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Highwood Talks

This is a selection of talks from Shaykh Fadhlalla's personal residence reflecting gatherings, meetings and encounters with his friends and students over the past several years.

Morning in the Plantation

Parchment-like, thin as a muslin veil,
The radiant green banana fronds glistened
and waved farewell to the morning mist.

Like victory flags parading on the hilltop,
blending the orchard songs of buds, trees and palm fronds,
merging with colours, forms and stillness
unified in the early light
in delight, in symphony, in harmony cloaked in white,
from light unto light
all defined by changing shadows confined to hills and meadows without
which there can be no vision nor desperation for divine admission.

And awakening into colourless stillness into the presence of
Light-beyond-light the boundless Essence
behind and in front and within all sights — Allah-Hu.

Considerations

Fireside Talk

Evening Discussion