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DIVINE SURPRISES DIVINE LAUGHTER

Slide7 Divine Laughter
I try not to worry about my state,
Planning for this, that or the other,
For when God sees what I plan ahead
The heavens ring with His Laughter.
………..

Yup. But then, we must also plan. And do our best to achieve what we plan. But side by side with such commitment and passion is our humble acceptance – that however good we strategise and implement our project, it is His Plan that is ultimately fulfilled. Which may be the same, or slightly different or totally the opposite of what we had planned and worked for.

This balancing of apparent contradictions is but one of the many aspects in our life where we gingerly tread the bridge of the Siratul Mustaqim (the Straight Path) whose width is akin to the width of a  human hair split 7 times thinner.

Slide8Crumbs, that is nail-biting tension on the high wire act.

But let’s not worry too much.  After all, I bet you are just like me in that…

Divine Surprises
I love surprises
And God loves to give me surprises
And He will give me surprises
Whether I like it or not.

So yeah, I love surprises.
………

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

TO SING WITH YOUR OWN WORDS, YOUR PRAISE

artflow_201511281947The Company That I Keep
Neither here nor there,
No sweetness anywhere
Shall ever to You my Lord, compare
No praise of You, worthy
Shall leave my wanting lips
But they shall come in prose, perfectly formed
Through the company that I keep.
……………….

I am who I am with - Who we are, what we are, our worth is connected to whom we are with – To the people we share our life with, our father and mother, our siblings, our children, kin and friends. To the teachers to whom we owe so much, and to the friends that make our life joyful, even to the coffee-shop waiter where we take our morning tea. Because we are ourselves individuals, but we are also a part of a bigger world, and we take the tone and flavour of the company we keep. Fortunately, often we have the choice to stay or leave…

The Ego - But one company that we cannot escape from, and is a continuing pain, is our ego. That insufferable part of our life which inhabits our daily actions, in all our good and bad – extolling our ‘high virtue’ in our piety, while also tempting us towards common sin and the hidden error of hubris. That is the tongue of our ego, distracting and destructive upon our path towards servanthood.

Thus, may God forgive us and help us silent our ego. That we may speak to Him as He wishes, so that we may love Him as He desires, so that we may praise Him in the manner that He loves best!

10544-497-497O’ Lord, how will we find You if You do not lead us to You? And how shall we be granted this favour if we are forgetful of Your best favour; Nabi Muhammad Habibulah (saws), Your Own Mercy to all the Worlds (and Nations). Thus…

Outside Your door we wait, beggars for Your divine grace,

To sing with Your Own words, Your praise!

Do you not agree, sunshine?

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

Love, religion, compulsion and acceptance… but Hu is actually speaking?

IMGReligion of Love
There is no compulsion in love…
Even though your mind may be taught,
Your conscience may be pricked
And your experiences persuasive,
But it will count for nothing
If your heart is not accepting.

And much like love,
There is no compulsion in religion.
…………….

“There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break. Allah is Hearer, Knower.”   (the Holy Quran 2:256, Pickthall)

LOVE MUST BE OF THE WILLING. I cannot force love, can I? I can create conditions which nurture the possibility of love, yes. But not the certainty of love. Certainty in love comes when I am in Love, when I am with Love and I feel loved by Love. And the secret formula for that is with God.

20150804123718_resizedACCEPTANCE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. You cannot force religion too. This is religion understood at a higher plane. Not merely a system of rules, of rights and wrongs. By accepting the tenets of the religion, I will engender an inclination towards the religion, but really that is all. At this point I am merely inclining to the way of the al Quran and the Sunnah (traditions of the Prophet (saws)). Because acceptance is actually a blessing and an affirmation to me from God, not by my own self-blessing in proclaiming to the witnessing Angels, “Yea! Verily I declare You are God, o’ Lord!” That would be like me imagining myself falling into the sea and declaring, “Oh yes! The sea is wet!” I am just making a supposition there, an intellectual exercise. The acceptance of Islam may begin with reasoning, but it is Allah’s acceptance that is the key. And there is no human vanity nor reason that can encompass His Will. That is why, happily, God gives the assurance to us that He has forbidden upon Himself to be unjust or oppressive.

“O My servants! I have forbidden oppression for Myself, and I have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another. O My servants, all of you are astray except those whom I have guided, so seek guidance from Me and I shall guide you…”
(Sayings of the Prophet, with the authority of Abu Dharr Al-Ghafari)

Which is good for us, I guess.,, considering how undeserving we actually are, often unjust and oppressive towards others, and certainly towards ourselves. So have we done enough? Have we fought against injustice, have we helped the oppressed and the persecuted? You know the answer… it is blowing in the wind.

Camera 360I am a Muslim, I hear myself say sometimes. But it is merely an echo across a vast chasm of my errors and wickedness. I need Allah (swt) to confirm it, and I need my beloved Prophet(saws) to say it. Who am I to say what I am? Only Allah knows best and only He may guide us to the Master of Guides – our Nabi Muhammad Habibullah (saws). So pray for me, sunshine…

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way