The Way Forward

The Way Forward
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

In this talk, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri takes us through the stages of living successfully.

He explains that the Qur'an has been designed to ensure the correct measure, balance and justice are preserved by humankind to ensure inner and outer harmony and success.

A pitfall to avoid is falling into the trap of al hakammuthakathir -- pursuing an increase for the sake of having more.

He refers to the complimentary laws of duality as a necessary process of attaining this harmony between the outer and inner; the Zahir (Outer) and Batin (Inner); Awal (First) and Akhir (Last); earthly and heavenly; gross and desirable and good and bad.

We have to learn how to embrace all that is good and accept ‘the bad’ until we find goodness in that too.

Striving for this level of consciousness, in the zone of constancy, where neither fear, sorrow or grief affects us, is the means to accessing the light of the awliyah (friends of Allah).

Those on the path to divine awakening do not experience faults; they see only truth beauty and majesty.

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri adds that the basis for true worship is founded on restriction, constriction and abstention.

We need to practice takhliyah (retreat), in isolation, to empty out and purify the nafs al ammara (the lower commanding self) through tazkiyah (self-training).

We need to eliminate cravings for spiritual materialism; for more popularity, reputation, power and acknowledgement.

The glorious month of Ramadan teaches us how to curtail this through facilitating personal change by practising regular abstention and constriction: "Our nothingness is the key to everything."

Key Terms: Success - Increase; Al hakammuthakathir; Duality; Constriction; Spiritual Materialism; Tazkiyah; Takhliyah; Ramadan