New Book: Sufi Lines – Reflections For Your Spiritual Journey

I’m very excited to share the launch of our latest book “Sufi Lines.” It’s now available in almost all Amazon stores, both Kindle and paperback.

About the Book

The book’s chapters contain reflections that invite us to think more deeply about how we can face life’s challenges and improve ourselves. Some of the topics explored are:

  • What is true success?
  • What does it mean to be powerful?
  • What is God’s wisdom in giving us pain?
  • How do we face our fears and overcome addictions?
  • What does it mean to cultivate gratitude and humility?

Each chapter has an illustration of a quote along with a verse from the Qur’an. Here are some pages from the book:

The Cover Page

We went through several iterations for the cover page. However, something was missing.

But what?

My mind kept going back to an image of an Islamic Geometric pattern I had seen on Instagram:

It was the first time I had seen a geometric pattern gradually revealing the underlying construction lines. It felt like the pattern was revealing its secrets and showing the invisible principles behind the apparent.

Seeing the image, I got the feeling it’s in some way expressing visually what I’m trying to put in words through the book, that is, exploring deeper meanings of our life’s experiences behind the apparent.

I thought it would be a perfect match for the cover design.

I got in touch with the artist Gillian Turnham, and she was happy to license her work for the book.

Now it’s looking perfect! 😊

Book Launch at Comic-Con Bangalore

On the 19th and 20th of November we launched the book at Comic-Con Bangalore.

It was energizing to meet so many people and discuss Sufi Comics. It’s a real joy to connect with readers face to face. ❀️

After 2 years of lockdown, it feels good to have that human connection again!

Here are some pics of people who got the new book Sufi Lines.

Click here to get the book. I hope you enjoy reading it! 😊

πŸ’‘ Insight

From our five senses, our eyes give us the most amount of information. But even with more information, we don’t always see things clearly.

Insight is the faculty that helps us perceive the world accurately.

With eyesight, we’ll see the world as separate things
With insight, we’ll see we’re all connected.

With eyesight, we see the purpose of life is to maximize pleasure
With insight, we see the purpose of life is to express our gifts.

With eyesight, we see life ends when we die
With insight, we see life as a dream, when we die we wake up.

With eyesight, we see happiness is based on material objects
With insight, we see happiness is based on thoughts we have.

With eyesight, we see well-being in taking care of ourselves over others
With insight, we see well-being comes from taking care of the whole.

With eyesight, we see peace comes from fixing the world
With insight, we see peace comes by making peace with ourselves.

With eyesight, we see the heart as a blood-pumping organ
With insight, we see the heart as an organ of perception.

With eyesight, we see problems need to be avoided at all cost
With insight, we see problems as opportunities for spiritual growth.

With eyesight, we see faults in other people
With insight, we see perfection in everyone.

β€˜Certainly, insights have come to you from your Lord. So whoever sees, it is to the benefit of his own soul, and whoever remains blind, it is to its detriment…’ (Quran 6: 104)

🎁 The Gift of Pain

When we suffer, our heart calls out to God:

“Why is there so much pain?”

“Why are you doing this to me?”

“How can an All-Compassionate God put me through this trouble?”

These are good questions, and we shouldn’t ignore them. Because asking questions with sincere intent are ways for us to elevate our understanding of ourselves and our role in the world.

So let’s explore why did God allow pain in this world? And I hope to show you that pain in this world can be a gift

Gaining this insight will not reduce your pain, but will allow you to handle your life challenges with more peace & wisdom.

Let’s start by asking why have we come into this world? Did God force us to come? Did he push us here?

The Qur’an says that God offered the journey into this world as an opportunity, and we made the choice to come into this world.

We offered the trust to Heaven and Earth, and to the mountains too, yet they refused to carry it, and shrank back from it. However man accepted it

Quran (33:72)

We made this choice to achieve a higher spiritual state by reflecting God’s qualities.

And the ability to reflect God’s qualities comes when we experience its opposite. God’s attributes include Love, Mercy & Peace.

To reflect them in our actions we need to experience its opposite.

  • To know Love, you need to experience hate
  • To know Mercy, you need to experience cruelty
  • To know Peace, you need to experience conflict

Therefore when you experience pain in whatever form, ask yourself “Where is the opportunity here for me to reflect God’s qualities?” or “Which of God’s qualities can I be in this situation?”

And reflecting God’s qualities our souls will evolve.

This reaching of a higher spiritual state is the reward we get through affliction.

When we die, all our problems, life circumstances, and the pain we went through will become just memory.

The most important thing we’ll take back from this life is the way we polished the mirror of our souls to reflect God’s light in the circumstances that we face.

πŸ‘ The best action

Every day, we are faced with hundreds of choices about what to do. Choices like:

  • What to eat and not eat
  • What to give and what to take
  • What to say and what to hold back

Most choices we encounter are simple, and we decide without much thought. But there are some that create a dilemma because the stakes are high, the situation is grey and we want to make the right decision.

It could be a conflict situation with a loved one or making a big life-changing decision.

When I would face such choices I would ask myself “What’s the right thing to do?”

My experience has shown that asking this question in difficult situations is not helpful.

For example, if I’m in a conflict with someone that has many grey areas, it’s not useful for me to ask “Am I doing the right thing?” because what is “right” is subjective.

Instead, a more useful question to ask is, “Is my action coming from sincerity?” Another way to frame this question: “Am I acting in integrity with my values?

This question is useful because it shifts my attention from trying to control something external and brings my awareness to the intention of my action.

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If it’s clear to me that my action is coming from integrity then I can worry less about the outcome. I can surrender to what happens. I accept I cannot control the outcome.

I can be happy that I acted from sincerity, and that is the best action.

πŸ‘€ Lower your gaze and you’ll see wonders

As a parent, I worry about the amount of exposure available to my children.

In my parent’s generation, it was less.

Me growing up it was more.

My kids growing up, it seems almost unavoidable.

I don’t have answers. I think it’ll depend from place to place, culture to culture, family to family, individual to individual.
However, there’s something about this quote that gives guidance:

The eyes are yearning for beauty, but when the eyes feast, it leads to a hollow feeling. It’s like we were looking for something but in the wrong place.

There lies a beauty beyond the eyes, which is so encompassing. In accessing it, it elevates the soul.

I pray for my children and the coming generation to make the right choices to experience not just beauty, but the source of beauty.

❀️ The heart bears wisdom…

I regret every time I eat until my stomach is full.

It saps my energy.

I can’t think clearly.

The most productive thing to do then is low IQ work or just sleep.

As someone who eats food fast, I realize how I quickly become full without even realizing it.

This is a simple but constant reminder I give myself.

When I eat slowly, and deliberately leave space, I get energy and focus to do meaningful work.

Try it! πŸ™‚

😌 Humility…

Greetings!

What is humility?

I used to think to be humble you have to put yourself down, privately and publicly. It’s something that you do by sharing your shortcomings in conversations.

However on further reflection, it seems by criticizing yourself you’re trying to show people how “humble” you are.

Is that really humility? It seems like pride disguised as humility.

It reminds of a quote I once read: “Don’t act so humble; you not that great.”

A man who overtly criticizes himself, is secretly praising himself. ~ Imam Ali

So what is humility?

I don’t think we need to “be humble.” Humility is a natural result of recognizing the truth, that God is the originator of all good. We merely reflect God’s attributes.

Humility will naturally arise as a way of life, by bringing this truth in our awareness.

πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ€β€πŸ‘¨πŸ» Friends…

Greetings!

Beyond our differences of nationality, looks, culture & beliefs we are all related to each other at the level of our soul. 

And when the purpose & values of two friends are aligned, it’s like they are a single soul operating in two different bodies.

Two friends are a single soul, divided between different bodies. ~ Imam Ali

πŸ‘€ Where to find wealth…

I’m trying out something new by creating images from inspiring quotes. Have a look…

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God revealed unto Prophet David, β€œI put wealth in contentment, while they see it in abundance of wealth but do not find it.”

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