Sufism

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…

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…

Amany Shares Secrets About the Number 7

Amany Shares Secrets About the Number 7

    “You think you are a small star, when in fact you contain the whole universe.” -Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal     Do you ever notice that when you think you’ve grasped a spiritual concept, there appears another door that leads to a whole dimension you hadn’t been aware of? I do. The universe …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…

Our Promise. Our Commitment. Our Challenge.

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 …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…

"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…