Thursday, December 27, 2007
and the timing of the answer is delayed,
do not despair of it.
His reply to you is guaranteed;
but in the way He chooses,
not the way you choose,
and at the moment He desires,
not the moment you desire.
Humility is our connection with our own fundamental Being, which has certain qualities:
Acceptance of what is, rather than complaints of 'poor me' or 'why me?'
Openness, rather than preoccupation with 'me'
Gratefulness, rather than resentment for what has happened to 'me'
Generosity, rather than possessiveness
Modesty, rather than the self-importance of 'me'
Forgiveness, rather than blame of others of ourselves
Trust, rather than insecurity and doubt.
-Kabir Helminski in 'The Knowing Heart'
a.) Meditate 30 minutes morning and evening every day.
b.) Commune with nature and witness the intelligence in every living thing.
c.) Practice non-judgment.
a.) Give a gift to everyone you meet.
b.) Be aware of the gifts that you receive.
c.) Silently wish every person happiness, joy, laughter and peace.
3.) Cause and Effect:
a.) Witness the choices that you are making in the present moment.
b.) Examine the consequences on yourself as well as others.
c.) Ask your heart for guidance.
4.) Least Effort:
a.) Accept the moment, don't resist what is.
b.) Take responsibility for the situation.
c.) Do not be attached to your point of view, remain open to other views.
5.) Intention and Desire:
a.) Make a list of desires.
b.) Release the list of desires to creation, remain willing to accept something better.
c.) Accept the present as-is.
a.) Allow yourself, those around you, and the situation to be as they are.
b.) Accept uncertainty and allow solutions to arise out of chaos.
c.) Remain open to all possible outcomes.
7.) Purpose in Life:
a.) Pay attention to the still voice in your heart.
b.) Make a list of talents and find ways to use them to serve others.
c.) Ask "How can I help?", "How can I serve?".
…we die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then.
There are no accidents... there is only some purpose that we haven't yet understood.
The heart becomes sick, as the body becomes sick
and its remedy is al-Tawbah (repentance)and protection [from transgression].
It becomes rustyas a mirror becomes rusty
and its clarity is obtained by remembrance.
It becomes naked as the body becomes naked
and its beautification is al-Taqwa.
It becomes hungry and thirsty as the body becomes hungry
and its food and drink are knowledge, love, dependence, repentance c and servitude.
- Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
It is God Who gives and it is He Who takes away. Whatever He takes today, He may give back tomorrow in a different way; material goods are not the essential thing in the path of God
You don't choose whom you love. He chooses them.
and most of all to love them despite all that they may agitate you with.
After all, they come from Him and they return to Him,
Sunday, December 23, 2007
"Know that Allah Most High is there. Know that He the All Seeing is watching. Know that He Most Wise is testing you. Know that He Most Powerful is Able to do All things. Whether it is from His Immense Love or His Wrath that you are feeling such anxiety, know that His Mercy outstrips His Wrath. Know that when you call out to Him in desperation, Your Beloved answers in ways you may not know. Oh faqir, call out to your Lord, Most High, oh faqir walk towards your Beloved, Your Beloved will take strides towards you. Oh faqir, open your heart to Your Beloved and Your Beloved will open His treasures to you.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
a mirror tells the truth
a generous friend
spite darkens friendships
once you think of me
why be a worshiper of the dead
since you will come
i may talk too much
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Allah allah allah allah
Help me please,
My heart is so black and consumed with hypocrisy
Its infected with disease.
I have strayed so far,
I have been busy doing as I please,
I am so ashamed,
Why am I committing these sins with so much ease?
Why do I forget this life is nothing but an illusion-a mere tease?
Help me please,
Remind me the heat of the Hellfire goes beyond degrees,
Forgive me for my sins,
Which are as long as the seven seas.
I cling to you, my Beloved,
Give me strength,
Remind me that the shortest distance to solving my problem is the distance between the floor and my knees.
Allah allah allah…
Help me please...
-Maryam Noori 11/29/07
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Has so many twists and turns,
Makes you think you’re important & special,
You livin a lie,
left w/ nothing but 1st degree burns..
Broken hearts, uneven proportions,
Too busy to remember our creator,
We’re busy fighting meaningless wars.
Fight with your inner,
Forget everyone else.
Don’t let your ego be the winner,
You have to break your “self”.
We all fall for the lies,
Foolin our hearts,
Waiting for our love to materialize.
We’re left with nothing but torn up parts.
Who are we turning to?
To God or to Man?
People don’t want to push themselves,
Say they “can’t” and forgot how to use the word “can”.
There’s a difference between the two, don’t you see?
One loves temporarily, the other one loves for eternity.
One has days where he wants you, or will give you attention,
The other loves you unconditionally and knows your intentions.
One’s love has condition and can easily be taken,
The other has a mercy that leaves my heart shaken.
One I can turn to whenever I need,
The other will always have some sort of self-greed.
We’re deceived by false creatures,
People caught up in some game.
Sellin their souls for nothing-but money, fortune and fame.
God sends them great gifts,
With it they don’t know what to do,
Then when they screw themselves over,
They’re left w/ regret in their faces til they turn blue.
They ask themselves why they’re lost and unfortunate,
Theirs is a deep and dark soul.
Not realizing they fell into shaitan’s number one goal.
So petty, so useless, so weak in the mind,
People can’t look in the mirror cuz they’ll wish they could rewind,
If only, one more chance, 'but', 'can’t' and 'please'.
People of the dunya caught up in this deadly self-destructing disease.
All we can do is pray for them and wish them the best,
Sadly some won’t learn their lesson til someone they know is laid to rest.
Contemplate death, reflect and ponder.
Get to know your Creator as you learn about his love,
For Him, your heart will grow fonder.
Ask yourself everyday,
As one asked, Is God far from you?
Return to the Almighty,
He will take you.
Remember, his mercy and compassion he has countlessly proved.
Now, you have to do what you gotta do…
-by Maryam Noori 6/18/07
Don't wait until you're happy to smile, but smile to be happy...
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Frustration, confrontation, receiving the wrong education?
Contemplation leads to hesitation,
Then to temptation.
This life is just a test to see how far we have progressed,
And to know destiny’s manifest,
To finally gain some success.
Why are we so obsessed to possess and end up being repressed
And stressed for power.
Power is obsolete and attractive,
Radioactive and reactive.
Everyone craves it, they fiend,
They turn green and can only be mean
For power is only meant for one in this life,
Or so it seems.
This world is filled with flatterin,
Scatterin, things not matterin,
With the same ol’ pattern.
This life is full of extortions,
Emotions, explosions, corrosions,
Proportions and notions.
Is this life real? When can we heal?
When will they learn to feel?
Give back the lives that they steal,
Give everyone dying of hunger a meal,
Stop bargaining with God,
Thinking life is a deal.
Nobody’s heart is made out of steel.
Stop thinking you can control everything
with just a spin of the wheel.
Is this life for real?
There’s no promise for the next breath
That we take, the mistakes that we make,
The funk that we fake,
The lives we put at stake,
The fearful bodies that shake,
Its time that we wake,
This aint a joke or a game.
For value of life for everywhere is the same.
This life is nothing without feeling any shame.
We need to put out the burning flames
And forget about fame,
Just take a look at the world’s frame
And tell me who is to blame.
Is this life real…
-by Maryam Noori 2004
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
lettin my mind unwind...
ideas screamin out, fightin,
lettin my head fast-forward and rewind...
writers-block of the intellect,
put a pause...kept a hold,
not finding the right object,
to fit in this mind-created mold...
gotta let the schemes drift away,
holdin me back,
i have so much to say,
pen on paper, finger on keys...
doesn't matter the method,
just gotta put my mind at ease...
the writer's got block, can't think straight...
the piece becomes greater as it unravels,
its worth the wait...
gotta retract, pull back in,
let the block break away,
then i'll search from within,
who knows what tomorrow holds,
for its a new chapter, a new day...
-by Maryam Noori