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  • Madrasat Ahlul’Bait Islamic School Upper Grade

    Akhlaq and Aqaid

    Shia-Muslim Association of Bay Area

  • 2 Upper Grade Akhlaq & Aqaid

    Lessons in Islamic Ethics & Beliefs

    Upper Grade Classes

    (Ages 13-18)

    According to the Ahlul’Bait School of Thought

    Madrasat Ahlul’Bait Islamic School

    Shia-Muslim Association of Bay Area

  • Upper Grade Akhlaq & Aqaid 3

    First Edition (Revision 1.2) First Printing May, 2005 Compilers and Co-Authors: Dr. Hassan Abu Ghaida, Member, Syllabus Committee Madrasat Ahlul’Bait, Shia-Muslim Association of Bay Area Copyright Free & Non-Profit Notice: Madrasat Ahlul’Bait curriculum material can be freely copied, duplicated, reproduced, quoted, distributed, printed, used in derivative works and saved on any media and platform for non-profit and educational purposes only. A fee no higher than the cost of copying may be charged for the material. Note from Madrasat Ahlul’Bait: The Publishers and the Authors have made every effort to present the Qur’anic verses, prophetic and masomeen traditions, their explanations and the material from the sources referenced in an accurate, complete and clear manner. We ask for forgiveness from Allah (SWT) and the readers if any mistakes have been overlooked during the review process. Contact Information: Any correspondence related to this publication and all notations of errors or omissions should be addressed to Syllabus Committee, Madrasat Ahlul’Bait, Shia-Muslim Association of Bay Area at saba@saba-igc.org. Published by: Madrasat Ahlul’Bait Shia-Muslim Association of Bay Area 4415 Fortran Court, San Jose, CA 95134, USA www.saba-igc.org saba@saba-igc.org

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    Table of Contents Table of Contents ...............................................................................................................................................4 Foreword.............................................................................................................................................................9 SECTION I: Islamic Ethics (Akhlaq) ...........................................................................................................10 Chapter 1: Introduction to Akhlaq .................................................................................................................11

    1.1 Why is the Moral Character of a Muslim Important?...............................................................................11 1.2 Islamic Code of Ethics in the Society......................................................................................................11 1.3 What is the Best of Akhlaq (Husnal Khulq)?...........................................................................................12 1.4 Conclusion: .............................................................................................................................................12 1.5 Credits & References: .............................................................................................................................12

    Chapter 2: A-Nafs .........................................................................................................................................13 2.1 A-nafs-al-ammara (the Evil Nafs):...........................................................................................................13 2.2 A-nafs-a-lawaama (the Blaming Nafs): ...................................................................................................13 2.3 A- nafs-al-mutmainna (the Tranquil Nafs):..............................................................................................13 2.4 Sayings about the nafs: ..........................................................................................................................14 2.5 Credits & References: .............................................................................................................................14

    Chapter 3: Levels of Eeman .........................................................................................................................15 3.1 1st Level: “Zuhd”: Abstinence from Worldly Indulgence ..........................................................................15 3.2 2nd Level: “Wara’” Piety and Abstinence from Sinning............................................................................15 3.3 3rd Level: “Yaqeen” Certainty ..................................................................................................................16 3.4 4th Level: “Rida, Tasleem & Tafweed”, Acceptance and Submission.....................................................16

    Chapter 4: The Importance of DU’A .............................................................................................................18 4.1 The Power of Du’a: .................................................................................................................................18 4.2 Du’a Reverses Destiny:...........................................................................................................................18 4.3 Du’a is Wajib: ..........................................................................................................................................18 4.4 A Promise from Allah (S): .......................................................................................................................18 4.5 Misconceptions about Du’a:....................................................................................................................18 4.6 Make it a Habit ........................................................................................................................................19 4.7 When is the Best Time for Du’a? ............................................................................................................19 4.8 What Can We Ask for?............................................................................................................................19 4.9 Is it Guaranteed That Allah (s) Will Answer Our Du’a?...........................................................................19 4.10 How Do We Make Du’a?.......................................................................................................................20 4.11 Starting and Ending a Du’a: ..................................................................................................................20 4.12 Should we Seek Direct Help From Only Allah and Never Rely on People?........................................20 4.13 How does Allah Like Us to Ask Him?....................................................................................................20 4.14 Don’t Forget to be Thankful ..................................................................................................................21 4.15 Effects of Du’a:......................................................................................................................................21

    Chapter 5: Manners of Talking .....................................................................................................................22 5.1 Credits & References: .............................................................................................................................23

    Chapter 6: Picking Friends............................................................................................................................24 6.1 Qualities One Should Look for In a Friend..............................................................................................24

    6.1.1 Knowledge and Patience: ...........................................................................................................24 6.1.2 Reliability:....................................................................................................................................24 6.1.3 Good Akhlaq: ..............................................................................................................................24

    6.2 Credits & References: .............................................................................................................................25 Chapter 7: The Duties of Muslims towards Others.......................................................................................26