Friday, July 31, 2009

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results.
-Einstein


Many of us tend to do the same things repeatedly in our lives,
not learning from our mistakes or from the consequences...
this is a good quote to reflect on...
Night of SAWA
Open Mic Poetry/Music Event
Last one before Ramadan, insh'Allah!!!

TONIGHT
Friday, 7/31

7:30 - 10:00pm

@

Daily Grind Cafe
9000 Lorton Station Blvd # R
Lorton, VA 22079

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Be humble.
Only fools take pride in their station here, trapped in
a cage of dust, moisture, heat and air.
No need to complain of calamities,
this illusion of a life lasts but a moment.
-Shaikh Abu Saeed Abil Kheir-

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I was in the garden in the morning and I was gathering roses
And all the time I was afraid that the gardener would see me.
The gardener, however, only spoke these kind words:
‘A few roses are nothing as I give you the complete garden’.
-Rumi-
In the sea there are countless treasures,
But if you desire safety, it is on the shore.
-Saadi-
O, friend! Nobody veils you, but yourself.
In your path there is no thorn or weed, but yourself.
You said: Shall I reach the Beloved or not?
Between you and the Beloved there is nobody, but yourself.
- Awhadoddin Kermani -
We have run on the path of love all our life,
We have searched with great force for union with You all our life.
To catch one glimpse of You is better for our sight
Than the beauty of earthly beauties all our life.
-Jami-

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

All Adam's race are members of one frame;
Since all, at first, from the same essence came.
When by hard fortune one limb is oppressed,
The other members lose their wonted rest:
If thou feel'st not for others' misery,
A son of Adam is no name for thee.
-Sa'adi
Thanks for sharing this with me Lina :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

"How you gonna win when you ain't right within?"
-Lauryn Hill

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Take My Hand...(nader khan)

"Take my hand, come with me
Take your time, but don’t you see
That your ways, won’t set you free

Take my hand, come with me
Take a look, inside the door
Of my heart, you’ll see for sure
That my love, for you is pure

Take my hand, come with me
I won’t judge, won’t put you down
While you lie, down on the ground
Take your time, I’ll hang around

Take my hand, come with me
I don’t know how I would fare
If your trials, I was to bear
But your burden, do let me share

Take my hand, come with me
Take this hate out of your heart
It’s alright that we’ve grown apart
Let’s give this thing a brand new start

Take my hand, come with me
Turn your anger, your glowing rage
Against yourself, break out of the cage
Write your story, on a brand new page

Take my hand, come with me
I won’t shout, I’ll stay composed
This is where, you need me most
It’s not too late, the door hasn’t closed

Take my hand, come with me
And if i stumble, as I walk with you
I’ll take your hand, oh I’ll come with you
I’ll need your strength, to pull me through
But now take my hand, and now come with me"


A song based on a story cited by Imam Ghazali in his book “Duties of Brotherhood in Islam”, translated into English by Muhtar Holland. The story is of two friends from an ancient Jewish community, and deals with their lifestyle of devotion and worship, how one of them goes astray, and how his friend takes him by the hand, back to his original path.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The sound of tears...by Nader Khan

I'm listening to this right now and subhan'Allah, it speaks exactly how I feel and the state I am in...I've drifted so far and I'm desperate to reach my Creator's shore once again...

I bought this CD this weekend and it's amazing..check it out...

Redemption from desire
Desires a lonely crier

AstaghfiruLlaha inn Allaha Dhu Karamin (I ask forgiveness of God! Truly God possesses generosity)

Wa rahmatin lilladhi qad taba min zalali (And compassion for the one who turns away after his errors)

In the timeless time, before our time
When You called us forth to bear witness
Following the devout
I answered “Yes, without the shadow of a doubt”
Your Spoken Word, was what I’d heard
As I stumbled into wakefulness
As we gathered about
It stirred me within as it shook me without
And the years they passed till the day at last
I awoke with a cry – oh, the pain of severance!
And then I felt it again, and again
But there was a mercy that was hidden in the pain
Ravenous desire, a burning fire
Who am I to claim a share in deliverance?
I can always explain
But my time’s running out, and my guilt is plain
Oh One Who hears, the sound of tears
As they quench the thirst of the earth that I pray on
My Lord, forgive me
I have failed the covenant that I had taken on
Oh One Who sees, my arrogant knees
As they kiss the ground in the hopes of redemption
My Lord, forgive me
I have failed the covenant that I had taken on
As I took the trust, on ruz-e-alast
The mountains quaked at the consequences
As I pledged to obey
The Earth cried over the ones who’ll go astray
As our ships set sail, and worldly veils
Sent us drifting to our distances
The mind did lose The Way
But the heart kept reminding of yesterday
Now here I am, a broken man
I’ve earned the fate that Your justice regulates
Dry, empty hands
Don’t stop the flow of the hourglass’ sand
Oh Free of Need, You have decreed
Your mercy descends on the one who supplicates
Raised, empty hands
Plead mercy, my Lord, plead a generous hand
Oh One Who hears, the sound of tears
As they quench the thirst of the earth that I pray on
My Lord, forgive me
I have failed the covenant that I had taken on
Oh One Who knows the song of those
Who wail in remorse at the sting of separation
My Lord, forgive me
I have failed the covenant that I had taken on
Forgive me and relieve me
And a wing of hope, do give me
Just a wing of fear that’s with me
Won’t get me near the Promised Land
Redemption from desire
Desires a lonely crier
Your closeness I aspire
But I can’t carry on if you don’t take my hand
Oh One Who hears, the sound of tears
As they quench the thirst of the earth that I pray on
My Lord, forgive me
I have failed the covenant that I had taken on
Oh One Who sees, my arrogant knees
As they kiss the ground in the hopes of redemption
My Lord, forgive me
I have failed the covenant that I had taken on

Rabbana dhalamna anfusana, wa illam taghfir lana (O Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us)

Wa tarhamna, la nakunanna min al-khasirin (And have mercy on us, we shall certainly be among the lost)

Oh One Who knows the song of those
Who wail in remorse at the sting of separation
My Lord, forgive me
I have failed the covenant that I had taken on


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Inspiration for the song: A song of repentance, based loosely on a section of the Hizb al Kabir of Imam Abul-Hasan al Shadhili, the Qasidah of Repentance from the Diwan of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Al-Habib (where the first two Arabic lines come from), the very first couplet of Maulana Rumi’s Mathnawi, and a few other readings. The “covenant” being referred to in this song, is to be found in Sura al An’am [7:172] of the Qur’an, an event sometimes referred to in Persian Islamic literature as “Ruz-e-alast”, but can be taken to refer to any oath, promise, or responsibility. The prayer at the end of the song is the prayer of Adam and Eve as they took responsibility for their misjudgment, also from Sura al A'raf [7:23].
"The tear of the sinner is more beloved to God
than the arrogance of the righteous man"
-Ibn Ata'llah