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Everything is in the love and the love is everything, So how can we look right or left?

“My heart has become capable of every form:
it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,
And a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Ka’bah
and the scrolls of the Torah and the book of the Qur’an.
I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take,
that is my religion and my faith. Only Love is my religion.” — Ibn Arabi

The Sufi Way, or “Tassawuf,” is the science of the Light and the purification of the heart so we dwell in an intimate relationship with our Beloved God.

Our hearts are longing for His love. It is our only way home! There is no other love like His love. This Love is a passionate one that makes us addicted. Nothing is outside of us, but we keep searching and looking in the wrong places to find answers and try to fill the inner hole with the idols of this world. We were born in the purest state, “fitra,” and then we lose it with the false identity created around it.

Looking outside to find answers and worshiping different idols become our belief system — and then we lose the Truth of who we are.

We worship many gods and live in a state of forgetfulness, but God is patient and He keeps knocking and knocking on our door. But we don’t want to hear until He decides to knock harder and harder. Then we don’t know what to do…we are lost and come to our knees. “Your love brings me to my knees. You are all my heart desires until my soul surrenders.”

We ask for His release! We ask for His help! And we ask for His mercy…. But God was always here, and He was waiting for us to hear the call.

Finally, we are willing to open a window in our hearts and let the ray of His Light enter. His Light enters into the sacred mosque, sacred temple and sacred church and we get wrapped into His arms. We feel His warmth, His compassion and His Mercy. Our Hearts soften up and we weep and weep like a baby falling into the arms of his mother.

Deep down something shifted inside of us and we cannot live without His Love…. Our longing begins and we become hungry and thirsty to be in His presence. The flame has been placed inside of the sacred space and it will wait for us to be lit up again and again.

Then the mind forgets and we get distracted — pulled back into the world for a time. But eventually, we remember, and then the longing begins again and we rush back home to be comforted by His unconditional Love. When we have tasted His love, we cannot live without it. And we cannot wait to be with our Beloved God and meet Him every single moment.

The light we are blessed for belongs to the remembrance of God, the simple awareness of Divine presence. In this light the Divine is remembered and celebrated. We need this light to guide us, and in this light we find our remembrance of what is real. This light is always available, but only hidden by our forgetfulness.

So how can we run away and try to find other places outside from us knowing that everything is inside? Is there any other life than the life lived for the Divine love? How can we be occupied and look for other than love? This is the Truth of who we are: “Man arafa nafasa arafa rabai.” He who knows himself knows his Lord.

“You are not inside me or outside me, because there is no outside and no inside. If You are not with me and I am not with You, then what is the meaning of this life? There is no meaning, if I do not live with You all the time.” — Sidi Shaykh Muhammad Said al-Jamal ar-Rifa

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Sanaa Zerrou is a Sufi Master Teacher and lecturer on spiritual teaching. Sanaa has been walking in the Sufi path since her early twenties and has been studying with a Master Sufi guide from Jerusalem for more than a decade. Sanaa works as a community and spiritual activist. She is focused on finding solutions to homelessness and fighting hunger and poverty both nationally and globally. Sanaa’s professional career is focused on working with people to improve their work lives and to contribute to local communities for social and humanitarian causes. Currently, Sanaa leads weekly spiritual meetings in San Diego and teaches yoga for the homeless community. She is also the founder of Blessed Action, a community project to offer a well-being center to the homeless people. Sanaa is currently working to publish a book on her journey of spiritual transformation.

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