Please advice me on how to decide to tackle issue of which school+mosque2 send my children. My health not good I’m dictated by my moods. I have two chldren who are not happy with current school. One goes to green/turban madrassa for a couple of years. I don’t want to send the other one because I don’t like some of their ways. No nice sufi/zikr orientated wholesome centre/mosque. It seems the affluent Muslims do well in this field. Alot of money has its benefits. Theres also no like-minded women’s Sufi circles that one can feed on positive/loving spirituality of other women that can inspire one to do a better job as a woman on the path+issues of motherhood. Some of us are looking for life-affirming/ non-judmental association where there is family void. Bruised/battered by life/caregivers you want at least have a family in Allah. Please pray that Allah sends us loving/positive/supportive/life-affirming/uplifting/non-judjmental people/friends in the way of Allah+that our own close ones are amongst those. jazakallah khair.
The Power of Glorification To Cure Depression
Only glorifying the Lord can take the darkness away from your heart. It will dress you with lights in your heart.
If you do not feel like doing it in your home, then run to the countryside or to deserts or jungles, to silent places. Glorify Him and you will see that the depression will leave you quickly. It will run away from you and ask for help to be saved from you! That is the cure for depression.
You may be a Christian, a Jew, or a Muslim; you can glorify with any of the Holy Words which are in the Holy Books. You will find a cure quickly and will enjoy being alive. Sadness will escape. Nothing can disturb you. You will be protected by the lights of glorification.
O people, don’t waste your precious time with useless actions. Try to have something which will give you honor, glory, satisfaction, and contentment here and hereafter. That is if you like! If you don’t care, every curse will run on you; you will suffer.
Protect Your Heart
Protect your heart by glorifying. If you do not take care of that, so many devils will run to you and disturb you. Every one of them speaks in another way and will put a new sword through your heart. They will disturb you in every way and only escape by you glorifying. Don’t forget! If anyone would hear the beautiful sounds of the Angels who are glorifying the Lord in the Seven Heavens, they would fall down dead. That is how beautiful it is. May Allah let us hear. When Mehdi comes, our ears will be clean. Now, we have too much dirt locking our ears from hearing the sounds of the Angels glorifying the Lord in Heaven. Try to clean them from early morning until late at night. But instead, people put more and more dirt into their ears by listening to modern music, making them unable to hear.
At the time of dawn, some people can have the chance in the Night of Power to hear just one second of that Divine Sound.
It is a good advice for everyone to pray every morning before Fajr: “Subhannallah wa bi hamdihi, subhannallahi l-Azim, astaghfirullah . . .”
When you start doing such a glorification sincerely, you will not want to stop. Do this 100 times between sunnah and fard prayers in the morning. It will give you support. You soul will be happy and light. If someone wants the doors of Paradise to be opened for them, they should say, “Alhamdulillah.” If they want the doors of Hell to be closed for them, they may say, “Astaghfirullah.”
[Excerpts from book one, Sufi Spiritual Practices for Polishing of the Heart
by Mawlana Shaykh Nazim].