Going 'round again...

Going ’round again…

  The Sufi poet, Jalal id-Din Rumi said, “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round again in another form.”     The grief today is mine. This is my final week writing to you as host of the newsletter and blog. It has been an honor and pleasure serving the USHS community over the past …continue reading…

The Only Way Out Is In

The Only Way Out Is In

  The following article is from a beloved community member from the UK, Dr. Majid Kahn.     The only way out is in. The attempts to configure an identity grounded simultaneously in (only apparently) irreconcilable world views lies at the heart of the modern Muslim dilemma. Religious dogma, so often confused with cultural norms, …continue reading…

The Way to Love

The Way to Love

  The following poem was submitted by Susan Fatima Abbassi, a writing specialist and current USHS student:   The Way to Love     I am on my way to love, Alertly, with the wholesome consciousness And friending pure conviction In this journey, I proceed Only with a potent will. You who have sealed your …continue reading…

Humility or Unworthiness?

Humility or Unworthiness?

  I was speaking with a community member yesterday and the subject of humility came up. In particular, we were exploring that slippery slope where an attempt to be in humility can slide into the big “I’m not worthy” voice. So, I called one of our founding faculty members, Dr. John Wadude Laird, MD, and …continue reading…

Kindness, Compassion and Grace

Kindness, Compassion and Grace

  May these final days of Ramadan find you swimming in the infinite Ocean of Allah’s Mercy, Kindness, Compassion and Grace. “Ar Rahman [The Compassionate] is like the ocean of infinite kindness and beauty. Ar-Rahman is the tide, overflowing in its mercy, all-embracing in its nature. It is the gate through which all the Divine …continue reading…

Spirituality in Mainstream Healthcare

Spirituality in Mainstream Healthcare

A few years ago, I was talking with a friend who had moved to the US from England. In England, she had worked as an aromatherapist, prescribing and administering essential oil treatments to patients in the hospital. She worked alongside medical doctors as a respected and integral part of the patient care team. In the …continue reading…

Clearing up Confusion (Ya Muhaymin)

Clearing up Confusion (Ya Muhaymin)

May Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you in this holy month of Ramadan. We are in the second 10 days, which are about Forgiveness, al-humduli’llah, thanks and praise be to The One. Last week’s newsletter contained a couple of “Heads Ups,” and one of them caused a bit of confusion. It seems my thoughts …continue reading…

Heads Ups (that means more than one Heads Up)

Heads Ups (that means more than one Heads Up)

I want to give you a heads up about a few projects and exciting changes we’ve got in the works here at USHS.   GETTING TO THE HEART OF CANCER As you may know, our beloved Nura Laird went through a journey with cancer a few years ago. With her diagnosis, she, Wadude and their …continue reading…

A Day in the Life... during Ramadan

A Day in the Life… during Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. Ramadan is a time of deep prayer and fasting. It brings many special gifts, and recommendations for many extra practices. If your life and schedule are already full, it can feel daunting to try to fit all the practices into your day. Alima Moosa, a community leader …continue reading…

How Can You Know the Divine Light Within You?

How Can You Know the Divine Light Within You?

  Intellectually, most of us have some notion that the Essence of Spirit is contained within us. God created the human being in His image, as a reflection of His Light. This is one of the core concepts in Sufism that lies at the foundation of why we were created and why we are here …continue reading…