In this second episode, Shaykh Fadhlalla responds to questions related to transformation through the Qur’an. This is a wide presentation of several major topics, including the map of reality; the Qur’an as the multidimensional book of guidance; the interplay of the two essential zones or aspects of existence; the diverse and complementary dynamics in combining the heavenly and earthly aspects of humanity; the meaning of service; appropriate action; and awakening. Shaykh Fadhlalla describes the means and modes that lead any seeker toward reconciling and balancing the duality, and the way in which the leading light of the heart may be brought forth. This knowledge is presented with various injunctions intended to cultivate the appropriate attitude and virtue in applying the directives of the Prophetic map, which facilitate smooth entry through the doorways of transformation.
The courtesy required to approach the language of the Qur’an in order to resonate with its lights and meanings is a theme throughout. Various key classical Arabic phrases and words are discussed as windows into the transformative dimensions of the Qur’an. Shaykh Fadhlalla unravels the multi-layer meanings of many words and verses as he presents the tapestry of living trust (Iman), perfected submission (Islam), and resonance with Divine Consciousness. Additionally, a host of Prophetic traditions are interspersed throughout, in combination with various classical Sufi teachings and pointed commentaries on socio-political history as it contrasts with the modern and Islamic world.
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