Failing gives wings…

They way of love is not a subtle argument.
The door there is devastation.
Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom.
How do they learn it?
They fall, and falling, they’re given wings.

– Mevlana Rumi rahimahu Llah –

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Guide me

When you are really bewildered,
maddened, and annihilated,
your whole being prays without words,
Guide me!’

– Mevlana Rumi rahimahu Llah –

Do ‘they’ exist though in reality?

“Someone asked: ‘What is a lover?’ I answered: ‘You will know when you become like us.’ True love cannot be measured, which is why it is said to be an attribute of God in reality, and applicable to the slave only metaphorically. ‘He loves them’ – this is the totality; ‘and they love Him’ [Qurʾān 5:54] – do ‘they’ exist though in reality?”

[Mathnawi]

Fire of love

God kindles the fire of love in the hearts of the chosen, so that their carnal selves are consumed. Once ignited the fire of longing never dies. That is the flame about which the Prophet ﷺ said,”When Allah wills the good of his servant, He kindles a light of faith in his heart.“When they asked him ﷺ what were the signs of that fire, he ﷺ replied,”Deviation from the abode of vanity; progression toward the Eternal.

– Abu Sai’d al-Khayr –

Treasure

I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity,
and I wished this treasure to be known,
so I created a mirror: its shining face, the heart;
its darkened back, the world;
The back would please you if you’ve never seen the face.

– Mevlana Rumi rahimahu Llah –

Satisfaction

A man once said to Hasan al-Basri (rahimahu Llah):

People sit around you so that they may find fault with you.

Imam Hasan al-Basri (rahimahu Llah) replied

People are not pleased with their Creator even though He provides for them, so how can they be pleased with a created being like themselves?

Before Rumi became Rumi

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Shah Shams Tabrizi walked into Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s class and, pointing to the books, asked, ‘What is all this?’ Rumi replied, ‘This is something you don’t know.’
In an instant, Tabrizi picked up the books and flung them into the fountain.

‘What have you done?!’ shouted Rumi and his students, ‘Our books! How will we study without them?!’

‘What good is knowledge confined to books,’ said Tabrizi, ‘that it makes you dependent on the books and not the the knowledge?’

Then, he reached into the water and pulled out the books one by one.

Rumi and his students were amazed to see that the books were completely dry as if no water had touched them. Rumi asked, ‘These books are dry! What is all this?’

‘This is something YOU don’t know!’ replied Tabrizi, and walked away silently.

‘Id Mubarak @ 1438/2017

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“There are among the narrations many that strongly encourage thanks and remembrance of God at festival times in order to prevent heedlessness from prevailing and deviation into the illicit. Then at such times this may transform the bounties of joy and happiness into thanks (shukr) and make the bounty continue and increase it. For thanks increase bounty and dispel heedlessness.”

– Badiuzzaman Said Nursi- from the Risala-i Nur Collection/The Flashes –

Du’a

O my Lord! If your mercy is reserved only for those with pure hearts, then where will the sinful find refuge? O my Almighty Allah! If you accept only the pious people, then to whom will the guilty turn in prayer? …. Surely, you are the Most Compassionate.

– Mevlana Rumi rahimahu Llah –

The Ten Inner Prerequisites of Reciting the Qur’an

Reciting the Qur’an disciplines the soul in many respects. It teaches man what he is required to do and stirs in him what he needs to purify his soul. Reciting the Qur’an enlightens the heart and reminds it of every proper conduct. In this… way, it aids the other duties of Islam bringing forth their fruits, such as the Prayer, alms-giving, fasting and the pilgrimage. Reciting the Qur’an is more likely to be effective if one ponders over the meanings with humility and contemplation

The Ten Inner Prerequisites of Reciting the Qur’an are:

  1. Understanding the original meaning of the words in the Qur’an
  2. Feeling of awe
  3. Consciousness of the heart
  4. Pondering over the meanings
  5. Deep understanding
  6. Abandoning the barriers of understanding
  7. The feel that Allah is addressing you
  8. To respond to the meanings of the words
  9. To be aware that Allah is witnessing your recitation
  10. To believe the words of the Qur’an are referring to you

– Imam al-Ghazzali rahimahu Llah –

Extra food?

Of what use is the fast as a means of conquering God’s enemy and abating appetite, if at the time of breaking it one not only makes up for all one has missed during the daytime, but perhaps also indulges in a variety of extra foods? It has become the custom to stock up for Ramadan with all kinds of foodstuffs, so that more is consumed during that time than in the course of several other months put together.

It is well known that the object of fasting is to experience hunger and to check desire, in order to reinforce the soul in piety. If the stomach is starved from early morning till evening, so that its appetite is aroused and its craving intensified, and it is then offered delicacies and allowed to eat its fill, its taste for pleasure is increased and its force exaggerated; passions are activated which would have lain dormant under normal conditions.

– Hujjat’ul-Islam Imam al-Ghazzali (rahimahu Llah) –