Peace, one and all…
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim. In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Today marks the beginning of my teaching for this academic year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my new students for their interest in the course. May God bless our class and your learning. I ask for your forgiveness at the outset for the mistakes I am sure I will make along the way.
The Rose Prayer of the Mevlevi Sufi Order captures exactly what I would like to say:
‘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.