Hadith of the Night Journey – Laylat al-Miraj

April 18, 2018

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“When God took me on the Night Journey, I passed a man hidden in the light of God’s throne. I asked if he was an angel, and was told no. I asked if he was a prophet, and was told no. So I asked who he was, and was told that he was a man whose tongue was always moist with the remembrance of God when he lived in this world, whose heart was always attached to the mosques, and who never said an unkind word to his parents.”

— Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), cited in Aisha al-Bauniyya’s (d. 1517) Kitab al-Muntakhab fi usul al-rutab fi `ilm al-tasawwuf, trans. Th. Emil Homerin. The Hadith appears in Ibn Abi al-Dunya.

Ya Haqq!

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Rumi’s Easter Poem – Happy Easter!

April 1, 2018

Everyone has eaten and fallen asleep. The house is empty. We walk out to the garden to let the apple meet the peach, to carry messages between rose and jasmine.

Spring is Christ,
Raising martyred plants from their shrouds.
Their mouths open in gratitude, wanting to be kissed.
The glow of the rose and the tulip means a lamp is inside.
A leaf trembles. I tremble in the wind-beauty like silk from Turkestan.
The censer fans into flame.

This wind is the Holy Spirit.
The trees are Mary.
Watch how husband and wife play subtle games with their hands.
Cloudy pearls from Aden are thrown across the lovers,
as is the marriage custom.

The scent of Joseph’s shirt comes to Jacob.
A red carnelian of Yemeni laughter is heard
by Muhammad in Mecca.

We talk about this and that. There’s no rest except on these branching moments.

– Jalaluddin Rumi (from The Essential Rumi, by Coleman Barks)

Ya Haqq!


Akhlaq Allah – The Divine Manner and the Highest Note

February 7, 2018

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“In the terms of the Sufis, the divine manner is called Akhlaq Allah. A human being thinks, speaks, and acts according to the pitch to which his soul is tuned. The highest note he could be tuned to is the divine note, and it is that pitch, once man arrives at it, that he begins to express the manner of God in everything he does.”  – Hazrat Inayat Khan

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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!


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


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

December 25, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

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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) –  

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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).

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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

 

 

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