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Key Benefits of Knowing Who You Are

The ASK One course, recently held in Johannesburg, South Africa was delivered
over three monthly sessions with a group of professional men and women.  The course is based on the teachings of the renowned author and master of Islamic and Sufi sciences, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, and facilitated by Aliya B Haeri, director of the Academy of Self Knowledge. 


Knowing yourself is a most important factor in leading an enlightened and worthwhile life and is at the centre of all our endeavours – success or failure.  How you behave and respond to your outer situations are governed by your inner state and mental processes.  Self-awareness uncovers any unhealthy thought patterns and habits and can lead to better choices and responses from higher consciousness.  It is by knowing ourselves

that we find purpose and life becomes meaningful. 

A lively synergy in the group created an exciting learning environment where each person could be supported in their openings towards higher consciousness.    


What the participants say

The course has helped me to look into myself and to be mindful of my interactions with others.  I would recommend this course to everyone. S, lawyer & Conveyancer

This has been one of the most profound courses that I’ve ever been on. I felt a real shift in my life within 24 hours of attending the first day. I have had so many burning questions answered. I have enjoyed the non-judgmental, all embracing and very loving way the course was presented. C, Executive Coach, Facilitator & Consultant

I can’t say enough great things. I am inspired. Motivated. For the first time in my life, I have heard an explanation of life and the universe that makes sense.  Thank you! Now I have a map. C, Company Manager

This was the best money I have ever invested in me!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I released all my mental and emotional blocks. I now know who I am and am loving feeding my soul. Thank you for allowing me to be myself.  The 6th August, 3rd September and 24th September will always be etched in my mind – I have been transformed. K, Engineer

A really worthwhile experience connecting with one’s deeper self and like-minded seekers on the path.  Thank you for holding the space and facilitating the process. J, Life Coach Trainer

For the longest time, I have felt that something has been missing within me.  I realised how much I defined myself by my ego self. I have a new appreciation for myself and others. I feel I have more tools to deal with life more constructively and positively. D, Psychologist


I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. I have learnt so much and have realised I am still early on my spiritual journey. I am so lucky to have been included in this fantastic group of people. A, Software Developer

I enjoyed this course thoroughly. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about Islam and the universal laws from the Sufi perspective.  Learning from a course book by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri has allowed me to find true pearls of wisdom for so many different aspects in my life.  The practices that were given are simple, straightforward and easy to apply and, when applied, are life-changing and transformative. N, Scientist & Kinesiologist

This course is just so amazing. I have grown so much in such a short time. I see itin my interactions daily and I’m loving what I see about me.  The group was authentic and non-judgmental and very supportive, which made it easier to open up to share.  Aliya is a wealth of knowledge and has so much compassion and love. Her patience and calmness helped keep me together. F, Project Manager


“Discovering Yourself” Successfully Travels to Bangladesh via Skype


Reaping the benefits of ASK One’s self-knowledge course, an intimate group of learners in Bangladesh met online for five sessions to learn the key principles of the Islamic Sufi science of the self.  The course was produced by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, renowned scholar and author of books on Islam and Sufism and founder of the Academy of Self Knowledge, and facilitated by its director, Aliya B Haeri.

Here is what the group says:

“It was a tremendous learning experience. (We) are a composition of self (conditioned, basic consciousness) and soul (pure consciousness). ASK Course One is an interactive and transformative course on the way to realizing this truth. Its emphasis is on interaction and balance, presence or being in the now, and meditation and touching the zone beyond space and time – all based on surrender to the One Source that is within and without.

We received theoretical clarifications and understanding on various layers of Reality as well as practical, step-by-step instructions on removing the obstacles and realizing our true nature. Many questions which were inside for a long time came out and we received answers that absolutely make sense. A simple breathing exercise taught in the course is quite helpful in bringing the mind back  to gatheredness and presence while active in life. The guided meditation is indeed  a great support to go beyond the zone of space and time.

After every session we felt recharged and full of yearning for self-discovery  in a way that no book learning can give.”

We look forward to starting ASK Course Two in 2017.”





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