Like a Mighty Stream


Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

I weep for Mumbai in the wake of the horror, and for Baghdad and Kabul, for Gaza and Jerusalem, for Karachi and Kashmir and Kosovo. Tears fall like rain for Darfur, Burma, North Korea, Tibet, Nigeria, Somalia, Congo, Zimbabwe. Where there is terror, imprisonment, torture, war, murder, genocide, rape, disease, poverty, and famine, how can anyone be at peace in the world?

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.
– The Talmud

Perhaps to be just, loving, merciful, generous, kind, and to walk with humility in spirit, is the beginning of the solution, one person at a time, for as long as we are able. Little by little, the enormity of the world’s grief will diminish, and slowly, slowly the spirit of loving-kindness, the spirit of God, will spread and rise in the heart of His creation. This ordinary work may not be completed in our lifetime, or in our children’s or grand-children’s lifetimes, but if we continue to teach the next generation, and they the one after them, to paraphrase Dr. King, justice will indeed flow like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Ya Haqq!

15 Responses to Like a Mighty Stream

  1. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Irving bhai

    Ya Allah! May it be so.

  2. Chodpa says:

    A beautiful wish in the face of the great suffering that we create in this world of ours …

    best wishes to you, and thanks for sharing ….


  3. Shahrzad says:

    Tears, tears never end.. World is changing so fast..

  4. Baraka says:

    Salaams dear brother Irving,

    This is one of my favorite quotes ever. I return to it in times of sorrow, which seem all too often these days. It centers and reminds me what my role is when I feel powerless and overwhelmed by the horrors of our world.

    Thank you for sharing it and your thoughts.


  5. siska says:

    i got this quote last week from a friend.. and i agree with you brother, May Allah, gives us strength to continue to spread love and caring, not matter what happened. May the spirit always blooms in our hearts..

  6. krishna.n.c says:

    Beloved Papa Darvish,
    Ameen to your blessed thoughts and prayers :)
    Its indeed a nightmare for all of us here in Mumbai who have come face to face with terror, death and endless pain..But in this delicate situation i still continue having faith in Humanity and i am reminded of a beautiful quote by Mahatma Gandhi who said,” Humanity is like an ocean, if some drops of water become dirty, the entire Ocean doesnt become dirty.”
    Lets all continue having faith in the goodness of His world and Inshallah peace, Love and Compassion shall prevail in all the hearts :)
    Like you Papa, i too pray for the peace of all those innocent lives all over the world who have become victims of Horrors and have lost their beloved ones. May He accept our prayers and Heal this World.
    Sending you my heartfelt prayers and lots of Love :)
    May Allah bless you always sweetheart :)

  7. Umm Bilal says:

    Assalamu alaikum Dear Irving Darvish,
    may our weeping be as a mighty flood, that erodes corruption and purifies souls to reveal the love that is inherent in God’s creation, Ameen.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  8. norma kassim says:

    You are right, Bro Irving.

  9. priya says:

    Amen…..Amen …..Amen….to your ever kind thoughts dear brother.yes we all must atleast start the process.thanks for sharing.

  10. ned says:

    Irving bhai, what happened was indeed a real tragedy.

    I would hope that this incident would compel people to rethink their petty differences … whether on the basis of religion, ethnicity, nationality or whatever. The forces of darkness don’t care whether we are Hindu or Muslim or Indian or Pakistani or whatever. They will do whatever they can to use us as instruments to oppose the Divine purpose, and as long as we hold on to petty ego-based religious or national identities we will always end up retarding the Divine purpose and plan.

  11. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you all for the kind and heartfelt comments :) Alhamdulillah, that God does not give us more than we can bear. Inshallah, the day will come when such tragedies are a thing of the distant past, and all brothers and sisters are part of one human family, no matter their religion or politics. This is only possible if we follow the words of the blessed Prophet (pbuh), and “seek knowledge, even unto China.”

    Ya Haqq!

  12. Faraaz says:

    Thank you so much brother Irving….this post and quote was necessary for me!

  13. Unsarmant says:

    I highly enjoyed reading this article, keep up writing such exciting articles.

  14. Aah, quite sorrowful. We can save the world with our love!

  15. Z.Adil says:

    Inshallah, we can act and do something positive. We can pray for everyone and ask for God Almighty to give us all better understanding and patience. Ameen.

    Keep up the good work!

    Salaam Alaikum

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