“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!


Waystations on the road to God

December 2, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“O friend! If you would see what the Christians see in Jesus, you too would become a Christian! And if you would see what the Jews see in Moses, you too would become a Jew! Even more, if you saw what the idol-worshipers see in idol-worship, you too would become an idol-worshiper! The seventy-two paths (mazhab-ha) are all waystations on the road to God.”

– from the Tamhidat (Preludes) of Ayn al-Qudat al-Hamadani


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