“Man is the weakest of creatures because he is empty in himself. The central place of man is his heart. This is in the image of the Supreme Name of God, the hā’ of Allah, which in Arabic script forms a circle. This circle is at once a sign of the capacity of the circle to encompass everything, and also of its essential emptiness.” ~ Paul Ballanfat
“The Scientific Tradition defines truth as measurable and repeatable. The whole is the same as its most active part. Herbs are reduced to standardized extracts; only the active ingredient is important. Healing is fixing. Linear thought, linear time. Good and bad, health and sickness are always at war. (…).” ~ Susun Weed
"He who knows himself is truly happy." ~ Al Gazali
I am deepening my interest into the healing powers of plants and their spiritual essences and I am now approaching the rich lands of Islamic and German alchemy. I want to learn as much as I can to aid people in recovering and healing with simple, available treatments that come directly from Mother Earth. My aim is not to be able to produce complicated tinctures but to unlock and share knowledge to make health available and accessible for all and to help create a deeper shared consciousness.
“In Islam we are reminded that the prophet Mohammed (a.s) himself started his life as an orphan, and that his spiritual journey began when he witnessed the murder of baby girls by his fellow Meccans.”
In Islam we are always reminded that the prophet Mohammed (a.s) himself began his life as an orphan, and that his spiritual journey began when he witnessed the murder of baby girls committed by his fellow Meccans. The welfare and protection of children is at the very heart of Islamic thought and prayer and daily conduct. To seperate a child from it’s parents is such an extreme measure and is so fundamentally cruel, we only ever consider any seperation in the context of Kafalah (community adoption) when a child happens to be orphaned. I will talk about this further in other posts.Continue reading
“Bismillaah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
Al hamdu lillaahi rabbil ‘alameen
Ar-Rahman ar-Raheem Maaliki yaumid Deen
Iyyaaka na’abudu wa iyyaaka nasta’een
Ihdinas siraatal mustaqeem
Siraatal ladheena an ‘amta’ alaihim
Ghairil maghduubi’ alaihim waladaaleen
Aameen” ~ The Fatihah Prayer, Qu’ran
This is an overiew into the prescribed basic praying techniques in Islam. It is a powerful medicine against all kinds of mental, spiritual and physical ailments. A more comprehensive overview is given on the site Al-Islam.
The physical and physiological benefits of salah are multiple to say the least. Most of the body muscles and joints are exercised during Salah.”
Unfortunately I found no link to the original resource and have decided to share this directly on my blog. Please note that this text is not written by myself. Not all what is stated here is a reflection on my personal opinions. I believe Islam is a very big house with many families living under one roof. This text is a typical orthodox Indian approach to Islam with a high emphasis on gender seperation, rules, nutrition and yoga.
The Islamic prayer (Salah/Namaaz) and yoga togetherness in mental health, Part 2, by Shabbir Ahmed Sayeed and Anand Prakash
“Several reports on the application of prayers in psychotherapy illustrate the positive outcome in the individuals exhibiting pathological symptoms such as tension, anxiety, depression and anti-social tendencies.”
I found this to be an excellent work on the therapeutic benefits of Islam and Yoga. Unfortunately I found no link to the original resource and have decided to share this directly on my blog. Please note that this text is not written by myself. Not all what is stated here is a reflection on my personal opinions. I believe Islam is a very big house with many families living under one roof. This text is a typical orthodox Indian approach to Islam with a high emphasis on gender seperation, rules, nutrition and yoga.
The Islamic prayer (Salah/Namaaz) and yoga togetherness in mental health, Part 1, by Shabbir Ahmed Sayeed and Anand Prakash
“According to Islamic tradition, a new month or a new year can only be announced when the new crescent moon appears in the night sky and is seen by two reliable witnesses.”
The Islamic (Hijri) calendar is based on the lunar cycle, which means that each month is either 29 or 30 days (but never 28 or 31). Compared to the Western Gregorian calendar that makes it shorter by 10 or 11 days each year. The result is that every year the Islamic calendar ‘moves back’ compared to the Western year.
"In my wildest dreams I couldn’t imagine more of a hell-realm than psychiatry. It was only years after I had left the psychiatric community that I began to re-contextualize and reframe my experiences with psychiatry as a shamanic descent into the underworld, into the depths of a modern-day Hades. What the psychiatrists were doing was truly maddening and crazy-making. Psychiatrists are trained to pathologize; once I was diagnosed and labeled with a mental illness, my behavior was myopically viewed through the lens of pathology, which only served to draw out the pathological aspect of my process, further confirming to the psychiatrists the correctness of their diagnosis in a self-fulfilling prophecy." ~ Paul Levy
This quote from Paul Levy reminds me of stories friends told about their psychiatric experiences and how difficult it was for them to get away from that hell. Psychiatric medications were prescribed to them without emotional support, proper diagnosis, holistic perspective and after-care. There is more then just one dimension to the suffering within psychiatry and the ongoing consumption of psychiatric medication.
"The ḥarmal does not grow, whether from a tree, a leaf or a fruit, without there being an angelic guardian spirit attached to it." ~ Muhammed (a.s)
“I believe that Shiism is the only school which has preserved for ever the link of the divine guidance between God and the creatures and has kept alive the rule of the divine authority. I believe that all religions pursue a fact but it is only the Shia school which has preserved this fact believing that this characteristic remains for ever between the human and divine world.” ~ Henry Corbin
“If nothing flies, then at least let your imagination fly free and the rest may follow.”
Last months I received a devastating email from the UK by a woman who was raped by her husband, for which he was convicted to a six year prison term. But instead of being able to live her life from here on, her children were taken off her to be force adopted. UK Social Services alledge that she has “psychological issues post trauma” and “that she allowed herself to be raped”.