There is Holiness

August 31, 2010

There is holiness in each of you
A spark unquenchable

Bursting into flame
At the mere mention

The hint, the possibility
Of love

Where are you flying
O hummingbird

Alight on the rose
Of my heart

Dip your beak, drink
Of love

The guiding principle
Of life

Evolution’s Cause
And goal

The Hidden treasure
Unveiled

The Creator, the One
the All

- Irving Karchmar,  © August 2010

Ya Haqq!


A Worthy Cause for Zakat on Ramadan

August 22, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Our brother Sadiq Alam, of the Mystic Saint blog, is embarking on a remarkable act of Zakat, or charity, this Ramadan, and he has asked me to spread the word:

Sadiq is involved in helping set up two schools for children of very poor families, the medical treatment of those who cannot afford medical care, and giving interest free micro-credit loans to poor people, so that they can have a sustainable income source to support their families.

These most worthy activities are detailed at the Porshee Foundation. Click on the link HERE.

He is also raising funds especially for those who wants to send their zakat money. Read his entire beautiful and touching Ramadan Fundraising post on the charity on his blog HERE.

And please help us spread the word by posting it on your blogs and linking to Sadiq’s blog post on Facebook, as a token of Ramadan generosity; Alhamdulillah! it is a blessing of the Most Generous to be generous in this month in which our Beloved Prophet (saw) was the most giving, and indeed such generosity is a pattern (sunnah) of our Rasul.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Ya Haqq!


A Special Ramadan Du’a (Prayer)

August 15, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Ramadan Mubarak!

The following is a du’a that is constantly read in Tarim, a town in the Wadi Hadhramawt, Yemen, throughout the blessed month of Ramadan. This beneficial du’a has been translated and made available through Sidi Amin Buxton (Allah preserve and increase him):

Sayyiduna Salman narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) spoke to the Companions on the last day of Sha`ban. He informed them that they were about to enter a great and blessed month, a month in which there is a night better than a thousand nights. He mentioned some of the merits of the month of Ramadan. Then he said: “Do four things in abundance: two things with which you please your Lord, and two things which you cannot do without. As for the two things with which you please your Lord: your testification that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and your seeking His forgiveness. As for the two things which you cannot do without: your asking Allah for Paradise and seeking refuge in Him from the Fire.”1

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) taught al-Sayyida `A’isha to say on Laylat al-Qadr:

“O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon so pardon us.”2

On the basis of these two hadiths the scholars and people of Tarim repeat the following du`a throughout the month of Ramadan:

أشْهَدُ أن لا إلهَ إلا الله نَسْتَغْفِرُ الله نسأَلُكَ الجنَّةَ ونَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ النَّار (3)

Ashadu alla ilaha illallah, nastaghfirullah, nas’aluk’l-jannata wa na`audhu bika min an-nar

“I testify that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and we seek the forgiveness of Allah. We ask You for Paradise and take refuge in You from the Fire.” (3 times)

اللهمَّ انَّكَ عَفُوٌ تُحبُّ العفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنَّا (3) يا كريم

Allahumma innaka `afuwun tuhibbu-l’`afwa f`afwa `anna

“O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon so pardon us” (3 times). On the third time say “O Most Generous” (Ya Karim).

1 Narrated by Ibn Khuzayma

2 Narrated by Ahmad, Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi with a sahih chain of transmission.

-  from Abdul Karim’s blog, Interpreter’s Path.

Note: Wadi Hadhramawt is a 220-mile wadi (seasonal river valley) which has a collection of 31 small sultanates with Aden in the middle. Hadhramawt is the biggest wadi in the Arabian Peninsula and runs for 99 miles through a stony desert. This area has been settled since at least the 3rd century AD and brilliant green fields ran alongside the wadi.

Ya Haqq!


Book Notes, a Review – Master of the Jinn

August 13, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

New Review:

An intricate and excellent new review of Master of the Jinn has been added to its page on Amazon.com. You can read it in its entirety HERE.

Master of the Jinn in INDIA.

Alhamdulillah! Master of the Jinn will be published in India.

Ebooks:

Amazon.com has reported that it sold more Ebooks in 2010 than hardback books. I can see Ebooks also outselling paperbacks in the future, especially since the Kindle book reader has been discounted to $114.00. And Master of the Jinn has sold as many or more Kindle Ebooks than paperbacks in the last few months.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Ya Haqq!


Ramadan Mubarak!

August 8, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan 2010/1431 officially starts on Wednesday, the 11th of August and will continue for 30 days, until Thursday, the 9th of September.

However, in the Muslim calendar a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Ramadan on the sunset of Tuesday, the 10th of August.

Based on the moonsighting in North America, Ramadan will start a day later – on Thursday, the 12th of August.

Rumi’s Ramadan Poem

O moon-faced Beloved,
the month of Ramadan has arrived
Cover the table
and open the path of praise.

O fickle busybody,
it’s time to change your ways.
Can you see the one who’s selling the halvah
how long will it be the halvah you desire?

Just a glimpse of the halvah-maker
has made you so sweet even honey says,
“I’ll put myself beneath your feet, like soil;
I’ll worship at your shrine.”

Your chick frets within the egg
with all your eating and choking.
Break out of your shell that your wings may grow.
Let yourself fly.

The lips of the Master are parched
from calling the Beloved.
The sound of your call resounds
through the horn of your empty belly.

Let nothing be inside of you.
Be empty:  give your lips to the lips of the reed.
When like a reed you fill with His breath,
then you’ll taste sweetness.

Sweetness is hidden in the Breath
that fills the reed.
Be like Mary – by that sweet breath
a child grew within her.

-  Jalāladdīn Rumi

May Allah bless your fasting and accept your prayers.  Ameen!

Ya Haqq!

Note: Scroll down or click HERE for 30 Daily Ramadan Prayers.


Parable of the Old Man and the Sock

August 2, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

A wise and saintly rich man, sensing his approaching death, called his son to his side and gave him these instructions:

‘My son, I shall be leaving you very shortly. On the day when I die, and they have washed my body and come to wrap it in the shroud, I want you to put one of my socks on my foot. This is my final request of you.’

Soon after this, the old man did indeed die, leaving behind his goods and property, his children and his dependents. Family, friends, acquaintances and neighbors attended his funeral. The body had been washed and was almost completely wrapped in the shroud, when the son remembered his father’s wish. Finding one of his old socks, he handed it to the washer of the dead, saying, ‘In accordance with my father’s last request, please put this sock on his foot.’

‘That is quite impossible:’ Said the man. ‘Such a thing is utterly impermissible in Islam. I cannot act against the Shariah.’ Despite this valid objection, the son insisted, ‘That was my father’s final request; it must certainly be carried out.’

The washer of the dead was unmoved. ‘If you won’t take my word for it,’ he said, ‘go and ask the Mufti. He will confirm what I tell you, that it is not permissible. ‘Holding up the funeral, they consulted the Mufti, and also preachers and scholars, all of whom declared that this was not permissible in Islam. Just then, an aged friend of the deceased interrupted the debate with these words to the son: ‘My boy, your late father entrusted me with a letter which I was to hand over to you after his departure. Here, this letter belongs to you.’ So saying, he gave him an envelope. Taken by surprise, the boy opened the envelope and read out the contents of his father’s letter.

‘My son, consider all this wealth and property I have left to you. Now you see, at the last moment they won’t even let you give me an old sock to wear. When you yourself come one day to be in my condition they will also refuse to let you keep anything but your shroud. Eight yards of shroud are all you will be able to carry over from this fleeting world into the Hereafter. So pull yourself together and be prepared. Spend the fortune I have left you not for the satisfaction of vain desires, but in ways pleasing to Allah, that you may achieve honor in both worlds.’

The parable of those who spend their property in the way of Allah is as the parable of a grain growing seven ears (with) a hundred grains in every ear; and Allah multiplies for whom He pleases; and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing. – (Surah Baqarah: 261)

O Allah! Grant us the love of giving. O Allah we are misers, so help us to be generous. O Allah, You are to be called upon, and we are calling upon You. O Allah, answer our call!

Ameen!

Ya Haqq!


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