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The Beginning of Guidance by Imam Ghazali

Weekend Ilm Intensive 13

A 2 day Intensive study of Imam Ghazali’s motivational manual, Al-Bidayat al Hidaya, detailing the fundamentals of acquiring

Guidance, Islam, Iman & Ihsan

To be held from
Saturday, November 22nd till Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
at the Islamic Association of Northwest Calgary

Limited to 130 Students

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 Register by October 24th and Save $10 (online only)


Proudly supported by:

Muslim Council of Calgary and MuslimsOfCalgaryIslamic Centre of Northwest Calgary


Imam Ghazali’s Bidayat al-Hidaya is a highly motivational manual detailing the fundamentals of acquiring guidance through God-consciousness (taqwa). Imam Ghazali argues that just as there is an end to this noble objective there is also a beginning to it, which must be made firm for one to achieve success. He then goes on to expound the fundamentals of this “beginning.” While being concise and to-the-point the manual is laid out in the form of a detailed daily timetable providing the reader strong inspiration and much heart-rending counsel. The three sections of this book are on obedience, refraining from disobedience, and the etiquette of companionship with the Creator and with creation. One of Imam Ghazali’s final works, it embodies a lifetime of learning, experience, and spirituality and can be taken as an introduction to his larger works. (Courtesy of www.whitethreadpress.com)


Weekend Ilm Intensive 12 will be held from Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 (12:30 pm-6:00 pm) till Sunday, November 23rd (10 am – 5 pm), 2014.

Breakfast will be served at 9:30 am on Sunday


This course will be taught by highly qualified Ulama & Scholars who will combine lecture, interactive learning through activity, readings from the textbook, and self-reflection. Students are encouraged to actively participate as learning occurs best when you are personally involved by asking questions & promoting discussion.

The scholars present will be:
Mufti Abdul Mannan – from Windsor, Ontario
Shaykh Abdullah Tilly – from Calgary, Alberta
Shaykh Fayaz Tilly – from Calgary, Alberta
Shaykh Hasan Abdullah – from Toronto, Ontario
Shaykh Waqas Khawaja – from Ajax, Ontario
Shaykh Abu Bakr Mulla-from Toronto, Ontario


(course materials including  textbook and meals have a retail values of $45.00)

Imam Ghazali's

Imam Ghazali’s “The Beginning of Guidance”

Ghazali’s The Beginning of Guidance
(Bidayat al-Hidaya)

Complete Arabic Text with Facing English Translation – See more here

Click Here for Excerpt

Click here for Table of Contents 

“An excellent translation of an important book on the fundamentals of Muslim piety and etiquette. With an accessible English translation alongside the original Arabic text, this introductory work will be useful for readers interested in exploring the realities of Islamic piety, students of Arabic and educators alike.”
Jonathan AC Brown, University of Washington –

“This welcomed translation provides Ghazali’s manual The Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidaya) to serious students, seekers, and scholars and combines contemporary fluency with respect for sacred Islamic tradition.”
Marcia Hermansen, Loyola University, Chicago

Course Outline

Time TOPIC  
12:50-1:1:15 ADHAN & DUHR SALAH
1:40-2:20 “The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.”(Tirmidhi)After Introducing the author of the textbook, (Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali)) the Instructor will commence the first session highlighting the many gems Imam Ghazali (ra) articulates in his introduction. Why has the text been titled The Beginning of Guidance? How does one merge the seeking of knowledge with sincerity and the Love of Allah? What are the three classes of people who seek knowledge? How does one achieve ultimate bliss? The Instructor will thereafter give further details about the term and concept of Taqwa in Islam which will be followed by educating the students of ILM on the chapters of obedience, time management, and the etiquettes of waking from sleep and fulfilling the call of nature. (pages16-28)
2:20-3:00 “The key to Paradise is prayer and the key to prayer is cleanliness (Ablution).”  TirmidhiThis session will cover the etiquettes of Ablution, Ritual Bath, Dry Ablution, Setting out for the Mosque and staying in the Mosque until sunrise. The Instructor will physically teach and demonstrate the Prophetic Wudu using less than 500 ml of water.(Pages 29-49)
3:00-3:15 ADHAN & ASR
3:15-4:00 LATE LUNCH
4:00-4:45 “Seeking a Halal earning is a duty after the duty.” (Al-Bayhaqi)The third session will cover the etiquettes of time management from Sunrise to Midday and how to engage oneself in Seeking Useful Knowledge, Worship, Good Works, Earning a Lawful Living and Protecting Religion. The session will conclude by elaborating on the etiquettes of Preparation for other Prayers and what a person should do prior to sleeping which will be followed by the etiquettes of Sleep.   (Pages 50- 64)
4:45-5:05 ADHAN & MAGHRIB
5:05-5:55  “Don’t let shaitaan take the light away from your prayer.” The fourth session will cover the method and etiquettes of Ritual Prayer, Leading and Following in the Prayer the Etiquettes of Friday and will conclude with the Etiquettes of Fasting. (Pages 65-84)


DAY 2 DAY 2-SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24th, 2013  
9:30-10:00 BREAKFAST
10:15-11:15 ‘Desires make slaves out of kings and patience makes kings out of slaves.’ — Imam Ghazali
The first session on Day2 will commence with the chapter titled: Refraining from Disobedience. The instructor will teach the subchapters: The Sins committed with the Limbs, The Eyes, The Ears, The Stomach, The Private Parts, The Hands and The Feet. (Pages 85-92 & 104-106)
11:15-12:00 “Never have I dealt with anything more difficult than my own soul, which sometimes helps me and sometimes opposes me.”Imam al-Ghazali.This assembly will study the subject matter related to the Sins of the Tongue. The deadly sins of the Lisaan will be expounded upon in the order Imam Ghazali (ra) mentions them. Lying, Breaking a Promise, Backbiting, Disputation, Argumentation, Competitive Debate, Ascribing Goodness to Oneself, Cursing, Supplication against Creation, Jesting, Ridiculing and Making fun of People. (Pages 92-102)
12:00-12:45 “Do not allow your heart to take pleasure with the praises of people, nor be saddened by their condemnation.” — Al GhazaliThis gathering will cover the 5 cardinal Sins of the Heart: Envy, Ostentation, Conceit, Arrogance and Pride which will be followed by Introducing Chapter 3” The Etiquette of Companionship with the Creator and with the Creation. The session will conclude by expounding upon the etiquettes with Allah the Most High and The Etiquette of the Scholar. (Pages 112-130)
12:45-1:00 ADHAN
1:00 DUHR
1:15-2:00 LUNCH
2:00-3:00 “Soft words soften the hearts that are harder than rock, harsh words harden hearts that are softer than silk.” –Imam Al Ghazali The final session will be dedicated to learning the etiquettes of the Student, of the Child with Parents, of People You do not Know, Friends and Brothers. Thereafter subchapters regarding Intellect, Good Character, Uprightness, Absence of Greed and Honesty will be taught which will be followed by the Etiquette of Friendship and Acquaintances. (Pages 132-142)
3:00-3:15 ASR
3:15-4:30 Q&A PANEL
 4:45-5:00 ADHAN & MAGHRIB



This course is open for Brothers and Sisters. Although 85% of our course attendees are between the ages of 18-35+ the course is open to all mature students who are 16 years of age and above as the acquisition of knowledge is compulsory upon every Muslim (Ibn Majah).


You can register online by Clicking Here.


The course fee for Weekend Ilm Intensive 13 is $80 per student. The course fee includes the textbook(s), breakfast, 2 lunches, and an informational package.

To help with the registration process, payments for Weekend Ilm Intensive 13 are now accepted via credit cards securely through PayPal. An invoice will be sent to you with payment options upon receipt of your registration.

Please note that there is an early bird special of $70.00 for anyone who registers before October 24th, 2014. Any registrations post October 24th, will be the regular price of $80.00

For any questions and/or concerns, please contact our volunteer team.


For questions, concerns, or more information regarding Weekend Ilm Intensive 14, you can contact us on-line, by email, or by phone.

To contact us on-line, visit http://ilmintensive.com/about-us/contact-us/, or by email at admin@ilmintensive.com.

To contact the volunteer team by phone or to inquire regarding physical tickets, please call: Brother Maroof at 403.690.6816

Please email admin@ilmintensive.com  if you require financial assistance to attend this course.


You may help this cause of knowledge by:

  1. Supplicating to Allah to accept the efforts of the organizers (The Islamic Association of NW Calgary & the Ilm Intensive volunteer team), students, and teachers.
  2. Register yourself, family, relatives and friends while simultaneously conveying and encouraging others to also attend and pray for the success of the program.
  3. If your heart desires, you may donate to the Islamic Association of NW Calgary. All donations are 100% tax -deductible. Donations should be made in the name of: MAC-NW




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