~

December 25, 2009

I dream of you sometimes
Yearning for your image to exist outside my mind
Hoping that it will only be a matter of time
Before we meet and allow our eyes to speak
Knowing more then what our eyes can see
Patiently waiting to begin our destiny
This is where my soul will lead
Letting go of the thoughts of your physique
So that I can see through
Wanting to explore
Deep into the truth
Knowing that you are because he already knew
That I was the rib to fit inside of you
No other will ever do
See we never had to choose
He never asked us to
He just wanted us to trust and believe
That I’m for you and you’re for me
I’m just waiting for this to be
A sudden sigh
As I drift off to sleep
Dwelling in my unconscious mind
I dream of you sometimes…
~

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Jealousy.

May 12, 2009

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The aching of the heart… leaves at peace the body,
and takes all the pain unto itself, burning up.

He gives, as He takes, when His giving becomes the cause of our seeking other than Him, and attaching to other than Him, that is when He takes. “God’s jealousy is both the cause of our seeking Him, as well as our separation from Him. It tears us away from what is other than Him, but also blinds our eyes to what we are unworthy of seeing.”

En chi jahanist..
shab o roz, dar en haalat..
dar rah e raast, dar bahr e muhabbat.

Trust

November 2, 2008

One day You will take my heart completely

and make it more fiery than a dragon.

Your eyelashes will write on my heart

the poem that could never come from the pen of a poet.

The Way has been marked out.

 If you depart from it, you will perish.

If you try to interfere with the signs on the road,

you will be an evil-doer.

~ Learn to follow the beat of the heart.

**

October 22, 2008

~When you’re surrounded with pearls and rubies, you aren’t going to go looking for rocks and stones, let alone adorn them, …when you have such gold in your eyes, silver is not going to look as appetizing, no?

Look for your diamonds.

Pearls

April 7, 2008

~ like unto Pearls, well Guarded {55:23}

these bodies are our prisons, our death before death,
our shells that are in constant decay, day by day,
how do we live beyond all of this rust…
how must we breakthrough before they,
kill us at once!

Bodies… punctured, holes all over,
holes in seeing, hearing, breathing!
Death so close in the hardness of our hands,
nails, hairs, skin…
what is all this if not death, completely visible, in the open!

Subhan’Allaah.

When will we leave the bits of death and learn to break free,
live our lives how we are supposed to Be…with vibrancy, and might,
with every beat of our Hearts, and Nourishment of our Ruuh!

Can you imagine…
What lightness it will be, what a joy, what a contentment
with Nothing left but the Love of the Beloved…

For if we dont break through the filthy shackles of the stomach,
existing in between the Nitfah and Jifah, we will never know
that liberation and cleanliness.

Ya Insaan!
See with your beloved Heart, not with your eyes!
Feel with your breath, not with the clay of arms and legs.
Hear with your knowing Ruuh!
Not with the holes on either side of your confined mind!
Leave your body to the Earth to take care of,
Fly, free..
to the Skies!

Fly…

Only the strength of sincerity; Ikhlaas, empowering your Wings.

For the beauty of the Qalb lies within the Pearl of Akhlaaq,
Sincerity in every sense of the word, carried out for the only Purpose,
Al-Haqq!

Salvation.

(gems of excerpts from Sidi Hisham & Shaykh Qadhi)

Seeking of the Traveler;

January 28, 2008

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questions of the traveler…

A traveler once came to the mosque to see the prophet Muhammad
asaalatu wasalaam, after greeting the prophet, he was asked where he was from. The traveler replied hat he came from very far just to get a few questions answered.

read & ponder for your own nourishment & growth,

Traveller : I do not want azhab (punishments) to be written in
my account.

*Prophet : Behave well with your parents *

Traveller : I want to be known amongst people as an intelligent person.

*Prophet : Fear Allah azawajaal, always. *

Traveller : I want to be counted amongst Allah’s favourites.

*Prophet : Recite Quran every morning and evening. *

Traveller : I want my heart to always be enlightened.
(Roshan and Munawer)

*Prophet : Never forget death. *

Traveller : I never want to be forsaken of Allah’s blessing.

*Prophet : Always treat fellow creatures well. *

Traveller : I never want to be harmed by my enemies.

*Prophet : Always have faith in only Allah. *

Traveller : I never want to be humiliated.

*Prophet : Be careful of your actions. *

Traveller : I wish to live long.

*Prophet : Always do Goodness towards blood relations *

Traveller : I want my sustenance to increase.

*Prophet : Always be in wudhoo. *

Traveller : I wish to stay free of azhab in the grave.

*Prophet : Always wear pure (paak) clothes. *

Traveller : I never want to be burned in hell.

*Prophet : Control your eyes and tongue. *

Traveller : How do I get my sins forgiven?

*Prophet : Always ask forgiveness from Allah with a lot of humility.

Traveller : I want people to respect me always.

*Prophet : Never extend your hands of need at people. *

Traveller : I want to always be honoured.

*Prophet : Never humiliate or put down anyone. *

Traveller : I don’t want to be squeezed by fishare qabr.
(Squeezing in the grave)

*Prophet : Recite surat el Mulk (The Dominion) often. *

Traveller : I want my wealth to increase.

*Prophet : Recite surat el Waqiah (The Inevitable) every night. *

Traveller : I want to be safe and at peace on Day of Judgment.

*Prophet : Do zikr (Praises) of Allah from dusk to night. *

Traveller : I want to be in full attention and concentration
during prayers.

*Prophet : Always do wudhoo with concentration and attention. *

*Kindly do forward to all Mo-Omineens and Mo-Omina’s.

ps. while the many may go out to conquer the world, only the few know how to inherit the Earth, truly, thus, while waiting for that inheritance, work with the Winds.

“It is We Who will inherit the earth, and all beings thereon: to Us will they all be returned” (Surah Maryam 19:40)

m’asalaam,
Zuhal

Sidi Ahmad

January 13, 2008

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Sidi Ahmad al-Zarruq, a great scholar from Morocco who died in 1492, once said that the fragrance of his teaching would disseminate in the world long after his bones were laid to rest. It is one of his karamat, or saintly miracles, that his teachings are still alive and still enlighten many people around the word. May God be pleased with him.

Please take what he has to offer;
a cultivated, erudite history put into sophisticated words of exquisite advice,

 bismillah w’alla barkatu’Allaah…

May God give you and us success and rectify our worldly and other wordly lives and grant us adherence to the way of the truth in our journeys and in our sojourns. Know that repentence is a key, taqwa (God-consciousness) is vast, and uprightness is the source of rectification. A servant is never free of either blunders or shortcomings or lassitude. Therefore, never be neglectful of repentance, and never turn away from the act of returning to God the Exalted, and never neglect acts that bring you closer to God the Exalted. Indeed, whenever one of these three occurs, then repent and return to God in penitence.

Everytime that you make a mistake, listen and obey. Anytime you display shortcomings or show lack of enthusiasm, do not desist in your efforts.Let your main concern be to remove from your outer state anything that is displeasing, then maintain this state through continual counsel. Persist in doing this until you find that you are fleeing from anything outwardly displeasing is second nature and that your avoidance of boundaries of prohibited things becomes a protective mesh that is placed before you. At this point, it is time to turn inward to your hearts presence and its’ reality, by way of reflection and rememberance. Do not hasten the end result before you have completed the begininning. But likewise, do not begin without looking at the end result.

Act in accordance with principles and the appropriate legal rulings, and not in accordance with stories and fantasies. Do not even consider stories of how things went with others except as a tonic to strengthen your resolve.

In all of this, depend upon a clear path you can refer to and a foundation that you can rely on in all of your states.

Do not take from the words of others unless it is in accordance with your own path, but submit to their implications if you desire realization. Avoid all forms of vain and foul speech to your absolute utmost. Put aside anything that you cannot discern its benefit immediately. Beware of being extremely hard on your soul before you have obtained mastery over it. But also beware of being too lax with it in anything that concerns sacred rulings. This is because the soul constantly flees from moderation in everything, and it inclines towards extremism in matters of both deviance and guidance.

Seek out a companion to help you in your affairs, and take his counsel concerning matters that occur from both your inward states and outward affairs. & beware of the majority of people in matters that concern your religious and wordly states unless you have ascertained a person has some sound relationship with his Lord based upon a knowledge free of his caprice or love of leadership and based upon a sound intellect free of the pitfalls of others or their hidden states.

Organize your time in a matter appropriate to the times specific needs using gentleness and toleration and be very weary of either harshness or laxity. Work for this world as if you will live forever and work for the Hereafter as if you will die tomorrow. Thus do not neglect the external of your worldly needs. In the meantime, do not be heedless of your destiny and final resting place.

Surrender completely to His decree with the submission of one who knows he can never overcome Him. Have a firm foundation for all of your affairs, and you will be safe from their pitfalls. Organize your devotional practices and you will find your time is extended due to the barakah in it. Never be fanatical about anything, whether it regards truth or falsehood; this way your heart will remain in a state of soundness towards others. Never claim anything you are entitled to, let along what you are not entitled to. This way you will be safe from tricks and treachery. This is because anyone who claims some rank above his own will fall in humiliation. Whereas those who claim a rank they warrant will have it striped from them. While those who claim a station less than their true rank will be eleveated to higher levels than they actually deserve. Never demand a right from anyone, whether the person is an intimate or a stranger.

The reason for this is a stranger in reality owes you nothing, and someone close to you is too precious for you to censure. Never assume that anyone in this world can really understand your circumstances other than from the perspective of his own circumstances. Never belittle any talk that involves absent people even if there is no harm in it due to the possibility of harm entering into it.

Never leave an atoms weight of your regular devotional practice. Never be lenient with yourself in lax times or times of high resolve. Indeed, should you miss some practice at a given time, redress it in another time. If you are not able to do your usual practice at least occupy yourself with something else similar. Never obey your ego even for a moment. Never believe its claims no matter what it tells you. Be vigilant about your resolve in all of your affairs to your utmost. In fact, should you resolve to do something then do it immediately before the resolve wanes. Examine your soul constantly in matters that you are obliged to do or are in need to be done. Antyhing that you are in no need of doing leave it, even if it is something that is recommended. That means not involving yourself in anything other than absolutely necessary things and real discernible needs. Treat others just as you would want to be treated and fulfill that which is due to them.

“If you desire to live such that your religion is safe and your portion is full and your honour is sound, guard your tongue and never mention anothers faults remembering that you yourself have faults and others have tongues.”

Watch your eye.

Live treating others well and avoid aggression, and should others aggress against you leave them but in the best, (most graceful) manner, as the Prophet asaalatu wasalaam did. For the Prophet asaalatu wasalaam said, “Be vigilant of God wherever you are, and follow a misdeed with a good deed and it will remove it ; and treat others with the most excellent character.

No soul will die until it fulfills its decreed portion of this world and its appointed time here. So be conscious of God and make your request with dignity. In summation, repentance, awareness of God, and uprightness are the foundations of all that is beneficial. The truth is clear and its details are weighty and significant. The affair belongs only to God. Success is in His hands.

May God be pleased with Sidi Ahmad and my thanks is due to Shaykh Hamza for the fruits of his gem, Purification of the Heart.

Wasalaamu Alaikum!

I and Thou…

December 12, 2007

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Love is the Master

Love is the One who masters all things;
I am mastered totally by Love.
By my passion of love for Love
I have ground sweet as sugar.
O furious Wind, I am only a straw before you;
How could I know where I will be blown next?
Whoever claims to have made a pact with Destiny
Reveals himself a liar and a fool;
What is any of us but a straw in a storm?
How could anyone make a pact with a hurricane?
God is working everywhere his massive Resurrection;
How can we pretend to act on our own?
In the hand of Love I am like a cat in a sack;
Sometimes Love hoists me into the air,
Sometimes Love flings me into the air,
Love swings me round and round His head;
I have no peace, in this world or any other.
The lovers of God have fallen in a furious river;
They have surrendered themselves to Love’s commands.
Like mill wheels they turn, day and night, day and night,
Constantly turning and turning, and crying out.

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.First, to let go of life. I n the end, to take a step without feet;to regard this world as invisible,and to disregard what appears to be the self.Heart, I said, what a gift it has beento enter this circle of lovers,to see beyond seeing itself,to reach and feel within the breast.

~~~~ 

All through eternity Beauty unveils His exquisite formin the solitude of nothingness;

He holds a mirror to His Faceand beholds His own beauty.

He is the knower and the known,the seer and the seen;

 No eye but His own has ever looked upon this Universe. 

His every quality finds an expression:

Eternity becomes the verdant field of Time and Space;

Love, the life-giving garden of this world.Every branch and leaf and fruit

Reveals an aspect of His perfection-

The cypress give hint of His majesty,

The rose gives tidings of His beauty.  Whenever Beauty looks,Love is also there;

Whenever beauty shows a rosy cheek Love lights Her fire from that flame.

When beauty dwells in the dark folds of nightLove comes and finds a heartentangled in tresses.

Beauty and Love are as body and soul.

Beauty is the mine, Love is the diamond. 

They have togethersince the beginning of time-Side by side, step by step. 

~~~~

Blessed time! when we are sitting,
  I and thou,
With two forms and only one soul,
  I and thou.
Fragrance, song of birds, they quicken ev’rything
When we come into the garden,
  I and thou.
All the stars of heaven hurry
  to see us,
And we show them our own moon,
  I and thou-
I and thou without words, without
  I and thou-
In delight we are united,
  I and thou.
Sugar chew the heaven’s parrots
  in that place
Where we’re sitting, laughing sweetly,
  I and thou.
Strange that I and thou together
  in this nook
Are apart a thousand miles, see-
  I and thou.
One form in this dust, the other
  in that land.
Sweet eternal Paradise there…
  I and thou.

~~~~

You are in love with me, I shall make you perplexed.Do not build much, for I intend to have you in ruins. If you build two hundred houses in a manner that the bees do; I shall make you as homeless as a fly. If you are the mount Qaf in stability. I shall make you whirl like a millstone.

 ~~~~ 

The beauty of the heartis the lasting beauty:

its lips give to drinkof the water of life.
Truly it is the water,
that which pours,and the one who drinks.

All three become one when your talisman is shattered.

That oneness you can’t knowby reasoning. 

Awliyah

December 9, 2007

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Beauty of the Righteous & Ranks of the Elite:

an excerpt from this outstanding peice of literature,

O my Awliya for your sake I reprimand and keeping you in my presence is my will. I ask for nothing from you except loyalty and gratitude. To comfort you, I have chosen you to serve me, for I do not like to employ tyrants or arrogant people. I do not cultivate the confused ones for my company, nor do I answer the inquisitions of the fraudulent ones. I do not bring nigh unto me the ostentatious of the pretentious ones. I do not like to sit with the lazy ones, nor do I favor the company of the gluttonous ones.

Indeed, such special beings are the light that dispels the darkness. They are people who have filled their hearts with constant awareness of Allaah, the Almighty, and with recognition of His Divine majesty. In fact they are Allaah’s proof on earth and his witnesses. He dresses them with the effulgent light of his love, and raises before their eyes the banners of his guidance so that they may seek it. He endows them with patience to protect them against resisting his will. He makes them the champions and models of those consenting to his will. He purifies their bodies with the constant alertness of observing and contemplating Him. He anoints them with the perfume of His intimate ones. He dresses them with cloaks that are woven with the threads of His kindness and crowns them with the light of His pleasure an blessings. He then fills their hearts with the vestige of the innermost secrets of His being, so that they become attracted to Him, and their hearts attached solely to Him. thus their zeal and ardor rise only towards Him. Their inner eyes constantly observe Him, and He stations them at the gate of gazing at Him. He then makes them the gnostics the physicians of the hearts, and the wise sages to serve the needs of the seekers of his path….

Allaah (swt) says to Musa (as),

He then says to them, “If a needy comes to you asking for the medicine of my nearness, nurse his needs,. treat kindly the one who is sick and emaciated because of his seperation from me. Comfort the heart of those one who is fearful of me. Warn he who is not mindful of me. Congratulate the one who yearns for my continous presence. Provide the provisions for a seeker journeying toward me. Promise a good reward for the 1 who is in despair of my munificence. give the glad tidings of my generosity to the 1 who is hoping for me favorably consider his condition. Open your doors to the one who thinks well of me. Maintain strong ties to the 1 who loves me. Honor those who honor me. Guide those who are seeking my path. Inquire about the one who fails to regularly joins ur circles. Be patient with someone’s burdens if he unloads them before you. Bear any accusations any may cast upon you. Do not reprimand someone who fails in observing my rights upon him. Gently advise one who is committing wrongdoing. Visit the sick among my deputies. Comfort someone who is struck with grief and shelter someone who desperately seeks you.

Al-Adhan!

June 2, 2007

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AL-ADHAAN
THE MUSLIM CALL TO WORSHIP
AND
THE CALL OF THE ESSENCE TO PRAYER AND PROSPERITY

Five times daily from within or atop every mosque in the world, this call has been heard for over 1400 years. It is singularly the most mysterious and alluring call in the human experience. Everyone wants to know what it means.

But first, a little prelude.

What is Surrender?

Surrender means letting go of force and pretenses and allowing the natural way (the Tao) of spiritual realization to prevail.

Surrender means recognizing that the Whole is greater than all of us and realizing the futility and counterproductiveness of struggle.

Surrender means giving up completely and letting God’s Will be done.

Surrender means the release of illusion and letting Reality do the teaching.

Surrender is the key to our success.

Surrender is essentially what everyone who knows is doing. It is the answer to the questions, and the solution to the mysteries of those who are still wandering in the wastelands.

“Surrender!” (as in a command, to be obeyed) is the meaning of the word “Islam”. It is a Divine command. Fortunate are they who “hear” it (in their knowing) and “obey” it (in their doing).

There is a direct relationship between Awareness (true knowledge of the Divine) and Surrender. The more one Surrenders, the more one knows, and the more one knows, the more one Surrenders. Such is the relationship between the lover and the beloved. It is only from the standpoint of this total Surrender to Divine Will that the inspirational, necessary and brilliant nature of the personal and social practices of the Islamic revelation will appear clearly.

So what is the call to prayer? We are in the year 1428 AH (which means “ano hegira” or “year of the migration”), Most people don’t know that there is a Lunar calendar and a Solar calendar. I’d like to explain a bit more about it at a later time. But for the purpose of this writing it means that the annual rite of Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, has been performed over 1400 times in the last as many years, and that for over the last 1400 years, all the people who have heard and believed in the final revelation of God to the Prophet Muhammad have taken it upon themselves to build Mosques as houses of worship all over the world, and establish in them the five-times daily worship-form that was revealed as a pillar of faith, guidance, belief and progress on the pathway of life to God.

At the appointed times daily in each of these millions of mosques now established all over the world, someone of the believers will climb to the highest point available and call in a beautiful voice to announce to the world that it is now the time for prayer. The call also proclaims that all are urged with welcome to come into this mosque (my heart) to share in the peace and the beauty of this moment of sacred worship. The way of the life of worship is so different from the way of the life of taxation. In spite of all the apparent political and social troubles, life in the Muslim countries has a sense of true freedom and development of spiritual potential that is not always to be found in the “Western” world.

In honor of the “Great Faith” of Islam (our personal and unified surrender to the Oneness of God), I would like to present to you the true meaning of this call that is being heard somewhere (if you care to listen) all over the world, at every moment in time. I venture to say, just as the English said in the height of their glory that “the sun never sets on the British Empire”, that there is never a moment when the Adhan (the Call of the Essence to Prayer and Prosperity) is not being heard.

Talk about a shift. Just the sheer volume of people who are listening daily for the call of the muazzin (the caller) is a huge impetus for consciousness shift. This healing, humbling and purifying form of Divine worship is established in every corner of the globe. Don’t be bashful. Join in freely. Learn about the revelation and how it has impacted the lives of over a billion and a half living breathing human beings today. These are not gullible people and nobody expects you to be, either, so investigate for your benefit. Why miss out on the most significant experience that life has to offer?

Five times daily from within or atop every mosque in the world, this call has been heard for over 1400 years. It is singularly the most mysterious and alluring call in the human experience. Everyone wants to know what it means.

ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR,
ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR

ASH-HADU AN LA ILAHA ILLA ‘LLAH
ASH-HADU AN LA ILAHA ILLA ‘LLAH

ASH-HADU ANNA MUHAMMADAN RASULULLAH
ASH-HADU ANNA MUHAMMADAN RASULULLAH

HAYYA `ALA-S-SALAH, HAYYA `ALA-S-SALAH

HAYYA `ALA-L-FALAH, HAYYA `ALA-L-FALAH

ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR

LA ILAHA ILLA ‘LLAH

ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR,
ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR
“God is greater” “God is greater”
“God is greater” “God is greater”
(than anything that may distract you from this)

ASH-HADU AN LA ILAHA ILLA ‘LLAH
ASH-HADU AN LA ILAHA ILLA ‘LLAH
“I bear witness that there is no other God but One.”
“I bear witness that there is no other God but One.”

ASH-HADU ANNA MUHAMMADAN RASULULLAH
ASH-HADU ANNA MUHAMMADAN RASULULLAH
“I bear witness that Muhammad is the True Messenger of the One.”
“I bear witness that Muhammad is the True Messenger of the One”
(Messenger of the true Unity)

HAYYA `ALA-S-SALAH, HAYYA `ALA-S-SALAH
“Hasten (Come Alive) to this Worship”
“Hasten (Come Alive) to this Worship”

HAYYA `ALA-L-FALAH, HAYYA `ALA-L-FALAH
“Hasten (Come Alive) to your True Success”
“Hasten (Come Alive) to your True Success”

ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR
“God is Greater”, “God is Greater”

LA ILAHA ILLA ‘LLAH
“There is nothing else (worthy of your attention)
(at this or any moment) except The One (Allah)”.

~Surrenderworks.com, Ali Ansari.