Rumi’s Death Poem

June 5, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

When my bier moveth on the day of death,
Think not my heart is in this world.
Do not weep for me and cry ‘Woe, woe!’
Thou wilt fall in the devil’s snare: that is woe.
When thou seest my hearse, cry not’ Parted, parted!,
Union and meeting are mine in that hour.
If thou commit me to the grave, say not’ Farewell, farewell!’
For the grave is a curtain hiding the communion of Paradise.
After beholding descent, consider resurrection;
Why should setting be injurious to the sun and moon?
To thee it seems a setting, but ’tis a rising;
Tho’ the vault seems a prison, ’tis the release of the soul.
What seed went down into the earth but it grew?
Why this doubt of thine as regards the seed of man?
What bucket was lowered but it came out brimful?
Why should the Joseph of the spirit complain of the well?
Shut thy mouth on this side and open it beyond,
For in placeless air will be thy triumphal song.

- Jalaluddin Rumi  (Poem XXIV, Selected Poems from the Divani Shamsi Tabriz, translated by RA NIcholson)

Ya Haqq!


Happy Mother’s Day 2014 :)

May 10, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.
Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in times to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her at the city gates.

Proverbs 31:10, 25-31

Bayazid Bastami said: What I was searching to find in my purification, mortification, striving and servitude, I found in serving my mother. One night my mother woke up and asked me for a glass of water. I hurried to bring her some water. I searched around the house and there was no water in the container nor in the bucket. It was a cold night. I went outside to the spring to get some water. When I came back my mother was asleep. So I stayed beside her bed with the glass of water. Near dawn she woke up and upon hearing my story she took the water, drank it, and prayed for me. In that moment, I found what my heart was looking for.

Paradise lies at the feet of the mother.” – a hadith of the Prophet (pbuh).

Ya Haqq!

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Ya Haqq!


Prayer of Mother Cabrini

April 3, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“From the moment I became acquainted with You I was so enchanted by Your beauty that I followed You. The more I love You, it seems the less I love You, because I want to love You more. I can bear it no longer. Expand, expand my heart! … O Jesus, Jesus Love, help always Your poor miserable one, Your miserable little bride, and carry her always in Your arms…. I love You, I love You so very, very much.”

- Mother Cabrini

Ya Haqq!


A Lesson in Compassion

March 25, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

- Pema Chodron


The Gate of Repentence

March 17, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

A man once came to Ibn Mas‘ud and asked him: “I have repeatedly committed a major sin – can there be any repentance for me?” Ibn Mas‘ud turned away, and the man saw that his eyes had filled with tears. He said: “Paradise has eight gates, and each one of them is sometimes open and sometimes shut, with the exception of the Gate of Repentance, which is held open eternally by an angel who never leaves that place. So do not despair!’”

Ya Haqq!

Note: Also, see post on The Eight Gates of Paradise.


Thirteen Enemies

March 3, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Declare your jihad (the greater struggle) on thirteen enemies. The ones (twelve) you cannot see – egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be ready to fight the enemy you can see.”

―Imam al-Ghazali

Ya Haqq!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2014

I do not know what it is which opens and closes
yet every fiber of my being understands
the fragrance of your presence is sweeter than a thousand roses
nobody, not even the rain, has such tiny hands
- e.e. cummings


The most wonderful of all things in life

February 9, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is sort of a Divine accident.”

- Horace Walpole

Ya Haqq!


Sympathetic Threads

February 5, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”

- Herman Melville

 

Ya Haqq!


Celebrating the Birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 20, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Monday, January 20, 2014 is the National Holiday to celebrate the 85th birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, (born January 15, 1929). I do not have the words to do justice to his life and work, and so I will quote only two paragraphs that may help explain why he is one of this nation’s exemplary heroes.

“The gospel at its best deals with the whole man, not only his soul but his body, not only his spiritual well-being, but his material well being. Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.”  Pilgrimage to Non-Violence, 1960

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964.

God bless his soul and memory, and may we as a people learn from his example.  Amen!

Ya Haqq!


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