Tuesday, October 27, 2009

When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity.

The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself.

- Bruce Lee
Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

- Bruce Lee

Monday, October 26, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Acquire knowledge It enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong
It lights the way to Heaven
It is our friend in the desert
Our society in solitude
Our companion when friendless
It guides us to happiness
It sustains us in misery
It is an ornament among friends,
And an armour against enemies

- Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) -

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Medina is Love
The first of knowledge is realizing that,
"What is with you perishes,
and what is with Allah remains."

Tuesday, October 20, 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.

- Rumi

Monday, October 19, 2009

I think I'm in love with Egypt ...

The door is panting ... looool ...

No comment ...

Ya'neeee ...

As if Tang wasn't bootleg enough ... lol ...

Yes, we can see that ...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Asalaam alaikum ...

Hello Sunday, you look nice

Just wanted to wish everyone a beautiful day :)

Alhumdulillah, we are in a blessing ...

That's all ... For now ...

- Jafar out

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Messenger of God (pbuh) said:
"Remember often the Ender of Pleasures"
When he (saw) was asked who the intelligent were he replied:
"Those who remember death most often, and prepare for it best.
They are the intelligent ones, who have gained
the honour of this world and a noble rank in the Hereafter."
And he (saw) said:
"Death is the most imminent of all hidden things lying in wait."
Now, if death is the nearest of the hidden things lying in wait,
then one must prepare for it through being decisive and taking
the greatest precautions in every condition in which it may come.
And this could be any time and under any circumstance.

Imam Ali (ra) said:
"Whenever a believer dies
the place where he used to pray weeps for him,
and so does the place from which his deeds
used to ascend to Heaven."

Then he recited:

The heaven and earth wept not for them (44:29)
Know that a long life in God's obedience is greatly to be desired

"The best among you are those
whose lives are long and whose works are good."


"Let none of you wish for death,
(for you are) either doing well and thus may increase,
or doing evil and thus enjoying the chance to make amends."

- (Hadith)
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.

At last you have departed and gone to the Unseen.
What marvelous route did you take
from this world?

- Rumi -
Show me things as they truly are
Let the false appear false
and true as true
O Allah
I seek refuge in Your good pleasure from Your wrath
and in Your protection from Your punishment
I seek refuge with You from You
I cannot praise You enough
and You are as You have praised Yourself

- Dua of the Last Messenger (saw)
Look deeply into nature,
and you will not fail to observe
the signature of the Divine written
all over it
Nothing is more visible than the Real
He is hidden only to the blind
- Misri -

The root source of ostentation (riya) is desire, wanting something from a source other than God. The cure for ostentation is actively and sincerely seeking out purification of the heart by removing four things:
1) love of praise;
2) fear of blame;
3) desire for worldly benefit from people; and
4) fear of harm from people.

This is accomplished by nurturing the certainty (yaqin) that only God can benefit or harm one. This is at the essence of the Islamic creed.

Helen Keller once said that there is no slave in this world that didn't have a king somewhere in his ancestry; and there is no king that didn't have a slave somewhere in his ancestry. This world has peaks and valleys. Nothing in creation is permanent. To spend time and energy seeking permanence in the fleeting things of the world - like praise - and then neglect what lasts forever with our Maker is the summit of human folly.

So recognizing that there is no harm or benefit except with God purifies the heart of vain pursuits and ostentation.

Compiled From:
"Purification of The Heart" - Hamza Yusuf, pp. 57-59

Thursday, October 15, 2009

And to Allah is our return
In the world there are invisible ladders,
Leading step by step to the summit of heaven.
There is a different ladder for every group,
A different heaven for every path.
Each one is ignorant of the other's condition in this wide kingdom which
Has no end or beginning.
This one is amazed at that one and wonders why he is happy,
While that one is astonished at this one and asks why he is amazed.
God's earth is spacious: every tree springs up from a certain soil.
The leaves and boughs sing thanks to God:
"What a fine, broad kingdom."
The nightingales hover around the fruiting blossom,calling,
"Give us some of what you drink."
This discourse has no end.

- Rumi
I seek forgiveness from Allah
For the lack of my sincerity when I say
I seek the forgiveness of Allah

- Rabia al-Adawiyyah -
Eyes are at rest, the stars are setting.
Hushed are the stirrings of birds in their nests,
Of monsters in the ocean.

You are the Just who knows no change,
The Balance that can never swerve,
The Eternal which never passes away.

The doors of Kings are bolted now and guarded by soldiers.
Your Door is open to all who call upon You.

My Lord,
Each lover is now alone with his beloved.
And I am alone with You.

-Rabia al-Basri
Never be without rememberance of Him
For His rememberance gives strength and wings
To the bird of the Spirit.

- Jalaluddin Rumi
Salli wa Sallim wa Baarik 'alaa'Ayni'l 'Inaayah
Wa Zayni'l Qiyaamah
Wa Kanzi'l Hidaayah
Wa Tiraazi'l Hullah
Wa 'Arusi'l Mamlakah
Wa Lisaani'l Hujjah
Wa Shafi'il Ummah
Wa Imami'l Hadhrah
Wa Nabiyy i'r Rahmah Sayyidina Muhammadin Kaashifi'l ghummah

O Allah!
Bestow blessings, peace and favours on the spring of grace,
adornment of the Day of Judgement,
source of guidance,
the best type (model) of creation,
a Prince of the Kingdom of heaven,
the tongue that delivers the Divine Argument,
the Intercessor for the believers,
the Leader of those nearest to Allah,
and the Prophet of mercy, Sayyidina Muhammad (SAW), who dispels pain and suffering
Is it any wonder that the spirit doesn't remember its own home, in which it lived and emerged from so long before? This sleep inducing world is wrapped around (the spirit) just as the clouds blot out the stars. (The soul) has travelled through so many cities, and the dust still hasn't been cleared from its senses. Likewise, it hasn't made any serious effort to purify itself and take a good look at the past, so that its heart can cast a glance through the opening of mystery, allowing it to see the beginning and the end with an open eye.

- Jalaluddin Rumi
A thorn in the foot is hard enogh to find, so much harder would it be to find a thorn in the heart? Answer me that! If every unlucky person could find the thorn in his heart, then how could sadness ever prevail over him?

- Jalaluddin Rumi
The happiness of the believer lies in loving Allah,and love for the sake of Allah brings deeper happiness whose taste is known to sincere believers who do not accept any substitute for it.
Even if you were a powerful king who posseed every fortune, remember still that fortune is something else, besides you. One day your wordly fortune will disappear, and you`ll be left with nothing, like a pauper. Let your soul be your fortune, O chosen one. When you are your own fortune, O person of truth, then how can you, who are fortune personified, ever lose yourself ? How can you lose yourself, O person of goodness, when your very essence has become your kingdom and your treasure ?

- Jalaluddin Rumi
Balaghal ula be kamaalihi
Kashafad duja be jamaalihi
Hasanat jami'u khisaalihi
Sallu 'alayhi wa aalihi

He taught people with his best way
He showed his beauty
He was all good
So peace be on him and his family

- Saadi al-Shiraz commenting on the ways of the Blessed Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
I am amazed concerning the Hellfire, how does the one who could flee from it sleep?
And I am amazed concerning the Jannah, how does the one who desires it sleep?
For by Allah, if you neither desire Paradise, nor fear the Hellfire, then you are destroyed and grievous will be your sorrow, interminable your sadness and without limit your tears.
You will be amongst the wretched, the punished ones.
So if you claim that you are amongst those who seek refuge from the Fire and desire Paradise, then strive for that which you seek and do not be misled by your worldly desires.

- A pious slave
(This is beautiful)

Imam Malik said:

Man tasawwafa wa lam yatafaqqa fa qad tazandaqa

wa man tafaqqaha wa lam yatasawwaf fa qad tafassaqa

wa man jama`a bayn al-ithnayn fa qad tahaqqaqa

He who practices Tasawwuf without learning Sacred Law,corrupts his faith. While he who learns Sacred Law, without practicing Tasawwuf, corrupts himself. Only he who combines the two proves true.

Good Manners ... Imam al-Haddad ...

Know disciple, that the beginning of the path is patience, and its end is thankfulness. Its beginning is difficulty, and its end is bliss. Its beginning is toil and weariness, and its end is opening, unveiling and arrival at the ultimate goal which is gnosis of God, arrival to Him, being comforted by Him, and standing in His noble presence with His angels standing before Him. The one who makes gracious patience the foundation of all his affairs turns to every goodness, reaches everything that he hopes for, and wins all that he seeks.
If those who do not possess knowledge avoid the scholarly discussions,disagreement will end.

-Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
Do not allow the fear of people to prevent you from proclaiming the Haqq (the truth of Allah's Deen)

- Muhammad (SAW)
To admonish your brother in private is to advise him and improve him.
But to admonish him publicly is to disgrace and shame him.

-Imam Shafi (ra)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

One evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson
about the battle that goes on inside people.

He said,
“My son, the battle is between the two ‘wolves’ that live inside us all.

One is Unhappiness. It is fear, worry, anger, jealousy, sorrow, self-pity, resentment and inferiority.

The other is Happiness. It is joy, love, hope, serenity, kindness, generosity, truth and compassion. ”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed”.

-Native Indian wisdom tradition
What is done for you ... allow it to be done
What you must do yourself ... make sure you do it


True speech is the fruit of not speaking.
Too much talking clouds the heart.

If you want to clear the heart,
say this much, the essence of all talking:
Speak truly. God speaks through words truly spoken.

Falsity ends in pain.

Unless you witness all of creation in a single glance,
you're in sin even with all your religion.

The explanation of the Law is this:
The Law is a ship. Truth is her ocean.
No matter how strong the wood,
the sea can smash the ship.

The secret is this:
A 'doctor' of religion may in reality be an unbeliever.

We will master this science and read this book of Love.
God instructs. Love is His school.

Since the glance of the saintly masters fell on poor Yunus
nothing has been a misfortune.

-Yunus Emre (1240 - 1320)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Only the dead see the end of war"
- Plato -
Life can be found only in the present moment.
The past is gone,
the future is not yet here,
and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment,
we cannot be in touch with life.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Adornments ...

The adornments of the present world are three things:
and companion

The adornments of the afterworld are three things:
keeping away (from unreal worldly distractions)
and charity

The adornments of the body are three things:
little eating
little sleeping
and little talking

The adornments of the heart are three things:
and gratitude

- Wisdom from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Saying Allahu Akbar (God is Great), doesn't mean He is greater than something else, because there is nothing else for Him to be greater than.

It means He is too Great to be perceived by the senses and too deep to be understood by the intellect.

Too Great indeed, to be known by anything other than Him.

Only God (fully) knows God.

-Ahmad ibn Ata'illah