“Loneliness clarifies. Here silence stands
Like heat. Here leaves unnoticed thicken,
Hidden weeds flower, neglected waters quicken,
Luminously-peopled air ascends;
And past the poppies bluish neutral distance
Ends the land suddenly beyond a beach
Of shapes and shingle. Here is unfenced existence:
Facing the sun, untalkative, out of reach.”

Philip Larkin, The Whitsun Weddings


“There is a secret key to nurturing your health. This key is an essential secret transmission that any person aiming to take good care of himself must understand and observe. The secret is in the single word decrease. Decrease means to reduce all of your ten thousand affairs and avoid increasing them. Be frugal in everything or, in other words, decrease your desires”

— Kaibara Ekiken, Yojokun: Lessons on Nurturing Life


In this world of constant exposure to artificial and manipulated imagery, media broadcasts, the glare of computer screens, excessive sensory stimulation, trauma, death, destruction, appetite, we are more and more disconnected from inner sources of nourishment and inner inspiration. The ego’s gratification must be quick or a thing is judged worthless; the flighty ‘intellect’ must grasp profound concepts in 140 characters or they are considered ‘outmoded’ and not relevant to the times we’re in; the reward must be instant or judged of no value.

Our daily social contacts and associations can support and inspire or drain and destroy. Every day we make a choice to nourish ourselves or deprive ourselves of nourishment.

In light of the above, and more, I’ve decided, as of the end of this week, to severely curtail my presence on social media (Facebook to be exact). The time has come to ‘put in the work,’ to light the alchemical fires and withdraw to complete the translation and publishing of Shaykh Muhammad al-Qandusi’s Ta’sis, unencumbered by the din and miasma of social media. I’ll still be around intermittently to respond to messages when able and to update the different pages I manage. For more ‘meaty’ updates, please subscribe to Ibriz Media. The email updates will eventually be my main means of announcements.

May Allah reward all of you for your continued support, prayers, and good intentions.

―Abdul Aziz Suraqah



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