Thursday, June 12, 2008

a rather interesting talk by Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee--this is him a little more fired up than usual, but the message is like Sherif Baba's message in my last post. Those of you who are familiar with Meher Baba may recognize the part about love being self-communicative! I wonder if the shaykh was deliberately quoting Meher Baba or not? He definitely knows about him and has read his works-- we talked about that a few years ago. He gives two sentences that are essentially from Meher Baba, verbatim. I'd love to know if they had just seeped into Shaykh Nooruddeen's consciousness or if he was deliberately quoting from him. Again, this is something of an example of what I wrote about a few posts ago-- here's a shaykh who is quite rigorous in his sharia, knowledgeable in Maliki fiqh, and very definitely a mainstream Sunni, yet even he demonstrates the influence of a teacher who comes from not even the edges of Islam, but actually from just outside of town. Again, it's because he was a seeker-- before finding the Shadhili tariqa of which he is a part, he looked into all kinds of spirituality. In someone like Meher Baba, he didn't find his path, but he did find useful ideas from a person he respects. Elhamdullillah. It's nice to see someone as solidly Islamic as this shaykh quoting from Meher Baba and getting resounding cries of "Allahu Akbar" every two seconds from the crowd.

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