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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Two Essential Conditions of Repentance

Repentance is an integral component in the life and path of the believer, and is based upon the light and teachings of the Holy Qur’an as well as the noble example, way and sunnah of the beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. There are two essential conditions for repentance to be true, valid and effective, and by deepening our sincerity in repentance, we accelerate … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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, … Read More

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 … Read More

The Universe is Alive

Although seldom spoken about, Islam is a way and a path that is deeply connected to the natural world and the cycles of the Universe. One of the most important realizations that come directly from the teachings of the blessed and noble Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the Holy Qur’an is the fact that the entire Universe is alive and that we … Read More

The Trustee and the Trust

In Chapter 8 of Rejuvenation of the Soul, we develop our understanding of what it means to be a trustee of God, and how this relates to a human being’s role in creation as a khalifah, or Deputy of the Divine. We learn that the Universe is alive, and that we are connected to it through our breath. It is the hollow cavity … Read More

Trust and Love

In Chapter 7 of Rejuvenation of the Soul, Imam Fode dives deeper into the secret and reality of the trust, al-amanah, with which Allah Almighty entrusted humanity to the exclusion of all other creations. In this session, we learn of the importance of trust and how it relates to faith and love, the importance of keeping the company of the trustworthy knows … Read More

Be In the World as a Traveler

On the authority of Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (ra), the blessed Messenger of God ﷺ is reported as having stated, “Be in the world as a traveler or a stranger,” [Bukhari]. In this simple statement, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ communicates the essence and summary of the journey of a human being as a traveler or wayfarer from the world of form … Read More