Muraqabah, Welcoming the Voices of the Soul
Imam Bilal Hyde
Saturday April 3, 10:30 AM to 1 PM
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jalaluddin Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks (The Essential Rumi)
Remote attendance only (other than our audio-visual helper, Kevin) is planned using Zoom, with video of Imam Bilal. Advance acknowledgment if you plan to attend is very much appreciated (shukran). Please contact Subhana at firstname.lastname@example.org to register (suggested donation $50 to $100; available to regular contributors), and to arrange donations if you aren't local. Please make checks for donations to Nurani Institute, a religious 501(c)3 non-profit (or Zelle to email@example.com). Recordings available afterwards, same price as attending (included with registration). In any class, there may need to be changes based on Bilal’s perceptions of the needs of the moment.