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 A beloved friend once said to me: “In this world, be like the honeybee; take what you need from the flower (this world) and go use it for the honey (good deeds)”.

I’ve recently been introduced to Nur al-Din ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Ahmad al-Jami, more often known as “Jami”, who was one of the greatest Persian and Sufi poets in the 15th century.  I haven’t read much of his writings just yet, but having read the following, I think his poetry is something I might quite enjoy!

“Hidden behind the veil of mystery, Beauty is eternally free from the slightest stain of imperfection.  From the atoms of the world, He created a multitude of mirrors; into each one of them He cast the image of His Face; to the awakened eye, anything that appears beautiful is only a reflection of that Face.

Now that you have seen the reflection, hurry to its Source; in that primordial Light the reflection vanishes completely.  Do not linger far from that primal Source; when the reflection fades, you will be lost in darkness.  The reflection is as transient as the smile of a rose; if you want permanence, turn towards the Source; if you want fidelity, look to the Mine of faithfulness.  Why tear your soul apart over something here one moment and gone the next? “

~ Jami, translation by Andrew Harvey and Eryk Hanut – ‘Perfume of the Desert’

“Oh my heart,

Don’t become discouraged so easily.

Have faith.

In the hidden world, there are many mysteries,

many wonders.

Even if the whole planet threatens your life,

don’t let go of the Beloved’s robe

for even a breath.”

~ Rumi

A beautiful thought shared by our beloved teacher Imam Zaid Shakir on the Rihla in 2006:

“Within us all there lies the potential to realize our dream. However, within only a few of us there lies the courage to realize our potential”

~ Imam Zaid Shakir

(8th July, 2006, Madinah)

A few of my favourite quotes by the great Shaykh (May Allah elevate his rank and be well pleased with him)

“Whoever is truthful in something and pursues it diligently will obtain it sooner or later; if he does not obtain it in this world, he will obtain it in the next; and whoever dies before victory shall be elevated to the level of his diligence.”

“If you find it complicated to answer someone’s question, do not answer it, for his container is already full and does not have room for the answer”

“The ignorant one does not see his ignorance as he basks in its darkness; nor does the knowledgeable one see his own knowledge, for he basks in its light”

 “The word “shams” (sun) is feminine, and “qamar” (moon) is masculine. The sun burns itself out to give light and life to everything around, and the moon is muneer, meaning it reflects the light. Within itself it has no light; it radiates the brilliance of the sun. So when we shine as men, the implication is that we are reflecting the glorious light of our women…” ~ Shaykh Abdullah Adhami

 Everyone on the right path is sincere, but not everyone who is sincere is on the right path. ~Shaykh Afifi al-Akiti (may Allah preserve him)

Have you ever taken part in an activity called “Trust Fall”?

Basically, “Trust Fall” is a trust-building activity performed as a group in which a person deliberately allows himself to fall, relying on the other members of the group to catch him. This type of activity is very popular in team building away sessions where the emphasise is on building a trusting relationship with your colleagues.

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It’s amazing how during those type of exercises, we can just easily relax and fall back! We have the complete confidence that the individual/group will catch us. We trust them.

When the trials of life overwhelm us and we find ourselves perturbed, worried, distressed etc, we should apply the same principle and have conviction that no matter what happens, Allah will not let us fall! He subhanahu wa’tala will catch us.

So relax, fall back and let Him catch you. Just like Mawluna Rumi says in one of his poems “Fall into the Safety of God”.

Even after all this time,

the sun never says

to the earth,

“You owe me.”

Look what happens

with a love like that –

it lights

the whole world. ~ Hafiz

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“But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” ~ Kahlil Gibran



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