The Democracy of Love

December 2, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Whenever I do my one magic trick to entertain young children, making a coin disappear, they always look astonished and squeal with delight. When Quinn, my six year old granddaughter who loves the Harry Potter books and movies, insisted on knowing how I made the coin disappear, I made the mistake of showing her. A magician should never reveal his secrets, especially to children.

She said indignantly, “That’s a trick! It’s not magic!”

And I, like a pompous fool, said, “Sweetheart, there is no such thing as magic. The only real magic is love.” She turned on her heel and walked away angrily. I don’t blame her. To a six year old, the world is a magical place, and should be. And children always look for magic in their lives and stories, which to them is a source of power in a world in which they feel powerless.

But I also meant what I said, though she is too young to understand. All true magic, by which I mean the source of all mystery and miracles, is Love.

Here is another trick in two steps:

1. Take a glass and fill it with water, then empty half. You now have a glass half full, or half empty. Now empty the remaining half. You now have an empty glass.

2. Now hug your child, or mother, or wife, and tell them you love them with all your heart, and pour all your love into them. Are you empty now, like the glass? Or are you a vessel overflowing with love from an infinite Source that never ends?

Jesus (pbuh) kissed the leper, the whore, and the thief, out of love and forgiveness and healing. Because of the great expansiveness of his heart, miracles were possible. In the same way, three loaves and five fishes can feed a multitude out of that love made manifest.

That is how God loves us, without condition, without beginning, without end, overflowing our lives, if only our eyes and heart are open to it. Guilt, shame, despair, are all responses to not living this absolute truth.

It is the source of the Chi, the Ka, the Force, which are all names of the energy of the universe flowing around us, between us, and in us. Its source is Love.

This all-encompassing Love, which is the real name of God, is also the source of all love between one human being and another; between man and woman, parent and child, man and man, woman and woman. It makes no difference who loves who. It is all love, touching all human beings, all life on earth and in the universe.

Love is the only true democracy.

Ya Haqq!


Thanksgiving Prayer

November 27, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

O Lord, we humbly thank Thee for the bounty of our table, when so many in the world go hungry. And we thank Thee for our family and friends, when so many in the world walk alone.

O God, grant that we who are filled with good things from Your open hand, may never close our hearts to the hungry, the homeless, and the poor.

Amen! Ameen!

Happy Thanksgiving to all :)

Ya Haqq!


El Maestro de los Jinn is Now a Paperback :)

October 28, 2013

Master-of-the-Jinn-Cover-Spanish-WebSalaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Spanish translation of Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel, El Maestro de los Jinn, is now a paperback on Amazon.com :) And it would make a nice gift for your Spanish speaking friends for the Holidays :)

Ya Haqq!


What Love Demands – Eid al-Adha Mubarak :)

October 14, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Eid Mubarak!

May Allah bless you all this Eid al-Adha, dear Brothers and Sisters, with generosity of hand, sincerity of speech, kindness in action, and love and joy in remembrance of HU, the Source of all Generosity, Sincerity, Kindness, Joy, and Love.  Ameen!

“O Lord! Let not our hearts deviate now after You have guided us, but grant us mercy from Your own Presence; for You are the Grantor of bounties without measure.” (Quran: 3:9)

This is the time of Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, which celebrates the faith of Abraham, who was willing to sacrifice even his beloved son as God had commanded.

Now what are we willing to sacrifice in order that our prayers may be accepted?

That is the question I ask myself every year. Jesus (as) kissed the leper, the whore, and the thief, out of love and forgiveness and healing. Because of the great expansiveness of his heart, miracles were possible. What have we done, what can we still do, to be worthy of the love and forgiveness and healing we ask of God? The answer that comes to my heart is always the same:

Do what love demands.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. -1 Corinthians 13:4-8

According to a hadith, the Prophet (peace be unto him) once said, “A true believer is one with whom others feel secure. One who returns love for hatred.”

Alhamdulillah! Indeed, Love is the greatest miracle of God. There have been Spiritual Masters who would not let an aspirant be initiated until they had gone to everyone whom they had wronged in their life, and begged forgiveness, making amends in any way that was required. And until they had gone to everyone that had wronged them in their lives, and granted them forgiveness without asking, and with a whole heart. Only then could such a one be initiated on the mystic path.

And so we come to the great task of our lives, brought into focus on this day of Eid al-Adha: To sacrifice our fear and hatred, our envy and greed and all the other works of the fearful and self-absorbed nafs, in the certain knowledge that anyone who forgives a debt will be repaid tenfold by God, and anyone who forgives a wrong will be forgiven by God a hundredfold, and anyone who returns love for hatred will make of this life a paradise. That is what love demands.

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
– Rumi

Ya Haqq!


SANG RAJA JIN, the Indonesian translation of Master of the Jinn, is now a Google Ebook for only $2.51

October 8, 2013

cover SANG RAJA JIN curve-frontSalaam and Greetings of Peace:

Sang Raja Jin, the Indonesian translation of Master of the Jinn, in now a Google Ebook for only $2.51 which is 28,905 rupiah, I think. Click HERE to order.

Please tell your Indonesian friends on Twitter, and share the news on your Facebook status and on your blog if you have one :)

Ya Haqq!

Note: Buy the paperback wherever books are sold, or order from the publisher HERE.


Muslim Prayer in the Bible

October 6, 2013

prostrationSalaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” – James 4:10

Some Christians may find the Muslim method of prayer odd…but if they were to pray as described in the Bible then they would find themselves praying much like Muslims…for example:

ABLUTION:

“Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped…”
(2 Samuel 12:20)

“So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.”
(Exodus 30:21)

“And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet…”
(Exodus 40:31)

RAISING OF THE HANDS:

“Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.” (Psalms 63:4)

ALLAHU AKBAR:

“Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise…”
(Psalms 48:1)

PROSTRATION:

“And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him…”
(Genesis 17:3)

“…and they (Moses and Aaron) fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.”
(Numbers 20:6)

“And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.”
(Joshua 7:6)

“…they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD…”
(2 Chronicles 7:3)

“…and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.”
(Nehemiah 8:6)

“And he (Jesus) went a little farther and fell on his face, and prayed…”
(Matthew 26:39)

“And when the disciples heard it,they fell on their faces…”
(Matthew 17:6)

“…and he (Elijah) cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees…”
(1 Kings 18:42)

“…and (all the angels) fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God…”
(Revelations 7:11)

“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”
(Psalms 95:6)

“…all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.”
(Psalms 22:29)

“…And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.”
(Judges 13:20)

“And when all the people saw it,they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, He is the God; the LORD, He is the God.”
(1 Kings 18:39)

“I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD!”
(Ezekiel 9:8)

“David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times…”
(1 Samuel 20:41)

“And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship…”
(Joshua 5:14)

“And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth…”  (Genesis 24:52)

Ya Haqq!

Note: See also this previous post, The Upward Glance and the Lowest Bow.


Google Ebook of Master of the Jinn now in Thirty-Three Countries and Four Languages!

September 25, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Google EBook of Master of the Jinn is being sold in English, as well as translations in Russian and Croatian for only $3.82. It is also sold in Indonesian for only $2.51

Click HERE to order.

What’s more, it is now available in THIRTY-THREE countries – the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany,  Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, and Japan.

Ya Haqq!

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