Key Benefits of Knowing Who You Are


Key Benefits of Knowing Who You Are

The ASK One course, recently held in Johannesburg, South Africa was delivered over three monthly sessions with a group of professional men and women. The course is based on the teachings of the renowned author and master of Islamic and Sufi sciences, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, and facilitated by Aliya B Haeri, director of the Academy of Self Knowledge.

Knowing yourself is a most important factor in leading an enlightened and worthwhile life and is at the centre of all our endeavours – success or failure. How you behave and respond to your outer situations are governed by your inner state and mental processes. Self-awareness uncovers any unhealthy thought patterns and habits and can lead to better choices and responses from higher consciousness. It is by knowing ourselves

that we find purpose and life becomes meaningful.

A lively synergy in the group created an exciting learning environment where each person could be supported in their openings towards higher consciousness.

What the participants say

The course has helped me to look into myself and to be mindful of my interactions with others. I would recommend this course to everyone. S, lawyer & Conveyancer

This has been one of the most profound courses that I’ve ever been on. I felt a real shift in my life within 24 hours of attending the first day. I have had so many burning questions answered. I have enjoyed the non-judgmental, all embracing and very loving way the course was presented. C, Executive Coach, Facilitator & Consultant

I can’t say enough great things. I am inspired. Motivated. For the first time in my life, I have heard an explanation of life and the universe that makes sense. Thank you! Now I have a map. C, Company Manager

This was the best money I have ever invested in me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I released all my mental and emotional blocks. I now know who I am and am loving feeding my soul. Thank you for allowing me to be myself. The 6th August, 3rd September and 24th September will always be etched in my mind – I have been transformed. K, Engineer

A really worthwhile experience connecting with one’s deeper self and like-minded seekers on the path. Thank you for holding the space and facilitating the process. J, Life Coach Trainer

For the longest time, I have felt that something has been missing within me. I realised how much I defined myself by my ego self. I have a new appreciation for myself and others. I feel I have more tools to deal with life more constructively and positively. D, Psychologist

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. I have learnt so much and have realised I am still early on my spiritual journey. I am so lucky to have been included in this fantastic group of people. A, Software Developer

I enjoyed this course thoroughly. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about Islam and the universal laws from the Sufi perspective. Learning from a course book by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri has allowed me to find true pearls of wisdom for so many different aspects in my life. The practices that were given are simple, straightforward and easy to apply and, when applied, are life-changing and transformative. N, Scientist & Kinesiologist

This course is just so amazing. I have grown so much in such a short time. I see itin my interactions daily and I’m loving what I see about me. The group was authentic and non-judgmental and very supportive, which made it easier to open up to share. Aliya is a wealth of knowledge and has so much compassion and love. Her patience and calmness helped keep me together. F, Project Manager

“Discovering Yourself” Successfully Travels to Bangladesh via Skype

Reaping the benefits of ASK One’s self-knowledge course, an intimate group of learners in Bangladesh met online for five sessions to learn the key principles of the Islamic Sufi science of the self. The course was produced by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, renowned scholar and author of books on Islam and Sufism and founder of the Academy of Self Knowledge, and facilitated by its director, Aliya B Haeri.

Here is what the group says:

“It was a tremendous learning experience. (We) are a composition of self (conditioned, basic consciousness) and soul (pure consciousness). ASK Course One is an interactive and transformative course on the way to realizing this truth. Its emphasis is on interaction and balance, presence or being in the now, and meditation and touching the zone beyond space and time – all based on surrender to the One Source that is within and without.

We received theoretical clarifications and understanding on various layers of Reality as well as practical, step-by-step instructions on removing the obstacles and realizing our true nature. Many questions which were inside for a long time came out and we received answers that absolutely make sense. A simple breathing exercise taught in the course is quite helpful in bringing the mind back to gatheredness and presence while active in life. The guided meditation is indeed a great support to go beyond the zone of space and time.

After every session we felt recharged and full of yearning for self-discovery in a way that no book learning can give.”

We look forward to starting ASK Course Two in 2017.”


A Report of an Integrative Session with Students of ASK Courses One & Two in Cape Town, South Africa


A Report of an Integrative Session with Students of ASK Courses One & Two in Cape Town, South Africa

Recently, a gathering of students from both ASK Courses one and two, was held in Central Cape Town to support their continuous learning of the ASK principles. Over the past two years, the group had set out on a journey of Self-Discovery, using the ASK One maps as keys to unlock in-depth understanding of questions, as: Who am I? Is there purpose and meaning in life? What is happiness? How can I find peace and contentment?

These questions were considered in the light of the authentic and universal teachings of the science of the self, according to the spiritual tradition of Islam and Sufism, teachings that the students discovered lay at the root of all the world’s major spiritual traditions. The 14 maps of ASK Course One delivered the concepts and guidelines in a contemporary way that is relevant to our current age and lifestyle. The key concepts were taught using exercises to deepen learning that were based on the student’s own real life experiences. This interactive approach gave the student the depth of insight and understanding that lead to transformative change in one’s life and relationships. The ASK maps are vital tools that provided us with guidelines on how to balance our inner spiritual world within the world we live in.

ASK Course Two delivered 12 maps about aspects of Islam, the Qur’an and the Prophetic Path of enlightenment, in a language accessible to our modern day. The students discovered the Prophet’s message to be refreshing and vibrant, and free of cultural habits and traditions that were not part of the original message of Islam. This was a significant revelation to most of the students. It began a process of opening our minds and hearts into discovering the true, deep and inner meanings of the Prophetic model of Islam. The maps also enabled the group to look more deeply into the true meaning of worship and its transformative practices.

Both ASK courses offer keys on how to deal with and transcend the many challenges of the material world and its limitations. The ASK courses are about “what is” and “how things truly are”. Many today lack this knowledge and are caught up in the distractions and illusions around us. There is a sense of general malaise and the awareness that one lacks a true, awakened teacher as a guide. This leads to feelings of frustration and not knowing how to make one’s way in life to find true inner peace and joy.

There is little else currently that offers the teachings and skills to prepare us to for living a more joyful and contented life while staying true to our spiritual principles and values. Both ASK Courses offer vital tools to navigate one’s way in this world while realising that this life is temporary but we are eternal beings.
With these ASK courses, one will find a toolkit to connect with one’s light within, by which one can be guided to being a more balanced, happier, wholesome, and centred person.

As is customary with students who have completed the ASK courses, an integrative session was held to discuss and share our experiences and insights of growth and deeper understanding of the transformation the courses made in our lives.

Some of the feedback made on this day were:

“ASK is a journey that is never ending and continues beyond the grave”

“The course has allowed me to express myself in a manner that I have not been able to before”

“After doing the course I felt more grounded and a shift in my consciousness”

“The course has helped me answer the bigger questions in my life that previously made me restless”

“ASK has helped me open up to my self-awareness”

“Since doing the course I have been able to go within my soul and it has helped me to focus on where to go in life”

“ASK integrated other teachings into an Islamic perspective and illuminated what I inherently knew”

“It’s been a real transformation for me and has removed certain barriers created by society which I had thought I needed to fit into”

“ASK has taught me to find the middle ground. It has also created visible changes in me that others see and remark on”

“It’s been an amazing journey that has brought about lots of healing and exceptional transformation. The only one that needed to change was me — as much I wanted others to change, it was me that needed the change in order to transform and transcend”


A South African Student’s experience of ASK Course One : Nelspruit


A South African Student’s experience of ASK Course One : Nelspruit

On a hillside overlooking the verdant countryside of Nelspruit, a group of women and men gathered for a weekend workshop on “Discovering Yourself”. The ASK Course One Weekend Intensive was facilitated by Aliya B Haeri, Director of ASK Academy of Self Knowledge. Most of the participants have been on a spiritual journey for a while. Many are highly qualified teachers and healers who are well-known and established in the area. One of the participants was a professor visiting from Sweden, another a South African lawyer from Johannesburg. Many in the group had no knowledge of Islam or Sufism, but found the course material and concepts to be familiar, as the ASK programme is delivered from a universal perspective of spirituality that lies at the heart of Sufi wisdom.

Members of this group have done a tremendous amount of work on themselves over the years. The evidence was clear. Nonetheless, it is astonishing in this day and age to have a group of mostly South Africans from conservative Nelspruit attend a course with a core of Sufi teachings.

The course was very well received and it had a significant amount to do with the depth of the material and the presentation. What was particularly attractive was the discipline in presentation and determination to deliver as much of the course content as possible. It was an immense privilege to spend the weekend immersed in the ASK Intensive Weekend with a group of people committed to their journey and seeking.

Although the material seemed familiar, it was in fact presented with a whole new dynamic as the listeners felt they were drawing more from the fountain of the teacher than from the literal material. This theme is repeated in the comments made by the attendees below. Personally I have taken a leap in consciousness from trying to connect with the god within to understanding that there is only GOD.

Feedback from some participants

A deeply peaceful place to sit and accept the teaching/truth from a beautiful soul.

I enjoyed that the group size was intimate enough to allow for meaningful interaction between members of the group and the facilitator. For me the insights received during the course were invaluable as I finally got clarity on issues that have been on my mind for many years on my spiritual journey.

I found the exercises and meditations that we engaged in to finally allow for a kind of introspection that I had never embarked on previously, with the result that I acquired deep insights into myself and my relationship to others.

My overall reaction was a feeling of privilege of being able to do this course and gain such deep insights from a wise and beautiful soul.

“To know yourself is to know your Lord”. The ASK Course illumined this incredible spiritual teaching in a most engaging and profound manner. I have, since completing the two day intensive course in Nelspruit, applied the teachings to the daily choices and stimuli I am exposed to. In doing so and in combining this approach with daily Devotion, I feel a deep sense of Peace and Joy at a level I have never previously experienced.

I sincerely enjoyed the course, as it was very Enlightening and Informative and so relevant to the times we are living in and the challenges we experience in our daily lives.

My experience of the ASK course was a relearning of what I know but find difficult to practice. I make my life complex and I learned how to look at things differently, uncomplicated and joyous. It was a wonderful time of sharing in a safe space and I felt renewed.