Who Are You, Where Are You?
Life is eternal and boundless. I am alive by its courtesy, so I want the same. Otherwise, who am I? It changes every two minutes! The reason I want to know who I am is so that I can excel in the practice of boundless, eternal flow.
The human mind bridges the cosmic soul or spirit, with the self or individual identity. Every human being is a combination of a boundless and timeless divine soul and its shadow self which is bracketed between birth and death.
Less is More
Before reaching spiritual maturity Sufi literature can encourage fantasy or act as a placebo with uncertain outcome. In the material realm more is sought, in the spiritual realm the reverse is true.
Pointers to Truth
Human needs, desires and questions never end. We always hope to discover answers to our day-to-day questions as well as the big questions in life. How did life begin? How and when will life end? Who am I really?
A brief excerpt from 101 Helpful Illusions which explores consciousness, light, and the various levels of discernable and unseen dimensions at work in the world, and beyond it.
The Thread of Truth
The revitalised interest in Islam and Sufism, as well as Sufi Shaykhs are signs that our scientific and material development is reaching a point that needs the revitalization of the heart and awakening to the inner light of the soul.
The Shock of Awakening
Succour for those experience inner realities which make them question their sanity in the context of an outer world and society which largely denies the existence of such states of consciousness.
To Be Alive
A brief explanantion of the two kinds of being alive and the essential differences between them, especially in terms of limited conditionality.
The Cycles of Life and Reality
A collection of excerpts on the topic of the Cycles of Life and Reality through which we all must travel on our life journey.
A selection of Shaykh Fadhlalla's insights into this critical concept, phenomena, and experience.
Sufism and the Sufi
Sufism has maintained a clear line of direct transmission of wisdom back to original Islam. The key to Sufism is that of inner awakening, freedom and joy through recognition of outer restriction by choice and discrimination.
Remembrance, Discrimination, Yearning
A basic introduction to three critical and interrelated aspects of The Path: remembrance, discrimination, and the energy that arises from yearning.
The Parable of the Spider's House
One’s attachments, phobias and habits are as secure as the wisp of thought that repeatedly brings them about. The ultimate refuge is with Allah.
The Journey of Transformation
The world around us makes perfect sense only if we look at it through the eyes of Unity (tawhīd). No matter what we look at in existence, we find that it can always be traced back to its one original source, Allah.
Arc of Life
As human beings, we live in numerous levels of duality. Up and down; breathe in, breathe out. As long as there is a mind, you are constantly choosing between good and bad, appropriate and inappropriate, healthy and diseased. It is context that matters most.
Decree, Destiny and Enlightenment
The final destiny of every man is his awakening to his permanent, non-time reality, from which he has emerged. We are given the experience of this life, with all its decrees, for us to know them, accept them and become one with them...
Eid - The Return
This article is an extract from an Eid Talk given by Shaykh Fadhalla in South Africa.
Universality, Locality and the Human
In terms of consciousness - and not just human consciousness, but all consciousness - we are now at a stage in our evolution where we can truly address the Ultimate, we can truly talk about the Absolute, we can talk about Godhead, and we can talk about the cosmic light that is not subject to space and time.