As a new Muslim I find it difficult to find the right guidance. I’m English and have been a Muslim for 7 years. The road has been rocky and I have experienced many ups and downs on the journey! I have found myself following a more Sufi, psychology, spiritual path as I found the mosques in Manchester not complimenting my personal path, if that makes sense! I’m studying Transactional analysis and Counselling and I wish to merge my sudies with Islamic philosophy. I’m going round in circles and need guidance and support but I don’t know where to find it. The idea of a spiritual guide and teacher is appealing but in Manchester I don’t know where to look. Any ideas? I have read so many books, Al Ghazali is my main support , but I need to talk now and ask questions! Hope you can help?
audhu billah mina ‘sh-shaytani ‘r-rajeem,
Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem,
wa `alaykum salam,
I empathize with the struggles you express. Your heart is inclined towards the Sufis and they hold the essence of Islam and inherit from the Light of the Prophet (s) in every age. Continue and don’t give up! Read the story of Salman al-Farsi (r) and his quest for Reality that led him to be considered of the household of the Prophet (s) himself! Continue with dhikr of Allah and purification of your heart and soul, and insha-Allah you will connect with an authentic teacher with whom you will find satisfaction for what you are seeking. I encourage you to find the gatherings of dhikr and continue to follow the Light in your heart. Allah Bless you!