The Blessing of Depression

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there's some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

by Robert Frost

How many times have you been so beaten that you have danced on the edges of eternity?  How many times have you looked into the depths of despair and thought of nothing but oblivion?  How many times did you think death was sweet?  Only to remember that the warm glow is the Fire and the cool blanket is the façade of the howling winds of Pandemonium.  A shaykh once mentioned that this is a Gift.  It keeps the Self in check by a state of contraction so severe that the need for Him overwhelms the attraction of the world.


  1. Hi Harlequin,

    Does authentic Islamic teachings allow singing accompanied by musical instruments?

  2. Hi,

    Consider this: Yusuf Islam made a music video with Ronan Keating with the blessings of his Shaykh.

    Music by its very nature is not against Islam though many conservatives seem to assert so. What makes it haram in most cases is the nature of the performance or the subject matter which may be contrary to the religion. Songs that promote values such as drugs, sexual promiscuity. Songs that are vulgar and insult. Songs that degrade. Performances of an explicit sexual nature.

    It has very little to do with the instruments. Music is intrinsic to the human soul. Anybody who believes that it is 'unIslamic' is in my unvarnished opinion, an idiot.


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