Want to be close to the Divine? Allahu Akbar: and there you are!

Sulayman Van Ael

“Allah is most Great!” You opened your Prayer, so Here you are in the center of the Palace of nearness. You hear nothing but your breathing, and become aware that your heart is not pumping blood through your veins, but rather: love, awe, respect, timidity, fear, trust, hope and gratitude. You feel that the Ambassadors of the King are observing you, waiting how you will address their Lord. You are not allowed to look up, look down! You can only say what your Lord has commanded you to say, but you have to say it from the heart. This is your biggest worry; being sincere in every word you are about to utter. You feel that His ambassadors are present. They appear when you lower your gaze, but disappear when you look up. Look, my friend, with your heart, and the throne and its carriers will be perceived by your soul. You are in the presence of your Lord; isn’t this what you were looking for? I heard you repeat so often: “I want to be close to my Noble King.” well: “When the subject is prostrating he is as close to his Lord as he can get.”

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Sulayman Van Ael

Sulayman converted to Islam when he was 18. He then head out for Sudan to memorize the Quran. He has been authorised to teach and pass on the 14 Quranic recitations (qira'at), he studied in many different countries with with more than 50 different mashayikh. He was appointed as a khadim and mua'zzin with the task of imam and Khateeb by the Ministry of Islamic affairs of Jordan. He was a lecturer at the Rotterdam University, Erasmus High school and was appointed as the head of Teachers by the Muslim Executive. He has his Bachelor in theology, and Pre-Master (theory) in mental health, and is a Muslim Chaplain at London school of Economics, Imperial University and SOAS University.

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