Monday, September 29, 2008

Suppose you can recite a thousand holy
verses from memory.
What are you going to do
with your ego self, the true
mark of the heretic?

Every time your head touches
the ground in prayers, remember,
this was to teach you to
put down that load of ego
which bars you from entering
the chamber of the Beloved.

To your mind feed understanding,
to your heart, tolerance and compassion.
The simpler your life, the more meaningful.
The less you desire of the world,
the more room you will have in it
to fill with the Beloved.

The best use of your tongue
is to repeat the Beloved's Name in devotion.
The best prayers are those in
the solitude of the night.

The shortest way to the Friend
is through selfless service and
generosity to His creatures.
Those with no sense of honor and dignity are best avoided.
Those who change colors constantly
are best forgotten.

The best way to be with those
bereft of the Beloved's qualities,
is to forget them in the joy of silence in one's corner of solitude.

-Shaikh Abu Saeed Abil Kheir-

Rabi´a al-Adawiyya

The source of my suffering and loneliness is deep in my heart.
This is a disease no doctor can cure.
Only Union with the Friend can cure it.

I have made You the Companion of my heart.
But my body is available to those who desire its company,
And my body is friendly toward its guest,
But the Beloved of my heart is the guest of my soul.
O Lord,
If tomorrow on Judgment Day
You send me to Hell,
I will tell such a secret
That Hell will race from me
Until it is a thousand years away.

O Lord,Whatever share of this world
You could give to me,
Give it to Your enemies;
Whatever share of the next world You want to give to me,
Give it to Your friends.
You are enough for me.

O Lord, If I worship You
From fear of Hell, burn me in Hell.
O Lord, If I worship You
From hope of Paradise, bar me from its gates.

But if I worship You for Yourself alone
Then grace me forever the splendor of Your Face.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Open Mic Event

Inspirational Poetry Open Mic
featuring HAWAH
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Daily Grind Coffee House and Café
9000 Lorton Station Blvd.Lorton, VA 22079
Next to Lorton Station VREParking
Any requests, questions or comments, please contact Karen Marise Rose (Hatler Caldwell) (703)-371-3431

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Listen up...or Open your eyes I mean..

Every one who considers himself better than one of the creatures of God most high is arrogant. Indeed, you ought to realize that the good man is he who is good in God’s sight in the mansion of eternity; and that is something unknown to man, postponed to the End. Your belief that you are better than others is sheer ignorance. Rather you ought not to look at anyone without considering that he is better than you and superior to you. Thus, if you see a child, you say, ‘This person has never sinned against God, but I have sinned, and so he is better than I.’ And if you see an older person, you say, ‘This man was a servant of God before me, and is certainly better than I.’ If he is a scholar, you say, ‘This man has been given what I have not been given and reached what I did not reach, and knows what I am ignorant of; then how shall I be like him?’ And if he is ignorant, you say, ‘This man has sinned against God in ignorance, and I have sinned against Him knowingly, so God’s case against me is stronger, and I do not know what end He will give to me and what end to him.’

Arrogance will not leave your heart except when you know that the great man is he who is great in the sight of God most high. That is something which cannot be known until the end of life, and there is doubt about that (the end and whether it will be good or bad). So let fear of the end occupy you and keep you from making yourself out, despite the doubt about your end, to be aboved the servants of God most high. Your certitude and faith at present do not exclude the possibility of your changing in the future; for God is the disposer of hearts; He guides whom He will and leads astray whom He will.

Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, The Beginning of Guidance

Another Life Lesson

People are all speech,
so be the best words heard.
When a thorn pierces you from them,
be the strongest shield in repelling it.
When you are like that with them,
then you, by God, are a beneficial leader.
The candle harms itselfwhile it is a blazing light to the onlooker.
The blame which you recognizeis a blessing in the hand a person who is deprived.

-Muhyi din Ibn al-‘Arabi, The Mysteries of Bearing Witness-

Monday, September 15, 2008

Calamity or having lost something

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un
(We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return).

The Prophet as saying, "If any Muslim man or woman suffers a calamity and keeps it in his memory, even if it happened a long time ago, saying each time it is remembered, 'We belong to Allah and to Him do we return,' Allah, who is Blessed and Exalted will give a fresh reward each time it is said, equivalent to the reward when it happened." [Tirmidhi: Ahmad and Bayhaqi, in Shu'ab al-Iman, transmitted it.]

The Lives of Man by Imam Haddad on Fasting, Ch.19

Increase your good works, especially in Ramadan, for the reward of a supererogatory act performed during it equals that of an obligatory act performed at any other time. Ramadan is also a time when good works are rendered easy and one has much more energy for them than during any other month. This is because the soul, lazy when it: comes to good works, is then imprisoned by hunger and thirst, the devils who hinder it are shackled, the gates of the Fire are shut, the gates of the Garden are open, and the herald calls every night at Allah’s command: ‘O you who wish for goodness, hasten! And O you who wish for evil, halt!’

You should work only for the hereafter in this noble month, and embark on something worldly only when absolutely necessary. Arrange your life before Ramadan in a manner which will render you free for worship when it arrives. Be intent on devotions and approach Allah more surely, especially during the last ten days. If you are able not to leave the mosque, except when strictly necessary, during those last ten days then do so. Be careful to perform the Tarawih prayers during every Ramadan night. In some places it is nowadays the custom to make them so short that sometimes some of the obligatory elements of the prayer are omitted, let alone the sunnas. It is well known that our predecessors read the whole Qur’an during this prayer, reciting a part each night so as to complete it on one of the last nights of the month. If you are able to follow suit then this is a great gain; if you are not, then the least that you can do is to observe the obligatory elements of the prayer and its proprieties.

Watch carefully for the Night of Destiny [Laylat’ul-Qadr], which is better than a thousand months. It is the blessed night in which all affairs are wisely decided. The one to whom it is unveiled sees the blazing lights, the open doors of heaven, and the angels ascending and descending, and may witness the whole of creation prostrating before Allah, its Creator.

Most scholars are of the opinion that it is in the last ten nights of Ramadan, and is more likely to fall in the odd numbered ones. A certain gnostic witnessed it on the night of the seventeenth, and this was also the opinion of al-Hasan al-Basri. Some scholars have said that it is the first night of Ramadan, and a number of great scholars have said that it is not fixed but shifts its position each Ramadan. They have said that the secret wisdom underlying this is that the believer should devote himself completely to Allah during every night of this month in the hope of coinciding with that night which has been kept obscure from him. And Allah knows best.

Hasten to break your fast as soon as you are certain that the sun has set. Delay suhur long as you do not fear the break of dawn. Feed those who fast at the time when they break it, even if with some dates or a draught of water, for the one who feeds another at the time of breaking the fast receives as much reward as he without this diminishing the other’s reward in any way. Strive never to break your fast nor to feed anyone else at such a time except with lawful food. Do not eat much, take whatever lawful food is present ‘ and do not prefer that which is tasty, for the purpose of fasting is to subdue one’s lustful appetite, and eating a large quantity of delicious food will on the contrary arouse and strengthen it.

Fast on the days on which the Law encourages you to fast, such as the day of Arafat for those who are not participating n the pilgrimage, the ninth and tenth [‘Ashura] of Muharram, and the six days of Shawwal, starting with the second day of the Feast, for this is the more effective discipline for the soul. Fast three days in each month, for these equal a perpetual fast. It is better if these are the White Days, for the Prophet, may blessings and peace be upon him, never omitted to fast them whether he was at home or traveling. Fast often, especially in times of special merit such as the Inviolable Months, and noble days such as Mondays and Thursdays. Know that fasting is the pillar of discipline and the basis of striving. It has been said that fasting constitutes half of fortitude. The Messenger of Allah, may blessings and peace be upon him, said: ‘Allah the Exalted has said: “All good deeds of the son of Adam are multiplied ten to seven hundredfold, except fasting, for it is Mine, and I shall reward a man for it, for he has left his appetite, his food and drink for My sake!”’ ‘The one who fasts has two joys, one when breaking his fast, the other when meeting his Lord.’ And; ‘The odour of the fasting man’s mouth is more fragrant to Allah than that of musk.’

Allah says the truth and He guides to the way. [XXXIII:4]

Friday, September 12, 2008

Only You...

My Lord,
I should only run to you,
but I don't...atleast..not enough...

I should only cry to you,
but I don't...sometimes, just sometimes others might hear me...

I should only cling to you,
but I don't, I try to find other things to keep me distracted...

I should only vent to you,
but I don't, at moments others know of my frustrations...

I should only sigh when we're alone,
but I know at times I have done so loudly...

I should only bare my soul when you're the only one with me,
but there are some who know of my weaknesses....

I should only want love from you alone,
since everyone else is selfish...

I should want to be with you ultimately,
but there are some that I just can't let go of...

Grant me strength, envelope me in your warmth--so I can feel and no longer be numb to your Love and Mercy....

This piece of flesh called my heart, it is oh so weak...constantly letting myself be hurt by others, let down by some and abused by a few...

Help me purify it again, to where my love affair started for you...

I know your love doesn't compare to theirs....theirs is oh so superficial and conditional..

Oh unconditional one, oh merciful one, lower your wing of mercy to me, as you have countlessly been doing so...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Troubled Soul by Hassan Radwan

When anxieties trouble my soul
and the night is heavy with sorrow
I look up to the heavens
where the angels hover amongst the stars,

I feel a gentle embrace so sweet and soft
Calming my mind and healing my soul
Filling me full of peace and love

"Oh you whose throne enfolds the heavens and earth"
"Envelop me in your mercy and bring me back to your presence"

"To walk again in tranquil gardens"
"Wherein is neither suffering nor sickness"
"Nor pain nor misery"

The sky looks so perfect and beautiful
The stars shimmer while the Moon silently looks down

The air is fresh and clear,
Reviving my spirit and giving me hope

Can I believe that the dawn will bring
the answer to my prayers?
And the world will be a different place?

The love of the Beloved By ibn al Qayyim al Jawziyah

The love of the Beloved
must be unconditionally returned.
If you claim love
yet oppose the Beloved,
then your love is but a pretense.
You love the enemies of your Beloved
and still seek love in return.

You fight the beloved of your Beloved.
Is this Love or the following of shaitan?
True devotion is nothing
but total submission
of body and soul
to One Love.

We have seen humans claim to submit,
yet their loyalties are many.

They put their trust here, and their hope there,
and their love is without consequence.

Ghazal 945=Jalaluddin Rumi

A voice out of this world calls on our souls
not to wait any more
get ready to move
to the original home

your real home
your real birth place
is up here with the heavens
let your soul take a flight
like a happy phoenix

you've been tied up
your feet in the mud
your body roped to a log
break loose your ties
get ready for the final flight

make your last journey
from this strange world
soar for the heights
where there is no more
separation of you and your home

God has created
your wings not to be dormant
as long as you are alive
you must try more and more
to use your wings to show you're alive

these wings of yours
are filled with quests and hopes
if they are not used
they will wither away
they will soon decay
you may not like

what I'm going to tell you
you are stuck
now you must seek
nothing but the source.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Remember Just Remember--Anonymous

When things are down
And you are out of your mind
Remember just remember

Allah is The Kind.

When your life is in darkness
And nothing is right
Remember just remember

Through the darkness Allah is The Light.

When nothing makes sense
And your heading for demise
Remember just remember

It doesn't make sense, but Allah is The Wise.

When times are troubled
And no one seems to care
Remember just remember

Allah won't hurt you, He is The Fair.

When your heart is breaking
And your pain makes you fall
Remember just remember

Allah Sees it all.

When you are weak
And the road seems long
Remember just remember

Seek strength from The Strong.

When life is a burden
And everything is unstable
Remember just remember

Allah is The Able.

When the way is cloudy
And there is no one by your side
Remember just remember

Allah is The Only Guide.

When no one wants to listen
Or is willing to lend an ear
Remember just remember

Allah is always ready to hear.

When you are poor and penniless
And you are stuck in a niche
Remember just remember

Allah is The Rich.

When you are down in your misery
And there is nowhere to run
Remember just remember

You can always run to The One.

When your all alone
And your pain has no end
Remember just remember

Allah is your Friend.

And when your scars are hurting
And your heart is in fear
Remember just remember

Allah is really here.

My Greatest Need is You-Rabi'ah al-Adawiyya

Your hope in my heart is the rarest treasure
Your Name on my tongue is the sweetest word
My choicest hours
Are the hours I spend with You -O Allah, I can't live in this world
Without remembering You -How can I endure the next world
Without seeing Your face?I am a stranger in Your country
And lonely among Your worshippers:
This is the substance of my complaint.

Rumi poem from the Mathnawi

Sometimes in order to help He makes us cry.
Happy the eye that sheds tears for His sake.
Fortunate the heart that burns for His sake.
Laughter always follows tears.
Blessed are those who understand.
Life blossoms wherever water flows.
Where tears are shed divine mercy is shown.
When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left. -anon

Friday, September 5, 2008

The company of a good friend is like an owner of musk; if you don’t buy anything, you will get the smell of it.
The company of a bad friend is like the blacksmith’s bellows; if you are not affected by its black dirt, you will be touched by its smoke

~Prophet Muhammed (saw)

Everyone who is being overtaken by death asks for more time while everyone who still has time makes excuses for procrastination... ~Ali Ibn Abi Talib (RA.)

The Prophet (saw) said:
"Almighty Allah says, ‘I am as My servant thinks I am,

and I am with him when he remembers Me.
If he remembers Me to himself,
I remember him to Myself;
and if he remembers Me in a gathering,
I remember him in a gathering better than it.
If he draws near to Me a hand’s span,

I draw near to him an arm’s length;
if he draws near to Me an arm’s length,
I draw near to him a fathom’s length;
and if he comes to Me walking,
I go to him with haste.’”
(Al-Bukhari, Muslim, At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)
"When you feel I am nearest, then am I farthest from you. When you feel I am furthest from you, then am I nearest to you."

May God steal from you
All that steals you from Him.
-Rabia al-Adawiyya-

Let me hide in You
From everything that distracts me from You,
From everything that comes in my way
When I want to run to You.
- Rabi’a al-Adawiyya -

It may be that you dislike something, though it is good for you. And it may be that you love something, though it is bad for you. And God knows, and you do not know
~Surah Al-Baqarah v 216

Penny for your thoughts...

Some of these have no author to them of which I know, so I am sorry for not providing more info...
So just drink it and quench the thirst of your soul....

Here ya go:

Growing old is inevitable, growing UP is optional.

There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.

Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
Faith is the ability to not panic.

Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.

The most important things in your home are the people.

He who dies with the most toys is still dead.

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in a dark room with a mosquito.

God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.

It's all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.

Learn from the turtle, it only makes progress when it sticks its neck out.
Whatever you have in your mind - forget it;
Whatever you have in your hand - give it;

Whatever is to be your fate - face it!
-Abu Sa'id-

You've 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.
-Jalaluddin Rumi-

T. S. Eliot:
We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then.
  • With the first Allahu akbar, they put the world and all of its inhabitants behind them.
  • With the second Allahu akbar, they forget the hereafter.
  • With the third Allahu akbar, they cast the very thought of anything other than God out of their heart.
  • With the fourth Allahu akbar, they forget even themselves.

Some quotes by Ibn Atailah

Nothing benefits the heart more than a Spiritual seclusion,
whereby it enters the domain of true reflections.

Do not let the delay of what you are fervently praying for discourage you, or dishearten you - for He has Guaranteed you the answer in what He chooses for you (not in what you choose for yourself) and when He wills, not when you do.

Do not keep the company of anyone whose state does not awaken yours, or words direct you to Allah. You might be doing badly, and be shown your goodness by keeping the company of someone even worse.