Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rumi Tuesday

Speak a new language so that the world 
will be a new world. 

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Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.


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It is Love that holds everything together, 

and it is the everything also.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Feed the World

There but for the Grace of The Beloved go you and I.

“There is no Them. There are only facets of Us.” 
John Green

You can make the difference!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

We are prayer....

image from Wikipedia

coming to prayer and abiding as prayer. 
We are prayer serving, 
prayer sleeping, 
prayer breathing. 
May we always move 
with the graceful movements 
of the prayer, 
and the silent dignity 
of the prayer, 
for prayer is 
the very nature of our humanity.

Lex Hixon in Atom from the Sun of Knowledge, Islamic Meditations 154

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Feed the hungry...

"The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth
there will be the greatest spiritual explosion
the world has ever known.
Humanity cannot imagine the joy
that will burst into the world."
---Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet---

"I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere
can have three meals a day for their bodies,
education and culture for the minds
and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits."
---Martin Luther King Jr.---

Wikipedia on PlumpyNut

The victim of starvation burns up his own body fats, muscles and tissues for fuel.
His body quite literally consumes itself and deteriorates rapidly.
The kidneys, liver, and endocrine system often cease 
to function properly.
A shortage of carbohydrates, which play a vital role in brain chemistry,
affects the mind.
Lassitude and confusion set in,
so that starvation victims often seem unaware of their plight.
The body's defenses drop; disease kills most famine victims 
before they have time to starve to death.
An individual begins to starve when he lost about a third of his normal body weight.
Once this loss exceeds 40 percent, death is almost inevitable.
---Time Magazine---

We can feed the world!

One in seven people will go to bed hungry tonight.

There are more hungry people in the world
than the combined populations of
USA, Canada and the European Union. 
(statistics from World Food Programme website)

Not sure where to donate?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

In this empty stomach....

 What hidden sweetness is found in this empty stomach!
Man is like a lute, neither more nor less:
When the lute’s stomach is full, it cannot lament, whether high or low.
If your brain and stomach burn from fasting, their fire will draw constant lamentation from your breast.
Through that fire you will burn a thousand veils at every instant — you will ascend a thousand degrees on the Way and in your aspiration.
Keep your stomach empty! Lament like a flute and tell your need to God!
Keep your stomach empty and speak of the mysteries like a reed!
If you keep your stomach full, it will bring Satan to you at the Resurrection, instead of your intellect, an idol of the Kaaba.
When you fast, good character traits gather round you like servants, slaves and retinue.
Continue your fasting, for it is Solomon’s seal: Give not the seal to the devil, disrupt not your kingdom.
And if your kingdom and army should flee from you, your army will return, so raise the banner!
The Spread Table  has come from heaven to those who fast, for Jesus son of Mary has called it down with his prayers.
Await the Table of Generosity in your fast — the Table of Generosity is better than cabbage stew.

- Jalal ud-Din Rumi, translated by William Chittick in “Sufi Path of Love”

Sunday, July 22, 2012

You don't have....

I was hungry
and you gave me food.

I was thirsty
and you gave me drink.

I was a stranger
and you welcomed me.

(Injeel* Matthew 25:35)
*Injeel is the New Testament Gospels of the Christian Bible.
Muslims are taught to make no distinction
between any of the Beloved's Revealed Books.

You don't have
(the first three words
of this poem
are the meaning
of Ramadan Kareem).
It means Ramadan
is generous,
it means Ramadan heals.
It means Ramadan feeds.
It means Ramadan clothes.

You don't have
to be Muslim
to have a blissful Ramadan.
There is room for everyone
at the table where we fast,
that place in the hearts,
where the prayer is:
"May my hunger
empty my wallet
into your hands."

You don't have
to be Muslim
to call out to your Beloved,
"What can I do?
What can I do?"

You don't have
to be Muslim
to make sure
everyone has food.
May all creation
know the meaning
of Ramadan Karim.

by K. Nur

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ramadan 2012 - Islamic Relief

 I S L A M I C --- R E L I E F  --- U S A

Play multiple choice games and generate donations
of free rice for feeding the hungry.


Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, 
signifies in the final sense a theft from those
who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and are not clothed.
--Dwight Eisenhower--
May the Syrian people be set free from oppression.
May the fruits of my Ramadan fast
be peace in the world,
hunger taken away.
Please make a Fatiha, fellow Muslims, for the victims of the Colorado shooting.
May Love Prevail

Friday, July 20, 2012

May Ramadan Fill All Creation With Peace

image from FanPop

America's present need is not heroics but healing;
not nostrums but normalcy; 
not revolution but restoration.
--Warren Harding--

Police: 14 dead in Colorado Theater Shooting

Damascas Residents Told to Flee As Military Promises 'Violent Clashes

I believe in the religion of Islam.  I believe in Allah and peace. 
Muhammad Ali

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I think that people want peace so much that one of these days
government had better get out of their way 
and let them have it.
Dwight Eisenhower

image from FulwoodURC


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Y a    S a l a a m !

May Ramadan fill all creation
with peace and the desire to love.

The Blessed Prophet's Sermon on the Reception of Ramadan

Thursday, July 19, 2012

To reflect on in the hours before Ramadan...

To contemplate on during these last few hours before the start of Ramadan:

The Prophet, may Allah immerse him in continuous peace, said,
"An hour's worth of contemplation is better than
sixty years of worship."

The soul's true happiness lies in experiencing the inner joy, and it will never be fully satisfied with outer, seeming pleasures. Its connection is with God, and nothing short of perfection will ever satisfy it.
                        Bowl of Saki, July 19, by Hazrat Inayat Khan


Muhammad ibn Ya`qub (al-Kulayni), from `Ali ibn Ibrahim, from his father, from al-Nawfali, 
from al-Sakuni, from Abu 'Abd Allah (al-'Imam al Sadiq) (A) that he said: 
"Amir al-Mu'minin (A) used to say: `Arouse your heart to contemplation;
 keep your side clear off the night; and be heedful towards your Lord."
(Usul al-Kafi, II, 5)

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The most superior form of worship is perpetual contemplation on God and His Power.
(Usul al-Kafi, II, 55)

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Snatam Kaur

(make it your mantra)

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“Say: 'I give you only one admonition, 
That you stand before Allah either two by two, or one by one and reflect.” 
34:46 Quran

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One woman realizes
the universe
is engaged in wazifa.
A new mother
looks into her infants eyes
and notices
even a baby knows God.
A little boy
tells his grandpa,
"My imaginary friend is the Real.
My imaginary friend is God."
A cat naps in the sun,
using purrs for tasbeh,
dreaming, "Ya Nur!"
A flower bud waits to open,
hoping for Life to witness it.
Ten people die
on a day of war
when it all would stop
if they would gather
and chant "Ya Salaam!"

(by K.Nur)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

On the Nafs

From the Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order teachings on Levels of the Nafs

1. Nafs-i-Ammara, the Commanding Nafs
Behold!  The commanding nafs encourages evil, except when my Lord bestows mercy. (Qur'an 12:53)
Traits: narcissistic, mechanical, conditioned, non-reflective, impulsive.
Habits: pride, enmity, cruelty, lust, stinginess.

2. Nafs-i-Lawwama: Blaming Nafs
But I swear by the accusing nafs that this Scripture is true. (Qur'an 75:2)
Traits: conscience, capacity for self-observation.
Habits:  backbiting, trickery, conceitedness, hypocrisy, self-consciousness, guilt, fearfulness, wishful thinking, intense desire to please others.

3.  Nafs-i-Mulhama: Inspired Nafs
And a nafs and Him who gave order to it and inspired it with a sesnse of what is wrong for it and what is right for it.
Traits: generosity, gratitude, modesty, empathy, ardent desire.
Habits: liberality lacking discrimination, mystical inflation, tendency toward spiritual greed.

4.  Nafs-i-Mutmaina: Tranquil Nafs
To the righteous soul will be said, "O you nafs in complete peace and satisfaction!" (Qur'an 89:27)
Traits: dignity, sincerity, courage, compassion, complete loyalty.
Habits: Attachment to spiritual ambition.

5.  Nafs-i-Radziyya: Satisfied Nafs
Return to your Lord, content (Qur'an 89:28)
Traits: knowledge of Allah, sincerity, unbounded faith and hope in existential communion.
Habits: mystical intoxication, lack of sobriety and balance.

7. Nafs-Safiyya: Purified Nafs
This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor to you, and chosen for you as your religion Islam. (Qur'an 5:3)
Traits:  freedom from duality, acceptance of Allah's will, joy of union, freedom from expectation, contentment.
Habits: None remaining

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Women As Imams

...Antonia Toni's Call to Prayer...

...Women Imams in China...

...Women Imams in Morocco...

...Brother Shabir on women leading prayer...

...Hamza Yusuf says women can lead the prayer...

...Amina Wadud on gender equality in Islam...

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Caution: Graphic Images from Syria

It is the duty of every Muslim
to protect the oppressed.

Huffington Post: Syria

Narrated Anas: Allah's Apostle said, "Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, "O Allah's Apostle! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?" The Prophet said, "By preventing him from oppressing others." 

Doing nothing 
is like being an accomplice 
to the crime.

“…if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.
(Quran 5:32)

And the believers, men and women, are protecting friends of one another, they enjoin the right and forbid the wrong.
(Quran 9:71)

The ummah is like a body,
when one limb is harmed,
the entire body responds.

Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, "You will see the believers in their mutual kindness, love and sympathy just like one body.  When a limb complains, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever."
(Muslim and Bukhari)


Friday, July 13, 2012

If you hear a hadith....

The Prophet (PBUH) said: If you hear a hadith reported from me which your hearts recognize, at which your hair and skin become tender, and you feel that it is near to you: know that I am nearer to it than you. And if you hear a hadith being reported from me of which your hearts disapprove, from which your hair and skin recoil, and you feel that it is far from you: know that I am even farther from it than you." 

Narrated from Abu Humayd al-Ansari and Abu Usayd al-Sa'idi, by Ahmad (al Arnaut ed. 25: 456 #16058 isnad sahih 'ala shart Muslim), al Bazzar (Mukhtasar al-Zawa'id #187), Ibn Hibban, Sahih (1:263 #63) and others with a sound chain of Sahih narrations cf. al-Haythami (1:150) and Ibn Kathir, 

Tafsir (1:473, 2:264).

*Muhammad portrait from here

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Unbreakable, O Lord by Mirabai

Mirabai image from Wikipedia

Unbreakable, O Lord,
Is the love

That binds me to You:
Like a diamond,
It breaks the hammer that strikes it.

My heart goes into You
As the polish goes into the gold.
As the lotus lives in its water,
I live in You.

Like the bird
That gazes all night
At the passing moon,
I have lost myself dwelling in You.

O my Beloved --

Monday, July 9, 2012

One Truth

Invocation (of the Universal Sufis)

Towards the One
The Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty
The Only Being United with all the illuminated souls
Who form the embodiment of the Mother,
The Spirit of Guidance.

Omar Faruk Tekbilek - One Truth

There never was a people 
without a Warner having lived among them.
-Quran 35:24

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And certainly We sent Messengers before you; 
there are some of them 
that We have mentioned to you 
and there are others whom we have not mentioned to you.
-Quran 40:78

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Hadhrat Abu Zarr Gifaari (Radi Allah Anho) narrates 
that the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, said, 
'The Prophets were 124,000.' 

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There is no truth but Truth
and the Prophetic Light
is Truth's messenger.
Ya Haqq!

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Every people has a book even if it is written in the language of the stars.

"Our Bible is the wind and the rain."
-Herbalist Carol McGrath
as told to her by a Native American woman 

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Before the written word, sacred stories were spoken, entire books were memorized by the people, passed on generation to generation.  

Records of the Past

How beautiful is a place of worship when its walls are filled with sacred words.

Egyptian Book of the Dead
Sumerian Mythology

Sumerian Cuneiform
image from Wikipedia

Book of Shadows
The Babylonian Legends of Creation

Every religion is a love song, an intimate gift to the peoples of the world.  Though they come to us in different languages, the words are the same for the Word is one.

The Bible
Pistis Sophia
Thrice Greatest Hermes, Vol. 1
The Virgin of the World

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Seek knowledge even in China."

The Heart Sutra by Buddha
Confucius sayings
Tao Te Ching
Bhagavad Gita

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For Unity of Faiths

May S/He Who is the Abba in Heaven of the Christians, Hashem of the Jews, Allah Most Merciful of the Muslims, Sophia of the Gnostics, Buddha of the Buddhists, Tao of the Chinese, Ahura Mazda of the Zoroastrians and Brahman of the Hindus lead us from the unreal to the Real, from darkness to light, from disease and death to immortality.  May the All-Loving Being manifest Him/Herself unto us, and grant us abiding understanding and all-consuming divine love.  Peace, Peace, Peace be unto all.

- by Ramakrishna, (my revisions to the prayer in italics)

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