Saturday, November 29, 2008

Divided We Stand...

As an ummah, we're pretty picky...as people who descend from the greatest empire, look at what has come of us.  We have become WAY TOO COMFORTABLE with the understanding that there will be divisions amongst us and we have decided to just ride that wave...We speak upon it now with just an acceptance as it is totally okay and we should go with the flow.  Our Creator clearly states in the Qur'an that this is disliked and those who create divisions will displease him.  Does this sink in for some people? No.  

And hold fast, all together, by the Rope which Allah( stretches out for you), and be not divided among your selves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favor on you; for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His grace, you became brethren; and you were on the brink of the pit of fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His signs clear to you: that you may be guided” (3:103).  

The Holy Quran in Sura Al- Hugarat (The Inner Apartments) says; “The believers are but a single brotherhood: so make piece and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy” (49:10)

It is expressed as clear as day and as simple as it can get.  Yet, why do we keep turning the other cheek when it comes to something like this?  Lack of love for Allah is the answer.  If we love our Creator, we take heed as to what He says.  We can talk the talk, but how many of us actually walk the walk?  We sit amongst each other and dissect each other's differences.  We try to pick at each other and accumulate as many negative things that a person does and we use that as our basis in judging each other and determining why we dislike them.  People claim to love their sister or brother for the sake of Allah, but those lies just roll off of tongues.  We are taught to LOVE each other for the sake of the Beloved, not LIKE each other.  We are not taught to like for our brother/sister, that which we like for ourselves, but LOVE for our brother/sister that which we love for ourself.  If we loved each other, we wouldn't be in the state we are in currently.  We wouldn't have the arguments we have these days.  We would learn to unite together through our similarities rather than split based on our differences.  Think about that and let it sink in for a sec.......

There is only one Creator...this is our joining unity.  The Abrahamic religions all share the same idea of having one Lord...Allah created other religions as well and sent their messengers, which is known in our teachings.  We are taught to live in peace with each other and co-exist just as the beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did.  We can't even live together with each other as ''Muslims"...look at how far behind we are!!!

We have been manipulated by leaders or certain ''scholars'' to believe that we are great and better than others, or because we place our hands a certain way or follow a school of thought or refrain from doing certain things, that we are the ''enlightened'' ones or the ''true followers''  and that the other muslims are misguided or ignorant or cursed.  Only Allah can judge, who the heck are we?  

We are so busy trying to point out each other's faults and pointing fingers at each other, that we have totally forgotten how to look in the mirror and look at our self...Where have we come to and where are we going?  We have to break our own hypocrisies and fix ourselves, yet some of us go about trying to fix everyone else but ''I''...People talk the talk so eloquently...they preach...they make others feel inferior for their mistakes...they quote verses right and left, narrate hadiths off the tip of their tongues...yet their own core is so weak and so hypocritical but they can't face it.  We all are sinners, we all make mistakes, but the point is to fix that...to stay on the sirat-al-mustaqim (straight path)....

Let's tie our own camel before we start going around trying to tie everyone else's...

May HE guide us all, may our hearts be purified, our nafs' broken and our souls' enlightened. Ameen.




Thursday, November 27, 2008

notice in regards to the dunya

We need to think twice before we waste our money and food and spend in excess....
FANTASY IS WHAT PEOPLE WANT, BUT REALITY IS WHAT THEY NEED (lauryn hill)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Master manipulators,
playing devil's advocate while turning a blind eye,
leading the earnest seekers to spiritual death,
claiming to work for the most High.
They are led to follow blindly,
rather than to ask, "who", "what" or "why"...
Making sure their work is done,
creating delusions on the sly,
Not caring that their ego is killing them slowly,
leading them to abuse, these false pretenders naturally lie,
While the thirsty worshippers just want to get a piece of the
Sirat-ul-mustaqeem pie...
My frustrations are seeping,
The ignorance they spread to the others causes me to cry,
But it takes one person to stand up and change things,
only way to get there is to try,
Can't only do it with one person,
let's start it with you and I...(c)
-MN-

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

BY THE WAY

Just to clarify for those whom are not very familiar with Rumi's metaphors/symbolisms/references, when he mentions Drunkenness, it is not an intoxicated drunkenness involving alcohol or wine or khamr of any sort, it is in reference to a Spiritual Drunkenness....

Some have made ignorant judgements and perversify his work.

Just a clarification :)

Rumi..

Who Says Words With My Mouth?
All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that,
and I intend to end up there.


This drunkenness began in some other tavern.
When I get back around to that place,
I'll be completely sober. Meanwhile,
I'm like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary.
The day is coming when I fly off,
but who is it now in my ear who hears my voice?
Who says words with my mouth?

Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
I cannot stop asking.
If I could taste one sip of an answer,
I could break out of this prison for drunks.
I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.

This poetry, I never know what I'm going to say.
I don't plan it.
When I'm outside the saying of it,
I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Whoever desires Paradise, proceeds towards goodness; whoever fears Hell, refrains from the impulses of passions; whoever believes firmly in death, detests wordly life; and whoever recognises the worldly life, the trials and tribulations (of life) become slight for him."
['Ali - radhiAllaahu 'anhu]

Qasida in praise of the Prophet saaws by Hassan ibn Thabit

When I saw his light shining forth,
In fear I covered my eyes with my palms,
Afraid for my sight because of the beauty of his form.
So I was scarcely able to look at him at all.
The lights from his light are drowned in his light
and his faces shines out like the sun and moon in one.
A spirit of light lodged in a body like the moon,
a mantle made up of brilliant shining stars.
I bore it until I could bear it no longer.
I found the taste of patience to be like bitter aloes.
I could find no remedy to bring me relief
other than delighting in the sight of the one I love.
Even if he had not brought any clear signs with him,
the sight of him would dispense with the need for them.
Muhammad is a human being but not like other human beings.
Rather he is a flawless diamond and the rest of mankind is just stones.
Blessings be on him so that perhaps Allah may have mercy on us
on that burning Day when the Fire is roaring forth its sparks.

Monday, November 17, 2008

You suppose you are the trouble
But you are the cure
You suppose that you are the lock on the door
But you are the key that opens it
It's too bad that you want to be someone else
You don't see your own face, your own beauty
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours.
~Rumi~

Sunday, November 16, 2008

God turns you from one feeling to another
and teaches you by means of opposites,
so that you will have two wings to fly - not one.
*Rumi*

heartful plea

Ya Allah,
Please help me pass this test you are giving me...
Clinging to you harder than ever...

Ya Rabb...

R.I.P. Ahmed Hussain..may Allah have mercy on your soul...

This is a video Ahmed's mother created for him...It's been 2 years already but it still feels like yesterday...

Link to my blog about him for his mother: http://ahmedhussainlife.blogspot.com

Saturday, November 15, 2008

thoughts

Not so often do I sit here as I am sitting right now,
where there is no noise but the symphony created by the earth..
The breeze causes the trees to dance, sway, rock in its own way...
the leaves are rustling on tree branches...
The ones on the ground are spinning in massive circles...
The breeze is flowing throughout locks of my hair,
intertwined in devotion...
Not too often do I feel this sensation..
Considering I wear the flag of my faith when I go out (proudly)...
This moment of peace..exhiliration...awe...
Something I don't want to trade for anything right now...
All thanks to the Beloved...
How we miss the small things...
Feel....reflect....feel...(c)

-MN-

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Drops of blessings kiss my face
as love-drops compete in life's unstoppable race,
pools of joy immersed in the earth,
it's beauty is what gives my eyesight worth...
to hear it's melody as it pours,
is what causes my spirit to dance and ask for more,
its essence is what gives life drink
and causes me to admire and think
about how my Lord helps ease my pain,
just by sending me the beloved rain...(c)
-MaryamN-

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The word "shams" (sun) is feminine,
and "qamar" (moon) is masculine.
The sun burns itself out to give light and life to everything around,
and the moon is muneer, meaning it reflects the light.
Within itself it has no light; it radiates the brilliance of the sun.
So when we shine as men,
the implication is that we are reflecting the glorious light of our women.
- Shaykh Abdullah Adhami

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Ode by a boy

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Prophet Muhammad salallahu alaihi wa salam,
I love you...
-Amir Noori-(lil bro, 8 yrs old)

thought explosion..freewrite

identity..crisis..
if ur intent shows, wear it.
look into the mirror and take a good look...
ask yourself who you really are...
ask yourself who you imitate..
who's had an influence on you?
you could talk the talk, but do you walk the walk?
we, created as unique individuals each...
no two being the same,
why have you conformed and began to imitate others,
playin some copy-cat game?
At one time, our dynasty was imitated by others...
now we have imitated them...
my heart shatters everytime i see a sister
wearing the identity of a muslimah but breaking rules to just seem ''normal''...
seeing brothers wearing the label but showing the world they can ''get down''....
where have we come to and where are we going?
if all the contents of our hearts were to be exposed, how many of us would be ashamed?
don't judge a book by its cover? absolutely...but at the same time,
remember that your actions and character shows who you are...
talk is cheap..actions speak louder than words, after all...right?
so if you're gonna talk the talk..then learn how to walk too...
take a good look in that mirror and pull back the layers and layers of
your identity
ask you who you really are and if you show it...
word...(c)
-MN-

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.”
-Rumi-
You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?
-Rumi-



Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do. -rumi-


“Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more - more unseen forms become manifest to him.”-Rumi-