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Love's Apocalypse, Love's Glory

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Water and Clay, when fed on the breath of Jesus, Spread wings, became a bird and flew
Your praise of God is a Breath From Your body of water and clay.
Make it a Bird of Paradise By breathing into it your Heart's sincerity.
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.), Matsnawi I, 866-867
Translated by Shaykh Kabir Helminski & Camille Helminski

Thanking God

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
If my thanking God for His Blessings is a Blessing, Then I must thank Him in the same measure again.
How can one thank Him save by His Grace, As time goes on, and life goes by?
If a good thing comes, I rejoice heartily, If a bad one comes, I receive a reward.
In both cases He gives me a Gift too large For the minds of men, and the land and sea.
From Imam al-Bayhaqi (r.a.), 'The Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith'

No Arrogance in Faith

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

As extracted from ‘The Garden of the Matsnawi - Rumi Selections;’ Hakim ibn Hizam (r.a.) was a relative of Khadijah (r.a.), the wife of the Prophet (s.a.w.).  He was renowned for his mercy and generosity.  Before the rise of Islam, he used to buy the daughters of those families who wanted to bury them alive and graciously assumed the responsibility of taking care of them.  Hakim ibn Hizam (r.a.) asked the Prophet (s.a.w.) about these good deeds which he had done prior to his declaration of faith in Islam.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “These good deeds are but the reasons that brought you the honour of being Blessed with Islam.”
To be a Muslim is an Honour that Allah (s.w.t.) has Dressed us with.  It is not us accepting Him.  We must never take that Divine Dress for granted.  And we must not be arrogant in the faith.  It is sunnah to be kind to all, respecting others’ beliefs.  It is important to remember that Azazil was once foremost in worship.  Un…

The Pearl of the Heart

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
When your heart becomes the grave of your secret, That desire of yours will be gained more quickly.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) said that anyone Who keeps secret his inmost thought Will soon attain the object of his desire.
When seeds are buried in the earth, Their inward secrets become the flourishing garden.
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.), Matsnawi Translated by Shaykh Kabir Helminski & Shaykha Camille Helminski

Shaykh Tayfur Bayazid al-Bistami (q.s.) & The Cardinal

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The story was told to us by my shaykh from his shaykh.  The details above are abridged.  In the actual story, Shaykh Tayfur Bayazid al-Bistami (q.s.) had a dream where he was dressed as a Christian.  He was disturbed and went back to sleep whereupon he had the same dream.  This time, he awoke and said that if this is what Allah (s.w.t.) Willed then so be it.
He went to the monastery, which was having a conclave of bishops.  And there, he sat.  The cardinal said, “There is a Muhammadan amongst us,” but although they looked around perplexed, he was not initially identified.  Using a stratagem, the cardinal mentioned the name of Muhammad (s.a.w.), Shaykh Bayazid stood up and loudly said, “Peace and Blessings  be upon him,” and was thus discovered.
He was then questioned.  If he could answer them, he was free to leave.  Otherwise, they would kill him.  The actual story had forty questions.  Much more than this retelling.  At the end, the 5,000 converted …

Selected Quotes from Shaykh Nazhim al-Haqqani (q.s.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

“I do not change anyone, I do not add to anyone.  I only pass on Divine Knowledge.  I give from you to you, from within yourself.  I make Connections.”
“If you refuse all and accept the One, You are not proud.  If you accept all and refuse the One, you are proud.”
“We are holders of the Attributes of God, not His partners.”
“The difference between you and your Master is that you are proud.”
“What shall I say about myself?  I am like the moon.  When the sun goes, the light of the moon goes.  If the light of my Master leaves me, I am in darkness.  I am nothing.  Whoever sees me as this one or that one sees me through the Light of my Master.”
“You are burning.  And what burns you is love or it is fire.”
“Whoever refuses to feed his soul is cruel.  Our soul nourishes itself through obedience to its Lord.  If you take away its nourishment, you shorten your life.”
“They say, ‘He died.’  What does this mean?  It means, ‘He was Taken away.  The Divine Spark was T…

An Amal to Get Married

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Once, I visited Maqam Habib Nuh (q.s.), which I do whenever I can.  On that day, I happened to spend the entire afternoon there.  And by the time I finished my homework, it was time for maghrib.  I was going for a majlis and it so happened, that the habib I knew, was also going to that same majlis.  So we they went together and I sat in this habib’s car.
As we drove along the expressway, Habib ThaHa asked me if I was married, and I essentially told him, I was not looking: “I’m happily divorced.”
Habib ThaHa said: “In my time at the maqam, I’ve met so many people.  They come with all sorts of situations.  Once, a lady came and said she was worried that her two daughters are unmarried.  But she was told to recite Surah Thaha:125.  al-Hamdulillah, within a month, both her daughters, someone had asked for their hand.”
They drove along.  It was quiet for a while.  And then Habib ThaHa turned to me and said with emphasis, “I strongly recommend it.”

He will s…

How to Drink Zamzam

youبِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following was answered by Ustadzah Zaynab Ansari.  The fiqh of drinking Zamzam as much as possible, taking one’s fill of it, and drinking it for the affairs of this world and the hereafter.  So if one wishes to drink it for Forgiveness or recovery from an illness and the like, he faces the qiblah, mentioning the Name of Allah (s.w.t.), then says, ‘O Allah, it has reached me that Your Messenger (s.a.w.) said, ‘The water of Zamzam is for that which it was drunk for.’  O Allah, I drink it so that You may Forgive me.  O Allah, Forgive me.’  Or, ‘O Allah I drink it seeking Healing from illness; O Allah, Heal me.’”
It is recommended that one drink it in three breaths like with any other beverage, and when done, to praise Allah (s.w.t.).  There are numerous ahadits on this issue.  From Abu Dzarr (r.a.) reported that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said of Zamzam, “It is Blessed.  It is nourishing food, and a healing for sickness.”
‘Utsman ibn al-Aswa…

A Hadits from Mu'adz ibn Jabal (r.a.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Ya Mu’adz.”
And Mu’adz (r.a.) said, “Yes, O my Prophet.”
They rode on and the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Ya Mu’adz.”
“Yes, my Prophet.”
Again the Prophet (s.a.w.) did not say anything, indicating that what he was about to say was extremely important.  Again the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Ya Mu’adz.”
And again Mu’adz (r.a.) said, “Yes, yes, my Prophet, at your service.”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Know this: For anyone who says ‘Laa ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad ar-Rasulullah’, there will be no Punishment, and all will be Forgiven.”
Mu’adz (r.a.) quite excitedly said, “Is this something I can tell everyone?”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “No, do not tell it, because they will ease off on their work, and they will ease off on their prayers.”
Mu’adz (r.a.) remained silent until, on his deathbed, he repeated what he had heard.  Then it became a hadits, something actually heard from the mouth of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.).

The Forest, the Book & the Journey

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

There was once where we were in a state so we spent much of the nights in prayer.  There was a fever and for three consecutive days, there were very vivid dreams.
The First Day
On the first day, I saw a forest with very tall trees.  There was a path through the forest made of paved stones.  At some parts, there were shallow drains near the stones.  Everywhere, there were beautiful, coloured snakes of all sizes.  Some wee smaller.  Some were as big as pythons.  I knew they were deadly and poisonous.
As I walked, some snakes I carefully avoided.  Others, I carefully used the staff I carried to push them away from the path.  And then there were those I leaned on my staff and crushed their heads.
Behind me were a multitude of people.  I kept calling them to stay on the path.  Not only were they running all over the grassy forest, some of them were actually picking up these snakes, saying they were beautiful.  I saw someone I knew pick up a snake and I took…

D' Apprentice: You Don't Have to Be an Ustadz to Do Da'wah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

On the 10th and 11th December 2011, we held an event called “D’Apprentice: You Don’t have to be an Ustadz to do Da’wah”.  It was held at the Marina Barrage's Courtyard Room.

I was one of the presenters for Session 1: “Intention of performing Da’wah” along with Shaykh Amin Teo.  The title of my presentation was “The Concept of Da’wah - Marketing a System of Belief”.  This was a summary of many of my previous posts in this blog.  The following is a short summary.  The actual presentation had some stories to illustrate various points and much time was devoted to questions.
We believe that Islam is the best religion; it is indeed, more than that.  It is the complete way of life, here and beyond.  It is a system of belief and we are ambassadors of faith.  What is da’wahDa’wah basically means an invitation.  In this case, it is an invitation to the Ultimate Truth.  It is a call to return to the Path and the Caravan of Hope that is Islam.  It is akin…