The 15th of Sha’ban – June 2, 2015

June 1, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 is the 15th of Sha’ban this yearthe 15th day of the eighth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The preceding night is known as Laylatul Bara’ah or Laylatun Nisfe min Sha’ban in the Arab world, and as Shab-e-barat in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, and Afghanistan. These names are translated to the Night of Recordsthe Night of Assignment and the Night of Deliverance. The observance involves a festive nightlong vigil with prayers, feasting and illumination.

Muslims observe Mid-Sha’ban as a night of worship and salvation; it is a night noted for its great blessings and virtues, when Allah determines the destiny of all people, including whether a person lives or dies in the coming year. For this reason it is sometimes called the “Night of Emancipation.”  The date also may commemorate the saving of Noah’s followers from the deluge by Allah.

The Qur’an describes it as the blessed night, and fortunate indeed are those who attain the full blessings and benefits of this night by spending it in performing good and refraining from evil.

‘Ali (pbuh) narrates that the Prophet (saws) said,“When it is the fifteenth of Sha’ban, then stand (in worship) at night and fast during the day. Because Allah subhanahu wata’aala descends in this night at sunset to the first heaven and says: ‘Is there any seeker of forgiveness, that I may forgive him? Is there any seeker of sustenance, that I may sustain him? Is there anyone in affliction, that I may remove his affliction? And so on. This continues until Fajr, the dawn prayer.”  – (Ibn Mãjah)

SUPPLICATION ON THE NIGHT OF 15th SHA’BAN

O Allah! You shower favours on everyone
And no one can do You any favour.
O The Possessor of Majesty and Honour,
O The Distributor of bounty and rewards,
There is no one worthy of worship except You.
You help the fallen
And provide refuge to the refugees And give peace to those who are in fear.

O Allah! If in the Mother of All Books that is with You
You have written me down as someone who is
Doubtful of achieving salvation, or deprived,
Or rejected or without enough sustenance,
Then, O Allah, with Your Grace
Remove all of these misfortunes from me
and in the Mother of All Books that is with You,
establish me as someone who is
blessed, with abundant provision and charitable good deeds.
Indeed, what You said in The Book You sent
Through the tongue of Your Blessed Prophet is true
That Allah changes and establishes what He wants
And with Him is the Mother of All Books.

O My Lord! For the sake of Your Divine Manifestation
On this fifteenth night of the blessed month of Sha’ban
In which You issue all Wise and Irrevocable Decrees
Remove from us all calamities and hardships,
those that we know about as well as those that we don’t,
while You know everything.
Truly, You are the Most Powerful, Most Generous.

And may Allah the Exalted shower blessings and peace on
Sayyidina Muhammad, and on his family and his companions
And all praise is for Allah, Lord of the worlds.

Ameen!

Ya Haqq!

Note: To read the supplication/prayer in Arabic, click HERE.


“…the Matrix of All Matter.”

May 27, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. All matter originates and exists only by virtues of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”

– Max Planck, physicist and the originator of modern quantum theory

“To God belong the East and the West; whithersoever you turn, there is the Face of God; God is All-embracing, All-knowing.” – Qur’an 2:115


Acts of Kindness

May 15, 2015

Your acts of kindness
are iridescent wings
of divine love
which linger and continue
to uplift others
long after your sharing

– Rumi

Note: This is part of the Spiritual evolution of humanity, as I wrote about HERE.  I also just included this poem in the article :)

Ya Haqq!


Lessons in Love: Essays and Spiritual Exercises for Modern Life

February 25, 2015

Lessons.in Love.coverSalaam and Greetings of Peace:

Here is my latest Ebook, Lessons in Love: Essays and Spiritual Exercises for Modern Life :)  The book is a collection of writings from the Darvish blog, and I hope it will be of some small benefit to those who read it.

To Order a Copy from Amazon for $2.99, click HERE.

To Order a Copy from Google Books for $1.99, click HERE.

To Order a Copy from Smashwords for $1.99, click HERE.

Ya Haqq!

PS:  To read a review of the book, click HERE.

 


Poetry Monday – Moses and Khidr by Barbara Flaherty

February 9, 2015

Sometimes you have to turn around,
retrace your steps to the place
where the two seas meet.
One is fresh, the other salty.
One is the lawgiver, the other
swims in deeper waters.
How do you find this place
where the dead come to life,
where the ocean is an archway
for the traveler? The signs
are everywhere around,
hunger, weariness, remembering
what it is you seek. Go back
to the place where the two seas meet,
where the dead came to life.
Sometimes you have to turn around.

– Barbara Flaherty


“Grief can be the garden of compassion.”

January 25, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”

 Rumi

Ya Haqq!


“The past is an interpretation. The future is an illusion…”

January 10, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“The past is an interpretation. The future is an illusion. The world does not move through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead time moves through and within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness. If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.”

– Shams Tabrizi

Ya Haqq!


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