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Hamza Yusuf’s Articles

The following are a selection of articles written or translated by Hamza Yusuf made available to Sandala. The topics explored include jurisprudence, poetry, theology and contemporary affairs, all of which are rooted in a traditional wisdom articulated for a modern context.

  • Foundations of the Spiritual Path

    by Sandala on May 28, 2015

    The noble scholar, the unique of his age, the regulator of the scholars and the saints, Sidi Ahmad Zarruq al-Barnusi al-Fasi, may Allah be pleased with him, wrote the following: If anyone is asked about the foundations of his path, he should reply, The foundations of our path are five.

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  • Making the Quran the Spring of Our Hearts

    by Sandala on May 28, 2015

    As the world turns and seasons change, our lives move inexorably toward their fated ends. Our minutes become hours, our hours days, our days weeks, our weeks years, and our years make up the totality of our lives. In these days of great imbalance, we are in greater need of connecting to the natural order that surrounds us. Each planet knows its course and each tree its cycle: “And the stars and the trees submit in prostration.”

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  • Religion, Violence, and the Modern World

    by Sandala on May 28, 2015

    Many of us, in the hustle and bustle of modern life, have little time for reflection; yet as these days are marred by violence of the worst kind, reflection – on the part of those who regard themselves ‘religious’ as well those who consider themselves ‘secularists’ – is more needed than ever.

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  • Walk on Water: The Wisdom of Jesus

    by Sandala on May 28, 2015

    According to Ahmad, Jesus was known to have said, “Virtuous action does not consist in doing good to someone who has done good to you—that is merely returning a favor. Virtuous action consists in doing good to those who have wronged you.”

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  • Florence of Arabia

    by Sandala on May 28, 2015

    In 1849, a young English lady journeyed with family friends from her native England to Egypt. Twenty-eight-years-old at the time, she had not yet married, and by Victorian standards she was proving to be of an “intractable nature.” In taking such a journey abroad, she hoped it would help her decide what to do with her life.

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