Friday, February 26, 2010

Qasida Burda (Poem of the Mantle)

Qasida Burda - Chapter 3



















So beautiful Subhan'Allah...

1. I transgressed the sunnat of him (Nabi, Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) who passed the night (in ibaadat).
2. Until his feet complained of injury due to being swollen.
3. And he tied and folded, on account of hunger, around hi stomach.
4. A stone beneath which is his delicate skin.
5. And high mountains of gold (tried to) tempt him.
6. Towards it, but he was (completely) disinclined due to his high courage.
7. His piety increased inspite of his need.
8. For verily need never prevails (overpowers) the infallible.
9. How can the necessities of such a noble personality incline him towards this world.
10. For had it not been for him this world would not have come out of non existence.
-Imam Al Busiri-

Qasida Burda - Poem of the Cloak

PRAISING THE HOLY PROPHET
Blessings and Salutations
of Allah be upon him

11. Muhammad ( Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is the leader of both worlds and
     both creations (man and jinn).
12. And of both groups, Arabs and non Arabs.
13. Our Nabi, the one who commands (good), forbids (evil). There is non
     (parallel to him).
14. More truthful than him in saying "No" or "Yes".
15. He is (Allah’s) most beloved, whose intercession is hoped for.
16. For every fear (and distress) that is going to come (on the day) of agony
     (and fears).
17. He called (people) towards Allah, so those who cling to him.
18. Clinging to a rope which will never snap.
19. He transcends the Ambiyaa, physically and in (noble) character.
20. And (the other Ambiyaa) cannot come near his in knowledge and noble
     nature kindness.
21. They all obtained from Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)
22. (Like a) handful (of water) from the ocean or (a few) sips from continuous
     rains.
23. And they all stopped before him at their (assigned) limits.
24. (Either) of a point of knowledge or to gain one wisdom from (his) wisdom.
25. For he is the on e with whom, ended all outward and inward perfection.
26. And then the creator of all creation chose his as (His) most beloved.
27. He has no equal in his magnificence.
28. The jewel of (excellence) in him is indivisible.
29. Discard what the christians claim about their Nabi
30. Then decide and say what you wish in praise of him (Rasulullah Sallallahu
     Alayhi Wasallam).
31. And attribute towards his personality whatever you wish of excellence.
32. And attribute to his dignified status as mush greatness as you wish.
33. For verily excellence of the Messenger of Allah has no (limits)
34. Bounds, that a speaker might (be able to ) express with his mouth.
35. If his miracles were proportionate (according ) to his rank, in greatness,
36. Then his name would have, when called out brought decaying bones back
      to life.
37. He did not try to (test) us with that which would confound our minds.
38. Out of keen interest (kindness) for us, neither were we suspicious 9about
     the truthfulness of his mission) nor were we confounded (by his doctrines).
39. His perfect inner nature made people helpless from comprehending, so it
      was not understood.
40. Those near and far, except according to their (helpless) imperfect
      understanding.
41. Like how the sun is seen by the eyes from far.
42. Verily small, yet hurts (dazzles) the eye (when you stare at it).
43. And can the reality of him be comprehended in this world.
44. A sleeping nation whose description of him are (like interpretations of) a
     dream.
45. So the extreme depth of (our) knowledge concerning him, is that he is a
     man.
46. And verily he is the best of all the creation of Allah.
47. Every miracle which all the Nabi’s showed.
48. Verily they have been derived from his NUR.
49. For verily he is the sun of virtue (and ) they (Ambiyaa) are its stars.
50. Which show their lights to people only in the dark.
51. Until when the sun rose his light spread.
52. Universally and gave life to all the nations.
53. How noble are the physical qualities of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam,
     adorned with good character.
54. (Who) was vested with beauty and disguised by pleasant temperament.
55. (He) is like a blooming flower in its freshness and the full moon in
      splendour.
56. And the ocean in generosity and time its fearless courage.
57. Even when alone, it appears sue to his grandeur.
58. As though (he is) in the midst of a large army and its retinue.
59. It is like pearls well preserved in oysters.
60. From the two mines, of his speech and his smiles.
61. No perfume equals the dust (earth) which is touching his (Rasulullah  
      Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam’s mubarak ) body.
62. Glad tidings be to the person who smells it (the dust) and kisses it.
-Imam Al Busiri-

Spring's Gift - Hamza Yusuf

Subhan'Allah, one of my most favorite poems--

I envy the sand that met his feet
I’m jealous of honey he tasted sweet
Of birds that hovered above his head
Of spiders who spun their sacred web
To save him from his enemies
I envy clouds formed from the seas
That gave him cover from the heat
Of a sun whose light could not compete
With his, whose face did shine so bright
That all was clear in blinding night
I envy sightless trees that gazed
Upon his form completely dazed
Not knowing if the sun had risen
But felt themselves in unison
With those who prayed, and fasted too
Simply because he told them to
With truth and kindness, charity
From God who gave such clarity
His mercy comes in one He sent
To mold our hearts more heaven bent
I envy all there at his side
Who watched the turning of the tide
As truth prevailed and falsehood fled
And hope restored life to the dead
Men and Women through him found grace
To seek together God’s noble face
I envy the cup that gave him drink
His thoughts that helped us all to think
To be one thought that passed his mind
Inspiring him to act so kind
For me this world is not one jot
If I could simply be a thought
From him to God throughout the ages
As revelation came in stages
I pity all who think it odd
To hear him say there is one God
Or he was sent by God to men
To hone their spirits’ acumen
It’s pride that blinds us from the sight
That helps good men to see his light
He taught us all to be God’s slaves
And he will be the one who saves
Humanity from sinful pride
Muhammad has God on his side
So on this day be blessed and sing
For he was born to grace our Spring
With lilies, flowers, life’s rebirth
In a dome of green like his on earth.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The most distinguished qualities of a true devotee of Allah are that he keeps his secret concealed, his self safe from sins and performs his duties towards Allah with full responsibility.
Hazrat Royam bin Mohammad

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of life.
In the end, to take a step without feet;
to regard this world as invisible,
and to disregard what appears to be the self.

Heart, I said, what a gift it has been
to enter this circle of lovers,
to see beyond seeing itself,
to reach and feel within the breast.
-Rumi-

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

This pic reminds me of an old favorite song--Someone please call 911 w/ Wyclef and Mary J.

(chorus)
Someone please call 911
Tell them I just been shot down
and the bullet's, in my heart
And it's piercin through my soul
Feel my body gettin cold

Someone please call 911
The alleged assailaint, is five foot one
and she shot me through my soul
Feel my body gettin cold
















 



 
"We cannot direct the wind;
but we can adjust the sails"
                   -D.P.-

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Millionaire gives away fortune which made him miserable - Henry Samuel

Mr Rabeder, 47, a businessman from Telfs is in the process of selling his luxury 3,455 sq ft villa with lake, sauna and spectacular mountain views over the Alps, valued at £1.4 million. 

Also for sale is his beautiful old stone farmhouse in Provence with its 17 hectares overlooking the arrière-pays, on the market for £613,000. Already gone is his collection of six gliders valued at £350,000, and a luxury Audi A8, worth around £44,000. 

Mr Rabeder has also sold the interior furnishings and accessories business – from vases to artificial flowers – that made his fortune.

"My idea is to have nothing left. Absolutely nothing," he told The Daily Telegraph. "Money is counterproductive – it prevents happiness to come."

Instead, he will move out of his luxury Alpine retreat into a small wooden hut in the mountains or a simple bedsit in Innsbruck.

His entire proceeds are going to charities he set up in Central and Latin America, but he will not even take a salary from these.

"For a long time I believed that more wealth and luxury automatically meant more happiness," he said. "I come from a very poor family where the rules were to work more to achieve more material things, and I applied this for many years," said Mr Rabeder.
But over time, he had another, conflicting feeling.

"More and more I heard the words: 'Stop what you are doing now – all this luxury and consumerism – and start your real life'," he said. "I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish for or need.

I have the feeling that there are lot of people doing the same thing."
However, for many years he said he was simply not "brave" enough to give up all the trappings of his comfortable existence.

The tipping point came while he was on a three-week holiday with his wife to islands of Hawaii.
"It was the biggest shock in my life, when I realised how horrible, soulless and without feeling the five star lifestyle is," he said. "In those three weeks, we spent all the money you could possibly spend. But in all that time, we had the feeling we hadn't met a single real person – that we were all just actors. The staff played the role of being friendly and the guests played the role of being important and nobody was real."

He had similar feelings of guilt while on gliding trips in South America and Africa. "I increasingly got the sensation that there is a connection between our wealth and their poverty," he said.
Suddenly, he realised that "if I don't do it now I won't do it for the rest of my life".
Mr Rabeder decided to raffle his Alpine home, selling 21,999 lottery tickets priced at just £87 each. The Provence house in the village of Cruis is on sale at the local estate agent.

Since selling his belongings, Mr Rabeder said he felt "free, the opposite of heavy".
But he said he did not judge those who chose to keep their wealth. "I do not have the right to give any other person advice. I was just listening to the voice of my heart and soul."

Love this commercial...so what if I'm corny

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Marriage...


"Being married forces you to fine tune those not-so-great-aspects of yourself and strive to be better. Love comes in here too; when you are in a loving relationship (and in love and loved); you have this amazing reservoir of energy within you that allows you to flourish and nurture. It brings out the best in you and makes you strive to be better because someone cares and loves you; and vice versa. It is kind of like how we instinctively react to another's perception of us, when they think well of us and believe in us, we want to do even better; but when they disparage us we will get defensive. Is it any wonder that our beloved prophet (saw) said that marriage is half of faith?" (unknown)

"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. May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'aala be pleased with them." - Shaykh Abdullah Adhami

What Was Said to the Rose --Rumi (Recited by Coleman Barks)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Come My Sweetheart-Rumi

My heart shatters every time I come across this poem :(
Life is so short!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Ahmed Hussain, you are greatly missed.  Can't believe it's been 4 years subhan'Allah....

Your inspiration, laughter, wisdom and presence still lives in our hearts.

May Allah swt have mercy on you and may you be granted Jannah insh'Allah. Ameen.

Friday, February 5, 2010

"Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their lives.  I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be.  The rest will work itself out."
-Reese Witherspoon

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tips for squelching your anger - by Gretchen Rubin

One of my worst faults is my quick temper. I’ve been working hard to control my anger—by not expressing it, or even better, not feeling it.

The problem with that familiar advice about “counting to 10” is that I can never remember to do it. Here are some strategies that do work for me, when I manage to use them.

1. Don’t give in to my anger. Many people believe in the “catharsis hypothesis” and think that expressing anger is healthy-minded and relieves their feelings. Not so. Studies show that expressing anger only aggravates it. I’ve certainly found this to be true; once I get going, I can whip myself into a fury. It’s better to stay calm.

2. Let the sun go down on my anger. I tend to get irritated with the Big Man at night, probably because I’m tired. Now I force myself to wait until the next day to berate him about this or that. And the next morning, my anger is completely gone.

3. Accept blame. I hate being in the wrong, and often snap back when people find fault with something I’ve done. Now I really try to pause to ask myself, “Am I in the wrong?” and to respond with gentleness.

4. Ask: “Am I improving the situation?” This works especially well with the Big Girl. If I get angry with her, she has a complete melt-down. It’s unpleasant, but her reactions have sure helped me get better control of myself. Now, when I have the urge to snap, I think, “Is this going to help the situation?” And the answer is always NO.

5. Find “an area of refuge.” I lifted this phrase from a sign near an elevator at Yale Law School—it struck me as funny. Research shows that when people’s thoughts are unoccupied, brooding sets in. So I try to “find an area of refuge” in my mind; that is, to dwell on serene thoughts instead of brooding and fussing. Along the same lines…

6. Distract myself. Indulging in “overthinking”—dwelling on trifling slights, unpleasant encounters, and sadness—leads to bad feelings. I can enrage myself by obsessing on some petty annoyance. In what the Big Man calls the “downward spiral,” I begin to rail about every negative episode in recent memory. Now I deliberately distract my thoughts, usually by thinking about some writing question.

7. Ask: am I mad at myself? Martha Beck makes the interesting argument that we brood on other people’s faults when we subconsciously identify with them; what we condemn in other people is what we condemn in ourselves. So now when someone is making me angry, I ask myself, “Can I accuse myself of the same fault?” In a telling bit of psychology, I’ve noticed Beck’s observation to be very true for other people, but not so much for myself! Do I suspect a bit of self-denial might be going on…?

8. Laugh. Humor is the answer to everything (humor and exercise). Now when I absolutely can’t hold back my anger, I at least try to insert a joke, or make fun of myself, or assume a lighter tone as I rant on. So instead of sniping out a comment like “Can you PLEASE just answer my emails so I can deal with these horrible logistics issues?!” I might say something like, “I’m thinking of getting a homing pigeon that will fly to your office and rap on your window with its beak until you send me an answer.” The added advantage of this approach is that no matter how the other person responds, I feel less angry and more light-hearted when I adopt a lighter tone.