The Practice of Intent Free
The Practice of Intent is a short treatise by Shaykh Ebrahim Schuitema where he sums up something remarkable in a very precise form. He provides a pathway to the essence of what and how of the Deen (the Path, the Journey and every encompassing the both) as a technology of transformation.
Here Shaykh Ebrahim mentions how the journey is about the cultivation and polishing of intent, which is the very foundation of every action as well as existence (Remember the saying of our Master, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, “All actions are by their intentions” and “God says, I was a Hidden Treasure intending to be known, hence I manifested the creation”). The author in the role of a Sufi Teacher provides a very contemporary counsel while keeping the focus on some of the most basic aspects of the Deen. This is also the Shaykh’s advice to his students and in parallel, his introduction to Sufism.
This review is used with kind permission Sidi Sadiq Alam, ‘Technology of the Heart’. Full review Here »
Shadow of The One
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There is only Light until The One casts the veils that create the multiplicity in which we have being. It is from within the shadows that we seek The Light. We are all shadows looking inwards for the Light, Love and Truth.
This collection of inspirational and raw poems from the heart speaks to all as we search for understanding of our existence. This selection of poems by various members of the Zawia Ebrahim Facebook page is a useful compilation for people on the path of spiritual growth.
Although this page is explicitly dedicated to sufism, not all contributors are practicing sufis. This collection therefore demonstrates a core truth: irrespective of the multiplicity of cultures, nationalities or creeds our hearts scintillate as one when simply being in the Shadow of The One.
Source of Inspiration Vol. I
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These poems come from Source. What does that mean? I believe we have the ability to tap into a creative pool in a variety of media and activities. Entering this creative flow is a process that one learns either consciously or unconsciously. It has been called many things, described again and again. Yet, it remains a mystery.
When I began writing poetry at age 68, I had never written it, nor did I enjoy reading it. Yet, the poems came. And, as I always follow my intuitive inner guidance, I began to write the poems down each morning. Today there are more than 9000 poems and still they come. This book is the first volume in a series being published with Intent Publishing, I hope that you find something within that will speak to your heart. – Pat Cegan
The Millenium Discourses
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This book is a selection of discourses often referred to as a dars. Within the Darqawi Sufi order a dars is usually delivered by the shaykh or a designated muqaddam (representative) after a session of dhikr (remembrance or invocation), when all concerned are in a deep and quiet state. It is never rehearsed or prepared, it is spontaneous and can be described as the process whereby the shaykh teases out a theme which becomes apparent to him in the few moments of silence that follow the final recitation of Qur’an after the dhikr.
When one participates in the dhikr circle, one eventually starts to be connected by and with the other people in the circle. One stops existing as an isolated individual. The people who on a routine basis do dhikr together become connected in the unseen. This connectedness creates the possibility of great openings for everybody concerned. It is as if, when people sit in the dhikr circle they form a lens that focuses the Divine Light to such an intensity that it dissipates; any darkness within and the assumption that they are separate from existence. Those who sit in the circle become peaceful, undistracted and undisturbed, because they have pursued and failed frequently enough to have given up. Their eloquence is in submitting, not in commanding. It is a handing over of control rather than being in charge.
These discourses should therefore not be viewed as a position taken in a debate. They should be viewed as a totality and mulled over in order to taste the state of both the shaykh and the company of fuqara at the time. A further point of interest regarding this particular series of dars is that they were recorded in 2000 and 2001, a very significant time for us all. It was a time when the combative confrontation between Islam and the West had taken on both global and millenarian proportions. This means that there is a theme sitting at the root of these discourses, which is a struggle with what it means to be appropriate in these highly polarised times.
Set My Heart On Fire
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Shahbano Aliani was initiated in the Shahdili Darqawi Sufi Order by Shaykh Ebrahim Etsko Schuitema in 2009. This collection of sufi poems chronicles her inner journey towards wholeness and Homecoming.
Al Mathal Al ‘Ala – A Commentary on As-Salat al Mashishiyyah
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The Salat al Mashishiyyah, is well known in the Western regions of the Islamic World and is a regular part of the invocative traditions of the Shadhiliyyah Sufi Order whose founder, Abul Hasan Ash-Shadhili was the spiritual successor of the ‘author’ of this prayer, Mawlai Abd as Salam Ibn Mashishi − may Allah sanctify their secret and fill their graves with light.
By the testimony of Mawlai Abd as Salam, the wording of this particular salutation was vouchsafed to him by the Noble Prophet Muhammad himself during a mystical encounter with him, and as such, this prayer takes a very special place and rank among the innumerable benedictions, tributes and invocations dedicated to the Messenger of Allah – Allah’s Blessing and Peace abound with him forever.
By virtue of its teaching content, it is a pearl of incomparable luster from the treasure troves of the gnostic legacy of the Prophet, and anyone who recites it regularly with sincere devotion cannot but derive great spiritual benefit from it.