Greetings all!

Over the next few months we will be holding sohbet (spiritual discussion) and zikr (the ceremony of remembrance) bi-weekly at the Yasmin Centre at Marayong at 1pm, on the following dates:

  • Sun 28 July
  • Sun 11 August
  • Sun 25 August
  • Sun 8 September
  • Sun 22 September

Please contact us via our web form or by calling the Yasmin Centre on 8807 4814 for more info if you would like to attend for the first time.

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WHERE: At the new centre in Marayong NSW (Western Sydney)

WHEN: 14 April 2019, 1pm

We are so excited to finally have a permanent centre in Sydney!

Our centre at Marayong is now ready. Please come and join us for a BBQ, meet the sufis and general foodliness.

Contact the centre on +61 8807 4814 or use our contact form if you need the address.

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Today’s sohbet focused on the Beautiful Name Al Fattah, often translated as ‘the Opener’.

Some points that we discussed:

  • Allah can open up doors, or Allah can keep them closed.
  • You may think you need something,  Allah may have other ideas.
  • It’s ok to talk/dine with/have board meetings/boxing matches with Allah about this!
  • If you really want to progress or move forward, you need to be sincere and committed.
  • If Allah wants to open a way for you, nothing can stand in the way!
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Salaam All!

Shaykh Ibrahim will be running a Sufi Mindfulness evening on the 19th Nov 2017. All are welcome. Please RSVP via our Contact Form or call Muhyiddin on 0432397694.

Shaykh Ibrahim will be presenting a slideshow and talk addressing the frequently asked questions seekers usually have about our teachings. This will be followed by a Sufi Ceremony of Remembrance (Zikr).

Time:
7pm

Date:
19th Nov 2017

Location:

Leela Centre
2nd Floor, 113-115 Oxford Street, (Corner of Crown Street), Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Entry is via glass doors next to Big Daddy’s Burgers.

You can access the Facebook Event here.

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This week’s sohbet centered around relationships, specifically how we negotiate needs and responsibilities with our partners and family members. Shaykh Ibrahim reminded us of the primacy of the relationship with Allah, the One. This is the most important relationship. When your relationship with your Heart is good, when you are connected to the Source, all other relationships fall into place. Shaykh also stressed the importance of communication. Relationships are there to teach us about each other and ourselves, and we need to learn how to express ourselves clearly in order to be able to live with each other. Also, Sufism is about surrender, and not about you! How much can you get out of the way and let Allah through?

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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
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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?

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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.
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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.

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