Principles of Success in Family Life

Dr Sibtain Panjwani – United Kingdom

This short lecture is on letter 31 of Nahj al-Balagha. In this letter, Imam‘Ali b. Abi Talib a.s. is giving advice to his son, al-Hasan or Muhammad b. Hanafiyyah. It appears he does not have long to live and is advising his son on the many facets of life but specifically, how to train one’s self in order to live in society, how to think, become a worthy servant of God and deal with personal dilemmas. He gives advice on the following themes: critical observation, learning from history, reflection, God-consciousness, concern for the hereafter, death, removing doubt and speculation from one’s mind, upholding truth and justice, seeking knowledge, translating knowledge into action.

About the author

Dr. Sibtain Panjwani is a Dental Surgeon by Profession with a special interest in Medical Law and Ethics having obtained an MA from King’s College London and a PhD in Law at the University of Essex.

He regularly gives lectures at various institutes and takes interest in writing articles and conference papers on subjects ranging from law and religion to ethics and community affairs.

He held the position of the Secretary General of The World Federation of KSI Muslim Communities from 1996 – 2003.

The Awakening Project was created by Dr. Sibtain Panjwani, a project that seeks participation and reform from community members themselves – madrasah teachers, professionals, volunteers, scholars, laymen and laywomen, youths, the elderly and all those interested in meeting current and future social, spiritual, ethical and cultural challenges.

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