Fruits of knowledge & Character building training taught at Prophetic Path
Have you ever wondered what Islam really wants from you? Have
you ever questioned what the end product of Islam is? How is a Muslim
really supposed to behave? Is it all just about outward worship or is there
more to it?
By using the example of a tree, we offer a vivid and detailed
answer to these questions and simultaneously explain exactly what the Prophetic
Path course has to offer.
We begin with the tree roots. Although underground and
unseen, tree roots are very important as they are the foundations keeping the
tree upright. The roots represent the following four conditions which are
required for one’s journey, towards the pleasure of Allah SWT:
Faith (Aqeedah) Knowledge (Fiqh) Repentance (Tawbah) Striving (Mujahidah)
At Prophetic Path we train people to have strong roots and good
foundations but not to become so entangled in the roots that one forgets about
the trunk, the branches, the leaves and the fruits of the tree. We advise
against debating for the sake of debating and rather encourage our students to
convince others (Muslims/Non-Muslims) with the beauty of their character and in
all circumstances to avoid rude behaviour and sarcastic comments.
The trunk represents sincerity and is the process of
purification of one’s motives. At Prophetic Path we teach our students
the importance of sincerity and purity of intention because if a person learns
over time to become sincere with Allah SWT and his Messenger – Prophet Muhammad
(Peace be Upon Him) then he will automatically behave sincerely with the rest
of the creation. Otherwise, a person risks harming himself and others in
the name of religion and philanthropy. For instance, in the absence of
sincerity a person could be helping others outwardly with the real intention
and motive of defrauding them or more commonly for the purpose of being
perceived by others as a charitable and religious person. Any good deeds
committed without sincerity of heart lead to nothing other than the
nullification of those deeds and the disdain and fury of the Almighty.
The trunk of the tree also represents the love of Allah and his
beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him). At Prophetic Path we teach
students what pure and true love really is from the point of view of our
Creator and his Beloved Messenger (Peace be Upon Him) and develop the thirst
and desire of the student to fall deeply into that love which is unconditional
The branches on a tree represent purification of a person’s
body, mind and heart.
At Prophetic Path we teach the following in relation to the path
towards Allah SWT.
Branch 1: 7 Organs
The seven bodily organs including the tongue, eyes, ears,
stomach, hands, feet and private parts are the first to be purified in on one’s
journey to the pleasure of Allah SWT. Some of these organs if used
correctly, such as the tongue have the power to build relationships whereas if
used incorrectly have the power to sever the best relationship. In fact,
we can see that the majority of society’s quarrels and disputes lie in the
abuse and misconduct of the tongue.
Moreover, when the seven organs are used to commit sin, then
dark energy enters and black dots appear on one’s heart until eventually the
entire heart is covered in darkness, a person then finds it extremely difficult
to commit good deeds and to differentiate between right and wrong.
Therefore, Prophetic Path students are trained to rectify the
sins of the organs one at a time, for 30 consecutive days until they have
stopped using the organs negatively and are now trained to use their organs positively.
An example is previously one’s tongue was involved in cursing and backbiting,
whereas after completing the training of the tongue he uses his tongue for the
remembrance of Allah and for the benefit of humanity.
Branch 2: Mind
The second branch represents the second stage in the journey which
is to purify the mind from the evil thoughts. Again, the student
undertakes 30 days training to engage one’s mind in positive thoughts regarding
the Creator, his Messenger (Peace be Upon Him), holding a good opinion of the
creation and learning how to tackle the evil thoughts, inclinations and
whispers of the devil.
Branch 3: Heart
The third branch represents the purification of the heart from
the evil traits such as jealousy, vanity, lust, pride, arrogance and love of
the world. The student is then taught how to replace the evil traits with
the good traits such as humility, patience, love, compassion and so forth.
Leaves appear on healthy and strong branches and in the context
of character building in Islam we teach our students that the leaves represent
good deeds which are the direct result of purification. Examples of good
deeds can include fasting, welfare of others, prayer, offering charity,
performing pilgrimage, giving preference to the Sunnah (prophetic lifestyle),
giving dawah and so on.
Is Purification the
Unfortunately, those on the path to Allah assume that performing
purification is the end and he/she has attained his end goal. However,
this is not the case as purification only represents the branches on a tree and
the fruits of the tree are yet to be borne.
For example, some seekers are duped into thinking that they have
become pious and purified people, however the behaviour they display
contradicts their claimed states. These are those individuals who
outwardly present themselves as pious and religious people, whereas when a
person interacts with them they behave unjustly and harshly against the pure
etiquettes and manners of Islam.
It is for these reasons that Allah SWT has repeatedly reminded
us that we should not become lost in the means and keep our focus on the end
result. For example, Allah SWT reminds us that fasting outwardly by
merely keeping the stomach hungry yet committing backbiting ultimately results
in the bad deeds outweighing all of the good. In the same way Allah SWT
the Exalted reminds us in a Hadith Qudsi that, he only accepts the Salah of a
person who is humble and treats the creation well, not the person who boasts
over the creation.
We should ask ourselves that if this is Allah’s reaction to the
compulsory (fardh) actions then how would he treat the optional (nafl) acts
such as dhikr of the person whose character was manifestly evil and unjust?
Therefore, our focus should not just be on the outward religious acts but our
character and that which results in the ultimate pleasure of Allah SWT.
When the tree has matured and the branches have grown the tree
begins to bear fruit but at the beginning of the season they remain
unripe. These unripe fruits represent acts such as discharging the rights
of Allah the Exalted, the rights of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him), the
rights of creation, parents, spouses, siblings, relatives, neighbours, teacher,
water, environment, earth, animals, natural resources, government, colleagues
and the rest of humanity and creation. At Prophetic Path we focus on teaching
students to develop their character and personality to become mature,
beneficial and compassionate individuals who seek to serve the needs of
creation rather than being egoistic and self-centred benefitting only
For example, the blessed companions and righteous followers of
Islam were purified to such an illuminated degree that humanity fell to their
feet and longed to be in their company. When these people left their city
the people would mourn and grieve. Whereas, our condition has become such
that people are trying to avoid us and want us to leave their cities and
The finest tree amongst the rest of the trees is the one which
is healthy, upright, and the most fruitful. The edible and ripened fruit
on a tree represent the following beautiful and prophetic traits which are the
keys to the pleasure of Allah and his Beloved Messenger (Peace be Upon Him).
These are the traits that should enter into a person upon completion of the
Prophetic Path course. The beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him)
states that if you want to see the people of Jannah walking amongst you, then
see those with these qualities in them.
ACTION: When the people
are disputing, accumulating and flaunting their worldly gains
REACTION: You respond by not competing negatively with them in worldly matters and pray for their success in this world and the next
ACTION: When evil is widespread and rampant near you
REACTION: You respond by not being overcome by evil, but instead overcoming evil with goodness
ACTION: When people cut the ties of friendship/kinship with you
REACTION: You respond by embracing, honouring and maintaining the ties of friendship/kinship with them
ACTION: When people are hurtful and hateful towards you
REACTION: You respond by loving the one who hated you, for the sake of Allah, the Merciful
ACTION: When people harm you by committing an evil against you
REACTION: You respond by bringing goodness and glad-tidings to them
ACTION: When people commit a wrong against you
REACTION: You respond by forgiving and honouring them
ACTION: When people are negative and unhelpful towards you
REACTION: You respond by not expecting perfection and benefit from them
ACTION: When people deprive you of something that is rightfully yours
REACTION: You respond by bringing benefit and profit to them
ACTION: When evil reaches you from others but you return goodness to them
REACTION: You respond by forgetting the evil that reached you from them and the goodness that reached them from you
Summary of the teachings
The aim of the Prophetic Path course is to develop and build the
character of each student on an individual basis so that he becomes someone who
has the most beautiful relationship with his Creator, Allah the Almighty and his
Beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him), and become a means of mercy
for all of the creation.
The revolution of love and change comes with one person at a
time so that each person becomes a beacon of love and hope for another and so
the ripple effect begins. Learn not to get lost in merely learning for
the sake of learning or debating. But, learn to just become a true Muslim
and eventually people will begin to love Islam again.
As one of the wise have said, and remarkably fitting to this
blog, is the beautiful saying, be like a tree, fruitful wherever Allah
has planted you.
If you would like to begin your journey to please the Almighty and
improve and develop your character, then feel free to register your FREE
Prophetic-Path profile today so you can together with the help of your mentor
begin your Journey to the closeness and pleasure of Allah the Exalted