United in Spirit: Ramadan, Pesach, and Easter

By Kyai Paul Salahuddin Armstrong  Ramadan, Pesach (Passover), and Easter are significant religious events in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. In Islam, festivals are calculated according to the Hijri lunar calendar. The lunar year is around 10 or 11 days shorter than a solar year, the measure of a year used in the Gregorian calendar, the…Read more United in Spirit: Ramadan, Pesach, and Easter

Selamat Idul-Fitri 2022

Salam alaikum, Eid Mubarak, and Selamat Idul-Fitri from myself and Imam Adil Saleem, and the Chaplaincy team at the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, University of Birmingham. As part of my preparations for the Indonesian Community and University of Birmingham Islamic Society Eid-ul-Fitr events today, I asked friends from here, Indonesia, and around the world, if they had…Read more Selamat Idul-Fitri 2022

Indonesian Community Iftar 23.04.2022

Speech at the Indonesian Community Iftar I was hosting at the University of Birmingham Multi-Faith Chaplaincy on what my role is at the university and my background. https://youtu.be/K-c5j7HGHWA

Sufi Meditation 11.04.2022

Salam alaikum! 🙏🏻 “God does not burden a soul more than it can bear. It has [the good] it has earned, and [the evil] it has incurred. Our Lord, do not blame us if we forget or err. Our Lord, do not make us bear a burden like those before us. Our Lord, do not…Read more Sufi Meditation 11.04.2022

Sufi Meditation 04.04.2022

Salam alaikum! 🙏🏻 Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger ﷺ as saying, “When it is the month of Ramadan, the gates of mercy are opened, and the gates of Hell are locked and the devils are chained.”(Bukhari and Muslim) In this week's sohbet, I discuss Ramadan and why we fast during this month, what are we…Read more Sufi Meditation 04.04.2022

Ramadan Mubarak 🌙

Wishing everyone a very blessed and enlightening Ramadan. May Allah ﷻ grant that the blessings of this holy month reach everyone in our Human Family, grant us good health, forgive us our sins, send us heavenly inspirations and illuminate our hearts with Divine Light and Love. Allahumma salli ala sayyidina Muhammadin wa ala ali sayyidina…Read more Ramadan Mubarak 🌙

Weekly Sohbet and Dhikr 13.05.2021

Selamat Hari Raya and Eid Mubarak! 🎉🙏🏻😃 In this week's sohbet, I reflect back on Ramadan and how to stay blessed throughout the year. Followed by the traditional weekly dhikr/meditation of the Naqshbandi tariqat. 🧙‍♂️📿💓 https://youtu.be/8aBk3WOj0RU Recorded live on 13th May 2021

Human Desire

There is no end to Human Desires, and no matter how much you fulfill them they will only increase and keep demanding more... there is never enough! Even the whole universe wouldn't satisfy them! Fasting helps us to curtail this tendency and to keep ourselves within reasonable parameters, which is why Muslims fast during the…Read more Human Desire

Intelligent God-Consciousness

“There are many who fast whose fast is nothing more than hunger and thirst. There are many who offer prayers whose prayer is no better than wakefulness and hardship. The sleep, eating and drinking of the intelligent God-conscious person is far better.”~ Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib This is not to suggest we shouldn't fast…Read more Intelligent God-Consciousness

Weekly Sohbet and Dhikr 15.04.2021

Salam alaikum. 🙏🏻 This week's sohbet is on Ramadan. Why do we fast? What are we trying to achieve through fasting? Followed by the traditional weekly dhikr/meditation of the Naqshbandi tariqat. 🧙‍♂️📿💓 https://youtu.be/wW2Bm_RDKyc Recorded live on 15th April 2021