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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Melbourne Retreat Rabiul'Awwal 1428

Assalamu'alaikum waRahmatullahi waBarakatuh

Alhamdulillah I felt great blessing in the Melbourne Retreat that just passed over the Easter long weekend. It was a great opportunity to reunite with the neighbouring mureeds down in Melbourne. The entire event was a great spritual re-charge for all of us. Below is my husband's account of what happened at the blissful gathering not forgetting some memorable moments caught on camera!
Wassalam
Aaisha
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Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

We greeted the fresh scents of Melbourne on the early rise of Friday morning with our hearts occupied with high enthusiasm and at the same time anxiety of what to expect. It had been a while since we rejoiced with our Melbournite comrades. The atmosphere was filled with a heightening sense of welcome and reunion from Sayyid Hazem and the rest of the local mureeds, greeting us with open arms and hearts. Our advent was quickly set straight with a highly motivating suhba by Sayyid Hazem on what to expect for the weekend and how our aims should be set in tune with our Lord. It was a highly inspiring reminder that stayed with us throughout the visit. As 8 of us squeezed into one of the visiting brothers' four wheel-drive to head for Jumuaah prayers, the feeling of togetherness felt more imminent. It brought to my head the picture of how our Master always emphasises in togetherness in brotherhood and establishing the concept of having 'Goodness in Congregation' such that even in a small squeezy compartment, we are together journeying.

The days and nights of the weekend followed with highly spiritually powered chantings of congregational zikrullah with Sayyid Hazem orchestrating and firing up vibes of pure rhythms of praise to our Lord Almighty Allah and His most Blessed of Creation, Muhammad sallallahu 'alaihi wassalam. In many of the gatherings of remembrance we were graced by the whirling of a humble dervish whom I strongly felt unveiled a great presence to the gathering bringing forth a strong symbolism of being in tune with surrendering ourselves to the Divine Will of our Lord.

Perhaps the most imminent of feelings in the gatherings was the feeling of ukhuwah (brotherhood) that felt like a strong force being pulled together by the will of our shaykh directed by our Lord Most High, a feeling that none of us could deny. Amongst ourselves we not only exchanged life experiences and showered embraces, we all felt this bond that established a firmhold around us encapsulating us as a jamaah (congregation) as our Master often testifies: "Whenever any group of our brothers or sisters meet for the sake of Allah, joining their hearts to the hearts of the Masters of this Way, that meeting will attain the level of an association with the Sheikh. In such a meeting, such a power descends on the hearts of the attenders that even the deepest roots of hidden idolatry, of ego-worship, can be pulled out. Such an assembly is more beneficial than years of superogatory worship"

We departed with a longing that was stronger that ever for each other, knowing that even if we did not get to see each other again, our residence was together within our hearts where the throne of our Lord is. May Allah bless our Master Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and always keep us in his company and in the Blessed Presence of the Masters of the Way to our Lord's Divinely Presence. Ameen!

Bi hurmatil Habib, bi hurmatil- Fatihah

Wassalam
ashaari

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