SUFISM

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THE SOURCE OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE (ILM AL-LADUN)

“The discoveries of modern science are all ‘Hidden Knowledge/Knowledge from God's side’ (ilm al-ladun)”...

 

SUFI COURTESY (ADAB)

... In Sufi courtesy, you treat everything in the universe as a “Thou.” You could not, would not, even kick a can or a stone. You would treat the lowliest ant...




PINOCCHIO’S METAMORPHOSIS 

... Jungian psychology as well as Sufi psychology would agree that some parts of the Pinocchio saga resemble an initiation ritual: the collapse and disintegration of the former self, prior to rebirth as a new self. ...



ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ROBOTS, AND SUFISM

 

... A spate of new movies and TV series has given expression to the (sometimes bizarre!) humanization of automatons. Among them are...


 

 

 

 

GOD DESPISES ILLICIT SEX: RUMI AND SHAMS


 

Sufism and Illicit Lust are two sets do not overlap, that is, they are disjoint. A clearer way to put this is: Sufism excludes Illicit Sex. ...    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH ANQA PUBLISHING
 

Anqa Publishing, which is the publisher of my book, The Teachings of a Perfect Master (2012), conducted an interview with me about the book... 


 

 

GOD SAVE OUR CHILDREN!
 

It’s happened, folks. Disney, the unofficial nanny and teacher of our very own children, has placed the stamp of approval on...

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH CAFE DISSENSUS
 

An interview with me conducted by Muhammad Ashraf Thachar for CafeDissensus.com regarding my book The Secret of Islam... 


 

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PROPHETS
 

Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was a cultural historian whose interests ranged from the evolution of cities to the adverse effects of technology on society...

 

 

 

ANIMAL TYPES OF THE BASE SELF
 

Our worst enemy is not the devil. The devil’s powers are limited, mainly to those of suggestion (“whispering”). No, our greatest enemy is an ally of the devil, and it is all the more dangerous because... 


 

 

 

THE FOUR BOOKS AND THEIR MEANING
 

The Four Books are, of course, the Torah of Moses, the Psalms of David, the Gospel of Jesus, and the Koran of Mohammed...

 

 

 

ECOLOGICAL ETHICS: AN ISLAMIC/SUFI RESPONSE TO POPE FRANCIS
 

On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis issued a Papal Encyclical on climate change. An encyclical is considered to be the highest teaching of the Catholic Church, so it was met with... 


 

 

SUPERWEAPONS AGAINST HUMANITY:
HIROSHIMA AT 70
 

August 6, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima, in which 150 thousand human beings were killed or wounded, followed by 70 thousand casualties in Nagasaki on August 9...

A DASH OF SUFISM IN GAME OF THRONES
 

George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has won wide acclaim, both in book format and in its TV adaptation...

 

 

ETHICAL SUPERHEROES
    

What would be a Sufic approach to ethics? Let us start by reviewing a recent movie: Noah (2014)...

 

 

 

ETHICS: SOME PRELIMINARY REMARKS
 

We shall be concerned with ethics for a while. Prior to that, however, I find it necessary to deal with some matters...

 

 

THE PROPHETS
 

I saw the Prophet of God in a vision during mid-December 1229, in the city of Damascus. He had a book in his hand and he said to me...

 

CONTENT ASSESSMENT OF TRADITIONS


God says in the Koran (speaking in the first-person majestic plural, or “royal we”): “It is We who have sent down the Koran, and it is We who are going to protect it”...


THE FISHERMAN AND THE GENIE

 

When I was a child, my uncle gave me a book as a birthday present. It was Our Friend the Atom...    

 

 



2001, 3001, AND THE CUBE

Part 1 of 2

 

In the beginning was the Monolith.

There it stood, at the dawn of mankind, entrancing Moon-Watcher and his fellow...

2001, 3001, AND THE CUBE
Part 2 of 2

 

The Pilgrimage signifies the return to the Origin—not only the origin of Islam, of monotheism and of humanity, but the Source of all that is, namely, God. ...    

 

MORAL RELATIVISM


Forgive me, but it is no longer possible to remain silent.




THE DIVINE LAW: A CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT 

Sharia, the Divine Law of Islam, is frequently misunderstood. It is accused of many ills, without regard to a deeper understanding of what it really is...

 



THE MYTH OF THE "MYTH OF TEN PERCENT"

 

Luc Besson’s film Lucy (2014) has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide. Hailed as the director’s most significant movie after The Fifth Element (1997), Lucy explores the possibilities  that might unfold if a person’s hidden mental potentials...


      ALCHEMY AND SUFISM      

 

It is known that alchemy originated from Hermeti(ci)sm. Some have even considered the two synonymous. We have also seen that Sufism is the contemporary form of Hermeticism. This suggests...