In the Name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Kindest
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The Best Medicine
Hazrat Inayat Khan observed that the sacred name of God is as medicine to the patient. “Verily, in the remembrance of God do hearts find rest,” declares the Holy Quran (13:28). Given the benefits of meditation and other forms of spiritual practice for one’s mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health, Uday and I wanted to offer a biweekly meditation on YouTube Live. He will be leading the Zikr of Four taught to us by our late Pir, Hazrat Maulana Chaman Qadri (may Allah perfume his resting place). It’s a unique form of divine remembrance that is inclusive and universal. The practice combines breathwork, visualization, affirmation, and finally divine intoxication in the sacred name of God. If you’d like to join us, please visit our YouTube channel.
I recently had a Bengali brother ask me how it’s possible to combine or appreciate different religious traditions, especially when the Quran says “For you is your way of life, and for me is my way of life” (109:6). My answer comes from Quran itself: Say it is all from Allah. Everything belongs to God and comes from God. I make no distinction between us and them. There is only Him. Uday and I follow a universal form of Sufism. We are friends, welcomers, and harmonizers on the Path. We believe in the Sufic perspectives that “there are as many paths to God as there are human breaths” and “our expressions differ, but Your beauty is one, and all are pointing towards that Beauty.”
We cocreated Essential Spirituality to share humanity’s collective wisdom and what we’ve learned from our teachers. It is not an organized Sufi order, nor do we take initiates (mureeds). We do not see ourselves as teachers or guides but trust that God is the Guide guiding everyone toward the Light, as Hazrat Inayat Khan said. We believe that Divine Wisdom guides you and that you are enough. We seek to learn as well as share and hope to maintain an attitude of learning until our last breath. We also hope to unite people of different faiths, cultures, and worldviews. This was a major part of our late Pir’s mission in India. He strove tirelessly to promote communal unity among Muslims and Hindus. We do not expect people to agree with everything we share and welcome viewpoint diversity. Many of our friends and family members hold views divergent from our own. It only enriches the friendship and deepens the conversation.
From one needy of your dua,
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