“There is nothing in this world that is not God.”

September 28, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

My son! There is nothing in this world that is not God. He is action, purity; everlasting Spirit. Find Him in the cavern; loose the knot of ignorance. Shining, yet hidden, Spirit lives in the cavern. Everything that sways, breathes, opens, closes, lives in Spirit; beyond learning, beyond everything, better than anything; living, unliving.  It is the undying, blazing Spirit, that seed of all seeds, wherein lay hidden the world and all its creatures. It is life, speech, mind, reality, immortality.

You cannot have the knowledge of the Supreme Soul by
means of reasoning, erudition, or studying of the Vedas;
Only through causeless mercy does He reveal His own
person unto him whom He does accept as His own

- The Mundaka Upanishad

This is Tawhid, or the doctrine of the Oneness of reality (also spelled Tawheed), a cosmological concept as old as humanity that runs through the mystical aspect of all religions. As it similarly says in the Qur’an:

“Say (O Muhammad): “He is God, (the) One, The Self-Sufficient Master, He begets not, nor was He begotten; And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.” (Sura 112:1-4)

“Thy Lord is self-sufficient, full of Mercy: if it were His will, He could destroy you, and in your place appoint whom He will as your successors, even as He raised you up from the posterity of other people.”(Sura 6:133)

Alhamdulillah! That the love and mercy of God is endless, His bounty boundless, and He is ONE!

Ya Haqq!


The Way of Heaven

September 19, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Way of Heaven is like the drawing of a bow; it brings down what is high and raises what is low.

It is the Way of Heaven to take from those that have too much and give it to those who have to little. But the way of man is not so. He takes from those who have too little to add to his own superabundance. What man is there that can take of his own superabundance and give it to mankind. Only he who possesses Tao.

- The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu

Ya Haqq!


Faith, Love, and the Greeting of Peace

September 14, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“You will not enter Paradise until you have faith, and you will not have faith until you love one another. Do you want me to tell you something you can do to make you love one another? Make it a habit to greet one another with ‘Assalaamu Alaykum’ – peace be unto you”.

– A hadith, or saying of the Prophet (pbuh), recorded by Muslim.

Ya Haqq!


The Sufi’s Heaven

September 12, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“The Sufi’s heaven is closeness to God… and the Sufi’s hell is distance from Him… Hell is in the world of the ego, the nafs… when you are liberated from it, everywhere is heaven.”

- Nur Ali Shah (Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh)

Ya Haqq!

Note:  See also the earlier post, Heaven and Hell.


The Passion of Mansur al-Hallaj

September 6, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Hallaj’s son made report of his father and spoke freely of his father’s execution. God had revealed an attribute of himself to Hallaj, but Hallaj made it a boast. The Woolcarder had loosened the bonds of attachment to all things but himself. For this reason, God tested Hallaj with ridicule and torture and certainty of death. Even the friends of Hallaj and his disciples turned their backs on him. Did their betrayal torment him more even than the instruments his enemies used to mutilate him?

In a vision, the Woolcarder shone like the sun before me. He said, “You wonder at me. Why?”

I said, “Did you deserve the punishment you received? Were you angry that the order came from those who were once your friends?”

He said. “My execution was well deserved. I was not angry with my friends; not with Junayd who affirmed the order, nor Shebli who threw mud at me as they led me to the gibbet. They were my friends; they are my friends still. I embrace them. When they cut off my hands, I performed my ablutions with my own blood. When they hacked off my feet, I crawled before his throne. When they put out my eyes, I saw only His Face. When they cut out my tongue, His name was still upon my lips. When they cut off my head and burned me to ashes and scattered me to the winds, I loved God still. For this, He answered all my prayers. He loved me and I loved Him. He removed the veil of the world from my mutilated eyes. He fulfilled the promise I made when I cried out “I am the Truth” by utterly destroying me. I prophesied my union with Him and the people arose to punish my blasphemy; yet through their punishment, my prophecy and His promise came to pass.”

These are the words Hallaj spoke to me. God forgive me for loving him.
Da’ud Ibn Ibrahim al-Shawni, The End of Reason.

When Mansur al-Hallaj reached his utmost friendship with God, he became his own enemy and gave away his life. He said, “I am God,” meaning, “I have passed away. God alone remains.” This is extreme humility. Your saying “Thou art God, and I am Your servant,” is arrogance, for you have affirmed your own existence, and created dualism, for until “I” exists “He” is impossible. Therefore it was God alone who said, “I am God,” since Mansur had passed away.“

- Rumi, From Discourse 52  of the Fihi Ma Fihi, Translated by A. J. Arberry.

Ya Haqq!


Hazrat Ali’s Sermon on Eid ul-Fitr

September 2, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The blessed month of Ramadan is over, and Muslims around the world just celebrated Eid ul-Fitr (August 31st), so it is fitting to post this again:

On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, Hazrat Ali (A.S.) delivered a sermon in which he said:

“O people! Verily this day of yours is the day when the righteous are awarded and the wretched are losers. It is a day which is similar to the one on which you shall be standing (before your Lord). Therefore, when you come out of your homes to go to places of your prayer, remind yourselves about the day when you (your souls) shall come out of your bodies to go to your Lord. When you stand on places of your prayer, remind yourselves of your standing in the presence of your Lord (on the day of Judgment). And when you return to your homes (after prayer), remind yourselves about your returning to your homes in Paradise. O Servants of Allah! Verily the minimum reward for those men and women who fasted (during Ramadan), is an Angel, who calls out to them on the last day of the month of Ramadan (saying): O SERVANTS OF ALLAH! REJOICE THE GLAD TIDING THAT ALL YOUR PREVIOUS SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN…”

- From the Nahjul-Balaghah.

Eid-ul-Fitr is a unique festival. It has no connection with any historical event nor is it related to the changes of seasons or cycles of agriculture. It is not a festival related in any way to worldly affairs. Its significance is purely spiritual. It is the day when Muslims thank God for having given them the will, the strength and the endurance to observe the fast and obey His commandments during the holy month of Ramadan.

Alhamdulillah! May Allah bless us all, and grant that we use this Eid as a lens to focus the sunlight of good works, which have shone so brightly during Ramadan, to light the way through this coming year until the next Ramadan. Ameen! Ameen!

Eid Mubarak!

Ya Haqq!


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