Excelling in this life for the next Based on the Prophetic Method
April 1, 2013
Abstract for the First International Scientific Conference on The Centrality of the Holy Qur’ān in Imam Abdessalam Yassine’s Theory of the Prophetic Method [al-Minhāj an-Nabawi], Istanbul, December 1 – 2, 2012
Imad Benjelloun – Delaware Valley College, Pennsylvania, USA
Imām Abdessalam Yassine puts the attainment of iḥsān [spiritual excellence] along with the establishment of justice as the dual primary goal of following the Prophetic Method that he developed (Yassine, 1998; Yassine; 2000a). He defines iḥsān with three complementary meanings, the third of which is to pursue excellence (Yassine, 1998). The question is then how to pursue excellence in light of the Noble Qur’ān and the Prophetic Method [al-Minhāj an-Nabawī]? Specifically, this paper shows how to apply the ten attributes [al-Khiṣāl al-’Ashr] (Yassine, 1981) of the Prophetic Method to such pursuit of excellence. It reformulates these ten attributes as follows: (1) accompany the best people of high moral and spiritual fiber in order to guide you and support you in your lifetime journey of pursuing comprehensive excellence to attain optimal and perpetual results; (2) remember God in order to empower you for the journey; (3) get yourself truly committed to excellence in order to achieve it; (4) give your best in order to get the best; (5) learn what to excel at and how to excel in order to be on the right path; (6) put knowledge into practice in order to become an expert; (7) outshine in the right direction in order to join the best of the bests; (8) proceed deliberately and steadfastly while scaling up the journey’s ascent in order to overcome the journey’s obstacles; (9) be balanced and purposeful in order to best serve God’s creation; and (10) strive to finish the journey and return to God with an excellent soul.