Dhu-l Nun the Egyptian meets an Old Woman on the Road

October 18, 2016

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Dhu-l Nun al-Misri, called the Egyptian, relates that as he was journeying from Jerusalem to Egypt he saw in the distance someone advanving towards him and he felt compelled to ask a question. When the person came near he perceived that it was an old woman carrying a staff and wearing a woolen cloak. He asked her from where she came. She answered ‘from God.’ ‘And where are you going?’ ‘To God.’ Dhu-l Nun then drew forth a piece of gold which he had with him and offered it to her, but she shook her hand in his face and cried, ‘O Dhu-l Nun, the notion which has arisen in your mind of me is from the feebleness of your intelligence. I work for God’s sake, and accept nothing unless from Him. I worship Him alone and take from Him alone.’ With these words she went on her way.”

–  Hujwiri, in the Kashf al-Mahjub, the Revelation of the Mystery (trans. Nicholson, with minor edits)

Ya Haqq!

“Truth smiles through the burden of life.”

September 28, 2016

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Someone was vexed and downcast —
Both outwardly and inwardly; many things
For which he had toiled, had not been successful.
Then he had this experience: despite the pain,
His soul was gladdened, and all the more so;
It was as if the contradiction drew him upwards.
It is not right that the soul should consume itself,
When it knows that God is near.
Thou hast heard about the deceiving devil.
If thou carriest the Lord in thy heart —
Because thou hast been faithful to Him throughout the years —
Truth smiles through the burden of life.”

– Frithjof Schuon

Ya Haqq!

The Vision of Ibn Arabi

September 14, 2016

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“God was shown to me in my inner being during a vision, and He said to me: “Make My servants know what you have perceived of My generosity…  Why do My servants despair of My mercy when My mercy embraces everything?”

– Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi

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What Love Demands – Eid al-Adha Mubarak :)

September 11, 2016

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Eid Mubarak!

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 Him, who is 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 Isaac 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 (pbuh) 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 of the past 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.
– Rumi

Ya Haqq!

The Angels and the Intellect, the Ego and Satan

September 8, 2016

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“The angels and the Intellect are one nature, but for the sake of God’s wisdom they assumed two forms: The angel acquired wings and feathers like a bird, while the intellect put aside wings and acquired splendor. Hence each of them aids the other, each beauteous one supports its fellow. Both angel and Intellect are finders of God; both aided Adam and prostrated themselves to him. The ego and Satan were also one from the beginning and were enviers and enemies of Adam. He who saw Adam as a body fled, but he who saw him as a faithful light bowed. Hence those two were clear seers, but the eyes of these two saw nothing but water and clay”

–  Rumi, Mathnavi

Ya Haqq!

“So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?”

August 6, 2016

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“There is a subtle mystery in each of the movements and sounds of this world. The initiate will capture what is being said when the wind blows, the trees sway, water flows, flies buzz, doors creak, birds sing, or in the sound of strings or flutes, the sighs of the sick, the groans of the afflicted…”    –  Ali Al-Khawas

O Lord, why do You not hear my prayer?

O Son of Adam, I hear all the cries of  all My servants unto Me! 

I asked for Your blessing, and received it not!

Has not the sun warmed you? Has not the wind cooled you?

Has not the rain brought bounty to the earth for you to partake? 

So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?  (Qur’an 55:38)

Ya Haqq!


“There was the Ocean and nothing else…”

July 9, 2016

Demolish the form, break the mold,
The form of imagination, the mold of the dream of existence.
Hear from the Ocean the true song of creation:
There was the Ocean and nothing else;
And there is only the Ocean… and nothing else.

– Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

Ya Haqq!

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