“Life consists of two days…”

April 20, 2016

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Life consists of two days, one for you one against you. So when it’s for you don’t be proud or reckless, and when it’s against you be patient, for both days are tests for you.”
– Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib (A.S). Born this day, the 13th of Rajab in the lunar calendar, which falls this year on April 20th.

Ya Haqq!


The Religion of Reason, the Creed of Science

April 7, 2016

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“To love justice, to long for the right, to love mercy, to pity the suffering, to assist the weak, to forget wrongs and remember benefits — to love the truth, to be sincere, to utter honest words, to love liberty, to wage relentless war against slavery in all its forms, to love wife and child and friend, to make a happy home, to love the beautiful in art, in nature, to cultivate the mind, to be familiar with the mighty thoughts that genius has expressed, the noble deeds of all the world, to cultivate courage and cheerfulness, to make others happy, to fill life with the splendor of generous acts, the warmth of loving words, to discard error, to destroy prejudice, to receive new truths with gladness, to cultivate hope, to see the calm beyond the storm, the dawn beyond the night, to do the best that can be done and then to be resigned — this is the religion of reason, the creed of science. This satisfies the heart and brain.”


Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel is now an AUDIOBOOK :)

March 14, 2016

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Yay!!! 

Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel is now an Audiobook read by the author, me, available on Audible and iTunes and Amazon.  Click HERE to listen to a sample. You can also get it Free when you sign up for Audible. A great deal :) The link to that offer is HERE.

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“We will show them Our signs…”

February 9, 2016

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the Truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?”  – Qur’an 41:53

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“My Love” – A Poem by Rabi’a al-‘Adawiyya

January 4, 2016

My Love

My joy
My hunger
My shelter
My friend;
My food for the journey
My journey’s End.

You are my breath,
My hope,
My companion,
My craving,
My abundant wealth.

Without You..My Life, My Love..
I would never have wandered across these endless countries.
You have poured out so much grace for me,
Done me so many favors, given me so many gifts..
I look everywhere for Your love..
Then suddenly I am filled with it.

O Captain of my Heart
Radiant Eye of Yearning in my breast,
I will never be free from You
As long as I live.

Be satisfied with me, Love,
And I am satisfied.

– Rabi’a al-‘Adawiyya


“If you wish to draw near to God, you must seek God in the hearts of others.”

December 15, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“If you wish to draw near to God, you must seek God in the hearts of others. You should speak well of all, whether present or absent. If you seek to be a light to guide others, then, like the sun, you must show the same face to all. To bring joy to a single heart is better than to build many shrines for worship … The true man of God sits in the midst of his fellowmen, and rises up and eats and sleeps and buys and sells, and gives and takes in the bazaars, and marries and has social intercourse with others, and yet is never for one moment forgetful of God.”

― Abu Sa`id Abul-Khayr

Ya Haqq!


“Home” – a Refugee Poem by Warsan Shire

December 12, 2015

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no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark

you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well

your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
is holding a gun bigger than his body
you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay.

no one leaves home unless home chases you
fire under feet
hot blood in your belly
it’s not something you ever thought of doing
until the blade burnt threats into
your neck
and even then you carried the anthem under
your breath
only tearing up your passport in an airport toilets
sobbing as each mouthful of paper
made it clear that you wouldn’t be going back.

you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
no one burns their palms
under trains
beneath carriages
no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles traveled
means something more than journey.
no one crawls under fences
no one wants to be beaten
pitied

no one chooses refugee camps
or strip searches where your
body is left aching
or prison,
because prison is safer
than a city of fire
and one prison guard
in the night
is better than a truckload
of men who look like your father
no one could take it
no one could stomach it
no one skin would be tough enough

the
go home blacks
refugees
dirty immigrants
asylum seekers
sucking our country dry
niggers with their hands out
they smell strange
savage
messed up their country and now they want
to mess ours up
how do the words
the dirty looks
roll off your backs
maybe because the blow is softer
than a limb torn off

or the words are more tender
than fourteen men between
your legs
or the insults are easier
to swallow
than rubble
than bone
than your child body
in pieces.
want to go home,
but home is the mouth of a shark
home is the barrel of the gun
and no one would leave home
unless home chased you to the shore
unless home told you
to quicken your legs
leave your clothes behind
crawl through the desert
wade through the oceans
drown
save
be hunger
beg
forget pride
your survival is more important

no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
saying-
leave,
run away from me now
i dont know what i’ve become
but i know that anywhere
is safer than here

– Warsan Shire  was born in Kenya of Somali parents, and grew up in London, England. In 2013 she was named the city’s first Young Poet Laureate. Her debut book, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, was published in 2011.


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