The Breath of Zekr

January 27, 2007

The breath of zekr inhales love
and exhales kindness

The heartbeat keeps time
to the rhythm of intention

Steady the breath with silence
and good works

Listen to the heart beat
La illa ha ill Allah!

O seeker, the traveler on this path
takes no provisions but love

– Irving Karchmar, © 2006

Master of the Jinn Ebooks

January 21, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Sufi novel, Master of the Jinn, is now available as an Ebook in two ways.

1. You can purchase Master of the Jinn as an ebook from Mobipocket for only $4.99, by clicking HERE.

2. Master of the Jinn is now available as an Ebook on Amazon’s Kindle Book Reader for only $3.99.  To order, click HERE.

Ya Haqq!

Book Review and King of Humour

January 19, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Our Sister Samaha has kindly written a review of Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel on her blog of the same name. You can read it here.

And Suroor, known for her excellent and straightforward writing, has named me King of Humour (with the u added) on her blog. This is funny in itself, and you can read about it here.

Ya Haqq!

A Sufi Tale of Hajj

January 13, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Abd Allah and the Cobbler

Abd Allah ibn al-Mubarak (d. 797 AD) was living in Mecca. One year, having completed the rites of the pilgrimage, he fell asleep and had a dream wherein he saw two angels descend from heaven.

“How many have come this year?” one asked the other.

“Six hundred thousand,” the other replied.

“How many have had their pilgrimage accepted?”

“Not one.”

This report filled Abd Allah with trembling. “What?” I cried. “All these people have come from the distant ends of the earth, with great pain and weariness from every deep ravine, traversing wide deserts, and all their labor is in vain?”

“There is a cobbler in Damascus call Ali ibn Mowaffaq,” said the first angel. “He has not come on the pilgrimage, but his pilgrimage is accepted and all his sins have been forgiven.”

When I heard this, I awoke and resolved to go to Damascus and visit this person. So I went to Damascus and found where he lived. I shouted and a man came out. “What is your name and what work do you do?” I asked. “I am Ali ibn Mowaffaq, a cobbler by trade. What is your name?”

I told him it was Abd Allah ibn al-Mubarak. He uttered a cry and fell into a faint. When he recovered, I begged him to tell me his story. He said: “For thirty years now I have longed to make the pilgrimage. I had saved up three hundred and fifty dirhams from my cobbling. This year I resolved to go to Mecca, though my wife became pregnant. One day she smelled food being cooked next door, and begged me to fetch her a bit of it. I went and knocked on the neighbor’s door and explained the situation. My neighbor burst into tears. “My children have eaten nothing for three days,” she said. “Today I saw a donkey lying dead and cut off a piece and cooked it for them. It would not be lawful food for you.”  My heart burned within me when I heard her tale. I took out the three hundred and fifty dirhams and gave them to her. ‘Spend these on your children,’ I said. ‘This is my pilgrimage.’

“The angel spoke truly in my dream,” Abd Allah declared, “and the Heavenly King was true in His judgement.”

– From Attar’s Memorial of the Saints

Ya Haqq!

Muslim Prayer for Peace

January 11, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
Praise be to the Lord of the universe who has created us and made us tribes and nations, that we might know each other.
If the enemy inclines towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust in God, for the Lord is the One that hears and knows all things.
And the servants of God, most gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility,
And when we address them, we say PEACE.”

Note: The prayer is a compilation from the Qur’an. It was one of the prayers for peace offered in Assisi, Italy, on the Day of Prayer for World Peace during the U.N. International Year of Peace, 1986.

Ya Haqq!

Raping the Shariah

January 8, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Isla has a story on her blog entitled Raping the Shariah, about Mukhtaran Mai and her gang-rape for the sake of “honor.”  This barbaric tribal custom has nothing to do with Islam, yet that is how it is perceived by the outside world. Honor rapes and killings! stoning women in Iran!  The Muslim world does not have to worry about being conquered by the West. They are defeating themselves as long as such cruel, stupid, barbarous patriarchal customs are allowed to continue unchallenged. 

“A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is done, no matter how brave its warriors nor how strong their weapons”
– Old Cheyenne Proverb, from Mary Crow Dog’s  “Lakota Woman”

Ya Haqq!

The Master Alchemist

January 6, 2007

You bewilder us with your grace,

all evils transformed into goodness.

You are the master alchemist.

You light the fire of love in Earth and Sky,

in heart and soul of every being.

Through Your loving,

existence and non-existence merge.

All opposites unite.

All that is profane becomes sacred again.

– Rumi