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In the Early Hours

Precious but often neglected time during the night that Allah is closest and most receptive to His servants.
The Messenger of God said:
Our Lord descends each night to the nearest Heaven when only the last third of the night remains, and says: `Is anyone praying that I may answer him? Is anyone seeking forgiveness, that I may forgive him? Is anyone asking, that I may give to him?’, and this continues until dawn. (Tirmidhi.)
Is the essence and theme of the book.

While The later part of each night is the most conducive period for reflection and self development. It is the occasion with the most potential for the heart to be present, alert and free of worldly concerns as the Quran declares: Lo! The vigil of the night is [a time] when impression is more keen and speech more certain. [al-Muzzammil 73:6.]

This book is a collection of inspirational advice by a dear and beloved teacher, Ustadh Khurram Murad on the subject of spiritual and self development. In it he sets out the goal of the Believer- the single-minded desire to seek the good pleasure of Allah and Paradise. He then outlines the methods and instruments which must be used in the attainment of that ultimate goal.

These spiritual exhortations that follow were originally delivered in those early hours of Summer 1993 just after Salat al-Fajr as part of a course entitled Self Development for Islamic Workers at The Islamic Foundation, Leicester. That course represented one of many similar courses Ustadh Khurram conducted for young Muslims, both male and female. He recognised that it was in the young generation’s eagerness, strength and enthusiasm that the future of the Muslim Umma lay.

Each of the seven sections in this book represents one Nasiha or Advice.
CHAPTER ONE: The Process of Self Development puts light on process of Tazkiya.
CHAPTER TWO: A Life of Remembrance : teaches Dhikr, effect in human life, type of Dhikr.
CHAPTER THREE: Relating to Allah Discusses all sorts of a slave’s connection with Allah (i.e Ibadah), Holding Unto Allah, its essence.
CHAPTER FOUR: `Relating to Allah’s Messenger, deals with the position of Sunnah in believers life, The Prophetic Mission and Our mission.
CHAPTER FIVE: Spending in the Way of Allah, against Love of this World, Types of spending, Ajr one is going to get out of these spending etc.
CHAPTER SIX: `Relating to Allah’s Creation: obligation relating to all sorts of relations we have in our day to day life, even with animals.
CHAPTER SEVEN: Meeting Allah: this is the purpose of our life to prepare for it, Men are forgetful, Our negligence, conquering fear of death etc. 

In a nut shell this book gives a real insight of process of self development and tazkiya. Each chapter shall be read in detail and should be implemented.

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