Names of Allah: Al Wahab

Today’s Name of Allah is Al Wahab (The Bestower)

Some thoughts that came up from our reading and discussions:

  • Allah is the bestower, the donor of all, giving everything to everyone always
  • Al Wahab is the one who satisfies needs
  • Who is giving when you receive a gift?
  • No one can prevent what Al-Wahab wants to give to you from coming to you
  • Human giving is limited, Al Wahab is infinite. Al Wahab does not need thanks or acknowledgement
  • how much do we thank for what we receive?
  • Giving and receiving is a cycle, waves, a flow of energy. If you get in the way by not recieving or being greedy/resentful, the flow stops
  • A person who gives is only a gateway or symbol of Allah’s generosity
  • Gratitude is part of the gift of receiving , it is a gift in itself.

This week’s Beautiful Name: Al-Aziz

Salaam All,

The Beautiful Name of Allah we are studying this week is Al-Aziz. Here are our thoughts from today’s Sohbet:

  • Traditional translations: ‘The Victorious One’ and ‘The All Powerful’
  • The idea is that no force can stand against Allah’s will
  • However, Allah delays punishment, does not hurry to destroy those who behave against his will
  • Idea of the ‘Brick wall’ came up – that eventually, if you follow your Nafs (ego), you will slam into the brick wall of reality
  • A different interpretation: what is the purpose of power or victory? Protection, that is, power is used properly in the protection of the powerless
  • Sometimes hardship or times of testing can bring out our potential, wheras Nafs limit our potential.
  • recognising strengths & weaknesses within ourselves & others
  • nafs can twist power into something ego-centred, but all true power rests with Allah
  • harmony, dynamics can be more powerful than raw, brittle power
  • Allah’s power is in motion, keeping peace, it is fluid strength
  • heart field of quiet strength calms others down and brings peace

Names of Allah, Week 3 – Al Quddus

This week’s Name was Al Quddus, commonly translated as ‘The Holy One’.

Some of the concepts we discussed at Sohbet on Sudney were:

  • Al Quddus brings up ideas of Sacredness, purity
  • bearing no resemblance to the created
  • unique purity of Allah
  • pure faith vs doubt
  • in the body – organs that purify the blood – liver changes chemicals, spleen eats dead cells, kidneys
  • how do the organs in the body know what is pure/healthy? – evolution
  • Nur-i-Muhammad – purest expression of a human being. the universe becoming aware of itself
  • the universe is a wholistic regenerating system, which can be aware of itself
  • fear vs faith –  fear of going against the grain, rocking the boat, but what fulfils the purity and helps grow our faith & our belief?
  • waves – you can’t stop a wave, you can’t stop the truth
  • nafs – emotional & spiritual liver work
  • purity of the moment, listening to now
  • Al Quddus is beyond everything we can understand, anything we look at is a very poor reflection or shadow of what Al Quddus is.

What do you think?

Names of Allah Reflection – Rahman and Rahim

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Salaam All!

Here at the Ansari Sufi Order we are starting a series of discussions about the Most Beautiful names of Allah. By learning how to distinguish the manifestations of Allah through our surroundings and our bodies, we can look through the curtain of appearances and see how Allah directly influences our lives.

Last Sunday, the weekly Sohbet focused on Rahman and Rahim. These names are in the opening verse of every surah in the Quran but one, in the phrase Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim (in the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate) .

Some of the points that came up:

  • Rahman and Rahim function together – it is hard to understand one without reference to the other.
  • Rahman and Rahim are often characterised as the ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ of all things – the archetypal masculine and feminine duality of the universe.
  • Rahman is unconditional, whereas Rahim is ‘Mercy in action’ and must be earned or activated
  • Rahman can be seen as being like the breath, Rahim can be seen as being like our skin when it senses
  • Rahman relates to unity and wholeness, Rahim is distinction and choice
  • Awareness of the choice presented by Rahim leads to surrender, as we understand that there are actions  and attitudes that Allah likes better than others
  • One could imagine that in our bodies, the DNA is like Rahim in that it represents potentialities and has the blueprint of the whole body, whereas Rahim can be seen as the active growth and expression of the DNA in the life of an organism.

Shaykh Taner and Shaykha Muzeyyen Visit – Public Events

We are pleased to announce the following public events for Melbourne and Sydney during the forthcoming visit from Shaykh Taner and Shaykha Muzeyyen Anne.

Sydney

28 March

Sufi Healings will be offered to the public on this day. Spaces are limited, please contact us to book a slot.

29 March, 7pm

Public Talk and Zikr (Ceremony of Rememberance, contempating the Divine Names).

Reg Byrne Community Centre Meeting Room, Fyall Ave, Wentworthville

To book a healing slot in Sydney or RSVP for the public talk, use our contact form or call Muhyiddin/John on 0432 397 694.

Melbourne

 

Sat 2 April, 1pm-4pm

The Most Beautiful Names – A Sufi way of Knowing and Growing in consciousness through the Divine Names . An afternoon of reflection, meditaton and contemplation of the Divine Names and their use in Healing.

Venue: Centre for Theology and Ministry, 29 College Crescent, Parkville.

Cost: $15

Mon 4 April

Sufi Healings will be offered to the public on this day. Spaces are limited, please contact us to book a slot.

To book a healing slot in Melbourne or to RSVP for the public event, use our contact form or call Alamin on 0472 518 995.

Sufi Teachers Visit 2016

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Sufi Teacher Taner Ansari, head of the Ansari Tariqa (of the Qadiri Rifai Tariqa), and  his wife, Sufi Teacher Muzeyyen Ansar are returning to Australia in March-April 2016.

Shaykh Taner is Shaykh Ibrahim’s Shaykh, head of the Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order, and is based in up-state New York.
The visit is scheduled for 25 March – 6 April (inshallah, as Allah wills).

More information here.

Melbourne Retreat  – January 2016

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Our January Retreat will be held from  Friday (afternoon/evening) 22 Jan  – Monday ( Morning) 25 Jan at the  Vine and Branches Education Centre,  in Lower Plenty , Melbourne.

The retreat will include:

  • walking meditation
  • spiritual discussion (Sohbet)
  • individual consultation with Shaykh Ibrahim
  • workshop on inner balance
  • instruction in Salat, the daily prayer form
  • poetry workshop based on Hafiz and Rumi poems
  • mandala / transformational art workshop

If time permits, additional workshops and sessions may also be held (drumming, adab, improvisational work)

We will be sharing the cost of food and cooking up a storm each night :)

For information on accomodation pricing and/or to register your interest please use our contact form.

Ramadan Mubrarak!

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During the month of Ramadan Zikr will be held on Saturday nights at the centre at Merrylands. We will be breaking fast together at around 5pm, and Sohbet/Zikr at 6pm. This will replace the Sunday 1pm sessions during Ramadan. Shaykh Ibrahim sends the following message:

Ramadan Mubarak. For those of you who are fasting by yourself – i give you all my support, love and appreciation. I know how hard it is to practice this. It takes courage, pluck, strength of character and sincere intention. It is a great way to find out who you are and what is important to you. It is much easier when others are fasting with you. Well, we are, and you have our combined goal to perhaps assist you in those difficult moments. You can use my text as a hotline for support, or perhaps you can reach out to each other to add your combined awesomeness to make it through the hard times together.

We will be breaking fast together each Saturday around 5 PM, and a sobhet online around 6 PM instead of the Sunday 1 PM sessions.

It has recently been documented that fasting actually reactivates the T cells which are the bits in the DNA that extend life.

Please stay positive, stay hopeful, keep a sense of humour about you and don’t ever let go of the rope of Allah.

Which brings up the second subject – an Australian retreat next year, 2016, perhaps near Melbourne for all tariqa murids and muhibs. Any ideas of when and where would be appreciated.

Then in 2017 a week long retreat in Europe perhaps Spain, south of France, or somewhere financially viable. Also open to ideas of where, but probably around July. Thoughts or ideas please send them on.

Thanks to everyone for making the Centre here in Australia possible. May it always be a beacon of light for those seeking Allah. HU.

Shaykh Ibrahim Visits Europe

Our Shaykh is embarking on his ‘Grand European tour’, visiting students in Germany and France. While Shaykh is away, Sydney Sunday gatherings will not be happening in Merrylands. Gatherings will resume on 14 June, just before the start of Ramadan, inshallah.

Reflection on Sufi Teachers’ Visit to Australia

Love.

If there was one message that has stood out for us in recent weeks, it is Love.

Shaykh Taner and Shaykha Muzeyyen blessed us with their compassion, knowledge and guidance.

Each person they met was treated with respect and spoken to as an individual.

Watching Shaykh Taner connect with the Darug Indigenous elders was inspirational.

We witnessed powerful healings and teaching that was so common sense it was almost obvious, but stated with Love it melted our hearts and opened us up to Light.

‘Alhamdulillah’ we say – all praise is due to the One who is the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate.

Thank you Shaykh and Shaykha for bringing the Light with you and teaching us.