Words of Wisdom

“There is one God. And there are many faiths. That tells us that God is bigger than religion, even though we need religion to speak to God. Religions are like languages. The existence of English does not refute, replace or supersede the existence of French, Italian or Urdu. Each language preserves a unique set of […]

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‘When the great Sufi Jalaluddin Rumi heard of two people arguing about religion, he said, “These people are involved in a very trivial affair. Instead of arguing which of their religions is best, they could be considering how far each of them are from the teachings of their own prophets.” (Source: Kabir Helminski, Holistic Islam: […]

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“The modern world has everything but it needs this small message of four words TURN BACK TO GOD. I have but one tongue. If I had a million tongues, with every one of those million tongues I would still say: Turn back to God! Turn back to God! The cure to our present ills lies […]

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Constantly polishing the heart with the dhikr (remembrance of God), being in a state of awareness and self-reflection, is the remedy that allows for the actualisation of our innate nature. By Sadia Dehlvi It is often said that duniya (world) is like a shadow. If you chase it, it moves further away. If you turn […]

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Rumi says, ‘Whether you have loved a human being or whether you have loved God, if you have loved enough you will be brought in the end into the presence of the supreme Love itself’. By Murshid Inayat Khan There is an Arabic saying, ‘If you wish to know God, you must know yourself.’ How […]

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“I can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses” * “Problems are not stumbling blocks but stepping stones to maturity” * “All the troubles of man come from his not knowing how to sit still.”

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‘The sheikh of the Khalvati [Sufi] order in Istanbul, Sunbul Effendi, in looking for a successor, sent his disciples forth to adorn the convent. All of them returned with large bunches of lovely flowers; only one of them—Merkz Effendi—came back with a small, withered plant. When asked why he did not bring anything worthy of […]

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His obituary was written up in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. And then guess what happened? Read on! “His death was a major story in the financial community. His obituary was written up in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. It’s too bad he was dead, because he would have loved to read what […]

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