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
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.