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Khutbah: Know yourself, know Allah

By Arshad Gamiet
“We can control our lower Self by treating our ugly passions like wild animals that need to be tamed. Do not deny them. Acknowledge them, but be a good zoo-keeper. Keep those beasts under control. Always refer to your Higher Self. Refer to your Soul, your Ruuh, the ‘breath of Allah’ within you. The Ruuh never changes, but the spiritual heart, the Qalb, is always susceptible to change…”

Beware of your inward state!

By Arshad Gamiet
“Prophet Muhammad said that whenever people are studying, seeking knowledge for Allah’s sake, then Allah’s angels are there, surrounding them with their wings. You and I cannot see the angels but they are certainly here, protecting us right now. In the same way, we cannot see the devils, the jinn, the subtle beings that try to mislead us from the Straight Path, the Sirat al mustaqeem. But they are there, nonetheless, waiting in ambush to entrap us!”

Worship with Understanding

By Arshad Gamiet
“It’s not our fault if we don’t know Arabic. But it is our fault if we don’t care to learn at least the meaning of our Arabic prayers in our own language…”

Welcome speech to Mosque Open Day

By Arshad Gamiet
“‘Salaam’ is a very important word. It means “Peace.” And from the same word comes “Islam”, the “Way of Peace”. And “Muslim,” “one who follows the Way of Peace, and one who is completely at peace, inwardly and outwardly.”

Being at peace, both inwardly and outwardly means that you have complete faith and trust in your generous Life-Giver. Therefore, your total personality, your body, your mind, heart and soul are in perfect harmony. You are in complete equilibrium at all times, and no outside events can unsettle you or distress you. This is what it really means to be a Muslim in the truest sense of the word…”

Learning to Trust Allah

By Arshad Gamiet
“We live in uncertain times. This week the mega-business Carillion went into liquidation. Many jobs and livelihoods will be lost. How should we behave when we lose our job or face a calamity? Do we panic? Do we react in a desperate or unethical way? Or do we take a deep breath and trust Allah to deliver us safely to a better future?”

Our Primeval Covenant

By Arshad Gamiet.
“We all know that time passes quickly, and as we grow older, it seems that time is racing past at ever increasing speed. But really this is just an illusion. The poet Jalaluddin Rumi says that when you’re in a boat on a fast flowing river, it seems asif the trees on the riverbank are speeding by. Actually, the trees are standing still, and it is you that is speeding on to your final destination, your meeting with Allah…”