Seattle Unity Sunday Sermon Video 05-27-2018—”The Sacred Joy of Inner Work”

Imam Jamal Rahman’s Sunday Sermon
“The Sacred Joy of Inner Work”

Sunday Service Video May 27th, 2018—“The Sacred Joy of Inner Work”—Here is the link and player to Imam Jamal Rahman’s Sunday sermon of 05-27-2018.

Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. In 2018, our Annual Theme is “The Inner Pilgrimage.” In his “The Sacred Joy of Inner Work” sermon, Imam Jamal Rahman offers several stories from a variety of spiritual traditions, and key insights—all emphasizing…(see more below)

Plus Dahlia offers a reading from Imam Rahman’s book “Spiritual Gems of Islam.”

Also, our graduating uniteen Nick Bennett participates in a ceremony of blessing and graduating.

Blessing and Graduation Ceremony for Uniteen Nick Bennett

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Dahlia Reading from Imam Rahman’s “Spiritual Gems of Islam”

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Imam Jamal Rahman’s Sunday Sermon—”The Sacred Joy of Inner Work”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “The Sacred Joy of Inner Work”

http://seattleunity.org — Imam Jamal Rahman offers his sermon at Seattle Unity on May 27th, 2018 titled “The Sacred Joy of Inner Work.” He offers several stories from a variety of spiritual traditions, and key insights—all emphasizing the value of an inner pilgrimage consisting of spiritual growth. He emphasizes how inner personal growth is connected to outer problem solving.

Quotations related to this sermon:

The Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him:

Know thyself and you shall know thy Sustainer.

Rumi:

Open the window of your heart;
the Moon will kiss you
only through the window.

Divine revelation to the Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him:

I was a secret Treasure and I longed to be known and so I created you and the worlds visible and invisible.

Dahlia Reading from Imam Rahman’s “Spiritual Gems of Islam”

Once we truly begin the work of getting to know ourselves, we come face to face with our untamed ego, which is going to struggle mightily to maintain pride of place in our internal makeup.

Speaking of this struggle between the ego and the higher self, the Prophet Muhammad said to his followers, “Die before you die.”

By this he meant not that we must kill the ego, but that in the course of our life-that is, before we die a physical death-we must let go of attachment to the ego.

This is not to condemn the ego, for it is an integral and divinely created part of our being that enables us to function in the world.

Indeed we cannot “kill” or abolish our God-given ego, but we can and must work to transform it, so that it collaborates and aligns with our higher self.

Jamal Rahman

The flyer for this service is here:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/oos-201805027.pdf