Time & Location
29 Mar 2020, 16:00
Rumi's Cave, Carlton Vale, London NW6 5HG, UK
About The Event
Islamic mysticism or Sufism is an essential aspect of Islam that draws our attention to the fleeting nature of human existence and even goes a bit further to link it to spiritual growth, not as a way of evading death, but to take the power of its reality into a higher, purer and more virtuous life, thereby rendering life “fearless in the face of finitude”.
To attain this lofty goal, one is encouraged to practice exercises or deeds aimed at sustaining the remembrance of death. This, should not be conceived as a sporadic practice nor is it a superficial kind of practice or thought, but an activity that occupies a central position in an ascetic spiritual outlook to life.
We will be examining the idea of death within the Sufi tradition. Focusing on spiritual thought and views on death among early Muslims and scholars as well as their approaches towards it.
Did you suppose that We created you for amusement and that you would not return to Us? (Surat al-Mu‘minun: 115)
Say: ‘Death, from which you are fleeing, will certainly catch up with you. Then you will be returned to the Knower of the Unseen and the Visible and He will inform you about what you did.’ (Surat al-Jumu‘ah: 8)