Tagged for a Book Meme!!

February 9, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

I have been “Tagged” by our dear Sister at the wonderful Almiskeenah blog. It is a book meme tag, and the rules are as follows.

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)

2. Open the book to page 123

3. Find the 5th Sentence.

4. Post the next 3 sentences

5. Tag 5 people

As it turns out, the nearest book to me was a copy of my own, Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel, which I am rereading for typos and errors to correct in the next edition, and in the foreign language editions coming out later this year. Here then are sentences six, seven and eight from page 123.

The ancient faqir seemed lost in thought for a moment, watching the light slant across the waves as it was absorbed by the sea. His face and beard were turned red as the waters, as if he too were absorbing the light. Without turning, he said, “Verily, God’s mercy precedeth His wrath.”

I am tagging Sister Suroor, Sister Sumera, Brother Katib, Brother Abdur Rahman, and Brother Sadiq. May Allah bless them all, and may they forgive me :)

Ya Haqq!

PS: If you would like to read the whole book, order HERE, or get a FREE EBOOK of Master of the Jinn in pdf format. Just email me at Irvingk57 at aol dot com and write Ebook in the subject line, and I will be happy to send it to you :)



Tagged… Again!

November 21, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

I have been tagged by Brother Abdul of the Islam at Heart blog. It is the same Weird Meme that I was tagged with almost a year ago, and since I have not gotten any weirder in the eleven months since then, you can read the original meme tag HERE. LOL.

Ya Haqq!


December 22, 2006

 Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Well, I have been tagged by Sister Scorpion (Dec, 15th post), and urged by Sister Maliha to answer, so here are the six things that are not usually known about me. They are not particularly weird, and for that I apologize :)

1.  I was terribly shy with girls and women as a boy and young man, and only got over it when I was thirty-three years old, as I kissed a woman I was dancing with at a party. Something turned in me then; I could actually feel it turn, and I have never been shy after that, though still on the quiet side.

2.  I was a virgin when I got married (the shyness again).

3.  I was divorced when my children were young, and have always regretted it.

4.  Having been a writer and editor for many years, I’ve worked for many publications, including a brief stint at the infamous Hustler magazine in 1976 as Managing Editor. I was fired by Larry Flynt for not having the right stuff for that type of publication. I still don’t.

5.  Because of a misdiagnosed case of Cushing’s Syndrome (a benign tumor on the pituitary gland) I was hospitalized for seven weeks in 1986. During that hospital stay my heart literally stopped and was revived, and I had an out of body experience that illuminated without doubt the infinite goodness and mercy of God. It was a blessing in disguise.

6.  I am the son of Holocaust survivors, Polish Jews who, after the Russians liberated Poland, also escaped the Russians to West Germany. My mother was eight months pregnant with me at the time. Those that have read Master of the Jinn may remember the scene in the American Army Hospital where the first child born in the DP (Displaced Persons) camp after the horror of the war was celebrated. That part of the story was drawn from my life, or at least the way my parents tell it.

And that is all of the tale I will tell :)

Ya Haqq!