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Facing Being Overwhelmed

We are entering a period or a time where the development of events is overwhelming and, particularly when one experiences a part of that overwhelming development in one’s own life, one forgets. One easily forgets that you are not being singled out. You are not being unfairly treated by Allah.

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The Root of Suffering

One can describe human endeavour and human effort from the point of view of avoiding suffering and pursuing contentment. It’s imperative that we understand that most of the things that people do under the assumption that this will decrease or alleviate this suffering, actually have the opposite effect.

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Dis-ease

The taste that we ascribe to the world is the taste that we acquire. So if you ascribe to the world sweetness then you acquire sweetness and you are therefore sweet to the taste. If you ascribe to the world bitterness then you acquire bitterness and you are bitter to the taste. Eventually your body carries the message.

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The Meaning and Significance of Hadra

The meaning and the significance of the hadra is that it is like a shaking loose. It is a
shaking loose of the things that normally worry you. It is like letting go of the chains so that you can find out who the being is that is there beyond the chains.

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The Sacred Schizoidity of the Soul (Self)

Our nafs (self or soul) is the greatest gift from Allah to us, and at the same time our deadliest enemy. Rather it is an amanah that Allah has entrusted us with, so we must honor and appreciate it, but also fight and subdue that aspect of it, which will cause our ruin, if we do not guard ourselves against it. The most cited metaphor for it is that of a wild riding beast, which will try to throw off its rider, as long as it is untamed, but which becomes a trusted companion and support in his quest, if he masters it.

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Commentary on the Qasida ‘Fana Fillah’ by Shaykh ibn Al-Habib

Shaykh Ebrahim explores one of Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib’s qasidas – Fana Fillah (Annihilation in Allah). This is the qasida that has been closest to his heart from Shaykh ibn Al-Habib’s diwan of poetry.

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