OUR FOCUS

Sacred Learning focuses on spiritual development in a manner consistent with the sunnah (example) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). We encourage a routine of worship and learning to grow the soul, coupled with istighfar (repentance), to cleanse the heart from the effects of shortcomings. Our individualized approach takes personal strengths and weaknesses into account so that students can achieve their highest potential in acts of worship, personal relationships, and professional endeavors.

EXPERIENCED OVERSIGHT

Our team is led by Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar, who oversees the efforts of Sacred Learning in general and students’ development in particular. Shaykh Husain spent decades in the company of his teachers and, alongside his professional career as an academic physician and professor, has been training students spiritually for nearly twenty years.

OPEN TO ALL

Our programs cover general topics that are applicable to everyone. All events are open to the public and most are recorded and posted online free of charge.

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

Students seeking to develop themselves spiritually (tasawwuf) are encouraged to review our online materials and attend programs in person whenever possible. Those who would like to formally develop themselves under the tutelage of Shaykh Husain should submit a request using our contact page.

DAILY ROUTINE

Students are encouraged to follow a daily routine of dhikr, including recitation of the Holy Quran, istighfar (seeking forgiveness), sending salutations on the Prophet (salawat), and remembering Allah (the Exalted) silently in one’s heart. The tabs below detail the daily routine.

The Holy Quran should be recited in Arabic for at least 20 minutes daily. The Quran is the living miracle of Islam and is a primary means of spiritual development. During these 20 minutes, students recite according to their own ability, whether a few lines or an entire part (juz).

Students should review their actions and interactions while regularly seeking forgiveness for any shortcomings or mistakes. Ideally, istighfar should be recited 100 times in the morning and 100 times in the evening using the following litany:

I seek forgiveness from Allah, my Lord, from every sin and turn in repentance to Him.

Students should send salutations on the Prophet (peace be upon him) daily. This is performed after making istighfar and should ideally be recited 100 times in the morning and 100 times in the evening using the following litany:

O Allah, send Your mercy on our guide Muhammad and on the family of our guide Muhammad and send Your blessings and Your peace.

Muraqabah is a type of silent dhikr in which students focus on the heart, imagining that it is silently calling on the name of Allah (the Exalted). Ideally, students should spend 10 to 20 minutes daily doing this silent dhikr.

Literally meaning “to stand still,” wuquf refers to keeping the heart in a state of regular remembrance of Allah (the Exalted). Students should actively try to remember Allah (the Exalted) in their heart throughout the day, whether at work or at home. Additionally, emphasis should be placed on following the sunnah in all endeavors, as the Prophet’s sunnah exemplifies a life of constant remembrance of Allah (the Exalted).

As students develop through the above routine, they should maintain a connection with the Shaykh by attending the gatherings whenever possible and providing an update on their progress every few months. This update can be done in person or via email/phone.

SIGNS OF PROGRESS

The signs of progress on the spiritual path are that a student develops depth in their worship, an attachment to the sunnah, especially in their manner of interaction with others, excellence in their deeds, and a general preference for the hereafter over this world. Each student progresses, by the grace of Allah (the Exalted), at their own pace and through their own efforts with the shaykh acting as a coach or guide along the way.

STATEMENT OF STANDARDS

Sacred Learning is fundamentally committed to the pursuit of spiritual excellence in both personal and congregational matters. That excellence can only be achieved in an environment where the standards of our din and the Prophetic Sunnah are upheld. Spiritual benefit comes from Allah (the Exalted) and Allah alone, and it arises through His established mechanisms of the Sacred Law and the Prophetic sunnah. In fact, violation of these standards leads to nothing more than spiritual decay.

To that end, discrimination, sexual misconduct, predatory behavior, physical or verbal abuse, and exploitation of the student-teacher relationship are not tolerated. In an effort to preserve our standards, Sacred Learning maintains hijab (separation) between genders, particularly in student-teacher interactions, and prohibits gifts, monetary renumeration (in cash or kind), or loans to its teachers. Additionally, Sacred Learning does not compensate (financially or otherwise) Shaykh Husain or any assigned representatives.

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