Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Upon the snow my heart has lain,
In hopes that it will melt away my pain…
To purify it and make it bright,
Rid it of darkness and
beautify the internal sight..(c)

-MN-

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The first duty of love is to listen.


"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them."
— Ralph Nichols


"There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation."
— James Nathan Miller

"You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time."
— M. Scott Peck

"To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words. You listen not only to the 'music,' but to the essence of the person speaking. You listen not only for what someone knows, but for what he or she is. Ears operate at the speed of sound, which is far slower than the speed of light the eyes take in. Generative listening is the art of developing deeper silences in yourself, so you can slow our mind’s hearing to your ears’ natural speed, and hear beneath the words to their meaning."
— Peter Senge

Agenda to Change our Condition-Imam Zaid Shakir--GREAT POINT...

"the quran says when the daughter is asked why she was buried alive, there's more ways than to bury a woman alive than physically..a lot of our women i think are buried a live in the islamic community and that needs to change..."-Hamza Yusuf during the Doha debates..

Tackling Extremism-Hamza Yusuf, Desmond Tutu, John Esposito, Diana Buttu

http://vodpod.com/watch/32074-tackling-extremism-hamza-yusuf-desmond-tutu-john-esposito-and-diana-buttu

Thursday, January 22, 2009


I know that I shall never see
A poem that bows quite like our tree
A tree who like us loved to pray
In adoration every day
A tree who humbly knelt in praise
To God and never chose to raise
Itself above the other trees
Instead remained as if on knees
A tree who gave our scholars shade
And never asked that it be paid
A tree whose needles never hurt
But gently fell upon the dirt
A tree whose worth cannot be told
Or ever lent or bought with gold
A tree who showed us all its height
With God by bowing with delight
It taught us all to clearly see
A Garden lies beneath a tree
And then it showed us with a sigh
That trees, like us, must also die
In an age of folly, play and mirth
A tree has died with brow on earth
-Hamza Yusuf / March 2005

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Night of SAWA Open Mic Event for January

Night of SAWA
"Spiritual Awakening"

January 23rd, 2009
7:00 - 10:00 pm

Daily Grind Cafe
Lorton, VA

Come perform or listen to Muslim Artists share their poetry/music while you kick back and relax with a bite to eat and a warm cup of coffee...

Contact myself, Maryam for any questions at mylifeisapoem@gmail.com

Islam?

Bismillah,
In the name of Allah,

So I had a youth group meeting to attend last night.  I was looking forward to it, as I do every week, because Fridays are the most blessed day of the week and also, I love seeing the youth come in and learn and interact with us and ask questions.  We give them some pizza during a break, and just cover important topics and workshop with them to pick their minds.  I wish I had something like this when I was younger...I sorta did, but w/out the food, the powerpoint presentations and the nice facility, thanks to one of the brothers, who hooks us up with a nice location.  

Everything is great and lovely, it has its ups & downs like any organization does...but one down that concerns me the most, is ignorance.   Now I'm not just talking about the young students...but adults coming in and polluting people's minds. 

Some brother came in last night to throw our mojo off.  Those of us that usually attend, myself and the other 2 organizers, were energetic and looking forward to discovering some great topics.  All of us were happy and in great moods, which was shaitan's perfect moment to attack.

A brother came in, NOT with the intention to learn...NOT with the intention to hear w/ an open heart, (Allah knows best, I shouldn't make judgements either), but with a different agenda...
anyhow, to make a long story short, he made a scene, with hopes of putting us down and making us look bad, when he only made himself look bad, may Allah guide all of us.  

People have forgotten the sunnah, they claim to know the way of the beloved Messenger, peace be upon he, but they have NO CLUE....Hey, I'm not perfect or anywhere near good, but I don't do horrendous things and claim that I am knowledgeable and go putting people down and acting like i'm the Shaykha of the universe.

Some guys dropped by, random ages, from kids to teens to adults...From the moment they walked in, they were cold in response to my salam, and had very stern expressions on their face.  I didn't see much smiling, which is the way of our deen, there wasn't much of a positive energy, nor did they seem so eager to learn.  

These are the type of people I like working with, so their minds can expand and they can learn to see things from another perspective.  

That wasn't the case last night..and it definitely wasn't going to happen...

because I'm a female...

It's a dangerous thing for people to be set on their ways and to teach themselves Islam.  I am positive some of these guys have their own hadith books and take whatever they read and implement it. I know because I knew many a people like that when I, myself, was looking into Islam in the early stages.  

It breaks my heart because the brothers totally dismissed me and when I was speaking, they told the other 2 organizers, whom are male, that they weren't sure if it was right that I address them.  When they were discussing things, they were referring to us sisters, as if we weren't even there...''So what about the sisters, what are we going to do with them?"...then one suggested putting a table up as a divider...preparing to lift the table and put it next to us....as if we are some type of garbage or a disease that they might contract and we need to be shunned of because we are female.  

It took every bone in my body and all the energy I could muster, to not blow up at the situation.
In the time of the beloved Prophet, peace be upon him, no such actions were taken. Mind you, the males and females didn't mingle and interact to where they were sitting next to each other side by side and hanging out, but it wasn't to the point where women were shut off and shunned either.  

There are master manipulators out there who make up their own versions of Islam and force it upon others.  There are people out there who do all types of things which go against Islam but still call others Kafir or disbelievers, because they have a self-righteous mentality that they are the ones to save the world. 

This is the sick product of ignorance and shaitan.  

I can go on even more about what happened, but it is not necessary. 

There are guidelines which need to be kept, but not the guideline of being rude and disrespectful to a female.  Islam doesn't teach disrespect and that's something many people who are 'Muslim', forget.  

We are taught to seek and learn...we are not taught to divide and hate....

I could post all the sounds hadiths and Qur'anic ayahs to disprove these people's actions, but the blind will be blind even with the truth in front of them.  People have a way of twisting things to conform to their vision..So I'm not going to bother doing it openly.

Allah will remove the filth from these people's hearts, if they are lucky and if they strive to purify their diseased mentalities....

Any wrong I have said is from my own bad self and any good is from my beloved Creator...

May HE guide us all and may our hearts be purified...

Ameen!



Thursday, January 15, 2009

in love, the mirror of the heart reflects it's beloved.
In love, the rain feeds the earth.
In love, souls attach to become strong,
and in peace does the mind give the body relief...(c)
~MN~

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Another re-post of "How Sad"

How sad,
A lover of life has fallen
She has too many burdens to take it all in
When she’s hit rock bottom, her positive thoughts are always stallin.
To her creator she’s constantly callin,
She’s impatient, constantly teary-eyed and bawlin,
Doesn’t want anyone to break her “personal box” wall in
Wherever she goes she has on her back her problems that she’s haulin
Once a strong woman who walked confidently, now she’s crawlin.
The things she once loved, she now finds appalling.
Her meditation, spirituality, the devils slowly uninstalling.
Nobody she wants to speak to, this chick is constantly blogging,
Forgot about the great things she did, constantly rememberin her downfalls and—
Imperfections.
Anticipates the nightfall when—
her mind will sleep,
Her mind also her enemy recallin
The wrongs in her life.
All this negative energy is building like a snowball and
Has frozen her mind.
She needs her heart’s coils to unwind.
She knows she can no longer be blind
to God’s mercy and love combined in this test.
Needs to break out of this box that has got her confined,
Accept all the great offerings that she so quickly declined.
Has to rebuild her reason of existence she had so clearly defined.
Wants to go back to the days where she was so entwined with the most Merciful’s love.
See, she has all of this so perfectly outlined,
But its useless if she doesn’t take a step back and rewind,
Remind herself of all the tasks to which God had her assigned,
Years ago there was a promise that she made, a verbal contract she signed,
That she will no longer dance with the devil, the destroyer of mankind,
She’s gotta let go of her baggage, leave all the b.s. behind
And work back towards the days of when her heart will once again shine,
This lover of life realizes her answers are always and only with the divine..

How sad...(c)
-MN-
Ay dil, Ay dil, dil e diwana,
bar e eshqat
shodi afsaana....

Monday, January 12, 2009

Ode to tea...

Tea bag of love, seeped into the soul's mug...
The smell of this elixir drives one mad...
This is the drink of the crazy seekers who yearn for it...
This tea is not just any plain tea....
It is one that creates unity and peace,
harmony and wonder, 
happiness and ecstasy...
The rich color resembles warm eyes peering over the cup....
Deep pools of cocoa wanting to be swam in,
Tea...
Tea...
This tea ferments my emotions and 
brews my heart's desires....
add honey to it, and you have the sweetness to my life...
Who would have thought there's so much to it...
Only a madman would share my sip...(c)
-MN-

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hafiz

Don't surrender your loneliness
So quickly.
Let it cut more deep.

Let it ferment and season you
As few human
Or even divine ingredients can.

Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft,
My voice
So tender,

My need of God
Absolutely
Clear.

Abu Nu’aym narrates in Al-Hilyah that Mu’adh bin Jabal  Said:

“Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, it is the best companion during travels, and it is the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy. Knowledge is the discerning proof of what is right and what is wrong, and it is the positive force that will help you surmount the trials of comfort, as well as those of hardships. Knowledge is your most powerful sword against your enemy, and finally, it is your most dignifying raiment in the company of your close companions. Through knowledge, Allah, blessed be His Name, raises some people in rank, and He makes them leaders in righteousness and models in morality. The vestige of their faith is avidly sought, their deeds are emulated perceptively, and people will seek and sanction their opinions solicitously and unequivocally. The heavenly angels seek their company and anoint them with their wings, every fresh or withered life they pass by implore Almighty Allah to forgive them their sins, even the fish in the oceans, the beasts of the lands and every bird of prey and migratory bird pray and solicit the mercy of Almighty Allah on their behalf. This is because knowledge revives the dead hearts and drives them out of darkness into light, and because knowledge is the light of the inner eyes that cures one’s blindness and restores his inner sight”

The wind of anger blows out the lamp of intelligence-unknown

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. -Cherie Carter-Scott

You can't expect people to look eye-to-eye with you if you are looking down on them.-Unknown

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him. -unknown

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.-Einstein

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.-Helen Keller

The men who try to do something and fall are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.-Lloyd Jones
لاَ جَرَمَ أَنَّ اللّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا يُسِرُّونَ وَمَا يُعْلِنُونَ إِنَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُسْتَكْبِرِينَ (16:23) 

La jarama anna Allaha yaAAlamu ma yusirroona wama yuAAlinoona innahu la yuhibbu almustakbireena16:23 (Asad) 

Truly, God knows all that they keep secret as well as all that they bring into the open -[and,] behold, He does not love those who are given to arrogance.


"One will not enter Paradise, if one has an atom’s weight of arrogance in his/her heart."


Sunday, January 4, 2009

IT IS BETTER TO DIE ON YOUR FEET 
THAN TO LIVE ON YOUR KNEES...

Friday, January 2, 2009

How different would the world be,
if everyone could see their hypocrisies?
Would all take their eyes out from the ugliness they see?
Would we learn from our heart's diseases and work on setting our souls free?
This isn't a make-believe concept, all it takes is starting with "me",
before pointing fingers at someone else, learn to point one at yourself times three,
then we will realize we have the 'break your hypocritical ways' key..
How different it would be..
if we could see our hypocrisies...(c)
-MN-

Thursday, January 1, 2009

This world is but of nothingness....
I have gone through heights and peaks of emotions and
moments of happiness or excitement,
yet when I see everything around me and go through the motions of this temporal life,
I am reminded how temporary everything is..
and what is at the moment, may not be tomorrow...
all an illusion...(c)
-MN-