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The Concept of Ihsan - By Hamza Yusuf (Foundations of Islam Series: Session 4)

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This video is part 6 of a complete series of 7 lectures entitled "Foundations of Islam":
1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICu3ITHnBoM
2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA9An07MVSk
3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtNg0x0hkLA
4) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVKLqyFZgl0
5) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kLL3Gf-La4
6) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLhogmk-Wug
7) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in5kC5qFjm4

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In this session, Hamza Yusuf takes a traditional approach to this science based on the teachings he received while studying in West Africa. The result is a rich and refreshing look at exactly how the Muslim goes about making his or her experience in the world a thing of beauty so one can truly contribute to the human condition in a positive way. He begins this discussion by placing the concept of "ihsan" in the context of the contemporary political scene in the Muslim world to show how important this concept is for the proper practice of Islam and what happens when it is neglected. Then he defines "ihsan" and analyzes ways in which the Muslim can go about recapturing the station of "ihsan" enjoyed for so long by the early generations of Muslims. A useful talk for non-Muslims on the topic of Islamic spirituality and a vital lesson for Muslims about how to regain the deeper understanding and appreciation of their own tradition. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers' Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: the highest act of making beautiful, the fountainhead of all misdeeds, back-biting, obsession with young age, arrogance, remembering death, and the most hidden of all blessings.

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