- Tawba is a short 5-week course that shall motivate you to employ tried and true tools to change for good and overcome your bad habits
- The focus of the course is on practical implementation of sincere tawba
- The course will cover obstacles and misconceptions people face in turning to Allah whole-heartedly
- Learn the attitude one must have towards tawba in order to successfully bring one’s heart to life
- Ustadh Hatim draws upon his extensive readings into classical spiritual works as well as the knowledge and experience he gained from contact with scholars and sheikhs of the spiritual path. He will serve as your motivational Life Coach
About the Course
This short five-week course constitutes a practical introduction and immersion into the heart of tawba: the process of sincerely repenting from the way we are and changing for good, so that we may experience the homecoming to our hearts and acceptance into the Divine Presence.
The focus of the course is not on the legal requirements and conditions for a valid tawba, rather the course shall focus on understanding the significance, practical necessity, and process of continually turning one’s heart to Allah. The course shall explore misconceptions and challenges people face along the way, and how to practically overcome them.
How did the early Muslims and those before them succeed in making a true, deep tawba that changed their lives forever? What are their success stories and how can we incorporate them into our spiritual lives? If one keeps falling back into the same bad habits, if one fails time after time to get over one’s addictions, does it mean one’s tawba is not sincere, not correct, or is it a sign that one’s tawba has not been accepted yet? Can tawba actually be something enjoyable or is it an unpleasant process? Do we make tawba once and for all, or is it something that we should do every time we remember or sins? Is tawba only from sins, or does it have higher levels?
The goal of the course is to empower you with the tools and attitude you need to make true tawba, and not take Allah for granted. Explore the most essential work of the heart, the basis for all other good in this life and the next.
The course shall be taught over 5 weeks and shall include recorded lessons introducing the topics to be discussed in class, and Live Classes once a week. There shall be no graded quizzes, exams, or assignments – the focus is on imparting practical advice.
- Lesson 1: Tawba – What’s in it for me?
- Lesson 2: Our Predecessors – How did they make tawba?
- Lesson 3: The Nuts & Bolts
- Lesson 4: Signs of Acceptance
- Lesson 5: Maintaining One’s Tawba
Students should note that this is the first time the course is being offered – as such, the course plan may depart from the list of topics and order mentioned above, which serves as a general guideline.
Is tawba something fundamentally unpleasant?
If tawba does require some remorse and some “feeling bad” in the beginning, this bittersweet experience is soon replaced by an eternal pleasure in the heart, provided that one continues to nurture the seed of repentance and never throws in the towel.
The famous spiritual master Sheikh al-Kurdi of Jordan used to liken the spiritual path, which is synonymous with making lasting tawba, to a cup of honey with a thin layer of bitter substance on top. He would urge his brethren to down it all, to drink long and deep, rather than just lick the surface and only taste the bitterness every time.
So how can we reach the honey and taste the sweetness of tawba?
This is what this course is all about.
How can we make a life-lasting tawba? How can we savor the taste of closeness to Allah by knocking at His door day after day and night after night? How can we completely efface from our hearts the cancerous cells of sins, which keep on developing and ruining our spiritual health? How long does this process of polishing take and what are its fruits?
Where do people go wrong in their approach to tawba?
People run into misconceptions and stumbling blocks along the way. They may think tawba is something we only make from major sins. Some wrongly think that their ten-year old tawba is all they need to be saved since they became “righteous” afterwards. This cannot be farther from the Sunna of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, who made tawba every single day one hundred times.