Irfan (Islamic Mysticism)

What is the meaning of Laylatul Qadr?

Question: What is the meaning of Laylatul Qadr? Answer: In order to answer this question, we must consider Surat al-Qadr, chapter 97 of the Holy Quran. إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ ‘We revealed it in the Night of Qadr’ (97:1) In this Surah Allah (swt) does not disclose what He revealed. ‘إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ’, the ‘hu’

Who was the main spiritual mentor of Imam Khomeini?

Question: Who was the spiritual teacher and mentor of Imam Khomeini? I have heard that his teacher was a very outstanding mystic. Can you please go into some detail about this person? Answer: The main spiritual teacher and mentor of Imam Khomeini was the late Grand Ayatollah Mirza Sheikh Muhammad Ali Shah-Abadi (1875-1950AD), one of

Can a woman attain high spiritual and intellectual levels in Islam?

Question: In Islamic lectures and seminars we hear a lot about male scholars and their achievements, especially about how

Using narrations from Abu Horayrah & other Sunni narrators

Question: Due to my interest in ‘Practical Irfan’, and the fact that I hear of so many great

Why does my spirituality fluctuate and how can I control this?

Question: Why does my spirituality fluctuate and how can I control this? Can you give me some practical

What is Wilayah Takwiniyyah and is it in the Quran and Hadith?

Question: What is the concept of ‘wilayah takwiniyah’ and is there evidence from the Quran regarding it? Why do some scholars reject this belief? Some people have the belief that the Imams have been given command over every single atom in the universe. If this is true, why do they need this type of power

Why study Philosophy & Irfan, aren’t Quran and Ahlul Bayt enough?

Question: I am confused about why we need Philosophy and Irfan (mysticism) to gain closeness to Allah (swt). Isn’t Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), the Quran and Ahlul Bayt (as) sufficient for us to gain marifah (knowledge) of Allah? If these subjects (Philosophy & Irfan) originate from outside Islam, then why do Islamic scholars bring them into Islam?

How do I prevent evil and satanic thoughts from coming to my mind?

Question: Recently, when I’m praying, I have been going off topic and saying bad things in my head

How can I fully refrain from recommitting a sin that I’ve recently fell for again?

Question: With regards to someone is doing well in refraining from doing certain haram (forbidden) acts then suddenly goes through

Why do I feel less spiritual when serving my parents, as opposed to supplicating to God e.t.c?

Question: I understand that if we want a boost in our spirituality, we should do our best to