On the Seeking of Pleasure

As human beings, we are naturally inclined towards and driven to seek pleasure. Yet the type of pleasure we seek and what one finds as pleasurable is largely determined by his or her state of consciousness. For one whose consciousness is localized in the lower self and based in ego (the mind and body), pleasure is the satiation of physical appetites and psychological experiences. …

Spiritual Excellence Is Your Key to the House

The blessed and noble Messenger ﷺ stated towards the end of his life and mission upon this plane that he leaves behind him two things, the holy Qur’an and the members of his household, and that by holding close to these, a believer will be led true. Based upon the example of the luminous companion of the Prophet ﷺ, Salman …

The Conclusion of Rejuvenation of the Soul

In this final concluding session of Rejuvenation of the Soul, we briefly review the seven blessed characteristics that dress the heart of faith, and also discuss the seven qualities and characteristics that result from a lack of faith. When the heart is immersed in the light and love of Truth, it is blessed with attraction towards that which is transcendent, real …

Join Us in Affirming the Greatness of God

In this Group Coaching Call, you will have the opportunity to join us in meditation, dhikr and suhba as we affirm the transcendent greatness of God Almighty and open our hearts and souls to His Divine Presence. By learning to fully surrender in peace through the breath, we in each moment complete the cycle of receiving and coming from God, …

Bonus Training Added to Awakenings Academy

We have just added a new section of bonus training material to Awakenings Academy, and have published a new live training session with Imam Fode entitled Dhikr Leads to Life and Knowledge. In this bonus audio recording, Imam Fode Drame speaks on the vital importance of remembrance and meditation towards the awakening of the human heart and soul. With the …

Join Us in Prayer on Blessed Laylat al-Ragha’ib

Laylatul Ragha’ib has historically been recognized as the blessed night in which the light of the Prophet ﷺ was transferred from his father to the womb of his mother, and has since been observed as a sacred and holy night of mercy and support for the denizens of the Universe. On this holy night, it is recommended to seek God’s grace and blessings …

How to Reap the Rewards of Rajab

The blessed month of Rajab is known as the “Month of God,” and has historically been used by believers to deepen their connection with Allah Almighty. In this Group Coaching Call, we discuss the unique benefits and blessings of the month of Rajab and how to best take advantage of the openings that are present with this celestial and cyclical …

Believers Must Advance Human Culture

The particular path, message and mission of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was primarily focused upon the development and perfection of noble character and thus the evolution of human culture. While it is easy in the modern world to equate progress with the advancement of technological capacity, the reality of human evolution is to be measured in the advancement of …

The Divine Dress of Faith

In this session, we begin discussing the “Ornaments of Faith,” which are the qualities and characteristics that manifest with iman. This session begins the final section of Rejuvenation of the Soul. Topics covered are the Three Components of Iman (as well as their opposites), the Seven Ornaments of Faith, the relationship between love and faith, the metaphysical reality of the substance …

The Preeminence of Adab in the Presence of God

In Part 5 of Hajj and the Journey Home as part of the Rejuvenation of the Soul course, we focus on the importance of adaband how developing excellence in character and conduct is essential towards rising to the Divine Presence of God. In this session, we discuss the importance of remembering death, the relationship between mortality and humility, how life and …

Humility is the Path to Spiritual Excellence

While many paths and ways are often categorized as ‘spiritual,’ the essence of the spiritual path is in simplicity and humility, and not in the seeking of mystical experiences and occult knowledge. In this Group Coaching Call, we remind ourselves of the purpose and focus of Awakenings Academy, and that we are here but to cultivate excellence in character and in …

Taqwa and Adab on the Journey Home

With Part 4 of Hajj and the Journey Home as part of the Rejuvenation of the Soul course, we continue to explore the deeper meaning of fasting as it pertains to the ascent into the Divine Presence of God, and also begin discussing the Fifth Station: Arriving Home. Essential concepts and topics are expanded upon in this session, of particular …

The Greatness of the Pleasure of God

We continue Rejuvenation of the Soul in Part 2 of Hajj and the Journey Home. In this session, we continue with the second station and pillar of the journey home, salah, and begin discussing the third station, purification. While most seek the pleasure of the self, the believer is he or she who seeks the divine pleasure of God, known as ridwaan. We learn …

Unity is the Key to Our Success

As human beings, we have but four enemies: nafs, dunya, hawa and shaytan. In this Group Coaching Call, we discuss the goals of these enemies, and how they work to create conflict and fragmentation both in the individual and in the collective, be it in one’s marriage, family, tribe, community, nation or the world. They key to overcoming these four …

The Universe is Love

Although it may not appear as such when we tune to the media and the constant negative news, the truth is that we live in an Ocean of Divine Love and Mercy, and that fundamentally the Universe is Love. By healing and correcting our perception, and by increasing our level of awareness and consciousness, we increasingly become aware that in …

The Holy Spirit and Knowledge

In Chapter 10 of Rejuvenation of the Soul, we learn about the relationship between Sacred Breath and divine knowledge. In increasing one’s state of expansion and thus connection with Holy Spirit, we imbibe not only love, light and life, but also knowledge. Topics covered in this session include the awakening of the heart and its faculties of sight, hearing and knowing, …

Adam, Between Faith and Knowledge

In Chapter 9 of Rejuvenation of the Soul, Imam Fode continues to expound on the unique quality of the human being to have the capacity to carry the Holy Spirit of God, Ruh al-Qudds, and thereby to be honored with the responsibility of the Deputy of the Divine. In this lesson, we are reminded of the importance of deepening our connection …