Archives for the ‘ Mysticism ’ Category

Role of Prayer in Spiritual Life

By • Aug 7th, 2011 • Category: Islam, Lectures, Mysticism

Invariably, all world religions have formal prayers. Their forms and mechanics vary, yet formal prayers play a key role in a faith-based life. What functions do they serve? What goals do they achieve? This lecture examines the role of formal prayers in spiritual life, using the Islamic daily prayer (or صلاة) as an example.

Trust in God

By • Jul 13th, 2011 • Category: Lectures, Mysticism

This lecture explores ‘Trust in God’ (توکل) from an Islamic mystical perspective.
It covers the following topics:
1) What does authentic trust in God mean?
2) Does trust in God mean inaction? Does it negate human initiative, planning and action?
3) How does trust in God impact a believer’s inner life?
4) What are the different levels of trust (weak vs. strong)?