Muhammed Ali on Modesty – A Father/Daughter Talk

September 30, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The following true incident took place years ago, when former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammed Ali was visited by his daughters, who arrived at his home wearing clothes that were immodest. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:

“When we arrived, the chauffer escorted my youngest sister, Laila, and me to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. And we exchanged as many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.

“My father then took a good look at us. He sat me down in his lap and said something I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said: ‘Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down and in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get them.’

“He looked at me again with serious eyes and said, ‘Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.'”

Taken (and slightly edited) from Rohi Padela’s excellent Drunk on the Wine of the Beloved blog.

Note: It is worth noting that Muhammed Ali now follows the Sufi path of Hazrat Inayat Khan, according to Hana Yasmeen Ali. An interview with her, where she mentions that fact, can be found HERE.

Update Note: Because of the response in the comments, here are links to two previous posts on Hijab: Wearing Hijab – A Spiritual Concept and Wearing Hijab in Mecca.

The Prophet (pbuh) also said: “Faith is naked, but its clothes are modest.”

Ya Haqq!


Happy 800th Birthday Rumi – Sept. 30, 1207-2007

September 28, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Molana Jalal-e din Mohammad Balkhi, commonly known as Rumi, was a Persian mystic of Islam, a Sufi. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. His peaceful and tolerant teaching has appealed to men and women of all sects and creeds. As a love poet, he has no peer:

My Mother is Love        My Father is Love

My Prophet is Love      My God is Love

I am a child of Love     I have come only to speak of Love

Rumi was born on 30th of September 1207 in Balkh in today’s Afghanistan, then within the domains of the Persian Empire, and died on 17 December 1273 in Konya, in present-day Turkey, where he spent many years of his life. His body was laid to rest beside his father and a splendid shrine was erected there, which every year attracts a large number of pilgrims from all parts of the Muslim and non-Muslim world.

Happy Birthday Rumi :)

Ya Haqq!


Moon of Ramadan

September 27, 2007

O Majestic Moon,

Radiant moments from Ramadhans long ago

Inundate our faqir souls.

May your luminance assist us to brighten our pleas for

all who are suffering, mutilated, wounded, incarcerated, orphaned, homeless, abused, ill,

the ‘them’ the ‘us’ the ‘other’,

The Ummah,

To be given strength to embrace the remaining days of this blessed month

To the fullest.

O Majestic Moon,

As we observe you gently glissade in the remaining moments

May our diligence to increase,

Our Taqwa soar.

Gaining the best of favours

From our Rabb Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala

AMEEN

~~~

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

Blessings and salutations on you, O Messenger of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O Prophet of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O Sincere Friend of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O Intimate Friend of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O Beloved of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O whom Allah has honoured

Blessings and salutations on you, O whom Allah has made noble

Blessings and salutations on you, O to whom Allah has imparted knowledge

Blessings and salutations on you, O whom Allah has exalted

Blessings and salutations on you, O whom Allah has well-endowed

Blessings and salutations on you, O master of Messengers

Blessings and salutations on you, O last in the line of the Prophets

Blessings and salutations on you, O leader of those who are pious

Blessings and salutations on you, O intercessor for sinners

Blessings and salutations on you, O mercy for all domains of existence

Blessings and salutations on you, O best of the creations of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O light of the Throne of Allah

May the blessings of Allah, and His angels, His Prophets and His Messengers,

and the bearers of His Throne, and all whom He created, rest on

our master Muhammad, on his family and all his companions

till the Day of Judgement.

Ameen!

- Taken and edited with gratitude from a much longer poem and prayer by our dear Sister at the always beautifully written Almiskeenah blog. Click the link and read the whole post.

Ya Haqq!

PS:  Alhamdulillah! Was that not a truly beautiful full moon last night?


The Prophet (pbuh) and the Sinner

September 25, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Once a man came into the Mosque of the Prophet, lamenting over his sins. The man was so overcome and saddened by his state that the Prophet [pbuh] said to him, “Say this:”

“Oh Allah, Your forgiveness is greater than my sins, and my hope in Your mercy is greater to me than my actions”

The man said this and the Prophet [pbuh] said to him, “Say it again.” The man repeated it, then the Prophet (pbuh) said to him, “Say it again.” The man did so a third time, and the Prophet [pbuh] said to him, “Arise, for indeed Allah has forgiven you.”

- This hadith was related by al-Hakim with a sound chain that he considered a match for the standards of Imam Muslim. Taken from a longer post on the Suhaib Webb blog (where the Arabic is included), and with thanks to Ali Eteraz for pointing the way.

Ya Haqq!


Interfaith Fast for Peace in Iraq – October 8th

September 23, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

One worthwhile event that will be taking place before the end of Ramadan is the Interfaith Fast for Peace in Iraq.

The organizers description of the event is:

We call on all Americans to join in fasting from dawn to dusk on Monday, October 8th, to call for an end to the Iraq War. On this day, people of faith in local communities across our nation will act as catalysts to transform the meaning of the day from one of conquest to community and from violence to reverence. Just as Isaiah called the People Israel to hear the Yom Kippur fast as God’s call to feed the hungry, just as Jesus fasted in the wilderness, just as Christians through Lenten fasting and Muslims through Ramadan fasting have focused on spiritual transformation, just as Mohandas Gandhi, Cesar Chavez and others drew on fasting to change the course of history, so we call on all our communities of faith to draw now on fasting as a path toward inner spiritual transformation and outward social transformation. Ending this war can become the first step toward a policy that embodies a deeper, broader sense of generosity and community at home and in the world.

For more information on how to participate in the fast go to: http://interfaithfast.org

With grateful thanks to the Pamela K. Taylor blog.

Please pass the word about this worthwhile event. 

Ya Haqq!


A Sufi Poem

September 21, 2007

I begged for power and found it in knowledge
I begged for honor and found it in poverty
I begged for health and found it in asceticism
I begged my account be lessened before God
and found it in silence
I begged for consolation and found it in despair

- Ali Sahl Esfahani


“The pens have been laid down, and the pages have dried.”

September 19, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said to Abdullah Ibn Abbas, who was riding behind him:

“Boy, I shall teach you something. Remember God and He will remember you. Remember God and you will find Him before you. If you have to ask, then ask of God, and if you have to seek help, then seek it of God. Understand well, that if the whole community joined together to benefit you, they could only benefit you in what God has decreed for you; and if they are joined together to harm you, they could only harm you in what God has decreed against you. The pens have been laid down, and the pages have dried”.

- A Hadith (tradition) found on the mystical Green Sufi blog.

Ya Haqq!


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