Fear, an obstacle to the Truth, preventing one from experiencing love for all living things. It is fear that prevents us from embracing man as the manifestation of God that he is. Rather than seeing a man as a potential threat, we should rejoice in our common source - God. Hafiz's poem 'Your Mother and … Continue reading Fanaa and a Sacred Reunion
In a tale of human progress and a defence of progress, people learn from their parents and their parents' parents, and who, after trials and tribulations, wind up committed to each other. Unrecognizing that our life is a story of fellowship. Because when you look deeper into the unconscious, the separations between individuals begin to … Continue reading Were we mere blank slates?
"Every criminal, miser, abuser, scoffer, embezzler, and hateful person does what he or she does because of a diseased heart. If hearts were sound, these actions would no longer be a reality. So if we want to change our world, we do not begin by rectifying the outward. Instead, we must change the condition of … Continue reading The art of Jihad – Internal War
"The ethical rules of the Sufi in his relationship with others include: When a person seeks him he accepts him; when a person is away from him he does not forget about him; when a person associates with him he shapes his conduct; and when a person refuses to associate with him he will not … Continue reading Relationships in Sufism
A 'ba' is not a 'dza', a non-linear thinker is not a linear thinker. Here’s a quick quiz I've gotten from a website to determine your thinking style. Imagine yourself facing a challenge. Does column one or column two feel like the best way to proceed? Column One … Continue reading Non-linear thinking and its spirituality
Shaykh Mendes said, The Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam learnt from other cultures, if there is wisdom, and we can do this too. We can even learn things from people who are not Muslims. Sayyidina Ali (ra) said, "Even if the wisdom is from people who worship idols, we can still learn from them." Below are … Continue reading The crisis between spirituality and social maladjustment – recommended readings
Really love the approach of Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes when it comes to spirituality. Imbuing spirituality with social issues, which I find personally relatable when it comes to the teaching or therapeutic line like counselling or psychology. It was a privilege to have him here all the way from the US and to remind us … Continue reading Purpose of place: finding Allah through life’s mission