Sunday, August 31, 2014

Contemplation

A few years ago, I purchased and read this book. I still refer to it now and then as I seek to bring myself closer to Allah swt. It is especially in difficult times like the present, when we are confused and distressed by the evil deeds we hear of around the globe that we need to remember Allah swt. 

Here are a couple of quotes from this invaluable book:

"...  the real value of Islamic meditation lies in its connection with the worship, remembrance and glorification of God and pleading for His help."

"Islamic contemplation is based on the progression from meditating on the creation to its Creator."

Taken from:-

"CONTEMPLATION - An Islamic psychospiritual study." by Malik Badri


Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Garden

don't sit with sad companions
don't sit with anyone but those whose hearts are glad
since you are in the garden, do not go near the thorns
sit amongst the roses, jonquils and jasmine.

-  rumi

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The loving kindness of God

Just look at the loving kindness of God
Would anyone but God do this - 
be content with a single thank-you for such gifts?!
He gives us a head and asks for just a bow of thanks
He gives us feet and asks for just a moment's pause in prayer.

 - Rumi

Monday, June 09, 2014

Livelihood

"Trust in God is the best livelihood."

- Rumi

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Supplication

Oh Allah
help me to remember You
to thank You
and to worship You excellently

Fear not

Fear not  ......  verily!
I am with you  .........,
hearing and seeing.

 - 20:46  

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

All these griefs ....

Look at every animal from the gnat to the elephant.
They all are God's family
and dependent on Him for their food!
What a nourisher is God!
All these griefs within our hearts,
arise from the smoke and dust
of our existence and vain desires!

- Rumi

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Eid Mubarak!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

WORK

Exert yourself while you can
follow the way of the prophets and saints!
Making an effort isn't fighting destiny
because destiny itself has given us this work!
 - Rumi

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Guest House

If a sorrowful thought stands in the way
it is also preparing the way for joy.
It furiously sweeps your house clean
in order that some new joy
may appear from the Source.
It scatters the withered leaves
from the bough of the heart
in order that fresh green leaves might grow.
It uproots the old joy so that
a new joy may enter from Beyond.
Sorrow pulls up the rotten root
that was hidden from sight.
Whatever sorrow takes away
or causes the heart to sacrifice
it puts something better in its place -
especially for one who is certain
that sorrow is the servant of the intuitive.

- Rumi (K. Helminski)