Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Looking Glass of God

Looking Glass 1Every day, we are trying to live this. To see the good in this world. To pierce through our sorrow and sadness, our hate and despair, and to see the Truth of the Reality, which must always, always be beautiful.

For God is Truth. And truly He cannot be anything but the Most Beautiful, the Most Desirable. The flower to the bee, the honey to the bear. I am drawn to You, o’ Love, though others might shake their heads and stare.

I write these words so easily. But I know that the path is not easy. May God guide us through all difficulties. To see the nuanced and the undertone, to understand the hidden meaning and the clear way as best as Allah (swt) may apportion for each of His beloved creation. Certainly, we are in constant need of His guidance and of His Messenger Muhammad (saws) – the Looking Glass of God.

On this day, the 2nd of Ramadhan, I am meeting you here. God bless you, sunshine.

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

Gutter Beauty

20150614_080903_resizedGutter Beauty
I found her by the gutter,
Bowing down before me, a delicate flower,
And she said to me, “To contemplate beauty,
One must submit and surrender,
For one seeking true understanding, there is no way better.”

Like any discipline, science or art, there is the wrong way, the right way and the best way to appreciate beauty. And as we continue our days here on planet Earth, we are (hopefully) making our way through the different stations of adab (good manners) of appreciating beauty, towards the impossibly high (and frankly, unattainable) adab of our Prophet Muhammad (saws).

For we are assured that the maqam (spiritual station) of the Prophet (saws) is continuously rising, continuously improving, continuously nourished, sustained and raised ever higher, ever nobler, ever more beloved, simply because the Beloved (saws) is beloved by God Himself, He Who Loves best of all, who ennobles and graces His love in infinite ways and degrees.

And yet here we are, denizens of the gutter, being called by our Prophet (saws) to share in His Love – to partake from the River of Love that flows from Ahad to Ahmad, from the Loving to the Beloved.

And that is a beautiful thing to appreciate in zahir (form) and in batin (essence)!

Don’t you agree, sunshine?

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way