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!


Poetry Reading – The Horseman

September 9, 2014

Note: The original poem can be found HERE.

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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!


End of a Talk with a Jailor – poem by Samih al-Qasim

August 23, 2014

From the narrow window of my small cell,

I see trees that are smiling at me

And rooftops crowded with my family.

And windows weeping and praying for me.

From the narrow window of my small cell—

I can see your big cell!

- Samih al-Qasim, (Palestinian poet, who died August 19, 2014)

- from Sadder Than Water: New and Selected Poems, translated by Nazih Kassis


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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