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THE DISTRACTION OF DISTANCE, THE ILLUSION OF NEARNESS

The Distraction of Distance
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Dear God,
I am.

I am closer
I know.
But I am hindered,
Dear God,
I am.

I am hindered
By my knowing
I am near.

I am distracted, I am,
By the distraction
Of distance.
I am deceived, I am,
By the illusion
Of nearness
……

Don’t be deceived. Be cautious, pet. Space and time, that place where distance matters is a construct for our material ego-world. Do not be attached to such measure of closeness. For Allah, there is only one measure worthwhile for all humanity to understand and strive towards – to Him, to God through goodness…

O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware. (Holy Quran, 49:13 -Marmaduke Pickthall)

All other yardsticks, such as pious knowledge or material prosperity, are double-edged swords that bites both ways if the beneficiary of such blessings is not careful. For you see, if the devil is the dog at the door of the Lord, testing the worth of any one who presumes to approach the Divine Presence, the louder is his bark the closer that you get.  Guard dog4

Thus, prudence is the name of the game, sunshine. As my lovely law lecturer, Sheila Tilley used to interject to the bemused delight of her class – softly, softly, catchy monkey.

He he he.

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

THE DEVIL AND OUR EGO, HIS MOST LOYAL ACOLYTE

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Why oh why?
Why did I die?
Why oh why?
Why did I lie?
Thinking I will never be found out?
…….

sedih 2Every time we lie, we die a little. Of this I am certain, and many times more than I care to count I have found myself at my own funeral, looking into my own grave.

Like tango, it takes two to lie. So long as we are weak and a slave to our own ego, our life shall always be divided – between our heart and our ego. And all too often it is our ego that we will believe, while our heart’s admonishments and advice we stubbornly ignore.

Yes, the devil, our enemy tirelessly lays siege upon our peace and happiness, but whispers are his only armoury. It his good fortune that in our ego his evil whispers have found a most loyal acolyte.

Man & His Lies
The devil was asked
Why it was so easy to deceive Man,
To which he replied,
“I have not found,
In all my travel and adventure,
A creature more adept at self-deception
A student more diligent in the science of self-destruction
Than the children of Adam and Eve”
……..

In a world full of mad preachers and merciless sermons, there is always this risk, a very present and real danger, that our very best efforts of piety or charity are diverted and corrupted by our own ego, hubris and self-deception. The road to hell is paved with good intentions… someone said.

So remember BismillahiRahmaniRahim, sunshine. Declare your purpose in everything that you say or do in the Name of God the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. Leave no words or deeds without this accompaniment – a gift of Allah to Rasulullah (sws) and his nation that is priceless beyond measure.

Say it, my friend, believe it, then cross the road without fear.

largewa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

THE CUPBEARER

artflow_201612232206The Cupbearer
His cup is dirty,
Not pristine, not clear,
However fine the truth may be,
However sweet the water,
She will not take his poetry
Nor drink his words any longer.

For he is the lost seeker,
The oath breaker,
The cup bearer,
Cast aside and alone
But for his pride
So bitter.

………

Have care, sunshine, where you put your faith, for whatever you may plan or desire, Allah Almighty disposes of your precious arrangements as He deems fit in His All-Knowing All-wise wisdom.

In whatever you endeavour to do attend to Allah first foremost and last and do not be like the cupbearer. Consult with the One Who does not break His Divine Promises, and hold fiercely to His Sayyidina ‘Urwatu Wuthqa (the Trusty Handhold) – being our beloved Nabi Muhammad (sws). Surely, AllahuRahman (swt) will thus guarantee your success in this world and AllahuRahim (swt) will confirm your success in the Hereafter. Believe me!

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

TWO QUESTIONS… AND WHY MARX’S OBSERVATIONS CAN BE CORRECT.

artflow_201510221840Divine Insult?
You say I have insulted God,
I say you feel insulted that
My idea of God does not conform with yours.

So it is not about God at all,
But really all about you.
……………

As we ask others to act, we too must act in the same manner. But I am afraid, far too often, we are blinded by our hubris, thinking and acting as if we own God…

Divine Ruse?
Have we turned our religion into a veil;
A mask of hubris?
Have we turned our religion into an excuse;
A one-size-fit-all pretext?
Have we turned our religion into a drug;
An exit from reality?
………….

For you see Karl Marx was right, and that certainly, religion can be an opiate for the masses. And it takes but a little inclination to our ego and base desires to turn that ‘can‘ into an embarrassingly apparent ‘is‘, perhaps a fitting epithet ‘I-told-you-so!’ that can be carved on his tombstone. But like almost everything in Creation, it is for us to choose how we exercise our religion, how to be part of a civilised society, and perhaps make a small step, a little change for the better, one soul at a time.

And I don’t know about you, but I wish to begin with my own wicked self. Upon the path set by our Nabi Muhammad (saws) – A human example of servanthood created by Divine Compassion, that we erring humanity might learn and follow, however stumbling and however long our journey may be, towards the Divine Presence.

So pray for me, sunshine.

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way