Suggested reading for Death and Dying in Sufism and Islam this weekend (7/22-23)

A Two Day Weekend Workshop with Imam Bilal:
Death and Dying in Sufism and Islam
“Death is our marriage with eternity”

Sat. July 22, 2017 10:30 AM  - 1 PM
Sun. July 23, 2017 10:30 AM - 1 PM
Albany, CA

As Salaam alaykum. Imam Bilal suggests that those who are coming to this weekend's workshop read the material on Ya Mumit, Ya Muhyi, and Ya Hayy, in Physicans of the Heart:A Sufi View of the 99 Names of Allah, and the chapter on Omnipotence.

Imam Bilal had encouraged those coming to this workshop who have specific questions they want addressed about death and dying to send those questions to He'll be receiving those questions Thursday night, so if you planned to send questions and haven't yet, please send them right away. He anticipates exploring both the exoteric and esoteric aspects of death and dying in Sufism and Islam, such as:

  • --how to prepare for death
  • --washing the body
  • --shroud and burial
  • --what is life after life?
  • --Sufi tales of other worlds
  • --caring for the soul, helping it to find its way to the light, for the last words of the Messenger as he lay dying were “There are as many ways to Allah as there are breaths.”

Sliding scale $100 to $300, remote attendance hoped for (using a new platform); audio recordings available afterwards as usual, same price as attending. Please RSVP to

Last night you promised to kill me with the eyes of your love.
Oh Allah, when will you ever take me away from all this cruelty…and kindness?
Now, swear by Heaven to visit me at the moment of my death, and carry me to my sleeping grave.
Then release me, free at last.
--Hafiz Ghazal #178, translated by Imam Bilal Hyde, June 2017