Monday, September 28, 2009

A friend of God must display hospitality like the earth
We are raised and cradled in its lap
and yet it is always under our feet

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cowards do not count in battle
they are there
but not in it

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The world is held up by Four pillars:
The Wisdom of the Learned
The Justice of the Great
The Prayers of the Righteous
And the Valour of the Brave
(Inscription at the entrance of the University of Granada in Muslim Spain)
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise,
seek what they sought
"There comes a time when silence is betrayal"
- Martin Luther King -

Thursday, September 17, 2009

And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth
until the hour of separation.
-Kahlil Gibran
Rulers usually appoint people to watch over their subjects. I appoint you a watcher over me and my behaviour. If you find me at fault in word or action guide me and stop me from doing it.

- Caliph Umar ibn Abdul Aziz (Rahimahullah)
"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 (SAW)
Blessed is he who has but one thing to worry about,
and whose heart is not preoccupied by what his
eyes have seen and his ears have heard.
He who has known God is abstemious
about everything that distracts from Him.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I Carry Your Heart With Me ... E E Cummings ...

I carry your heart with me
(I carry it in my heart)
I am never without it
(anywhere I go you go,my dear;
and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)
I want no world (for beautiful, you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ibn Abid-Dunya mentioned that Dawud (as) asked Allah:

'What is the least of your blessings?

Allah revealed to him.
'O Dawud ,take a breath.'

Dawud (as) did so and Allah told him,

'This is the least of My blessings on you'

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wherever I shine the lamplight of Divine breath,
there the difficulties of a whole world are resolved.
The darkness which the earthly sun did not remove,
becomes through My breath a bright morning.

- Jalaluddin Rumi

RUMI ... Mathnawi ( I,836-7 ,852 ) ...

When you feel pain, ask pardon of God;
this pain has its uses.
When He pleases, pain becomes joy;
bondage itself becomes freedom.
When you take a clear look,
you'll see that from God
are both the water of mercy and the fire of anger.
"If Salafi's are calling you a Sufi and Sufi's are calling you a Salafi, then u are in a good place to be "
- Hamza Yusuf

Monday, September 7, 2009

All night, a man called "Allah"
Until his lips were bleeding.
Then the Devil said, "Hey! Mr Gullible!
How come you've been calling all night
And never once heard Allah say, "Here, I am"?
You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what?
I'll tell you what. Nothing!"

The man suddenly felt empty and abandoned.
Depressed, he threw himself on the ground
And fell into a deep sleep.
In a dream, he met Abraham, who asked,
"Why are you regretting praising Allah?"

The man said, " I called and called
But Allah never replied, "Here I am."
Abraham explained, "Allah has said,
"Your calling my name is My reply.
Your longing for Me is My message to you.
All your attempts to reach Me
Are in reality
My attempts to reach you.
Your fear and love are a noose to catch Me.
In the silence surrounding every call of "Allah"
Waits a thousand replies of "Here I am."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

"Terrorism is the war of the poor.
And war is the terrorism of the rich."

- Sir Peter Ustinov