Concerns about Christmas 27.12.2020

Salam alaikum. After my recent posts on Christmas I received quite a few responses, most of which have been positive, but a number have been asking questions about Christmas and how Muslims can celebrate Christmas. A number of friends sent me a video by my good friend Shaykh Mohammed Aslam, who holds a different opinion…Read more Concerns about Christmas 27.12.2020

Friday Reflections 25.12.2020

Salam alaikum, Jummah Mubarak, and Merry Christmas! Today, I discuss some questions I have been asked on giving Christmas greetings and joining in Christmas celebrations. I then read from the Quran, Bible, and non-Canonical gospels the accounts of the conception and birth of Jesus Christ (Isa ibn Maryam) on whom be peace, comparing and reflecting…Read more Friday Reflections 25.12.2020

Weekly Sohbet and Dhikr 24.12.2020

Merry Christmas! Sohbet on Christmas; how should Muslims approach Christmas? Is it a cultural or religious festival, or is it both? Is it okay to join in Christmas festivities or not? Are there even any simple answers? 🎉🎄🎁🎅 This is followed by the weekly dhikr/meditation of the Naqshbandi tariqat. 🧙‍♂️📿💓 https://youtu.be/bQJUxmArg-s

Gus Dur’s Memorial Discussion

Very honoured to be invited to take part in Gus Dur’s Memorial Discussion on 164 Channel this morning (evening in Indonesia), organised in partnership between the Embassy of Indonesia in London, PCI Nahdlatul Ulama UK, Gusdorian UK, and PPI Dunia. https://youtu.be/4QY5EDPoBXs Full event can be watched at 164 Channel on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjK14tZz2OI

Friday Reflections 18.12.2020

Salam alaikum and Jummah Mubarak! I read and discuss a sohbet by Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani from his book, “Liberating the Soul: A Guide for Spiritual Growth, Volume 2”. The sohbet is titled “Wisdom of the Holy Prophet ﷺ”, and begins on page 69 in the book. The sohbet discusses a very important subject…Read more Friday Reflections 18.12.2020

Highest Level of Tawheed

The highest level of Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of God) is to render everything to Allah ﷻ, to recognise everything comes from Allah ﷻ and returns to Allah ﷻ, and to leave all your affairs to Allah ﷻ. This doesn't mean we don't perform our work in society, or do what we must to…Read more Highest Level of Tawheed

Friday Reflections 11.12.2020

Salam alaikum and Jummah Mubarak! Reading is highly encouraged and beneficial to our hearts and souls, especially reading the works of spiritually enlightening texts. This week I read and discuss part of The Commanding Self by Idries Shah (p. 68-71). Buy a hardback, paperback, or read online for free at: https://idriesshahfoundation.org/books/the-commanding-self https://youtu.be/cMnGnB7G9yE

Speak Goodness

On the authority of Abū Shurayh al-‘Adawi, who said: I heard with my own two ears and saw with my own two eyes, the Prophet ﷺ saying, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day must honour his neighbour. Moreover, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day must honour his guest with the required…Read more Speak Goodness

Sufism: Knowledge and Wisdom

Yunus Emre’s early interactions with the man who would become his Shaykh. He had the best education money could buy at the time, so what was he looking for in a simple wall builder, like Taptuk Emre? This reminds me of when I sat with my teacher Shaykh Sufi Abdullah, seeking to be his student.…Read more Sufism: Knowledge and Wisdom