Divine Qualities

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…

To What Extent Do We Create Our Own Reality?

To What Extent Do We Create Our Own Reality?

    Quick announcement before today’s article: We’re just 4 weeks away from the start of the Spring Masters of Divinity program. If you are interested in the Masters of Divinity program, please connect with one of our enrollment specialists to begin your application process now. CLICK HERE to connect with an Enrollment Specialist.   …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…

"Let a word mature inside yourself"

“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! 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 …continue reading…

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Do the qualities of Strength, Power & Might bring up fear for you?

This topic came up in discussion with a beloved yesterday evening.  We were talking about what is means to carry strength as women in this world. Sometimes the thoughts of Strength, Power and Might bring up fear, and images of traits we wouldn’t want to have or actions we wouldn’t want to carry out. Think …continue reading…

What children’s games tell us about traveling the path back to God

What children’s games tell us about traveling the path back to God

Did you ever play the game of Hot-Cold when you were young? I’m not sure if that’s the official name of the game, but it’s when one person hides an object or selects something in the room, and the other tries to find it. The one who hid or selected the item gives a hint, …continue reading…