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For ease of study, all the dars of  Shaykh A. A. Rashid have been collected into the  topic areas listed below.

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  • ADAB  (Khuluq, Akhlaq, Good Behavior, Futuwwah) “It is not hard to understand the value of adab, with futuwwah as the foundation, and that behavior, attitude and guidance leads us to a state of mind that is at home with selflessness.” 2009: Sept 18, (speech) Nov 5; 2010: Apr 14;  May 12, 13, 15, 19,  June 26, Aug 4, Sept 6, Oct 7, Dec 2, 29; 2011: March 16, 26, Sept. 14; 2012: Apr 5, June 21
  • ‘AQL(Reason, Intelligence, Intellect) 2010: Sept 16, 17
  • AKHLAQ (see ADAB)
  • ALLAH (Truth, Divine Essence/Dhat, Divine Presence, His Guidance, returning to, moving toward) 2010: Sept 22, 25, Oct 29; 2011: April 8; 2012:Jan 6, 17, Mar 23, May 31, June 2, June 9 (Truth)
  • ASMA AL HUSNA (The Beautiful Names of Allah, the Divine Qualities and Attributes)2010: Nov 17; 2011:April 1, 8;
  • ASSISTANCE (Madad)  2011: Nov 2
  • BALANCE (Mizan in one’s spiritual life)2011: March 4, Nov 4, 11
  • BARAKA (Blessings) 2012: Apr 20
  • BASIRA and FIRASA, TA’AYYUN (Insight, Discernment, Contrast) “Basira is insight, the inner eye seeing within.  Firasa is discernment, clear sight, how clearly you are seeing with the insight.”2008:Oct 1; 2009: Jul 22, 23; 2010: May 19, 20
  • BELIEF2011: Feb 10
  • CHARACTER (the Development of) 2011: May 12, August 1, Oct 14, 28; 2012:Jan 13, Feb 3
  • THE CHISHTI STAGES OF LOVE (some Stages and Phases of Love defined by the Khwajagan) – 2010: 21, 24, 25, 31
  • COMMUNITY (of the middle, khanaqah)2010: Nov 12, 27; 2011: Nov 4, 16, 18, 23
  • CONTENTMENT/RIDA (with Allah’s Decree)2011: Jan 12, Dec 9; 2012: July 6
  • THE COUNSELS OF BAHA’UDDIN NAQSHBAND (series of dars) 2011: August 6, 11, 17, 18, 20
  • CREATION (khalaq, creating)2010: Dec 18
  • DEATH and DYING 2012: Feb 4
  • DHAHIR and BATIN (the Inner and the Outer) Humanness is in the batin, but the form of humanity is in the dhahir.  It’s the attitude, commitment, submission and trust you have in the process that creates the balance between the dhahir and the batin.”2010:Apr 25 (speech); 2011: May 28, June 1, 2
  • DREAMS and VISIONS (Kashf and Ru’ya) 2011:Nov 12
  • DU’A (see WORSHIP)
  • EIDS (see “Islamic Months”)
  • FASTING2010: Jul 16, 30
  • FAYD  (Divine Eflugence) 2011:Oct 15
  • FIVE SUNDAYS SERIES:
    • First Series 2009/2010 covers the themes of ‘In the Line of Transmission’, Suhbat, Ikhlas, the Dhahir and Batin, and Tarbiyya. 2009: Nov 26, Dec 6;   2010:Jan 24, Feb 28, Apr 25.
    • Second Series 2010/2011 covers the themes of Peace, Justice, Mercy, Love and Freedom. 2010: Oct 24, Dec 5; 2011: Jan 23, March 27, April 24, June 19
    • Third Series 2011/2012 addresses the separation of the soul from its Creator through questions that begin with the Arabic letter ‘waw’: What,  Why, Who, Where and When. 2011:Oct 30, Dec. 4; 2012: Jan 15, Feb 19, Apr 15
    • Fourth Series 2012-2013 covers the Great Prophets: Adam, Ibrahim, Nuh, Musa, Isa, Muhammad, and the Mahdi.
    • Fifth Series 2013-2014 is on the Strangers of the unseen world: Khidr, Salman al Farsi, Nasir Khosrow
  • FORGIVENESS (Pardon) 2011: August 19; 2012: Feb 11
  • FREEDOM (Inner Spiritual Freedom) 2010: Oct 8; 2011: Feb 11, Mar 17, 23, April 24 (speech)
  • GENEROSITY (Sadaqa) 2011: Jan 5; 2012: July 27
  • GOOD DEEDS ( Good Acts, Good Works)- “We cannot be believers unless we do good deeds.  A good deed can last for one second, but the memory of it can last a lifetime.” 2009: Nov 6, Nov 20, Dec 11,  Dec 12 ; 2010: Feb 12, Oct 22; 2011: Feb 18, Mar 4, 5, April 29;  2012: Jan 27, Feb 24
  • GRATITUDE (often with HUMILITY) 2011: August 26, 27
  • HAJJ (see “Islamic Months”)
  • HAZRAT ADAM (as) – “The guideline for Hazrat Adam (as) and for us to this very day is to spread peace, safety, security and tranquility.”2010: Feb 24, Mar 3, 4, 5
  • HEALTH and HEALING (Spiritual Healing) 2011: Feb 2, 3, 5, Nov 25; 2012:  May 11
  • THE HEART (Qalb, Love, Cleansing, Transmitting, Consciousness) – 2010: Jan 14, Apr 15, 16, 22, 24, May 29, Jun 9, 10, 24, July 29, Sept 29; 2011: April 7, June 3, Oct 1, Nov  16; 2012 Jan 1, 4, 5, 7, Feb 15, 16, 17, Mar 22
  • THE HIKAM of IBN AT’ALA ISKANDARI (ra) (and Tafwid) – “The Hikam and the other texts written by Iskandari (ra) were created to give us an understanding of the relationship between Tasawwuf and Islam.” 2008: Sept 25, Nov 1 (speech), Dec 13, 20, 24; 2009: Jan 1, 8, Feb 21 (speech)
  • HILM and WARAA’ (Gentleness and Caution) –2010: Jun 2, Jun 3
  • HUMILITY, MODESTY –2010: May 14, Sept 23, Oct 13, 14, 20, 23; 2011: Jan 6, April 28, May 5, 18, 19, August 26, Sept 30; 2012: Jan 20, July 18
  • IHSAN 2009: Jun 26, 27; 2012: Jan 12, Feb 9, 22
  • IKHLAS (Sincerity) The more subtle means to developing the character qualities that are the foundation for spiritual success lay in ikhlas, sincerity.” 2009: Dec 9;    2010: Jan 24 (speech), Aug 27, Dec 30
  • IKHTILAF (Differences) “The basis of growth and development lies in some part in knowledge,  and some part in understanding how to deal with differences, which is a natural part of the nafs ammara.”2009: May 6, 7; 2010: Sept 10
  • IMAN (Faith) – 2010: Apr 9; 2011: Feb 4, Mar 9, 10
  • INSANI KAMIL (One who is Perfecting on the Path) 2011: Mar 23, 24, 30
  • IRADA (Will, Mureed, Murad) 2010: Aug 5, Sept 15, 17, Dec 11, 15; 2012: Feb 2
  • IRSHAD (Guidance) 2011: May 5; 2012: Jan 14, July 13, 18 (spiritual teachers)
  • ISHARAT (Pointing) 2012: Jan 14
  • ISLAMIC MONTHS (with annual Islamic events)
    • RAJAB: 2010: May 21; 2011: June 10, 28 (Isra Miraj), 2012: June 16 (Isra Miraj)
    • SHA’BAN: 2010: Jun 10, Jul 16, Aug 15; 2011: June 24, July 1, 15 (Nisfu Sha’ban); 2012: June 22, July 4 (Nisf Shaban)
    • RAMADAN: 2010: Jul 30, Aug 5, 6, 15 (Laylatul Qadr), Aug 26, Sept 3, RRetreat: Sept 4, 5, 6 ; Sept 10 (EidFitr); 2011: July 29, 30, August 11, 12, 26&27&28 (RRetreat), 30 (Eid); 2012: May 25, June 1, June 11, July 6, 7, 18, 20
    • NIGHTS OF LIGHT Lecture Series (Isra’ Mi’raj, Nisf-Shaban, Laylatul Qadr) “In discussing the dynamics of the Isra Miraaj (to be followed by Nifsu-Shabaan and Laylatu-l-Qadr), we are on a continuing journey of understanding the pathway of light, the reality of wujuud, and the transformative process of tajalli. It is a process of transcendence within our self, as an expression of Allah (swt).2010: Jun 13 (Isra’ Mi’raj); Jul 11 (Nisfu Sha’ban); Aug 15 (Laylatul Qadr)
  • THE JOURNEY (see TASAWWUF)
  • JUSTICE (‘Adl, Qist, Mizan) 2010: Aug 21, Nov 3, 4, 19, Dec 5 (speech), 22; 2012: Apr 6
  • KHALIFAT (Amanat, Acceptance of responsibility) 2012: Mar 21
  • KHANAQAH (Place of Spiritual Gatherings) 2012: Jan 27, Feb 18, June 6
  • KHAWAATIR (thoughts) 2011: Jan 1
  • KHAYAL, MAJAZ, MITHAL, BARZAKH (Traveling the Corridor to the Unseen) –2009: Sept 26, Oct 1, 29, Nov 21, 25, Dec 3; 2010: Feb 11, Mar 17
  • THE KHWAJA KHWAJAGAN 2009: Mar 18, 19, Nov 14;  2010: Jan 7
  • KNOWLEDGE and SEEKING IT (Knowledge of Oneself, of the Unseen; ‘Arif and People of ‘Uruf, Overcoming Ignorance) 2009: Feb 5,  6, Sep 24;  2010: Jan 1, 8, Mar 13, Apr 7, May 21, May 26, Jul 14, Sept 16, 17, 30, Oct 27, Nov 3, 18, Dec 9, 11, 15, 16, 29; 2011: Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 9, Dec 2; 2012: Jan 21
  • LANGUAGE and VALUES – 2009: Apr 8 & Apr 9; 2010: Dec 18
  • THE LATA’IF  (Latifa, Systems, Purifying, Turning to, Tajalli/Light, States and Stations) 2009: Jun 2, Aug 26, 27, 29, Sept 2, 3, 5, Sept 9, Sept 12, Nov 11;    2010: Jun 5; 2011: April 6, 7, 9, 13, June 8, 9, 11, 2o, 21, 23, 27, 28, August 3, 4, 5, Nov 19, 23, Dec 16 (Qalb); 2012: Jan 4, 5 (light), 7 (light), 11 (tajalli), 16 (qalb, stations), Apr 18 (qalb), Series ‘Opening the Lata’if under the Feet of the Ambiya’ – Apr 19 (qalb), 21 (ruh), 26 (sirr), 27 (nafs), 28 (khafi), May 3 (akhfa), 5 (nafs and sultan al adhkar), 9 (sultan al-adhkar), June 23 (purpose)
  • LOVE (Mahabbat, Hubb, Eshq) 2010: Nov 20, 24; 2011: Feb 9, 17, 19, 23, Mar 3, 27 (Speech); 2012: June 27 (attraction)
  • MAWLID (see PROPHET MUHAMMAD)
  • MEDITATION (Circles, Muraqabah, Inner travel, States and Stations) – 2009: Dec 4, 10;    2010: Jul 15, 21, 22 , Jul 25, Sept 4, 5 (RR talks); 2011: Mar 5, June 4, 25, 29, 30, August 20, 24, Sept. 3, 29, Oct 5, 26, 27, Nov 9, 10, 17, Dec 3, 7; 2012: Feb 25 (adrak), May 10 and 12 (Meditation parts 1&2), 16, 17, 23 (circles), 26 (circles, stations), 27 (stations), June 20, 21, July 21
  • NAFS AMMARA (refining the Lower Self) 2010: Oct 6, 2012: June 8 (anger and rancor)
  • NIYYAT (Intention) 2010: Aug 25; 2012: Apr 13, June 23
  • OBEDIENCE  2011: Dec 28
  • ORDERS, SUFIC (Naqshbandiyya, Mujaddidiyya, etc. Symbols of) 2011: Oct 6
  • PEACE (Inner and Outer) 2010: Oct 13, 24 (Speech)
  • THE PRACTICES (Transmissions, Circles, Spiritual Discipline, see also MURAQABAH) – 2009: Sep 3, 10, 23; 2010: Feb10, 18, Mar 18, Sept 2, Oct 28, Nov 25; 2011: Jan 13, April 14, Oct 26, 27, Dec 8; 2012: Jan 18, May 10, 12, 16, 17, 23, 26, June 14, 20, 27 (silence), July 5 (khilwa, silence), July 26 (sp realms reveal)
  • PROPHETS (generally) 2012 Oct 4; 2013 Feb 3, 13, Mar 22, 27, 28, Apr 25; ADAM 2012 Sept 29; IBRAHIM
  • QADR (destiny)2010: Dec 17; 2011: Feb 12, 13
  • QUESTIONS (for the Seeker) 2011: Oct 3 (speech), Dec, 4 (speech); 2012: Jan 1 (speech), 15 (speech), 19, 25, 27, Feb 19 (speech), Apr 15 (speech)
  • THE QUR’AN 2007: Sept 22 (speech); 2010: Jul 18, Aug 12; 2012: Mar 15 (reading), 17, June 2
  • REMEMBRANCE of ALLAH (Dhikr; see also WORSHIP) –2010: Jun 4, Dec 31; 2011: Jan 13, Mar 18, April 15, August 4, 11, 12, Oct 5; 2012: Feb 10, Apr 12
  • REPENTANCE (Tawbah) 2010: Oct 23; 2012: Apr 12
  • REVELATION (Wahy and Ilham) 2011: May 18
  • RIZQ (Provision) – 2010:  May 8, Jun 16, 25; 2011: June 22
  • THE RULES of THE ORDER 2009: Jun3, 4, Dec 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 31;   2010: Jan 2, 16, 20, 21, 27, 28; 2011 August 24, 25
  • SALAT (Ritual Prayer) 2012: Jan 12, Mar 30
  • SABR (Patience and Perseverance)2010: Nov 26; 2011: Sept. 1; 2012: May 18
  • SEIZE the MOMENT (see WAQT)
  • THE SEVEN VALLEYS (described by al-Ghazali and Farid ad-Din Attar) 2011: May 21; 2013 Series: Jan 30, 31, Feb 2, 6, 7
  • SHARI’AH (part of Tariqah and Haqiqah) 2010: Sept 15; 2011:Nov 17; 2012: Apr 12
  • THE SHAYKH and THE RELATIONSHIP with the MURID/A – 2010: Mar 27, Apr 10, Nov 10; 2011:July 6, Sept 21; 2012: July 18, 19 (nisbat)
  • SHUYUKH/SILSILA (Stories of, Letters and Writing from, Teachings of)2010: Nov 6 (Urs of Hazrat), Dec 8;2011:July 2, Dec 28 (Abdul Bari Shah); 2012: June 30 (FdrDay: Remembering Hazrat)
  • SPEECH (careful speaking, silence, controlling the tongue) 2012: Mar 31
  • SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES FOR REFINEMENT (series of dars) 2011: August 31, Sept 1, 3, 14, 15, 21
  • THE STRUGGLE with TRANSFORMING the NAFS/PURIFICATION of THE SELF/COMING to KNOW ONESELF (Jihad, Stages of Nafs, At-Tazkiya) – 2009: Oct 7, 8, 22, Nov 14, 26, Dec 2; 2011: March 31, August 3, 22, 24, Nov 16
  • SUHBAT (Keeping the Company of Good People) – 2009: Oct 14, 28, Dec 6;    2010: May 19; 2011: August 14, Nov 3; 2012: Mar 16, Apr 5, June 6
  • SULUK (see TASAWWUF)
  • TADBIR (Plan not to plan)2007: Nov 17 (speech)
  • TAFAKKUR (Reflection)2010: Sept 9, 15; 2011: April 6, 21
  • TAJDID (and Isla) –2009: Jun 28, May 21, Jul 1, 2, 7 (speech), 16; 2011: April 23, 27, May 6; 2012: Mar 24,28, 29, Apr 14
  • TAKAFUL (Reciprocal Cooperation) 2010: Sept 10 Eid Adha; 2011: Feb 25
  • TARBIYYA (the Education of the Murid/a on the Path of Tasawwuf) The Prophet’s model, upon which the Sufic model of tarbiyya is shaped, lies in the community, in submission, surrender and trust. This model places most of the responsibility on the student, and empowers transformative experiences through adab, through trust, through encouraging a vision that transcends the personal mode or desire.2010: Jan 29, Feb 3, 4, 6, 28 (speech), May 22; 2011 Sept. 2
  • TASAWWUF/SUFISM (the Path, the Journey/Suluk, Stages, Subtleties, Progress, Obstacles) 2009: Oct 21, Oct 25, Oct 30, Nov 12; 2010: Jun12, 23, Aug 7, Oct 9, 27, Dec 9, 11, 15, 16, 31; 2011: Mar 5, 10, 30, 31; April 6, 7, 9, 13, May 11, 28; Oct 14, 22, Nov 19, 24, 26, Dec 1, 10, 15; 2012: Jan 12, Feb 22, 23, Mar 22, Apr 4, 5, May 24, 27, 30, June 7, 20, 21(travel/circles); July 11 (qabd and bast), July 25 (Sh.Shushtari), 26
  • TAWAKKUL (Trust, Reliance) 2011: July 7. Sept 23
  • TEST and TRIALS2010: Oct 1, Nov 5
  • TIME (its correlative to the Divine) 2012: Mar 10, 14
  • TOLERANCE 2010: Sept 24
  • TRANQUILITY (Sakina)2010: Oct 6; 2011: May 11, 12
  • WALAYAT (Awliya and Saints) 2011: July 10, 14, 16, August 14, Nov 2, 12; 2012: Apr 12 (circles of)
  • WAQT (Seizing the Moment)2010: Oct 30; 2011: Mar 4, Dec 14, 17
  • WORSHIP (Ibada, Du’a, Dhikr)2010: Oct 7, Dec 10; 2011: Jan 7, 8, Feb 18, 21, Mar 19, Sept 16; 2012: May 4 (du’a), May 24, June 23
  • YAQIN (Certainty) 2011: May 7