What Love Demands – Eid al-Adha Mubarak :)

October 1, 2014

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!


Puerto Diablo – A Tale of Good and Evil

September 21, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

I wrote a novella many years ago entitled Puerto Diablo, which I decided to publish as an Ebook.  It is now live on Amazon and Google Play, and Smashwords and is only $0.99. That’s right, only 99 cents.  Please buy a copy and let me know what you think.

Click HERE to read a sample and purchase it. – Amazon Kindle Edition

Click HERE to read a sample and purchase it. – Google Play

Click HERE to read a sample and purchase it. – Smashwords

In the river town of Puerto Diablo, somewhere at the end of South America, a tall stranger arrives to threaten the peace of the natives, the villagers, the local outlaws, and Father Joseph Black, a strong and fierce man of God known as the Black Priest. It is a tale of choices made, and not made, and the ends they lead to, for good and evil. 

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Prayer of ibn al-Arabi

September 18, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Purify my soul from doubt and bad character, from misfortune and negligence.

Bestow upon me true servanthood, that I may be obedient to You in all my states.

- Ibn al-Arabi

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Prayer in Cairo, by Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904)

Ya Haqq!


I am a fountain, You are my water

September 3, 2014

I am a fountain, You are my water.
I flow from You to You.

I am an eye, You are my light,
I look from You to You.

You are neither my right nor my left.
You are my foot and my arm as well.

I am a traveler, You are my road.
I go from You to You.

–Zeynep Hatun, 15th Century

 


The Sufi Message

August 28, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Sufi message is the echo
of the same divine message
which has always come and will always come
to enlighten humanity.

It is not a new religion;
it is the same message
which is being given to humanity.
It is the continuation
of the same ancient religion
which has always existed
and will always exist,
a religion which belongs
to all teachers and all the scriptures.

It is the continuation of all the great religions
which have come at various times;
and it is a Unification of them all,
which was the desire of all the Prophets.

- Inayat Khan 

Ya Haqq!


A Bed for a Sufi

August 18, 2014

master picSalaam and Greetings of Peace:

Many years ago, on one of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh’s annual visits to the US, he was staying at the New York khaniqah when one of the long time darvishes, who was also studying to become a Persian scholar, said that his parents wanted to meet the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, of whom they had heard so much about, and he was invited to visit their home in Westchester County, New York. and have dinner with them. The Master  gladly accepted the invitation, and since it was a journey that would require them to stay overnight, they drove up in the early afternoon, arriving just in time for dinner.

The darvish’s parents lived in a converted farmhouse, and were delighted to have such a reknown Sufi Master as their guest.  They prepared an excellent dinner, though the Master, as was his custom, ate sparingly, and, although he spoke some English, conversed through their son, who was fluent in Farsi.  As bedtime approached, the father said that the Master was to use the master bedroom so that he would be comforable.  And they showed him a large room with a king-sized bed and adjoining bathroom.

The Master shook his head. “This is not a bed for a Sufi,” he said.

“But it’s the only bed in the house. Our son is sleeping in the other bedroom, and we are going to stay with friends,” his father said.

The Master thought for moment.  “There is another bed here,” he insisted.

The darvish’s parents were bewildered. “No, really,” the mother said. “There is nothing else… well ,except for the mattress in the old Chicken Coop. The kids used it as a clubhouse when they were young.”

The Master asked to see it, and they led him around the back of the house to an old wooden Chicken Coop. They brought a lantern as there was no electricity in the coop, and showed him the plain interior.  It was empty now, though recently swept out, with an old single mattress on the floor.

“Yes,’ the Master said, smiling. “This is a bed for a Sufi.”

Ya Haqq!


The sum total of our life is a breath

August 8, 2014

The sum total of our life is a breath
spent in the company of the Beloved.

- Abu Sa`id ibn Abi al-Khayr

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