Shaykh Haeri's unifying perspective emphasises practical, actionable knowledge of self-transformation. It provides a natural bridge between different approaches to spirituality, offering common ground of higher knowledge for various religions, sects and secular outlooks. His main work has been to make traditional Islamic teachings more comprehensible and widely available to the modern seeker through courses and publications. Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri is currently engaged in lecturing and writing books and commentaries on the Holy Qur'an and related subjects, with particular emphasis on irfan.
The Inner Meaning of Friendship with Allah
This Discourse recollects the life of the great patriarch of middle eastern spirituality: The Prophet Abraham. Shaykh Fadhlalla presents the historical narrative and arc of the defining moments that marked the life Abraham ‘Ebrahim’ in Arabic, in tandem with overviewing there meanings and value to seekers today. The historical – cultural dynamics of the period he lived in, the way of life and behaviours of the peoples and the interplay of classical language descriptions are thoroughly explored in presenting his path, discovery and immersion into the primordial way of being, culminating in his maturation and complete orientation towards Universal Oneness. This talk explores the essential sameness of the Abrahamic message, in all the prophetic teachings emphasizing the key features of the prophetic profile and the meaning of perfecting the purpose of human life. The evolution of the path as per the Abrahamic lineage and the other Prophetic figures of the ancient near and middle east is briefly shared. There are several essential themes reflecting universal spiritual dynamics born from the Abrahamic inheritance and message that are fundamental and refined in the Muhammadi teachings. These are: Hijrah- Turning away from the darkness of ignorance; Islam, Iman and Ihsan - Submission to the Truth at all its different levels and yielding to the transformative resonance of higher inspiration and revealed knowledge; Fitna and Bala - Trials and suffering as the agents of purification towards alignment and dependence on The Reality; Ubudiiyah – perfection of worship and the meaning of servanthood. With reference to a multitude of Qur’anic verses, this presentation is a rich resource celebrating the unveilings of divine perfection, mercy and the keys to arrival as per the essential way of the revealed prophetic paths.
Qur'an Talks in the UK (Part 5 & 6 of 6)
In this session, Shaykh Fadhlalla reviews the key landmarks of the series, beginning with the essential questions that have informed the reflection and study throughout: What is the position of human being in existence; why can’t we maintain constancy and happiness; what is this entity called you; how to save myself from myself?. Adam was designed in theGarden to experience duality in order to realize the light of lights. This talk focuses on the evolution of the self in its movement through time and space, andthe key processes in grooming and refinement. The interplay between self-soul and how to access the inner heart is a central theme. We are programmed for perfection, designed seeking the original state. The constant challenge of balance and the role of knowledge and action is an additional key topic. Ultimately,true knowledge lies in yielding to the divine orchestration. Moving along the patterns of life leads to developing a higher level of awareness and conduct. Ultimately,a good attitude, courtesy and inner abandonment coupled with good expectations are the necessary pre-conditions for following the essential passion - this existence is based on love. The concluding segment of this session, and the series, is a telegraphic review of the remaining key classical Arabic and Qur’anic terms which serve as keys for deepening insight into the study of the multi-level nature of the Qur’anic message and the prophetic teachings.
Qur'an Talks in the UK (Part 4 of 6)
In the fourth session,Shaykh Fadhlalla continues developing the theme of Purification of the Heart and Human Cosmology. The Qur’an repeatedly calls human beings to greater awareness of the complex and incredible mechanism of human life - all of us seek truth beyond change. In this session, Shaykh Fadhlalla discusses the links between knowledge and action via the Qur’anic descriptions of Iman, Islam, Ih’san- the method and modes in which one reads and acts in accordance with the patterns of life to ultimately grow and develop. This section of the series focuses on the call to living higher life, the journey of the soul and the path of goodness, wholesomeness and refinement. Through service and universal generosity humanity can be liberated from the confines of the lower self by the lights of divine life and the virtues of the soul. Developing the right attitudes and navigational keys enables the living heart to constantly witness perfections and follow the arc of life on its sacred journey. This is the exemplar of all the great prophets and masters.
Additional important themes which follow the Qur’anic focus of the series include: Akhira ‘next life’, Ji’had ‘Struggle’, Hij’ra‘migration’. In turning away from errors and difficulties one moves towards the precinct of the soul – “Everything can be changed if the heart has moved in the right direction.” Shaykh Fadhlalla comments on and discusses various traditions in combination with the Qur’anic selections that contour our rich heritage and exemplify human knowledge and excellence whenliving in accord with the divine potential that resides in every heart.
Qur'an Talks in the UK (Part 3 of 6)
The third session in the UK Qur’an series. Utilizing several key questions in exploring further the central themes of human nature and existence: Why do seek the best outcomes? why do we want act in a way that is considered to be good in any given situation? what is this complex self that contains the entire spectrum of the highest and lowest? The first key topic is knowledge and the path that leads towards appropriate knowledge which are the preliminary conditions for joy and how this relates to the Din or path. Reiterated in this talk are the essential duties of the diligent traveler: in discovering and perfecting the modes of skillfully dealing with the lower self - the boundless light of the cosmic soul is already available. Familiarizing oneself with the changing nature of the self is a dynamic process in which the awakened heart reads and responds by the light of the soul. The second key topic of this discourse is the heart Qalb, Soul Ruh the dynamism between self and soul and the multiple meanings in which the Qur’an relays as per this complex human entity functions.
When the heart is purified, it reflects appropriately upon the world and discerns it as it is, when it is turned upward it reflects the unseen cosmic lights of the soul. Harmonious and dynamic interchange of intelligences between heart, mind and soul resonate to enable appropriate discrimination between dualities whilst constantly perceiving essential Unity - this is a key topic in this discourse and is approached through multiple angles. Various prophetic traditions and an extensive range of Qur’an verses are used to delineate the challenges, steps and processes towards the awakened state emphasizing the place of faith and steadfastness and the essence of Dhikr,Remembrance that ennobles the human being in reaching its full potential.
Qur'an Talks in the UK (Part 2 of 6)
The second discourse from the UK Qur’an series. These discourses construct a multi - dimensional map and cosmology that both indicates the designs of life and provide keys in which one is able move along its pathways. Human beings are repeatedly challenged to review and adjust, as part of the mysterious movement of life. This talk considers several key topics - The first is the self and the Quranic descriptions of its nature, development and cosmology. The emphasis topic is intellect, rationality and intelligence - as human beings grow and develop in consciousness, the capacity for reasoning and discrimination of dualities is a necessary step in the development of a wholesome heart. Greater awareness and intelligence allies with knowledge, action and the best possible conduct. Shaykh Fadhlalla discusses these issues and their relevance to the good life, the drive towards excellence and living in accord with divine mercy. “The closer you are to your last breath - the closer you are to the breathless vista of no beginning and no end.” Yet balance, constancy and a living heart are desirable for all human beings.
Shaykh Fadhlalla introduces a key theme that is developed and repeated throughout the series: The method or path is to care for the lower half and recognize and resonate with the higher side which is always fully functional. The committed traveler will take every difficulty as an opportunity for re-alignment, difficulties and challenges are indicators pointing to the soul’s constancy and light. All of nature’s programs, patterns and transmissions in following the appropriate course lead to human beings reaching the purity of the heart and timeless knowledge. The middle path is an oscillation between the boundless and the bounded and limited. This is a detailed presentation examining these key topics with depth and delineation of key issues in dynamics of transformation and refinement by the Qur’an and the Prophetic path
Qur'an Talks in the UK (Part 1 of 6)
This is the first in a series of several sessions hosted in the England. Whereby Shaykh Fadhlalla discusses select fundamental themes from the Academy of Self Knowledge teachings and cosmology with special emphasis on its Qur’an essence. One of the purposes of the ASK teachings is to present the Universality of The Qur’anic teachings and openings in manner that is accessible beyond language and culture. These discourse’s straddle both the particular and the universal covering a compendium of key topics from the Qur’an. The emphasis throughout is transformative knowledge and appropriate means in deriving that knowledge towards living a wholesome life.
The focal point in the first discourse is the Adamic metaphor from which various essential questions are addressed. Adam didn’t know what eternity was. The metaphoric descent from the Gardenic state into the world of dualities and thus the rise of consciousness, sentiency and movement of life on its journey back to origin. With reference to key Qur’anic verses Shaykh Fadhlalla explores the themes that are central to human cosmology and existence: self-awareness, reflectiveness, Unity and the unified self, the quest for reality and the road maps and that delineate the clear path of navigation. Human challenges all form part of the composition and dynamics of life on its journey back to its cosmic essence. Additional Key topics include: Guidance, striving, freedom and determinism, action and the purpose of service in human development and the prophetic and Qur’anic method in addressing the diverse life forces which drive and affect human life.
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri
Next to the Qur'an, this is of the best knowledge I have ever found.