Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
A tree who like us loved to pray
In adoration every day
A tree who humbly knelt in praise
To God and never chose to raise
Itself above the other trees
Instead remained as if on knees
A tree who gave our scholars shade
And never asked that it be paid
A tree whose needles never hurt
But gently fell upon the dirt
A tree whose worth cannot be told
Or ever lent or bought with gold
A tree who showed us all its height
With God by bowing with delight
It taught us all to clearly see
A Garden lies beneath a tree
And then it showed us with a sigh
That trees, like us, must also die
In an age of folly, play and mirth
A tree has died with brow on earth
-Hamza Yusuf / March 2005
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
A lover of life has fallen
She has too many burdens to take it all in
When she’s hit rock bottom, her positive thoughts are always stallin.
To her creator she’s constantly callin,
She’s impatient, constantly teary-eyed and bawlin,
Doesn’t want anyone to break her “personal box” wall in
Wherever she goes she has on her back her problems that she’s haulin
Once a strong woman who walked confidently, now she’s crawlin.
The things she once loved, she now finds appalling.
Her meditation, spirituality, the devils slowly uninstalling.
Nobody she wants to speak to, this chick is constantly blogging,
Forgot about the great things she did, constantly rememberin her downfalls and—
Anticipates the nightfall when—
her mind will sleep,
Her mind also her enemy recallin
The wrongs in her life.
All this negative energy is building like a snowball and
Has frozen her mind.
She needs her heart’s coils to unwind.
She knows she can no longer be blind
to God’s mercy and love combined in this test.
Needs to break out of this box that has got her confined,
Accept all the great offerings that she so quickly declined.
Has to rebuild her reason of existence she had so clearly defined.
Wants to go back to the days where she was so entwined with the most Merciful’s love.
See, she has all of this so perfectly outlined,
But its useless if she doesn’t take a step back and rewind,
Remind herself of all the tasks to which God had her assigned,
Years ago there was a promise that she made, a verbal contract she signed,
That she will no longer dance with the devil, the destroyer of mankind,
She’s gotta let go of her baggage, leave all the b.s. behind
And work back towards the days of when her heart will once again shine,
This lover of life realizes her answers are always and only with the divine..
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Abu Nu’aym narrates in Al-Hilyah that Mu’adh bin Jabal Said:
“Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, it is the best companion during travels, and it is the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy. Knowledge is the discerning proof of what is right and what is wrong, and it is the positive force that will help you surmount the trials of comfort, as well as those of hardships. Knowledge is your most powerful sword against your enemy, and finally, it is your most dignifying raiment in the company of your close companions. Through knowledge, Allah, blessed be His Name, raises some people in rank, and He makes them leaders in righteousness and models in morality. The vestige of their faith is avidly sought, their deeds are emulated perceptively, and people will seek and sanction their opinions solicitously and unequivocally. The heavenly angels seek their company and anoint them with their wings, every fresh or withered life they pass by implore Almighty Allah to forgive them their sins, even the fish in the oceans, the beasts of the lands and every bird of prey and migratory bird pray and solicit the mercy of Almighty Allah on their behalf. This is because knowledge revives the dead hearts and drives them out of darkness into light, and because knowledge is the light of the inner eyes that cures one’s blindness and restores his inner sight”