Shaykh Ebrahim discourse delivered 16/6/18 Audio available at the bottom of the page There are so many ways that one can describe this journey of becoming ourselves; of becoming fully human. One way that occurs to me that it is useful to explore is that becoming ourselves is from one […]
Shaykh Ebrahim discourse delivered 29/9/18 Audio available at the bottom of the page Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim Much of our life is really concerned with the pursuit of aspiration, of going after what we want to get out of life. This goal-directed shaping of our beings is the fundamental human condition. […]
Download audio Shaykh Ebrahim Discourse delivered 23/01/16. Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim There’s a very useful saying from NLP, which says the map is not the territory. It stands to reason that if we had a large map of Pakistan on the carpet and there was a point on that map that […]
Shaykh Ebrahim Discourse delivered 7/7/18. Audio is available at the bottom of the page. It occurs to me tonight to explore an issue, on which I very rarely speak about: Love. In the past when I’ve spoken about this, I’ve made the point that there are two ways of seeing […]
Shaykh Ebrahim Discourse delivered 19/8/17. Audio is available at the bottom of the page. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala promises us that He is His slave’s opinion of Him. That very simple phrase carries with it an almost terrifying responsibility and accountability. We know that wherever you turn in the Face […]
Discourse delivered by Shaykh Ebrahim, 15/9/18. Audio available at the bottom of the page. Tonight was indeed a very special night. Tonight we did the Dhikr. You did it with commitment, you did not hold back, you did it in the spirit of emptying yourself of yourself. That’s how one […]
By way of metaphor, one can describe the centre of the human experience as the being in the chest. And one can distinguish between fundamentally two different modalities, two modalities that you can experience the subject as, the subject being the self or the one that’s experiencing. In Tasawwuf we refer to one modality as nafs and the other modality as ruh.
The objective of dhikr and of the dhikr that you have just done is if you like, a loosening up or a shaking off of our ideas of who we are, of our chains. It is about re-orientating oneself to the Lord, to Allah.
The natural order for the human being is disturbance and disquiet. The state of the heart outside of dhikr is one of agitation. It is with the dhikr of Allah that the heart becomes tranquil.
What is to succeed in having been human, to succeed in having had a life? The worst of them measure your success only by your material accumulations. These things do not describe success.