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Purifying Your Intentions and Actions – Mokhtar Maghraoui

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This lecture is part 3 of a complete series of 5 lectures entitled “In Pursuit of Peace and Happiness”. To play each session press the play icon or scroll through them using the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons below.

1) Avoiding Major Ailments of the Heart
2) How to Attain True Happiness and Satisfaction
3) Purifying Your Intentions and Actions
4) Seeking Knowledge: The Path to Paradise
5) When Freedom Hinders the Pursuit of Happiness

To play each chapter for this session press the play icon below.

1) We Must Work
2) Two Conditions For An Accepted Action
3) Ikhlas: A State of the Heart
4) Shirk: Contaminating the Heart
5) Ittiba: Conforming to the Law
6) When Ittiba Becomes Bid’ah
7) Celebrating the Prophet’s (P) Birthday
8) Reciting the Qur’an Collectively Upon Moving Into a New Home
9) Raising the Hands in Dua After Prayer
10) Raising the Hands in Witr
11) Where Exactly to Place the Hands In Qiyaam
12) Reciting the Qur’an Collectively Upon the Death of a Loved One
13) How to Deal With Partial Sincerity
14) Is Discomfort Generated by a Lack of Results Considered Shirk?

Fulfilling our obligations to the Creator means undertaking action and externalizing the faith that is harbored inside of our hearts. But simply doing an action is not enough because two conditions must be fulfilled for it to be accepted and rewarded. Is it possible that we are overlooking or forgetting those necessary conditions and thereby rendering our actions as fruitless and ineffective? This third installment in the series “In Pursuit of Peace and Happiness” from Orlando, Florida focuses on the concept of ikhlas (sincerity) and the danger of shirk (associating partners with Allah). This talk is essential for those seeking to purify their hearts because it emphasizes the foundation of this science: pure intention. And, of course, pure intention is a pre-requisite for undertaking the pursuit of peace and happiness. Imam Mokhtar also looks in-depth at the issue of bid’ah (religious innovation) which renders our actions fruitless. Other topics discussed: will partial ikhlas (sincerity) be accepted by Allah?, the various types of hidden shirk (associating partners with Allah), is it a bid’ah to celebrate the Prophet’s (S) birthday?, is it a bid’ah to recite the Qur’an in a gathering upon moving into a new home?, is it a bid’ah to raise the hands in dua after prayer?, raising hands in witr prayer?, where exactly to place the hands in qiyaam, is it a bid’ah to recite the Qur’an collectively upon the death of a loved one?, how to deal with partial sincerity?, is discomfort generated by lack of results considered shirk?