Shaykh Ebrahim Etsko Schuitema
This book is a collection of impromptu discourses delivered by Shaykh Etsko Schuitema after sessions of dhikr with his students.
Using numerous real-life examples, the shaykh peels back the facade of the everyday to reveal the realities of the way we live our lives, and the relationship we have with the One who created us.
An excerpt: ""The practice of being human is the practice of worship. And that means that you understand in every moment that stands before you that you don't know. You look at it with fresh eyes and you are surprised because you see His hand in it. That can only happen if you stop paying attention to your own inner dialogue, so that you can give due attention to the moment that faces you, in an innocent and unpresumptuous way.
It is to that end that we do acts of worship. It is to that end that we do dhikr. It is to that end that we do salah. All of these, if they serve their purpose, will deliver you to a quiet place. That place is a silencing of your inner dialogue."
Viewed as a totality, the discourses have the potentiality to dress one's view of the world with the robes of presence, gratitude and true servanthood.
Discourse 1: Iqraa - Reading the text
Discourse 2: Seeing Things as They Are
Discourse 3: Consciousness - Moment by Moment
Discourse 4: Freeing the Breath
Discourse 5: Not Knowing
Discourse 6: Patience and Gratitude - The Signs of Imaan
Discourse 7: Allah is in Charge
Discourse 8: Gratitude - Cracking the Code
Discourse 9: The Worship of the Free
Discourse 10: Journeying Through the Three Stations
Discourse 11: Shifting Perception - Shifting the Worldview
Discourse 12: Being Present in the Moment
Discourse 13: Testing: Seeing the Cracks Enables You to Deal With Them
Discourse 14: Know Yourself and You Will Know Your Lord
Discourse 15: Yearning
Discourse 16: Listen!
Discourse 17: Submission and Witnessing
Discourse 18: Expansion and Contraction: It's Like Breathing
Discourse 19: Our Intentions
Discourse 20: Annihilation
Discourse 21: Light - Allah is the Light
Discourse 22: Humility
Discourse 23: Witness
Discourse 24: Repentance and Courtesy
Discourse 25: Love
Discourse 26: Hand Over to Allah
Discourse 27: Who Am I?
Discourse 28: You Contain All of Existence!
Discourse 29: Reprogramming Ourselves - Ramadan
Discourse 30: Revolution of the Self - The Emergence of Nobility