Category Archive: Reflections

Bearing Witness in a Moment of Grief: a reflection on the continuing violence

I simply cannot be witness to the continuing bloodshed without bearing witness to truth, even though I realize that my perception or understanding of it is flawed, partial, in process…  This is not… Continue reading

WATER & THE SACRED

A meditation in honor of the water protectors at Standing Rock My earliest and most beloved memories of the sacred are connected to water.  I can still see the mountain creek near our… Continue reading

Friday December 9, 2016: Guest Speaker at Muslim Association of Hamilton [video]

Videos of this evening’s event are posted below. Part 1 | To view directly on YouTube, click here. Part 2

FOR MADINA, BAGHDAD, DHAKA, ISTANBUL, ORLANDO, AND ALL THE WOUNDED PLACES WHERE INNOCENTS ARE MURDERED, VIOLATED, TRAUMATIZED, BEREAVED, AND BROKEN

In the Qur’anic passage that recounts the covenant sealed between God and Abraham (2:124), God makes it clear that this special covenantal relationship will not reach or include those who perpetrate evil and oppression. So… Continue reading

MUHAMMAD ALI: reflecting on a decade of serving a soul’s preparations for the journey home

 Timothy J Gianotti June 19, 2016, Toronto   For over a decade, I was blessed with the privilege of being one of two Muslim scholars/theologians who worked with Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, along… Continue reading

MUHAMMAD ALI: Reflecting On the Champ’s Life and Enduring Legacy

Reflecting upon the life, death, and enduring legacy of Muhammad Ali Timothy J Gianotti June 17, 2016 Exactly a week has passed since we laid Muhammad Ali’s meticulously and lovingly prepared body to… Continue reading

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: RESPONDING TO THE FLORIDA MASSACRE

The Islamic Institute for Spiritual Formation joins its voice to the voices of Muslims worldwide and all peoples of healthy-minded religion in condemning the atrocities perpetrated against the innocent in Florida.  We remind ourselves and… Continue reading

Welcome, Ramadan!

As we embark upon this annual journey of fasting, I look at my world in turmoil, my life in turmoil, my heart in turmoil, and I remember that this month is about much… Continue reading

The Path Begins Here

The “straight path” or “path of uprightness” is never somewhere other than where you are standing right now.  What makes it straight or upright or rightly guided is the manner of your standing. … Continue reading

GROWING IN PRAYER: REFLECTIONS & LESSONS

Growth in Prayer:   Reflections and Lessons of a Struggler   Timothy J. Gianotti                I often reflect that the prayer-related growth we most need within the Muslim community is an excavation… Continue reading