Divine Love

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 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…

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…

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…

Are You the Microcosm or the Macrocosm?

Are You the Microcosm or the Macrocosm?

Sidi teaches in his book Path to Allah, Most High, that we human beings are all a part of one body, each a cell in the larger body of the universe. “If you look closely, you will find that the human being is called the big man, or the big world, or the microcosm, and …continue reading…

Sometimes we just need to know we’re okay

Sometimes we just need to know we’re okay

  It’s hard to see someone we love in pain. It’s natural to want to rush in to fix the situation, to make everything okay. But when we try to fix too soon, it can send the wrong message. A person in pain needs to be witnessed where they are. They need to be heard …continue reading…

Song of the Love Dogs

Song of the Love Dogs

Do you have a song in your heart? Perhaps a love song for your Beloved? Every human heart experiences some sense of separation, and in the separation brews a yearning that draws us to that for which we yearn. It is the connection that we seek. Sometimes we sense the absence, and we feel the …continue reading…

The Delicate Young Flowers of Today's World

The Delicate Young Flowers of Today’s World

  HOW DID THE ROSE EVER OPEN ITS HEART AND GIVE TO THE WORLD ALL ITS BEAUTY? IT FELT THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF LIGHT AGAINST ITS BEING. OTHERWISE, WE ARE REMAIN TOO FRIGHTENED. ~ HAFIZ   Remembering the delicate young flowers of our world today. The Children. Do you remember what was in the news when …continue reading…

The Love of Allah Transcends Space and Time

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 …continue reading…

The story of the essence of your soul...

The story of the essence of your soul…

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 …continue reading…