Spirituality and connecting to the Divine

  • Week 1: The nature of humanity
    • The various components of the human being and the relations between them: body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit
    • What are the relations between human, the rest of creation, and God?
  • Week 2: Piety through perfecting and purifying the soul (tazkiyat al-nafs)
    • What is the relation between moral character and piety?
    • What is the end-goal of "purifying the soul" and what do we achieve by doing so?
    • What are the "diseases of the heart" and how do we go about purifying ourselves from such defects?
  • Week 3: The Relationship with God through God-consciousness (taqwa) and love (mahabbah)
    • What are different ways of envisioning our relationship with God? What are different models of spirituality?
    • How do we understand our relationship of slavehood (`ubudiyya) to Allah? What is the role of worship/service, fear, obedience, and mindfulness of God in our spiritual life? 
    • What does it mean to love Allah? and to be loved by Allah? How do we develop a loving relationship with God?
    • What does it mean to be a "friend" (khalil) of God? How do we develop such a relationship?
  • Week 4: Returning to God and Divine Union
    • How have mystical paths understood our return to God?
    • What is union with God, both in this life and the next?
    • How do prepare ourselves to return to God? 
Duke Msa,
Nov 6, 2013, 9:20 AM
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