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10/14/18 Faith's Library is the Heart Further discussion on the Quranic verse: "Indeed, we offered the Trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, and they declined to bear it and feared it; but man [undertook to] bear it. Indeed, he was unjust and ignorant." (Sahih International)
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8/5/18 The Key Held In Trust Quranic verse: "Indeed, we offered the Trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, and they declined to bear it and feared it; but man [undertook to] bear it. Indeed, he was unjust and ignorant." (Sahih International)
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6/17/18 Our Fluctuating States of the Heart Shabistari says "At times like her drunken eyes it (the heart) is rapturous, at times like her curls it is afflicted with agitation." The curls represent the Divine Names. In Islamic thought and metaphysics, God is one but God has many attributes.
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4/8/18 The Tree Growing from a Stone "Oh God of mine, the water of your favor reached a stone, and the stone was impregnated. The stone brought forth a tree. A tree laden with fruit whose load is all happiness, whose tasting is all intimacy, whose fragrance is liberation. A tree rooted in sincerities soil. Branches spreading in the air of contentment, laden with the fruit of gnosis and purity, whose harvest is in seeing and meeting God."
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3/25/18 Rumi on the Nature of Self-Purification Ustad Robert Darr translates and explains the meaning of this Rumi poem on the nature of self-purification.
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2/25/18 Meaning and Context in Qur'an We need to understand scripture correctly and a lot of the scripture is about our lived experience. For example isn't it true that there are different descriptions of the "heavens and the earth" in Qur'an?
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2/25/18 Names of Beauty and Majesty The rose happens to be a combination of beauty and majesty. It is used as a symbol of the Divine Names because it has the rose and thorns. The Divine Names are an indication of God's unlimited nature. They solve not just a theological problem, they solve a philosophical and an existentialist problem in terms of speculation about good and evil.
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1/28/18 Turning To The Lord Of Beauty Parts 1 & 2 A continuation on the topic of beauty and the understanding that one can turn towards the Lord of beauty. A related Quranic verse would be "To Allah belongs the East and the West and in any direction you turn is the face of Allah."
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