Lessons in Love: Essays and Spiritual Exercises for Modern Life

February 25, 2015

Lessons.in Love.coverSalaam and Greetings of Peace:

Here is my latest Ebook, Lessons in Love: Essays and Spiritual Exercises for Modern Life :)  The book is a collection of writings from the Darvish blog, and I hope it will be of some small benefit to those who read it.

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Ya Haqq!

 


Poetry Monday – Moses and Khidr by Barbara Flaherty

February 9, 2015

Sometimes you have to turn around,
retrace your steps to the place
where the two seas meet.
One is fresh, the other salty.
One is the lawgiver, the other
swims in deeper waters.
How do you find this place
where the dead come to life,
where the ocean is an archway
for the traveler? The signs
are everywhere around,
hunger, weariness, remembering
what it is you seek. Go back
to the place where the two seas meet,
where the dead came to life.
Sometimes you have to turn around.

– Barbara Flaherty


Our Lady of Sorrows, Pray for Us!

February 3, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace

“What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

- Letter to the Romans, 8:35-39

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Ya Haqq!


“Grief can be the garden of compassion.”

January 25, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”

- Rumi

Ya Haqq!


“God alone suffices.”

January 18, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Let nothing trouble you,
let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God never changes. Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.”

St. Teresa of Avila


“The past is an interpretation. The future is an illusion…”

January 10, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“The past is an interpretation. The future is an illusion. The world does not move through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead time moves through and within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness. If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.”

- Shams Tabrizi

Ya Haqq!


Milad Un-Nabi – The Birthday of the Prophet (saw) 2015

January 8, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“You have indeed in the Messenger of God a beautiful pattern of conduct for anyone whose hope is God and the Final Day.” (Al-Ahzab 33:21).

Alhamdulillah! This is Rabi a-Awwal, by the Lunar calendar the month of the blessed birthday (Milad Un-Nabi) of the Prophet Muhammad (the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

According to Sunni scholars, the Prophet’s birthday is observed on 12th Rabi al-Awwal, which falls this year on January 3, 2015, and 17th Rabi al-Awwal (January 8th this year) according to Shia scholars.

Since the best historical estimate is that the Prophet (saw) was born in March or April of 570 CE, he would be  1445 years old this year.

It is celebrated as a time to read the Qur’an, fast, pray, and remember the life, teachings, and example of the Prophet (saw) with good deeds.

When praising the Prophet (saw), we are warned, however, not to exaggerate in his praise. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Do not overpraise me as Christians overpraised Jesus, son of Mary. Say [when referring to me],‘Servant of Allah and His messenger.’

Servant of Allah and His messenger!

Surely that is a title that needs no embellishment. And so, may Allah bless you all, gentle readers, and guide you to the best of his noble qualities on the straight path of love, compassion, mercy, generosity, and kindness.  Amin!

The Names of the Prophet (saw)

In the same way that Muhammad(un) rasul Allah(Muhammad is the Messenger of God) follows La Ilaha ill Allah, the names of the Prophet (saw) flow from those of God and are a ladder that leads to Him. The Prophet (saw) has even been honored by God by having some of the Divine Names such as Ta Ha and Nur also bestowed upon him. The chanting of the litanies of the names of the Prophet (saw) is an important practice in Sufism and on a more external level in the everyday activity of many pious Muslims.

Not only is the Prophet (saw) called Muhammad, the most praised one, but he is also Ahmad, the most praiseworthy of those who praise God. He isWahid, the unique one; Mahi, the annihilator of darkness and ignorance; and Aqib, the last of the prophets. He is Tahir, the pure and clean one;Tayyib, he who possesses beauty and fragrance; and Sayyid, prince and master of the universe. He is, of course, Rasul, messenger, but alsoRasul al-Rahmah, the messenger of mercy; and Khatim al rusul, the seal of prophets. He is Abd Allahl, the perfect servant of God, but also Habib Allah, the beloved of God; and Safi Allah, the one chosen by God. He is both Nasir, the victorious helper of men, and Mansur, the one who is made triumphant in this world.

The Prophet (saw) is Muhyi, the vivifier of the dead hearts of men, and Munji, he who delivers man from sin. He is Nur, light, as well as Siraj, the torch that illuminates the path in man’s life;Misbah, the lamp that contains the light of faith, and Huda, the guide to God and paradise. He isDhu quwwah, the possessor of strength; Dhu hurmah, possessor of sacred reverence; andDhu makanah, the possessor of integrity. He is both Amin, trustworthy, and Sadiq, truthful. He is Miftah, or key to paradise, and Miftah al-rahmah, the key to God’s mercy. The love of the Prophet (saw) is in fact both a sign of the love of God and the gate to that Mercy from which the very substance of the universe was created.

– From Islamic Spirituality, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Ya Haqq!

Note:  For a list of Major Events in the Life of the Prophet (pbuh), click HERE.

Ya Haqq!


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