January 2006


Discourses of Rumi -Discourse 69 – The Two Veils Betweeen Man and God

Between a man and God
there are just two veils, and all other veils manifest
out of these: they are health, and wealth. The man
who is well in body says, ‘Where is God? I do not
know, and I do not see.’ As soon as pain afflicts
him he begins to say, ‘O God! O God!’ communing
and conversing with God. So you see that health
was his veil, and Go was hidden under that pain.
As much as a man has wealth and resources, he procures
the means to gratifying his desires, and is preoccupied
night and day with that. The moment indigence, appears,
his spirit is weakened and he goes round about God.

   
Drunkenness and emptyhandedness brought Thee to
me;

   
I am the slave of Thy drunkenness and indigency!

God most High granted
to Pharaoh four hundred years of life and rule and
kinship and enjoyment. All that was a veil which
kept him far from the presence of God. He experienced
to a single day of disagreeableness and pain, lest
he should remember God. God said ‘Go on being preoccupied
with your own desire, and do not remember me. Goodnight!’

               
King Solomon grew weary of his reign,

               
But Job was never sated of his pain.

 

 

Notes:
‘King Solomon grew weary’: Rumi quotes himself,
see Divan,
p. 151

Fiqh of Islamic Months: The Month of Muharram

The First Month of the Islamic Calendar

Extracted from Lata’if al-Ma`arif of Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (Allah have mercy on him)

Supplication during and between the two prostrations
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The Wahhabi Who Loved Beauty – Karim Fenari – http://www.masud.co.uk

Spending three years in the desert heat of Saudi Arabia was for me a time of Ultimate Enlightenment, which raised the veil from the Umma’s most enigmatic and closely-guarded secret. Access to the Ka‘ba is relatively straightforward when compared to the challenge of grasping this secret, namely, the hidden, Manichean division in today’s Muslim world, which is not between secularisation and Islam – a relatively straightforward tension – but between normative Islam and the heresy which is its latter-day simulacrum.

 As I came to realise, understanding this schism is the key to grasping everything that is wrong with the Muslim nation today.

The Inner Dimensions of Prayer – Imam Ghazali
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How to pray well — Hatim al-Asamm explains…

Abu Nu`aym relates in Hilyat al-Awliya [8.74], with his chain of transmission to Rabah ibn al-Harawi:

Isam ibn Yusuf passed by Hatim al-Asamm — one of the great early
masters of the spiritual path — while he was speaking to a gathering.
Isam said, “O Hatim! Do you pray well?” Hatim replied, “Yes.”

Isam asked him, “How do you pray?”

Hatim responded,

I fulfill the Divine Command;

I walk with reverent awe;

I enter the prayer with intention;

I give the opening takbir with magnification of Allah;

I recite the Qur”an in a distinct and measured recitation, with reflection;

I bow with reverence;

I prostrate with humility;

I sit for the tashahhud completely;

I give salams according to the proper way and sunna.

Then I consign the prayer to Allah (Mighty and Majestic) with
sincerity. And I return to myself in fear, fearing that the prayer will
not be accepted of me. I hold fast to this way with resolve, until
death.”

Isam said, “You can teach, for you indeed pray well.”

Darul Iftaa

I was just wondering what is Shaykh Muhammad ibn Adam’s position regarding photos….

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