Arafat

February 19, 2008

Here I am, O Lord, in answer to Thee.
Here I am, O Lord, placing none beside Thee.
In truth, all praise, blessing, and dominion are Thine.
Nothing can rival Thee.

This is the place of petition:
As every nation was sent a caller among them
Every nation has sent a caller to Thee.
This day is the day of petition
And intercession for all creation
That we may stand before Thee now
Bedraggled and weary
And call upon Thee
And remember what hangs above Thy Throne.

O my Lord, I have been wronged most foully
By my own self with none to blame besides
For all I committed of heedless folly
And for what insincerity resides
In the veiled heart of this most worthless slave.
O who am I, O Lord? Who but the worst
Of any of those destined for the grave.
O Lord! Save me! Or I am of the cursed.
Forgive creation and I who am its least.
O forgive those chosen for misguidance
Among us and those already deceased,
And guide those who remain with forbearance.
And to euphoric ends in Divine Grace, guide us upon the Path
To rest below that banner writ: MY MERCY OVERCOMES MY WRATH.

From the excellent Wandering Troubadour poetry blog (posted on 1/31/08). Reposted with permission.

He is truly a talented and poetic brother. Go and check out his poems, especially his sonnets.


Ya Haqq!


Tagged for a Book Meme!!

February 9, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

I have been “Tagged” by our dear Sister at the wonderful Almiskeenah blog. It is a book meme tag, and the rules are as follows.

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)

2. Open the book to page 123

3. Find the 5th Sentence.

4. Post the next 3 sentences

5. Tag 5 people

As it turns out, the nearest book to me was a copy of my own, Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel, which I am rereading for typos and errors to correct in the next edition, and in the foreign language editions coming out later this year. Here then are sentences six, seven and eight from page 123.

The ancient faqir seemed lost in thought for a moment, watching the light slant across the waves as it was absorbed by the sea. His face and beard were turned red as the waters, as if he too were absorbing the light. Without turning, he said, “Verily, God’s mercy precedeth His wrath.”

I am tagging Sister Suroor, Sister Sumera, Brother Katib, Brother Abdur Rahman, and Brother Sadiq. May Allah bless them all, and may they forgive me :)

Ya Haqq!

PS: If you would like to read the whole book, order HERE, or get a FREE EBOOK of Master of the Jinn in pdf format. Just email me at Irvingk57 at aol dot com and write Ebook in the subject line, and I will be happy to send it to you :)

 



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