Allah, the Most Beneficial

November 29, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better. You must convince your heart that whatever Allah has decreed is most appropriate and most beneficial for you.”

– Al Ghazali

Ya Haqq!

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Thanksgiving Prayer

November 27, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

O Lord, we humbly thank Thee for the bounty of our table, when so many in the world go hungry. And we thank Thee for our family and friends, when so many in the world walk alone.

O God, grant that we who are filled with good things from Your open hand, may never close our hearts to the hungry, the homeless, and the poor.

Amen! Ameen!

Happy Thanksgiving to all :)

Ya Haqq!


Rumi’s Thanksgiving Poem

November 25, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Thanksgiving is sweeter than bounty itself.
One who cherishes gratitude does not cling to the gift!
Thanksgiving is the true meat of God’s bounty;
the bounty is its shell,
For thanksgiving carries you to the hearth of the Beloved.
Abundance alone brings heedlessness,
thanksgiving gives birth to alertness…
The bounty of thanksgiving will satisfy and elevate you,
and you will bestow a hundred bounties in return.
Eat your fill of God’s delicacies,
and you will be freed from hunger and begging.

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Ya Haqq!


Great Wisdom and Small Wisdom

November 20, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“The small wisdom is like water in a glass:
clear, transparent, pure.
The great wisdom is like the water in the sea:
dark, mysterious, impenetrable.”

Rabindranath Tagore

Ya Haqq!


Holiday Sale of Master of the Jinn Paperbacks and Ebooks in English and Spanish :)

November 17, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

A new promotion on Amazon allows book buyers a special discount via the :

If you buy a new print edition of Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel  (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $1.99 (Save 48%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more HERE.
also…
If you buy a new print edition of El Maestro de los Jinn, the Spanish translation (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for FREE. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon.Learn more HERE.
Just in time for Xmas and Hanukkah :)
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Prayer on Growing Older

November 14, 2013

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess

“Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples’ affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains — they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn’t agree with that of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint — it is so hard to live with some of them — but a harsh old person is one of the devil’s masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.”

“Amen!”

– Margot Benary-Isbert

Ya Haqq!


Song of the Open Road

November 10, 2013

Listen! I will be honest with you,

I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes,

These are the days that must happen to you:

You shall not heap up what is call’d riches,

You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve,

You but arrive at the city to which you were destin’d, you hardly

settle yourself to satisfaction before you are call’d by an

irresistible call to depart,

You shall be treated to the ironical smiles and mockings of those

who remain behind you,

What beckonings of love you receive you shall only answer with

passionate kisses of parting,

You shall not allow the hold of those who spread their reach’d hands

toward you.

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Book VII, Chapter 11, Song of the Open Road