A Woman’s Heart

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man should have to seek Him first to find her” - Maya Angelou

“The word shams (sun) is feminine, and qamar (moon) is masculine. The sun burns itself out to give light and life to everything around, and the moon is muneer, meaning it reflects the light. Within itself it has no light; it radiates the brilliance of the sun. So when we shine as men, the implication is that we are reflecting the glorious light of our women. May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala be pleased with them.”  – Shaykh Abdallah Adhami

Ya Haqq!


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17 Responses to A Woman’s Heart

  1. Green Monk says:

    Wow! What a powerful quote.

  2. Irving says:

    True, Brother Monk, powerful and accurate, as least in my own experience. Women are indeed the gentler half, the kinder half, the better half.

    Ya Haqq!

  3. Assyah says:

    Wow..Subhan’Allah!~ ya karim ya rab!

  4. Achelois says:

    Thanks for posting this. It made me so happy :)

  5. Sarder Shakil Ahmed says:

    We can see the aspects of Divine Feminine in the words ‘Rahman’ and ‘Rahim’ These two terms ‘Rahman’ and ‘Rahim’ refer to attributes of the One. While they are often translated simply as Merciful and Compassionate, the roots of the words point to a deeper meaning.

    Both ‘Rahman’ and ‘Rahim’ are derived from the Semitic root r-h-m which indicates … See Moresomething of the utmost tenderness which provides protection and nourishment, and that from which all of creation is brought into being. And indeed, the root rhm has meanings of womb, kinship, relationship, loving-kindness, mercy, compassion, and nourishing-tenderness.

  6. Sarder Shakil Ahmed says:

    Woman is the radiance of God, she is not your beloved.
    She is the Creator – you could say that she is not created.
    -Rumi

  7. Sarder Shakil Ahmed says:

    As the mystical side of Islam developed, it was a woman, Rabi’a al-Adawiyya (717-801 A.D.), who first expressed the relationship with the divine in a language we have come to recognize as specifically Sufic by referring to God as the Beloved. Rabi’a was the first human being to speak of the realities of Sufism with a language that anyone could understand. Though she experienced many difficulties in her early years, Rabi’a’s starting point was neither a fear of hell nor a desire for paradise, but only love. “God is God,” she said, “for this I love God… not because of any gifts, but for Itself.” Her aim was to melt her being in God. According to her, one could find God by turning within oneself. As Muhammad said, “He who knows himself knows his Lord.” Ultimately it is through love that we are brought into the unity of Being.
    -Camille Adams Helminski

  8. Sarder Shakil Ahmed says:

    It is precisely this creativity and capacity for love and relationship that suits women so well for the Sufi way of opening to relationship with the divine. As we come to recognize the magnificence of the benevolent Source of Life, we can come to see ourselves in harmony with it. Each surah (chapter) of the Qur’an begins with Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim, which means “In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.” Rahman speaks to the fundamental beneficence inherent in the divine nature, Rahim to the particular mercy that manifests. Both words come from the same root, which is the word for “womb.” God’s mercy and benevolence is always emphasized as being greater than His wrath; the encompassing generosity and nurturance of the divine is the milieu in which we live.
    –Camille Adams Helminski

  9. Sarder Shakil Ahmed says:

    From the earliest days onward, women have played an important role in the development of Sufism, which is classically understood to have begun with the Prophet Muhammad. Muhammad brought a message of integration of spirit and matter, of essence and everyday life, of recognition of the feminine as well as the masculine. Though cultural manifestations have covered over some of the original purity of intention, the words of the Qur’an convey the equality of women and men before the eyes of God. At a time when the goddess-worshiping Arabian tribes were still quite barbaric, even burying infant girls alive in favor of male offspring, this new voice of the Abrahamic tradition attempted to reestablish the recognition of the Unity of Being. It tried to address the imbalances that had arisen, advising respect and honor for the feminine as well as for the graciousness and harmony of nature.
    -–Camille Adams Helminski

  10. Sarder Shakil Ahmed says:

    From the earliest days onward, women have played an important role in the development of Sufism, which is classically understood to have begun with the Prophet Muhammad. Muhammad brought a message of integration of spirit and matter, of essence and everyday life, of recognition of the feminine as well as the masculine. Though cultural manifestations have covered over some of the original purity of intention, the words of the Qur’an convey the equality of women and men before the eyes of God. At a time when the goddess-worshiping Arabian tribes were still quite barbaric, even burying infant girls alive in favor of male offspring, this new voice of the Abrahamic tradition attempted to reestablish the recognition of the Unity of Being. It tried to address the imbalances that had arisen, advising respect and honor for the feminine as well as for the graciousness and harmony of nature.
    -Camille Adams Helminski

  11. Sarder Shakil Ahmed says:

    I can share one great teaching about ‘tawhid’ (Unity or oneness) that I discovered in my architecture school. We were taught that homogeneous elements can’t create unity rather heterogeneous elements do. The best and perfect composition is the one which is created with such elements that we can’t add any more element to the composition or we can’t… See More subtract any one from it. Then the composition of many elements form a single unified entity! the one! God has divided His attributes into two groups: Masculine n Feminine. Justice, strength, power etc. are His Masculine attributes and mercy, kindness, compassion, forgiveness etc. are Her Feminine attributes (Conceptually). A Father is always strict and A Mother is always merciful and forgiver. We need Her mercy not His judgment. So every Surah starts with ‘Bismillah ir rahman ir rahim’. When Masculine and Feminine aspects complete the whole form then neither we find Male nor Female aspect of God rather God Himself. He is formless n He is in every form. Every existence is from His existence. Every expression is His expression. That’s why Tantra gives emphasis on divine union of male n female energy.

    Our beloved Prophet (PBUH) asked us to know own self to know Allah swt. And Shaykh Muhyiddin Ibn `Arabi’s teaching was to know own self know a woman.

  12. Masyithah says:

    Great! The land (ardh) is feminine and the rain (mathar) is masculine……

  13. ovie says:

    thanks for posting this..Irving..

  14. Hajar Alwi says:

    These are just beautiful, dearest brother Irving. Thanks for sharing these with us. :)

  15. Mona says:

    beautiful! i really agree with the first quote, that’s i always say in my heart. thank you Mr. Irving.

  16. Umm Aisha says:

    Very powerful! Thank you for posting!

  17. miranda risang ayu says:

    lovely. very true. thank you. alhamdulillah :)

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