Sequestering with Sidi (Online Class)

Sequestering with Sidi

During this period of Covid quarantine, we would like to come together, sequestering with the spirit of our Shaykh, Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal, by reflecting on his writings each week.

Said Bin Yunus will read selections of Sidi’s text, offer commentary & lead a short dhikr to help us connect with the writings & spirit of our guide, the spirit of the Prophet (blessings & peace be upon him) & the Presence of Allah (Exalted is He).

Classes are postponed until March 19th due to health issues.

Please feel free to listen to previous recordings below..

Last Class (on 2-12-21):

Class 33: “The Secret” Part 13: In this session we discuss: the nature of the material world (Mulk); the senses; the time before Adam was created; the intention behind creating Adam; the process of creating Adam’s body; the unique nature of the body of Adam in relationship to all other creations & the Creator.

Previous Classes:

Class 21: The SecretPart 1: In this session we: read the text of “The Secret” from Sidi’s book Path To Allah, Most High on pages 131 -134; discussed why we picked this chapter; took questions related to (a) why study these esoteric chapters, and (b) how Sidi Muhammad’s style of guiding his students in relation to the style of guidance of other shuyukh.

Class 22: The SecretPart 2: In this session we discuss: Divine Singularity (ahadiyya) & Lordship (rabbaniyya) before created things existed; the subtle spiritual ‘centers’ (lata’if); their different names & qualities; and their unified nature.

Class 23: The SecretPart 3: In this session we discuss: the first subtle center known as the secret (sirr); its ontological relationship to Allah; the world of Jabarut; the essence of things, the root of the spirit & created beings; and the experience of this station as described by great Sufi Masters of the past.

Class 24: “The Secret” Part 4: In this session we discuss: the second subtle center known as the spirit (ruh); its ontological relationship to Allah & the secret (sirr); the world of Dominion/Command (al-Malakut).

Class 25: “The Secret” Part 5: In this session we discuss: the ruh in relation to the command of Allah & the ‘nafas ar-Rahman’; the relationship of the ‘Divine Spirit’ & personal spirit; the spirit ‘as an image of Life’; and the spirit as the primordial substance (jawhar).

Class 26: “The Secret” Part 6: In this session we discuss: the place of the intellect; the purpose of the intellect; Sidi’s 3 degrees of the intellect; the intellect’s relationship to the heart, secret & spirit; the nature of ‘the first intellect’.

Class 27: “The Secret” Part 7: In this session we discuss: the white mind, its nature, purpose & relationship to the first intellect.

Class 28: “The Secret” Part 8: In this session we discuss: the dark mind, its nature, purpose & relationship to the first intellect & white mind; the relationship of reason to desire & higher spiritual perception.

Class 29: “The Secret” Part 9:  In this session we discuss: a review of the different worlds of Sufi Cosmology; the nature of the world that is perceived by the faculty of the heart (qalb), known as: the World of the Interspace (‘alam al-barzakh), the Imaginal World (‘alam al-khayal) or the World of Similtudes (‘alam al-mithal).

Class 30: “The Secret” Part 10: In this session we discuss: a the heart (qalb) in relation to the world of the interspace, the imagination & similtudes; in relation to the other subtle faculties (lata’if); as well as the form & functions of the heart (qalb); as well as how imaginal perceptions of the heart either reveal or veil Reality (al-Haqq).

Class 31: “The Secret” Part 11: In this session we discuss: a review of what we discussed for many newcomers; then we discussed what the Qur’an, Sunnah & teachings of our guide tell about a proper functioning heart; as well as an improperly functioning heart; as well as the relationship of the heart to the Sacred Law (shari’a) & healing; as well as the role of the heart in the ‘path of descent’ from Allah (exalted is He) towards creation & the ‘path of ascent’ from the creation towards Allah (exalted is He).

Class 32: “The Secret” Part 12: In this session we discuss: the different imaginal faculties & capabilities (quwwa) within the heart in relationship to the physical senses (hiss) & the intellect (‘aql) in the process of raising the consciousness into the unseen dimensions of existence.

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Class 1: “The Station of Patience” Part 1:  In this session we discuss: Divine Friendship (wilaya), station (maqam) vs state (hal); 6 unifying beliefs of all those seeking to be Divine servants, Patience ( sabr) as a Divine Attribuete; having a good opinion of Allah in times of trail.

Class 2: “The Station of Patience” Part 2:  In this session we discuss: a review of 1st class for those not present; patience (sabr) as an act of belief (iman); 3 stages of belief (islam/iman/ihsan).

Class 3: “The Station of Patience” Part 3:  In this session we discuss: the 1st station of patience, i.e. sabr with the shari’ah; & some of the wisdoms of this station.

Class 4: “The Station of Patience” Part 4:  In this session we discuss: the 2nd station of patience, i.e. patience with predestination & some of the wisdoms of this station.

Class 5: “The Station of Patience” Part 5:  In this session we discuss: the 2nd station of patience; reflections from Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari to support developing patience & having a good opinion of Allah (azal wa jal) in times of trial.

Class 6: “The Station of Patience” Part 6: In this session we discuss: 3 stations of spiritual development (islam/iman/ihsan) in relation to 3 stages of developing patience (sabr li-llah, sabr ma’a-llah, sabr ‘ala-llah); the 3rd station of ‘beautiful patience’ & spiritual beauty/excellence (ihsan); & related reflections from Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari.

Class 7: “The Station of Patience” Part 7: In this session we discuss: the 3 Qur’anic terms for the 3 levels of patience: sabr, sabaara, raabita; as well as identifying signs of each level.

Class 8: “The Station of Patience” Part 8: In this session we discuss: the relationship of sabr/sabaara/raabita to islam/iman/ihsan & the stations of the nafs/heart/spirit; also benchmarks that help us find our place on the path of patience.

Class 9: “The Station of Patience” Part 9: In this session we discuss: the different degrees of having patience with not having Allah; the degree of the heedless & love of distraction; the degree of annihilation & having no self to have patience; & the degree of subsistence.

Class 10: “The Station of DeathPart 1a & Part 1b:  In this session we discuss: the “elephant in the room” i.e. the subject of death; the reasons we avoid this subject; the need open to new perspectives on living & dying; the relevancy of reflecting on death during Covid/quarantine; the spiritual significance of Fridays/Jumu’ah dealing with death; understanding Sidi’s concept of death as central to his other teachings & path.

Class 11: “The Station of DeathPart 2: In this session we discuss: questions raised by “the enigma of death”; “who seeks it & who objects?”; death through the lens of the secular material world view vs the world view of tawhid (Divine Oneness).

Class 12: “The Station of DeathPart 3: In this session we discuss: questions raised by “the enigma of death”; “What is it’s beginning & what is it’s end?”; answers according the secular-material world view vs tawhid; ontological levels of life in the cosmos; unique qualities of life in Adam.

Class 13: “The Station of DeathPart 4: In this session we discuss: questions raised by “the enigma of death”; “What is it’s beginning & what is it’s end?”; looking at the world view of tawhid; the 5 “lives” or stages of development each spirit goes through on the journey from Allah back to Allah; a) the life before conception, b) the life of the material world, c) the life of the grave, d) the life on the Day of Resurrection & e) the life in the Hereafter.

Class 14: “The Station of DeathPart 5: In this session we discuss: questions raised by “the enigma of death”: “Why was it created & for what purpose?”; life & death as leading to rational proofs of the Existence of Allah; Allah as the only One able to give life or give death; the Divine Names of Allah al-Muhyi, al-Mumit, al-Ba’ith & al-Hayy.

Class 15: “The Station of DeathPart 6: In this session we discuss: the last questions Sidi asks in paragraph 1; then paragraph 2, selling one’s self through the bay’ah (covenant, promise, sale); jihad (struggle toward self-lessness); & fath (victory, spiritual opening); in relation to death of the body & fana of the spirit.

Class 16: “The Station of DeathPart 7:  In this session we discuss: “Selling one’s self to Allah in return for Paradise” by examining the prophetic descriptions of what life in Paradise entails by reading from A Concise Description of Jannah & Jehannam by Abdul Qadir al-Jilani & The Book of the End by Ibn Kathir.

Class 17: “The Station of DeathPart 8: In this session we discuss: the 3rd & 4th paragraphs the text; spiritual witnessing in the world before conception, the world of the grave, the world of resurrection & the world of the Hereafter; the 3 degrees of Certainty (yaqin) & witnsessing in this world.

Class 18“The Station of Death” Part 9: In this session we discuss: the 2nd & 3rd paragraphs on page 187; that the human being dies according to the inner meaning they gave to their life; & they are resurrected according to how they died; the difference between physical death only vs. physical death after fana’.

Class 19: “The Station of DeathPart 10: In this session we discuss: the end of page 187 & 188; “the movement of the grave”; the spirit traveling through the heavens with the angels after death; moving through meanings of the events of the dunya; readings Sidi’s books Conversations in the Zawiyya & Fruits from the Tree of Life describing a gnostic’s view of the life of the barzakh.

Class 20: “The Station of DeathPart 11: In this session we discuss: the end of the chapter; with more supplemental readings from Conversations in the Zawiyya & Fruits from the Tree of Life describing a gnostic’s view of the life of the barzakh; & the importance of “dying before death”.