Sheikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Today I went with my family to a gathering at a mosque because the famous Sufi sheikh, Nuh Ha Mim Keller had come to Australia again, for a few days, as he does every 2 years. He represents the Shadhili school of Sufism. My mum and my sister are in that "school of thought".

Me, not so much.

Sufis are very much into the whole spirituality thing. The most famous Sufi-ish thing people know is probably the Mevlevi (whirling dervishes; here's a video). I think that's another Sufi school.

Sheikh Nuh talks very softly. Almost like mumbling. But every now and then he speaks up. So unless you're intensely listening, and totally interested, you're not gonna hear much.

One little religious pondering he put forward, which I actually heard, was:

Why did God create the universe, with all its flaws, instead of simply remaining in his eternal limitless perfection? He did so that his love may be manifest.

Never heard that one before. The athiest-ic part of me laughs cynically, while the more spiritual side feels all happy on the inside. I know other muslims (cough, Wahabi's, cough) whose answer would go more along the lines of, "Shut up and don't ask questions." Damn Saudis...

Anyway, questions somehow diverged from religious questions to vaccination and homeschooling (How random. I totally thought of amazonmidwife at that point.) Sheikh Nuh started talking about how studies show vaccination and autism has some correlation, especially the mumps/measles/rubella triple-immunisation.

Major dejavu. How strange.

2 comments:

FirstGenerations 14 June 2009 at 6:54 pm  

Hi,

It probably was a good moment that I came across your page and reading what you have. I didnot want to leave without leaving a comment behind. Hope we together benefit from it. So here it goes

You reported "
Why did God create the universe, with all its flaws, instead of simply remaining in his eternal limitless perfection? He did so that his love may be manifest."

Where in Quran or Authentic Hadith can I verify that this answer is true?

I believe the answer is something else. To show His greatness and for creatures to worship Him alone.

I can back up my belief with proofs from Quran and Sunnah.

What do you think?

Regards,
FG

Elfatih 15 September 2009 at 2:54 am  

salaam, the best way to get knowledge is from the source of all knowledge the Quran and Sunnah. and then after completing a great whole of it you check out some the sheikhs out there that speak about true Islam not sufism or anything else. yes i am with you in the part that you should know what your facing, but you should also know where your heading, and that apply s for this world and the ultimate destination which is the hereafter. salaam again little bro and i ask Allah guidance for all.