In our exclusive interview with Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, a member of the ruling family in the Emirate of Ajman of UAE, we delve into the intricate tapestry of charity, Transcendental Meditation, and the profound realm of consciousness. Unveiling the unique blend of traditions and openness, Hassan shares his insights on societal balance, the transformative power of charity, and the universal language of love and giving. Join us on a journey that transcends cultural boundaries and opens doors to a harmonious existence.
Chic Icon: Thank you for joining us today, your Highness. We appreciate your time for this interview with Chic Icon Magazine. Could you share more about your charitable activities?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: Certainly. The UAE is not as wealthy as some Middle Eastern nations with abundant oil and gas resources. However, despite the economic disparity, our way of life differs significantly due to the charitable efforts undertaken by individuals, families, communities, and the nation as a whole. Charity operates on three fronts: past, present, and future. For instance, providing daily meals for 10 or more people not only alleviates sickness, social issues, financial troubles, and mental health problems but also serves as a way to settle debts energetically. Additionally, addressing commitments that are hard to fulfill is facilitated through donations, breaking the metaphorical box of obligations.
Chic Icon: When you mention commitments, are you referring to an energetic aspect?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: Absolutely. Commitments made, whether knowingly or unknowingly, linger in the universe. The charity serves as a means to fulfill these commitments, bringing relief from life’s challenges. It’s about creating a positive impact on various aspects of life—health, relationships, and overall well-being.
At times, when you make promises like “I will help you,” but fail to follow through, it becomes a commitment in the universe. This can make your life challenging, and filled with unfulfilled commitments. Engaging in charity serves as a way to address these commitments, both known and unknown. People may wonder why, in times of personal crisis, you seem unable to act. The key is to release these commitments through charitable actions. Consistent donations and support contribute to a longer life, contrasting with those who accumulate wealth but lead shorter lives due to a lack of giving. Charity helps avoid sickness, invites blessings, and mitigates wars, crises, and diseases. This is why regions like the Gulf, despite their wealth in resources, may lack the inherent blessings found in areas where charity is ingrained in the way of life. The essence of charity lies in its application to human existence.
Chic Icon: Can you elaborate on the types of charity activities in the UAE?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: Certainly. Our charitable efforts span various scales, from providing daily meals during Ramadan to supporting families dealing with loss. We engage in educational and health programs, sponsoring orphans, and even contributing to international causes, such as planning to provide 250,000 meals for the people of Gaza this Ramadan.
Chic Icon: Do you have a dedicated charity organization?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: Yes, we operate a family charity and actively participate in various charitable activities. Our upcoming initiative involves collaborating with donors abroad to distribute meals to those in need.
Chic Icon: The concept of charity seems deeply rooted in your beliefs. Is this influenced by your religion?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: In our religion, we have Zakah, a mandatory contribution of 2.5% of one’s wealth annually. However, our approach to charity extends beyond religious boundaries. It’s about giving without limits, whether it be food, money, or support, irrespective of the recipient’s religion.
Chic Icon: Is charity more prominent during Ramadan?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: Indeed, Ramadan is a significant time for charitable activities. The holy month encourages generosity, and the act of giving during this time is considered especially blessed. It’s a time when people are more inclined to share and support those in need.
Chic Icon: Shifting gears, you often speak about Rumi. Why are you drawn to his ideas?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: Rumi, being a great Sufi, emphasized the idea that everything is created from God’s love. His teachings promote love, peace, and a universal understanding that transcends religious boundaries. His focus on love and opposition to war, corruption, and hatred resonates with me and many others.
Chic Icon: Let’s delve into Transcendental Meditation (TM). How did you discover it, and why did you start practicing?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: In 2010, after the loss of my wife, I sought ways to enhance my well-being. I came across a Hindu monk who had spent seven years in silence, gaining profound knowledge. His approach to sharing this knowledge through Transcendental Meditation intrigued me. After undergoing TM training in 2013, I experienced a positive transformation, leading me to establish my own organization to share this practice with others.
Chic Icon: Your TM sessions seem unique. Could you elaborate on the process?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: I conduct sessions for groups, addressing individual problems and phobias through guided meditation. By tapping into the subconscious, I help participants navigate past traumas, fears, and anxieties, allowing them to lead a more balanced and stress-free life.
Chic Icon: How often do you practice TM, and how do you share these sessions?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: I practice TM twice daily for 20 minutes each session. Regarding sharing sessions, I established an organization in 2016, primarily training women as they play a pivotal role in influencing family dynamics.
Chic Icon: Your openness to various practices may surprise some, considering your Muslim background. How do you reconcile these diverse beliefs?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: I believe in an open-minded approach to knowledge and well-being. While rooted in my principles and religion, I explore various practices to gain insights. I don’t see a conflict between embracing different beliefs and maintaining my own.
Chic Icon: You mentioned the importance of consciousness. Could you elaborate on its significance?
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: Consciousness is a powerful aspect of the human brain. Understanding frequencies and consciousness allows one to navigate through challenges and languages. A balanced society, akin to a well-seasoned dish, requires a certain percentage of high-consciousness individuals, much like the right amount of salt in a recipe.
Chic Icon: Thank you, your Highness, for sharing your insights on charity, meditation, and consciousness. Your perspective on balancing traditions with openness is truly thought-provoking.
Sheikh Al Hassan bin Ali bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: It’s my pleasure. I believe in the power of positive actions, and sharing these experiences can inspire others to explore paths that lead to personal and societal well-being.
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