RECOVERING THE TRANSCENDENT IN ISLAMIC SPIRITUALITY

Few people combine real life experience with spiritual insight as much as Ali Allawi. He has a deep appreciation for the spiritual education once provided by the Sufi orders and the need for reviving an effective language of spirituality. We were delighted to learn that he is also closely associated with our dear friend, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, and thus deeply acquainted with the path of spiritual experience. The following is an excerpt from Ali Allawi’s The Crisis of Islamic Civilization.

ISLAM AND THE NEW MILLENNIUM

T.J.Winter (Abdal Hakim Murad): an essay based on a lecture given at the Belfast Central Mosque in March 1997. “All too often they follow limited, ideological versions of Islam that are relevant only to their own cultural situation, and have no relevance to the problems of educated modern Westerners. We need to overcome this. We need to capitalise on the modern Western love of Islamic spirituality – and also of Islamic art and crafts. By doing so, we can reap a rich harvest, in sha’ Allah. . .”

LOVE IN ISLAM: A Khutbah by Mahmoud Mostafa

In this Khutbah, delivered at the very first planning session for the Baraka Institute in May of 2008, Mahmoud Mostafa reflects on the inner essence of Islam as love.

IS ISLAM A “RELIGION OF THE SWORD”?

Kabir Helminski and Hesham Hessaboula There are a number of verses in the Qur’an that appear to call for Muslims to kill non-Muslims, and these verses have been too often quoted out of context with what appears to be a willful disregard of the context in which they occur.