riyada in arabic means "training" or "discipline". It was used by the arabs in relation to horse taming. Sufis refer to their discipline as "riyadat an-nafs": disciplining the soul / training the ego. Today, the word riyada has come to mean "sports". There is an Arabic proverb that says: "The purpose of sports (riyada) is not to win cups, but to discipline the soul". This blog is here to help me discipline my soul and train my body.

Sunday, March 18, 2007


I had earlier planned on writing one post called "From Fes to Medina: The Tariqa Muhammadiyya in the late 17th century " (also early 18th but no need to write that too). But then I decided to split them by writing about each on its own, and so I have just written about al-Qushashi (the Medina part) and will later write about al-Dabbagh (the Fes part), inshalla. But I decided to keep them both under the same name in the "Tariqa Muhammadiyya Series" links on the right, so if you click on the "Medina" part of the sentence you will get the latest post, and inshalla when I write the next one I will link it to it in the "Fes" word of the sentence.

I also wrote this last one at one in the morning because I wasnt able to sleep, so please forgive me if it is poorly written. Finally, I wanted to translate another paragraph of al-Ujaymi as quoted by Sanusi, to end the article with it, but it seems the words in it are so hard even my dictionary doesnt have them! So I'll try to do that later inshalla.


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