Monthly Archives: June 2016

A KING MOST PURE, MOST COMPASSIONATE… and a Prophet Sublime in the Art of Thankfulness

non1. You Write The Story
You write the story,
So write an end for me,
Good or bad.

Just promise never to leave me
To the coldness
Of Your indifference.
…………

Good or Bad End? *Gulp* That is a little worrying, is it not, my friend? But since when is God ever a bad writer? He cannot write anything bad, after all, the root word of good is God. It simply would not be in His character. As the Muslims say, “Subhana Malikul Quddus…” Glory unto the King the Holiest, the Most Pure, the One who is pure, spotless, without blemish or fault, the One whose essence and attributes are of unimaginable purity and perfection (al-Quddus is one of God’s 99 Names, the Asma al Husna. Credit to an elaboration at http://wahiduddin.net/words/wazifa.htm)

begging

Despite the arguments of the neo-atheists, indifference to human sorrow is not a Godly attribute.

Thank God for God and His Prophet. ‘Man is not an island’ that old saying goes. But sometimes we feel that way, normally after some sad ending of sorts – a break-up, a death, a notice to vacate, being fired from your job. Nonetheless, however foul we feel, there is at least one person who will lend an ear, someone who will never ignore us in our dire straits, who never tires to listen to our moans and woe begotten groans at our life’s pitfalls. Such is the attribute of the Lord Almighty, coming from the all-encompasing assurances and guidance contained in the holy Quran and the Sunnah (prophetic traditions) that is the faith of Muhammad (saws). So Thank God for God then, sunshine, and thank God for the Prophet (saws) who awakens the most sleepy soul into a state of sublime gratitude.

Now isn’t this a nice little tale to bring to the campfire of your conscience?26062011446-2

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

A CUP OF BARAQA …the Creator, the Created and the Ego

IMG_20160622_181313_resizedThe Calling
I am calling them,
But few heed Me,
All they hear is
“My servant, my servant”,
And in pride,
they turn away.

Had they heeded Me,
Would have they not found in Me
Their greatest hopes?
And even more would
I have bestowed.

Would I have not
Taken them closer to Me?

In the intimacy
Of their companionship
With their children
Is an analogy
For all to wonder,
But they enquire not
And remain blind,

They say, “I am me”,
Not knowing their true nature.
Lo, that the truth would have set them free,
But they do not understand.
…………..
(Extracts from the DamSunSunAna, circa 2007.)

Divine Goodies. In this holy month of Ramadan that God Almighty has created for His servants, what wonderful openings are given to even the most miserly of sinners to seek forgiveness and blessings and often enough, simply to give thanks to Allah (swt) for all the divine goodies He has given us, the quality and quantity of which we shall never truly appreciate.

Bat-Blind. That is why the good ones always have the dzikrullah (remembrance of God) emanating from their lips and reverberating in their hearts. It is because they realise that they shall forever (and ever and ever) be indebted to their Creator, quite bat-blind to the baraqa (divine blessings) that nourishes them from pre-eternity to this very moment now. And constantly they are pleading, “O’ Lord, forgive us, for we are blind and deaf to all the blessings You have given us, save for the few miserly (that word again!) number of blessings that we are able to realise and acknowledge by Your inspiration.”

ffsfsThe Cup. So that is a good place to start, sunshine. We must ask Allah (swt) to inspire us to see the wondrous baraqa that is already overflowing out of the cup of baraqa that is our life. At the door of gratitude we approach our Lord Most Generous, following the noble steps of our betters, guided by the lantern of faith and mercy to all the worlds, Sayyidina Muhammad (saws).

The Calling & the Ego. Only once we have answered HIs call may we finally begin to learn who we truly are. Be warned though that our ego will not be happy with such humble attitude and it will react. Thus we ask Allah (swt) to give us the fortitude to reject the self-deceiving exhortations of our rampant ego claiming it knows best. Truly only Allah the Creator encompasses real awareness that is within His creation, from the brightest star in the night sky to the smallest worm burrowing in the earth. We need only accept Allah  Almighty and then ask Him – through that ever-so-nicely-and-politely-manner as is taught to us by the Prophet Muhammad (saws).

Don’t you agree, sunshine?

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

I LOVE MY FEET … wherever they go, I follow!

Slide2In His Absolute Wisdom, Allah Almighty has created our eyes, ears and hands to multitask, to be able to discern and grasp many, many things at any single time. Thus, they require our attention to keep them focused on a single task.

But our feet, perhaps that most servant-like of our limbs, it can only carry out one task at any given time. It is impossible for our feet to carry us off into two different directions. Certainly, I have not heard of a traveller whose right foot took him to Paradise, while his left foot dragged him to Hell.

And what of our mind? Oh dear. We all know the sort of thoughts that can enter our head whatever we may be doing. We may be in prayers, our foreheads on the sajda (act of prostrating / prayer mat), muttering glorification of God the All-High, but then, totally uninvited, a question butts into our communion… “I say, buddy. What are we having for supper tonight?”

… *sigh*

So you see, we must all value the refreshing single mindedness of our feet. In fact…

…we truly love our feet. After all, wherever they go, we follow.

He he he.

Let’s get moving, sunshine. May Allah (swt) bless our feet to take us to Him! May Allah (swt) bless our feet to follow in the inspired footsteps of the Mercy to All the Worlds, the Most Honoured One in the Divine Presence, Sayyidina Muhammad (saws)!

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

YOU BELIEVE IN GOD BUT DO YOU BELIEVE GOD? … the hard question I must answer

1405_10153458985924023_7768209619511137782_nThe Two Beliefs
Many people believe God exists,
Sadly fewer believe God.
……………

Camera 360The Shaykh’s Nagging. This is no fanciful wordplay. For the first form of faith is perhaps the most easily accessible. You, me, Aunt Bee and the cat next door, we all believe in the existence of God. But to believe Him, to obey and carry out His edicts? Not so easy. It is no wonder that the shaykhs (masters) of the sufi tariqat (spiritual paths) of Islam often nag their hard-of-hearing followers and lovers, “Listen and obey! Listen and obey!” In response of which we all bow our collective heads in guilt, fiddling of fingers and then we carry on disobeying.

Why They Nag. I know the temptation, falling for it time and again, to believe in the existence of God and rejoicing in His magnificent assurances of Divine Love and Mercy, but to treat lightly His advice, warning and admonitions – seeing His strict edicts as gentle remonstrations for us to reject or accept as we wish. And really that is natural as Allah (swt) did say that there is no compulsion in religion. But if we do choose other paths than that instructed by our Lord, we must be prepared to face the karmic consequences. Especially now in this era, as the Prophet Muhammad (saws) did mention that the lot of his nation will be judged and penalty imposed in our lifetime. Cash on Delivery, sunshine… (dear God, forgive us!)

Our Self-Deception. The fallacy of our stand is revealed when we are struck by some worldly calamity and then cry in anguish “Oh God, You are most powerful and Your will be done, so why did You allow this to happen to me?” So now we say God is all-powerful and omnipotent. But when we were happy and content with this world, God was not so powerful enough that we obeyed Him. Oh no, in fact we went against His divine advice, inevitably drawing the karmic consequences to us.

My stupid plans. We cannot say with have not been warned. I cannot say I have not been warned. So help me, my love. I am done with my plans and my hubris for which I have been paid with loss and pain. I am lost in the wilderness of my folly, and only Allah (swt) may guide me home through the Prophet Muhammad (saws), God’s greatest blessings and gift to all of Creation.

In truth, I am utterly alone with my sins, sunshine. So please… walk with me these little baby steps home, I am in need of your love and your faith…

baby-steps1wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

PATIENCE PATIENTLY WAITING… meeting as-Sabūr in Ramadan

largePatience Patiently Waiting
A day is added to our life,
Will we live in truth,
Or persist in our lies?

A day is added to our days,
Will we still be in error,
Or will we change our ways?

A morning is added to our mornings,
Yet day after day after day
God is still patiently waiting…
While we sigh, pause
And delay.
…………

The Patient People. We are quite a shameless lot, are we not, sunshine? Oh, how we make such a drama of our trials and tribulations, the passing of our friends and kin, the accidents, the failed ambitions, the broken hearts and the end of dreams. We care only of our feelings, our sense of lost, our tests. We try to be patient in the face of worldly afflictions.

21_oktober_2010The Patient Prophet. But what is our middling patience compared to the patience of the prophets? As the best of creation, it is upon their backs that the most trying tests are borne and the weariest tasks are endured patiently. And among all prophets of God  undoubtedly it is His final messenger and the seal of the prophets, Sayyidina Muhammad (saws) that stands unreachable in his station of patience.

We are His creation, this Lord God, and the created cannot encompass the Creator. But God has commanded us to worship Him, to come to love and adore Him. But how can we love what we do not know? Thus Allah has bestowed upon us our mind, the ability to inquire and contemplate His immeasurable nature – like little sands on the shore of His Holy Names, we are pondering upon His endless ocean of Attributes, all wonderful, all infinitely glorious.

The Patient God. It is in patience, that most holy of virtues that our Nabi Muhammad (saws) is in worshipful prostration to the very essence of patience that is Allah Almighty, known by one of his 99 names, as as-Sabūr, the Most Patient, the Patiently-Enduring One.

There is really no need to bring the rest of the world into our little exposition, my love. We can examine our own weakness and impiety in comparison to God’s abiding and sustaining love for us, to know that we are constantly blessed by His immeasurable patience, whatever our sinful state.

Thank you for spending a little time here in this corner of my thoughts.  Pray for me, please…

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

Poon’s Room, The River & The Ocean

My Brother
Breathing in the room he once breathed in,
Walking upon the floor he once walked on,
This room, this space of certain memories,
The walls speak to me of my brother,
And the constancy of his love
For his family and his friends
Who misses him so,
And dare I say it…?
Of his love
For me.
………

229752_1879889790685_5877716_nThe Room. Ramadan Mubarak, sunshine. This year’s blessed month of fasting is a little different, as I have a small project to complete. I am turning my dear brother’s small bedroom (see above pic) that has been left unused for almost 3 years into a prayer / guest room. I have tentatively test-driven the room… first with a little dzikr and salawat (remembrance of God through the recitations of His Divine Names and greetings of peace and praise upon the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s.) and then, with a little prayer.

How did it feel? It felt good. So good that I cried.

River HeartThe River & The Ocean. It is funny to use the term for a room – to test-drive a room. But it was really that, for in that preciously short time, I left on a journey, leaving this world, leaving its cares and distractions, its poor illusion of happiness to seek solace with my Lord, with the memories past and the new memories to be made with my departed brother, Saiful Bahri (known to me as Abang Chik and to the rest of the world as Poon).

“After all, why ought death be a barrier in creating new memories between us and our dearly departed kin and friends?”, an ancient friend urgently assures me this morning, “After all, death is not a divide but a river communicating us transients of this world to the eternal Mercy Ocean of God, our true home”.

I shan’t tell you much more as there is nothing more to say. Only that this little labour of love will, insha Allah (God willing), keep me occupied until the Lord God brings me home and (again insha Allah) back to His Heavenly Presence with our Prophet Muhammad (saws), His blessed Family and Companions, my masters of the tariqat (the Path), my dear loving mother, my brother, my aunties, uncles, cousins and so many more of my other kin and friends who have all already left us for the Mercy Ocean.

What a day that would be!

Have a wonderful Ramadan, my love. Pray for me please and May Allah (swt) bless you always, and may Allah (swt) forgive me always.

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

THE PROMISED SACRED INTIMACY… and the discarding of me

dark-room-light-through-window-hunched-man1Discarding Me in the Promised Sacred Intimacy
When I am reciting,
I am not listening,
Nor am I actually talking…

So to whom am I supposed to be talking?
And whom am I supposed to be listening to?
O’ Love, it must be You, it must be You…
O’ Love, inspire me to
Your frequency
To discard the deception of me…
Of my enterprising in anything,
In Your Promised
Sacred Intimacy.
……….

IMG_20131111_205650Beggar Sinner. We are asking for the best from the Giver of Gifts, the Bestower of Honour that is our Lord Allah (swt). Not because we are the best or any good really, but because we want to be counted in the nation of the Best of Creation, being none other than the Prophet Muhammad (saws). For ourselves, masya Allah, we know we amount for nothing, but we are informed by our Prophet (saws) that God’s Mercy is greater than our sins and (ironically) we imagine that His gifts for those who struggle towards Him is so magnificent to be beyond the little horizons of our imagination.

Impertinent beggar, impudent sinner… honestly that is me. And I am holding my begging bowl that is my two open hands asking for the gift of intimacy with the Heavenly presence. Shameful but ever hopeful, I turn to our Lord again and again, as He reveals with every little unveiling of the heart, His Sublime Love and Grace which enamours our very being – leaving us again and again gasping with sorrowful regret and tearful gratitude…

Oh No!
Again and again,
I come to Thee as Me,
The shame of it all!
The shame of it all!
………

Though we are patently undeserving in merit, we ask Allah (swt), by His divine love for the Habibullah (Beloved of God) Sayyidina Muhammad Miftahur Rahman (saws), to forgive us of all our sins, to accept our poor expression of thankfulness and to welcome us to the Promised Sacred Intimacy between the Lord and His Servant.

10544-497-497wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way