The Trust of Mankind

October 10, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“In our revelation, the world is portrayed as something surpassingly beautiful. To take our due place within it, we are to act with a beauty that has to be commensurate. Considering the beauty of the stars and the seas, that is not a very easy commandment for us poor beings of mud to obey. But man, despite having been proved a tyrant and a fool, has taken this trust upon himself. He is to be custodian of the same natural world of which he is fully a part. Hence our Perfect Man thus balances within his soul the perfect balance that we see in nature.”

– Sheikh AbdulHakim Murad (may Allah grant him long life)

Ya Haqq!

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Love is Life

September 4, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the universal and eternal source.”
Leo Tolstoy

Ya Haqq!

What Love Demands – Eid al-Adha Mubarak :)

August 30, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Eid Mubarak!

May Allah bless you all this Eid, 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 son Ishmael 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 (pbuh) 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 (SAW) 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!

 

NOTE: This essay from 2008 will be edited and reposted every year :)


‘Silence!’

August 16, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“The servant reaches a place in remembrance where the tongue reaches the heart, the heart reaches the spirit, the spirit reaches the inner core, and the secret core reaches the Light. The heart says to the tongue, ‘Silence!’ The spirit says to the heart, ‘Silence!’ The secret core says to the spirit, ‘Silence!’ God says to the wayfarer, ‘My servant, for some time you have been speaking. Now I will speak, and you will listen.'”

– Maybudī, cited in Ahmad al-Ghazali, Remembrance and the Metaphysics of Love by Joseph Lumbard

Ya Haqq!


FREE EBOOKS for a Month Starting July 1st on Smashwords :)

July 2, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Smashwords is kicking off the July Summer Ebook promotion, and as a Smashwords author, I am participating by giving all my six Ebooks away FREE for the month :)

The Ebooks are free at Smashwords only, not at retailers served by Smashwords. Use the code SW100 at checkout for your FREE Ebook!

And here they are!

Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel

El Maestro de los Jinn (Spanish Translation) 

Lessons in Love: Spiritual Exercises for Modern Lif

Love Songs to God: 30 Poems of Love and Longing 

Puerto Diablo: A Tale of Good and Evil

Master of the Jinn: Aaqa-e-jinnat آقائے جنات (Urdu)   

 


“A Symphony of Praise…” – Wisdom of Tierno Bokar, Tijani Sage

June 28, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“The rainbow owes its beauty to the variety of its colors. In the same way, we consider the voices of various believers that rise up from all parts of the earth as a symphony of praise addressing God. We deplore the scorn that certain religious people heap on the form of divine things, leading them to reject their neighbor’s hymn because it contrasts with theirs. To fight this, whatever be the religion or the congregation to which you are affiliated, meditate at length on this verse, ‘The creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your languages and of your colors are many wonders for those who reflect’ (Quran 30:22)”.

Tierno Bokar, Tijani sage of early 20th century French Sudan (present-day Mali)

Ya Haqq!


A Special Ramadan Prayer from Yemen

June 14, 2017

wadiSalaam and Greetings of Peace:

Ramadan Mubarak!

The following is a du’a that is constantly read in Tarim, a town in the Wadi Hadhramawt, Yemen, throughout the blessed month of Ramadan. This beneficial du’a has been translated and made available through Sidi Amin Buxton (Allah preserve and increase him):

Sayyiduna Salman narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) spoke to the Companions on the last day of Sha`ban. He informed them that they were about to enter a great and blessed month, a month in which there is a night better than a thousand nights. He mentioned some of the merits of the month of Ramadan. Then he said: “Do four things in abundance: two things with which you please your Lord, and two things which you cannot do without. As for the two things with which you please your Lord: your testification that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and your seeking His forgiveness. As for the two things which you cannot do without: your asking Allah for Paradise and seeking refuge in Him from the Fire.”1.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) taught al-Sayyida `A’isha to say on Laylat al-Qadr:

“O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon so pardon us.”2.

On the basis of these two hadiths the scholars and people of Tarim repeat the following du`a throughout the month of Ramadan:

أشْهَدُ أن لا إلهَ إلا الله نَسْتَغْفِرُ الله نسأَلُكَ الجنَّةَ ونَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ النَّار (3)

Ashadu alla ilaha illallah, nastaghfirullah, nas’aluk’l-jannata wa na`audhu bika min an-nar

“I testify that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and we seek the forgiveness of Allah. We ask You for Paradise and take refuge in You from the Fire.” (3 times)

اللهمَّ انَّكَ عَفُوٌ تُحبُّ العفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنَّا (3) يا كريم

Allahumma innaka `afuwun tuhibbu-l’`afwa f`afwa `anna

“O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon so pardon us” (3 times). On the third time say “O Most Generous” (Ya Karim).

1 Narrated by Ibn Khuzayma

2 Narrated by Ahmad, Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi with a sahih chain of transmission.

NOTE: Wadi Hadhramawt (pictured above) is a 220-mile wadi (seasonal river valley) which has a collection of 31 small sultanates with Aden in the middle. Hadhramawt is the biggest wadi in the Arabian Peninsula and runs for 99 miles through a stony desert. This area has been settled since at least the 3rd century AD and brilliant green fields ran alongside the wadi.

Ya Haqq!