The Spanish translation of Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel, El Maestro de los Jinn, is now a paperback on Amazon.com :) And it would make a nice gift for your Spanish speaking friends for the Holidays :)
Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
May Allah bless you all this Eid al-Adha, dear Brothers and Sisters, with generosity of hand, sincerity of speech, kindness in action, and love and joy in remembrance of HU, the Source of all Generosity, Sincerity, Kindness, Joy, and Love. Ameen!
“O Lord! Let not our hearts deviate now after You have guided us, but grant us mercy from Your own Presence; for You are the Grantor of bounties without measure.” (Quran: 3:9)
This is the time of Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, which celebrates the faith of Abraham, who was willing to sacrifice even his beloved son as God had commanded.
Now what are we willing to sacrifice in order that our prayers may be accepted?
That is the question I ask myself every year. Jesus (as) kissed the leper, the whore, and the thief, out of love and forgiveness and healing. Because of the great expansiveness of his heart, miracles were possible. What have we done, what can we still do, to be worthy of the love and forgiveness and healing we ask of God? The answer that comes to my heart is always the same:
Do what love demands.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. -1 Corinthians 13:4-8
According to a hadith, the Prophet (peace be unto him) once said, “A true believer is one with whom others feel secure. One who returns love for hatred.”
Alhamdulillah! Indeed, Love is the greatest miracle of God. There have been Spiritual Masters who would not let an aspirant be initiated until they had gone to everyone whom they had wronged in their life, and begged forgiveness, making amends in any way that was required. And until they had gone to everyone that had wronged them in their lives, and granted them forgiveness without asking, and with a whole heart. Only then could such a one be initiated on the mystic path.
And so we come to the great task of our lives, brought into focus on this day of Eid al-Adha: To sacrifice our fear and hatred, our envy and greed and all the other works of the fearful and self-absorbed nafs, in the certain knowledge that anyone who forgives a debt will be repaid tenfold by God, and anyone who forgives a wrong will be forgiven by God a hundredfold, and anyone who returns love for hatred will make of this life a paradise. That is what love demands.
Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
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Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
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What’s more, it is now available in THIRTY-THREE countries – the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, and Japan.
Each day of your life is a conversation with God.
What intimacies have you shared today?
What good deeds have you done?
What love have you given freely to family and friends?
If all you have to say is of arrogance and envy,
vanity and pettiness, then better to keep silent.
God already knows. He is waiting like a hopeful parent
for the good news of your life, eager to share in your joy
And always hoping that you follow in His footsteps,
embrace the way of enduring Love.
Dive into this ocean that is your birthright.
Swim in the sea without a shore.
– Irving Karchmar, 2013
I have given up religion and follow only Love Mullahs, Priests and Rabbis Imams, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, All laugh at my naivete But my ears hear only You Beards and robes and cassocks outward signs of piety Mean nothing, are worthless without a heart of love Heaven and hell are empty tales to frighten children Only to You do we return home at last, home at last Good and evil counterbalance men and women, all that live drops falling into the Ocean Home at last, home at last - Irving Karchmar, 2013
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