November 9, 2006

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Because of my compassion, the sun wanted to be near me all night, and the earth deeded her fields to me, and all in heaven said, “We have voted you our governor; tell us your divine mandate.” And I did, and God will never revoke it:

Nothing in existence is turned away.

More tender is my Lord’s heart than any heart has ever been. So, when the divine realm asked me to govern it with one simple rule, I looked into His eyes and then knew what to say to any angel who might serve as a sentry to God:

No creature should be turned away.

- St. Thomas Aquinas.

 Ya Haqq!

Note: Originally posted on the Sufi Family Yahoo group.

Election Day Thought

November 7, 2006

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The acts of the leader are the acts of the nation. If the leader is just, the nation is just; if he is unjust, the nation too is unjust.

– Rabbinical Wisdom

Ya Haqq!

A Tale of the Desert Fathers

November 4, 2006

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“A brother in Scetis committed a fault. A council was called to which Abba Moses was invited, but he refused to go to it. Then the priest sent someone to him, saying, ‘Come, for everyone is waiting for you.’ So he got up and went. He took a leaking jug and filled it with water and carried it with him. The others came out to meet him and said, ‘What is this, father?’ The old man said to them, ‘My sins run out from behind me, and I do not see them, and today I am coming to judge the errors of another.’  When they heard that, they were ashamed and said no more to the brother but forgave him.”

Ya Haqq!

Note: Abba Moses was one of the early Christian Desert Fathers, monks who lived a monastic and ascetic life before the coming of Islam. Scetis is west of the Nile in Egypt. From the book, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers.

A Hadith of Remembrance

November 2, 2006

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

God has declared: “I am close to the thought that My servant has of Me, and I am with him whenever he recollects Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I remember him in Myself, and if he remembers Me in a gathering, I remember him better than those in the gathering do, and if he approaches Me by as much as one hand’s length, I approach him by a cubit, and if he approaches Me by a cubit, I approach him by two hands’ length. If he takes a step towards Me, I run towards him.”

- A hadith of the Prophet (pbuh)

Ya Haqq!

Note: A cubit is an ancient linear unit, 17 to 21 inches (43 to 53 cm).

From Traditions of the Prophet (Vol. 1) by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh


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