This is an impressive image by Rumi, for it portrays the human condition, the fact that the only creature with a certain amount of free will is situated between beast and angel, between the world of pure matter and that of pure spirit. If he follows his lower instincts, he will fall deeper than any animal, for the animals are constrained in their actions and have no choice. If, however, he purifies himself and develops his God-given spiritual qualities, he will reach a station higher than the angels, for angels, too, cannot act according to their own inclination; their role of constant worship and obedience is once and for all prescribed. Humans, however, have to wander along an extremely narrow path as they choose between good and evil, matter and spirit; they are, as Maulana says, like ducks, which belong to both water and earth; or else they are half honeybee, half snake, capable of producing both honey and venom. Did not the angels cry out in horror when the Lord told them at the beginning of time that He would place a vice-regent on earth, whereupon they foresaw that the new creature would he “bloodshedding and ignorant” (Sura 2/31)?
But God knew better what He was planning, and so the angels had to prostrate themselves before the newly created Adam, who thus became masjud al-mala’ika, “the one before whom the angels fell down.” He was singled out by the Divine Word in the Koran: karamna, “We have honored the children of Adam” (Sura 17/70). Maulana reminds his listeners time and again of this Divine Word, and he sees the greatest danger to humanity in the risk of their forgetting the high position allotted to them by God. God “taught Adam the names” (Sura 2/32). Read more here….
Ramadan is not just a month of fasting, but a month of spiritual healing. Presented from an interfaith perspective as a means to motivate believers to action, the articles by such famous writers as Muhammad al-Ghazzali, Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani, Imam Jawziyya, Ibn Sireen, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Mawlana Mawdudi and Laleh Bakhtiar include essays on both the Law and the Way. They are divided into the traditional threefold method of spiritual healing, namely, knowledge, inner processing and action. Read more here
Ramadan for Children
The Mysteries of Charity & Fasting for Children
Understanding the spiritual meanings on which the practices of Islam are based, opens up the vastness of the inner life. Even though young Muslim children are not yet obliged to fast or pay zakat, the virtues and spiritual dimensions on which these are based can easily be introduced and comprehended even by five-year olds. Imam al-Ghazali’s stories and metaphors offer an effective way for parents to communicate with their children, in a language which can be used and directly related to the occurrences within everyday life. In the following two books of the Ihya, such virtues as generosity, gratitude, selflessness, reflection, self-discipline, patience, honesty, moderation, and trust in God’s loving wisdom are no longer abstract concepts but can be clearly seen instead as urgent and absolutely relative to each individual. We are indeed blessed to have Imam al-Ghazali’s systematic presentation of aspects belonging to the inner sunna and his detailed map for guarding and perfecting our innate and noble nature. Read Here ordownload
Ramadan Treasure Fun with Imam Al-Ghazali – 27 Days Exploring The Book of Fasting
A Ramadan surprise offering carefully prepared by a group of Ghazali home and pilot school educators. The first activity begins with moonsighting today. read here
Ibn ‘Arabi (1165-1240) has long been known as a great spiritual master. His many works of prose and poetry are beginning to be more accessible in translation in Western languages. They possess the remarkable quality of being able to speak to people of all walks of life and belief, across the apparent barrier of many centuries and differing cultures. Despite this growing interest, the prayers which are attributed to him remain little-known. They provide a most precious glimpse into the real practice of the mystical life within the Sufi tradition. This is the first time that any of Ibn ‘Arabi’s prayers have been published in another language. This particular collection is one of the most beautiful, having been revered in the Islamic world for centuries. There are fourteen prayers, one for each day and night of the week. They include not only the most astounding expressions of contemplation and devotion to God, but also an unparalleled depth of knowledge of Union (tawhid). As the translators show in their introduction, the very structure of the prayers is a mode of contemplation, since for Ibn ‘Arabi the weekly cycle itself is sacred. These prayers are presented with notes and appendices. Translation: Pablo Beneito / Stephen Hirtenstein The Seven Days of the Heart: Prayers for the Nights and Days of the WeekFREE DOWLOAD
Today is the holy day of Jum’ah. One Jum’ah and one week of Ramadan are over. Last Jum’ah was Sha’ban. And this time it fell on Ramadan. A week has passed, and today is the 7th of Ramadan. Holy Ramadan is passing very quickly. Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla granted as a present the day of Jum’ah to the Ummah of our Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم with its blessings. Its virtues are very great. It has certain duties. Sunnah and Mustahabb were given by Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla to us to do them in order to reach more virtues and light. They were given as a present. One of them is Surat al-Kahf. Our Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم says that whoever reads it on Friday, Allah جل جلاله gives him light from that Friday until the next Friday as much as the distance from the East to the West. The light cannot be bought; these things should be done to have it. Therefore, whoever reads Surat al-Kahf every Friday attains great Thawab and virtues, both physically and spiritually. Also, whoever reads the first and the last [ten] Ayat of Surat al-Kahf will be protected from the evil of Dajjal, says our Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم .He will be protected from his Fitnah. The appearance of Dajjal is near, as it is the end of times already. That is why we should read it for sure. If not all of it, read a couple of Ayat [from the beginning] and read the last [ten] Ayat. Read the last [ten] Ayat as well so that you are protected from this evil and Fitnah. Read more here
“May this Jumah be blessed. It is Juma of Sha’ban, the holy month. InshaAllah next week we will reach the day and night of the 15th of Sha‘ban, inshaAllah. It is revealed from our Prophet ﷺ that the 15th of Sha‘ban is holy and it is revealed in Quran by Allah ﷻ. He ﷻ says that on that night it is written what everyone will do, where they’ll come and go for the upcoming year. That night is a holy night.
Our Prophet ﷺ used to pray till the morning on those nights, especially on the 15th night. Hadrati Aishah said she heard prayers she never heard before until the morning. And Hadrati Aishah asked our Prophet ﷺ “Why do you pray so much on this night?” “This night is the night when everything for the coming year is written. I want to worship and stay awake praying during this night”, said our Prophet ﷺ.”
Mawlānā congratulated the Muslim nation on the night of Laylatu l-Barā’ah and said that the Tajallī (manifestation) has changed. The Age of Tyrants is ended. And what each one of us can do is to ask for “Rajulun Rashīd”.