Pride – The Greatest Sin

January 21, 2018

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“It has come in a report (that the Prophet [on whom be peace] said), ‘If you were to remain free of sins, I would fear for you what is worse than the sins themselves.’ When asked what he meant, he replied, ‘pride.’

By my life! Pride is from among the attributes of a soul enamoured by its own importance; it nullifies virtuous deeds, and it ranks among the worst mortal sins of the heart … It is better for a man to be tried by countless passions of the body than it is to be tried by a single feeling of pride, conceit, envy, desire for praise, or a yearning to be recollected by others … because these are attributes of Iblis (akhlāq al-abālisa), and the cause of his ruin. Bishr al-Harith said that the delight of the soul in the praise of others is more harmful for it than outright sins (aḍarru ‘alayhā min al-ma`āṣī)”

Abu Talib al-Makki, Qut al-qulub

Ya Haqq!

Advertisements

The Old Healer to the Soul

January 11, 2018

It’s not your back that hurts, but the burden.

It’s not your eyes that hurt, but injustice.

It’s not your head that hurts, it’s your thoughts.

Not the throat, but what you don’t express or say with anger.

Not the stomach hurts, but what the soul does not digest.

It’s not the liver that hurts, it’s the anger.

It’s not your heart that hurts, but love.

And it is love itself that contains the most powerful medicine.

– Author Unknown


The Ego is a Drama Queen

January 2, 2018

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The ego imagines it has to give up everything,
but it is merely a drama queen.
In fact, it is the ego that has to be given up!
In the state of personhood, you imagine
you are giving up all your joy, freedom and fun
when you choose the Truth.
But fun, joy and freedom arise
from the true Self and not from the mind.
The common man’s worldly pursuits
and enjoyment comes mainly
through the senses and mind
which are not the source of real joy,
but the sage’s supreme joy
springs from his own effortless being
—free of attachment, imagination and fear
he lives in continuous peace, contentment and joy.
When you discover the Truth,
you do not give up anything—except delusion.

~ Mooji 

Ya Haqq!


FREE EBOOKS for a WEEK Starting Christmas Day on Smashwords :)

December 25, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Each year, the seven days after Christmas mark the biggest ebook selling days of the year as readers unwrap their new e-reading devices and smart phones and load them with new ebooks to read.

This year, for the first time ever, Smashwords is kicking off an end of year sale. The sale starts Christmas day and ends at midnight Pacific time the evening of January 1st.

I am therefore giving my readers and potential readers a Special Holiday Gift by offering all my books for FREE :)

How the Program Works:

At one minute past midnight Pacific time on December 25, the special Smashwords End of Year promotion catalog goes live on the Smashwords home page.  Readers can browse the catalog and search by coupon code levels and categories.  After 11:59pm Pacific time on January 1, the catalog disappears.

The coupon codes only work at Smashwords, not at retailers served by Smashwords.

Please enter the code EY100 prior to completing your checkout.

Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel –

El Maestro de los Jinn (Spanish Translation)

Lessons in Love: Spiritual Exercises for Modern Life

Love Songs to God: 30 Poems of Love and Longing

Puerto Diablo: A Tale of Good and Evil

Master of the Jinn: Aaqa-e-jinnat آقائے جنات (Urdu) –  

Ya Haqq!

 


Master of the Jinn for the Holidays :)

December 11, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

As Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza approach, give the gift of spiritual literature to your friends and loved ones. Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel

In the Name of the Merciful, 10% of all royalties go to charity!

Master of the Jinn has also been translated and published in Indonesia (Sang Raja Jin), Turkey (Cinlerin Efendisi), Russia (Povelitel dzhinnov), Germany (Meister der Jinn), Croatia (Gospodar demona), Spanish (El Maestro de los Jinn), Urdu ( آقائے جنات) and Malayalam, the language of the Kerala state of India (Jinnukalude Nadhan).

To Order the various editions, click the links below:

The US English Language edition is also available as a Paperback, Ebook or Audiobook in the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, and China – Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel

India in EnglishMaster of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel

India in English Ebook – Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel

India, in Malayalam – Jinnukalude Nadham – Ebook

Urdu   – آقائے جنات Master of the Jinn – Ebook

Spanish – El Maestro de los Jinn – Ebook

Spanish – El Maestro de los Jinn – Paperback

Indonesian – Sang Raja Jin – Ebook 

German – Meister der Jinn – Paperback

German –   Meister der Jinn – Ebook

Croatian – Gospodar demona – Paperback

Croatian – Gospodar demona – Ebook

Russian – Повелитель джиннов  (Povelitel dzhinnov) – Paperback

Russian – Повелитель джиннов (Povelitel dzhinnov) – Ebook

Turkish – Cinlerin Efendisi – Ebook

 

 

Ya Haqq!


In Memory of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

December 8, 2017

LS2G Love is the Answer to

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Sunday, December 10th would have been the 91st birthday of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh (12/10/1926 – 10/10/2008), the late and much beloved Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order,  may God sanctify his secret. In his memory, this poem is dedicated.

Love is the answer
to every question

An ocean emerging
from a drop

This you taught us by your
every word, every action,

The revealed science
of the heart, the key

to the door of the spirit
that is never locked

To serve the One,
serve all, you said,

Eat but a little,
Feed the soul instead

As long as life
remains, and then

The drop returns
to the Ocean again,

Of Love, of Love, of Love

Ya Pir! Ya Hayy!

Ya Haqq!


Bab, the Door to Knowledge and Understanding

November 17, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

From our brother, Suhaib Webb:

Years ago, I sat at Dar al-Ifta in Cairo reading with a teacher, and he asked,

“Have you ever thought why the scholars use the word bāb (door) to title what you call chapters in English?” I responded, “Yes, but I did not give it a lot of thought.”

What followed was eye opening:

The Sheikh said,
“The word bāb is used because it reminds the student that he is entering a new realm. The field of knowledge; that he is leaving a place of ignorance and coming into a place of understanding. Thus, he needs to have the proper character, so the knowledge will touch his heart and mind.

The word bāb is used because it reminds the student that, just as you enter a person’s home and are careful to make sure you have the right location: to knock with respect, to come with humility, to sit gracefully, not complain about the food, if served, or the home, he has to seek knowledge, approach it with humility and be satisfied with whatever is given to him, being thankful for what is given, polite and kind to his hosts.

At the same time, it reminds the Shaykh to be gracious to his student, to treat him like his own, welcome him with a generous heart and serve him the best he can, seeking God’s pleasure alone. In short, this one word contains every adab (etiquette) that al-Ghazzali mentioned in the etiquette of the student and the etiquette of the teacher. Amazing!

Finally, it reminds the student to be sincere, seeing God alone, since the bāb in the book reminds him of the abawāb (Eng.doors) of Paradise! You see, there are gems to be found in these old works. Be patient, and God will show you more!”

Allah! Please grant us sincerity in learning!

Ameen!

Ya Haqq!