giving yourself.

November 28, 2011

Why be preoccupied getting

what you ‘deserve’ from others

Even for a day, you waste your time

that is precious and rare

Rather follow the guides

and remain sincere

Let the current of destiny

carry your every affair

People haven’t given themselves

over to God as is right

Expecting satisfaction from people,

you’ll pass away in despair

Admit their rights over you and rise

to fulfill them

Give of yourself fully

without restraint, without care

If you do this, you’ll surely be witnessed by the One

Who knows all hidden things,

the One ever aware.

~ The Sufi is one who gives fully of the self, not one who gets fully for the self.

… al-Sufi man yufi min nafsihi wa la yastawfi li-haa.   { Ibn Ata’Allah as Sikandari.}

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November 26, 2011

I love this pin.
“In sequence, the 15 new galleries trace the course of Islamic civilization over a span of 13 centuries, from the Middle East to North Africa, Europe, and Central and South Asia. This new geographic orientation signals a revised perspective on this important collection, recognizing that the monumentality of Islam did not create a single, monolithic artistic expression, but instea…d connected a vast geographic expanse through centuries of change and cultural influence. The public will find galleries filled with magnificent works of art that evoke the plurality of the Islamic tradition and the vast cross-fertilization of ideas and artistic forms that has shaped our shared cultural heritage.”
Do yourself a favor & visit 🙂  http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions

IndianA.

November 24, 2011

Towards the One- Thanksgiving Retreat !! LIVE streaming NOW. — www.Livestream.nawawi.us

Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah: Creed of Salvation Before anything else, it is incumbent upon Muslims entering into the faith to affirm their belief that there is no god but the One God and that Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is His Messenger.  It is not sufficient however, to utter these words on the tongue if they have not penetrated into the heart and enlightened the intellect with proper understanding.  This is why scholars traditionally considered the study of aqīda or creed to be an individual obligation (farḍ ʽayn) upon every Muslim man and woman.  In this retreat, Dr. Umar will be covering the short poem known as the ʽAqīdat al-Najāt that highlights the most important elements of belief that Muslims must have conviction in.  Conviction and certitude of the heart, however, often only come after the intellectual comprehension of the mind.  This retreat will be an immense opportunity to sit with a highly qualified scholar, such as Dr. Umar, to deepen one’s understanding of the foundations of Islamic theology and universal questions about the nature of God.  In a post-modern period in which we are bombarded with doubts, questions, and alternative views about the nature of God and His relationship with humanity, the contemporary Muslim cannot afford to not have a firmly grounded knowledge of their creed.  Among the benefits of the study of a basic course in Islamic theology are the profound implications undertaking a course like this has upon strengthening an individual’s faith (iman) by eradicating doubts and suspicions that become obstacles on the path of men and women of high spiritual aspirations towards the One.  Do not miss this unique opportunity to acquire this essential knowledge.
Shaykh Amin: Imam Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths In their desire to be included in the Messenger of God’s (PBUH) promise, “Whoever preserves for my community forty hadiths from my Sunna, I will include him in my intercession on the Day of Resurrection,” scholars throughout the era of Islamic scholarship compiled collections of forty hadiths.  However, no forty hadith collection received the acceptance and acclaim that Imam Nawawi’s forty did, to the extent that when “the forty hadiths” are referred to they have become synonymous with Imam Nawawi’s own collection.  In his relatively short lifespan of 45 years, Imam Nawawi published dozens of scholarly works that became invaluable contributions to the legacy of Islamic learning.  No doubt, he was a man selected by God with a gift of spiritual and intellectual genius that enabled him to make his important contributions.  The collection of Imam Nawawi’s forty hadith is an ideal work to study in a condensed period that will give the discerning student a glimpse into the words of the Prophetic tradition that are foundational to acquiring a proper understanding of Islamic practice and faith.  It is precisely for this reason that the great men and women of the past used to derive dozens and often hundreds of rulings from just a few words in a short hadith.  Indeed, the Messenger of God (PBUH) used to remind his community that he had been given conciseness in speech (jawāmīʽ al-kalim).  In studying these words as compiled by Imam Nawawi in his collection of forty hadiths, students will be introduced to the richness of the Prophetic hadiths as well as have the opportunity enrich their love for the Prophet (PBUH) by tasting the sweetness of the words of the one who was the sweetest in speech.
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus: The Wisdoms of Imam al-Haddad The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Wisdom is the lost property of the believer.” Wisdom literature was an integral genre from the earliest times: Sayyiduna Ali, al-Hasan al-Basri, Wahb bin Munabbih, al-Shafi’i, Sahl al-Tustari, al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi, al-Ghawth Abu Madyan, Ibn Ata Allah al-Sakandari, are just a few examples who have contributed to this field. In line with those who preceded him, Imam al-Haddad bequeathed a number of aphoristic jewels that were the fruit of his experience of la ilaha illa Allah. In an age where there is much knowledge but little wisdom, Imam al-Haddad’s aphorisms are much needed to satiate the incessant human desire and need for wisdom.
Dr. Mona Al-Hassan: Turning to God & Trusting in GodThis session ponders our relationship with God and considers how we reflect our understanding of our Creator in our inward and outward behavior.

Home.

November 23, 2011

Shodam rozva!

missing him.

November 22, 2011

Twilight

November 21, 2011

“There is a twilight zone in our hearts that we ourselves cannot see. Even when we know quite a lot about ourselves – our gifts and weaknesses, our ambitions and aspirations, our motives and our drives – large parts of ourselves remain in the shadow of consciousness. This is a very good thing. We will always remain partially hidden to ourselves. Other people, especially those who love us, can often see our twilight zones better than we ourselves can. The way we are seen and understood by others is different from the way we see and understand ourselves. We will never fully know the significance of our presence in the lives of our friends. That’s a grace, a grace that calls us not only to humility, but to a deep trust in those who love us. It is the twilight zones of our hearts where true friendships are born.”
— Henri Nouwen, from Whiskey River.

“The closest thing we have to the language of Angels is the language of poetry,” and angels are pure intelligence. Poetry is the language of the intellect, it is a language of images and symbols.  Truth is the object of the Intellect. Truth can only be expressed through symbols and images, because the truth, reality, and being itself escape both classification and enumeration. A symbol is synthetic, it is capable of uniting opposites. It expresses a reality that can only be understood through intuition. It is a sign: a pointer towards a greater reality. Only such a language is proper for the search for knowledge. Leave the rest for those who see profit in gathering information like machines.

-Naasirheydari.tumblr.com

MorninG..

November 18, 2011

Do you wonder why you have to,
feel the things that hurt you,
if there’s a God who loves you,
where is He now?

Maybe, there are things you can’t see
and all those things are happening
to bring a better ending
some day, some how, you’ll see, you’ll see

Chorus:
Would dare you, would you dare, to believe,
that you still have a reason to sing,
’cause the pain you’ve been feeling,
can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

so hold on, you got to wait for the light
press on, just fight the good fight
because the pain you’ve been feeling,
it’s just the dark before the morning

My friend, you know how this all ends
and you know where you’re going,
you just don’t know how you get there
so just say a prayer.
and hold on, cause there’s good who love God,
life is not a snapshot, it might take a little time,
but you’ll see the bigger picture

Would dare you, would you dare, to believe,
that you still have a reason to sing,
’cause the pain you’ve been feeling,
can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

so hold on, you got to wait for the light
press on, just fight the good fight
because the pain you’ve been feeling,
it’s just the dark before the morning
yeah, yeah,
before the morning,
yeah, yeah

Once you feel the way of glory,
all your pain will fade to memory
once you feel the way of glory,
all your pain will fade to memory
memory, memory, yeah

Would dare you, would you dare, to believe,
that you still have a reason to sing,
’cause the pain you’ve been feeling,
can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

Would dare you, would you dare, to believe,
that you still have a reason to sing,
’cause the pain you’ve been feeling,
can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

com’n, you got to wait for the light
press on, just fight the good fight
because the pain you’ve been feeling,
it’s just the hurt before the healing
the pain you’ve been feeling,
just the dark before the morning
before the morning, yeah, yeah.

Mirror

November 12, 2011

You have no idea how hard I’ve looked
for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What’s the point of bringing gold to
the gold mine, or water to the ocean.
Everything I came up with was like
taking spices to the Orient.
It’s no good giving my heart and my
soul because you already have these.
So I’ve brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.

Mad.

November 2, 2011

‎’The only people for me are the mad ones; the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved…the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.’
–Jack Kerouac