Category Archive: Spiritual Food for Thought

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

A Journey into the Divine Attributes – Friday April 7, 2017

An evening of lecture and discussion on the journey of discovering the Divine Attributes in ourselves and our spiritual practice.

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

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