Wednesday, December 22, 2004
According to Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Al-Idrisi, a Muslim cartographer, knowingly drew the map as what we would consider being "upside down" because he refused to have Europe be placed above Makkah. Silly? - Not really, the Europeans picked up on the connotation, too, and refused to let Africa be above them on the map! Interestingly, Shaykh Hamza mentions maps oriented in this way are still readily found in Australia.
Monday, December 20, 2004
Sunday, December 19, 2004
When Ahmad passed beyond the lote tree at the boundary of Paradise, the Angel's frontier, he said, "O Gabriel, come fly with me." But Gabriel replied, "I cannot escort you. My wings beyond that point will be consumed. But the station of the pure before the Most Pure is nothing short of wonderment."
- Mawlana Rumi (may Allah have mercy on him) in his Mathnawi
Monday, December 13, 2004
Expressions of Longing for the Divine: The Art of Calligraphy...
Two, masha'Allah, very talented Arabic calligraphers:
Sidi Mohamed Zakariya
Haji Noor Deen Mi Guangjiang
...illustrative of the many-fold beauty and vast expressions of Islam...Subhan'Allah.
Great Islamic clothing.
The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,
“Allah is Beautiful and loves beauty.” [Muslim]
And he said (Allah bless him and give him peace),
“Allah loves to see the traces of His blessings on His servants.”
Imam Zayn al-Din al-Razi (d. 666 AH), author of the famous dictionary Mukhtar al-Sahah, explained the essential rulings of dress in his beautiful work Tuhfat al-Muluk:
“The levels of clothing. Clothing has three levels:
1. Obligatory. This is covering one’s nakedness, and warding off the harms of heat and cold…
2. Recommended. This is wearing beautiful clothing, in order to look good and adorn oneself, displaying the blessings of Allah.
3. Prohibited. This is dressing out of haughtiness and arrogance.”
[Zayn al-Din al-Razi, Tuhftat al-Muluk, 277, Dar al-Basha’ir al-Islamiyya ed.]
And Allah alone gives success.
Friday, December 10, 2004
Introducing the Burda of al-Busiri
A documentary on Shaykh Hamza Yusuf's production of Imam al-Busiri's "The Burda" or "The Poem of the Cloak", an incredibly powerful poem that is famous across the world. Includes commentary by Shaykh Hamza, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, and Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore.
Sidi Hakim Archuletta has studied, practiced and taught holistic medicine worldwide for the past 20 years. His practice in North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and Europe earned him the title of hakim (a sage/healer). May Allah preserve him and allow him to continue to help people heal, ameen.
Do we feel for the world?
If the world grieves over
our arrogance while we
project ourselves onto it
are we given then the chance
to voice the sadness of the
sea or the pain of the tree?
Do we sing for the world?
Are we the mouth for the
centuries and the groan
and drum for its years of
war and strife and peace?
Are we the eyes for the stone
the storyteller for the plains
the advocate of the races
are we the tears of the cities?
Do we cry for the world?
As we listen to the song of
the flower the wail of
the wind or the melody of
the dawn and the moon
Do they cry for us?
...read the rest of "Like Rain"...
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Many years ago someone gave me a book for Eid called The Bounty of Allah compiled by Aneela Arshed. The book consists of an ayah and hadith/sayings of awliya for each day of the year. Arshed says she was going through an immensely difficult period in her life, searching for meaning, and each of the quotes in the book were words that moved her and helped her grow closer to Allah Most High - the Source of all peace, during that time.
This tiny book that can easily be overlooked at bookstores helped me make sense of things as a teenager, and was a means of great change for me. I return to it even today, and I never regret opening it... Insha'Allah, I will post sayings I find in the book from time to time. May Allah bless and reward her for this book...ameen.
He created me and guides me, He feeds me and nourishes me, and when I am sick, it is He who restores me to health. He will cause me to die and then will bring me back to life, and, I hope with all sincerity, He will forgive me my sins on the Day of Judgement.
- Qur'an 26:78-82
When a person calls upon the ailing, an angel proclaims, "Blessed be your journey through life, and Paradise be your final abode."
- The Prophet Muhammad, reported by Abu Hurairah, Al-Hadis, 1:286
Alhamdulillah 'ala kulli haal, All Praise is due to Allah, in every condition for His countless blessings upon us: those we are aware of and those hidden from us.
On making the most of our lives...
"Know that no state can be sound in the presence of neglect, and no wealth useful in the presence of heedlessness. For if you abandon yourself to neglect and purposelessness, as the cattle do, and just do anything that may occur to you at any time it happens to occur to you, most of your time will be wasted. Your time is your life, and your life is your capital; it is the basis of your transactions [with God], and the means to attain everlasting felicity, in the proximity of God the Exalted. Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, and when it passes away it never returns"
- from Imam Al-Haddad's The Book of Assistance
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
A few of the Hikam of Ibn 'Ata'illah. Among the most beautiful works we have, and from which I will often post a few lines...
Every breath you breathe emerges according to a preordained decree.
Don't think that worry and sorrow are out of place as long as you are in this world. It only brings forth what its attribute and quality demand.
"Truly, it is by the Remembrance of Allah that hearts find rest."
"Seek comfort in patience and prayer; indeed it is difficult, but not for the devout, who know that they will meet their Lord and that to Him they shall return."
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Strange indeed are the affairs of a believer, for all their affairs are good for them. If good occurs to them, they are thankful, and it is good for them. If difficulty befalls them, they are patient, and it is good for them."
May Allah grant patience to all those enduring trials and tribulations, give them tawfiq, and the reward of Jannah, ameen.
Monday, December 06, 2004
Khwajah 'Abdallah Ansari, said in his Supplications (Munajat):
I live only to do Thy will,
My lips move only in praise of Thee
O Lord, whoever becometh aware of Thee
Casteth out all else other than Thee.
O Lord, give me a heart
That I may pour it out in Thanksgiving
Give me life
That I may spend it
In working for the salvation of the world.
O Lord, give me understanding
That I stray not from the path
Give me light
To avoid pitfalls.
O Lord, give me eyes
Which see nothing but Thy glory.
Give me a mind
That finds delight in Thy service.
Give me a soul
Drunk in the wine of Thy wisdom
Sunday, December 05, 2004
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Saturday, December 04, 2004
Shaykh Nuh Keller answers a question on musical instruments...its impact on us...
An excellent and timely post from Sidi Faraz Rabbani's Blog:
Answer from Shaykh Amjad Rasheed to the common modern fatwa of permissibility.
Audio: Shaking hands with someone of the opposite sex - Part I: The Fiqh
Audio: Shaking hands with someone of the opposite sex - Part II: Textual proofs supporting the prohibition
And Allah alone gives success in following the radiant example of His Beloved Messenger, the Guiding Light of Humanity, may Allah bless him and give him peace.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Among the most talented and blessed poets of our Ummah...
Mawlana Rumi & His Mathnawi
1. Listen to this reed how it complains:
it is telling a tale of separations.
2. Saying, "Ever since I was parted from the reed-bed,
man and woman have moaned in (unison with) my lament.
3. I want a bosom torn by severance,
that I may unfold (to such a one) the pain of love-desire.
4. Every one who is left far from his source
wishes back the time when he was united with it.
How noble a day,
Immortal in Time,
On which he rose forth, shining.
With the light of the Prophet* it swelled with pride.
Light filled the Earth,
And the Heavens on High
[*Allah bless him and grant him abundant peace]
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
“You should not neglect your time or use it haphazardly; on the contrary you should bring yourself to account, structure your litanies and other practices during each day and night, and assign to each period a fixed and specific function. This is how to bring out the spiritual blessing (baraka) in each period.
But if you leave yourself adrift, aimlessly wandering as cattle do, not knowing how to occupy yourself at every moment, your time will be lost. It is nothing other than your life, and your life is the capital that you make use of to reach perpetual felicity in the proximity of God the Exalted.
Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved. Do not be like that deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life shortens.
What good is an increase in wealth when life grows ever shorter? Therefore be joyous only for an increase in knowledge or in good works, for they are your two companions who will accompany you in your grave when your family, wealth, children and friends stay behind.”
Imam Al Ghazali (May Allah have mercy on him) wrote this in his book: ‘The Beginning of Guidance’
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful & Compassionate
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