Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The XX Twist

We're moody, we know
Five minutes to shower takes an hour, we know
We get angry too quickly, we control too easily
Grey hairs are a no-no, kids bounce us around like a yo-yo

We know.

We know!

But inside us is a heart that soars with the gentle breeze
A mind that is mindful of paying more than just school fees
We care about the world and act in the context of our families
Threaten those we love and see a pushover kitten transform into a lion

No, we are not perfect - we don't strive to be
No, we are not feminists - for the world needs balance

But we are guided by our hearts
We are reminded of the need for mercy, love and soulful care as we raise and nourish the joys that passaged through our wombs

We act in a man's world
But we live in a women's world

For the heart of a women cannot sustain except
In the world of a women

And in our living, and in our loving, in our un-understood craziness
We forge ahead with a prayer of guidance from the Lord of All Worlds

For HE -

Written: March 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

A few thoughts to think about

Putting these thoughts in point form really makes me feel like I think too much, but I wanted to share this with you and hope it will stimulate a bit more discussion and comments on the blog. These were written during the course of 2010.

1. With every breath we breathe in towards life and out towards death;
Let me rejoice that I am living,
Rather than despair that I am dying.

2. The water that has the gift of quenching thirst also has the power to drown

3. You cannot discipline a child into following religion, rather nurture the heart and give them the wings to blossom into it

4. No one is lost, some of us just fail to see how we are being guided

5. Be free because you are not free

6. If Islam was in books, Abu Hakam(became Abu Lahab) would be the Nabi

7. To see the splendid beauty around you, you must first unmask the heart to the discerning beauty within

8. Geotropism and phototropism are both pivotal for the tree to flourish

9. When fear and grief equate to ecstasy and gratitude, you know you have been found.

10. Life is a gift but love is a responsibility for you can never truly embrace the gift of life without the experience of love

11. Salman Farsi (Radhi Allah ta ala anhu) is my Makkah and Ayeesha Siddiqa (Radhi Allah ta ala anha) is my Medina

12. Potential is always subservient to the Will of our Creator.

13.  Heaven is when the eye through a lens of Ruh, sees a universe of Nur.

14. Information overload keeps enlightenment in the hands of a few. This is a stranglehold on power over the masses. Through knowledge that unites the heart and the mind in proper balance, we shall find liberation from illusion.

15. Like the earth, the oyster must look inward for its jewel, similarly must we.

16. How much we can learn from the banana that allows its skin to blacken and blemish with ease, yet carefully protects the nourishing fruit within.

17. Its far more worthwhile to polish the receptacle rather than the received.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ghaus e Azam (The Great Spiritual Axis)

Sheik Abdul Qadir Jilani (RA) is known as the Sultan of Saints. This poem was written to commemorate Egyarwee Shareef, which is the 11th of each Islamic month. This day was set aside each month for him to avail himself to those who sought his help.

Five years outside Baghdad, you did plunger on
Fighting your nafs, banning the whispers anew,
Giving impetus to the riches of your Ruh.
Like a perfectly blooming flower,
You rose in stature in the gaze of your Rubb
Till the day was dawn, you became a perfect abd.
Abd al Qadir is your name
May He be pleased with you, we praise.
In gratitude, we seek comfort under your cloak
You are our axis, our Ghaus.
We look to you remembering your love,
your loyalty, your nurturing force.
Your Qaseeda we balance on our lips,
While in our hearts in tears of comfort we do confide,
Knowing that your promise is to keep by our side.

Written 10 Rabi al Thani, 15 March 2011