Friday Reflections 08.10.2021

Salam alaikum and Jummah Mubarak! This week I read and discuss spiritual sicknesses, reading from Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master by Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak Al-Jerrahi (p.135-9). https://youtu.be/r5zT_f2ozps Recorded live on 8th October 2021

Trust in Allah ﷻ

A lot of people are discussing on social media the Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp outage yesterday. But perhaps few have considered this is a fitting reminder... Today, we rely intimately on so many man-made technologies and systems, but we should never forget that no matter how reliable any of these become, they will all fail…Read more Trust in Allah ﷻ

Good Friends and Bad

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ advised us to be careful of the company we keep. In a sound hadith (tradition) reported by both Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet said: “The example of a good companion in comparison with a bad one is like that of a musk seller and a blacksmith blowing bellows. From the first one…Read more Good Friends and Bad

What of Dervishness?

By Yunus Emre You, go on saying I'm a dervish, in me is what ofdervishness? Summer is true land of dervishes, in winter I doless! I took name of ‘dervish’, in its our forms was clothed:but when I saw the Path ahead what I did wasshameless! I, proud of dervish cloak and cap, saw it…Read more What of Dervishness?

Richard Kevin Armstrong 💓🤲🏻🌹

“We get what we put into this world. We benefit from the gifts of nature. The Creator gives us so much, we must put something back. Don't just take, we must give back or we will upset the balance, and this will cause us many difficulties.” ~ Richard Kevin Armstrong (1953 – 2020) Rest in…Read more Richard Kevin Armstrong 💓🤲🏻🌹

Joel Hayward – The Leadership of Muhammad ﷺ

Mohammed Abbasi and I had the great honour and pleasure to be joined earlier today by Professor Joel Hayward to discuss his latest book, “The Leadership of Muhammad ﷺ”. We had a fascinating discussion about the challenges the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ faced during his life and how he met them, in many ways very practically…Read more Joel Hayward – The Leadership of Muhammad ﷺ

Foolish Pride of Ego

“Allah created ego [nefs] and asked him to come to His presence; but ego went back. When Allah asked him to go back, he came nearer. Whatever Allah ordered, ego did the opposite. Allah asked him, ‘Who am I and who are you?’, ordering him to declare that he is servant to Him. But ego…Read more Foolish Pride of Ego

Surface and Depth

“Ehl-i Şeriat (people of the Sharia, meaning, the ulema) looks at the surface (zahir) and are only concerned with it. Ehl-i Tarikat (people of the tarikat) enters the inside of the ‘Palace’ and talk from inside the ‘Palace’. Ehl-i Şeriat say, ‘all we see is just the surface of the building; here are the columns,…Read more Surface and Depth

No Wisdom Makes People Run Away

“The prophet said whoever behaves with gentleness (rifk) towards other people, he succeeds in the world. Whoever behaves with harshness (huşunet), he fails and also makes others fail. Gentleness enables one to reach his aim; harshness prevents one from reaching his aims. This is the word of the Prophet. We are obliged to keep the…Read more No Wisdom Makes People Run Away