Fitna Will Come and Go, Knowledge Stays – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf emphasizes the importance of seeking sacred knowledge, even in times of fitna (tribulation), citing examples of great scholars like Shaykh Abdul-Wahid Ibn ‘Ashir and Mawlana Rumi, who lived through extreme times of fitna themselves.  Please watch the clip below, but also watch the full lecture and many more via the wonderful Deenstream service. Want to learn more? […]

Does Sufism Inherently Feed Into Perennialism? Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad

Perennialism – is the belief amongst some Muslims that all religious are valid paths to Allah a direct result of Sufism and the understanding of Islam as having multiple schools of thought? Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad answers in under three and half minutes. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, also known as Timothy John Winter, is one of […]

Ramadan, Rumi, and Love By Zeshan Zafar

It is part of life to have a difference of opinion with various individuals or groups of people. Terry Tempest Williams, in one of her books, states, “Most of all, difference of opinions are opportunities of learning.” However, generally speaking, on many occasions, when this occurs, if one doesn’t manage it well or lacks comportment, […]

Mawlana Rumi: “A Hundred Regrets for Lost Opportunities”

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: What is the Rumi verse that mentions, “A hundred regrets for lost opportunities”? Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful The Prophet has said truly that no one who has passed away from this world feels sorrow, regret, or disappointment because of dying but rather feels […]

Is This Poem Authentically Attributed to Rumi?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is the following poem wrongfully attributed to Rumi Rahmatullahialay “Come, Come, Whoever you are Our is not a caravan of despair Come, Come, Whoever you are This caravan has no despair. Even though you have broken your vow perhaps ten thousand times Yet come again, come again, whoever you […]

Was Rumi an Orthodox Muslim?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Was Rumi an orthodox Muslim or a universal mystic beyond the rigid confines of orthodoxy? Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, Read: This article explains how Mawlana Rumi was an orthodox Muslim, and shows the emptiness of the claims of him being, “… a maverick, an individualist, unafraid to […]

What Do Classical Scholars Say About Jalal al-Din al-Rumi?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Could you please explain the stance of classical ahly sunnah scholars on mawlana jalaluddin rumi? Have scholars like Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani or Dhahabi said something about him?   Answer: assalamu `alaykum Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi (d. 672 h.) was a recognized scholar of the Hanafi school, as were his […]

Asking Forgiveness in the Qur’an and Mawlana Rumi’s Masnavi

Asking Forgiveness in the Qur’an and the Masnavi Asking Forgiveness in the Qur’an and Mawlana Rumi’s Masnavi by Ibrahim Gamard We are asked to pray with total sincerity: “Astaghfiru ‘llâh” [“estafurullah”, in Turkish]. This means in Arabic, “I seek [asta-] the forgiveness of God [ghfir-Allâh]!” –for myself and others. We ask God to cover and purify […]