Joy

Joy, although at times elusive, is in fact our natural state. Yet often, as we grow, mature, develop and are programmed in and by the world, we progressively lose this original and natural state of joy, and so increasingly succumb to fear, stress, anxiety, worry and unhappiness. Yet by learning how to transcend negative emotions by consciously choosing joy, we begin …

Shaykh Nazim: Patience is the Key to Faith

[hr] You must know that every time you confront a disliked event with steadfastness, you are improving spiritually, moving powerfully and deliberately towards your destination, and the more trying the event, the more quickly you are propelled to your destination. You must know that every goodness is going to appear through your patience in the face of disliked actions or events. …

Podcast: Hajj and the Journey to the Divine

[hr] [hr] Soul of Islam Radio: Hajj and the Journey to the Divine The sacred pilgrimage of the Hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, as taught by the blessed Prophet Muhammad (saws), and is undeniably the greatest communal spiritual experience on earth. The Hajj is of such importance that this holy journey is required of all able Muslims at …

Shaykh Nazim: Unity Beyond Duality

The following excerpt, as transcribed in the book Ocean of Unity, originally published in 1987, is taken from the teachings and associations of Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani, the great teacher of Islamic Spirituality, also known as Sufism, and the Reviver of the the Way in the 20th Century. Shaykh Nazim: Unity Beyond Duality [box] Does anyone think that the ocean is only what …

Podcast: Love in Islam

What is the importance of love in Islam? You may be surprised by what you hear in this special episode of Soul of Islam Radio, in which we discuss the deeper reality of love, its utter importance in the life and spiritual path of the Muslim, and how it is love the propels creation back towards its Absolute Divine Source, the …

Podcast: How to Represent Islam

Islam is nearly universally misunderstood in the modern world, and as Muslims, it is imperative to ask, “What is the most effective way to represent Islam truly?” Islam is understood primarily as a cultural identity and a dogmatic belief system by the majority of Muslims, rather than the living spiritual path of awakening and enlightenment it truly is, and as …

Podcast: Imam Al-Ghazali and His Deliverance from Error

Imam al-Ghazali, who lived in the 11th through 12th centuries of the Common Era, and who came to be known as Hujjat al-Islam, the Proof of Islam, was one of the most influential men of knowledge within Islamic History. His Ihya uloom ad-Din, the Revival of the Religious Sciences, is widely regarded as one of the most important works of …