“Love ought to change you.”

November 18, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Love ought to change you. If love remains only lip-service you do not really love. If love does not change you from the inside, from your heart and soul, and if it does not fundamentally change your behavior, your words, and even in your non-verbal communication, than you have not even started to love; you would be just a talker.”
Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni al-Ninowy

Ya Haqq!

“Those who don’t feel this love pulling them like a river…”

November 12, 2014

Those who don’t feel this Love
Pulling them like a river,
Those who don’t drink dawn
Like a cup of spring water,
Or take in sunset like supper,
Those who don’t want to change,
Let them sleep.

This Love is beyond the study of theology,
That old trickery and hypocrisy.
If you want to improve your mind that way,
Sleep on.

I’ve given up on my brain.
I’ve torn the cloth to shreds
And thrown it away.
If you’re not completely naked,
Wrap your beautiful robe of words
Around you,
And sleep…

- Rumi

Wisdom of Hazrat Inayat Khan – Creating Your Own Knowledge

November 4, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The teacher, however great,
can never give his knowledge to the pupil;
the pupil must create his own knowledge.

Truth by its very nature cannot be uttered,
cannot be given.
One cannot give
that which cannot be put into speech.

So the teacher gives a method
for finding the truth, for unfolding it,
for unlocking that which seems to be in one’s heart.

It is clearly impossible for anyone
to impart his knowledge to another person;
he can only show him
how to unfold his own knowledge to himself.

Everybody possesses a kingdom,
but he has to find it.

- Inayat Khan

Ya Haqq!

“What are the most excellent of actions?”

October 27, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The companions of the Prophet (saw) asked him:

“O Messenger of Allah, what are the most excellent of actions?”

The Prophet replied:

“To gladden the heart of human beings,
To feed the hungry,
To help the afflicted,
To lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and
To remove the sufferings of the injured.”

Ya Haqq!

Happy Islamic New Year 1436/2015 :)

October 24, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:


The Islamic New Year begins at sunset on Friday, October 24, 2014 in North America and ends at sunset on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

The Islamic year begins on the first day of Muharram, and is counted from the year of the Hegira, the year in which the Prophet Muhammad (saw) emigrated from Mecca to Medina (A.D. July 16, 622). The Islamic New Year is based on the revolutions of the Moon. Thus, Al-Hijra is only 354 days long.

At the time of sunrise many recite the following dua, or prayer, on the day of the New Year:

O’ Allah, the New Year has begun. You are the Eternal Master. I ask You to make available to me its good and the benefits which are in it. I seek refuge with You from its evil and the disadvantages which are in it. I request You to let me procure the provisions I need and discharge the activities I take up in this year.


Ya Haqq!

Mevlevi Sufi Order Daily Litany – Evrad-i Serif

October 13, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Welcome, welcome to this new morning and happy new day!

And to the two honourable angels who justly record people’s deeds, preserve them, and witness to those deeds, greetings, greetings. May God – exalted is He – enliven you. Write this on the first page of our deeds this bright day:

I bear witness that there is no god but God, I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger.

God willing, with this testimony we live; with this testimony we die; and with this testimony we shall be resurrected hereafter.

I have readied the following words: facing all fears, ‘there is no god but God.’

Facing all sorrows and sadness, ‘May it be as God wills.’

Facing all benefits, ‘Praise be to God,’ and facing all abundance, ‘Thanks be to God.’

Facing all astonishment, ‘God is subtle beyond all knowing.’

Facing all sins, ‘I ask God’s forgiveness’; facing all scarcities, ‘God is enough for me.’

Facing all calamities, ‘We belong to God and to Him we shall return.’

Facing every event of destiny, ‘I trust in God.’

Facing all obedience and disobedience, ‘There is no means or power in anyone except through God who is the Most High, the Most Great’.

- Taken from the Mevlevi Sufi Order Daily Litany, or Evrad-i Serif

Ya Haqq!

In Memory of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

October 8, 2014

master picSalaam and Greetings of Peace:

Friday, October 10th is the six year anniversary of the death of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, for over 50 years the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, and for 17 years, my Master (may God bless his soul and raise him to the highest rank of His beloveds. Ameen!).

To commemorate the occasion, his own poem is a fitting tribute to his life and station:

My Heart Holds Your Home,

my head desiring You;

Night and day have all passed,

while I am pledged to You.

I have suffered at the hand

of the people of the time;

In the world I’ve only seen

fidelity from You.

I’ve been drunk with Your wine

Since pre-eternity;

I’m surrendered to Your will

till post-eternity.

I’ve no hope for heaven

or for the Resurrection;

I have never wanted

anyone but You.

Once I realized that in reality

the Path cannot be traveled

Except on Your feet,

I lost both my head and feet.

With every breath I take

I am conscious of You;

I gave up heart and soul

for contentment from You.

If, like Nurbakhsh, you have pledged

yourself wholeheartedly to God;

The creation then will be ready

to pledge itself to you.

- from the Divani Nurbakhsh: Sufi Poetry

Ya Haqq!


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