We had a full house for our Illumination of the Soul event with international author Michael Sugich!
Sidi Michael read extracts from his most recent book, Hearts Turn: Sinners, Seekers, Saints & The Road to Redemption, a gripping exploration of the act of 'tawba' (repentance), followed by Q&A with the audience.
'According to the master Abu 'Ali al-Daqqaq, may God be well pleased with him, "Repentance consists of three parts. Its beginning is 'tawba', repentance; its middle part is 'inaba', turning to God; and its end is 'awba', returning to God."
And Imam al-Qushayri, may God be well pleased with him, comments on this saying, "Whoever repents out of fear of Divine punishment acquires a repentance (tawba). Whoever repents out of desire of Divine reward acquires turning to God (inaba). And whoever repents out of compliance with Divine command, not out of desire of reward, nor out of fear of punishment (awba), acquires return to God."'