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)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Worship of Religion

I been reading this most interesting magazine called "The Path" (July/Sept 2005). These are excepts taken from the article "A Moment of Contemplation in the Search for Serenity" by Abdul Latif Steven Krauss.

"Among the Muslims, the desire for power, land and the futile 'respect in the eyes of the world' has in many ways made us more materialistic than non-Muslims. When this materialism and idolatry is taken to extremes, it results in 'religion worship'. Symptoms of 'religion worship' include misguided claims of defending Islam with over-zealous actions stemming from the erroneous belief that Allah (swt) needs people to defend His deen. Put simply, this has developed into (and is a product of) worship of religion as opposed to worship of the Creator. As Sheikh Abdul-Hakim Murad has said, there has developed among some a new kalima in Islam - "There is no god but Islam, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Islam", in fact, nothing but yet another form of idolatry that has led to mass violations of the laws of Allah (swt) in supposed defense of Him and His religion, rather than understanding that Islam is but the path to Allah (swt), who is Himself the end-goal of religion."

"At the very heart of Islam the work is about purging the heart of all that is other than Allah (swt) for the attainment of Peace and Salvation."