Embrace the social teachings of Islam by rethinking modern individualism.

Embrace the social teachings of Islam by rethinking modern individualism.

Quenching the Ummah of Muhammad ﷺ with the Cup of Relief for What it Finds Over Gaza of Distress and Grief

Summary Notes from Presentation

I gave a talk in November 2023 organised by The Sila Initiative about how to avoid depression, loss of hope and despair, and not have a bad opinion of Allah over the events in Gaza. Because of the confusion in the hearts of many Muslims, I have attached a pdf of the main points that were covered in the lecture. I hope that they will be of benefit and  a reason to alleviate grief, and our success is only through Allah.

Barik Allah fikum,

Umm Sahl

Note: translations of Quranic verses are taken from Keller, Nuh Ha Mim, The Quran Beheld



Umm Sahl

Born and raised in New Zealand, and of Albanian descent, Umm Sahl left with her family to live in Turkey in 1982, where she met her first sheikh in tasawwuf, Ihsan Effendi of Zeytinburnu, Istanbul, whose student she remained until his death in 1991. In 1983, she traveled to Egypt to study Arabic, where she lived for three years. In 1986, she married her husband Sheikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller and moved to Amman, Jordan.

She studied Hanafi Fiqh and hadith terminology with Sheikh Shuayb Arnaut; Hanafi Fiqh and ‘Aqida with Sheikh Ahmad al-Jammal; Tajwid with Sheikh Ibrahim Rumana; and Tafsir, Arabic grammar, Balagha, and Islamic Inheritance with Sheikh ‘Ali Hani for twenty years. 

In 1992, she joined the Shadhili tariqa of Sheikh Abdur-Rahman ash-Shaghouri, and was his student until his death in 2004. At present, she studies and teaches, aids her husband in his translation projects, and helps run the Zawiya of Abul Hasan ash-Shadhili in Amman.


Saturday, November 11, 2023


9am EST 

2pm London

5pm Amman

1am Sydney 


45-min presentation + 1 hour of Q&A

Everyone welcome (men and women).


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