A first-of-its-kind combination of the legendary wisdom stories of Islam's great comic foil with spiritual insights for seekers of all traditionsor none.
"We would do well to heed the Mulla's wisdom. One day, inevitably, our personal storms will not abate before causing destruction. Something will break our hearts and cause us to ask deeper questions. At that point we will become spiritual seekers, each in our own way.... We will begin to hear deep inside the mysterious calling of our soul to fulﬁll the purpose for which we were created."from the chapter "The Storms in Our Lives"
The mythical Mulla Nasruddin is a village simpleton and sage rolled into one. His wisdom stories, timeless and placeless, emanate from a source beyond book learning, and contain several layers of meaning.
In this unique presentation, Imam Jamal Rahman weaves together spiritual insights with the Mulla's humorous teaching stories and connects them to the issues at the heart of the spiritual quest. Addressing such topics as human vulnerability, the rigors of inner and outer spiritual work, the hazards of the ego and more, he roots the Mulla’s stories in Islamic spirituality by pairing them with sayings from the Qur’an, the Prophet Muhammad, Rumi, Hafiz and other Islamic sages.
Together, these sources combined with spiritual practices will awaken your spirit with laughter and inspire you to transform yourself and the world around you.
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About the Author
Imam Jamal Rahman is a beloved teacher and retreat leader whose passion for helping people deepen their spiritual lives and cultivate interfaith understanding has inspired audiences throughout the world. He has been featured in the New York Times, on CBS News, the BBC and many NPR programs. He is cofounder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary, adjunct faculty at Seattle University and a former host of Interfaith Talk Radio. He is author of Sacred Laughter of the Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mulla's Comic Teaching Stories & Other Islamic Wisdom and Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights & Practices from the Qur'an, Hadith, Rumi & Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart & Mind (both SkyLight Paths) and The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam; and coauthor of Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam and Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith (both SkyLight Paths), among other books.
Table of Contents
OUR HUMAN CONDITIONSearching for Our True Identity 3Stuck in Patterns 6Overlooking the Obvious 8
SOME SHIFTS IN AWARENESSThe Storms in Our Lives 13Asking Deeper Questions 16Spirituality Is an Experience 18We Foolish Humans 21Three Stages of Knowing Oneself 23
FOIBLES AND VULNERABILITIESSeeking Approval from Others 29Clinging to an Image 32Slavish Dependence onAuthorities and Experts 34Swayed by Outer Forms 36Appetite for Praise and Titles 38Know and Laugh at Your Eccentricities 41Excuse after Excuse 44Truth of Convenience 48Attached to the Familiar 51Fear Is All You Need 54Fear Has No Favorites 57
WARINESS OF RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONSDeferred Spiritual Maintenance 61How Some Religious Customs Began 64Belief, Faith, and Borrowed Certainty 67SPIRITUAL PRACTICESHonor the Present Moment 73Strive to Be Grateful 77Spirit of Prayer 81Efficacy of Prayers of Supplication 84Efficacy of Rituals and 86Spiritual PracticesSigns in Nature 88
WISDOM FOR THE INNER JOURNEYSeeking in the Right Direction 93Not All Tears Are Equal 96Little by Little 99Blessed Are the Flexible 102A Sense of Balance 104Web of Interconnection 107Thank God for Diversity 109Cultivate Hope through 112Patience and FaithThe True Teacher Kindles the Light 115
KNOWING GODConnecting to Mystery 121If God Wills 125
BE ENGAGED IN THE WORLDDo What Is Beautiful 131Building Community 134Justice and Conflict Resolution 137Revere the Wombs That Bore You 140Advice on Marriage 143Honor the Children 145
TIME TO RETURN HOMEIt's Later Than You Think 151The End Is Coming! 154It's Not Like You Think It Is 156
Notes 160Suggestions for Further Reading 162