Acts of Charity

October 8, 2006

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Abu Dharr reported that some of his Companions said: “O Messenger of Allah, the rich have taken away all the rewards. They observe the prayer as we do, and they keep the fasts as we do, and they give sadaqah (charity) from their surplus riches.”

Upon this he (the Prophet) said: “Has Allah not prescribed for you (a course) by following which you can also do sadaqah? Verily in every tasbih (i.e. saying Subhanallah) there is a sadaqah, every takbir (i.e. saying Allahu Akbar) is a sadaqah, every tahmid (i.e. saying Alhamdulillah) is a sadaqah, every tahlil (i.e. saying Lailaha illallah) is a sadaqah, enjoining of good is a sadaqah, forbidding of evil is a sadaqah,

“Doing justice between two people is sadaqah; assisting a man, or lifting up his belongings is sadaqah; a good word is sadaqah; every step you take towards prayer is sadaqah; and removing harmful things from the path is sadaqah.”

- Hadiths of the Prophet (pbuh)

Alhamdulillah, that both rich and poor can give in charity. Indeed, every good intention toward God and every act of kindness toward your fellow human beings is an act of charity, a giving of yourself. 

With thanks to the inspiration of a post on the Bismillah blog, and the website Forty Hadiths.

Ya Haqq!


His Thresholds

October 7, 2006

Seek the Lord and his thresholds, my soul,

     and offer your songs like incense before Him:

for if you’re pursuing the vapor of Time

   and calling its spells and sorcery Truth,

and roaming in hope of it night and day,

     and sleeping sweetly after its feasts——

know that your hand holds nothing at all

     but a tree whose branches soon will wither.

Be before your God and King,

     beneath whose wings you’ve come for shelter.

Let His name be hallowed and praised

     by all through whom His breath still moves.

                     – Yehudah HaLevi  (c. 1075-1141)

Note: HaLevi is a medieval Spanish Hebrew poet, who incorporates both Hebrew and Sufi influences in his work. I love the above poem for its Sufi flavor that reads almost like a Psalm. With thanks to Arafat’s Anthology blog and to the Words Without Borders translation by Peter Cole, whom you can read about here


Author Interview

October 4, 2006

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Now that Brother Ismail has mentioned it in his comment on the Rumi’s Birthday post, a reporter for OhMyNews International, an online news wire service, interviewed me recently about the writing of Master of the Jinn.

You can read the interview at OhMyNews.

And to those readers that are authors of fiction, non-fiction or a book of poetry, and would also like to be interviewed, please contact Ambrose Musiyiwa by clicking on the Contact Reporter button just below the title of the interview, On the Sufi Path.

Good fortune to us all who work by the pen.

Ya Haqq!

Note: Also check out the kind comments about Master of the Jinn on the Ghost blog.


Rumi’s Birthday!

October 2, 2006

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

September 30th was Rumi’s birthday, according to some online groups and postings.. Turkey celebrates it on December 17th, however, as a national holiday. And yet, according to Afzal Iqbal’s excellent book, The Life and Work of Rumi, the eminent scholar says Muhammad Jalal-Ud-Din Rumi was born in Balkh on the sixth of Rabi’ al-Awwal in 604 A.H. (1207 A.D.) So whichever date is correct, Happy belated or forthcoming 799th Birthday, Oh Great Soul. During Ramadan, even though it is a time of turmoil for many Muslims around the world, may we all enter your house as courteous guests.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

                            – Rumi

Ya Haqq!


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