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1 Life as Prayer Awaken to Presence Transform your life workshop series Dr. M. Omar November 2012, Orlando

2 VISION: Blessings VISION: Blessings Self-Pride Anger Depression Anger Depression In this view, God is someone who help us to live the way we want… Self-centered VISION for my life

3 God’s VISION for my life وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ And I have not created the invisible beings and men but to [know and] worship Me. (Qur’an 51:56) Experiential Knowledge of God Witness Divine Attributes Reflect Divine Attributes

4 God wants us to: Know Him Love Him and glorify him with praise Be with Him forever God wants to have a close relationship with us, but we are too busy with worldly blessings… Experiential Knowledge of God Witness Divine Attributes Reflect Divine Attributes

5 God is making Himself known to us through His creation… He reflects His beauty on the flowers; We contemplate; We praise Him; We love Him more and more…

6 But, what do we do instead? Fall in love with the mirror (apple) that reflects God’s attributes, and forget about the All-Beautiful…

7 Self-centered God-centered False Self Content Self = True Self I demand MY plans to be fulfilled. NOW! God, how can I glorify You? I can’t do it by myself. Help me witness your works!

8 Awaken to Presence Running after worldly blessings life Experiential Knowledge of God Witness Divine Attributes Reflect Divine Attributes

9 Does the GODLY VISION require us to forsake the blessings of life? Are we here primarily to enjoy worldly blessings? Or to know, love and glorify the Loving One? If we awaken to God’s Presence and transform our vision, what would be different in our life? The mode of interaction with blessings Needs… View on life Decision making

10 When we awaken to God’s Presence and All-Encompassing Love, how would our life be? Life as prayer connection = salat

11 Will we pick up the phone and answer? God is making himself known to us…

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13 Glorify the Sustainer of these wonders, by saying and living : “God is Most Great” (Allahu Akbar) See Divine works everywhere…

14 Proclaim in love and ecstasy: You alone do we worship, and from You alone do we seek help The All-Merciful making Himself loved through the lovely fruits of His Mercy…

15 Thanking and praising Him: “All-Glorified are You, and all praise and gratitude are for You” (Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah) The Real Giver of Gifts exhibiting His Care and Compassion through His blessed gifts…

16 Bow in perception of His Majesty Prostrate in humility and with awe and love... He is displaying His Grace, Majesty, Perfection, and Grandeur in the “mirrors” of creatures – renewing the displays constantly

17 Contemplating… “How beautifully they have been made” All-Majestic Maker’s exhibition of His artistry through creation…

18 Human free choice Messengers, Book of Creation, Holy Books, Conscience Eternal Beauty and Perfection is making Himself known God Divine Message God- Centered Self- Centered

19 When we awaken to God’s Presence and All-Encompassing Love, how would our life be? Life as prayer connection = salat

20 Experiential Knowledge of God Witness Divine Attributes Reflect Divine Attributes Using our God given potential, we fulfill our humanity by: Awakening to and falling in love with the Divine Attributes Displaying loving devotion for the Conscious Loving One Establishing His Light’s reflection in the center of our heart.

21 وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَندَادًا يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ اللَّهِ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّه And from among the people are some who take other than God as equals to Him, they love them as they love God; but those who believe love God more strongly (Qur’an 2:165)


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