"Exile has a purpose, the purpose of exile is homecoming. Affliction has a purpose, the purpose of affliction is transcending the affliction, is to recognise the treasure that was overlooked. It is overlooked because it is taken for granted. The treasure of our existence we overlook, we take for granted, until we recognise - until we are brought to a time of alienation and separation and that then produces an appreciation for what is there."
"The change that produces the redeemed state is not an outer change, it is an inner change. It's an inner change that is radically concerned with gratitude. Our fallenness is rooted in our resentment, our redemption is rooted in our gratitude." Shaykh Ebrahim Schuitema
"You act based on what you see to be the truth of the world around you...
Before you can revolutionise your intention, you've got to revolutionise your perception... that is really concerned with re-scripting how your view your life from one of lack to one of fullness, from one of harm to one of healing."
Dars delivered by Shaykh Ebrahim Schuitema.
Dars delivered by Shaykh Ebrahim Schuitema in answer to the question: ‘When does one choose courage over compassion? Or are they two sides of the same coin - that the courage to do what’s right, in the best interests of the other, is true compassion?’
Shaykh Ebrahim reflects on a week of events at the zawia. "All of these things serve, for me, to be a reminder to return to the musalla of gratitude - there's no other place to be, there's no other place to live."
"You try and manage the affair - and you must try and manage the affair - so that you can fail, so that He can demonstrate that He is in charge." Dars delivered by Shaykh Ebrahim Schuitema at the zawia.
"Compassion means you and I are the same... to find yourself in the other." "Compassion is about producing a wholesome experience of being in your own skin." Shaykh Ebrahim dars, Ramadan 2020 at Zawia Ebrahim.
You have full autonomy over how you feel in your own skin. Shaykh Ebrahim discusses ill feeling, its roots and gratitude as the antidote where we realise that we have received an excess of our due. "What does it feel like being you?" This is a question that Shaykh asks his Listeners in this episode.
Shaykh Ebrahim discusses what it means to know Allah. "The human being who is fit to purpose is bewildered, the human being who is fit to purposes realises he is inadequate, he is in awe, enchanted..."