūf)
        • Other Obligatory Actions
        • The Lesser Pilgrimage or `Umrah & the Ka`bah
        • The Ka`bah
        • The Levels of the Pilgrimage
      • 4.5 Obligatory Wealth Tax (zakāt and khums)
        • Basic Legal Foundation and Purpose
        • Types of Tax and their Significance
        • Khums
        • Those Deserving of Spiritual Donations
      • 4.6 Striving in the Way of God (jihād)
      • 4.7 Commanding Goodness & Forbidding Evil (amr bi’l-ma`rūf wa’n-nahi `an al-munkar)
    • Chapter 5: Appropriate Conduct
      • 5.1 Islam & Reforming the Lower Self (self/soul dynamics)
        • The Remedy for Grooming the Self
        • Self-Knowledge and Its Refinement
      • 5.2 Transformation through Self Accountability & Reflection (vices & virtues)
      • 5.3 The Relationship between Mind, Brain & Conduct (emotions & rationality)
      • 5.4 Relationships
      • 5.5 The Necessity of Living Teachers & Guides to Realize Oneness
    • Chapter 6: Transformed Beings
      • 6.1 Return to the Beginning
      • 6.2 Maps & Boundaries & Life’s Topography
      • 6.3 Transition to Infinite Boundlessness
      • 6.4 The Complete Person – Mulla Sadra’s Journey
      • 6.5 No one but ONE

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