“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


The Real Work

November 17, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

One day Hasan of Basra (who took great pride in, and flaunted certain occult powers he had) saw Rabia al-ʻAdawiyya on the bank of the river. He threw his prayer rug on to the water and shouted to her, “Come Rabia! Let’s pray together!”
Rabia replied, “Is it really.necessary for you to sell yourself like this? If so, it’s because you’re weak!”
Then Rabia ascended into the air on her prayer rug and called down to Hasan, “Come up here! Everyone will see us!”
Hasan, who was not as advanced as she, remained silent.
Rabia then said to him, “A fish can do what you did…and a fly can do what I did. The real work goes beyond either of our tricks. The only necessary thing to do is the Real Work.”

Ya Haqq!


Darkling Beetles from Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel

November 1, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

At the first light of dawn over the middle desert, the black scarab-beetles come out of the sand and scurry up the face of the dunes to pray. Standing in line after endless line along ridge and crest they face the rising sun and bow, as if in the prostration of obeisance, lifting their hindquarters to the warmth, gathering the morning dew into droplets of water that roll down the hard shell into the waiting mouth.” – Prologue, Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel

They were not a figment of my imagination. Here is the water harvesting Darkling Beetle (family Tenebrionidae) of the Namib desert.

 


“God speaks to each of us as He makes us,”

October 20, 2015

God speaks to each of us as He makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.

– Rainer Maria Rilke, from the Book of Hours

 


Patience

October 9, 2015

Salaam and Greeings of Peace:

” Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to be farsighted enough to trust the end result of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be shortsighted as to not able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never runs out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.”

–Rumi

Ya Haqq!

supermoon


Love All

September 28, 2015

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Love all.

Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand.
Love every leaf and every ray of light.

Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants,
love every separate fragment.

If you love each separate fragment,
you will understand the mystery
of the whole resting in God.

–Dostoevsky

Ya Haqq!


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