Brass Crescent Awards 2008 – Voting Now Open

November 29, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Brass Crescent Awards for 2008 – 1429 are now open for voting. Go HERE and vote for your favorite bloggers in many categories. Polls close Saturday, December 14th at 12 midnight.

Ya Haqq!


Thanks Giving and Forgiveness

November 25, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Be reconciled with the one who has broken with you, pardon the one who has been unjust to you, and forgive the one who denies you.”

- A saying of the Prophet (pbuh)

How many of us live up to this blessed tradition, instead of carrying around past resentments, slights, hurts, angers, injustices, and injuries, like chains weighing down our lives, and veils over our heart. I know I have been guilty of this, may Allah forgive me. And we still find it hard to let go and forgive, even though we pray and hope and beg and plead for Allah forgiveness for ourselves.

Alhamdulillah! How great is God’s bounty that we will soon celebrate Thanksgiving in the US, and give thanks for all that He has bestowed upon us. But what thanks are accepted by Him when we are thankless to those that grieved us by not also forgiving them?

In the words of Sa’di from the Gulistan (The Rose Garden):

When you are mistreated, put up with it;
Forgiving purifies you from sin.
As you will turn to dust in the end,
Become dust before you reach that end.

Ya Haqq!

Note: This post is edited and updated from a previous one written two years ago.


The Power of Positive Thinking

November 23, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. 
                                          – Mahatma Gandhi

Our success or failure depends upon the harmony or disharmony of our individual will with the divine will.
— Hazrat Inayat Khan

Ya Haqq!


Merton Poetry of the Sacred Prize 2009

November 22, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

 

The 2009 Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred is accepting poems through December 31st.  Information and submission guidelines are on the Merton Institute website HERE.

  

I know many of you are wonderful spiritual poets, so go to the site and enter. The judge this year will be acclaimed poet Wendell Berry.

 

No, no, there is no going back.
Less and less you are
that possibility you were.
More and more you have become
those lives and deaths
that you have belonged to.
You have become a sort of grave
containing much that was
and is no more in time, beloved
then, now, and always.
And so you have become a sort of tree
standing over a grave.
Now more than ever you can be
generous toward each day
that comes, young, to disappear
forever, and yet remain
unaging in the mind.
Every day you have less reason
not to give yourself away.

–Wendell Berry, (from A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997)

Ya Haqq!


Master of the Jinn Updates for the Holidays

November 19, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Alhamdulilah! Forty days have passed, and so forgive me if this first post updates what has transpired during that time with Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel.

Master of the Jinn has been translated and published in German, where it is titled Meister der Jinn. You can buy a copy at the Amazon German website HERE.

The paperback makes an excellent gift for Eid or Christmas :) Order the English version HERE.

Also, Master of the Jinn is now available as an Ebook in Two languages: English and Spanish (El Maestro de los Jinn). If you would like a copy, the cost is only $4.99 for each Ebook ordered. Just email me at:

Irvingk57 at aol dot com

Specify which edition of Master of the Jinn you would like to buy by writing English Ebook or Spanish Ebook in the subject line.

Payment can be made by check, money order, or cash, by sending it to the address listed at the bottom of the page HERE, or through Paypal (at this email address: masterofthejinn at aol dot com). Once you have paid by mail or Paypal, email me and I will send you the ebook of your preference without waiting.

Of course, Master of the Jinn is also available as an Ebook from Mobipocket for only $4.99 HERE, and on the Amazon Kindle Book Reader for $3.99 HERE.

Ya Haqq!


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