STRANGERS is a series about journeying, journeying that is really, truly only for a few. To qualify, one has to choose the nawafil - to do what is not required, beyond requirement... Knowledge of the Unseen, 'ilm al dhati, is knowledge only accorded to Allah. Allah grants power and authority to certain of His servants for the purpose of benefiting the rest of His creation. Everything must benefit from Allah's knowledge. Not just you, not just me, not just the people in tareeqah, not just the Muslims, the Christians, and the Jews, but everything. The birds, the insects, the trees, everything must benefit.
ULU-L-AZIM : THE GREAT ONES looks at the lives of the prophets/ messengers, Adam and Hawa, Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa, Isa, Muhammad, and al-Mahdi (Allah's blessings upon them all). In this seven part series we will explore and learn about the greatest of these messengers and the lessons we can learn for today from their stories. Each one was raised up by Allah (Subhaanahu wa ta'aalaa) and sent to humankind as a channel of communication between us and Allah (Subhaanahu wa ta'aalaa). It is through them that Allah (Subhaanahu wa ta'aalaa), in His Infinite Mercy, provided men and women with guidance to follow the right course and so make this world a happy and peaceful place to live in.
Khutbahs from Eid al-Fitrs presented at the Khanaqah of Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid by the Shaykh.
"Ramadan is a time when you can thrive in your gratitude and your human potential and you can be pious and build bulwarks against disobedience, and against the better judgment of your heart and soul, sometimes. And you can thrive in your potential as a human being. Be generous, be grateful and you will find the blessing, the comfort, the safety, and the protection, the love and the respect that comes with humility. It is critical that at a special time like today, we try with all of our hearts and souls, our minds, to absorb the reality of this journey, the real meaning of suluk. In this case, it is the journey from gratitude to ingratitude, from arrogance to humility. "