Welcome to the Sanctuary.

The name given by Allah swt for the heart is “قلب”; this is the root word for “يُقَلَب” which means “to change”- As sure as a leaf will turn in changing seasons, so too will our core be shifted. By leaving our impressionable hearts unprotected, and allowing worldly ornaments or fickle mankind to take stewardship of it, we are calling to pain and consequential emptiness.
Just as a ship will inevitably sink if it allows water to enter it’s vessel, our hearts will break and we will take to the ground if we let dunya reside within. Our hearts deserve to exist in a state of dignity; vessels filled only with our Creator in mind.
Cardiologist, psychologist, physiologist-
He is the only entrusted Specialist.

In order to overcome the fluctuation and painful inconsistencies of this dunya, we must nourish our vessel with the one undeniable consistency known to us: the One who will always fill us to the brim, a potency so profound that even His remembrance brings us Home.

Here we have created a space wherein our hearts can be reminded of ultimate Purpose and how to stand resilient in the face of trialling and turbulent times.
After all , it is in the remembrance of He that our hearts truly find peace.

We will be sharing beautiful adhkar to help elevate our independent acts of worship and soften our hearts. We will also be sharing our own personal places of worship (our Home within our homes) in Sanctuary Sessions via Instagram- and we encourage you to do the same.

Photography by Nadeem Ghafur @nadeemghafur
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa/Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Photography by Osama Solieman @osolieman


sanctuary: a refuge or safety from pursuit.


We each have spaces which shelter us from the pursuit of this world. They help us be present with ourselves, our bodies and our breath. They help us to connect with our core and our purpose on this Earth – the worship of our Lord.

We wanted to share some our own sanctuaries and practices of remembrance to help inspire you to find or create your own.

Whether it is in your room, walking, in your garden, outside of your window – your sanctuary space is defined only by what brings you refuge.

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Allāhumma innī asʾaluk al-ʿāfiyah fī al-dunyā wa al-ākhīrah. O Allah! I ask You for well-being in this world and the hereafter. Allāhumma innī asʾaluk al-ʿafū wa al-ʿāfiyah wa al-muʿāfāt al-dāʾimah fī dīnī wa dunyāya wa ahlī wa mālī. O Allah! I ask You for pardoning, well-being, and constant safety in my religion, worldly life, family, and possessions. Asr contemplation. Take a moment, be still and breathe. Think of all of what is attributed to you in this world: the carpet beneath your feet, the roof above your head, the lamp beside your bed, down to the phone held in your hand at this very moment. Do you attribute these possessions as blessings gifted by Allah swt? Take a moment and recognise that for many of us, these are symbols of safety and well-being. Now take a moment to think of how these possessions can be used as vehicles to ensure well-being in the Aakhira. Do you tread with mercy upon that carpet beneath your feet? Do you contribute to ease and tranquillity in the home that is held by that roof? Do your words and actions illuminate the hearts of your peers, just as that lamp illuminates the walls of your room? Do the mannerisms you exhibit to and adopt from the interactions on your phone add value to the safety and well-being of your family and religion? Do you remember the Sustainer often enough to secure all these aspects of your life? Think about this as you listen and recite. Think of how your actions can emulate the words of these duas. Be present with yourself, and the Creator. Connect with your core and purpose on this Earth – the worship of your Lord, and the rest of your affairs will follow suit. These beautiful invocations are taken from The Prophetic Invocations’ – by Imam al-Haddad, foreward by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and translated by Mostafa Al-Badawi (Starlatch Press www.starlatch.com) 🤲🏻 #Asr #dhikr #ramadan2020

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Allāhumma bika aṣbaḥnā wa bika amsaynā wa bika naḥyā wa bika namūt wa ʿalayka natawakkal wa ilayk al-nushūr. O Allah! By You we live to morning, and by You we live to evening, and by You we live and by You we die, and upon You we rely, and to You is the Resurrection. It’s Asr, breathe with intent. The Messenger (saw) advised us to be like strangers in this world, to live as though this very moment could be our last; to welcome each morning without the promise of the evening, and to welcome each slumber without the certainty of greeting the sun once more. Are we content with meeting our Lord as we are? Do we think enough or pray enough for our afterlife? Have we secured our Homes in the Aakhira, as we so cautiously care for the homes we inhabit in this world? Think of Asiya (RA), the wife of Pharoah. Her name carries honour until this day. In hardship and in ease, her goal was to return Home: “My Lord, build for me with Thee a house in heaven” (66:11). Her detachment from this dunya and dedication to the Love of the Most Merciful ensured the absolute perfection of her faith. She had complete dependence and trust in the Will of the Almighty, and it was through Him that she would return to where hearts find complete peace. Ya Allah, grant us a Home with you in Jannah. Grant us goodness and well-being in this world. Allow us to remember our Purpose, and that to You we shall return. Grant us safety and honour in the life that follows. Shine bravery upon us and infuse us with trust in You, for it is You who sustains us alone. It is Your Mercy that allows our chests to expand and embrace the message of goodness you bestow upon us. We are Grateful to You. Repeat these duas, laying brick upon brick for your Home in Jannah with every call. And as you secure your meeting with the Almighty, you are securing the life that was created to trial you. In moments of comfort and discomfort alike, remember that this world was never our Home. Remember that indeed our trials are not a punishment for us, if they bring us back to Him. Invocations: ‘The Prophetic Invocations’ – by Imam al-Haddad, foreward by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and translated by Mostafa Al-Badawi (www.starlatch.com)

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Mā shāʾ Allāhu kān, wa mā lam yashaʾ lam yakun, wa lā ḥawla wa lā quwwata illā billāh il-ʿAlīyy il-ʿĀẓīm. Whatever Allah wills is, and what He does not will is not; and there is no power or ability except by Allah, the Most High, the Almighty. ✨ It is Asr time. Take a moment to contemplate. We are in control of how we perceive the Almighty, we are in control of how we act upon this perception. We are in control over our desires, our thoughts, our deeds. However, for the matters we have no control over, know that He is the One who takes the wheel. There is no better reassurance than knowing that the Most Merciful has stewardship over us and our affairs. So think often and think positively of Allah swt. For when we remember Allah swt, clouds of worry and fear are driven away, and the mountains that once crushed our chests with the problems we could not see beyond, crumble to dust. When we are faced with overwhelming distress, know that nothing is beyond the Might of Allah swt. ‘Do not be sad, because the true span of life is measured by the number of days in which you are content. Do not then spend your days in grief, do not waste your nights in sorrow, and do not be extravagant in squandering your time; for truly, Allah loves not those who are extravagant and wasteful.’ – Don’t Be Sad ✨ The Most High is our Lord. There is nothing greater than He. By the will of Allah, this too shall pass. These beautiful invocations are taken from The Prophetic Invocations’ – by Imam al-Haddad, foreward by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and translated by Mostafa Al-Badawi (Starlatch Press www.starlatch.com) #Ramadan #dhikr #asr #prayer

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(Complete invocations of page 21 stated in the comments below)🤲🏻 Asr: Breathe and settle as the sun begins its descent from the sky. Refuel the thirst of your soul with the remembrance of the Almighty. Contemplate the intricacies of His creation, and the vastness of His reach. Despite Allah encompassing all, He does not forget to guide you. So remember Him as He remembers you. Remember Him with honour and ihsaan, remember Him so that your heart may find ease and bliss. As taken from the foreword of this remarkable book: ‘wird’ is translated as ‘litany ‘ literally as ‘a place of water’ – typically a watering place is visited not out of fondness, but out of necessity so the spiritual aspirant should approach his wird with the same thirst, as regularity as he would his watering place to quench his thirst. As water satisfies the body’s physical demand, so too does the wird bring the soul to a state of contentment and eventually, delight. The invocations in the comments can also be said as they are on the page shown in the video, written above are examples of variations that the Messenger pbuh was reported to have also used. May Allah swt accept all of our calls. Upon completing these itany/awradh, it is advised that you repeat what is recited/shown on page 21 (100 times), or subhanallahi wa bihamdi subhanallahi azeem (100 times). These beautiful invocations are taken from The Prophetic Invocations’ – by Imam al-Haddad, foreword by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and translated by Mostafa Al-Badawi (Starlatch Press www.starlatch.com) -Continued in comments-

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Yā Ḥayyu yā Qayyūm, bi-raḥmatika astaghīth, wa min ʿadhābika astajīr, aṣliḥ lī shaʾnī kullah, wa lā takilnī ilā nafsī wa lā ilā aḥadan min khalqika ṭarfata ʿayn. O Ever-Living, O Sustainer! I call upon Your mercy and I seek refuge from Your punishment. Rectify all my affairs and do not entrust me to myself or to any of Your creation for even the blink of an eye. 🤲🏻 Asr is for breathing. ✨As our bodies are starting to feel a dip in energy, let us renew our intentions and reignite our core need for the mercy of the Most Merciful. Without the mercy of Allah swt, we would be left to our own devices, left without His guidance and the protection of His angels. We are humble and grateful in our remembrance of Him. We are also humbled by His Action in our lives, in His remembrance of us, of His guidance of us. “All in the heavens and the earth call upon Him, at every interval He is acting” (55:29). With all that encompasses our universe and beyond, He is still close to us consistently and entirely. None of what He conducts is compromised in quality by quantity. Never is our call over shadowed by the call of another, for He is All-Knowing, All-Seeing and All-Hearing. We are significant to Him, and therefore we are significant in our existence. Alhamdolilah. He is Ever-Living, He is constantly in action, He is our Sustainer. He awaits our repentance, He awaits our call. Let us allow our gratitude to ring through our bodies until our hearts are made still by His refuge. Oh Allah, do not leave me to myself, do not leave me to rely on any other but You. These beautiful invocations are taken from The Prophetic Invocations’ – by Imam al-Haddad, foreward by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and translated by Mostafa Al-Badawi (Starlatch Press www.starlatch.com) #Dhikr #asr #prayer #ramadan #ramadan2020 #faith

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