Monthly Archives: August 2015

THE FLAME OF THE FOREST …His faith precedes my faith

IMG_20150824_184434Flame in the Forest
Everything I am,
I owe it to You,
My life, my body, my breath,
Even my colours,

In a world made grey
With weariness,
In a world made dull
With needlessness…
When I remember You,
When I place myself last
And I place You first,

Lo, I am nourished with Your Love,
Lo, I am the bright flame in the forest!

Sincerity. Sincerity is difficult to attain, and nigh impossible to maintain without His constant guidance. And to place yourself last, and God first? That is certainly no walk in the park. It is the end of the journey, it is the highest goal of servanthood. And like all quests, It will be challenged and tested to a degree that we cannot imagine.

donkeyThe Test. But however far we may progress (or not), one thing is certain. And that is God will not test us more than we can bear. So why is it then that I, your friendly sinner, continues to fail wretchedly with his little burdens?

Faith. The answer is simple, I know – It is staring me in the mirror. Because I do not know myself as well as God does. Thus, it is my constant craving to get to know myself better, this human being, this sinner in whom God appears to have such faith in.

If only I have more faith in Him. No doubt, He will show me, me. And I will begin to know Him as how He wishes to be known to His beloved servants.

Pray for me, sunshine.

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

FOR AS LONG AS FOREVER LASTS… he is the go-to guy for us

20150804123718_resizedFor As Long As Forever Lasts
When we speak his name,
A rose blooms in our hearts,
When we hear his name,
A rose blooms in our hearts,
When we hear people talking about him,
A rose will blooms in our hearts,
If we remember him after a period of forgetfulness,
A rose will bloom in our hearts,
When we talk about him,
Though his name is not mentioned,
Even then, a rose blooms in our hearts,
And each rose that blooms never withers,
Filling our heart with a garden of roses,
Whose beauty and perfume lasts forever,
For as long as forever lasts.

GO-TO GUY. He is the go-to guy for us. We, the stumbling sinful wretch, looking for a shade from the burning sun, looking for a little mercy to quench our burning thirst, he, Nabi Muhammad Habibullah (saws), he is the go-to guy for us.

GO-TO-GOD GUY. And especially to God, he is the go-to-God guy for us, we the poor sinner, without a single good coin in our purse. Beggarly beggars, certainly we are. But we are begging to be in the presence of the Anointed Mercy to all the Worlds, He who is most favoured in Allah Almighty’s vision. And in this habit, we (thankfully!) share (at least one!) habit of the good, the patient and the virtuous. So I am not good, alas, but a mere facsimile of good. And that is as best as I can aim for, sunshine, truth be told!

cat stevenPEACE TRAIN. We are going with him, sunshine. You and I. Riding on that peace train (as Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens once wrote). And even if we don’t have a ticket, we can still hide under the seat. Or above on the roof of the carriages, it doesn’t matter at all how. The only important thing is that come hell or high water, Messrs Notrumi and Friends are gonna be on that train, like the hobos and facsimiles we truly are…

…Borne upon a praise, a song, or a prayer
Resonating in a choir or a secret whisper…

Godwilling, Godloving, Godbeing…

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

LOVE WILL FIND A WAY… the finite connected to the Infinite


Love Will Find a Way
Though your heart is made of stone,
Love will find a way,
Through whatever nook or cranny,
Love will find a way,
With what little warmth love receives,
Love will find a way,
If only you would believe…

Love will find a way.

It is interesting how people distinguish between divine love and mortal love. As if divine love is somehow a different type of love. By my reckoning, it is the same love that we have for anyone, anything and everything! What differentiates Godly love from mortal love is only a question of degree.

And even if that difference may be measured only in term of infinite degrees, that is still okay. Because we are separate yet connected. Finite yet connected to the Infinite. Connected to God and His Divine Love. And of course, happily through His Mercy, connected to one another.

Don’t you think so too, sunshine?

While you linger over such thoughts, let us dwell awhile in the  grove of happiness where the trees, the flowers and the birds themselves sing in greeting and praise of Allah Almighty and His Beloved Nabi Muhammad Habibullah (saws).

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will find a Way


20150801000400_resizedThe Answer
It is the answer to mathematical puzzles,
It is the answer to the mysteries of the universe,
It is the answer to death and taxes,
It is the answer to the common cold.

It is the answer to his proposal,
It is the answer to all your prayers,
It is the answer to your broken heart,
It is one answer and it is always same…

The answer is
Allah and Nabi Muhammad.

ALL IF. If you are an 11 year old stuck with a maths homework. If you are a quantum physicist peering into the innards of the cosmos. If you are troubled by your tax returns and questions about the hereafter. If you are in bed with cold. If you are a woman being proposed by a man. If you are prostrated in worshipful prayers. If your lover left you…

Whatever ails you, however you are troubled, there is only one answer that will give you relief – and that is God the Very Source of Good, and His Prophet Muhammad (saws), the Herald of Mercy He has sent to all the worlds. And indeed, the term ‘worlds’ (or ‘nations’ in some translations) would certainly include you, whatever condition you may be in, at any time, anywhere, anyhow.

THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS THERE. And that is your eternal blessing as a child of Adam, and/or as a nation of Muhammad. Don’t you think so, sunshine?

God bless you! God bless me!

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way