Tuesday, December 28, 2010
there is only the comparison of one state with another.
Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.
It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.....
the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope."
”Iasked Allah's Messenger about the sudden glance on a Non - Mahram. He commanded me that I should turn away my eyes.
Imam al-Bukhari and Imam Muslim narrate in their Sahih from Uqba ibn Amir (Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah said:
“Do not go near [non-Mahram] women.” A person inquired: “What about in-laws?” The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) responded, “The in-laws are death.”
Sunday, December 26, 2010
A small seed, which has neither force not arms, accepts conditions of darkness, pressure, cold and dampness. Instead of complaining or blaming others, it uses these conditions as sources of energy. In the same way, man can lead a free life and be at peace with himself.
~ George Ohsawa
Saturday, December 25, 2010
and the lack of bravery which marks them; their prudence; their pretension to live in a reasonable and well-planned way."
My soul is tempered now for good, and now is indestructible, resolute even through the worst storms, devastations or loss. My knowledge of life and the human heart is now so keen that I know the two months ahead will bring me more sorrow, largely because I will not pander to mundanities nor to anything alien to the dreams, thoughts, a...nd feelings of my true personality.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
"A person is on the religion of their close friends, so be careful of whose close company you keep." [Ahmad]
Ibn Ata'illah said:
"Only seek the company of those whose state uplifts you, or whose words guide you to Allah."
This is the core of one's company. Other company is sought to fulfill rights, spreading good, or seeking benefit, worldly or religious--without waste or harm.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
If you are a man, go to the Beloved!
Do not say, ‘Perhaps He does not want me’.
What business has a thirsty man with such words?
Does the moth think about the flames?
For Love’s spirit, thinking is a disgrace.
When the warrior hears the sound of the drum
at once he is worth ten thousand men!
You have heard the drum, so draw your sword without delay!
Your spirit is the sheath of the all-conquering Dhu al-Fiqar!
You are Husayn at Karbala, think not of water!
The only ‘water’ you will see today is the sheath of the first water!
(Mevlana Rumi, Kulliyyat 3656-62, trans. W.C. Chittick)
Friday, December 17, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
صحرا مگر بہ تنگیِ چشمِ حسود تھا
آشفتگی نے نقشِ سویدا کیا درست
ظاہر ہوا کہ داغ کا سرمایہ دود تھا
تھا خواب میں خیال کو تجھ سے معاملہ
جب آنکھ کھل گئی نہ زیاں تھا نہ سود تھا
لیتا ہوں مکتبِ غمِ دل میں سبق ہنوز
لیکن یہی کہ رفت گیا اور بود تھا
ڈھانپا کفن نے داغِ عیوبِ برہنگی
میں ورنہ ہر لباس میں ننگِ وجود تھا
تیشے بغیر مر نہ سکا کوہکن اسد
سرگشتۂ خمارِ رسوم و قیود تھا
" shouq ki salabat aur lahu ki hararat per"................
..........................aur ye teno kaam masalsal kaawish aur jedojehd chahte hain........
--Faiz. Dast e saba
kahan se ayee nigar e saba, kidher gayee
Abhi chiraghe sar e rah ko kuch khabar nahi
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair. I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy—ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness—that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it, finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what—at last—I have found. With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved. Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a hated burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer. This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered to me.
Bertrand Russel (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970)
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_russel
Thursday, October 21, 2010
“O spirit of Allah, is there anyone else like you alive in our time?” He replied: “Yes indeed, Whoever has the dhikr of Allah in his heart,and is silent in thought, and who learns from what is given, surely that one is like me.”
- translated and authenticated by Hazrat Muhammad al-Ghazali
Thursday, October 14, 2010
can you hear me talking?
can you hear me
screaming, in this
silence that’s pounding inside my
head, pulsing inside my
blood and weakening me,
slowly? can you hear me?
being around you
only makes the loneliness worse
when you leave.
they tell me.
‘just calm down.’
just take a deep breath.’
except i don’t really
want to breathe
make it go away.
please. just make it go
Amidst the shadows
In the silence of night
The sum of our fears
No sun to warm the skin,
No smile to soothe the soul,
Just shadows of darkness,
The unconscious self wakened…
The façade of confidence,
Slowly fades into the night.
Loneliness the reality,
The mind lost in self doubt.
It weaves insidiously,
Relentless is its power.
In silence our souls hunger,
Fears shrouded in the night.
Tormented by a self portrait,
Exposing flaws and imperfections…
Alone cloaked in shadows,
Battling against self despair…
Vanity yearns for perfection,
The ego craves validation,
The heart aches for love,
And the soul seeks peace…
Our greatest fear,
The greatest sadness,
We have all known it.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Lord, said David, since you do not need us,
why did you create these two worlds?
Reality replied: O prisoner of time,
I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity,
and I wished this treasure to be known,
so I created a mirror: its shining face, the heart;
its darkened back, the world;
The back would please you if you've never seen the face.
Has anyone ever produced a mirror out of mud and straw?
Yet clean away the mud and straw,
and a mirror might be revealed.
Until the juice ferments a while in the cask,
it isn't wine. If you wish your heart to be bright,
you must do a little work.
My King addressed the soul of my flesh:
You return just as you left.
Where are the traces of my gifts?
We know that alchemy transforms copper into gold.
This Sun doesn't want a crown or robe from God's grace.
He is a hat to a hundred bald men,
a covering for ten who were naked.
Jesus sat humbly on the back of an ass, my child!
How could a zephyr ride an ass?
Spirit, find your way, in seeking lowness like a stream.
Reason, tread the path of selflessness into eternity.
Remember God so much that you are forgotten.
Let the caller and the called disappear;
be lost in the Call.
"Love is a Stranger", Kabir Helminski
Threshold Books, 1993
Monday, October 4, 2010
Passion is present when a man can distinguish between the wine and the container. Two men see a loaf of bread. One hasn't eaten anything for ten days. The other has eaten five times a day, every day. He sees the shape of the loaf. The other man with his urgent need sees inside into the taste, and into the nourishment the bread could give. Be that hungry, to see within all beings the Friend.
Creatures are cups. The sciences and the arts and all branches of knowledge are inscriptions around the outside of the cups. When a cup shatters, the writing can no longer be read. The wine's the thing! The wine that's held in the mold of these physical cups. Drink the wine and know what lasts and what to love. The man who truly asks must be sure of two things: One, that he's mistaken in what he's doing or thinking now. And two, that there is a wisdom he doesn't know yet. Asking is half of knowing.
Everyone turns toward someone. Look for one scarred by the King's polo stick.
A man or a woman is said to be absorbed when the water has total control of him, and he no control of the water. A swimmer moves around willfully. An absorbed being has no will but the water's going. Any word or act is not really personal, but the way the water has of speaking or doing. As when you hear a voice coming out of a wall, and you know that it's not the wall talking, but someone inside, or perhaps someone outside echoing off the wall. Saints are like that. They've achieved the condition of a wall, or a door.
-Translated by Coleman Barks with A.J. Arberry
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I've given up on everyone else.
If I was asleep back then,
I'm staying sleepless right now.
Come O My Soul,
I've become a resident of the Tavern,
Till the Day of Judgment.
I've estranged myself so much
From everyone else,
That I've become a stranger to myself.
O Seeker of the World's mysteries.
Look at me:
I've become the mysteries myself.
I've already gone insane for Your Love.
If I was a flourishing town back then,
I'm nothing but ruins right now.
For Your Love,
I've even given up
On my family and households.
Out of pain of Your Love,
I've even moved in with the pain itself.
When I saw my soul
Becoming One with Your Soul,
I even became a stranger
To my very own loved ones.
I used to talk days and nights
About how Love being
simply a Myth.
Now out of Your Love,
I've become a Myth myself.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Of the Wills long travailings;
Why the All-movers,
Why the All-provers
Ever urges on and measures out the Droning time of things.
Ab tak khul na saka ye raaz,
kyun hay aalam soz-o-gudaz,
Kyun qudrat ne,
Kyun fitrat ne
Har ik se chhed diya hay naghma-e-saz.
Her pure and eloquent blood
Spoke in her cheeks and so
That one might say
Her body thought.
Hari bhari rago.n mein wo chahakta bolta lahoo,
Wo sochta hua badan xud ik jaha.n liye hue.
And blossom by blossom the spring arrives
Bahar ghuncha ba ghuncha chaman mein aati hay.
And beauty born of murmuring sound
Shall pass into her face.
Mauj-e-darya ka tarannum bas gaya ruxsar mein.
Source: Rooh-e-kaynaat, ed. Dr Rizwan Ahmad, Pub. Ramnarainlal ArunKumar, Allahabad, 1996)
You get the picture.
Trouble is, these stories seem to hold such a powerful grip on us. They feel hardwired in our brains and bodies. They trap us inside a vision of our lives that's painful and contracting. So - how do you shift out of such a story into the peace and possiblity of the present moment? That's where the lets Etch-A-Sketch comes in.
Once you're aware that a story is in play, think of that gray screen from childhood. Remember how you could create the most elaborate image on the screen and then just shake-shake-shake it away? Well, you can do the very same thing with an unhelpful story. It only seems hardwired, but isn't really.
The next time one shows up, make sure not to align with it, or fight it. Instead, take a big sighing breath and literally shake-shake-shake. Just as a gazelle in the wild shakes all the trauma out of its system after being chased by a lion, we, too, can cleanse and reset our body-mind.
Once the grip of the story releases, we're left in a state of gratitude, freeness, expansion and flow. From there, all good things happen!!
Do not overlook my misery, by blandishing your eyes and weaving tales,
Ke taab-e-hijran nadaram ay jaan, Na leho kahe lagaye chatiyan.
My patience has over-brimmed, O sweetheart! why do you not take me to your bosom.
Shaban-e-hijran daraz chun zulf, Wa roz-e-waslat cho umer kotah.
Long like curls in the night of separation short like life on the day of our union.
Sakhi piya ko jo main na dekhun, To kaise kaTun andheri ratiyan.
My dear, how will I pass the dark dungeon night without your face before.
Yakayak az dil do chashm-e-jadu, Basad farebam baburd taskin.
Suddenly, using a thousand tricks the enchanting eyes robbed me of my tranquil mind.
Kisay pari hai jo ja sunave, Piyare pi ko hamari batiyan,
Who would care to go and report this matter to my darling.
Cho shama sozan cho zaraa hairan, Hamesha giryan be ishq an meh.
Tossed and bewildered, like a flickering candle, I roam about in the fire of love.
Na nind naina na ang chaina, Na aap aaven na bhejen patiyan,
Sleepless eyes, restless body, neither comes she, nor any message.
Bahaq-e-roz-e-visaal-e-dilbar, Ke daad mara gharib Khusro.
In honour of the day I meet my beloved who has lured me so long, O Khusro!
Sapet man ke varaye rakhun, Jo jaye pauN piya ke khatiyan.
I shall keep my heart suppressed if ever I get a chance to get to her trick.
~ Amir Khusro
Sar-e man fidaa-e raah-e ki sawaar khuahi aamad.
Ham-e aahwan-e sehra sar-e khud nihada bar kaf;
Ba-umeed aanki rozi bashikaar khuahi aamad.
Kashishi ki ishq daarad naguzaradat badinsaa;
Ba-janazah gar nayai ba-mazaar khuahi aamad.
Balabam raseed jaanam fabiya ki zindah maanam;
Pas azan ki man na-maanam bacha kar khuahi aaamad.
Tonight there came a news that you, oh beloved, would come – Be my head sacrificed to the road along which you will come riding! All the gazelles of the desert have put their heads on their hands In the hope that one day you will come to hunt them…. The attraction of love won’t leave you unmoved; Should you not come to my funeral, you’ll definitely come to my grave. My soul has come on my lips (e.g. I am on the point of expiring); Come so that I may remain alive - After I am no longer – for what purpose will you come?
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
into Greater Self
I become subtle
Ascent in love
go with the flow,
calling all hearts to Joy.
Opening heart into Great Heart
I cry out,
change and evolve,
calling all hearts
Deepening peace into Great Peace
and free my boundless self,
calling all Hearts to The Source ( Allah )
Monday, September 20, 2010
If he loves you, he starts to murder your attachment to anything other than Him, this includes conceptions of self, your edges shift, your sincerity expands but it is still not true. This is why grief is sweet, because when you rage against your edges and long to break into anything that is other than you, you realise the only way out is in total surrender. Don't be angry with Him for your State if you are still trying to manage your own outcomes. Be as real as you can, according to your edges, but never assume that this is anything more than a conception of honesty related to your level of clarity.
A person can only understand a word in accordance with their grasp of a language. A person can only express a word in accordance with their state. The reason why silence is our fitra/natural pre-disposition is because a word not expressed with poverty is kufr/covering. With our words, we build our persona's, we build our small realities. Intent can expand boundaries, aspiration keeps them firmly in place.
Yesterday I thought that I was real,/honest/sincere today I know that I am only as real/honest/sincere as my boundaries.
May Allah grant us the poverty to expand our boundaries.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I am accustomed to turn to God
and recall the meaning of the words of the Tradition,
“The delight felt in the ritual prayer.”*
The window of my soul opens,
and from the purity of the unseen world,
the Book of God comes to me straight.
The Book, the rain of Divine Grace, and the Light
are falling into my house through a window
from my Real and Original Source.
The house without a window is hell;
to make a window is the essence of true religion.
Don't thrust your ax upon every thicket;
come, use your ax to cut open a window!"
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Blessings of God and peace be upon our master Muhammad and his family. O God, O Exalted One, O Gentle One,
O AII-Knowing One, Thou art my Lord, and Thy knowledge is sufficient for me. What an excellent Lord is my Lord! What a wonderful sufficiency is my sufficiency! Thou plea to Thee is for protection, in movements and moments of rest, in words, desires, and passing thoughts, from doubts, suppositions and fancies-veilings, they, over hearts, occluding sight of the unseen. The faithful were tried; They were severely shaken. Then the hypocrites would say, with those of disease-ridden hearts, "God and His Messenger promised us only delusion. (Q. 33:11-12)
Even so, make us firm, aid US, and subject to us this sea, as Thou did subject the sea to Moses, and the fire to Ibrahim, and the mountains and iron to David, and the wind, the Satans, and the jinn to Solomon.
Put in subjection to us every sea of thine in earth and heaven, in this domain and the celestial, the sea of this world and the sea of the next. Render subservient to us every thing, "0 Thou, whose hand holds sovereignty over every thing" (Q. 23:88).
Kaf ha' ya' 'ayn sad Kaf ha' ya' 'ayn sad Kaf ha' ya' 'ayn sad
Help us, for Thou art the best of helpers. Open to us the hand of mercy, for Thou art the best of openers. Pardon us, for Thou art the best of pardoners.
Be compassionate toward us, for Thou art the best of those who show compassion.
Sustain us, for Thou art the best of sustainers. Guide us and rescue us from the unjust people.
Send us a gentle breeze, as Thou dost know how to do, and let it blow on us from the storehouses of Thy mercy. Let it bear us along as it by miraculous intervention, with security and well-being, in religion, worldly affairs, and the hereafter.
Thou art powerful over all things. God, facilitate for us our affairs, with ease of mind and body, with security and well-being in religious and worldly matters. Be a companion for us on our journey, and a substitute for our households.
Blot out the countenances of our enemies, and transform them where they stand, disabling them from leaving or coming to US. If We willed, We would blot out their eyes. Yet, they would race forward to the path. But how would they see? If We willed, We should transform them where they stand. Thus, they would be unable to leave or return (Q 36:66-67).
Ya' sin! By the Wise Qur' an! Surely thou art one of those sent on a straight path! A revelation sent down by the Mighty, the Merciful, that thou mightest warn a people whose fathers had not been warned. Yet, they do not take heed.
The declaration has been confirmed against the greater part of them. Yet they do not believe. We have circled their necks with chains up to the chin, but they hold their heads high. Before them have We placed a barrier, and behind them a barrier, and We have obscured their vision; so they see not (Q 36:1-8).
May their faces be deformed! May their faces be deformed! May their faces be deformed!
Let their faces be submissive before the Living, the Self-Subsistent, For he who is laden with wrong has already met frustration. Ta' sin, ha' mim, 'ayn sin qaf. (Q 27:1)
He has released the two seas that meet; Yet between them is a barrier [barzakh] that they do not overpass. ...(Q 55:19-20)
Ha' mim, ha' mim, ha' mim, ha' mim, ha' mim, ha' mim, ha' mim! (Q 40:1)
The affair has been decreed. The triumph has come. Over us they shall not triumph. Ha' mim!
[It is] the sending down of the Scripture from God, The Mighty, the AII-Knowing, Forgiver of sin,
Receiver of penitence, Severe in punishing, Forbearing. No god is there except Him. To Him is the returning. (Q 40:1-3)
In the name of God (bismillah) is our door. May [God] bless our walls. Ya' sin (Q 36:1) is our ceiling.
Kaf ha' ya' 'ayn sad (Q 19:1) is our sufficiency. Ha' mim 'ayn sin qaf (Q 42:1) is our shelter.
So God is sufficient for thee against them, for He hears all, knows all. [Repeat this thrice]
The veil of the throne has been dropped over us, and the eye of God is gazing at us. God is behind them, round about. Indeed, it is a glorious recital [Qur'an], inscribed on a guarded tablet [lawh mahfuz] (Q. 85:20-21). [Repeat this thrice]
My Protector is God, Who revealed the Book (from time to time), and He will choose and befriend the righteous. (Q. 7:196) [Repeat this thrice]
M y sufficiency is God. No god is there except Him. In Him have I put my trust, For He is Lord of the majestic throne (Q. 9:129). [Repeat this thrice]
In the name of God, with whose Name nothing in the earth or sky can do harm, for He is the All-Hearer, All-Knower. [Repeat this thrice] There is no force and no power except with God, the High, the Mighty.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Infuse our hearts with Thy LIGHT
Grant us knowledge from Thy Knowledge
Guard us by Thy Guarding
Cause us to Listen to THEE
Give us understanding from THEE
Provide for us a livlihood out of Thy bounty wherewith
Thou wilt relieve us from Poverty and raise us from abasement.
Dispose fittingly for us this world and the next, and enable us to attain to the vision of Thy FACE in the Garden of Firdaus(Paradise).
Over All things THOU ARE Powerful. Q-(2;20)
O how excellent is the MASTER, and how wonderful the HELPER. Q-(8:40)
Most Important : Eid Mubarak to All.
- Atif Hussain
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Q1 – “What is very close to us in this world?”
The students gave all kind of answers such as our parents, spouse, close friends, our children and etc.
Al-Ghazali replied:-“ Yes, those answers are quite correct but the perfect answer is ‘death’ because Allah SWT has promised us that those who lives will definitely die” (refer Sura Ali Imran 185)
"..Every soul shall have a taste of death: And only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of Life): For the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception...-----[Quran 3 : 185]
Q2 – What is the furthest from us in this world?”
The students gave all kind of answers such as the country of China, the moon, the sun and etc.
Al-Ghazali replied:“ Yes, those answers are quite correct but the perfect answer is ‘our past’ because in whatever the circumstances , whoever we are and whatever vehicle we use we cannot go back into the past. So we have to always take care of today and the coming days with righteous deeds that is taught by Islam”
Q3 – “What is the biggest in this world?”
The students gave all kind of answers such as the mountain, the earth, the sun and etc.
Al-Ghazali replied:-“ Yes, those answers are quite correct but the perfect answer is ‘temptation (Nafs)’. So we must always be cautious with our temptation so as not to allow it to drive us to hell (Jahannam)” Refer Sura Al A’raf 179)
"Many are the Jinns and men we have made for Hellfire: They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle,- nay more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning).-------------[Quran 7 :179]
Q4 - “What is the heaviest in this world?”
The students gave all kind of answers such as iron, steel, the elephant and etc...
Al-Ghazali replied:-“ Yes, those answers are quite correct but the perfect answer is [b]‘being trustworthy [/B](Amanah)’ Al Ghazali explain “ The plants, trees, animals and the mountain could not accept the task of being the caliph of this world but human, with arrogance and conceit accepted the task and so much so many human beings are being thrown into hell (Jahannam) by Allah SWt because they have breached the trust others place on them. Refer Sura Al Ahzab 72)
We did indeed offer the Trust to the Heavens and the Earth and the Mountains; but they refused to undertake it, being afraid thereof: but man undertook it;- He was indeed unjust and foolish;----------[Quran 33: 72]
Q5 - “What is the lightest in this world?”
The students gave all kind of answers such as cotton, dust, the wind and etc...
Al-Ghazali replied:-“ Yes, those answers are quite correct but the perfect answer is ‘neglecting the salat (daily prayer’. Al Ghazali explain this is especially true as people are known to simply neglect the salat because they are having a business meeting , having to work etc
Q6 - “What is the sharpest in this world?”
The students gave all kind of answers such as the sword, knife and etc...
Al-Ghazali replied:-“ Yes, those answers are quite correct but the perfect answer is ‘human tongue’. Al Ghazali explains that with their tongues human arrogantly will offend and hurt the feeling of others.
The life of the heart is knowledge; so preserve it, The death of the heart is ignorance; so avoid it. Your best provision is true devotion; so provide it. This advice of mine is enough for you; so heed it. ------[ Imam al-Ghazâlî ]
Thursday, September 2, 2010
At this point, according to The Revelations, knowing that Allaah wouldn't favor one servant over the other, his heart illuminated that which his senses has darkened, and the sufi answered, “May Allaah damn you, enemy of Allaah!”
Instantly, the voice changed into an ugly, deafening roar and screamed, “You win this time, but we will meet again”
“He who glances off shall not find”.
Dr. Ali Jomaa says, “If you are walking a road full of lights, colors, and attractive shopping displays, and then you stop at this shop and wander inside the other, a life maybe spent in this wandering, while age is uncertain. Al Imam A’ Shafey said: I’ve walked with the Sufis and learned from them that time is like a sword, if you don’t cut it, it cuts you.
He who glances off shall not find; an essential of good manners with Allaah, signifying the necessity that, whatever is done has to be out of pure devotion and direction to Allaah.
It is limiting to get stalled by observing the glamour of spiritual lights or secrets, the apparent realm or the hidden, the inspirations or any other, which are fruits of The Path - not the destination, not the goal. The True Destination, Allaah, has to always be in focus” ~
- Dr. Jomaa's
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Through this event, know that the evidence of Allah has been set against us where we have proven to be unaware of the laws of Quran. For Allah says;
“O you who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest you harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what you have done.” Surah Hujjurat, Ayat 6.
Then why didn’t we ascertain the guilt of those who were killed without a trial? Why upon the words of few obscure men we launched ourselves against the two brothers without giving them a chance to plead innocent or guilt? Why did we decide to punish them for an alleged offense in a manner that can only be ascribed as barbaric and that is not supported by Quran? Why did our law enforcement feel no need to verify the truth or contain the situation?
Also know that with this event we have lost our right to cry out against the mushrikeens who persecute our brothers and sisters in occupied lands. It seems that a Muslim is now sufficient to persecute another Muslim in his own homeland. Clearly we have forgot the following verse;
“And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein; and the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him.” Surah Nisa Ayat 93.
and the hadith of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) where he says;
“The sanctity of Muslim blood is greater for Allah than the sanctity of the Kaaba, as is his honour and his property, and thinks only good of him.”
Know that in the gravity of the sin committed, justice must prevail for us to be saved from punishment in this world or the next. That justice must be followed by true repentance on behalf of all individuals of this ummah and a promise to submit fully to the teachings of Islam.
Let this not be the time in which, when overcome by emotions, we pray to Allah against our own selves. Know that making dua against our selves will only result in increase of such events. Realize that this is, rather, a time when we are in dire need of sincere dua. Know that our only hope to rise to the pinnacle from these ashes is based on our repentance, dua and brotherhood.
We each must play the roles assigned to us by Allah. For only when we will fulfill our roles, our condition will truly change. Know that goodness from each and every member of this ummah is not a pre-requisite for the establishment of islam in this world, or the success of our nation. The requirement of perfection (or striving for it) is only demanded by some of us but the rewards thereof are shared with the masses.
Forget the old adage of; what good will it brings If I change my ways. Instead follow the lead of the companions who, in spite of less numbers, were able to inspire huge nations because of the change they brought in themselves. Look at the way Allah described the Mominon in the following verse and aim for nothing else.
“They believe in Allah and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in the ranks of the righteous.” Al-Imran Ayat 114
Know that in the end, it would not matter if your nation entered jannah but it would matter if you entered jannah or not. Let us blame none but ourselves for this event and take heed from the verses of Quran. Verily it is our collective and individual sins for which we are punished in this world or the next. Let us pray for those who have been unjustly killed. Let us strive for justice to their families. And, Let us hold ourselves accountable before we are held accountable by Allah.
Never give up hope and know from the depth of your heart that this nation of Pakistan is destined for great things. Come back to Islam my brothers and sisters and know that the pleasure in obedience of Allah is greater than the pleasure in his disobedience. And finally know that strength and mercy are a promise Allah has given in exchange for Taqwa.
“Verily, in this there is a plain Message for people who worship Allah” [Surah Al-Anbiyyah, Ayat 106]
Monday, August 23, 2010
Tanam Farsooda jaa para
Ze Hijra Ya Rasulullah
Dillam Paz Murda Aawara
Ze Isyaa. Ya Rasulullah!
My body is dissolving in your separation
And my soul is breaking into pieces. Ya Rasulullah!
Due to my sins, My heart is weak and becoming enticed. Ya Rasulullah!
Choon Soo’e Mun Guzar Aari
Manne Miskeen Zanaa Daari
Kunam Ja. Ya Rasulullah!
When you pass by me
Then even in my immense poverty, ecstatically,
I must sacrifice my soul on your blessed sandal. Ya Rasulullah!
Ze Jaame Hubb To Mustam
Ba Zanjeere To Dil Bustam
Nu’mi Goyam Ke Mun Bustum
Sukun Daa. Ya Rasulullah!
I am drowned in the taste of your love
And the chain of your love binds my heart.
Yet I don’t say that I know this language (of love). Ya Rasulullah!
Ze Kharda Khaish Hairaanam
Siyaa Shud Roze Isyaanam
Pashemaanam, Pashemaanam, Pashemaanam. Ya Rasulullah!
I am worried due to my misdeeds;
And I feel that my sins have blackened my heart. Ya Rasulullah!
I am in distress! I am in distress! I am in distress! Ya Rasulullah!
Choon Baazoo’e Shafaa’at Raa
Khushaa’I Bar Gunaagara
Makun Mahruume Jaami Raa
Daraa Aan. Ya Rasulullah!
Ya Rasulullah! When you spread your hands to intercede for the sinners,
Then do not deprive Jaami of your exalted intercession.
bless us with your noor ya Rasul Allah. amin
Because each human being carries within the most precious instrument every engineered by Allah i.e. the human heart! There are no records of where we have come from, the only record is kept within the sea of Ishq and it only grows from the mud of Adam. This marvel of Divine Engineering had to be hidden, like a treasure in depth of cosmos, away from snatching of the thieves.
*every engineered / please read as: ever engineered
Sunday, August 22, 2010
O you who prostrate only for show!
You have ruined even me!
When i prostrate upon the earth it cried out,
Oh you of false heart filled with idols,
what value can your bowing possibly have?
Prostrate that would make the earth shake,
Are what pulpits ache for.
Faces that would shine with marks of prostration,
Where they have gone?
Hearts that would tremble in fear of Allah?
Where have they gone?
The gathering have dispered,
Those seeking You have left.
The cries of the night and dawn are no more,
Find them with a lamp in a daylight, you will not.
indeed todays life and priorities have changed as things other then Allah seems important to people. Muslims can never savor the delicious taste of worship when their hearts are devoted to a thousand other things rather than being solely devoted to Allah.
Do remember this faqir in your prayers
So the magician turned it into a dog. Then it began to fear the panther, so the magician turned it into a panther. Whereupon it was full of fear for the hunter.
At this point, the magician gave up. He turned it into a mouse again saying, "Nothing I do for you is going to be of any help because you have the heart of a mouse."
~ From Heart of the Enlightened By Anthony De Mello
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The intellect is handicapped in the spiritual path of tasawwuf because the destination is only reachable on the wings of love. Intellect is cunning and therefore can appear in a thousand disguises whereas love is pure and simple and therefore does not deceive. The person who attains the blessed gift of love for Allah is indeed fortunate.
Do Remember this Faqir in your prayer.
Those yet living must take heed and learn a valuable lesson from this while there is still time. They must be firm and willing in their desire to seek forgiveness for their past mistakes and start anew.
- Atif Hussain
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Concentrate now on your hearing. What do you hear? Traffic? Discussions on the latest gossip? People on the cellular phones that are trying to compete with the noise? Cursing and swearing? Or the radio / television of your neighbors? But do you hear the songs of praises the birds in the day sings for you, or the lullaby the insects orchestrate for you in the night?
Now smell the air. Exhausts? Odors you feel repulsive? Smell again. Concentrate this time. You will find the fragrance of the perfect blossom.
Focus your senses to your skin. Feel the heat? The humidity? But did you not also notice the breeze that is gently trying to cool you? Feel the frost of the winter, biting through all your insulation. Again feel the warmth that the sun is wrapping around you in a warm embrace. And the warmth that is already within you that your heart is circulating.
There is always comfort around us if you know where to look. There is too much distractions in this society. Focus your senses in the correct way and you will find a release.
One day an acquaintance met the great scholar and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"
"Hold on a minute," the scholar replied. "Before telling me anything I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."
"That's right," the scholar continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say.
That's why I call it the triple filter test.
The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and.."
"All right," said the scholar. "So you don't really know if it's true or not.
Now let's try the second filter, the filter of goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?"
"No, on the contrary..."
"So," the scholar continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though, because there's one filter left: the filter of usefulness.
Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really."
"Well," concluded the scholar, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"
"O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former)"
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The day had arrived for the son to return from his studies and the old man waited at the door for his son. When the son came and met his father, the old man looked into his eyes and felt great disappointment. "What have you learnt my son?" he asked, "I have learnt everything there was to be learnt, father", he said. "But have you learnt what cannot be taught?" asked the father. "Go, my son and learn what cannot be taught", said the old man.
The young man went back to his master and asked him to teach him what cannot be taught.
"Go away to the mountains with these four hundred sheep and come back when they are one thousand", said the master.
The young man went to the mountains and became a shepherd. There for the first time he encountered a silence. He had no one to talk to. The sheep did not understand his language. In his desperation, he would talk to them but they would look back at him as if to say he was stupid. Slowly but surely he began to forget all his worldly knowledge, his ego, his pride and he became quiet like the sheep and great wisdom and humility came to him.
At the end of two years when the number of sheep had grown to one thousand,he returned to his master and fell on his feet.
"Now you have learnt whatcannot be taught," said the master.
( May Allah bless us with such knowledge. Ameen )
1. The Qalb (Heart) in abstaining from the preoccupations & musings of the world
2. The ears, the eyes and the tongue in abstaining from transgression of the Hadd (Divine Limits)
3. The hands and feet in abstaining from exerting force upon, and striving towards the causes and instruments of the Nahy (Divine Prohibitions)
Do remember this sinner in your prayers.
Peace be upon you Oh Ramdhan Kareem :)
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Once, the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) entered the Masjid and sat down near a pillar. Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhu) was seated beside him. Hazrat Bilal (radi Allahu anhu) then stood up and commenced with the Azaan. When he said: "Ash hadu Ana Muhammadur Rasoolullah", Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhu) placed both the thumb nails on to his eyes and said "Qurratu Aini bika Ya Rasoolallah" (Ya Rasoolallah! You are the coolness of my eyes). When Hazrat Bilal (radi Allahu anhu) completed the Azaan, the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "O Abu Bakr! Whosoever does like you have done, Almighty Allah will forgive all his sins."
(Tafseer Roohul Bayaan)
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Al- Busti says in his famous poem:
Imam Ismail al Maqqari says in a poem counseling his son:
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Hold that train! Oh no, I left my watch behind! Haha. Can I go back, and come back at a later moment? Your one moment and my lifetime, God?!
(there's nothin other then this comes in mind)
Monday, April 19, 2010
( Mulay Ali al-Jamal)
Saturday, April 17, 2010
only i can truly withhold myself from the desire to take what rightfully belongs to another, for even my body is chained, my heart can keep an evil intact. And if i put to death, i would have died in a state of holding that desire.
this is what i felt that what honor to mean as yet..
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
May Allah bless us and guide us to truth and reality :)
Friday, April 9, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
there are other people in this space where we co-exist. let them be. That is your freedom. Do not choose the version of freedom that enslaved minds envision: a situation where they face nothing. That is the vision of freedom of one who is essentially a captive of their own entity.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
"O my son take this cup and empty the ocean."
What is your job?
To take the cup and empty the ocean.
That means don't let your ego to give you wrong information.
If your shaykh says to you that your trust, that
diamond of Sayyidina Jibreel, is in far east and you are in far west. Don't say "I cannot" you duty is to go. Find a way.
don't fight; don't argue' don't criticize. Keep patient and peaceful, tranquility, contentment.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
And within it, the slightest shimmers of comfort.
I feel as though I am walking alone in a wilderness... in an utter aloneness... bewildered, but not quite. Sad, but not deeply. Moved - and yes that I am!
Sometimes I doubt if I am really grounded in reality. The world does something else, and I see something else. What I see then eventually comes true. The distance between my seeing and its realization, though, sometimes seems to stretch.
Friday, March 26, 2010
You did not pay heed again, right? None of your signs shall come from the outside. You *must* live your principles NOW and in entirety.
DO. NOT. BE. FOOLED. BY. THE. RELAXATION. THAT. IS. GRANTED. TO. YOU.
You will end up amongst blind fools, banging their heads against walls within which they shall find themselves confined! Do not be fooled at all. This time calls upon your highest ethic, your sacrifice of self-interest, your avoidance of that which is convenient and tempting. Do not be fooled at all. All lies are to come to an end. Very soon, you shall see.
they appear to us, and then they dissolve.
we do nothing more than observe them.
Let them come, and let them go.
Do not think that you are the lord of every bit of your life.
There are other people in this space where we co-exist.
Let them be.
That is your freedom.
Do not choose the version of freedom that enslaved minds envision: a situation where they face nothing.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
a mind which wonders is a mind that wanders, in a beatific idleness. the beauty of a blue, blue night cannot be caught, much less the secret feelings it arises in the hearts and minds of the amused young.
"Where has this world come from?"
"Am I part of this, or is this in some way separate from me?"
"How many stars are there in this constellation?"
"What if I die, do I go up there?"
And then the occasional childlike: "Do fairies really descend in the night, and put that toffee under my head? Why not ice-cream? Fairies can do everything!"
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The point of love is: to aid us into the vast Unknown! The point of that is The Point.
My being swerves between a love and fear of myself - and by extension, for the Architect. I have moments of absolute certainty about my beauty, and instances of utter doubts of the project.
The benevolence of the Universe that was so clearly visible to me had suddenly hidden, leaving my heart with an inexplicable feeling of contraction. I was wondering what happened? What wrong have I done - for, thanks to my culture, I indulge in the self blame-game more often than I'd like?
Then occurred to me a new analogy, a word: Nebulous.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
“The Hikam,” taught in Sunnipath’s.
In other words, one may mistakenly believe that he is righteous while sitting among those who are worse than him. Hence, one should spend time with those who are more pious and refrain from the company of the heedless.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
From Jaabir (radiyAllâhu 'anhu) who said that Allâh's Rasul Nabi E Kareem Hazrat Mohammed (salAllâhu 'aliahi wa'sallam) said:
"Do not acquire knowledge in order to compete with the scholars, nor to argue with the ignorant, nor to gain mastery over the gatherings. Since whoever does that, then: The Fire! The Fire!" (27)
Consider, May Allâh have mercy on you, the admonition and the less
on contained in what Ibn Abee Haatim ar-Raazee narrates, he said: I entered into Damascus upon the students of hadîth and I passed by the circle of Qaasim al-Joo'ee.
I found a group sitting around him and he was speaking. Their appearance amazed me and I heard him saying:
'Seize the benefit of five things from the people of your time:
when you are present you are not known;
when you are absent you are not missed;
when you are seen your advice is not sought;
when you say something your saying is not accepted;
and when you have some knowledge you are not given anything for it.
I also advise you with five things:
when you are treated unjustly then do not behave unjustly;
when you are praised then do not become happy;
when you are criticised do not be upset;
when you are not believed then do not become angry;
and if they act deceitfully towards you do not act deceitfully towards them.'
Ibn Abee Haatim said: So I took that as my benefit from Damascus.
So consider, May Allâh protect us and you from the evils of the soul, how sincere desire for knowledge and benefit led him to listen to one who certainly possessed less knowledge than himself in order to benefit his understanding and to acquire some knowledge.
- Atif Hussain
Saturday, March 6, 2010
what did I tell you?
You must see the flaw:
you are asserting the principles that you are not living.
the key is to live your principles!
For your own sake!
the doors of the Source are closed to those who do not integrate.
In fact, the door is created out of dis-integration!
layers of your SELF are the thresholds!
Do not split, do not scatter yourself over space and time.
Fear not, desire not!
Do not be amongst the fools.
Do not be misled.
Hold on to the rope of Allah.
Hu alone is the One Who shall not disappoint you.
Do not forget Hu as your purpose of being.
Monday, March 1, 2010
when I wrote this, the lines:
were all off to the right... tried to make them make sense if read alone, but I don't think it worked out too well.. Oh well, whatever...
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Decisions are not to be based on our relationships with others, but on our relationship with Being.
Anger is no good, on Self or the Other.
The best basis of action is to do the appropriate thing.
If I hurt the Universe, or plan to, it will hurt me.
I planned to abandon my Universe, my Universe showed it will leave me stranded.
I am loved, but being ungrateful.
I need to be truthful; and at the same time, stop imagining.
If I am consistently led to imagining ill, then the key question is where is the discontent coming from?
I should remove myself from my circumstances.
There is violence in the air, and I absorb illness from my surroundings.
Yesterday, a couple of people expressed to me an almost similar discontent; that quite buzzing feeling.
So I will go, but not at the cost of breaking hearts.
If I break expectations, it must be for Allah's sake, not my private agenda.
In taking action for Allah is blessing; in serving self's interest is hell.
This is all for the good, and the better.
I must align my perceptions quickly, for the Universe is under a great shift - the NOW moment is out to abolish the past and the future.
The Matrix indeed is being reloaded.
The Universe is really a mirror of my being. What I do to it, it does to me!
This is very insightful spiritual lesson that I was meant to have.
Having learned these, my strange mental condition - "constriction" as its technically called in spirituality - nearly abolished. I feel an expansion of the heart, a calmness.
"Sometimes we try to move a giant tree, when Allah only expects us to plant a seed."
So I sit, I wait for the seed to show what it will grow into.
If it dies, so it is by the will of Allah.
I am not at odds with my Universe anymore.
May my heart be in peace!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
the dim falme of the candle, its existance in this cold wind..
where has all my restlesnes gone..
or i stand on the border of peace..
what is the romance in this cold dark nite..
the spel on the stars , the majestic delight..
a festival of celebrated dreams and old memories..
i see it through the misty window panes..
who has come..
my soul is alive
my veins rejoicing the moment..
songs and balads that come to my domain again..
radiance, warmth, love, ecstasy in this cold dark nite..
this foggy air , the nebulous reprsie.
the tunes of the songs we sang together on the boats..
the tunes, the melody we gave to the seas..
am i an unfathommable ocean of hope and faith?
my soul mellows down..
my veins feel..
let this moment b lived forever..
for i m immortal, i ignite..
in this falme so radiant and divine..
i m a temple or a shrine..
lost in the domain of my ecstasy..