Sheikh Din Muhammad Abdullah al-Dayemi's
Asalaamu Aleikum Articles
Published in Divine Remembrance:
Semi-annual Journal of the Dayemi Tariqat
1996 - 2010
(All 27 Articles now available in PDF)
"We must perform our spiritual practices - prayer, meditation, seva and keeping the company of truth -
in order to come to the realization that every moment is prayer, every moment
is meditation and every moment is the opportunity for satsang." - Sheikh Din
The True Depth of Your Satisfaction
2. Not needing to move--starting to have a deep well.
3. Pain is the rationalization for why I can't go further.
4. How does one soften one's heart and get out of one's mind?
Moving from Fear to Unconditional Love
2. Surrender is all or nothing; this does not mean there isn't still a process one goes through.
3. We "burn our house down" by associating and identifying ourselves with something greater
than ourselves: it is not a mental process, it is a process of "burning."
4. Difference between opinion and judgment.
5. To be whole, healthy and to know one's real boundaries.
Unconditional Love and Path, Practice, Teacher
2. The Community is a place to practice loving.
3. Business hides itself in interpersonal relationships.
4. Love is for love's sake; love is for God's sake; if you love someone this way they will
generally start to change.
5. It is incumbent upon the student to demonstrate their intention.
2. Developing intuition.
3. Taking risks.
5. There are no accidents; your life has brought you here.
Faith: Everything is Part of a Perfect Design
of all things; 3) each moment is a custom designed lesson, a custom course work for
my life; and 4) by putting all the lessons together, we have the insight that the whole
system, God, is perfect.
2. You cannot have blind faith when you are on a path of enlightenment.
3. Maintaining faith in face of suffering and "evil."
4. The al-Fatiha (the Opener) calls us to Faith; the prayer basically says "lay it on me."
2. Nothing I can articulate about myself satisfies me.
3. We are conditioned by the impression of life.
4. Personal practice of self inquiry "Who am I?"
5. Spiritual practice releases attachments, releases our identity that keeps us separate from
Knowledge of God
Related to Effort, Study, Spiritual Practice and Adab.
The study is the making of our intention to have the direct experience.
2. How are we to become mystic lovers and at the same time undertake the disciplines
and obligations of this life?
3. Has the study about God become our God?
4. Example of the garden and the gardener-knowing God requires effort. Developing love
for the practice that brings the knowledge of God.
5. For the Friends of God, God provides them everything they need to know.
Relationship to a Spiritual Teacher
2. For the relationship to be real you need to feel; we need to get in it.
3. People can hide out in scripture.
4. The spiritual teacher is where Divinity meets humanity.
5. The student doesn't have anything to give the teacher.
6. Are you full regardless of the waves of your personality?
7. If a teacher is a True Teacher, the teaching is going to get you back to the basics.
8. A True Teacher will send you away if you can't get it here.
Pleasure and Pain
process of pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain.
2. What is pleasure? A congenial mental feeling.
3. What does it mean to be one-pointed? God is beneath the waves; waves are the manifestation.
Keeping Spiritual Company
Spring / Summer 1998
as well as provide a place for the individual person to give back to the collective in a form
that serves the furtherance of Truth and Purpose.
2. The lower-self multiplies its cravings by taking on countless attributes as the ego argues for
its self-importance. Now the individual is tracking on something totally different than the
Truth. We need the Community for support.
3. As one increases one's intention, the ego may rebel even more intensely than it did before.
The community brings to the surface the negative aspects of our selves.
4. Darshan is, 1) the sight of that which we are moving toward and 2) the Master is seeing you
and there are no corners in which to hide out.
Owning the Community Vision
get fired up. If you have a real calling you fulfill your calling no matter what.
2. Encouraging personal responsibility.
3. Wiping out inferiority complexes.
4. The vision is our honorable work; our privilege.
2. Commitment starts with the Trust that God/Allah has given us upon our birth.
The "Trust" is to use this life to fulfill our purpose. This allows us to see through the many
forms masquerading as life's other activities.
3. How can we strengthen the commitment to the Self?
4. These are the elements that build physical, mental and spiritual integrity. a) physical, mental
and spiritual attributes; b) thought, word and action; c) experience and environment
5. The more integrity, the more we can hold. With Allah in the pole position, everything
becomes oriented around that.
Zam Zam Water:
Symbol for the Fountain of Abundance
that Springs Forth when we Stop and Surrender to God.
2. The story of Hagar running between the hills of Safa and Marwah.
3. This symbolizes the running back and forth between the things of the world, and finding that
we must surrender at the feet of innocence
La ilaha illa Llah: Statement of Unity
Reminds us that God's Essence Permeates All
is return to essence.
2. Metaphor of the sculpture and the marble. The willingness to allow life's impressions to
return back into balance, to reconcile, is the process of "letting go."
3. Living under our impression of who we are is a guaranteed formula for suffering.
4. It all goes. Inspect the system of the ego's defenses carefully.
5. The difference between form and essence; do we look deeply enough?
Remembrance, Recognition & Realization:
The "Three R's" of Spiritual Life
and impressions; b) Dihkr: Divine Remembrance; returning to our true nature
2. Recognition on two levels: a) first I must see what's in the way, see my stuff clearly "as it is"
b) recognizing where I'm going and what I want to be c) comparing my actual condition
with where I want to be.
3. Realization requires that one is extinguished in the process of direct experience.
4. In this process you'll sort through the many layers of ideas and projections about yourself.
Self-Reliance and Sustainability
2. Sustainable self-reliance is the realization that I am completely and utterly dependent upon
God and God's creation; and that God's creation is the only sustainable Reality, as I
am completely reliant upon God.
3. Sustainable is a certain way of being, of behaving and of taking action. It is a way in
which thoughts, words and actions have positive regenerating effects.
4. The ego is capable of taking even the grandest idea and coveting it for its own comfort
and pleasure. Personal comfort and pleasure are not the purpose for Allah's creation.
Patience and Perseverance
2. The words of Qutub ad-Din, Abdul Qadr al-Jilani (ra). The work quoted is on "being tried
3. Tests serve as a noose for the selfish nature, checking the tendency to drift away from the
true goal and to place confidence and trust in others besides Allah. Do men think that they
will be left alone on saying, "We believe," and that they will not be tested? (Qur'anic quote)
4. Life delivers us perfect lessons; delivered to the limits of one's faith. On no soul doth Allah
place a burden greater than it can bear (Surah al-Baqara 2:286)
5. Patience and perseverance defined - it implies trust because we are caused to rely
The Ego: Exemplified by I, Me, and Mine
Through constancy (sabr) and certainty (yaqin) leads to realization (marifat)
2. Self-worship: what about me? I, me and mine are the three idols collectively known as the ego.
3. What is the highest priority? The spiritual aspirant will say "God!" of course. Then it is
incumbent upon the seeker to align every thought, word, and action to That which we
have proclaimed most important.
4. The deepest part of the ocean has no confusion where to go.
(Discusses Halal and Haram)1. If a person is going to be guided on the straight path between Halal (permissible) and
Haram (forbidden), they must be able to "hear" the guidance of the heart.
2. Willingness to abide by the Shari'ah is known as "obedience."
3. Shari'ah applied is called Fiqh as defined by the schools of jurisprudence.
4. May our method of movement raise our spiritual station to the permanent engaged realization
Adab - The Protocol of Spiritual Respect and Courtesy
(One of the keys to God-Realization)
our Beloved God/Allah.
2. Adab makes us self-aware. To have what we really want we must become Self-aware:
God/Allah is awareness. Our respect or adab is for God/Allah.
3. Colored Water example - Self-awareness is realizing the water is colored. Then the
distillation process begins. A true Sufi is blemishless and without color.
4. The practice of adab emphasizes serving another; someone besides yourself.
Adab challenges the lower self. When we follow adab we become servants.
5. We begin refining our Self-awareness by practicing our adab with the Sheikh or Master.
To raise our level of self-awareness will raise our level of attention.
Strengthening the Heart in Stages
2. However, we would like to bypass the stages and have what we want immediately.
3. The mention of Allah softens the heart.
4. When the heart is unstable, the mind is unstable. A blemished heart keeps us far away.
5. Talks about the honor of being "subservient" to his master.
6. Let us be jubilant and secure in knowing that we take steps.
Willingness and Willfulness
Spring / Summer 2002
2. For those who run after the world, the world runs away from them. For those who give up
the chase of this world, by letting go of attachments, control, self-interest, this world comes
to bow at their feet.
3. Eschewing evil means we make a conscious choice to confront the force of
4. The thirst for limitlessness has us always longing for more. Our willful nature does not
satisfy human longing, but our willing nature will. Making the willing choice.
5. Where do all things return? We are not in control.
Returning: The Six Spoke Model Outlined
(God Calls us into the Completion of our Humanity)
Winter2002 / Spring2003
2. Home holds no more aching tension to have more, to become more, to be more. Home is
where and when we've arrived, completed. The adhan calls us to this completion,
haya ala falah - "come to completion."
3. Allah is the creative, initiating impetus that simultaneously is one and different; the
creative impulse; that which calls us to return.
4. Enlightened individuals as well as the enlightened collective; each element is expressed in
the Six Spoke model.
The Six Spokes of the Social Cycle
P.R. Sarkar's Model (2nd part of two part series)
Year End 2003
2. The outlook of a society is the collective make-up of the individual's mentalities.
A society also has longing just like an individual.
3. Spiritual practices must make sense according to the rhythm of nature (din al-Fitr).
4. The fundamental desire of all human beings is to love and be loved. Spiritual Unity (Love) is
the antidote to fear. Every aspect of society must support and be geared in this
5. Neo-humanism - all things, not just human beings, have the inherent spiritual right to exist.
As human beings, we have our right, but not to the exclusion of the rights of creation as a whole.
6. All twelve spokes (Sarkar's and Murshid's), must be present for completion. The fewer
spokes that are present, the more imbalanced a society is; the more spokes present,
the more a society lives in harmony. Original Islam contained all spokes.
7. Community is necessary to complete perfection in all areas. Combine strengths together
into a matrix where your strength helps complete my weakness.
Freedom - The First Step is Dependence
2. The first key to becoming a free person is to fully realize and to fully accept that you are
not independent. To realize dependence makes one vulnerable to each other.
3. Freedom or peace (salaam) is the natural state of a human being. The process of coming
to, attaining and/or returning to this state is called "Divine Remembrance."
4. Service through unconditional love brings freedom and peace.
Eid al-Adha - "Feast of Sacrifice"
Year End 2004
(Sheik Din's khutbah (sermon) commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (as)1. This is a story about true faith and submission. Prophet Ibrahim (as) is an example of
to follow Allah's instructions to sacrifice his son)
a perfected "Muslim."
2. How can we best unearth the Peace that is within us?
3. One must be able to discern the center of one's own being and be able to distinguish
between the varying internal voices.
4. Isma'il is the sacrifice of your illusion that you are a creator.
5. It is impossible to have faith without love and there will be no trust unless there is faith.
6. You will know your faith is increasing when you sense the feeling of tranquility in your heart.
This state of the heart allows for better learning from life's lessons.
(Article written by Sheikh Din for Mosharef Shahjahan,1. The word "trust" in its various forms appears in the Holy Qur'an more than 120 times and
State Minister of Religious Affairs for Bangladesh,
who was invited to attend a conference of the Religious Heads of State
of all Islamic countries in Egypt June 2004)
is stressed as one of the highest virtues.
2. In order to complete our trust we must realize the Trust that Allah has placed upon humanity,
free will and self-reflection.
3. Three facets of trust: 1) on that which we should trust upon, 2) that with which we are entrusted,
and 3) on that one who is trustworthy.
4. Hypocrisy is the opposite of trust and is the direct violation of one's intention.
It is something that lurks within all of us and must be rooted out.
5. Allah is the sole object of our trust. The full realization of this single message makes one
6. The Prophet Muhammad (saws) was known as "al-Amin," trustworthy due to exemplary
character. Immeasurable trustworthiness during the ascension of the night journey to willingly
come back to earth and serve humanity.
7. The first step of re-establishing trust between people, nations and religions is to develop a
universal trust in Allah.
Community and Commitment
Year End 2005
and demands of the personal with the interpersonal, as well as the interests of the individual
with the collective.
2. Community is the outer expression of our inner personal longing. Just as we want our inner
world to be a better place, so we want the outer world that is equally better for all.
3. The degree that an individual is able to commit to one's respective spiritual practice;
one's degree of enlightenment or Self-realization grows.
4. The word commitment is a synonym for "surrender." In order to change, one must be committed.
5. When you commit, that's when you discover the true nature of your fear.
6. The degree of our collective commitment, as a Community, is the sum total of each other's
commitment to our vision.
7. As you do whatever is necessary to make a commitment and then honor it by following through,
you become stronger and healthier. If you back off and become distracted, you will fall back
into the behaviors that initially made you sick.
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