Creation is Love

June 28, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

You will never receive the love destined for you, or give the love you are destined to give, if you fail to realize the love you are.

You are a pure gift. At every breath you draw, your existence is breathed into you. It is Love; it is from Love. Love creates you, and Love is the substance of you. The pain of life hides this truth from you, but it is nonetheless true – truer than all the loss, truer than all the suffering. Existence itself – your very own existence – is pure Mercy.

Alhamdulillah!

- From Charles Upton’s excellent and insightful book, Reflections of Tasawwuf.

Ya Haqq!


Blog Talk Radio Interview on Master of the Jinn

June 25, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Alhamdulillah! The interview went well, I think :) The very kind and gracious Sister Hadayai, of the Blog Talk Radio series Baitul Salaam, interviewed me on Wednesday, June 25th about the Sufi path of Love and the novel Master of the Jinn, for the half hour show called Spiritually Inspired Literature.

Just click HERE to listen to the show. It will start as the page opens, after a commercial and a pause.

Note: The interview did run out before I finished reading an excerpt from Master of the Jinn, a Sufi story called The Judgment of God. If you would like to read the whole thing, click HERE.

Ya Haqq!


Interview on Blog Talk Radio – Wed. June 25th, 10 AM

June 22, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Sister Hadayai, of the Blog Talk Radio series Baitul Salaam, will be interviewing me at 10 am EST on Wednesday, June 25th about the Sufi novel, Master of the Jinn.

The interview will be for a half hour show called Spiritually Inspired Literature.

Here is the link: www.blogtalkradio.com/baitulsalaam

Please mark your calendar and listen in, inshallah :) If you miss it, you can go to the link later and hear the show in full. Just stop the one playing and click PLAY on the Spiritually Inspired Literature show. Comments are welcome after you listen to the show :)

Ya Haqq!


Two Year Anniversary Gift – Ebook Price Reduction

June 20, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

This month of June is the Two Year Anniversary of the Darvish blog. To thank my dear readers, I have permanently lowered the price of Master of the Jinn as a Mobipocket Ebook to just $4.99. You can order a copy HERE.

I have also lowered the price of Master of the Jinn on Amazon’s Kindle Book reader to $3.99. Order it HERE.

Of course you can also order it as a pdf ebook directly from me for $5.00. Click the Sufi Novel tab at top or HERE to learn how.

Inshallah, now all can enjoy this Sufi novel and mystical adventure tale at an affordable price :)

Ya Haqq!





Sufi Politeness – A True Story

June 16, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

It is related in Muhammad Sa’id al-Jamal ar-Rafai as-Shadhuli’s eloquent book, Music of the Soul, that at the time he was a disciple of Sidi ‘Abd ar-Rahman, may God be well pleased with them both, there was a troublesome old man in Damascus who everyday would throw stones at the zawiyya, the Sufi lodge. Each time the incident of stone throwing happened, his guide would say, “Send him mercy. If he wants food, give him food. If he wants clothes, give him clothes. If he wants money, give him money. Give him what he wants.”

When he, according to the advice of his guide, provided for the old man, he would gather his sons and would throw more stones at the zawiyya.

He asked himself, “What is the wisdom in this?” Then he would again go to this old man and gave him some food and some money and some clothes from his guide, but at the same time he felt something very strong about this person. His guide said to him, “There are many messages when this old man throws stones at the zawiyya.”

Then one day the old man became sick and the eminent guide sent his disciple to him. When he arrived at his house, the old man woke up and asked, “Who is there?” He mentioned his name and the old man began to weep and he started to say Astaghfirullah! (seeking forgiveness from Allah). And after some days, he came to live in the zawiyya. And he became a holy student under the guide.

When Sidi as-Shadhuli later wrote down this story, this man was already one hundred and five years old. Later when he met him in Amman, Jordan, the old man said, “Sidi, excuse me for throwing stones at the zawiyya. But if I had not hit the zawiyya, I would not have reached God. How could I have known the guide and the Way, if I had not thrown stones?” The guide saw the wisdom of his actions and knew that this old man was one of his students.

This story has a picture illustrating it. The picture is of the date tree. “Be like this tree,” advises Sidi. “When any person throws something to hit the date tree, it gives him back sweets. This is the right way.”

“If anyone makes something bad for you, or speaks in an unkind way, understand Who speaks and Who hits. Be sweet and give to everyone who wants sweets, because after the fire is the garden and after the darkness is light. It is necessary to see within everything, to see where it is coming from and to return it to God. Be polite! Everything is the Face of God.”

- Edited from a longer post on Sadiq’s Mystic Saint blog. (Muhammad Sa’id al-Jamal ar-Rifai as-Shadhuli is now the Head of the Higher Sufi Council in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. He is also a teacher at the Holy mosques at al-Aqsa in Jerusalem).

Ya Haqq!


The Wedding – Of Fathers and Daughters

June 12, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Thank you all for the kind words and prayers regarding my daughter’s recent wedding :)  I promised to write a post about it, though words failed me when trying to express the myriad emotions a father feels when walking his daughter down the aisle, and placing her hand in that of another man. Then a young reader of this blog wrote to me and asked the following:

How did it feel? The actual process of the marriage? Were you happy? Were you sad that she was leaving you? Did your heart at any given point in time feel a bit disappointed that you are no longer the only man in her life? And how does it feel now that after the marriage? Where the celebrations and congratulatory messages gradually die down and you get back to your normal life? Do you feel any difference?

To which I can only say: “All of the above.”

And yet…Alhamdulillah! She married a wonderful and kind man of whom I greatly approve and am honored to call my son-in-law. His parents are also very warm and kind and loving, so the process of marriage went smoothly as far as taking him into the family, and adding the extended family as well, so to speak. Of course the nafs want to hold on to the young girl that looked up to you and that you loved so much, but the heart, that overflowing fountain of love, wanted her to be happy more than anything else, and now, inshallah, she will be.

And it is different now, of course.  For her whole life, I knew her only as “my baby girl” and now she is another man’s wife. But a fine man, whom I came to love over the course of their engagement, so I am truly gaining another son, and not losing a daughter. This is not always the case in marriage, so I thank God that she has found a soul mate :)

Besides that, it’s time for her to begin the next part of life’s journey, and give me grandchildren, LOL. Inshallah, it will be so :)

So thank you, young brother, for inquiring. It is a blessing to set the thoughts down and makes my eyes water and my heart happy all over again :)

My wife is also very happy, of course, and recently wrote this, about loving children and letting them go, to a friend (the emphasis is mine):

You have to move yourself to Love.. You have poured love and goodness into her and that is all you can do. Sometimes the reward of these things is far down the road. I can tell you that I have loved my children during times when other parents I have known have all but turned their backs on theirs. What they do and say is not important, whether you believe that or not. What is important is how deeply and consistently they are loved. It is the place from which they center their entire lives. This is what Love of God and God’s Love for us, means. This is how we live what He intends. It is the source of everything.

Ya Haqq!


The Mystic’s Prayer

June 7, 2008

GIVE ME OH GOD
DEEP THOUGHTS
HIGH DREAMS
FEW WORDS
MUCH SILENCE
THE NARROW PATH
THE WIDE OUTLOOK
THE END IN PEACE.

AMEN.

- Hazrat Inayat Khan, from his book The Inner Life. (with thanks to Brother Michael for calling it to my attention).


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