Thursday, March 29, 2007

Children (definitive)

Category: STRONG

God assigns souls to children based on overlapping criteria of what kind of kids the parents deserve, and what kind of parents the kids deserve (as well as all the other factors in His Judgement that aren't typical of every situation). This doesn't necessarily mean balance (bad kids need good parents, and bad parents need good kids), but it does mean reward/punishment. Once you get to a certain stage of embodying Deen, then you're almost guaranteed to churn out perfect kids. An incredible majority of the higher level spiritual guides or ulema I know of have had children who turned out IDENTICAL to them in religious/spiritual respects, while of course remaining completely individual.

Mufti Muhammad Shafi (Ma'ariful Qur'an)... his son is Mufti Taqi Usmani (who later revised that and supervised the English version). That's just enough said right there, that his son reached the same ultimate stage of scholarship. Here's the dedication to a book he wrote, "An approach to the Qur'anic Sciences".

"To my respected father/ Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi (ra)/ in whose person lay for me/ the compassion of an exemplary - nay, an unmatched father, an impeccable teacher, and a sagacious guardian and mentor./ and to none else on earth/ my love and my devotion are directed./ My Allah shower Mercy on him./ Without his prior permission do I dedicate this little effort to him with the submission./ [some urdu]"
-Justice Mufti Taqi Usmani (Ret.)


Another popular instance, Hazrat Umar Ibn Khattab (RA), his son was Abdullah Ibn Umar (RA)... who was actually as qualified for the Caliphate as even other Sahabah. :0! Umar didn't want to turn it into a dynasty, so it went to Uthman (RA) next.

Yet for normal people, we're to expect to turn out kids that are probably nothing like us in terms of 'soul' but just like us in outwards ways (appearance, personality, etc.). Yet these people brought up children who had similar souls (the good kind) but their true individuality showed through in that they were hardly anything like their parents. The one true measure of a person (Deen) was what they had in common with their parents. It's amazing how something like faith can be a factor in turning out the genetically perfect combinations of genes (diversity in offspring).

And yet for so many 'religious' people now (the ones closer to 'our level', the ones we're likely to know personally), they wind up with kids that are the opposite of them in terms of kindred souls but physical/mental clones otherwise. Sincerity in religion it seems, is not a common thing amongst the people. Or maybe sincerity is not enough and you just need to be THAT damn good.

It's highlarious how people nowadays talk about giving their children their 'space', to let them 'find themselves', etc. etc. Only to wind up with the kids being clones (for better or worse, usually worse, even if it appears better at first sight) of themselves. It's like the metaphor about the painting. Silly people, simply dabbing at a canvas with a brush in the imitation of a great painter is pointless if you don't have the right paint on the brush, or the right order and placement of the brushstrokes. You think you're being enlightened parents, but there's no end result.

As I said earlier, if a child can ask over 400 questions a day, you should be able to explain Allah in 400 different ways a day.


Category: STRONG

Things get all screwed to Hell if it doesn't happen like the above (Re: Love). Ok, it's natural for young women to want kids. It's kinda cute actually. But uh... there really is little difference between women wanting kids without the context of a marriage/relationship/love and men wanting sex without the context of a marriage/relationship/love (pure Western culture, there are other parallels for other cultures or hybrid-cultures). They're both biological desires or urges. Think about how totally mammalian that is... males wanting sex, females wanting offspring. It makes sense. In fact, just as how a woman will attribute her biological urge for children to something spiritual (indeed, the selfnessness of raising children is spiritual, but it's something even animals... without souls... do), a man can also 'spiritualize' his sexual appetite (as in... it's human nature to want to mate... and simple mating can be spiritual, but just because a spiritual context is thrown on something, does not make that very thing spiritual at all. it has to be effected from within, not without).

What is a child really? Not yours, Khalil Gibran would say who I thought had the best quotes about them. What a child really is, is all that stuff from above. It's everything. An expression or manifestation of love and faith in the union more or less. Just as that's what sex is really supposed to be for people who pursue existences higher than simple animals, it's a perfect way to express love, and having a child together and the act of raising it is an even more perfect expression of love.

Raising the child employs full use of the 'mirrors' of all parties involved. Because the child is an altogether different person from either of the parents. It's a seperate soul. The selection of that soul might be based on Divine Wisdom, so it might be similar depending on circumstances, or it might be completely different.

"Your children are not your children:
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which
You cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
But seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday."
-Khalil Gibran

Anyway, the love of parents. It goes without saying a child needs parents that love it, and also love EACH OTHER. Ok, maybe it doesn't go without saying. Parents who love each other (outside of the scope of religion) will usually have kids that are pretty decent in worldly terms (the spiritual correlation is a different matter). The 'complete' expression in this method would be love predominating between the parents-to-be, and funnelling into a love for God. Often, the sure-fire way to insure that happening (cuz love isn't storybook for most people) is to do the whole union for the sake of Allah, by having sincere intentions and right actions (using only Deen itself as the major criteria when finding)... you love Allah, so you love doing what Allah orders you to do, and marriage being half the religion insures the partners will be in a state of perfect/pure love regardless of whether or not they even sensually love each other because love and faith can be converted into each other like currency. And this is important to note, because in an Islamic atmosphere (sometimes zero contact between husband/wife before marriage), love cannot happen before the marriage and is almost purely the result of the conversion of the Faith poured in. And you see that before you as something that works. You can't see Faith? You can see love in these relationships. All of that came from Faith. That isn't to say that will wind up being the best marriage, but it definitely has the best set-up and the most optimal chances because of how close it's linked to faith.

Parents who don't love each other have weird kids. You can have an absentee or horrible father, and a mother who completely dotes over her children because they're the only love left in her life and likely they'll grow up to just throw all that incredible spoilage back in her face without any gratitude. That's freaking horrible to just think about, and that happens all the time. Thank God though that children are independent souls, and it could be that God allocated a soul destined for awakening in completely random environments: "The wife of Nabi Loot was an unbeliever/ While the wife of Firaun was a believer./ He brought forth from a temple of idols, a Siddeeq/ And in the Kaaba was born a Zindeeq (Abu Jahl)./ The son of Azar (i.e. Ibrahim (A.S.)) was the friend of Allah/ And Kan'aan, son of Noah, was gone astray."

Buuuut, all of that, that's not something people usually think or feel. They just do it, and if their hearts are open to it, they reap the spiritual benefits of it. If not, they just further the human race. Which in and of itself is a sort of worship as I said before, since simply living is a reflection of a Divine Attribute. You know how they say everything does dhikr to Allah? That's how. (This is probably the most profound branching-off point of any idea here, but I'll stick to the love stuff). That's why the structure for marriage is laid out in such detail in the Qur'an... it provides the optimal atmosphere for that kind of 'worship' of Allah. All of what I'm writing here are feelings translated into thoughts for the purpose of discourse. You don't have to think this stuff, you FEEL it. An idiot can be in love and have/raise children. But the problem nowadays is the lack of that very feeling. You can't force people to FEEL it the right way. And just like other matters, doing without feeling is common. That's why I find it not surprising at all that 'liberals' in Western society are all for the disintegration of marriage... they're the Wahhabis or Salafis of the relationship-world. After all, the same Western principles of 'liberalism' are what gave Wahhabis/Salafism the chance to emerge onto the Islamic scene recently.


Category: STRONG

Love is reflection. Borrowing liberally from Hamza Yusuf's lecture at RIS, when you're in love with someone, you mimic them. You try to be like them. If your Layla's Egyptian, you'll learn Arabic for her. You'll adopt a different culture for her. You basically just copy them.

If love were to be put in equations, they'd probably fall somewhere in the field of Optics under Physics.

A metaphor for love: Your heart is a mirror. Nobody will have trouble accepting this, as that's been in Sufi tradition for over a thousand years. Everyone's born with a mirror, which is the source of their ability to love and other spiritual things. (It's called a 'Qalb' in Arabic).

You point that mirror at things you love, and reflect them within yourself.

Biological love can also be explained in this metaphor. If you're reflecting something, you're kind of loving it. You are born reflecting your parents, because you have their DNA. You love them because they reflect you. They love you because you reflect them.

I'm pretty sure if we started cloning ourselves, you would have a kind of love for your clone and vice-versa. Maybe a strange kind of love, but something that qualifies as love nonetheless.

As Sufis say, when you love God, you reflect His Divine Attributes. That is the goal of all spiritual enlightenment.

When you love other people, you point the mirror at them. But this is blinding. They'll probably be like "wtf, get that thing out of my eye" and point their mirror back at you, which will blind you. Two people pointing their mirrors at each other cannot keep the mirrors focused on each other because they'll lose sight of each other and wind up reflecting nothing. This is a metaphor for 'romantic' relationships of the day. The best compromise is to point the mirror at the other person, then lower yours and have them point their mirror at you. Just like how in relationships, it is usually one party in love with the other at any given moment, and then they swap. One gets used to having the other, takes them for granted, and falls 'out' of intense feeling while the other will suddenly fall into it. Laws of human attraction, it's a game of attention.

Needless to say, such a thing cannot really be love between people. That is the problem with attraction. Everyone has love, but that's not how you connect it to another. There's also the fact that love is only of as high a quality as the lover, not the beloved. (That the lover reflects the beloved later is a different factor). So the highest form of love would be for the sake of God. (Not for anyone's sake, not for love's sake, not for goodness' sake, but literally for the sake of God... and loving something for the sake of God is the border land between Faith and Love which are different phases of the same thing).

"Love is not looking at each other, but looking out at the world together."

A better balance than to shine shit into each other's eyes and make each other blind and ultimately frustrated, angry, and very much NOT in love would be to hold your mirrors together and reflect the rest of the world. And God. This is the highest form of love between people, and it just so happens to not be limited to romantic love at all. In fact, it might even exclude the contemporary idea of romantic love. This is something more akin to a type of friendship, or more aptly put, 'companionship'... although spouses are set up in optimal circumstances to become best friends or true companions within Islamic culture dictated by Islamic law. For instance, incredible love exists between Spiritual master and apprentice (sounds almost Star Wars...). A Shaykh and his Mureed. A huge chunk of Rumi's works were him going crazy over his Shaykh: (Wikipedia: As the years passed, Rumi attributed more and more of his own poetry to Shams as a sign of love for his departed friend and master. Indeed, it quickly becomes clear in reading Rumi that Shams was elevated to a symbol of God's love for mankind, and that Shams was a sun ("Shams" is Arabic for "sun") shining the Light of God on Rumi.)

Back to the love between man/woman, which has the natural advantage to reach the highest stage of love above all other types of human relationships (even above parent-child). What are children, if not the perfect expression of love? The two reflect themselves into one new mirror. You don't carve the likeness of your beloved into a mountain. Mountains end. But into a new human being, combining half of your two signatures is the most perfect way. And in fact, the very act of having children itself is as if the two pointed their mirrors together at Allah Himself. The birth of a child is reflection of the Divine Attribute of Creator which cannot be reflected by humans in any other way (save extraordinary Prophets with the gift of miracles). This is why the vision of God in woman is the most perfect of all because she is literally a mirror for the act of Creation.

Love overload.

The fact mankind continues to exist, is due to Allah's love for it. Simply reproducing and achieving it's nature is a touch of His Mercy and Love since life itself reflects the most basic ideas or Divine Attributes of 'God's image'.

I should also mention most people completely dirty up their mirrors by our age (young adults). So it doesn't work exactly like it should. Spiritual exercise (expressing faith in practice) is like rubbing. It wipes it clean. Although if you go too far (some crazy ascetics), you could end up warping the mirror but I doubt any of us will ever get that far in this world. The Qalb is also a source of thinking and intelligence according to Islamic philosophy. Except it recieves knowledge from Divine Insight and Inspiration, so a functioning Qalb will only give you Truth and an understanding of the true nature of things. The problem is when amateurs can't tell whether they're listening to their Qalb, to their Nafs (al-Ammara), to Shaitan, or to other people.

The Mythical "Moderates" within Islam

Category: STRONG

The mythical 'Moderates' in Islam.

The idea of 'moderation' within Islam is often misunderstood.

There is no moderation in or within Islam. Islam is itself moderation (within life).

Applying Western political terms to a non-Western construct like Islamic politics is begging for disaster. These terms include 'moderate', 'radical', 'extremist', 'fundamentalist', 'liberal', and 'conservative'.

To put it simply, do you take the Prophet(saw) on the one hand and a non-Muslim on the other and say "Equidistant between these two is a moderate Muslim"? No. That's a half-assed Muslim. Common-sense, no? The prophet Muhammad(saw) himself was the pinnacle of moderation within life and an example of such to all Muslims.

Therefore, a perfectly moderate Muslim would be one that has completely emulated the Islam of the Prophet(saw). Nobody can really make that claim. Such a person could perhaps be said to be halfway between the two excesses (materialism and asceticism). So being halfway between the Prophet's example and that of a typical non-Muslim puts the person at being in excess (whether materialistically or ascetically) in about 75% of their life. That is nowhere near moderation.

This can all get very confusing, but it's as simple as it initially appears. To sum it up, these would be the correct translation/application of Western political terms onto the Islamic political landscape:

Western idea of a 'Liberal' Muslim = A conservative Muslim. A complete spiritual ascetic.
Western idea of a 'Moderate' Muslim = Muslim who is attempting complete solidarity with the Prophet's Sunnah. Very few people. Most of the high-end clerics would be here.
Western idea of a 'radical/extremist/fundamentalist/conservative' Muslim = Actual liberal Muslims. Western liberalism is what spawned these groups of Muslims. All terrorists go here.

Notice how most Muslims don't fit anywhere on this spectrum. They simply don't have enough Islam to make it onto there. I'm not saying they (including me and you) aren't Muslims. But they're a tough demographic to categorize within Islam. You need to show something to fit somewhere. I guess you could call them/us 'apathetic' Muslims. The clear silent majority. I don't need to bring up the likely fate of apathetic Muslims. At least the fate of the liberal/conservative Muslims above is up for debate.

Anyway, these terms are stupid and should not be used for non-Western systems. They aren't made for them.

The closer you are to the example of the Prophet(saw) in Islam (doctrine/aqeedah), Ihsan (spirituality), and Iman (faith), the closer you are to the moderate and healthy path in life. If you mistakenly thought this was the 'conservative' path, and halfway between that and the typical Western path was 'moderation', then you are mistaken. Moderation within Islam is literally just simply half-assing it out of apathy.

Remember, complete 100% Islam is itself perfect moderation within life. To debate on that (if you're not Muslim) would require a foray into philosophy. Subject for another note.

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Category: SOUND

"Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation."

"How can words trapped in the heart come out of the mouth?"

"Don’t allow your animal nature to rule your reason."

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

"In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you."

"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."

Ibn Rushd: “What kind of solution have you found through divine unveiling and illumination? Is it identical with what you have found through speculative thought?"
Ibn Arabi: "Yes...No. Between the yes and the no, spirits take wing from their matter and necks are separated from their bodies."

"All loves are a bridge to Divine love. Yet, those who have not had a taste of it do not know!"

"Now why from its perch on high was it cast like this
To the lowest Nadir's gloomy and dear abyss?
Was it God who cast it forth for some purpose wise,
Concealed from the keenest seeker's inquiring eyes?
Then is its descent a discipline wise but stern,
That the things that it has not heard it thus may learn.
So 'tis she whom Fate does plunder, while the star
Sets at length in a place from its rising far,
Like a gleam of lightning which over the meadows shone,
And, as though it never had been, in a moment is gone."
-Ibn Sina (Translated by EG Brown)

"Whatever the situation may be, in the recollection of death there is reward and merit. For even the man engrossed in the world benefits from it by acquiring an aversion to the world, since it spoils his contentment and the fullness of his pleasure; and everything which spoils for man his pleasures and his appetites is one of the means of deliverance."

"The person I like most is the one who points out my defects."
-Umar (RA)
(marking a difference between pointing out defects which may not be verbal and simple disparaging which usually always is)

"O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish,
falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity."
-Ibn al-Qayyim

"Knowledge is taken from breath,
not lives in a book"
-Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

"Only that which was effective for the first of this community will be effective for the last of it."
-Imam Malik (rahimullah)

"The righteous salaf (original Muslims) were as fearful of their good deeds being squandered, or not being accepted, as the present generation is certain that their neglect will be forgiven."
-Hasan al-Basri (died 737 A.D.)

"All humans are dead except those who have knowledge; and all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds; and those who do good deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere; and those who are sincere are always in a state of worry."
-Imam Shafi (rahimullah)

"This life is not real. I conquered the world and it did not bring me satisfaction."
-Muhammad Ali

"Allah guards the justice-loving government, even if it is the government of non-Muslims, and destroys the tyrant government, even if it is the government of Muslims."
-Ibn Taymiyyah

"Dear friend,
Your heart is a polished mirror. You must wipe it clean of the veil of dust that has gathered upon it, because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets."

"I seek forgiveness from Allah for the lack of my sincerity when I say I seek the forgiveness of Allah."
-Rabia al-Adawiyyah

"Who are we to wish for Paradise? It will be enough if God spares us his wrath."
-Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimullah)

"He who practices Tasawwuf without learning Sacred Law corrupts his faith, while he who learns Sacred Law without practicing Tasawwuf corrupts himself. Only he who combines the two proves true."
-Imam Malik (rahimullah)

"Knowledge is proud that it knows so much;
Wisdom is humble that it knows no more."

"You say that you are just a body, but inside of you is something greater than the Universe."
-Imam Shafi (rahimullah)

"He who clings to my Sunnah when my Ummah is corrupt, will receive the Reward of a hundred martyrs."
-Prophet Muhammad(saw)

"Many things in life will catch your eye, but few will catch your heart."

"The glance is a poisoned arrow of Shaitan. Whoever lowers his gaze for Allah, He will bestow upon him a refreshing sweetness which he will find in his heart on the day that he meets Him."
-Prophet Muhammad(saw)

A man came before Hazrat Ali (RA) and asked: "Is man forced
or not?” (Meaning does he have a choice in his actions or not).
Hazrat Ali told him: "Lift up your one leg!"
The man lifted his one leg up. Then he said: "Now lift up the other".
He asked: "How can both legs be lifted up?"
Hazrat Ali replied: "Well, that is the answer to your question.
Man is half forced and half free".

'Behold and see as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so you must be
Prepare for death and follow me.'
-A tombstone inscription from a cemetary in New York

"Reason wins love through eloquence, the soul wins love through silence."

"Expressing spiritual faith in physical practice is the key to life."

"We did not acquire this level of Tasawwuf just by talking about it; but rather, we acquired it through spending the nights awake in prayer, experiencing hunger from fasting the days, and going against our worldly desires."
-Imam Al-Junayd

"There are five signs of righteousness: a gentle disposition and a soft heart, shedding tears of regret, ascetism and not caring about the world, being unambitious, and having a conscience."
-Shaqiq al-Balkhi (rahimullah)
[The secret of secrets]

"Innumerable changes of moods are yours,
and they are uncontrolled by you.
If you knew their origin,
you would be able to dominate them.
If you cannot localize your own changes,
how can you localize that which formed you?"

"The punishment of becoming changed from human form to that of
animals has been lifted from this Ummat, but the punishment of the reason becoming so affected that we behave like animals, still descends upon us."
-Maulana Yunus Patel

"Create the bounty of madness in your heart (of His love)
Not by intelligence alone will you reach to the truth."

"Verily, the price for the goods of Allah is very expensive."
-Prophet Muhammad(saw)

"Verily Allah has purchased from the believers their selves and their possessions."
(Al-Quran: Surah Tawbah)

"May the Lovers of this world and Kingdoms enjoy their world,
Soon it will pass away
But for the True Lover of God,
A Kingdom that never ends."

"How can that one be a servant to Allah, who wants to keep their
wishes above that of Allah?"

"'Dunya' is that and only that which diverts attention from Allah."

"Heavens and earth cannot contain me.
But into the heart of a believer I enter like a guest."
-Allah(swa) Hadith Qudsi

"I tested reasoning but when nothing successful. emerged,
I made myself into a madman and I was successful. .
And when madness proved fruitful and caused me to reach my
I became in love with madness and cast aside reason.
O True Beloved, to utter cries in Thy remembrance appears very good.
O Allah, grant me the ability to continue crying to you till

"Allah equates the tears of sorrow and grief from the eyes of a repentant sinner With the blood emanating from a martyr."

"I am with those of broken hearts."
-Allah(swa) in Hadith Qudsi

"Do not curse time for I am time."
-Allah(swa) in Hadith Qudsi

"When you experience sorrow in the heart, turn towards Istigfaar,
Sorrow comes through Allah's command,
So neglect not good deeds, but in fact increase therein.
When Allah wishes to shower His mercy on us,
He creates in us the ability to incline towards weeping in humility."

"Without Mujahadah (spiritual efforts and exercises) no light of the truth is created in the heart
Which is perceived through true faith and Divine communion.
If that perception was possible through reason alone,
Then there was no need for putting the self to such strenuous

"When does a friend keep himself aloof from the sorrow of a friend?
The friendship of a friend is like a skin around him and he will bear all sorrows from his friend.
A friend is like gold and calamities and misfortunes are like fire.
And pure gold shines even brighter when the heat of fire touches it."

"Proofs and arguments of proof have legs of wood, which are weak, But Divine Knowledge through
taqwa, righteous deeds and true love are beneficial indeed."

"Within yourself create the path towards Allah.
How is that achieved?
Cast from you the perception of the pictures of others
And when others leave the heart, Allah's splendour will enter into it.
O Man, treat your illness with the alchemy medicine that was placed within your body.
So that good morals be created from bad
And so that your enemies, yourself and your desires, turn to friends.
And when through the spiritual guide your bad morals turn to good,
You will become beautiful,
And He will bring you near to Him
And save you from the loneliness in contrast to worldly lovers. From whom He will turn away."

"O heart consumed with love, what did you breathe into my heart That there is in my heart a burning
I was not aware of the ways of love
But let a similar heart be pressed against my chest.
Perhaps its name is love and madness,
This flame that has been lit inside."

"Space and orbits do not contain Me, neither do minds nor the selves of men."
"However in the heart of a believer I am contained like a guest Who has been given full access and control over the residence of the host."
"Without such a mirror no one could bear to look upon My beauty, Neither on this earth nor in the heavens."
-Allah(swa) in Hadith Qudsi

"Understand the secret unseen ways of heart to heart contact like this:
When two lamps are being lit
The lamps will remain separate
But their light will become intermixed as one."

"Their signs are on their faces, from the effects of prostrations."
-Qur'an 48:29

"Keep yourself unknown and without name or fame and be like an indigent one
So that this condition should keep you far removed from fame
For fame takes away all bounds of comfort and brings many calamities in its wake".

"The bad smell of arrogance, greed and lustful desires comes out of conversation.
Just like the bad smell exuding from the mouth of him who ate onions.
O you people! you commit sinful acts and then go to sleep
And the unpleasant smell thereof reaches up to the green heaven".

"The whole creation are children except the lovers of Allah and the
darling servants of Allah,
And for as long as one does not attain freedom from the jungle of
desires of the self (Nafs) that body will remain immature".

"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him."

"A human being is not a human being while his tendencies include self-indulgence, covetousness, temper and attacking other people."

"Your children are not your children:
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which
You cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
But seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday."
-Khalil Gibran

"So many Muslims are concerned about 'Iman' as a conception and as a point of argument in debates, but few Muslims even comprehend the depth of 'Iman' which is total conviction (yaqeen).
It is the latter which the Sahabahs sought, attained, and through which, gained victory."
-Shaykh Hasan Ali

"It is striking that today, we Muslims read so many books and still have no result of any revival;
yet the Sahabahs revived a great portion of the world by reading only ONE book in their time:
the Holy Qur'an.
The fact is that they did not just read it
but practiced every bit of it.
It was enough then - and is still enough today."
-Shaykh Hasan Ali

"If you see my Ummah afraid of telling the oppressor: You are an oppressor, it is farewell to the Ummah."
-Prophet Muhammad(saw)

"The rise of Islam offers perhaps the most impressive example in world history of the power of words to alter human behavior in sudden, surprising ways."
-William H. McNeill

Somebody asked Imam Abu Hanifah one day what he thought of the battles between 'Ali (RA) and Mu'awiya (RA). "My mind," replied the Imam, "is always full of fear about things on which I shall be questioned on Judgement Day. I am sure this is not one of them. So I do not think much about it."

"Whoever sees sincerity in his sincerity, his sincerity is itself in need of sincerity. The destruction of every sincere person lies in his sincerity, (he is destroyed) to the extent that he sees sincerity in himself. When he abandons seeing sincerity in himself he will be sincere and purified."

"O Allah! How can I ask you for any favors knowing how disobedient I am, but how can I not ask you for anything knowing how Generous You are?"

'My heart is so small
it's almost invisible.
How can You place
such big sorrows in it?
"Look," He answered,
"your eyes are even smaller,
yet they behold the world."'

"The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment."

"Every utterance that comes forth does so with the vestment of the heart from which it emerged."
-Hikam of Ibn Ata'illah
[Commentary] It is said, that the tongue translates what is in the heart. If the heart is confused or sick, so are the utterances. If the heart is wholesome and pure, then the utterances are real and appropriate. If you contemplate deeply what is being said, you will come to know the state of the speaker and the extent of his connectedness to the Truth and his position with Allah.

'The highest degree of love is Tatayyum (total enthrallment). The lowest degree is ‘alaqah (attachment), when the heart is attached to the beloved: then comes sabahah (infatuation), when the heart is poured out: then gharam (passion), when love never leaves the heart: then ashaq (ardent love), and finally tatayyum. When we say that a person is enthralled, as it were, by Allah, it means that he worships Allah, because enthrallment is like enslavement to the beloved."'

'When some of the rulers from the Tabi'in (Successors... 2nd generation Muslim rulers) sent a delegation to collect the jizya from the non-believers, the latter refused to pay. The officials asked, "Why do you refuse to pay us when you used to pay the jizya to our forefathers?" The non-believers replied, "When your forefathers used to come, their clothes were old and torn, their hair was disheveled, and their eyes were streaked with red due to worshipping throughout the night. Yet their faces were so awe-inspiring that we were unable to raise our eyes towards them. Your characteristics are not like theirs, nor will you be as just. Be gone, we will not give you anything.'

'One day a certain person took a burning lamp in his hand during the light of day as he proceeded to
the market. Someone said to him: "What is wrong with you? What need is there for a lamp during the
light of day?"
He replied: "I am searching for man everywhere. I do not see even
one man".
The person said: "But this market is filled with men".
He replied: "No there is no man in this market, only the outer
forms of men.
These are only bread-eaters and persons involved with their desires.
All the persons you see in this market are all carriers of attributes contrary to the true manhood.
They are not men but persons dressed in the outer forms of men.
For a man the attributes of manhood are necessary.
If aloe wood which has a fragrance, does not possess fragrance,
Then what is the difference between it and other timber?
Manhood and humanity is not the name for flesh, fat and skin.
Manhood is the name given to those attributes, character and deeds
Through which Allah's pleasure is attained.
If manhood is only for those in manly form,
Then Ahmad and Abu Jahl would be equal, yet we know it is not so".'

'Say: "Come, I will rehearse what Allah hath (really) prohibited you from": [1] Join not anything as equal with Him; [2] be good to your parents; [3] kill not your children on a plea of want;- We provide sustenance for you and for them;- [4] come not nigh to shameful deeds. Whether open or secret; [5] take not life, which Allah hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom. [6] And come not nigh to the orphan's property, except to improve it, until he attain the age of full strength; [7] give measure and weight with (full) justice;- no burden do We place on any soul, but that which it can bear;- [8] whenever ye speak, speak justly, even if a near relative is concerned; [9] and fulfil the covenant of Allah: thus doth He command you, that ye may remember. Verily, this is My way, leading straight: [10] follow it: follow not (other) paths: they will scatter you about from His (great) path: thus doth He command you. that ye may be righteous.'
-The Ten Commandments (Qur'an 6:151-153)

'Once Nabi Isa (A.S.) was running towards the mountain. One of his followers shouted at him in a loud
voice: "0 Rasul of Allah! whither are you going in this manner? What is the cause of your fear? I do not
see any enemy following you".
Nabi Isa (A.S.) replied:
"I am fleeing from a fool. You go and do your own work.
I desire to grant myself safety from the company of a fool. Do not
interrupt my fleeing".
The follower said:
"O Messenger of Allah, Are you not that Messiah
Through whom the blind and the deaf were healed of their ailments?"
Hazrat Isa (A.S.) replied:
"The illness of foolishness is the wrath of Allah.
To be blind is not a punishment, but a trial from His side.
A trial is such a sickness which brings Allah's Mercy.
While foolishness is such an ailment which brings wounds of His wrath.
Flee from fools and like Nabi Isa (A.S.) prefer to run away.
The friendship of fools has caused much bloodshed
Both the blood of Deen and Dunya has flowed.
Just as air evaporates water slowly and gradually
So the fool takes away the light of your intelligence slowly and gradually.
Nabi Isa's (A.S.) running away was not out of fear,
For through the Grace of Allah,
He was sinless and protected, but he fled in order to teach his Ummat a lesson.'
A fool in the technical language of the Quran is that person who jeers and scoffs at Allah and His Rasool ~ and their injunctions. As Allah points out in the Quran: "Verily they are the fools, but they know not (that they are fools)", and "They only know the pomp and splendour of this worldly life. And regarding the hereafter, they are unmindful and neglectful".
-Rumi's Mathnavi

"O God of this Universe, God of Beauty and Love
A great trial for men is figurative beauty and love
If love is felt for others save You (i.e. illicit love)
Then that is not love but in fact is iniquity.
That love can prove to be your punishment,
And can be a hindrance on your path.
For this reason the command is given: "Cast down your gaze,"
So that the heart can be without damage from the poison of love.
Don't ever consider looking at evil as a minor sin,
It destroys the heart in quick time.
Looking at evil is like an arrow from Iblees.
It is deception drowned in poison.
How many have been destroyed in this path?
How many have lost the way in the path of this desire?
They have lost in this way their whole life
The value of their lives is just remembrance of a beloved.
This figurative beauty only lasts for limited number of days
It is only for a couple of days that the conspiracy lasts
The love that is of colour and complexion
Is like the lovers love of the sun over the shade. Those who themselves are helpless and in need on the
day of Judgement they and their lovers
Will be before Allah with blackened souls."
-Hakim Akhtar

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Rumi - Vaakiyas

Category: SOUND

Originally Posted by Rumi's Mathnavi
One night Hazrat Ibrahim Bin Adham (R.A.) was lying asleep on the upper story of his palace, when he suddenly felt someone shaking his leg. He was immediately struck by surprise and wonder as to who could be so brave as to intrude into the upper story of the King's palace. He asked: "0 you arrivals, who are you?" They were a group of angels in human form, who had come from Allah's side with the aim of bringing about an upheaval in the heart of an unmindful one. The angels answered: "We are here, seeking our lost camel." The King replied: "I am surprised that you search for a lost camel in the upper story of the King's palace." They replied: "We are even more surprised that, in this atmosphere of pomp and comfort, you wish to find Allah".

Originally Posted by Rumi's Mathnavi
Nabi Moosa (A.S.) being a shepherd in the service of Nabi Shuaib (A.S.) is mentioned in the Quran. One day while grazing the goats, a goat ran away. Nabi Moosa (A.S.) had to run after it so far that his feet became filled with blisters. He walked so far that the rest of the flock too could not be seen anymore. Finally the goat became tired and came to a standstill and Nabi Moosa (A.S.) caught it. Instead of being angry with the goat or beating it, he rubbed sympathetically around its neck, back and head. Like a mother he acted kindly to the animal and although having suffered so much himself, did not in any way show his displeasure. In fact he felt sorry for the animal so much that tears came to his eyes. He said to the goat: "I thought that you had no mercy upon me. That is why you made me so exhausted. But why did you not have mercy upon yourself. If you had no mercy upon the blisters upon my feet and the thorns that pricked me, then at least you should have had mercy upon yourself. " At that moment Allah said to the Angels: "Nabi Moosa (A.S.) is now suited for Prophethood."