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Contemplation Themes

Sheikh Abdul Aziz periodically collates themes for contemplation, which come from a variety of sources including the writings of Hazreti Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi and other Sufi masters, as well as the Hadith or sayings of the Prophet Mohammed and the Holy Qur’an. They are a focus for reflection and a source of inspiration and both spiritual and practical nourishment.


Current contemplation themes

The themes below are collated from gatherings of the Sufi Circle.

Sufi Circle 17 May 2016

Form is brought into existence by the Formless, just as smoke is produced by fire.
The least blemish in the qualities of that which is endowed with form becomes annoying when you regard it continually;
But Formlessness throws you into absolute bewilderment: from non-instrumentality a hundred kinds of instruments are born.
Handlessness is fashioning hands: the Soul of the soul makes a fully formed Man.

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.3712-3715


Assuredly the Absolute Agent is formless: form is a tool in His hand.
Sometimes the Formless One graciously shows His face to the forms from the concealment (veil) of non-existence,
In order that every form may thereby be replenished with some perfection and beauty and power.
When, again, the Formless One has hidden His face, they come to beg in the realm of colour and perfume.
If one form seek perfection from another form, ’tis the quintessence of error.
Why, then, O worthless man, are you submitting your need to another needy creature?

Mathnawi Book 6, vv.3742-3747