Friday Reflections 16.10.2020

Salam alaikum and Jummah Mubarak! This week I read and discuss verses 168–177 in Surah Al-Baqarah, from the Quran translation by Dr Safi Kaskas. These verses capture a lot of the spirit and essence of Islam, and it's good to read and reflect upon them. https://youtu.be/2q9K9yh2vd0

Iman: The Greatest Blessing

By Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil “Thank Allah ﷻ for His blessings for the faith that He ﷻ has given to us. The greatest blessing is the blessing of Iman (faith), whilst that exists everything else is easy. If that does not exist nothing is easy that is what is important. Today people do not have…Read more Iman: The Greatest Blessing

Free Spirits

By Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani Originally people are the same, but according to their actions people will differ in their levels. That is why it is not important if you are a man or a woman, white or black, English or Scottish, not even if you are educated or not. Important is what we…Read more Free Spirits

Friday Reflections 09.10.2020

Salam alaikum and Jummah Mubarak! We are approaching Rabi al-Awal, when many Muslims celebrate Mawlid an-Nabi (the Birthday of the Prophet). So I felt it would be a good idea to discuss the topic of praising the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, and whether there is any evidence to back this up in classical sources. As always,…Read more Friday Reflections 09.10.2020

Friday Reflections 02.10.2020

Salam alaikum and Jummah Mubarak! I have often been asked what to look for in a spiritual teacher. This week I read and discuss a chapter from Idries Shah’s book, “Learning How To Learn” to help to answer this question. Though this is one of those topics we could discuss at length on many occasions…Read more Friday Reflections 02.10.2020

Moses and the Shepherd

By Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi Image: Moses and the Shepherd by Hossein Behzad Moses once heard a shepherd praying as follows: “O God, show me where thou art, that I may become Thy servant. I will clean Thy shoes and comb Thy hair, and sew Thy clothes, and fetch Thee milk.” When Moses heard him…Read more Moses and the Shepherd

Friday Reflections 25.09.2020

Salam alaikum. Jummah Mubarak. This week I read and reflect upon a couple of verses from the Sufi classic, The Conference of the Birds (Mantiq ut-Tahir) by Farid ud-Din Attar. https://youtu.be/rMmAHzVJ_LU

Khatm Khwajagan 10.09.2020

Sohbet on adab (manners), especially the adab in tariqat a murid should have with their shaykhs. Followed by the weekly dhikr/meditation of the Naqshbandi tariqat. https://youtu.be/o6uX7x3J4As

Friday Reflections 04.09.2020

Salam alaikum. Jummah Mubarak. I read the chapter, “The Wisdom of the Spirit” in the the “Bezels of Wisdom” by Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-Arabi, translated by Ralph Austin (1980). In the chapter, Ibn al-Arabi discusses his views on the nature of religion, and how it is of two types. The discussion that follows is deep,…Read more Friday Reflections 04.09.2020

Sohbet 03.09.2020

Sohbet on the times of prayer (salah/namaz) and how these indicate how we benefit from being more tuned in to ourselves and natural cycles, this being a path to achieving harmony in ourselves, our families, and our communities. Correction: I said in Ramadan we stop fasting at Sehri, when I obviously meant we stop eating…Read more Sohbet 03.09.2020