Thursday, July 30, 2009

A minute, from now,
two days from now,
it will still be now.
The future is still only now.
The least of things with a meaning
is worth more in life
than the greatest of things without it
- Carl Jung -

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Qur'an 3:173 ...

" Hasbunallahu wa ni'mal Wakil ''
Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us,
and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

And surely what comes after is better for you than that which has gone before.
And soon your Guardian-Lord will give you that so you will be well pleased.
- The Quran 93:4,5

And put your trust in the Ever-living One Who dies not, and celebrate His praise;
and Sufficient is He as the Knower of His servant's shortcomings.
- The Quran 25:58

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The breath of dhikr inhales love and exhales kindness
The heartbeat keeps time to the rhythm of intention
Steady the breath with silence and good works
Listen to the heart beat La illa ha ill Allah!
O seeker, the traveller on this path takes no provisions but love ...

- Irving Karchmar

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Tasbih is a metaphor of existence. It is a beautiful tool that reminds our hearts that everything in the creation is created with the Haqq (truth). Each stone, bird, star and sound is a manifestation of the divine attributes, messenging us of His presence, in and with everything. Roll the beads through your fingers and see that all things are touched with His original intention to know, love and worship Him. Let each bead be a witness of what is already in the heart of every human being, the eternal light of the divine.

- Hajj Mustafa

Saturday, July 18, 2009

May your heart communion (salaat) be such
that as if you are gazing upon your Lord,
for even if you do not see Him,
(behold well this consciousness that) He sees you.

~ Sacred tradition of Islam ~
"It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad;
and it is better still to sit with the good than alone.
It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent;
but silence is better than idle words"

- Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)

Monday, July 13, 2009

If your enemy is superior, evade him.
If angry, irritate him.
If equally matched, fight,
and if not split and reevaluate

-Sun Tzu

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Forgive him who wrongs you;
join him who cuts you off;
do good to him who does evil to you;
and speak the truth even if it be against yourself.

- Inscribed on the Prophet (SAW) sword
Innumerable changes of moods are yours,
and they are uncontrolled by you.
If you knew their origin,
you would be able to dominate them.
If you cannot localize your own changes,
how can you localize that which formed you?

- Rumi [ Fihi Ma Fihi ]
Wise is he who controls his desires and works towards that which is to occur after death; whilst an ignorant is he who follows that temptation of his desires and (regardless of that) keeps hope in (the mercy of) Allah.
One day the Prophet Abraham invited a person to dinner, but when he learned that he was an infidel he canceled the invitation and turned him out. Immediately the Divine Voice reprimanded him, saying, "You did not feed him food for a day even because he belonged to a different religion, yet for the last seventy years I am feeding him in spite of his heresy. Had you fed him for one night, you would not have become poor on that account."

- al Ghazzali
Iman is not something that I just “perform” in a place of worship.
Iman is life.
Iman is how I interact with Allah during all the breaths that I take.

- Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al Jifri
"He who truly remembers Allah is the one who obeys Him: whoever forgets is disobedient. Obedience is the mark of guidance, disobedience the sign of misguidance. The root of both states lies in remembrance (dhikr) and forgetfulness. Make your heart the focal point of your tongue, which should not move unless the heart indicates, the intellect agrees and your tongue accords with belief.Allah knows what you conceal and what you reveal"

- Imam Ali (ra)
Doubt is a precipice on the way to God. Blessed is he who is freed from its bonds. He who fares without any doubt, adhere to his footprints if you do not know the way. Cleave to the footprints of the deer and advance with care that you may reach the musk-gland. By means of such trekking, even if you walk on fire, you will reach the luminous peak.

- Jalaluddin Rumi