Who is Abdur Rahman?

Peace, one and all…

Welcome to Abdur Rahman’s Corner, my little corner of cyberspace.

Introducing Abdur Rahman

I’m an English Muslim, living in the Valleys of South Wales (UK), though I’m originally from Hackney in the East End of London. I live with my family in Merthyr Tydfil, one time engine of the British Industrial Revolution and a former stronghold of the workers’ rights movement.

I’ve been a paid-up, card carrying member of Islam since 1998, though I’ve been interested in things Islamic since the early ’90s.  I’m deeply fascinated by the religious traditions of the world in general, and by Islam in all its forms in particular.  Like most converts, I’ve moved through many different groups.  I’ve come to realise that I love the diversity of the Islamic tradition, and that I dislike narrow-mindedness in any form.

Broadly speaking, I am a Sunni Muslim, though with a deep interest in the Shi`a tradition.  I am a part of the Threshold Society and the Mevlevi tariqa.  My aim in writing this blog is to learn: about God, about myself and about this strange thing called life.  As intention is fundamental to any spiritual growth, I’ve written some thoughts on this topic.

Abdur Rahman (which, incidentally, means ‘Servant of the Merciful’) is the name I chose when I became a Muslim some years ago. Although name changes are a common feature of the conversion experience, it is not a necessary requirement within Islam.  However, in my own case, my choice of this particular name is purely aspirational; I would like to one day become a true servant of God.

Why Islam?

My path to Islam was, by any stretch of the imagination, a gradual affair.  In any case, my Islam was the result of a growing realisation of the centrality of God. Or, in rather less grandiose language, my eventual understanding of what Allah had always been trying to tell me! Or, once again, it was my awareness that I wanted God to be central to my life: the steering wheel and not just the spare tyre, as a song I once owned put it!

Although I took my time to investigate the teachings of Islam, I don’t think there was really any competition. Somehow, I think I always knew that I would eventually become a Muslim! Coming from the East End of London, I’ve always known Muslims (probably even before I was aware of what Islam was) and of these, some have been especially influential. As I learned more, I was always struck by the ennobling qualities of Islam: wherever Islam has put down roots, it has produced generous, warm, just and committed individuals.

Theologically, Islam just seemed to speak directly to me. It is simple to understand in its essentials, but not simplistic. It has a straightfoward and clear understanding of God and although some have commented that the God of the Quran is so high as to be distant, this is definitely not how I have experienced it.

The role and function of Muhammad (alaihi al-salatu wa al-salam) is also clear and easy to understand within Islam. Though a Prophet of God, he is indelibly human.

Islam has always struck me as radically life-affirming: there is no compulsion in faith; mankind has been born free under God; the middle path of tolerance, compassion and understanding is the only sane way to navigate the paths of this world.  I try to embody the teachings of Islam in my life, though I am a faulty human being and I often make mistakes.  And to God return all things…

Education & Career

By trade, I’m a teacher, tutor and student support worker.  I have a deep and passionate interest in education.  Learning is a fundamental part of human nature and a basic human right.  To that end, I completed a PGCE in post-compulsory education and training in 2005 at Coleg Sir Gar.  I began my own studies through an access course at City & Islington College in London in the mid-90s, and it was there that I first came to see just how hard teachers work.

I’m a historian by inclination and training (to which end I have another blog – the Islamic History Corner). I hold a BA in History from Lancaster University and an MA in Ancient History from the University of Wales Lampeter. My academic interests lie mainly within Ancient, Early Medieval and Islamic History.  In particular, I’m deeply fascinated by the religious, social, political, cultural and intellectual history of the Ancient Middle East, Rome, Greece and Europe.  I am especially interested in the historical development of Islam.

Poetry

I am also an amateur poet, though I leave others to decide the merits of my work themselves.  That said, you can find my collected poetry at The Corner Reloaded.

Well, that’s quite enough about me.  In closing, let me offer this beautiful prayer of the Mevlevi Order, entitled The Rose Prayer:

‘May this moment be blessed.  May goodness be opened and may evil be dispelled.  May our humble plea be accepted in the Court of Honour; May the Most Glorious God purify and fill our hearts with the Light of His Greatest Name.  May the hearts of the lovers be opened.  By the breath of our master Mevlana, by the secret of Shams and Weled, by the holy light of Muhammad, by the generosity of Imam Ali, and the intercession of Muhammad, the unlettered prophet, mercy to all the worlds.  May we say Hu, Huuu…’

Wa akhiru da’wana an il hamdu lillahi rabbil alameen

Ma’as salama,
Abdur Rahman

333 thoughts on “Who is Abdur Rahman?”

  1. Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullaahi ta’aala wabarakatuh,

    Masha’Allah, nicely laid out site, great resources and very interesting links – Keep it up akhi, may Allah reward you for all those that benefit insha’Allah!

    Peace

  2. Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullahi ta’ala wa barakatuh.

    May God reward you for your kind words and encouragement. May Allah reward us all and guide us all to His good pleasure (ridwan).

    Ma’as salama, Peace, Pax, Shalom (as you like),
    Abdur Rahman

  3. I like your banner!

  4. Salaams Koonj,

    Thank you indeed. It came from Flickr.

    Abdur Rahman

  5. Nice site – another convert historian, we should meet up! The Brecon Beacons is the best part of the UK.

    Best salams

  6. Salaams Tweedicus

    Yes I live very close to the Brecon Beacons (about 15 miles away). It’s certainly beautiful and for a bibliophile like myself, it’s only 30 miles from Hay-on-Wye.

    Abdur Rahman

  7. 30 miles for Hay! Wow. My favourite small town anywhere. We make regular runs down to stock up. We’re there for the weekend next month in an old converted barn.

  8. Shehzad Abdullah Ahmed said:

    As-Salamu’alaikum Abdur Rahman.
    MashAllah, its beautiful to see your website and moreover to know that you are well. I was in Lampeter at the time you joined and witnessed you taking the testimony of faith (shahada). I am also in contact with other brothers from Lampeter and see some on a weekly basis. Email me, it would be nice to hear from you. Take care.
    Was Salam

  9. Salaams Shehzad,

    Ma sha Allah! How are you brother? Are you well? How’s things? Insha Allah, I’ll e-mail you soon. I see Amjad fairly often (my parents live in Lampeter now, so I’m often there).

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  10. Salaams again Shehzad

    One of my fondest early memories as a Muslim isof you helping me to say la ilaha ill Allah!

    ABdur Rahman

  11. Leo The African said:

    Salaam. I your message on the Deenport website – you had some questions about Sufism. I have understood and had questions on Sufism clarified by listening to Sheikh Nuh Keller. This book is a must read:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sufism-Islam-Nuh-Mim-Keller/dp/9957230255/sr=1-1/qid=1163916261/ref=sr_1_1/203-7850750-0903913?ie=UTF8&s=books
    There are also some audio resources at http://shadhiliteachings.com/ especially the Virgina Suhba 1998 – which is a SUPERB explination of this particular tariqa.
    All the best – in need of your Duas.

  12. Salamaat…I was forwarded this link by Ismail in Turkey. Yep- I’m another old Lampeter person also who was there at the beginning – or as I like to remember it the year of the 3 weddings, good stuff on this blog, even better to see the way your interests have evolved and landed you in the sea that is Sufism. My own interests in spirituality and Sufism have taken me on what sometimes seems like an epic journey, I’ve almost completed my Masters in Edinburgh now- my dissertation is on the thought of the Emir Abdul Qadir of Algeria and Shah Waliullah of Dehli, comparing some aspects of Maghrebi and Eastern Sufism. My best wishes & love to your family esp. your wife, please do ask her to get it touch as it’s been a long long while I’ve thought of her often.
    Warmest wishes and peace, fatima

  13. Salaams Fatima,

    Ma sha Allah! Another Lampeter refugee!!! :)

    Great to hear from you again. Ma sha Allah! As I type, my wife is ordering me to give you a hearty salaam. Insha Allah, I’ll pass your e-mail address on to her tomorrow and she’ll send you an e-mail.

    Yes, the year of the three weddings! Al hamdu lillah, it was a really great place and time to become a Muslim. I look back to those days with fondness.

    We now live in Merthyr Tydfil (25 miles north of Cardiff). We’re expecting our third child in June, insha Allah. We have a girl (Sakinah, aged 5) and a boy (Yusaf, 3).

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  14. Love the banner! :)

  15. Salaams Lulando and Some Muslim

    Welcome to my cyber home. Make yourself comfortable.

    Look forward to sharing with you both.

    ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  16. salamualaykum!
    wow what a corner you have here. :)
    I also love the banner.
    wasalam
    Usma

  17. Salaams Usma,

    Thank you for your kind words. May Allah Ta’ala reward you.

    Al hamdu lillahi ala kulli hal
    :)

    Abdur Rahman

  18. As Salaam Alaikum Brother
    A very proffesional looking blog.
    Keep in touch.
    Umar & Co

  19. Wa alaikum salaam Umar & Co….

    Thanks for the compliment. May God bless you and yours, and all that they do. Send me an e-mail (from my work page) and we’ll meet up, insha Allah.

    Salaams to you and yours…..

    Abdur Rahman

  20. Tahmid Muhammad said:

    Assalamualiakum, I just wanted to ask you what would be your recommendation of a book of reference fr someone begnning a study of Islamic History at a fairly deep and comprehensive level.
    We have looked at most of the valuable resources on your own History corner, and we are also hoping to order a series called ‘The Venture of Islam’ which is like three volumes, but is there something better or different which you would recommend?
    Jazakumullah khairan

  21. Wa alaikum salaam Tahmid,

    M. Hodgson’s epic 3 volume Venture of Islam is an excellent place to start, if a little old fashioned. Check out the bibliography in the back for further reading.

    The Oxford History of Islam is a nice introductory book. I must confess that I didn’t enjoy the Cambridge one, but it covers the main periods/issues well enough.

    Ira Lapidus’s History of Muslim Societies is an excellent, one volume book. It’s well written and (being a 1 volume work) is generally cheaper than the others. If I had to recommend one, it’d be Lapidus’

    I hope that helps.

    What period/aspect are you interested in particularly?

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  22. Tahmid Muhammad said:

    Well I hope you dont mind me asking you so much, but anyhow, Im looking to start off with a more comprehensive look, with an aim to specialise later on.
    However I would like to ask you though, when you teach History, do you come from an Islamic angle, or a more historical scientists point of view, and if so, is there a difference between the two.

  23. Salaams Tahmid,

    Al hamdu lillah. I’m more than happy to answer your questions, as far as I’m able. I’m nothing special, just interested that’s all.

    Islamic history is one of my passions and so, if you’re not careful, I’ll go on and on and on and on… (you get the picture). ;)

    Lapidus’ book is probably the best place to start then. It certainly does the job well.

    As for the teaching of history, I can’t separate out my personality/personal beliefs when I teach. However, my faith committment doesn’t mean I have to be uncritical, nor does it mean that I have to accept everything others say.

    The main point, for me, is to study for yourself. Answer the questions you yourself most want to ask. This is an intellectual approach. It’s also a deeply spiritual approach.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  24. Masha’Allah. I love the fact that you are a historian. We need more, your page reflects your scholarly endeavors. May Allah reward your efforts.

  25. Salaams Margari,

    Thank you for your comments. May God bless you and all that you do.

    Abdur Rahman

  26. Assalaam Alaikum Abdur Rahman Bhai,

    Alhamdulillah! Your blog is a treasure of resources and reflections on spiritual inspirations. ‘The History Corner’ and ‘The Corner Reloaded’ are awe-inspiring as well.

    MashaAllah! This combination of teacher-cum-historian-literary person-cum-poet-cum-seeker-cum-friendly brother-in-Islam in you is indeed a blessing from Allah(swt) for all of us.

    May Allah(swt) reward you for your efforts and for all those who benefit. Ameen

    sf

  27. Brother, it is interesting to know about your plans for MPhil/Phd. on Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq.
    Maybe you have already read his excellent book ‘Lantern of the Path’ if not, it can be read on-line at
    http://www.al-islam.org/lantern-of-the-path/

    sf

  28. Salaams SF,

    I’m blushing at your fulsome praise! ;)

    All that I am was made by One, Mighty and Majestic. Only the errors and failings are mine.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  29. Salaams again SF,

    Thank you for the link. I’ve not read this book yet, though I’ve heard of it. I’ve just downloaded it from the website you directed me to. I’ve been there many times, but haven’t seen it! Subhan Allah!

    I know that they do have a series of about 7 hour long lectures on early Islamic history by Professor Hamid Algar.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  30. Salaams Bhai,
    You are most welcome!
    Thank you for letting me know about the lecture series on that site.
    Alhamdulillah! Brother, a website worthy of mention is by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, the translator of ‘Lantern of the path’ at
    http://www.nuradeen.com/ShaykhHaeri.htm
    His remarkable writings in the ‘Reflections’ are thoroughly full of spiritual inspirations.
    Though, i have’nt read his book ‘Son of Karbala’ but the Sample Chapter convinces me that it would be an excellent read. Please check it out at
    http://www.nuradeen.com/Reflections/SonOfKarbala.htm

    Jazaak Allah Khair,
    sf

  31. Salaams SF,

    If you look on the Sufi Links page, you’ll see a link to Nuradeen. I’ve not read Son of Karbala either, though I do have another book by Shaykh Fadhlalla.

    Abdur Rahman

  32. Salaams Bhai,

    Sorry for the oversight. It seems i’ve found a lot more sites to explore through those links.

    Jazaak Allah Khair
    sf

  33. No problem at all :)

  34. alsalamu alaykum,
    in addition to encouragement, I’d also like to say something relative to the interpretation of the meaning of the name Al-Rahman from which your name is derived. It is usually translated “the merciful” more or less the same/similar to the name Al-Raheem.

    The Qur’an defines its own terms, and who is better to define the words of His book than Allah? Usage defines meaning, not dictionaries. Looking then at the way this great name is USED in the Qur’an, you shall find that it is used exclusively and particularly in reference to Allah’s might and power, and therefore more appropriately translated “The Almighty”. Now think further – the pairing of Al-Rahman, Al-Raheem in the Qur’an gains its rightful significance, as a perfect pairing of “opposite” qualities, certainly like “yang” and “yin”. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the word “yang” originated from the name Al-Rahman (similar in sound -perhaps pronounced differently, but with the same meaning) which is associated literally with the meaning “The Creative” – and power, might, etc. – and “yin” originated from the idea of “Al-Raheem”, the All-Merciful – the Chinese meaning “The Receptive”, which is similar in meaning. Later on, the deeply spiritual/religious aspects of this message to the Chinese people was changed by humans to a more philosophical and detached meaning. But with religious significance nonetheless, on some level.

    After all, Allah sent messages to every nation. Including China.

    This dynamic meaning, if you think about it, has a much more profound implication and application. I believe one of the messages of the Qur’an is that Allah wants us to understand more about Him and His nature. “Faith” should never be a synonym for “ignorance” as it has almost become in western circles.

    Also, it is wise for all Muslims to read the Qur’an with their own minds instead of merely taking others’ interpretations as fact necessarily. I do not dismiss scholars or interpretations – but rather, believe that as life is dynamic, so is Islam, and that is part of the message, and also of OUR message as Muslims. Our role is not rote obedience. It is TRUE obedience to the Almighty, the All-Merciful – with an open mind and heart.
    Jazak Allah khairan

  35. Assalamu ‘alaykum,

    My hubby and I both read your comment on my site and said “WHO reads Abbas Amanat??” then when I looked at this introduction, I laughed because truly, only academics read Abbas Amanat.

    Lovely to meet you, fellow traveller. wasalam
    Umm Yasmin

  36. Wa alaikum salaam Abu and Umm Yasmin,

    Ha ha ha ha!!! LOL!! ;)

    My secret’s out!!

    Seriously, though, I really enjoyed the book. I’m deeply fascinated by this kind of thing.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  37. Salaams Omyma,

    Sorry for the delay in responding to your comments. Thank you for them. May Allah al-Rahman bless you and all that you do.

    Thank you for your meditations on al-Rahman. Truly, who can ever cope to exhaust the subtleties of God’s Most Beautiful Names? I must confess that I’d never thought of it in this way. But, that’s good – so thank you.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  38. As salaam ‘alaykum Brother Abdur Rahman,

    It’s with pleasure I read about you today. The way you jut a note about yourselve is very good, showing how humble, faithful, and – above all inshaAllah – pious you are. Simple and humble. May Allah continue to guide you and ourselves.

    If you remember, I posted to you a message copies of which I also sent to other brothers bloggers at wordpress about http://www.esinislam.com and our Sheikh Abu-Abdullah Adelabu. I am still waiting for your reply, especially with regard to your articles to appear on the African Muslim website.

    Baaraka Allah fika. May Almighty Allah bless you and your family.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kevin Kofi
    kevinkofi@esinislam.com

  39. Salaams Kevin,

    Yes, I do remember receiving a message from you. My apologies (oops!). The pressures of life drove it from my mind! :(

    I’m honoured that you think me worthy to write for your website. What kinds of things would you want me to contribute?

    Abdur Rahman

  40. Dear Abdurrahman,
    First of all As-Salam Alaykum. It was nice to meet last year. It was also one most unforgettable figure in my U.K trip 2005, and I hope I will get to chanse to meet your and your beloved familyy again.
    But my aim to write here is to congrugulate you for that really you made a comprensive and usefull webpage for all seekers. I like and benefit it.

    Thank a lot to you
    Haluk Songur
    SDÜniversity
    Teology Faculty
    Isparta/TURKEY

  41. Wa alaikum salaam brother Haluk,

    Thank you very much for your kind comments. May Allah Ta’ala bless you and all that you do. All that is useful and good in this website is His doing. Only the mistakes are mine.

    It was lovely to meet you too :) and I look forward to meeting you again when you come to Wales in a few weeks time, bi ithnillah.

    Salaams to Ismail Effendi and to Bilal (who I have yet to meet).

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman Pasha :)

  42. Salaam alaikum,
    Beautiful Blog….

  43. Salaams Margari,

    Thank you. May Allah bless you always. :)

    Abdur Rahman

  44. Ya akhaanaa al-karim = Our dear brother,

    Thinking you worthy is the least I dutifuly and brotherly to do, akramaka allah = may Allah increase your worthiness.

    Please visit the site. You can see how dedicated your African Muslim brothers and sisters are. The materials therein are so friendly and comprehensive that you would promptly have something to contribute, I trust.

    Please, la tansaanaa fi da’watika = Don’t forget us in your prayers.

    Washukran = Many thanks.

    Kevin Kofi [Khalid Kofi]

    Ma’as salaam

  45. Salaams Kevin,

    Thank you for your response, and for thinking of me. May Allah bless you and all that you do.

    Unfortunately, I’ve recently taken on some extra outside commitments (a Muslim Chaplaincy course) which means that I won’t have sufficient free time to write new material for your undoubtedly worthy website.

    May Allah bless it and draw people to Him through it.

    Abdur Rahman

  46. i am placing full responsibility on you and your blog for the non-materialisation of my ESR essay! :p thought i would drop by and have a read – very int. blog
    in fact it has inspired a possible new dissertation title: i’m thinking of maybe addressing western discourse on Islam or conversion to Islam in contemporary Britain.
    well i should get back to work – keep mussin’!

  47. Hi Mcus!

    Sorry about that! :)

    Welcome to my cyberspace home! Make yourself comfortable. Your dissertation topic sounds interesting.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  48. excellent blog Abdur Rahman…i like most stuff relating sufism…

  49. Salaams Engin Effendim,

    Thank you for your kind comment. May Allah bless you and all that you do.

    Your own blog is very nice too. I like photo blogs and yours is particularly nice. Ma sha Allah.

    Welcome to my cyberspace home. Make youself comfortable. Plenty of Turkish coffee and lokum to go around! :)

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  50. Abdur, I love your quotes and poetry as well. I could start with I Am An Orange and talk through each one. The heart grabbing lines and deep sympathy for the human heart are comforting to me. Isn’t it beautiful how poetry and music can transcend everyone’s boundaries? I especially like the explanation of why you chose Islam — spirituality in every form is important to me. Thank you for visiting. I’ll be stopping by. Alison

  51. Masha Allah! A nice blog, although I have just sparsely browsed through it. Also, thanks for visiting my blog. Do you mind adding it to your blogroll? I will do the same for your blog on mine

    Jazak Allah!

  52. Salamaat Brother, Thank you for visiting my blog, your blog is very interesting too mashaAllah! May I add you to my blogroll? I noticed your links to Sophiaperennis. Could I ask for your perspective on this? I have been reading a bit about it lately and in many ways I see a lot of wisdom in it, but I’m uncertain.

  53. Peace Alison,

    Welcome to my virtual home. Thank you for coming. Please feel free to stop by anytime.

    Poetry and music, being essentially works of the heart, transcend narrow boundaries. If you like spiritual poetry, you may well enjoy the Poetry Chaikhana forums. If you go to Sufi links and look under poetry sites, you’ll find it there.

    Peace

    Abdur Rahman

  54. Salaams Sheepoo,

    Please feel free to add a link. I will certainly do the same, insha Allah.

    Welcome to my virtual home. I look forward to sharing with you, insha Allah.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  55. Salaams Asiya

    Ahlan wa sahlan and welcome to Abdur Rahman’s Corner. Stay as long as you like. Please feel free to add a link on your blogroll. I’d love to do the same, bi ithnillah.

    Sophia perennis is interesting, and there is certainly wisdom in it. F Schuon and R. Guenon were key figures in the early development of Sufism in the west. Their basic idea is that there is wisdom and truth and the heart of all religions.

    I certainly agree with that principle, though (as a learner myself) I’m still working out the details. I’d say keep exploring; you’ll know if it’s not for you.

    I’m happy to discuss this further if you’d like.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  56. Sallams brother. I was wondering, please don’t be offend by me asking, how you came to know of me and my blog? :) Are you on DeenPort? If we have spoken before then please forgive my ignorance.

    Take care, wassallams.

    Adnan.

  57. Oh btw i have emailed you :)

  58. Salaams Adnan,

    Insha Allah, I look forward to receiving your e-mail. As to how I dsicovered your blog, welll quite simple really. I just discovered it by accident as I was looking for Sufi poetry.

    I am a registered Deenport user, but I’m not a regular visitor, it has to be said. I don’t think we’ve spoken before. We’re friends who have yet to meet, so to speak! :)

    I’m not offended in the slightest.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  59. nice blog, mashAllah

  60. Salaams Bilal,

    Jazak Allah for your kind thought. All that is right comes from Allah. Only the mistakes are mine.

    Abdur Rahman

  61. Barbara said:

    I like your Blog, he has some special “Aura”!

    Barbara

  62. Peace Barbara,

    Thank you very much for your kind thought. Welcome to my virtual home. I hope you enjoy yourself. I look forward to sharing with you.

    Abdur Rahman

  63. Salam Abdur Rahman,

    Both this and this site and “The Islamic History Corner” are true gems for anybody interested in the early history of Islam. Masha’Allah, keep up the good work! I’m at the moment working through the slides you’ve posted on the History Corner.

    Whilst there is a wealth of “religious” information on Islam, dispassionate historical works are far and few. When I studied History at SOAS and I took ‘The Origins & Early Development of Islam’ course it was very difficult to find historical approaches to Islam by Muslims. Having to make do with P. Crone, M. Cook, J. Schacht and the like was often very problematic.

    There is a very thought provoking scholarly piece of work by Ahmad Alkatib (himself a very interesting character) entitled ‘The Development of Shi’ite Political Thought: From Shura to Wilayat al-faqih’ which you may find useful http://www.alkatib.co.uk/englishbook.htm Muslim writers (both Shia and Sunni) who’ve attempted to approach the early history of Islam whilst succeed as religious works cannot really be viewed as historical. However, Ahmad Alkatib in my opinion seems to have succeeded in this arena to a great extent.

    I would be very interested to know what you make of it.

    Sajida

  64. Salaams Sajida,

    Thank you for your kind compliment. I’m honoured that you enjoyed my small contributions. May Allah bless you, now and always.

    You’re right about Islamic history in the Muslim community.
    Insha Allah I will check out the link you’ve sent me. I know exactly what you mean about Crone, Cook, Schacht and Wansbrough, etc. I sometimes feel taht they’re writing about some other faith – because their writings bear so little resemblance to Islam.

    What did you make of the course at SOAS? I’d be very interested to hear more, insha Allah.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  65. Wa salam,

    I enjoyed all the History course units I studied at SOAS very much. When it comes to the ‘Origins & Early Development of Islam’unit, I can’t criticise it for something it isn’t claiming to be. I had consciously decided to study history as opposed to an “Islamic studies”. I wanted to understand more as to why I believe as I do and others don’t. History, I believed and I still continue to believe is the best starting point. I guess I was looking for an objective approach outside of religious polemics. Thus, I expected that the course would consider both Muslim tradition and “non-Islamic” sources. However, the approach of the course was pretty much to present the Islamist / Sunni / Shia perspective for each topic as based on Islamic tradition and then quickly dismiss the use of Muslim tradition altogether as evidence because of it’s problematic, subjective nature.

    Invariably, all the scholarship for this course seemed to be based exclusively on scanty non-Islamic sources. This approach to me was the diametrical opposite of using ahadith alone to construct a perfect historical golden age that never was. I find it astonishing the amount of weight that is often given to a single “non-Islamic” piece of evidence such as a pre-islamic poem, or an inscription of some sort to advance an argument.

    Like you say, it often leaves you wondering whether you’re reading and learning about the same faith and indeed the same twenty-three year period in which a single man fundamentally and incomparably changed the social and political order of a pagan society forever. It is easier to explain how tyrants forcibly changed history, but not so easy when the person is complete opposite.

    I certainly don’t regret taking the course. Although I didn’t learn about the magnificence of the Qur’an or the charisma and incredible integrity of the Prophet, I certainly did learn a lot about the difference between how history and “truth” is constructed rather than being discovered both from and Muslim and non-Islamic perspective.

  66. Salaams Sajida,

    I’ve not studied at SOAS. In fact, my own degree/MA where in Ancient History (at Lancaster and Lampeter). I had a feeling that this would be their approach. It certainly comes across in their writings.

    You’re right to distinguish between Islamic studies and history, and between the academic study of Islam and studying Islam as a believing Muslim. I’ve known many Muslim students who failed to do this, and came away from the experience confused, and occasionally bitter. Al hamdu lillahi ala kulli hal. I have a very similar view of history to yourself, it seems.

    What are you doing now? What area of Islamic history did you enjoy the most?

    Abdur Rahman

  67. Salam Abdur Rahman,

    I studied Economics & History for my undergraduate and History for my MA. I took a wide range of courses from Ancient & Medieval India, Islam in South Asia to Indian Science and Society. From the Islamic history course I was most fascinated by the historiography of the post 632 AD and the early fitna. I’ve always been disturbed and saddened by conflicts between Muslims, be it societies, nations or kings and wanted to understand what we Muslims found to argue about then immediately after the death of the Prophet…

    The course is usually taught by Dr G. Hawting, but that year he was on a sabbatical and it was taught by Dr T. Bahom-Daou. Her speciality is Shi’ism so the course that year had a very strong focus on the sectarian division. I left SOAS nearly seven years ago and have always planned to go back at some point. Insha’Allah, I still hope to. I still visit quite regularly and attend the odd lecture when my day job allows me! After graduating I stumbled into the world of finance and work as accountant which is certainly not as interesting. Without being ungrateful I see it as a means not an ends, al-hamulillah!

    Please let me know if you ever lecture in London. Also I’d be intersted to know which academic writers you have found to be most agreeable?

    Sajida

  68. Salaams Sajida,

    Al hamdu lillah. Our interests seem to be closely related. Mine focus, essentially, on the development of ‘orthodoxy’ and ‘heterodoxy’ in early Islamic history.

    Insha Allah, once I have time, I’ll send you a few thoughts.

    Abdur Rahman

  69. Habib Abou Elmaali said:

    Dear Brother Abdur Rahman,

    As Salamu Alaykum

    I am writing from the land where the prohpet Mohammad had stayed for two weeks before he went back to Madeenah and eventually died. I am Habib. I hope everything is fine with you all . I would like you to kindly ring me for a teaching mission .

  70. Salaams Brother Habib,

    Welcome to my online home. Ahlan wa sahlan.

    All is well with me. Al hamdu lillahi ala kulli hal. I hope, insha Allah, all is well with you.

    If you send me a little more information about your request via the comments function, I can then make a more informed response. All comments are moderated before they are posted here, so no personal information will make its way into the public doman, insha Allah.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  71. very nice site, Abdur Rahman bhai, actually I’ve visited it a few times in the past. Refreshing for the soul!

  72. What beautiful readership and deeply heartfelt content! I am going to spend more time soon insha’Allah sipping through your Corner dear brother Abdur Rahman!

  73. I found your site through following a link from another blog and have been visiting it ever since.

    I’m a Buddhist but have always been interested in the Sufis and inspired by their poetry, particularly Rumi. I watched ‘The Retreat’ on BBC2 and it all felt so compatible with the Buddhist path which I follow.

    I also like Islamic art and music, which I’ve been enjoying on here. Thank you for providing it.

  74. Salaams Safa,

    Ahlan wa sahlan! :)

    Welcome to my online home. Feel free to come and go as you please. The readership are indeed kind and generous. I’m not sure about my own self.

    All that is right and true and beautiful comes from God. Only the mistakes are mine.

    Abdur Rahman

  75. Peace Hazel,

    My original reply seems to have gotten lost in cyberspace!

    At any rate, welcome to my online home. I’d value hearing more about the Buddhist path.

    Feel free to stop by whenever you like.

    Abdur Rahman

  76. Salaams, Abdur Rahman!

    Thanks for your message. I hope you are well.

    You asked about Buddhism. I’ll try to be brief as possible as my intention is to inform, not to convert (although I’ll quite understand if you don’t want this put on a site dedicated to Islamic matters). Also, I confess that I’m no academic and apologise for any inadequacies in the following!

    You probably know this bit already. However, in about 2400 BC Siddharta Gautama (called the Buddha after his enlightenment) taught that our lives are full of dissatisfaction/suffering caused by our constant wanting/craving and also our inability to accept the truth of impermanence. To end our suffering he taught the Eightfold Path of morality, wisdom and compassion, leading to enlightenment. As the Buddhist teachings spread from India to Asia, they split into many different schools and sects, acquiring extra aspects and different interpretations and becoming more mystical in some areas. However, most, if not all, schools (in common with other religions) involve at some stage a feeling of despair at one’s inadequacies and willing surrender to a Greater/Other Power.

    I follow the Japanese Pure Land (or Shin) school, which stresses the importance of gratitude, repentance and surrender to Other Power, which we call Amida Buddha. The Dhikr, constant recollection of God, reminds me very much of the Shin practice of chanting the Nembutsu (‘Namo Amida Butsu’). We take refuge in Amida together in our services but also silently throughout the day, so that he becomes our constant companion and we are embraced by his love for us. He invites us all to ‘come just as you are’, with all our faults and weaknesses and regardless of our personal circumstances and won’t rest until everybody without exception has entered his Pure Land.

    Another important Buddhist meditation, also done by the participants in ‘The Retreat’, is discovery of one’s essential self through disengaging from conceptual thought and just being aware in the ‘here and now’.

    In many ways, the Sufi practices as shown in the programme felt more familiar to me than some other Buddhist sects and in fact Shin has often been considered more similar to Christianity than Buddhism.

    I understand that Sufism has been criticised by the Moslem world and banned in some countries as not being in accordance with Mohammed’s teaching, which puzzles me as I’ve read that Sufism retains much of the original character of Islam and goes to the Koran for authority. One of the Islamic participants in the programme made plain her disapproval of the Dhikr although I’d believed this to be a general Moslem practice. I suppose it’s another example of resistance to change and fundamentalist intolerance which one has to say exists in all religions, not just Islam.

    I look forward to further browsing on your site.

    Kind regards

    Hazel

  77. Peace be with you Hazel,

    I’m well, by God’s grace. I hope all is well with you too.

    Thank you for your very informative post regarding Buddhism. I certainly do appreciate the time you’ve taken to write this.

    I work in the religious studies dept of a university (where I take first year seminars, amongst other things). Last year, we were looking at a Pure land text and so what you say helps to place that in a wider context. I must confess that it was my first time encountering this school of thought. From what, you say, there do indeed seem to be similarities, particularly with what you say of dhikr, etc.

    Disengaging from everyday life is also an important practice in the group I’m currently working with. That is, we strive to develop presence – with our selves, with others and with God (or Ultimate Reality, if you prefer).

    Sufism has indeed had its critics. Moreover, Sufism is a very broad and pliable term, in that people inculde all sorts of things with it. I watched some of the programme you refer to. The person you recall seems to come from a School of thought within Islam that regards Sufi practices with suspicion. I take the point you make, but would hesitate to call it ‘fundamentalist intolerance’. That is, it is merely another reading of Islam, valid in its own way. I don’t wish to appear picky and realise that you meant no offence (and I am not offended). :)

    I’m really eager to explore other ideas and views and really value the chance to discuss these with you. I have a page on learning about other faiths. If you know of any useful Buddhist websites I’d be more than happy to post them there.

    My best salaams to you and yours …

    Abdur Rahman

  78. Salaams Cyclewala,

    Ahlan wa sahlan. :)

  79. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah Sidi Abdur Rahman,

    JazakAllah khayran for the post on my blog, and for the kind words.

    MashaAllah, I really like this blog, that is why I had you on my blogroll…but I’m sorry for not letting you know about it ahead of time that I had you on my blogroll. :)

    InshaAllah keep it up Sidi, and may Allah Ta’ala bless you abundantly and educate us through you. Ameen.

    Ma’salama

    Sufyan

  80. Salaams Sidi Sufyan

    Thank you for the kind compliment. All that is good comes from Allah. Only the mistakes are mine.

    There’s nothing to apologise for.

    Amin to your du’a. Welcome again to my online home

    Abdur Rahman

  81. Salam

    I must say here that i liked your blog. Your undogmatic and nice view to islam and muslims is very rare and beautiful nowadays. I am a muslim shia, but i really consider on me as a muslim, seek unity between muslims and in longterm goal, unity between human beings, Those people who seek to learn to take wisdom and be surrender to God..

    I think you and people like you who come toward Islam, are not really converted. Nature of all people are surrender (Taslim) to God, so every single person is a Muslim by nature. Even if he is christian, jew or belonged to other religion.
    So in my view, who comes to Islam, in fact is a “reverted” for he reverts to his real nature, to be muslim.. :)

    I saw you added some islam shia sites and books to your blog. If you like you can add sahifa el sajjadia also, a books full of prayers for God. Beautiful book. (you can find in Al-Islam.org library)

    Can i add your Sunni part in my blog?

    And yes, i like Od lol.. But i play Setar.. You know Setar?

  82. Salaams Shahrzad,

    Thank you for your kind compliments. Allah bless you always. :)

    Actually, I’ve just returned from a local Persian restaurant. It’s obviously Persian night for me! Al hamdu lillah.

    As you’ll see above somewhere, I’m a Sunni Muslim broadly speaking. But, that said, I’m not overly concerned with labels as such. For me, Shi`a Islam is an important and rich school of thought, with many (not always obvious) overlaps with the varying Sunni schools. Ultimately, it’s about learning – and you learn nothing without respect and humility.

    I can see your point regarding revert/convert. Personally, I’d call myself a convert simply because revert is a strange sounding word to me.

    Please feel free to add my blog. In point of fact, I’d be honoured. I know what the setar looks like, but I’ve never played one. Indeed, I can’t play any instrument as such (though a LONG time ago, I was a DJ)!!!

    Ma’as salama and Khuda Hafez ….

    Abdur Rahman

  83. Habib Abou Elmaali said:

    Abdul Rahman, Salam, Are you Mr ********? Are you Abu Abdellah ? Did I some time invite you to teach English in Tabuk, in Saudi Arabia and you said you could not because you wanted to take care of your father?

    What I knew initially about you is that you are originally American and that you live still in America.

    Did you not come for Hajj last year together with your wife???

    But is it in the introduction that you are from Wales?
    I wish you could explain to me and relieve my confusion.

    Habib Aboulmaali

  84. Salaams Habib,

    I’m not the person the referred to (I altered the name here), I’m afraid.

    I’m from England, though I live in Wales. I’m not American.

    Sorry, you have the wrong person here. :(

    Abdur Rahman

  85. alSalaam alaykom,

    Thanks for the comment about Islampobes, and I am very happy to meet you. I grew up in England in the late 60s (London, Golders Green) when even young Muslims did not know much about Islam. I honestly think the Islamophobes played a large role in promoting Islam around the world with all their propaganda – and admit to have some fun in saying it to them – I have said it since the 80s and glad at being ignored for I do not want them to stop spreading Islam :)

    The closness among Muslims is someting I have on my mind these days. I followed the old Imams elSharawy (Egypt) and alTandawy (Syria) who called for it decades ago and were ignored – I wish they had lived to see the internet, it has made their words and ideas come real. All people around the world can now talk to one another directly, and I belive that when Muslims talk together good things happen inshAllah – Umma is people after all.

    Peace

  86. Wa alaikum salaam Azooz,

    Welcome to my online home. I am very happy to meet you too. I am from Hackney (East London). :)

    Your points about closeness are well made. The more I reflect, the more I see that unless there is closeness of heart between Muslims (and indeed, between all people), there will never be unity. Indeed, unity is closeness of heart.

    Salaams to you and your family. Insha Allah, we will talk together more in the future.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  87. SisZabrina said:

    Bismillaah

    As Salaamu ‘alaykum brother,

    Alhamdulillaah for your wonderful blog. I found that you blog has resides well with my way of approaching life. I have used many Rumi’s quotes in my own writing as it carries beautiful wisdom about life, and it helps me to ponder and encourage me to think deeper about the meaning of life by looking at things around me.

    I hope to have enough time to explore your blog, inshaAllaah.

    Salaam
    Sis Zabrina

  88. Wa alaykum salaam Sis Zabrina,

    Al hamdu lillah ala kulli hal. All that is right and true is a gift from God. Only the mistakes are mine.

    Welcome to my online home. Insha Allah, you’ll have plenty of time to read through my blog and to share your thoughts (which is the real reason why I blog).

    Allah bless you, now and evermore. :)

    Abdur Rahman

  89. Oops! I forgot to say that Mevlana Rumi’s poetry and outlook are deeply inspiring.

    Ya Hazret-i-Mevlana Hakk Dost!

  90. wow so lovely , we are all on a journey some times one wants to stop the journey and take a break ..the only way I do this is by napping , not because I am tired , but just to stop my mind .
    inshallah I will link you , very intresting blog ..it would be great if you would write a post up as to what is your opinion on aqeedah ? that salafis always talk about :) just intrested to know your view point .
    I love your poetry by the way , very rumi style .

  91. by the way I have another blog were I just put poetry in ..www.poeticmuslim.blogspot.com

  92. nice to know you dear Brother Abdur Rahman

    may allah bless us.

  93. Salaams Amal,

    Welcome to my online home.

    I know what you mean! Life’s journey can be very tiring sometimes! :)

    Thank you for your compliments of my poetry. I am honoured by your comparison with Mevlana Rumi (God sanctify his secret). I am unworthy, but honoured nonetheless. Allah bless you always.

    Aqeedah is not a great focus of this site. Although aqeedah is important, I find that talking about such things divides more often than it unites – and I have no heart for division!

    Welcome again. Insha Allah, we’ll talk more soon.

    Abdur Rahman

  94. Salaams Sakib al Mahmud

    And it’s nice to meet you too brother! :)

    Welcome to my online home.

    Abdur Rahman

  95. Assalamu Alaikum Brother
    I’ve been reading your comments on UmmZaid’s blog for some time. This is the first time I ventured on over to your blog site. MashaAllah brother, keep up the wonderful writing and insight.

  96. Wa alaikum salaam sister Umm Farouq,

    Welcome to my online home. :)

    Thank you for the encouragement. It means alot. Jazak Allah.

    Stop by again, whenever you like.

    Abdur Rahman

  97. Assalamu alaikoum Brother,
    may Allah bless you. Thank you for your site and the links. It has helped me be where I need to be!

  98. Wa alaikum salaam Artemis 2

    Then I’ve done something worthwhile. Al hamdu lillah. Allah bless you and may He lead us all to where we truly need to be.

    Abdur Rahman

  99. Assalamu alaikum,

    How refreshing to find such an open muslim. I am also a convert and have had trouble finding muslims of like-mind. As perhaps you have experienced yourself, coming into Islam from ‘the outside’, one can notice the in-fighting and the levels of unacceptance between the different branches of Islam towards each other.

    Personally, I refer to myself as a Muslim, rather than choosing a title of Sunni or Sufi or otherwise. I have been a muslim for a year or so, and I’m trying to learn from all aspects of Islam in my search for the Truth and on my journey along the Way. After all, each of these branches of Islam came from the same Tree. It sometimes makes me sad to see how one branch will condemn the fruit of the other branch as rotten, without tasting it and indeed without considering its own fruit may not be so sweet. If you can understand that far-fetched metaphor!! :)

    Anyway, so it’s great to discover someone like you who appears to have the wisdom to be open to the religion that he quite obviously loves and is dedicated to. And the way you speak makes me feel like you could be someone of like-mind :) :)

    In fact, it makes me rather emotional, as I have been almost completely alone in my faith up until now. My attempts to integrate within the muslim society have so far not been very successful! Of course, my Beloved has been my constant companion, teacher and helper. And who needs more than that? But unfortunately I’m not perfect and have found it hard at times to be so ‘on my own’. However, I recently moved to Cardiff, and despite a slightly un-promising start (going to my local Mosque for Juma and being the only woman there…and then the brothers decided to use the area I was using, so I had to leave – they told me they ‘don’t facilitate for women’, to which I retorted ‘well, you probably should don’t you think?’ and he had to agree, but I still had to leave!) despite this :) I have acquired some contacts recently who Inshallah will be able to point me in the direction of a good mosque and some good company :) :) Subhanallah!

    In fact, Alhamdulillah, my own family (who are not muslims – although my mother is ‘Sister Seeker’, so you’re aware of some of her thoughts) are the ones that have been most helpful to me. I am most fortunate and thankful that Allah has blessed me with a beautiful and loving family, who are so open and accepting. Allah has helped me via my mother who has provided books and articles for me, and also through my brother who has put me in touch with a sister he met at work.

    Isn’t it wonderful how Allah in His eternal Wisdom, guides us in the most unexpected, but perfect ways??!

    Your poetry is really beautiful by the way. I can’t write poetry myself, so it’s always wonderful to read things that my heart would like to write :)

  100. Salaams Layla,

    Subhan Allah! My previous reply has gotten lost in cyberspace! Allah!

    At any rate, welcome to my online home. Your mother has certainly commented here and so we’ve already met (virtually). Al hamdu lillah.

    I’ve just e-mailed you. Insha Allah, we may all be able to meet soon (in whatever way is best for you and your family). There is much in what you say that I can relate to.

    Allah bless your mother for her care. Indeed, Muhammad himself (alaihi al-salatu wa al-salam) said, ‘Paradise is at the feet of mothers’.

    Thank you for your compliments. I am honoured, though unworthy. Allah bless you always.

    Abdur Rahman

  101. After reading this it is like i have known you my whole life:)

  102. Salaams Edward,

    Welcome to my online home. :)

    Perhaps we met in pre-eternity? ;)

    At any rate, welcome again. We are friends who have only just met. :) A man can never have too many friends.

    I have come across your blog before, and I admire your efforts in writing fiction. I particularly enjoy sci-fi myself and although I don’t read as much these days as I’d like, I do still enjoy it.

    From what I saw, your novel seems reminiscent of Dune. I have to say that this is one of my all-time favourite novels. Allah!

    Once again, welcome to my online home. Allah bless you in all that you do.

    Abdur Rahman

  103. Good greetings brother, I have read, with interest, this page n love everything about it. Came this way while searching things about Ahmad Al-Katib and his book, The Development of Shiite Political Thought.

    I am an African, specifically northern part of Nigeria. In my late 20s, born, bre(a)d and buttered here with a family history of about 1000 in Islam.

    Having read what you have up here I understand how much I could learn from you in the fields of your interest.

    Salam brother, I will come back

    Khalilurrahman

  104. Salaams Khalil,

    Ahlan wa sahlan indeed. Welcome to my online home. Feel free to stop by whenever you like.

    I have a close friend from Nigeria (who now lives in America). Indeed, I was married in a Nigerian masjid in London. Although I now live quite some distance away, I still have very many fond memories of the warm and sincere Nigerian Muslim community (and particularly of Jolof rice, which I really do enjoy! :) )

    Islam has deep roots in West Africa (as you know of course). I have read about some of that history, though would love to read and learn more. Allah grant me the ability to learn more: rabbi zidni ilma…

    At any rate, feel free to stop whenever you like.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  105. Assalamu Allaikum

    Your site is good. could you add our site to your links

    http://nikah.com

  106. Salaams Khalid,

    Thank you for your kind thoughts. Allah bless you always.

    Thank you for the offer of a link. I have to say though that I don’t advertise commerical sites here, though I wish you every success in your endeavours.

    Abdur Rahman

  107. Salam Abdur Rahman,

    What a wonderful website. I have enjoyed reading about you and your path to the Divine through Islam and the Sufi way.

    Perhaps you are already aware of the work of Peace Mala and that many Muslims support it’s vision?

    Please explore the Peace Mala website and look especially at the ‘endorsements’ and ‘Youth Awards’ section.

    It would be good to have you involved with Peace Mala, if you are interested. Merthyr Tydfil is no that far away from Swansea which is where Peace Mala is based.

    Many blessings to you and your family.

    Pam Evans
    Founder of Peace Mala
    http://www.peacemala.org.uk

  108. Peace Pam,

    Welcome to my online home. It would be great to get involved in the Mala. I think I have a link to the site somewhere. I used to live in Lampeter and know Swansea well.

    Abdur Rahman

  109. Wow, subhan Allah. This site is a gem!

  110. Salaams BM,

    Ahlan wa sahlan and welcome to my online home. Thank you for stopping by and your kind thoughts.

    All that is right and true comes from God. Only the mistakes are mine.

    Abdur Rahman

  111. This really is a beautiful site. Thank you for sharing your insight and inspiration with us!

  112. Salaams Baekho,

    Jazak Allah for your kind thoughts. Allah bless you always.

    I look forward to sharing with you, insha Allah.

    Abdur Rahman

  113. As-Salaamu `Alaykum:

    May ALLAH bless you, akhi.

    Regarding the Threshold Society, I was under the notion that they were “Quasi-Sufis” that were not adhering to any fiqh. I’m glad to see that isn’t the case.

    Some of these “Quasi-Sufis” in the States give the People of Tasawwuf a bad name because they refuse the shar’iah unlike the traditional Sufis such as Imam Al-Ghazali, Al-Hakim At-Tirmidhi, Jalaluddin As-Suyuti, and Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali, who were adherents and defenders of the shar’iah.

    Wassalaam.

  114. Salaams Dawud,

    Welcome again to my online home. As I mention above, I am a member of the Threshold Society and broadly speaking, a follower of the Hanafi school of law. I am not, as yet, a member of the Mevlevi tariqa as such. Insha Allah, one day, I may well become one.

    At any rate, I read Shaykh Kabir’s writings (online and in print) and listen to his many sohbets. Al hamdu lillah, I have also had the good fortune to meet Shaykh Kabir in the flesh. Although affairs of the heart (in forming a loving, spiritual relationship) take their time, I knew as soon as I met him that he was someone I could learn from. Al hamdu lillah, in every condition and state.

    Personally, being aware of my many limitations and faults, I try to avoid using such labels as these. I think I know what you mean by this term, but these are words I would not use myself.

    With regards to my understanding of fiqh and the Threshold Society, Shaykh Kabir teaches that although such things are important, too many of us focus on externals, with little regard for a more fundamental inner re-orientation. It is true that, during my time at any rate, fiqh has not been a major focus (or, not in terms of my own experience). But, there is marked focus on understanding what we do when we pray; in being present before God throughout our lives; and in being ‘there’ when we worship God. This, it strikes me, is the essence of following the shariah; even though outward practices are, of course, important in all sorts of ways.

    This is my own experience, for more information I would direct you to the Threshold Society website. In the materials that I have been given by the Society for personal growth and development, the words of many famous ulema are related to us – such as Imam al-Ghazali and others.

    Abdur Rahman

  115. Abu Zahra said:

    As-Salaam u Alayakum Abdur Rehman

    I was wondering if the London Sufi Group meet on a regular basis and weather you would have more information on them? I have tried using their contact forum with no reply.

    Many Thanks
    Abu Zahra

  116. Wa alaikum salaam Abu Zahra,

    Welcome to my online home. :)

    Yes. The London Sufi Group meet once a week (usually Wednesday, as I understand it). I will e-mail them on your behalf and ask them to contact you directly insha Allah.

    I wish I lived closer to London so that I could participate in the group more fully. Allah!

    Abdur Rahman

  117. Abu Zahra said:

    Dear Brother Abdur Rehman

    Thank you so much. May Allah bless you and your family.
    I haven’t heard anything from them yet. please feel free to e-mail me directly.
    It will be nice to meet you one day.

    Wasalaam
    Saqib

  118. Salaams Saqib Abu Zahra,

    My apologies! I haven’t yet been able to contact them. Insha Allah, I will do so tomorrow (as I’ve got an e-mail from them waiting for me). I will pass on your details to them directly.

    I look forward to meeting you too brother. I am, of course, much less than I might appear! ;)

    You can download Shaykh Kabir’s sohbets from sufism.org.

    Abdur Rahman bhai

  119. Assalamualaykum Abdur Rehman

    Still waiting!

    Kind Regards
    Saqib

  120. Wa alaikum salaam brother,

    My apologies. I have contacted the London Sufi Group. Insha Allah, they will contact you shortly.

    Abdur Rahman

  121. Asalamu alaikum
    Interesting blog you have. Insh Allah I will continue reading it.

  122. Salaams T4K,

    Jazak Allah. Welcome to my online home. Feel free to drop by whenever you like.

    Allah bless you always

    Abdur Rahman

  123. Are you Abdur Rahim Green we see on Huda TV?

  124. Salaams Fathima,

    Welcome to my online home.

    No, I am not Abdur Rahim Green from Huda TV. I have met Abdur Rahim but I am not him.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  125. I love the fact that you are convert who has taken a deep passionate look at the sufism in Islam. The way religion was meant to be.

  126. Salaams Jaffery,

    Ahlan wa sahlan and welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always.

    Thank you for your kind thoughts. Jazak Allah.

    Abdur Rahman

  127. Thank you for this site Abdur Rahman. As one ” feeling his way ” it is most appreciated.

  128. Peace Peter,

    I’m still feeling my way too! :)

    Thank you for your kind thoughts. In all truth, I am unworthy, though I am honoured.

    Welcome to my online home. :)

    Abdur Rahman

  129. asalamulikum

    im indian muslim residing in Kerala State , Kerala is one of the good place for Studying Islam and sunnism
    Here in One of The Scholar “Shekh aboobacker “is there ,he having one Islamic Instittute ,Jamia Markazu SSAquafathi Sunniyya , Last week it Get Muadala From Jamia ALAZHAR Univrsity ,Ejypt , so Please Come to Kerala and find How islam is In our Kerala,Please visit here
    http://www.markazonline.com/eng/
    http://www.islamsight.org

  130. Wa alaikum salaam Shabir,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you. Ma sha Allah! Thank you for sending me the links to your markaz’ websites. Insha Allah, I will look through them as soon as I have time.

    Welcome to my online home once again and may Allah bless your institute.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  131. As-salaam alaykum my friend I get the feeling you and I are going to have many an interesting conversation inshallah
    Ma’as salama
    Aud

  132. Peace Sanity Found,

    Welcome to my online home. I will look forward to talking more with you, God willing of course.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  133. Salam va Rahmah
    I came here looking for the post you did on healing presence (you say heal with presence).

    Wonder, which one Ayah or Hadith comes to your mind on this subject of healing presence? Or, since you are acquainted with the Sufi literature, any quote from the sufi side will also do.
    Massalam, MT

  134. Peace and Mercy to you too Dr. Taher,

    Welcome to my online home. Perhaps you mean this post: http://thecorner.wordpress.com/2007/12/12/heal-with-presence/ (although this is a very short one)

    You may also find this one beneficial (written by someone I consider to be very pious): http://thecorner.wordpress.com/2007/08/06/universal-healing-prayer/

    Here’s another, possibly related: http://thecorner.wordpress.com/2007/09/18/and-do-what-is-beautiful-some-reflections-on-beauty-and-action/

    At any rate, welcome again and may Allah bless you always

    Abdur Rahman

  135. Thanks. That type of info, which you have so kindly identified and aggregated is definitely helpful at a later stage, probably.

    But, now I am looking for quotes, not prayers, or stories on the healing presence.
    Massalam, Taher
    [I would prefer that you correspond with me via my email]

  136. I have been interested in the diversity of Sufi philosophy and practice for a long time, especially in the globalized world where different values collide head on. Usually when I come upon people who are practicing Sufism in Us or Europe, in some way or another I begin to wonder about how Sufi pratice work differently in Western countries than in others. I have been to zikhr in New York City with the Nur Ashki Jerrahi order and the Shaykha is a female there, yet it is very popular and adheres very closely to Islamic doctrine. There are tensions between various interpretations of Islam, and secularism and gender equality. In the instance of a female Shaykha, do you think the spread of Sufism benefited from a secular environment, as it allowed room for different interpretations and hierarchies?
    Secondly, There are and have been so many attacks on Sufism from other Muslims, through out history, and in contemporary life. Do you think that generally Sufi orders are more comfortable in secular countries? Just some thoughts. I didn’t really know where to post them.

  137. A belated Happy Birthday, Brother! :)

    Salaams,
    Patricia

  138. Salaams Cameron,

    Welcome to my online home. Thank you for visiting and thank you for your interesting thoughts. I am happy that you chose to share them with me and so anywhere is a good home for them, so to speak.

    Your question is a very interesting one. I am from England and have never lived elsewhere, and so there is much that I do not know. Perhaps our modern, secular countries have helped provide a space in which all sorts of approaches to religion can be practiced generally without fear of outside intervention.

    Insha Allah, I will ponder this question some more and may well write a post on the topic.

    Salaams to you and yours…

    Abdur Rahman

  139. Salaams Patricia,

    Thank you for your kind (and unexpected) birthday wishes.

    Allah bless you always :)

    Abdur Rahman

  140. Nice and beautiful contents of informations and ilmu you have here, bro. Looking forward to come in again. Syukran kasiiran!

  141. Salaams Nuer,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always.

    I look forward to you stopping by again.

    Abdur Rahman

  142. Yahya Briffett said:

    Assalamu Aleikum!

    Stumbled across your blog a while ago. Very nicely set out and informative.
    Salaams to your family. I’m living in the Empty Quarter in Arabia and a sufi brother I work with has a blog. He wondered if you would take a look and maybe link it from your own blog. It can be found at http://www.daralhadith.blogspot.com

    Keep up the good work
    Yahya

  143. Salaams Yahya

    Welcome to my online home. Ma sha Allah. It’s nice to meet you. Have we met? Your name seems familiar to me? Have you ever been to Wales?

    As for your friend’s website, I’d be glad to add a link

    Abdur Rahman

  144. Yahya Briffett said:

    Assalamu Aleikum!

    Indeed we have. We met at the New Muslim camp a few years ago and until last August I lived in Cardiff.

    Yahya

  145. Salaams Yahya

    I thought your name sounded familiar! Then welcome once again to my online home. Allah bless you always

    Abdur Rahman

  146. Collector said:

    Salam Abdurrahman

    I have just recently discovered a mine of gold! Mashallah, your blog is not only informing but extremely inspiring as well! May Allah bless you, your family and your writings.

    I was just wondering, and i hope you do not be offended by this, but do you follow the sunni or shi’a doctine of Islam

    Ma’ asslaam

  147. Salaams Collector,

    Ahlan wa sahlan and welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I am honoured. In all truth, all gold comes from al-Ghani, the Sustainer of All Being. Only the mistakes are mine.

    May Allah bless you and your family too.

    I am not in the least offended by your question. Broadly speaking, I am Sunni Muslim (and a broad follower of the Hanafi School of law). That said, I have great respect for the Shi`a tradition – to the extent that I quote freely from Shi’i sources.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  148. well done my brother
    peace be upon you
    I read your Introduction
    well if your aim and intention in writing this blog is to learn: about God, about yourself and about this strange thing called life is sincere intention than nothing is superior in this vast universe then the science you are after, the science of the Creator Ar Rahman. provided your sincerity is 100% pure without any hidden motives you will soon see and experience
    miracles which you never dreamed of. if not than something is wrong with the intention. you will get in proportion to your faith In God, but do not despair the mercy of Allah
    you will still get something is better than nothing.
    “O Allah! The one who lacked and missed You what did he find? And what is it that he lacks, the one who finds You? certainly, the one who got pleased and inclined toward other than You, came to nothingness (failed). by Imam Hussain (as).
    Our prayers are with you brother
    best wishes

  149. Dr. Aparna Sharma said:

    I am researching whether sufi music has a presence in Wales. I wonder if you can advise me on this.

    Regards
    A

  150. Collector said:

    Jazakallah Brother Abdur Rahman

    I look forward to many hours being entertained by your writings.

    Wassalaam

  151. Salaams Harji,

    Thank you for your kind thoughts and welcome again to my online home. I don’t consider myself to be anything special and all comes from God’s hand.

    Ya Rabbi! And welcome once again

    Abdur Rahman

  152. Peace Dr. Aparna Sharma,

    Welcome to my online home. God bless you for stopping by. There isn’t a great deal of Sufi music in Wales (if, by that, you mean live performance). That said, there are a great number of Sufis hidden away amidst the green hills and valleys.

    Abdur Rahman

  153. Salaams Collector,

    And I look forward to hearing your own thoughts and ideas.

    Abdur Rahman

  154. Salaams Abdur Rahman,

    I would love to share this dua with you brother.

    “O Allah! I and my brother Abdur Rahman are not the most disobedient of those who have disobeyed Thee and whom Thou hast forgiven, nor are we the most blameworthy to offer excuses which Thou hast accepted, nor are we the most wrongdoing of those who have repented to Thee, and to whom Thou hast returned.
    We know that pardoning great sins is nothing great for Thee.
    overlooking enormous misdeeds is not difficult for Thee,
    putting up with indecent crimes does not trouble Thee,
    and the most beloved of Thy servants to Thee are those who
    refrains from arrogance before Thee, pulls aside from persistence, and holds fast to praying forgiveness!
    We are clear before Thee of arrogance,
    We seek refuge in Thee from persistence,
    We pray forgiveness from Thee for shortcomings,
    We seek help from Thee in incapacity!”

    I found this dua of Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn, at this website

    http://al-islam.org/sahifa/kamila.html
    best wishes

  155. Dr. Aparna Sharma said:

    Thankyou so much for your response.

    I am very keen to know more about the sufis ‘hidden away in the green hills and valleys.’

    I am from India and am fascinated by sufi philosophy and music.

    Are there no sufi musicians or poets at all here, apart from an artist like yourself?

    Regards
    A

  156. Salaams Harji,

    Jazak Allah for your kind dua. May Allah bless you always. May our hearts always open before the wondrous beauty of God, the Most High.

    Abdur Rahman

  157. Peace Dr. Aparna,

    To answer your last question first, there are probably many Sufi musicians and poets in Wales – but I am not aware of many organised events. Before I moved to the South Wales Valleys I lived in rural West Wales, where I met many deeply creative people.

    I too am fascinated by Sufi philosophy and music. As you can probably see, I am a great fan of Qawwali music, and of Turkish Sufi music too. Do you live in Wales? If so, where? I live in Merthyr Tydfil.

    Thank you for your kind compliment regarding my poetry. In truth, all that is beautiful comes from God, the Sustainer of All Being. Only the mistakes are mine (though I am honoured by your compliment).

    Abdur Rahman

  158. Can anyone please help!!!!!!!!!

    Answer yes or no.
    About God

    1. Human faculties of conception, perception and learning, and attributes of volition, intuition and apprehension cannot catch sight of
    His Person or fathom the extent of His Might and Glory? ………….

    2. There do not exist words in any language to specify or define His qualities, peculiarities, characteristics and singularities? ……….

    3. Reason and sagacity cannot visualise Him? ………

    4. His Attributes cannot be fixed, limited or defined? …….

    5. None can fully understand or explain His Being however hard he or she my try? ……..

    6. His Worth cannot be described even by the greatest rhetoricians of all times? ……..

    7. Intelligence, understanding and attainment cannot attain the depth of knowledge to study or scrutinise the Godhead? ……….

    8. He is so absolutely Pure and above nature, that nothing can be added to or substacted from His Being? ………

    9. There is no difference between His Person and His Attributes, and His Attributes should not be differentiated or distinguished from
    His Person? ………..

    10. Whoever accepts His Attributes to be other than His Person then actually forsakes the idea of Unity of God and believes in
    duality ( He and His Attributes). Such a person in fact believes Him to exist in Parts. One who holds such a faith cannot form a
    true concept of God, he is ignorant and will always try to believe in some creation of his or her imagination as his or her god? …..

    11. His Existence is not coming into Being from non-existence? …………

    12. He is with everything but not physically and bodily? …….

    13. No physical eye has and will ever see Him? ………

    14. He has not permitted human mind to grasp the Essence of His Being yet He has not prevented them from realising His
    Presence? ………

  159. Salaams Harji,

    Thank you for your detailed and thought-provoking questions. Allah bless you always

    Abdur Rahman

  160. The Green Witch said:

    Salaam, Abdur, and I think your appearing on my radar is a sign from Up Top! :-)

    Your spiritual intelligence and candour shine out of this introductory post; I really look forward to discussions with you in the future.

    Bright blessings!

  161. Salaams Green Witch,

    Welcome to my online home. Thank you for stopping by. Thank you for your kind compliment. I am honoured. :)

    In truth, all that is right and true comes from God, the Sustainer of All Being. Only the mistakes are mine.

    A hearty welcome to you once again…

    Abdur Rahman

  162. In your blogroll or blog links, I had seen a link (that said: jew 2 muslim, or something to that effect of a female who had travelled across the faiths). Where is that. Would you mind send to my email address. Massalam

  163. asslaamualyakum abdur Rahman

    dear friend this is a most precious ‘corner’, I came upon it via Mystical Seekers website. Shukran/dioch yn vawr. I’m hoping you may be able to assist. After much searching and many years practicing with Thich Nhat Hahn’s Community of interbeing and occassional attendance at Quaker sittings, a ‘chance’ meeting with a muslima catalysed a recent voracious inner reflection and outward engagement. I found myself rereading Kabir Helminski’s The Knowing Heart and the message resonates with my heart – and I would like to take this resonance further – I have emailed twice the London contact but as yet had no reply – do you know of any contacts? I have always appreciated sangha and feel I need to have the companionship/guidance of those who are practicing. Thanks for your time. And dear brother given my christian-muslim parental origins bless you for bringing us together at your corner al-hamdulilah

    a lotus to you

    jawad

  164. Wa alaikum salaam Jawad,

    I have e-mailed you directly. I look forward to speaking more with you. :)

    Abdur Rahman

  165. Rosila - Kuala Lumpur said:

    Assalamualaikum dear brother,

    Great to have viewed your blog. I just had the chance to visit Istanbul last week and your photos of Aya Sophia really amazing. Do you ever heard about Risale-I Nur?

  166. Wa alaikum salaam Rosila,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always, in all that you do and are.

    Thank you for your kind thoughts. I am honoured. All that is right and true comes from Allah. Only the mistakes are mine.

    I have heard of the Risale-i-Nur by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. I have even read portions of it (a long time ago).

    I am glad you liked the photos. But, they aren’t mine. I have to say that I found them on the Internet.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  167. Asalaamu alaikum,
    Wonderful Blog! I am so happy (and relieved) that I am not the only convert who is enamored of sufism and shiism—while starting out as sunni. Darn labels. After meeting my Shia neighbors, I had to actually adjust my thinking and do some reading. At the same time I was exploring Sufism, and was very pleased that there are some connections between the two, they seem compatible. I am so sick of unfriendly relations between all types of Muslims, thus my path towards Sufism, and then shiism. There must be a graceful way to accept each other.
    Glad I found your blog.
    Aischa

  168. Wa alaikum salaam Aischa,

    Jazak Allah for your kind thoughts, and welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. The more I learn, the more I realise that the truth is far more subtle, and far more complex, than some would have us believe.

    Allah!

    Abdur Rahman

  169. asslamualaykum abdur rahman

    thanks for your reply – as I havent received an email from you yet – I wonder whether I gave an inaccurate email address to you?

    By the way found dharmakara’s prayer site very rich indeed (and passed details on to my older brother Hussam, a mid-Walian, who’s interested in amidha/pureland teachings)

    ma’slaama

    jawad

  170. Salaams Jawad,

    Oh dear! Subhan Allah! I sent it to the e-mail address you gave me – I will try again insha Allah. I have also passed your details on to the London Sufi Group, as per your request.

    Abdur Rahman

  171. scollector said:

    Salam, Abdurahman

    is it possiple you put my blog on your links ?

    my blog name is: scollector.wordpress.com

    jazakallah

    mas’ salaamah

  172. Salaams Suleman Collector,

    Welcome to my online home. I would be honoured to add your blog.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  173. Salam Abdurrahman
    I am from Iran and Im Shia

    I just stopped by to say “SALAm” to you!

    Be there Barakat!

  174. Salaams Hosna,

    Welcome to my online home. May Allah bless you always. Thank you for stopping by and for offering your kind words.

    Ma’as salama and Khuda Hafiz,

    Abdur Rahman

  175. scollector said:

    Jazakallah

    I look forward to see it on your blog list

    Wassalam

  176. Salaam bro

    Beautiful website mashallah

    Please may you consider linking to my Islam Blog? very benificial info inshallah

    http://www.islamicinformation.net

    Jazakallah Khairun

  177. As Salaam Alaikum Abdur Rahman

    Mashallah you’ve done an excellent job on your site!

    Would you mind adding our humble blog on your site?

    http://sufi-london-meditation.blogspot.com

    Also, would you mind if we added the links also to our blog you have diligently collected?

    Jazakhallah khayr

    Zahid

  178. Salaams Lukman

    Jazak Allah and welome to my online home. I will visit your online home as soon as I have a few spare moments, insha Allah.

    Allah bless you always

    Abdur Rahman

  179. Wa alaikum salaam Zahid,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you.

    I would be happy to add your blog. I am currently in London and would love to come along to the gathering on Thursday insha Allah.

    Feel free to use any of the material on this site.

    Update: Salaams again Zahid, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to come along this evening. Insha Allah, next time my wife and I come to London we would both like to attend.

    Abdur Rahman

  180. Yusuf R. said:

    As Salaamu ‘Alaykum,

    May this simple greeting mark us as friends in the sight of Allah, and if that is so – on the Day of Judgment, if one of us is permitted to enter Paradise, and the other is taken to Jahannam – may Allah Ta’ala reunite us both in Jannah – if only to honor this modest bond of friendship.

    Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad (saws).

    – Yusuf R.

  181. Wa alaikum salaam Yusuf R,

    Welcome to my online home. Ahlan wa sahlan – welcome again, you are amongst family. Amin to your dua. And as friends in Allah, may we go together towards the Beloved.

    I am honoured to make your acquaintance.

    Allahumma salli `ala Muhammad

    Abdur Rahman

  182. I am a seeker. I have been led to find your site and read it in wonder.

    I have learnt that in what men profess to be the truth they are mostly correct, whilst in what they deny or attack they are all too often incorrect. Your site is full of a joyous and unashamed positive affirmation of great truths about God and mankind, and I am sure that you are right.

    I have bookmarked your site and will return to it. You are doing a very good thing, not least for improved relations between muslims and non-muslims, a well that bitter men would poison.

    Peace and God’s blessing to you.

    Jim

  183. Peace Jim,

    Welcome to my online home. God bless you always. I am honoured by your visit. Indeed, we are seekers all.

    I’ve never thought about truth in quite that way before, but it is a refreshing take on a perennial issue. Allah!

    Feel free to return as and when you like. I look forward to sharing more of your thoughts on seeking.

    And, finally, if we don’t strive to keep the wells clean, who will?

    Abdur Rahman

  184. Peace to you, Abdur Rahman

    Thank you for your kind welcome. I am impressed by the unexpected size and range of Islam revealed in your site. I return to it and read items “picked at random” but perhaps the hand of God is on my mouse when I do so.

    I find that faith and hope are rooted in religious experience, but when one comes back down from that high mountain and asks in amazed humility: “Wow! What was that?” there are those- good people- who will offer many human words and names to tie labels on the ineffable. We clutch clumsily at truth wearing the boxing gloves of our human nature. We cannot comprehend the truth with rational intellect alone, but this same rational intellect is a gift of God that we cannot spurn. I think the answer lies in prayers and poetry, as shown so clearly by those on your site.

    I believe that a prayer should be carefully composed to be as beautiful as one’s limited talents allow. If I would put my best work into a present that I make to give to a friend, how much more so should I try to do my best in what I offer to God?

    Could I suggest an alphabetical glossary of Islamic terms and greetings for those of us without Arabic? I would love to understand the meanings of your contributors in these phrases.

    Again, peace and God’s blessing on you and on all your people.

    Jim

  185. Peace Jim,

    May God’s blessings always fall upon your head, hand and computer mouse!

    Thank you for your thoughts. Thank you also for the delightful phrase: ‘the boxing gloves of our human nature’. I laughed out loud when I read it. With your permission, I would like to adopt that phrase myself.

    I agree that faith and hope are based in religious experience. I too think many of our human differences relate to culture and such things – which is why tongues differ when they come back down from the mountain. Indeed, this is pretty much how I understand the truths of other religious traditions. The Christian tradition, for example, was one such ‘wow’ moment – ‘God, just who was that amazing person?’ Although, as a Muslim, I would use different language to describe Jesus (upon whom be peace), I do truly stand in awe of him too.

    True prayer is poetry and true poetry is prayer – this is certainly how I have come to experience it at any rate. O God! Let me always offer my better half to You.

    As for your glossary suggestion, I may already have something along those lines tucked away somewhere, insha Allah.

    God’s peace be with you always.

    Abdur Rahman

  186. Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullaahi ta’aala wabarakatuh,

    ma’shallah, fantastic website. may allah reward you with such a wonderful website. amin.

  187. Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh brother Fisabilillah,

    Thank you for your kind thoughts. All that is good comes from God. Only the mistakes are mine.

    Abdur Rahman

  188. Abdur,
    Thanks for adding a Link to my site. I have browsed through your site and have added you to my RSS reader. Very interesting site you have here.
    Sincerely,
    John

  189. Peace John,

    Welcome to my online home. Thank you for stopping by. I have always loved looking at photos of space and so I really do enjoy looking through your blog.

    I am honoured that you found something worth reading here.

    My best wishes to you

    Abdur Rahman

  190. Salaam Abdur,

    I really must say its really wonderful to see such an open-minded muslim! Also your layout is very well done (very different).

    Keep up the goodwork Abdur.

    Warm Regards,
    Moin

  191. Greetings Abdur

    I have a little something for you on my blog if you’d like to sashay on over there!

    Brightest blessings, Shepton Witch

  192. Peace Mereth,

    I took a quick stroll over to your blog. Thank you. I’m both touched and honoured. :)

    God bless you always

    Abdur Rahman

  193. Salaams Moin,

    Welcome to my online home. Jazak Allah for stopping by. Allah bless you always. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

    My best salaams to you

    Abdur Rahman

  194. May Allah reward you for all your efforts brother. Way to represent the deen in the UK.

  195. Salaams Amir Makin,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. Thank you for your dua. Amin, amin, amin. May Allah bless us all.

    Abdur Rahman

  196. Salam bro, are you the brother who use to work as a drugs treatment worker at NAFAS, Bethnal green? Could you please email me, if so. Jazk.

  197. Salaams Shamsul

    No, sorry, I’m not that brother (although I am from that part of the world).

    Abdur Rahman

  198. Abdul Karim said:

    as-salaam-alaykum

    Im not sure if you remember me brother but we was at Markfied last year on the on the chaplaincy course we used to both live on Overbury St Hackney, I Just wanted to let you know I’m coming to your neck of the woods in January, Im giving a talk in Swansea “Escape the Matrix…Drugs, Gangs and rap”. Th exact date has not been sorted out as yet but I’ll let you know, if you free please feel free to come along with your family.

    Abu Salah-hu-deen Abdul Karim

  199. Wa alaikum salaam Abdul Karim

    Of course I remember you. Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always.

    If you send me the date and details, etc I’d be happy to let others know. Jazak Allah for letting me know. Although I’m not sure of the date yet, if we’re free we’d love to come along, insha Allah.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  200. assalamualaikum

    Subhanallah ! story about yourself was really interesting. May Allah bless you. you said that you are Muslim Advisor at glamorgan university, I’m planning to proceed my study there in Aircraft Maintenance. How is that university? I hope u can reply to my email.

    ma’as salamah

  201. Wa alaikum salam Mujahid

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. Glamorgan is a good university, with a particular reputation in technical subjects (ones that I am not very familiar with). It might be of use to you to contact the Islamic society (through the University website). They will be able to give you more in-depth advice.

    As for me, I am nothing and no one. Anything here that is right and true comes from Allah. Only the mistakes are mine. It is good to meet you.

    Abdur Rahman

  202. salam Abdur Rahman

    Im from Ross on Wye, do you know it?

    Also, what tariqa does The Threshold Society belong to? Looks as though it contains some strange practices….

    wa salam

  203. Salaams Hamza,

    Welcome to my online home. May Allah bless you.

    Yes I do know Ross on Wye, though not very well to be honest. I try to get to Hay on Wye as often as I can (though not very often of late)!

    The Threshold Society is part of the Mevlevi tariqa. The Threshold Society is run by Shaykh Kabir Helminski. You should direct any questions to Shaykh Kabir via the Society’s website: http://www.sufism.org

    I hope this is helpful.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  204. Assalamu Alaikom, akhi Abu Sakinah;) Long time, my dear brother. Hope you, your precious wife and my little (now grown) “angels”, are in best of eemaan and health ensha-Allah. I miss all of you so much akhi. Don’t like to drag you out a lot here in your (just gotten web by Elvir). I would be very pleased if you reply to me by mail. My deepest and warmest salaams. Mateen. Skopje, Macedonia

  205. Wa alaikum salam Mateen,

    Allah! Long time, no see! ma sha Allah.

    We’re all fine, al hamdu lillah. We live in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales now. We’ve got 3 children now, ma sha Allah. Sakinah is almost 7 now. Yusaf is 5 and we now have Layla (18 months).

    I have sent you an e-mail.

    My best salams to you

    Abdur Rahman

  206. Abdul Karim said:

    as-salaam-alaykum Brother

    Here is the information for my talk in Swansea,

    Escape the Matrix: Drugs, Gangs and Rap
    Saturday 24th January
    1:30PM
    Swansea University,
    Grove Lecture Theatre

    Open to men, Women, Muslims and non-Muslims

    Insha-Allah see you there.

    wa-salaam
    abdul Karim

  207. Hamid Peter said:

    Salams Abdur Rahman, last time I wrote to you I was Peter.
    I am now Hamid, I pray that one day I will be worthy of the name that my Pir has given me.
    Your website is a constant inspiration . May the Beloved bless and prosper you.

    Hamid.

  208. Salams Abdul Kareem

    Thanks for the information. Unfortunately, I wasn’t in Wales this weekend! Insha Allah, it went well.

  209. Salams Hamid/Peter,

    Ma sha Allah! May Allah always fill your heart with praise (hamd) of Him. May He mould you into a true servant of God and a noble follower of Muhammad.

    As for my website, I am glad and honoured that you’ve found it of some use. Anything that is right and true here comes solely from Allah, Sustainer and Cherisher of All Being. Only the mistakes are mine.

    Indeed, company on the path is one of the very best things in life! So, I am honoured by your visit.

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  210. AsSalaamu Alaikum, :O Wow Masha’Allah very inspiring. Stay blessed Insha’Allah brother.

  211. Wa alaikum salaam Attariya,

    Welcome to my online home. May Allah bless you always.

    Thank you for your kind words. All inspiration comes from God. Only the mistakes are mine.

  212. S.Srinivas Rau said:

    Salam Abdur Rahman!
    The excellence of your website is enchanting!It has turned into a sort of addiction!
    Sri Ramakrishna says “We are wrapped in the magic and forget the Magician.”
    I feel excellence such as yours (and in almost any sphere of life) helps us live better.
    Srinivas Rau

  213. Salam S. Srinivas Rau,

    Thank you for your kind words. I am truly honoured that you have enjoyed my website. In all truth though, God alone is the Magician and Enchanter of All! Only the mistakes are mine. My intent here is simply to create a space where people might talk and share ideas with each other.

    Praise be to God for the blessing of life, and the ability to learn from others

  214. Salaam, Abdur Rahman,
    we are trying to do our little bit to prive a platform for Islam in London
    http://www.cityultima.com/Islam

    Please help us by linking to us

    salaam

  215. Salams Ahmed,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you in your efforts. As a rule, I don’t advertise commercial sites.

    Abdur Rahman

  216. Selam,
    What a wonderful web site! May Allah help you more in you works.
    best,

  217. Wa alaikum salam Gokce,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. Thank you for your kind words. All wonders come from God. Only the mistakes are mine.

    It is lovely to meet you.

    Abdur Rahman

  218. May Allah Bless you abundantly here and hereafter.

    Keep up your good work!
    -Erik

  219. May Allah Bless you abundantly here and hereafter.

    Keep up your good work!

    Salam from Jakarta.
    -Erik

  220. Salams Erik,

    Jazak Allah for your words of encouragement. They are appreciated and welcome. Welcome to my online home. May Allah bless you and your whole family.

  221. Questions said:

    Salaams,

    I read thru your entire introduction- with the comments and the replies.

    Got to know quite a lot about you ;-)

    I would like to start with Salaams to your dear wife and the little ones Sakinah, Yusaf and Layla :-)

    I was surprised to know that you arent a born Muslim but are indeed the one who writes so very beautifully.

    Your accepting the Buddhist girls views in this blog site of yours clearly shows your acceptance of other peoples faiths, their views,

    “hazel Says:

    August 17, 2007 at 1:34 pm ”

    We need more of such people so that we can have a more peaceful planet. So many fights happen in the name of religion it is ridiculous. We need peace.

    then i happened to read your story on that 70 year old man how he had to undergo an operation and was crying when he saw the bill not because the bill was enormous. but because God had never billed him ;-)

    that one! is a clear example of how we take things for granted..

    i can go on and on like this.. but i think i will keep some thoughts for later ;-)

  222. Salaams,

    dear brother :-)

  223. Questions said:

    Sorry for going on writing like this on your blog site intermittently

    but i intially was quite upset when my earlier blog was not reflecting in your site-then i went on to reveal my true identity just after that blog

    Questions is rubina. my name is rubina ;-)

    i actually have a lot of questions in life which i thought i will ask you without revealing who i am ;-)

    the story that i told you about that 70 year old man is in this link http://qisas.com/articles/255/1/I-Am-Not-Cryin-Because-a/Page1.html

    i had read it before- after which i searched frantically for where i had read it. i read your blogs quite often :-) so i thought it was your site- went literally insane searching for it- finally got it once again. have included the link so that you i am able to share one good thought with you in return for the innumerous good learnings that i got from your site :-)

  224. S.Srinivas Rau said:

    Salaam AbdurRahman!
    Hope you are finding dhikr sessions in Turkey! Srinivas Rau

  225. Salams Rubina,

    Welcome again to my online home. Don’t worry. Feel free to write as much or as little as you like. My wife and children send you their salams. :)

    I am glad that you have enjoyed my website. Turly, all that is true here comes from God. Only the mistakes and errors are mine. That said, I am honoured by your kind words, and I thank you for them. Allah bless you always.

    I am happy to answer any questions that I can. To be honest, I’m no mufti or anything like that – but I am happy to talk with you and share anything I know with you, with God’s permission. I’m happy to talk via e-mail if you wish. Let me know if you want me to contact you via e-mail.

    We do indeed take much for granted! Allah is the One Who guides, protects, cares for us and sustains us. How little we thank Him!

    My best wishes and salams to you…

    Ma’as salama

  226. Salams Srinivas Rau,

    Allah! My trip to Turkey was wonderful. With God’s permission, I will offer a few thoughts here soon. But yes, I was blessed to participate in such things. Allah!

  227. Assalamu’alaykum,

    Mashallah, you have a very nice blog brother, and a very interesting story!

    I tried to find an email to contact you on but couldn’t find one? I was actually going to ask if you would like to add a link to our site which IslamicImpressions.co.uk. We are an online Islamic gifts store and also have physical outlets in London, Denmark and Trinidad.

    Our intention is to engage more with the wider community while expanding our online presense. If you have any questions on our products or business you’re most welcome to contact me inshallah.

    Jazakallahu khair and keep up the nice work.

    Wassalaam,

    Zahid Saddique
    http://www.islamicimpressions.co.uk
    0844 56 786 00

  228. islamasevgi said:

    Assalaamu Alaikum
    Masha Allah very nice site
    May Allah, continue helping us on bless you amin.
    wassalam

  229. Salams Zahid,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. Thank you for posting your thoughts.

    Generally speaking, I tend not to link to commercial sites. That said, may Allah bless you in all your endeavours.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  230. al-salamu alaikum islamasevgi,

    Welcome to my online home. Ahlan wa sahlan to you. Thank you for your kind thought. Amin to your dua. May Allah bless you always.

  231. assalamu alaikom are you abdur rahman green i see on HUDA TV?

  232. Wa alaikum salam Marwa

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. No, I’m not Abdur Rahim Green I’m afraid.

  233. never mind ,brother.im happy for coming to your online home that is full of light and faith.jazak allah khaira for duaa,allah bless you ameen

  234. Thank you Marwa, Allah bless you for your kind thought. Any light or faith here come from God alone. By Allah, only the mistakes are mine!

  235. asalaam o alykum.
    this is the first time that i’m visiting your blog, and i must say, i really like it mashaAALalh.
    you are so honest and down to earth mashaALlah :)

    i’ll keep visiting, reading and commenting inshaALlah :)

    for now i’ll just add this to my favs and one more thing brother Abdu rehman, i pray that ALlah swt gives you all good both in this world and the next and that He makes you successful in whatever good you do ameen.

    your sister in Islam, Maryam :)

  236. Hey I really like your blog. I’ve released a song against suicide bombing and thought it might be of some interest to you. I quote the Quran in the last verse though I doubt non-Muslims (and even some Muslims!) will catch it. Here’s a link, but don’t download it as I can send a free copy via email if you’d like.
    http://theorphanfactory.bandcamp.com/track/song-for-a-suicide-bomber
    Salaam,
    Kashif

  237. Wa alaikum salam Maryam,

    Thank you sister for your kind thoughts. Allah bless you always. Anything true or right in my blog comes from Allah, Sustainer of All Being. Only the mistakes are mine. I’m glad you’ve stopped by. Welcome to my online home.

  238. Salams Kashif,

    Thanks for the link. Insha Allah, I’ll check it out. Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always.

  239. S.Srinivas Rau said:

    Eid Sayeed AbdurRaman!
    I am now in Benghazi,Libya where Eid is being celebrated today!Eid Mubarak!
    Srinivas Rau

  240. Salams to you Srinivas,

    Eid mubarak to you too! Ma sha Allah! Beghazi! What takes you there?

    Much love to you

    Abdur Rahman

  241. S.Srinivas Rau said:

    Salam AbdurRahman!
    I am in Benghazi at the university as a faculty member (Mathematics).
    I hope to return regularly to your enchanting website.
    Srinivas Rau

  242. Salams Srinivas,

    Ma sha Allah. Great stuff. I wrote my MA thesis on the ancient city of Lepcis Magna, and the Roman emperor Septimius Severus (its most famous son), both of which are in Libya.

  243. S.Srinivas Rau said:

    Salam AbdurRahman!
    I understand Benghazi is in the classical Cyrenaica associated with the famous mathematician and astronomer Eratosthenes.
    I only know of Septimus Severus”motto” “Laboremus”(Let’s work?!).Does it strike a chord or is it too worldly for your tastes? Srinivas Rau

  244. Salams Srinivas,

    No, it’s not too worldly for me! :)

  245. mashallah and may Allah give you courage and keep the good work going

  246. Srinivas Rau said:

    Salaam AbdurRahman!
    A Bright New Year and all success to (y)our Corner!
    Srinivas Rau

  247. Salams to you Srinivas Rau

    And a blessed and bright new to you too, and also to our Corner. :)

    Allah bless you always

  248. Oops….I meant a blessed and bright New Year

  249. Srinivas Rau said:

    Salam AbdurRahman!
    Do you read Gibbon’s account of Islam and the Prophet?Do you recommend it? Srinivas Rau

  250. Salam Srinivas Rau

    Do you mean E. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire? I have read that work, but not the section on Muhammad (alaihi al-salatu wa al-salam) and not for a long time. Insha Allah, I’ll dig it out and have another look.

  251. Rafik Pathan said:

    Salaams Abdur Rahman

    Its been a very long time, how times have changed and so have we.

    Please get in touch as I will over in Brecon Beacons insha allah on the weekend of the 19th March 2010. Nice site

    take care

  252. Wa alaikum salam Rafik

    A long time indeed! I have sent you an e-mail. Moreover, you can find a link to my facebook page somewhere above.

    Thank you for your kind thoughts regarding the site. Jazak Allah.

    Abdur Rahman

  253. MashAllah lahuwla wala quwwata illa billa….fi baraktillah..i am really enjoying this Sunnah of Sayidina Muhammed May Peace&Blessings be upon Him & His Family of being a Mercy to the whole of creation..Allhamdulillah..just hope there are some posts about Sayidina Muhammed May Peace & Blessings Be upon Him & His Family and as the Greatest Slave & Habib of Allah and also of Sultanul Aashiqeen Sayidina Aba Bakr As-Siddique May Allah be well pleased with him Love of the Prophet & the Ahlul Bayt May Peace & Blessings on one and all…May Allah grant all the Aashiqs the ziyarat of Sayidana Muhammed May Peace & Blessings be upon Him & His Family..Allah…Ameen

  254. Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh ‘sinner’

    Welcome to my online home. May Allah bless you always. Amin to your dua.

  255. Greetings again, Abdur Rahman!

    I found your wonderful site exactly at the point in my life when I needed to clarify my understanding of God. In July 2008, inspired by what I read, I posted a personal statement witnessing my assurance that there is only one God, and God is one and indivisible. I still hold this truth.

    I have found my spiritual home in a lovely Unitarian chapel in Lincoln. It is nearly 300 years old and its walls are impregnated with honest spirituality. We witness to love, light, freedom, tolerance, reason and justice.

    I sometimes use your poems and translations, which fit our meditations very well.

    I will always thank you for being a stepping stone on my journey. So we can all help one another along the road.

    Jim

  256. ahmad yar said:

    asalamualaykum,,well i dont knw will dis msg of mine reach u or not,m muslim n frm pakistan but i hav sum questnz abt islam which i cud never share with any1 but today after long long thinkin i m msgn u,plz help me out as a muslim,i wana clear ma doubts n want to become an xtremely gud muslim,will tell u ma questionz wen i get a green signal from u,waiting

  257. Wa alaikum salam Ahmad,

    Welcome to my online home. May Allah bless you always. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. However, please do understand that I am not a scholar, nor anyone special, just someone wandering through life. At any rate, may Allah bless you for your intent and may you become all that you wish to be, and more, in the hand of Allah’s love and mercy.

  258. Peace Jim,

    My apologies for the delay in responding to you. I’ve been away for the last few weeks. I hope all is well with you and yours. God bless you always.

    Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that this blog has aided you. Praise be to God in every condition and state. Feel free to use anything here. In all truth, everything I have and am has come from God in any case: ‘I’ am quite literally nothing.

    God’s peace and love be with you always. Please do keep in touch.

    Abdur Rahman

  259. Beautiful website, Abdur Rahman!

    It’s a treat to find something like this.

    May the Lord grant for us all the prayer that you’ve that penned down at the end, by the light of the Prophet and the generosity of Imam Ali…

    Umer
    Islamabad

    Please delete the last message. It had typing errors.

  260. sweetzeher said:

    Salaam,

    I really like ur blogs. Subhanallah i have tears in my eyes just reading those beautiful sayings from the Imams (as).

    Jazakallah Khair!

    Keep it up Brother.

    Salaam

  261. Wa alaikum salam,

    Welcome to my online home, and thank you for your kind words. May Allah bless you always.

  262. Mohammad Mazharul Islam said:

    Dear Abdur Rahman Saheb.
    Assalamualaikum. I am from Bangladesh. May I know if Peer is allowed in Islam and permitted by our prophet?

    Thanks.

    Mazhar

  263. Dear brother Mazhar,

    Wa alaikum salam. Welcome to my online home. May Allah bless you always.

    Thank you for your question. Allah! I am no mufti. I am just a normal person, wandering along life’s road. So, my words should be seen as limited and faulty. To my mind though, the institution of the Sufi pir/shaykh is certainly allowed. Indeed, there have always been those close to Allah among us – the Awliya – whose role it is to help us to become more fully human.

    I hope this answers your question.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  264. Maimoona said:

    Salam Abdur Rahman,

    Mashallah your intro is very inspiring. May Allah bless you with His guidance so tht yr today is better than yesterday and yr tomorrow is always better than today. Aamin.

    Its a gift to express yourself beautifully and explain something in simple words. And some like me, shed a tear faster than uttering a word. May you get what you are striving for, Aamin.

    May Allah make it easy for all of us and bless us with knowledge and love, Aamin.

  265. Salams Maimoona,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always.

    Thank you for your kind words. Amin to your duas.

  266. may peace be upon you, brother.
    i happen to pass by and read some of your entries, really fancy them. im still in learning stage of islam. hope itz alright that i hang around here to discover about the faith. im new to blogging. can i add your site to my blogspot?
    thank you for your time.
    Allah hafiz.
    sincerely.

  267. And upon you too K ris

    Welcome to my online home. Feel free to hang around as long as you like. Of course, please do add a link if you’d like to.

    Allah bless you always.

    Allah hafiz

    Abdur Rahman

  268. Adite Banerjie said:

    Greetings. You have a very informative site. Wondering if you could help me. I’m a researcher and looking for information on living Sufi masters. Could you help me locate Mr. Ahmad Mojahed (who is/used to be with Teheran University) and who has done work on Genealogy of Sufi saints. Would be grateful for any contact details or links that you could provide regarding this. Many thanks.

  269. Greetings Adite

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you in your search. Unfortunately, I do not know this person and thus am unable to help. May your search be fruitful

  270. But if you knew who you are who would you be?

    And who would Allah say you are?

    Peace and blessings

    from Roger at SoulNeeds UK http://www.sunwalked.wordpress.com

  271. I mistook your reply above for a very cryptic nondual remark – silly me!

    I realize we now have two points of contact – Barney Leith and also some of the members of the Sufi group in Brighton.

    Your site is a wonderful piece of work.

    I also am very interested in inter-faith understanding.

  272. Greetings Roger and welcome….

    Thanks for dropping by. :)

    Any friend of Barney’s is a friend of mine. Welcome again! And the same goes for the Brighton group….do you know Muzammal?

    Glad you like the site….God bless you always

  273. Hello Abdur Rehman Brother!
    I wanted to know your personal email. I have some question to discuss with you, if you can very kilndly send me you email address.
    regards
    Nadia

  274. Hello Nadia,

    I have sent an e-mail to you. Feel free to contact me.

  275. Irtaza Makhdoom said:

    I subscribe to the Suharwardi branch of Sufism.Since you are inclined towards Sufism, and the Rose Prayer looks to be a favourite of yours, may I recommend that, if you dont know it already, learn and recite the Naad e Ali prayer. Its like Baba Bulley Shah, one of the most famous Sufi poets of the Indian Subcontinent said, Alif Allah, meem Muhammad, ain Ali kar jaana………baqi anban inbin unbun kya…meaning I know Allah Muhammad and Ali….the rest is irrelevant.

  276. is this aduur rahman green?

  277. sorry i meant abdur rahman green?

  278. al-salamu alaikum brother Muhammad,

    Welcome to my online home. No, sorry, I’m not Abdur Rahim Green. Thanks for stopping by….

  279. al-salamu alaikum Irtaza,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. I have heard of the Naad-e Ali prayer. Indeed, the Mevlevi Evrad-i Serif includes a version of it in the footnotes (assuming it is the same dua as the one you refer to).

    Eyvallah! I do love Baba Bulleh Shah. I love the Rose Prayer and it is a favourite of mine, for all sorts of reasons. One of the most important is that it describes the lineage of the Mevlevis – that is, Hz. Mevlana and Hz. Shams through Imam Ali (kw) and then on to Muhammad al-Mustafa, Rahmatan lil alameen (alaihi al-salatu wa al-salam).

  280. Dear Brother, Beautiful and inspirational site!

    I am working on editing a diary written in India in the 40s by a follower of our meditation path (based in Punjab, India, and finding inspiration in all spiritual traditions). In this diary, he gives a quote in Persian, which he says is from Sa’di, but I can’t find it in Sadi. I did find something similar on your page, from Haci Bektash Veli. I wonder if you have the source and also if any of his work has been translated into English.

    * Don’t hurt anyone, even though you’ve been hurt.

    The Persian quote the diarist mentioned is below, transliterated, with half of it translated into English. Might you know of any source for this?

    I have heard that people of God do not hurt the feelings even of their enemies.

    shuneedam ke mardaane raahe khuda,
    dile dushmanaan hum na kardand tang.
    tura kai muyassar shabd een mukaam,
    ki ba dostaanat khilaaf ast va jung

    Salam alaikum, may you walk in the hands of God, Margaret Segal

  281. Dear Sister Maggie,

    Welcome to my online home. Blessings to you. Sorry, I don’t speak Persian myself and so can’t help you. :(

    Amen to your prayer…. Amen. :)

  282. Excellent site. Thank you for sharing all this information and your thoughts.
    Jazakallah Khair..
    S

  283. al-salamu alaikum Sabira,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. I am glad you’ve found my blog useful. Al hamdu lillah, all good here comes from Allah. Only the mistakes are mine.

    Welcome again…. :)

  284. there is a love with u. sufism is like a sword double edge. love and being one. ullimination on the path. this path is between 2 dark desert. desert is loneleness, love and yourself. Allah will be your guide inshallah
    .

  285. Peace Sule,

    Welcome to my online home. Blessings to you. :)

  286. Salam!

    Hi,congratulations!!
    Very god site!

    Can you help me? Could you tell me the title and the painter name of this pictur

    http://hatefsvoice.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/sufi-dance-in-india-introduced-in-the-eastern-part-by-mughals-slave-dynasty.jpg

    Salam!

    God bless!

    Débora.

  287. Salam Debora,

    Thank you and welcome. God bless you too. Sorry, I don’t know vry much about such things at all, unfortunately. I can’t help you I’m afraid…

  288. Ahmet Kaplan said:

    Peace, one and all

    Dear Abdur Rahman,

    I have come across with your blog when I searched for some poems of Rumi on the net. Once I have found your blog, I bookmarked it and made it the opening page of the browser. Then, this morning I saw your record of “Soother of the Anxious”. Then I asked the question “Who is Abdur Rahman?”, the answer to which was quite a surprise for me. I had thought at first the blog must belong to a muslim brother called Abdur-Rahman from a muslim country like Pakistan or India or to one with these origins. Not even I thought it could be by someone from Middle East or Turkey, I don’t know why. Anyway, to my surprise I found out that it was another muslim brother’s, who probably had felt the trouble of searching the truth of life, contemplated upon the meaning of “this strange thing called life”, who is clearly an intellectual and deep thinker, which is a quite rare quality in this hectic age when people are strangely focusing on the “material” and the “fun”. May Allah keep your heart on Islam all your life and make you one of those believers Allah said in the Holy Qoran ; “Allah being pleased with them and they with Him.” (Al-Bayyinah:8)

    I am writing to you from Istanbul, one of the greatest cities of the world ornamented with quite a high numbers of magnificent mosques both of the muslim world and the whole world. The skyline of the city reflects so many domes with minarets alongside, which is resembled by several men of letters to “being a witness for the oneness of the Creator, Allah.” However, a poet of the middle ages Ottoman times, Hayali, mentions in one part of one of his poems, which I tried to translate into plain English as follows:

    The embellisher of the universe is within it,
    yet do they not know how to seek
    Those are the fish in the great seas,
    unaware of the sea.

    In some way, when I read your story of conversion, I thought about people who were already born to a muslim family, in a culturally muslim environment, among which I take my part as one of them. The efforts of converts to seek God, to seek the Truth is worth a million. We, as “the fish unaware of the sea” sometimes even forget where we are and what we have. Off course, there are those who appreciate the value they have and practice their lives accordingly. However, it is fewer people who take the trouble “to put God to be central to our life: the steering wheel and not just the spare tyre”. This expression of yours affected me really.

    Another thing that I found quite impressive is that you have noticed is that “wherever Islam has put down roots, it has produced generous, warm, just and committed individuals.”. This really is a very good observation and insight, which I also feel and believe that Islam “produces generous and especially warm individuals”.

    In some of your words, I find your strong ability to express things clearly as you have in ; “It is simple to understand in its essentials, but not simplistic.”.

    All in all, your story of conversion, and the distance you have walked in the knowledge and “maarifah” deserves a heart-shaking “mashaalah”. And at first for my own ego, and for us, those fish in the great seas, unaware of the sea, there is only one verse of the Holy Qoran to remember:

    O you who have believed, believe in Allah and His Messenger and the Book that He sent down upon His Messenger and the Scripture which He sent down before. (An-Nisa 136)

    I just wanted to share the insight your story invoked in my mind and heart with you.

    May the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate, Lord of the Universes, Allah, who holds our hearts in His very hand, deepen His faith in our hearts and turn and keep us in His True Path.

    Peace, one and all.

    Ahmet Kaplan, from Istanbul

  289. Selamlar Ahmet

    Welcome to my online home. Thank you for stopping by. May Allah bless you always. Thank you for your kind words. In all truth, anything good here comes from God, Sustainer of All Being. Only the mistakes are mine.

    Amin to your dua….amin, thumma amin.

    Hu Dost!

  290. Salaams my brother, your site is very beautiful! Bless you and may your journeying be always safeguarded by Mevlana. May the hearts of the lovers be opened!

    Huuuuu,

    Chris,
    Leicester

  291. Salams Chris,

    Welcome to my online home. May Allah bless you always.

    Amin, amin, amin to your dua.

    Huuuu Dost!

    Are you, by any chance, the author of the excellent The Pilgrim blog?

  292. hafeez solangi said:

    well ! I greatly appreciate ur work for muslim history: it looks like a comparative approach on the subject,as it is rarely found in our academic curriculum.jaza k allah deeni brother,welcome in islam!

  293. Salams Hafeez

    Thank you for your kind words. Allah bless you always. Welcome to my online home.

  294. Assalamu alaikum brother Abdur rahman. i am macolin a muslim from southern philippine or they called it the MORO. i have many non muslim friends whom i shared your lecture on youtube about how you become a muslim and also topics about IS GOD EXIST? and many more. its really clear the way you explain it and it is really help them to open their mind..and some of them now are already embraced islam Alhamdulillah..thanks may ALLAH give you more blessings and knowledge. i hope you can visit our brother and sister in philippines. specially the southern part.

  295. Wa alaikum salam brother.

    Welcome to my online home. May Allah bless you always. I think you’ve confused me with someone else. I think you may mean Abdur Rahim Green. Welcome again.

  296. Yusuf Abdulrahman said:

    Assalaamo Alaikum Sidi,

    May Allah bless you and reward you for your energy and dedication.

    Sidi, as you are knowledgeable in the field, I was wondering what texts you would recommend regarding Western philosophy of history, the way that history is understood, and also philosophical justifications for teaching/studying the subject.

    Having studied history from what would be termed in the West a ‘devotional’ perspective, I would be very interested to understand what non-Muslim scholars have written regarding the previously mentioned points.

    May Allah continue to spread your benefit inshAllah,

    With Peace,

  297. Wa alaikum salam Sidi Yusuf,

    Welcome to my online home. May Allah bless you always. Thank you for your kind words. I just wanted to reply, as I’ve been rather busy of late and so haven’t had much time to respond. I’d be more than happy to explore this with you, though I don’t really have the time at present. Perhaps we might explore this a later time, insha Allah.

    At any rate, welcome again.

    Hu Dost!

  298. Nuri Farazi said:

    Hello dear Abdur Rahman,
    is there a possiblity to ask you a question privately? Do you have an email address?

    Best

    Nuri

  299. Salams Nuri

    I’ve just sent you an e-mail

  300. Assalaam Alaikum respected bro,
    Fabulous blog. And thanks for following my blog

  301. Wa alaikum salam brother

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. Thank you for your kind words. Your blog is very good. Ma sha Allah.

  302. Hi Mr. Abdur Rahman,

    Hope you are doing well.

    I just visited your blog and found some really interesting and knowledgeable information there.

    We’ve developed a few Islamic applications and were wondering if you can let your audience know about them. You can take a look at our apps at http://www.avenueislam.com. Please advise , if this is something you can help us with.

    A quick response from you would be highly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Tajassar Iqbal
    tajassar.iqbal@tkxel.com

  303. Wa alaikum salam Tajasser

    May Allah bless your project. I don’t usually advertise business products on my site.

  304. Jahangeer said:

    Dear Brother Abdur Rahman

    Assalamu ‘alaykum

    You have an interesting and insightful blog, Masha Allah.

    I would like to send you private email. Please contact me! Jazak Allahu Khayran.

  305. My best salams to you Jahangeer,

    I have just sent you an e-mail. Welcome to my online home. Ask olsun!

  306. Aasim Munir Dad said:

    Assalam O Aleikum WaRahmatUllaahi WaBarakatuhu..

    Brother Abdul Gareen do you serve in East London Mosque? as I really wish to see you….

  307. Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

    Welcome to my online home. Sorry brother, I’m not Abdul Rahim Green, nor do I work at the East London Mosque.

  308. What a wonderful “About” page. I am so looking forward to learning more about your own path and journey. Thankyou for stopping by and following my blog. Welcome!

  309. Welcome Stephanie

    Thank you. It’s wonderful to meet you. I look forward to some interesting conversations with you.

    Love and light

  310. Thanks to Allah and thanks to you and all others for the nice writings

  311. Salams Abdul

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always.

    You’re right….shukr wa al-hamdu lillah in all things. I hope this finds you well

  312. Assalamualaekum

    Just wanted to pay salam at this virtual living darbar of yours (in my eyes it is so). The last dua moved a sinner like me… JazakAllah

    Umer Toor
    Pakistan

  313. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
    Abdur Rahman
    my name is ziyaad and i would like the complete english translation of ‘Bhar Do Jholi’ by the Sabri brothers, as i do not know it. i have already tried searching online for it but cannot get it. thank you in advance.

  314. Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

    Welcome Ziyaad to my online home. Unfortunately, I don’t have the text you’re looking for, and so, can’t help you. May Allah grant you what you seek

  315. Wa alaikum salam Umer Toor,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. May the Beloved Friend have mercy on us all.

  316. JazakAllah for such generous prays; i pray some for you.

    Can you mention some texts on the earliest wars sahaba fought up to the reign of 4th caliph that explain the context of the wars such as with Persia, Rome and else, from Islamic point of view [in terms of religious and/or spiritual legitimacty]?

    Wassallam

  317. By God’s permission, I’ll have a think about it and get back to you. In the meantime, perhaps you might like another blog of mine, though I haven’t been able to update it for a long time…

    http://islamichistory.wordpress.com/

  318. Thanks a lot. Hope to benefit from that blog.

    Please do share as i was questioned severely by some modernist friends about the alleged injustice through swords first two Caliphs ‘unleashed’ on peaceful people for worldly gains only. JazakAllah.

  319. Mr. Abdur Rahman, I would like to send a complete invitation email of 10th Universal Sufi Festival 2013. Please, let me your email ID and oblige thereby. For your kind consideration here is the common information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Sufi_Festival

  320. Dear S A Medu,

    Greetings of love and peace to you. Thank you for your very kind invitation. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this year, as I will be away then. Al hamdu lillah in every condition and state. I would love to come in the future though, as God wills.

    Blessings to you, and welcome to my online home

    Abdur Rahman

  321. Sheikh Fadlallah got it … “if you see mutiplicty through the lens of UNITY then you have cracked the puzzle” (or words to this effect) & his explanation on the opposites is spot on.

    There is no separation – no shiaISM, no sunniISM, no sufiISM etc. etc. Prophet (SAW) did not go around preaching any “ISM” except the science of BALANCED existence which Allah called ISLAM. Besides, Allah (SWT) strongly warns in the Glorious Quran about separating into sects (the arabic word “Shia”) …

    “Verily those who split up their religion and became sects, you have absolutely nothing to do with them.” [Qur'an 6:159]

    The fundmental principle is, and as a matter of fact, the universe only exists because of LA-ILLAHA-Il-ALLAH, the only REALITY. At the quantum level everything is connected and converges into UNITY, the dot … there are higher infinities and there are lower inifinites and universe exists between the two.

    The thing we call space is NOT EMPTY, not even vacuum is empty! It is composed of highly dense energy field. The vacuum density of the field is measured at 10 to power 93 grammes per centimeter cube of energy (this is a huge number). So for example, if you squash whole of the universe in a mass and measure one centimeter cube of that mass then you get 10 to the power 55 grammes per centimeter cube of mass (which is much much smaller than 10 to power 93 as you can work out).

    Here is the question ..how much of the energy is in one proton (a sub-atomic particle)? Astonishingly the number comes to 10 to power 55 which is exactly the same as mass of one centimeter cube of the universe. Not only huge amount of energy in one sub-atomic particle BUT, think, every proton is like a universe itself and it is connected to all the other protons through THE FIELD. This is how the universe self organises because each proton KNOWS all the information about ALL the other protons in the universe through the HOLOGRAPHIC principle. This is how the system remains in balance, in check and knows everything (because everything is connected).

    Remarkably, even at the atomic/sub-atomic level the universe knows where everything is (every atom/proton is accounted for), everything comes from The Field and returns to it. Therefore space is not empty, the nothingness is NOT nothing, it is extremely intelligent, a very dense almost infinite ENERGY FIELD which connects everything in the entire universe. So what, you may ask? What does this all mean? It means we are ALL connected (irrespective of religion, race, colour, gender, tribes, nationality etc. etc.) Everything in the universe operates on the principle of UNITY! No point dividing ourselves into fragments and creating disharmony on the earth, we are only harming ourselves – as harm in one part of the world leads to harm in another. Peace in ourselves will lead to peace in our families, communities and eventually the entire world. This is how the system is, it does NOT reward selfishness/greed, disharmony, discord. This is the principle of unity (connectivity).

    So where does all this lead to? I believe this is really an important question. As a BELIEVER, I call this field THE DIVINE ESSENCE (or The Spiritual Field), SOURCE of which is ALLAH (SWT) and this is why the Quran says “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ) – Sura Al-Baqara, Verse 156. It means … “We indeed come from Allah, and indeed to Him we return”. Today, science has proved the existence of Allah and His system beyond any doubt (as a matter of fact they proved it over one hundred years ago but for reasons of their own wasn’t brought into the public domain). It is a magnificent system. These findings (which will be studied by our children’s children in classrooms, I believe) have destroyed Darwin’s model of creation, separation/individualism, survival of the strongest etc. and all the other random theories are in dust, ATHEISM IS DEAD. It IS “Creation by Design” model and we are heading towards survival by COOPERATION – a collective not individual existence. We are at the advent of SPIRITUAL evolution, a new dawn is beckoning. I am cautiously optimistic about the future of mankind (after major upheaval in the medium term I hasten to add). Peace will return once humanity realises there is NO SEPARATION and ultimately THERE IS ONLY ALLAH. Incidentally, we only know glimpse of Allah by knowing a little about His system. We will never know all about Allah as he is beyond everything, “there is nothing like Him” – we CANNOT comprehend Him as He is NOT a deity. The Glorious Quran is amazing as it has given us many clues (direct and indirect) which, sadly, Muslims have failed to unravel. It is about UNITY, PEACE and LOVE for ALL creation. Indeed only through His creation Allah reveals some of His glories.

    For human, the evolution is all about the consciousness (heart+mind), to elevate it to spiritual heights in order to become heavenly beings herein and the hereafter. Another point, the connectivity principle means you CANNOT fool Allah’s system as it is intricate and highly intelligent, it KNOWS EVERYTHING, nothing is missed in thought or action. Therefore TRUTH (HAQ) is a PERMANENT value. Anyone who recognises Haq (through his/her HEART, not just tongue) and spreads it (in intention and actions) is in a permanent state of Ibaada (which is not the same as worship). All permanent values (truth, love/compassion, honesty, justice, mercy etc. etc.) result in Ibaada of the highest level. For Muslims, practice of 5 pillars in their TRUE ESSENCE (which is not the same as rituals) SHOULD lead to greater self awareness (consciousness) and a more peaceful existence. WE are in need of understanding these principles if we are to move out of a “collective state of Azaab”; we are in need, not He.

    “To Allah belong all things in heaven and earth: verily Allah is He (that is) FREE OF ALL NEED, worthy of all praise.” (Quran 31:26)

    “O mankind, you are those in need of Allah, while Allah is the FREE OF NEED, the Praiseworthy.” (Quran 35:15)

    Peace & Love.

    Farrak (Leeds, UK)

  322. Salams Farrak

    Welcome to my online home. Beautiful reflections. Oneness, unity….YES!

    Peace and love from Wales

  323. Hi, can you prove to me that the Utrujj Foundation have links to Sufism please thank you!

  324. Salams Tal

    Welcome to my online home. Sorry, I can’t prove or disprove that either way. Moreover, I’m not really interested in proving it either. The Utrujj Foundation do fantastic work and I support them wholeheartedly.

  325. nisafarrukh said:

    It’s nice to find one converted to islam! did u get through the arabic text of the Qur’an? how do u define “muslim “?

  326. Assalamu alaykum

    Excellent site indeed

    Sidi Abdur Rahman

    Is it possible for us to make contact via Skype? my blog: islamictext.wordpress.com

    I was hoping you could email me the 1st 10 pages of the book ‘knowledge and wisdom’ of Habib Abdullah bin ‘Alawi al-Haddad.

    Salam,
    Muhammad Allie.

  327. Wa alaikum salam Allie,

    I’m glad you like the site. In truth, anything good here comes from God, the Source and Sustainer of All. Only the mistakes are mine.

    I think I do still have a copy of that book, though I’d have to check first. If I have a copy, I’d be happy to help – although it’s not stored at my home at present I don’t think.

    Salams and best wishes

    Abdur Rahman

  328. Salam Nisa Farrukh,

    My apologies! I must have missed your post. It’s good to make your acquaintance. Allah bless you always.

    Al hamdu lillah, I can read the script of the Quran and have done some Arabic language studies (though I’m not yet fluent). I try to read the Quran as much as I can, though there’s always more I could do. May Allah facilitate this for me.

    How do I define Muslim? I’m not sure exactly in what sense you mean. However, that said, for me anyone who believes and states the shahadahtayn is a Muslim. Beyond that, anyone who believes in God and the Prophet (as) is a Muslim, and it isn’t my job to question that. I believe that all the various groups within the fold of Islam are all equally Muslim – Sunni, Shi`a, Sufi, Salafi, etc.

    Love and blessings to you

  329. MR/ Mrs

    Al madinah international university which win dependence Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) and also winning the adoption of all academic programs and courses, the university that are approved by the Malaysian funds and private academy, which deals with quality control and efficiency Academy, known for short as [MQA ] to congratulate you on the occasion of the new academic February year – 2014 . Its pleasure to tell you that the university opening apply for university colleges.

    The following colleges :

    * Faculty of Islamic Sciences
    * Faculty of languages
    * Faculty of Computer and Information Technology.
    *Faculty of education .
    * Faculty of Finance and Management.
    *Language center
    *Faculty of engineering

    The university offer :
    Bachelor degree
    Master degree
    PHD degree
    Both online and on campus learning for more information you can visit
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    for more information about Bachelor degree
    http://www.mediu.edu.my/ar/admissions/undergraduateprograms

    for more information about master degree
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    Best Regard
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    //www.mediu.edu.my/ar/

  330. Salaams brother. I seem to have stumbled upon your blogsite in my quest for sufi musicians. I am hosting a ‘sufi’ gourmet food evening in the Cotswolds in May and require some live entertainment – something along the lines of sufi/folk with traditional instruments to create a nice ambience to the event. Can you help?

  331. Salams Waqar,

    I’m more than happy to help, and will ask around. My family and I would love to come along to the event itself too, if possible.

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