The paths in life are not always as clear as black and white. At times, we may find ourselves surrounded by a grey mist that clouds our ability to see the reality. How do we keep ourselves on the path that would lead us to goodness, and away from the ones that would lead us astray?
The Prophet (s.a.w.) once told a companion by the name of Wabisah, “Consult your soul, consult your heart, O Wabisah. Righteousness is what reassures your soul and your heart, and sin is what wavers in your soul and puts tension in your chest, even if people approve it in their judgments again and again.” (Sunan ad-Darimi)
Join Shaykh Mikaeel Smith in “A Shining Light: The Prophetic Guidance in Developing Your Moral Compass” as we delve into the matter of conscience, clarity, and wisdom in our quest to seek the pleasure of Allah.
Shaykh Mikaeel Ahmed Smith (Michael V Smith) is an instructor at Qalam Institute, which is based in Texas. He previously served as a resident scholar at the Islamic Society of Annapolis and the Islamic Society of Baltimore.
Shaykh Mikaeel grew up in a deeply spiritual Christian home in Buffalo, NY. At the age of 18, he embraced Islam after reading the Qur’an and The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He then enrolled at the Dar ul-Uloom al-Madania in Buffalo, New York, where he completed his memorization of the Qur’an. He continued his studies in Jami’a Abu Noor in Damascus, Syria.
In 2012, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Studies at the Dar ul-Uloom Canada in Chatham, Ontario. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and three children. Shaykh Mikaeel is also the author of With the Heart in Mind, a book exploring the moral and emotional intelligence of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
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