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Our Promise. Our Commitment. Our Challenge.

Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal is the spiritual guide of USHS. Many of us have taken him as our personal guide as well, and in doing so, we took a Promise. Our promise includes to be honest, to be sincere, to walk straight, to follow the way of the prophets, and to adhere to the true teachings of the Holy Books. Our commitment is to carry the message of peace, love, mercy, justice and freedom all our lives, in what we do and in what we are. We commit to not make any separation between ourselves and any of our brothers and sisters. Our challenge is to maintain the promise and commitment in an ever-changing world that appears like a stranger with every new day, to continue to seek the Face of God in everything that comes before us, to put nothing before God (not even our own fears), to continue to call on The One for help, and to remember to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes. Our challenge is to be content, but never complacent – to trust in what Allah brings, and to be ever-watchful for the opportunities to draw nearer to Truth, Love and Light. In his book, The Path to Allah Most High, Sidi writes:

“Know that the nafs [ego self] in and of itself is not an ugly thing. It is a gift from Allah, but if you are attracted to it and this attraction stops you from drawing nearer to Allah, then it becomes ugly. Remember that nearness is only possible through slavehood, which contains the secret of Lordship. So understand and do not stop with creation; otherwise, that will be all you have.”

  In slavehood, surrendering everything to be a servant for God in this world, the ego is purified. Who we are and what we do becomes not about us, but about service and love. This is what the human heart aspires to reach. In losing our selves, we find everything. Sidi reminds us to “busy yourself with the remembrance of His name by saying Allah or Ya Allah. Be busy with the remembrance and do not be distracted with what appears to you.”   As you move into the weekend, already a month into the new year, may you remember the Name with every breath, and not stop with any outside pictures. As Sidi used to say, “Go behind, and behind, and behind, and behind… until you reach the truth.” May Allah bless you and your loved ones, keep you safe and near to Him. With love and gratitude, Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS  

* Quotes in this article are from The Path to Allah, Most High, pp. 149-152, Al-Mutma’inna: The Nafs in Complete Rest and Satisfaction, The Fourth Station, by Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id Al-Jamal ar-Rifa’i ash-Shadhuli.

Women’s March: “Saving the Soul of Our Nation”

A message from Dr. John Abd al-Qadr Davies:

Whether inauguration day on Friday was a difficult day for you or not, you can take heart from what followed on Saturday.  The Women’s March on Washington and its companion marches in every state of the nation and around the world were held in close to 700 cities.

The gathering was bigger and more inspiring than anything I’ve seen in Washington, an estimated 500,000 spilling way beyond the national mall (almost triple the inauguration crowd according to crowd scientists, though still short of Obama 2008), with another 750,000 in LA, and several cities with 100-250,000, well over two million in the US alone.

There was no violence, no arrests – a joyous, energized and celebratory crowd, cheering each other and dancing in the streets even as they waited for and squeezed into trains and buses to the mall. Women (and men – no exclusions) of every age and color, Muslims (including many with pink or American-flag-themed hijabs), Hispanics, LGBTQs, even police with pink pussyhats.

A moving sea of signs and banners were backed by waves of chanting and cheering:

  • Support of immigrants and refugees was displayed by pink statue of liberty hats to welcome them; “We are the Wall Around Trump and He Will Pay”; “Bad Hombre” shirts.
  • An inclusive democracy by “This Is What Democracy Looks Like”; “Women’s Rights Are human Rights.”
  • Greens for energy and climate responsibility with “Protect Our Mother for Our Unborn Children – Stop Fracking.”
  • Women marching for dignity and respect, equal rights and pay, empowerment, pro-all-of-life through signs like “Make America Kind Again”; “We the People Are Greater Than Fear.”
  • Organizers worked hard to promote a non-partisan atmosphere, and progressive voices of all stripes mostly softened their criticism with humor, such as “Make America Anti-Fascist Again”; “Make America Think Again”; “Trump Did Unite America”; “Free Melania.”

The speakers and organizers were powerful, diverse role models for women and men everywhere – activists, senators, feminists, film makers and actors, artists, singers and poets, mothers and children. Linda Sarsour called for a coming together of all the progressive social movements: “civil rights are moot if we don’t have a planet in 30 years”.

Bernice King (Martin Luther King’s granddaughter) quoted her mother Coretta: “Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” I believe that is a call for all of us.

USHS has asked me to lead an 11-session webinar series beginning on Jan 31 on what Allah may be asking of us in these “interesting times” of polarization over not just policy, but the values our nation stands for, we stand for, that guide our actions.

Values such as justice, compassion, peace and freedom; dignity, truth, kindness, caring, respect, strength, humility and love – loving for our brothers and sisters what we love for ourselves. “Living Peace – Riding the Waves in Turbulent Times” offers support for Sufis and all people of integrity for rising to the challenge that the inauguration and the Women’s March represent for all of us.

We can realize and sustain the values that brought so many together, that represent the soul of the nation and the soul of the human race, both through deepening the inner work that is needed to truly embody these values that represent the higher, God-given human nature, and also through accepting responsibility (khalifa) for putting our unique gifts into constructive action to help and protect others in need, whatever their color, gender or creed.

 

With love and gratitude,

Dr. John Abd al-Qadir Davies

 

 

 

Are you feeling unsure how to proceed in our increasingly divided world?

You’re invited to join Dr. John Abd al-Qadr Davies to

learn from a professional peacebuilder how to navigate the challenging road ahead.

 

LIVING PEACE: RIDING THE WAVES IN TURBULENT TIMES

begins in 1 week, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CLICK HERE to learn more and to register

 

John Abd al-Qadir Davies is Visiting Associate Professor and Co-Director of Partners in Peacebuilding at the University of Maryland’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management, co-founder of the Masters in Peacemaking Program at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, and Director of the Living Peace Program at the Farm of Peace.

 

He has led peace initiatives in over 30 countries around the world, co-developed conflict and genocide early warning systems for the US government and international coalitions, and trained UN peace keepers from many countries.

 

He mediates conflicts between couples and within communities, organizations and families and leads retreats and workshops for those seeking peace and reconciliation at all levels of life.

 

You’re invited to join Dr. Davies for this informative and experiential program.

 

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Thank you!

Special Prayer Call for Inauguration Day

I just got off the phone with Dr. John Abd al-Qadr Davies, faculty and co-founder of the Masters in Peacemaking Program here at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism.

 In the midst of his busy schedule, he has agreed to join us for a prayer call today, Inauguration Day in the US. 

Abd al-Qadr is super-busy, in the middle teaching of a 3-week intensive program at the University of Maryland on Multitrack Diplomacy: Transforming Violent Conflict.  He had a combination of professionals and graduate students from 10 different countries in his program.

And Dr. Davies is taking time out to be with us on this special day, to offer words of wisdom, peace and healing.

 

He reminded me today:
“It’s important to come together, for us to remain positive and look for the opportunities for positive change that come when so many boundaries are being broken. It is important that we not allow ourselves to be pulled into the dynamics of negativity and fear.”

 

Dr. Abd al-Qadr Davies will be saying a few words about how we can respond for the good of our country and our people.  Then we will engage in an ancient Sufi meditation practice called Remembrance.

 

You are invited join us in person for a half-hour call.

It’s TODAY, FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017

at 1:00 PM US Eastern / 10:00 AM US Pacific

Just CLICK HERE to listen to the replay

 

Abd-al-Qadr has a wealth of experience directly mediating conflict between countries and individuals.  He has led peace initiatives in over 30 countries around the world, co-developed conflict and genocide early warning systems for the US government and international coalitions, and trained UN peace keepers from many countries.

He also mediates conflicts between couples and within communities, organizations and families and leads retreats and workshops for those seeking peace and reconciliation at all levels of life.

He lives his mission for peace in all areas of his life.  He is truly a gem to have teachings at our University.

 

We hope you’ll join us in prayer today.

If you are not available at the time, a replay will be available here after the event. You are welcome to attend and to share this information with friends as well.

 

Event has ended:

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May Allah bless you and your loved ones, keep you safe and near to Him.

With love and gratitude,

Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

 

 

Whether through the Garden or the Fire…

In one week, we will be inaugurating a new president in the United States.  Regardless of where you stand on politics, we cannot deny that many people are quite anxious about the changes.

There are many unknowns.  It’s difficult to predict what will unfold and what we’ll be asked to navigate in the year ahead.

At the heart of most people, we want safety and security for ourselves and our families, and most want what is best for the world.  However, we can have drastically different opinions about what is needed to bring that about.

And only Allah, swta, knows for sure.

We are on a journey in physical bodies to learn the lessons Allah gives for us and to fulfill the purpose Allah designs for us.  Sometimes we walk through the garden, and sometimes through the fire.  This is in Allah’s wisdom.

We are not The Knower; Allah is Al-Alim.  We must be cautious to not fall into believing we know better than The One.  Yet, we are called to navigate the challenges Allah brings to us in a way that is straight, aligned with the teachings brought by the prophets and messengers of Allah.

All of us who are called to be healers, ministers, peacemakers and leaders need to be equipped to help those we are called to serve.  This is true for individuals, parents and community leaders as well.

To help with this, our beloved Dr. John Abd al-Qadr Davies, faculty of USHS Department of Peacemaking, is offering a webinar series called “Living Peace: Riding the Waves in Turbulent Times.”

Abd al-Qadr writes:

“We are blessed to live in ‘interesting times,’ beyond the sublime order of angelic existence, and to seek the gifts that are hidden in the apparent uncertainty and chaos that periodically threaten to overwhelm us.

This year’s federal election has blown away some comforting assumptions about where we stand, so this webinar series is a timely response to help us make sense of the challenges we face as a nation, an ummah, a community or family, and as all of humanity.”

 

You are invited to join us for this webinar.  Click here to learn more about it.

Partial scholarships are available.  If you need assistance, please email Maryam at customercare@sufiuniversity.org.

 

Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal write in Path to Allah Most High:

“May Allah protect us from the arrogance of our nafs and the evils of our nafs by His mercy; for surely He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy and the Noblest of the noble.”

 

May Allah bless you and your loved ones, keep you safe and near to Him.

With love and gratitude,

Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

 

Photo credits: Adobe Stock Photo © SeanPavonePhoto #84677660

 

What Divine Wisdom Teaches Us through Polarity

Happy New Year!  We hope you had a blessed holiday weekend and rang in 2017 with love, joy and hope.

The new year brings with it rapid change and interesting times, where uncertainty and chaos can threaten to overwhelm us.  Many are speculating and questioning whether what we are seeing are prominent signs of the end times.

In the last year that Sidi was with us, he spoke to us about the signs of the end times.  Amany followed with classes to give us more information about what those signs might be.  Yet, there are so many ways to interpret the messages and events.  And who is to say how time on earth relates to the time of Allah, swta, or the time of those who write about Allah’s timing.

What is clear is that divine wisdom teaches us through contrast and polarity.  Seemingly irreconcilable differences can lead us to search more deeply for what Allah is making with our world, how we relate to it, what Allah is teaching us, and what Allah is asking from each of us at this time.

Many questions arise:

  • As seekers, healers, peacemakers and lovers of God, how can we help our families, communities and clients to live in a way that supports peace and unity, inside our hearts and outside in our interactions and relationships?

 

  • How can we live with open hearts, in love and acceptance for each other, and know when to set boundaries that create safety for ourselves and our families?

 

  • What is required, individually and collectively, for us to step into greater responsibility and become all that we are capable of becoming?

 

Dr. John Abd al-Qadr Davies is offering a webinar series to help us discern how to be with the uncertainty around what is happening now, and what is to come with 2017.  It’s called “Living Peace: Riding the Waves in Turbulent Times.”

This course is for all who feel called to help their clients, communities, students or families by developing their understanding, inner foundation and applied skills for reconciling divided communities and creating a sustainable peace that supports and expands the lives of all.

This series offers support for staying aligned with and surrendered to divine wisdom through the dynamic evolutions coming in the new year.  We hope you can join us.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

 

In Allah’s wisdom, we cannot know with certainty what the future holds.  But Allah has sent many prophets and messengers and left us with the holy books to guide us through the challenges we face.

The prophets all traversed tumultuous trials.  They showed us examples of how to be with adversity, turmoil and conflict and still be in service to God and the people of love.

We have an opportunity to study their ways and receive guidance for our lives today.  We are blessed to have the experience, knowledge and wisdom of Dr. John Abd al-Qadr Davies to help us navigate what is happening politically, socially and environmentally in our world and understand how to apply the ancient teachings of the prophets to the current events.

To learn more about “Living Peace: Riding the Waves in Turbulent Times,” click here.

 

We wish for you a peaceful and prosperous new year!

With love and gratitude,

Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

The Love of Allah Transcends Space and Time

It’s hard to believe, but this is our last blog communication of 2016. Only one more day left in this year. This is a time of completion – an ending to what has been, in many ways, a challenging year. And it is also a time of transition. Following are a few poems and quotes about finale and evolution to ponder as we say goodbye to 2016 and the many who have left us this year, and welcome in what awaits us in the new year.   The quality of completion is Al-Akhir. From Sidi Shaykh Muhammad’s book, The Meaning of the Names of Our Lord:

“Al-Akhir, the Last, is the One Who subsists in everlasting subsistence after the annihilation of His creation in His everlasting subsistence. He is the Enricher of all subsistence, both present and in all time because nothing is after Him. You should know that your belief is in bearing witness that Allah is the Eternal Subsister Who is the basis of all surrendered belief.” In case that runs circles around your mental field before it makes its way into your heart, Sidi also writes, “This name is always accompanied by [Al-Awwal, the First], and he who repeats this name six hundred times frequently will not only lead a happy life in this world, but will also have a happy ending.”

  From Neil Douglas-Klotz’s book, The Sufi Book of Life:

“The Sufis sometimes compare life to singing a musical note. Both the beginning and the end are very important. An audience can feel the intention and emotion we have at the instant we begin to sing. Likewise, the way we release each note can either set it off clearly or slur one note into the next. Depending upon the acoustics of the room and how long the note is held, each sound eventually returns to the silence from which it began. One of the lessons of life, according to the Sufis, is how to consciously pursue something from its beginning, through its middle, and to its end.”

  The following poem by Rumi was translated by Dr. Iraj Anvar and shared with us in the Poetry of the Sufi Mystics webinar class last night.

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On the day of my death, when my coffin passes by,

Do not think that my heart aches for this world.

Do not weep for me and don’t say, “Alas, alas.”

If you fall in the trap of the Demon’s deceit, that calls for alas.

When you see my corpse, do not say: “Separation, separation.”

For me, that will be the time of gathering and union.

When you entrust me to the grave, do not say: “Farewell, farewell.”

Because, the grave is the last veil to the tranquility of heaven.

When you see me going down, see me rising.

There is no loss in the setting of the moon and the sun.

It appears like sunset to you, but it is sunrise.

The grave appears like a prison, but it is freedom for the soul.

What seed went in the ground that did not grow?

Why do you think otherwise about the seed of Man?

What bucket went down into the well that did not come up full?

Why should Joseph complain of being in the well?

When your mouth closes on this side, open it on the other side.

Because, you will sing and revel in infinity.

~Jalal id-din Rumi, translated by Iraj Anvar

  And I can’t resist this one more. It’s not from a Sufi mystic of ancient times, but from a soulful musician who transitioned just last month, written in the early 1970’s:

“I love you in a place where there’s no space in time.

I love you for my life, you are a friend of mine.

And when my life is over, remember when we were together.

We were alone and I was singing this song to you.”

from “A Song for You” by Leon Russell

  True love exists and subsists forever in a place where there is no space and time. In this life, we have moments and memories. Words, sounds and senses evoke waves of emotions that guide us through their undulations to remember what is steady. May all your memories guide you to certainty and trust in The One Who is always here and remains no matter what happens in the material world. Have a blessed end to your 2016 year, and may you welcome what is to come in the new year with an open heart and complete rest in your Beloved, Whose love transcends all space and time. With love and gratitude, Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS   P.S. Watch for a notice coming soon about support for staying aligned with and surrendered to divine wisdom through the dynamic evolutions coming in the new year. Happy New Year!  

Photo credits: © Mykyta Starychenko | Dreamstime.com – New Year 2017 is coming concept – inscription 2017 and 2016 on a beach sand, the wave is covering digits 2016. New Year 2017 celeb

 

The story of the essence of your soul…

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If Allah created us in His image to know Him, do you ever wonder how our world could get to where it is now?  This world is not always easy, and it is certainly uncertain.

Our guide, Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal, gave us many jewels to help us through these times.  The following from his book, Music of the Soul gives us a good outline.  It’s from the chapter of Adam – the Caliph of Allah.

 

When Allah (swta) said to the angels, “I want to make a caliph on earth,” the angels said, “Why? If you bring Your light down into the density of the earth, they will kill each other and abandon Your holy way.”  Allah said, “I am the Knowing and the Wise.”

 

Sidi writes in this chapter that Adam’s story is our story.  So, Allah (swta) created us in His image, put in us His light and the fragrance of all His qualities, and wrote everything in our hearts.  Then Allah put in the nafs (ego self) to turn us toward the world.

 

[Allah] put His image in [Adam], His light in him, the fragrance of all His attributes, and He taught him everything from the beginning to the end.  He wrote everything in his heart.

The pure Adam, the original Adam lived only to remember.  He had no body, only Allah.  He had no beginning nor end, only light from Allah; no shadow of presence apart from Allah.

After that, Allah, in His wisdom, wanted the creation of the world(s).  If He had not put nafs in Adam, there would be no world, because Adam was turned only to Him and Allah had to turn him toward the creation of the world in order for mankind to be born through him.

So He put in Adam the self, and this self was in three parts:

  1. The desire to eat the fruit and then to eliminate.

  2. The desire to sleep with the woman and make children.

  3. Desire to become king of the creation.

 

 

Sidi writes of Iblis, the darkness:

When the creation of Adam was complete, Allah commanded the angels to bow down, to prostrate before him.  All the angels obeyed the order except Iblis, who seemed to refuse.  Allah asked him, “Why do you not bow down?”  Iblis said, “Why should I bow down to Adam when fire is greater than clay?”

It would appear that Iblis refused the order of Allah, but in truth he realized the divine plan.  Iblis is a complete presence.  He is fire.  And Allah in His Wisdom puts everything in its place.

If fire and water were gathered together, one would destroy the other.  In His wisdom, Allah put Iblis outside the door to the garden of His presence. Iblis is the guardian, the fire at the gate of the garden through which none but the purified may enter.

 

 

Allah, swta, put all His qualities within us, and these qualities are buried within us under veils of darkness and light.  Allah wants us to travel through the veils to know Him, to clean every quality to be the clear mirror.

You cannot clean this quality without walking through it and removing the veils from it because He put Himself in you, deep inside, and to find Him you must strike through all of the attributes.

 

 

The task of Adam and us, the sons and daughters of Adam, is to preserve the deep secret light of the garden in the midst of the veils and darkness of the created world.   Allah sent every prophet to remind us and help us.

 

My holy beloved, listen to me to the story of the first world.  “Know My beloved, that I am a hidden treasure that longed to be known.  So I have drawn forth all of the creation out of Myself in order to know Myself.

But how can My creatures know Me?  I planted all My qualities in the ground of creation.  When any creature comes to know on what ground he stands, he discovers all My attributes in the ground of his existence.  In the mirror of My attributes, he comes to see himself.

 

 

This is a long chapter, too long to include the whole thing here.  I’ll conclude with these poetic words, and suggest you read the entire chapter if you have the book.  (If not, you can read the full teaching online at http://sufimaster.org/teachings/adam.htm)

Although you may not remember, you are from the first of my children.  I gave birth to you in pre-eternity.  Please be with me in everything, and hold everything, and give everything to see everything in the light of your holy origin, in the essence of that which you are.

You are the key and you are the door.  Why do you stay in the ante-room?  Follow me, my beloved, as I pass through every doorway to the truthroom of the innermost secret.  Then you will see your Iblis lay down his life beneath your feet, and you will find me sitting in the deep knowing on the throne of your heart.

I am the mirror of your Master and you are the mirror of Him in me.  There is no difference between you and me and Him, if you want to understand what I mean.

 

Remember that Allah has sent us the prophets and guides and left us with the holy books to help us during these times.  As we move into this weekend, if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus – or all or none of the above – we wish you the peace and beauty that comes from knowing the truth of the essence of your soul.

With love and gratitude,

Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

 

Photo credit: © Keren Segev | Dreamstime.com – Man walking into a keyhole

 

Only 16 days left in 2016! What?

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Wow!  You may have been hearing that time is speeding up.  Seems entirely true when you realize there are only 16 days left in this year – counting today!  Where did it go?

At the beginning of 2016, we offered a class on Setting Foundations for a Meaningful Life – a formula for living a life aligned with your spiritual beliefs.  We spent some time looking at the heart’s yearning and setting some intentions for 2016.

As the year comes to a close, it’s a good time for review, reflection, introspection and gratitude.

 

If you have a minute, grab a pen and paper and answer the following questions…

REVIEW:  Do you remember the intentions you set for this year?  What were they?

Nothing that hits you could have missed you,
and nothing that misses you could have hit you.
~Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal

 

 

REFLECTION:  How did you do?  Did you maintain focus, or drop off as life got busy?  Were there events that led your goals to shift?

Do not belittle any good deed,
even meeting your brother with a cheerful face.
~Prophet Muhammad, pbuh

 

 

INTROSPECTION:  How is your heart feeling about the year you’ve lived?  Please be loving, honest, merciful and gracious with yourself.

Allah looks neither at your pictures or your actions,
but He looks into your heart.
~Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal

 

 

CELEBRATE SUCCESSES:  Small or large, acknowledge Allah and give thanks to Allah for working His miracles through you.

If a man finds himself in the morning: tranquil in his heart, healthy in his body,
and with food for the day, it is as if all of this world has been chosen for him.
~Prophet Muhammad, pbuh

 

 

GRATITUDE:  List as many gratitudes as you can think of.  Even if it wasn’t your best year ever, there are always things to be grateful for.

If you are grateful, I shall certainly increase you in favor.
Qur’an 14:7

 

 

Care to share your insights?  We’d love to hear from you.  Join us on the USHS Facebook page, and enter your comments under the post of this article.

 

With love and gratitude,

Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

 

Photo credits: Adobe Stock Photo (c) lily #90597168

“Let a word mature inside yourself”

The poetry webinar began last night with Shaikh Kabir Helminski teaching on 5 of his favorite poems from Rumi, Hafiz and Yunus Emre.  It was a spectacular class!

Bunch of unripe grapes

I don’t share this to make you feel bad if you weren’t there.  There was a particular nugget that stood out for me, and I want to share it with you.

The following is an excerpt from a poem by Yunus Emre:

“Let a word mature inside yourself.

Withhold the unripened thought.

Come and understand the kind of word

that reduces money and riches into dust.”

 

The discussion that followed this poem reminded me of how the meanings from Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal’s book, Music of the Soul, have matured and ripened inside of me over the years.

I often think to myself when I see all of Sidi’s books on my shelf, “but Sidi, I’m still on Music of the Soul.”  And then I laugh to myself.

There is so much wisdom in Music of the Soul and all of these teachings.  Each time I open any of them, I receive gifts I hadn’t noticed before.

Here’s a gift for you, if you choose to accept it:

  • First, say “bismi’llah ir-rahman ir-rahim,” “in the Name of the One, the Most Merciful, the Ever Compassionate.”
  • Then open your favorite inspirational book, preferably one of Sidi’s books or a book of poetry from the mystics. Scan until a line pops out at you.
  • Read this line, and if it feels like a good one for you, place it inside your heart.
  • Spend a few minutes in Remembrance meditation, speaking a Name for God or the phrase “la illaha illa ‘llah” into your heart. Ask the Beloved to feed your heart with the wisdom He has for you.
  • Sit in silence and withhold the unripened thought. Let the words mature inside yourself.
  • When you are ready, come to the Facebook page and share your insights. We’d love to hear from you.

 

Just tried this myself, with Music of the Soul.  Here’s the line I got, from “An Explanation of Al-Wazifa”:

“Know my beloved, and may Allah expand your heart,
that when the believers are ordered to send their prayers and greeting
to the generous Prophet through the words of Allah, Exalted is He,
then Allah and His angels send their blessings upon the Prophet.”

 

I’ll let this mature for a while, however, it does remind me that this coming Monday is the birthday of the Prophet, peace be upon him.  If you feel so called, please join me in sending prayers and greetings for the Prophet on his special day.

 

Wishing you a blessed weekend.  Come share with us on the Facebook page.

With love and gratitude,

Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

 

 

Photo credits: Adobe Stock Photo © Rostislav Sedlacek #118830497

 

 

Healing is not just about struggle…

 
The poet Rumi said, “If you get irritated by every rub, how can your mirror ever be polished?”

When you embark on a path of healing and transformation, sometimes the mirror gets rubbed pretty hard. You might be thinking, “Shouldn’t it be shining pretty bright by now? We’ve been polishing steadily for quite some time!”

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Fortunately, the mirror can also be polished by washing with the pure water of love, by resting in the arms of the Beloved, by swimming in an ocean of bliss!

If you had your choice of which way to walk the path, which would you choose?

As long as we’re in these dense human bodies, we continue to face challenges, and the challenges of 2016 have been plenty!

So, as we’re nearing the end of this year, remember to take time out for a swim in the ocean – the warm ocean inside your heart, that is. Take time to wash with the pure water and to rest in the arms of Love. Share your heart, your love and your joy with those who uplift your spirit.

The healing doesn’t have to come only through struggle. Allah wants us all to be happy. He wants us all to know his Love.
It’s up to us to take the time and say “YES!”

 

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If you feel called to swim in the ocean of bliss with beloveds, you are invited to join us for the new webinar, “Poetry of the Sufi Mystics: Awaken Your Heart through the Language of Love!”

This event is so special! I don’t know if there’s ever been anything like this.

The emails we’ve been sending out don’t really do it justice. I put together a video with an introduction to the instructors and a little bit about what you will receive.

 
If you have questions about this event, you are welcome to email me or call me. To email, just reply to this email. Or call me at 301-514-0113.

The webinar series begins this coming Wednesday, December 7th, so act now if you want in. Register online or contact me with questions.
For financial questions, contact Maryam Reimer at customercare@sufiuniversity.org. Partial scholarships are available.

Wishing you a blissful swim in the ocean of Love!
With love and gratitude,
Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS