St Francis and the Sufi

Spiritual Meeting  – 800 years later – 1219-2019

In 1219 St. Francis and Brother Illuminato accompanied the armies of western Europe to Damietta, Egypt, during the Fifth Crusade. His desire was to speak peacefully with Muslim people about Christianity, even if it mean dying as a martyr. He tried to stop the Crusaders from attacking the Muslims at the Battle of Damietta, but failed. After the defeat of the western armies, he crossed the battle line with Brother Illuminato, was arrested and beaten by Arab soldiers, and eventually was taken to the sultan, Malek al-Kamil.

This encounter, which occurred between September 1 and 26, is a paradigm for interfaith dialog in our time. Despite differences in religion, people of prayer can find common ground in their experiences of God. Dialogue demands that we truly listen to the other; but, before we can listen, we must see the other as a precious human being, loved by God. There is no other path to peace in this bloody 21st century. Read more….

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Goethe, the “refugee”

In the summer of 1819,  Goethe  had just published his West-East Divan—his homage to the peerless Persian poet Hafiz—the only full-length lyrical work he published in his lifetime. Celebrated as the first work of “world literature,” the Divan was intended to overcome the dichotomy of East and West by raising it to a higher unity.

Goethe and his poem “Hegir” : Hijra

when one speaks of the Hijra one is not merely speaking of a journey from Mecca to Medina, or the starting point of a calendar;  but one is  also speaking of a new start for humanity. And Johann Wolfgang von Goethe make his Hijra, his emigration and take refuge in Islam. He became a “Refugee”.

The Hijra is symbolic of changing those conditions that cause problems and that clash with ideals and beliefs, as well as the search for new opportunities.

“Hegira”

North and South and West are quaking,

Thrones are cracking, empires shaking;

Let us free toward the East

Where as patriarchs we’ll feast:

There in loving, drinking, singing

Youth from Khidr’s well is springing…… read more

 

What the Emigration Demands of Us

Starting from a narrow family-tribal environment Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) underwent 13 years of hardship and torment in Meccan society; with the immigration (Hijra) to Medina, a new stage began. This stage, if one takes into consideration the time that it took all religions to spread, is the starting point of one of the fastest religious developments in recorded history. In this sense, when one speaks of the Hijra one is not merely speaking of a journey from Mecca to Medina, or the starting point of a calendar; one is speaking of a new start for humanity .  read more

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The Animals Lawsuit Against Humanity

The Animals Lawsuit Against Humanity:

It reminds us of the basic truth that the most crucial problems of today are those which all authentic religious people face together…

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The Wisdom of Animals:

The inherent goodness of all of creation and the human duty to respect the rights (huq¬q) of all creatures – not simply the rights of God and the rights of our fellow beings.

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Creatures of the Quran

Animals are considered as gifts to humanity, praised for their beauty and help, so Islam has set kindness and mercy towards them as one of its founding bricks of values. read more…

Eid-ul-Adha – the Festival of Sacrifice

However, in Abraham and Isma’il’s willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice — Abraham of his son, Isma’il of his own life — they are able to transcend notions of self and false attachment to the material realm, thus removing a veil between themselves and Allah, enabling Allah’s mercy to descend upon them as the Spirit of Truth and illuminate them with divine wisdom. read more…

 

 

Mawlana Shaykh Adnan Kabbani (q).

“To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return” 2:156

إِنَّا لِلّٰهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ

With great sadness we announce the passing away of  Mawlana Shaykh Adnan Kabbani (q).

Shaykh Adnan served Grand Shaykh Abdullah Dagestani (q) and was one of the most senior representatives of Sultan ul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and Shaykh Muhammad Adil (q). May Allah ﷻ grant them the highest place in Jannah Al Fatiha

Shaykh Mehmet, Shaykh Bahauddin and Hajja Rukiye Sulṭān have gone to Tripoli Lebanon to be present at the Janaza of one of the most honored murids and khalīfas of our Master Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q). Shaykh Adnan Kabbani (Allāh yarhamhu) moved from this world of tests to the eternal world on Sunday the 17th of Rabi’a l-Awwal. His passing leaves this world, and all of us, truly bereft.

 

May Allāh bless him and unite him with the ones he served so humbly and loved so deeply. May we all be able to follow the light he left behind.

Shaykh Mehmet Efendi speaks about Shaykh ‘Adnān, his character and his characteristics. His maqam has now been given to Shaykh Muṣṭafá who will continue in his way. Ṭarīqah is a trust from the Prophet ﷺ. Teach your children so they keep to this way.

Sheikh Muhammad at Adam’s Peak Mountain – SriLanka

Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil ق, Shaykh Mehmet Nazim and Sayyid Mansur Adil walking up Adam’s Peak Mountain in Sri Lanka.

“Mountains are closer to the sky so if anything is sent down we may catch it first! Those people are waiting down by the lake to get it, but the one who climbs the mountain will surely intercept it.”– Sultan ul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani