Posted by: seekerofthesacred | January 30, 2010

Al-Iqbal `Ala Allah: Its Definitions and Implications


As-Salamu `Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh! Alhamdulillah, Allahumma Salli wa Sallim`Ala Rasulillah, Sayyidina Muhammad Bin `Abd Allah, wa `Alihi wa Ashabihi wa Man Walah, wa Ba`du:

In this week’s live session on SunniPath, for the Journey to Allah Part 1 course of al-Habib `Ali, Shaykh `Abd al-Karim mentioned the concept of al-Iqbal `Ala Allah, which was a result of the Ba`ith (The Inspirational Drive which stirs up the Iqbal `Ala Allah in you and pushes you along the path). The importance of this, is that is the first step on the path, which drives you to turn sincerely to Allah and renounce evil actions (Tawbah).

Linguistic Definition – Lane’s Lexicon:

Aqbala: He came, facing

Aqbala `Alayh: He advanced, approched towards him/it or He showed favour to him

Aqbala `Ala al-Insan: He advanced, or approached towards him, as though he desired no other person

Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar’s Definition as Narrated by Shayk `Abdul Karim Yahya

Turning to Allah (al-Iqbal) is intensely endeavoring to seek His (Allah’s) pleasure;

fulfilling oblogations;

avoiding prohibitions;

performing sunnahs (mandubat)

leaving doubtful matters;

preferring Him over everything else;

and constant prescence of heart with him.

Keep me in your Duas,



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