Touching Faith

April 23, 2008

you have your doubt
because doubt
is the bars of a cage
you believe in.
you see only
a blurred world of illusion.
still gently as the breath prays
the soul dreams its way
out of every prison people create,
including the fear
that leads to lack of belief.
Lover, it’s your heart we seek
inside our own. you have felt
the breath of Him on your skin
until you named it wind.
how can we know
we dress things in our own
sense of limitation?

if i placed a star in the palm of your hand,
you would feel the way
the earth feels when it becomes
a mother to a forest of seeds.
behold the star now.
if you believe it
is what you view from earth,
balance it in the palm of your hand.
if you can’t, you have touched Truth,
allowing your heart the faith
of the entire universe.

- This beautiful spiritual poem is from Sister Annie’s Kneeling Before the Rose poetry blog, and posted with her permission and my gratitude.

Ya Haqq!


The Sun Does Not Rise, Neither Does It Set

October 18, 2007

The sun does not rise, neither does it set
Does the flame ever circle the moth?

The earth turns in beauty like a lover
Each dawn the sun bestows a kiss

At night the shy bride turns away
Beneath her star jeweled veil of rest

Each obedient to their course, and Lo!
“He makes the signs manifest.”

Keeping the night vigil the earth bows in prayer
Each degree of longitude a rak’at of prostration

To Him who holds the planets to their skies
The “Hidden Treasure” to the Sufi’s eyes

As Allah has ordained for all creation
Say the Prophets of every Book and nation.

Irving Karchmar, © October 2007


Moon of Ramadan

September 27, 2007

O Majestic Moon,

Radiant moments from Ramadhans long ago

Inundate our faqir souls.

May your luminance assist us to brighten our pleas for

all who are suffering, mutilated, wounded, incarcerated, orphaned, homeless, abused, ill,

the ‘them’ the ‘us’ the ‘other’,

The Ummah,

To be given strength to embrace the remaining days of this blessed month

To the fullest.

O Majestic Moon,

As we observe you gently glissade in the remaining moments

May our diligence to increase,

Our Taqwa soar.

Gaining the best of favours

From our Rabb Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala

AMEEN

~~~

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

Blessings and salutations on you, O Messenger of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O Prophet of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O Sincere Friend of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O Intimate Friend of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O Beloved of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O whom Allah has honoured

Blessings and salutations on you, O whom Allah has made noble

Blessings and salutations on you, O to whom Allah has imparted knowledge

Blessings and salutations on you, O whom Allah has exalted

Blessings and salutations on you, O whom Allah has well-endowed

Blessings and salutations on you, O master of Messengers

Blessings and salutations on you, O last in the line of the Prophets

Blessings and salutations on you, O leader of those who are pious

Blessings and salutations on you, O intercessor for sinners

Blessings and salutations on you, O mercy for all domains of existence

Blessings and salutations on you, O best of the creations of Allah

Blessings and salutations on you, O light of the Throne of Allah

May the blessings of Allah, and His angels, His Prophets and His Messengers,

and the bearers of His Throne, and all whom He created, rest on

our master Muhammad, on his family and all his companions

till the Day of Judgement.

Ameen!

- Taken and edited with gratitude from a much longer poem and prayer by our dear Sister at the always beautifully written Almiskeenah blog. Click the link and read the whole post.

Ya Haqq!

PS:  Alhamdulillah! Was that not a truly beautiful full moon last night?


Love’s Caravan

August 18, 2007

Why all this talk of buying and selling?
What you need is already inside you.

Love’s caravan is ready to depart, O Rend,
The camels are laden with treasures untold

Come! Come! Bargains are found on this road.
All you possess in exchange for nothingness.

Sell all you have in the world’s marketplace
In exchange, receive only the love of the Friend.

Earthly jewels are but shining baubles
His jewels are the stars without end

Tarry no longer, the blessed sun rises!
This is the hour when travelers depart

Alhamdulillah! A thousand surprises
Await on the Path of the Heart.

- Irving Karchmar, © August 2007


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