Life can be joyful and fulfilling or bleak and depressing. Human beings experience all these states to varying degrees and durations. No matter who we are, at some point in our lives we will be faced with challenges and trials, some of them tremendous. The thrill that comes with a new job, a holiday, a marriage to the love of one’s life, soon fizzles away into a distant memory. The truth is that nothing lasts!
The sense that there is something missing is such a common feeling amongst us that we cannot dismiss the profundity of this experience. The questioning starts: Why me? What is it all about? Who am I? Since the dawn of creation we have been asking ourselves these questions, in different cultural formats. Prophets and enlightened beings have come to all societies, revealing truths that show that the challenges of life are indicators and opportunities to discover unbounded perfection, inexplicable joy and completeness. These facets lie at the core of our being: our Soul.
What we perceive and feel as limited in this earthly realm is only so because our origin and essential reality is unbounded and joyful. The Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri Foundation is dedicated to a contemporary rendition of the Prophet Muhammad’s teaching in this prophetic line. It demonstrates in accessible symbolism of language and style how the timeless prophetic teachings can be understood and lived in the modern world. It honours the spiritual teachings of the acknowledged paths prior to Muhammad (pbuh) and the many expressions issuing from the Muhammadi way, such as the teachings of the great Sufi masters, as well as those of the School of Irfan.
Welcome to the path of joyful surrender!