blogcolors October 22, 2013

Post Retreat: The Secret of Joy and Rest (Part II)

September 7, 2013

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There's always a reason to smile when you have the right outlook--we can always find something to be grateful for. So smile and be joyous! It's a charity--to yourself and others! Photo courtesy of smscs.com

Exactly one day after the retreat ended, on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013, I received this message from Anse Tamara Gray in a private group chat that I wanted to share with you: “The word joy is one of my favorite words.  We can use it to say things like, “She cried tears of joy.” Or […]

Principles of Reviving Remembrance

September 6, 2013

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Always, Beginning in the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful This post is dedicated to my dear husband, Hassan, who missed virtually every class of the retreat in order to give others the gift of knowledge, including myself and other volunteers. Without his vision for the retreat and undying khidma, there would […]

Thursday: Encounters of the Fourth Dimensional Kind

August 29, 2013

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Anse Tamara's "Fourth Dimension" class with the teens :).

“Whittni”, she said. A voice was coming from within my room, but everyone was asleep. It’s Thursday morning in the wee hours of fajr. My body ceased. I felt squeezed. I didn’t know what to do. I just looked. Hesitated. Waited. Didn’t move. Just looked in the direction of the sound. There was no one […]

Wednesday: The Secret of Joy and Rest (Part 1)

August 28, 2013

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On Friday, a lesson hit home for me in secrets, but on Wednesday, the teaching began. The secrets kept being repeated by the shuyukh in different classes, even when they weren’t in contact with one another. But my first teacher was my husband…my knight in shining armor that rescued me on Wednesday. But let’s allow […]

The Required Grace of Khidma

August 27, 2013

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The lake at the retreat site in the Poconos, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of Nadia El Khatib.

This Sunday marked two weeks since I left my residence in Oxon Hill, Maryland to travel to a place I only visited once in order to work in complete servitude to 250+ guests. Hesitantly. And this Monday marked exactly one week since I left that week-long residence. Bittersweet and relieved, yet longing. I imagine that inshAllah […]

New Year, New Beginnings

January 1, 2013

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Peace be unto you! It’s with reluctancy and hesitancy that I write this message to you…I’m still grieving. But alhamdulillah. It’s a New Year, with new beginnings. And only with some endings do we have new beginnings…new openings. So help me welcome 2013/1434 with some new writing developments that make me smile…my article,“In Memory of […]