Sunday, June 19, 2016

Many "tomorrows" have come and gone

Travellers - it is late
Life's sun is going to set
During these brief days, while  you have strength
Be quick and spare no effort of your wing

- Rumi

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Quran

And We sent down the Book
To thee for the express purpose,
That thou shouldst make clear
To them those things in which
They differ, and that it should be
A guide and a mercy
To those who believe."

Surah 16: Al Nahl (Bees)
Verse 64

Our lives have become so complicated and so busy. With so many excuses at the tip of our tongue, it is easy to just put aside the Quran. This Ramadhan, I am reminded to read the holy Quran daily and reflect on the holy words.

Sunday, December 06, 2015


"Those who were deniers were really enemies to themselves
They were striking at themselves the blows that they struck

An enemy is one who strikes at another's life
Someone destroying his own life is not an enemy to others."

- Rumi

I found this verse today - it got me thinking of many of the persons in my life......

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Patience - tested to the limits

"On no soul does God place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. Oh Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector; help us against those who stand against Faith."  2:286

The last few months have been unbelievably difficult. 5 years of caring for sickly difficult elderly in-laws (whose 8 other children & relatives, their own flesh & blood, have chosen to ignore & neglect) has had its toll on us (mentally, emotionally, physically and financially). One consolation to me is that Allah swt will give to these people what they deserve in the afterlife.
I just cannot understand how people (the entire extended family) who have been brought up in the Faith, could turn out to be so bad. Do they not think of the consequences?!
I used to say the above verse (& the 2 preceding ones) at least twice daily. What happened?! Too many distractions. I guess that is what these trials do - distract us from turning to Him often.

dzhir - dzhir - dzhir

Sunday, August 09, 2015


That which is on earth We have
made but as a glittery show for
the earth, in order that We may
test them -  as to which of them
are best in conduct.

Surah Al Kahf 18:7

Friday, July 31, 2015


Do not bear malice
If malice leads you astray
Your grave will be dug next to the malicious

Malice is born of Hell
It's the enemy of your faith

You are what you think

- Rumi

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Yesterday and tomorrow

"Yesterday doesn't exist, don't dwell on that nothing.
Tomorrow hasn't come, don't try to shape it now."

- Rumi