The Spiritual Journey of Food 23rd Feb

Thank you to all who attended! The most important message we received and struck upon must have been that we have a responsibility to eat less meat; our current consumption is just not sustainable. It may be halal, but is halal enough? Perhaps we need to look more deeply at the ethics behind the way animals are reared.

Ruksana Shain would like to add an additional article for reading; http://behalal.org/consumer/slaughter-methods-explored/

Best wishes to you all and make sure you ‘Think, Rethink and act with decency.’

A message from Shaykh Tahir

This juma message is given to the Shaykh by inspiration of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم and draws on many beautiful sources. It will speak to you; whoever you are.

In your mind & heart you should have kindness, compassion and love for your friends. Do not behave towards them as if you are a wanting and starving beast and as if your success lies in devouring them. Your duty is not to seek love from people but to find the obstacle within yourself that you have built against their love.  ‘Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words’. Juma Mubarak. Shaykh Tahir

A message from Shaykh Tahir

This juma message is given to the Shaykh by inspiration of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم and draws on many beautiful sources. It will speak to you; whoever you are.

When one loves an object it blinds one and the heart becomes ill. When this happens you see but with a diseased eye, hear but with unhearing ears. The world can make the heart die, but at the same time be an object of desire for the mind.  At this point, you become a slave to the world and a slave to the people whose only concern is this world. The heart of a human is amazing; it possesses both the substance of wisdom and it’s opposites. Your intellect longs to be like the righteous people so that you can be of one of them, and you love them so that you can be united with them in their love. But even if you fall short in emulating the actions of the righteous, do not become enslaved to your desires. Juma Mubarak’ Shaykh Tahir

A Message from Shaykh Tahir

This juma message is given to the Shaykh by inspiration of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم and draws on many beautiful sources. It will speak to you; whoever you are.

‘You will never be able to please everyone, rather rectify what is between you and Allah and do not care about the people. The ignorant one does not see his ignorance as he basks in its darkness; nor does the knowledgeable one see his own knowledge, for he basks in its light. The mind of a wise person is the safest custody of secrets; cheerfulness is the key to friendship; patience and forbearance will conceal many defects. Be obscure and do not attempt to be famous, do not elevate yourself in order to be remembered. Learn and conceal, find safety in silence, you will please the righteous people and you will outrage the wicked. Juma Mubarak.’ Shaykh Tahir

A message from Shaykh Tahir

This juma message is given to the Shaykh by inspiration of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم and draws on many beautiful sources. It will speak to you; whoever you are.

The virtue of patience is one of the highest values of morality and nobility of character. It is the best habit which one can develop and then great things can be accomplished. When you are unable to resolve something through trying and praying, leave the decision to Allah as Allah always decides better for His followers. When you feel all is going wrong for you Allah will redirect you to something better. You must convince your heart that whatever Allah has decreed is right and most beneficial to you. Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety; after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly. You should have hope in Allah alone and should fear nothing but your sins. If you are on the way towards Allah, then run.  If it’s hard for you then jog; even crawl, but never stop or go back. Juma  Mubarak‘ Shaykh Tahir