Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
The lecture centers around a ubiquitously well known verse in the Qur'an, a verse described by Sam'ani as a "body-melting, heart-burning" verse: "He loves them, and they love Him." It's a verse which Chittick has touched upon again and again in his many works and which he turns to with a more focused intent in this particular lecture. Chittick's lectures are a delight to attend as he weaves beautifully insightful tapestries of traditional Islamic thought in a very expressive manner. He also has a delightful sense of humor that comes through in his physical expressiveness and his turn of phrase.
I approached him for permission after the lecture to make this available online and he graciously granted it. The lecture is also available as a podcast. You can listen to it here or subscribe/listen to it as a podcast in your favorite podcast app.
1 – At this particular lecture, his microphone was not working well and so the audio volume is very low and the background sounds are quite loud - I've tried to boost the audio to compensate but it may be necessary for listeners to turn up the volume to clearly hear the lecture.