This e-course presents timeless insights and practices gleaned from reflections on verses of the Qur’an revealing its wisdom and beauty. The Qur’an verses will be illuminated by the insights of Islamic sages like Rumi and Hafiz who spent a lifetime meditating on the inner meanings of the Qur’an, by sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, and by teaching stories.
"Beauty and Wisdom in the Qur'an" was originally run during the holy month of Ramadan in 2017. One of the key practices of Islam is to fast during this month from the time just before sunrise until just after sunset. Because Ramadan also commemorates the revelation of the Qur'an to the Prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel, it is traditional for Muslims to read this holy book cover-to-cover during the month.
We at Spirituality & Practice believe that Ramadan is a good time for soul-searching and intensified spiritual practice ... and not only for Muslims. People of other faiths and no faith may choose to read the Qur'an in solidarity with their Muslim brothers and sisters. But this e-course can be taken with great benefit at any time of year. To lead us through this special opportunity for renewal, we are honored to have the wisdom of Imam Jamal Rahman, one of the Interfaith Amigos and part of our Living Spiritual Teachers project.
Jamal focuses on twelve themes with accompanying verses, insights, and related practices in emails delivered at the pace you choose. The themes include:
- transforming the ego from a commanding master into a personal assistant,
- polishing the rust of the heart so that it becomes a mirror reflecting the Face of Allah,
- expanding the mind so that we move from knowledge of the tongue to knowledge of the heart,
- devoting ourselves to serving God’s creation by becoming a lamp, lifeboat, or ladder to others,
- and inviting joy, laughter and playfulness into our lives so that these become the sound of our soul waking up
- and more.
Special video teachings by Jamal further illuminate the themes. A recording of our Tuesday, June 13, 2017 teleconference lets you hear Jamal's responses to questions people raised when this e-course was originally offered.
We welcome you to this e-course to find fresh perspectives, deepened understanding, and strong support for your life's journey.
(4 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
(choose your own start date and frequency)