Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sajeda sat on the floor next to his father who was sitting on the sofa, facing the ever eager crowd. Accompanying her were two little girls of the Haqqani family - very cute party of three they were.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
1. I am in agreement with (the decrees of) my Lord.
2. I am engaged in warfare against my nafs (carnal self)
3. I am engaged in enjoining good advice to people and
4. I am engaged with the dunya only to the barest necessity (for survival).
Saturday, October 24, 2009
"According to one account, there are a thousand ways, according to another, there are as many as there are particles in existence, but the shortest, the best and the easiest way to God is to bring comfort to someone else."
Source: Asrar al-Tawhid / The Heritage of Sufism
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
All historical facts are based on a book published by Malacca Museum. Credit: Ahmad Azam Madinah al-Nur blog
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Pic credit: Rabia of Haqqani Fellowship
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
That I know.
Why You're making me wait so long at this station?
That I'm bewildered!
How dare I complaint!
I had emigrated for the sake of my Lord
Inni muhajirun illa Rabbi
That I proclaimed 4 years ago
Now I'm not sure where to go...
Thanks to You
I was a regular on that train in the picture
Bridge of Allan
a beautiful Scottish neighborhood
I called home for a year
You then flew me to Dubai
I thought You're going to make me fly
with promises of the Gulf's gold
I had to say goodbye...
Alas, I came to this crossing
home sweet home
In my heart, I quietly sing
But Your message rings loud
Whatever You Will, happens!
Seeking solace from the Qur'an
"If Allah touches you with harm,
there's no one who can remove it but He.
If He plans benefit for you,
there's no one who can keep back His mercy
for whoever of His servants that He wills..." (Surah Yunus 10:107)
for this station
might be the final stop
before I reach my destination
and that is You O Lord!
May I be contented
like Zarruq the learned one,
To al-Hadrami he had written:
"We do not care where we are,
so long as we are numbered
among the beloved ones!"
- Ezza Ismail 13 October 2009
p/s O son, that's me, on being conferred a Master's degree with distinction in 2006. Alhamdulillah wa shukru lillah for each and every station.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
He also authored Lughati Muran (The Language of the Termites) which explains the knowledge needed by the seeker in knowing God, himself and all creations. The quotation below is from the said book; advice from Suhrawardi for those wishing to attain inner illmunination (ishraq).
"Whatever hinders good is evil and whatever blocks the (spiritual) Path is infidelity (kufr) for men.
Reference: Essay by Mehdi Aminrazavi in "The Heritage of Sufism"
Further reading on Suhrawardi: tebyan.net
Friday, October 16, 2009
Ibn Ata'illah as-Sakandari (d. 1309) says:
"He who does not know the value of graces when they are present
knows the value of the graces when they are absent."
Thus, he teaches this du'a in his magnum opus Al-Hikam.
Allahumma arifna nikmataka bidawa miha
wala tu'arif ha lanaa bizawa liha
O Allah, make us recognize Your bounties while we are having them and do not make us recognize them only after You have withdrawn them from us.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Ahmad Zarruq's quotations are from 'The Reflections of the Mystics of Islam', compiled by ZH Sharib.
Ahmad Zarruq's Tomb Pic credit: www.dar-sirr.com
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
- Shaykh Hisham Kabbani (Singapore, 11 October 2009)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Pic credit: Zia Aziz of Haqqani Fellowship
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim speaking during his sohba in Lefke, Cyprus, 11 October 2009. His daily sohba LIVE broadcasts are courtesy of http://www.sufilive.com/
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
i. Annihilation of seeking in the Found
Reference: Essay by A.G. Ravan Farhadi in 'The Heritage of Sufism'. Published by Oneworld Oxford.
Friday, October 9, 2009
God Almighty states: "Have you not observed how your Lord has spread out the shadow?" (Qur'an XXV:45) The meaning of Direct Observation is seeing something in its total perfection, and this consists in three things:
- to regard Love with the eye of compliance,
- to regard the Unique (Being) with the eye of isolation, and
- to regard the Everpresent One with the eye of presential consciousness.
Exposition of the first aspect (to regard Love with the eye of compliance) entails three things:
responding affirmatively to the divine summons to make humble entreaty (to God);
replying to the summons of Divine Grace by soliciting it;
responding affirmatively to the divine summons to make firm one's resolve, and seeking a response to the divine summons made to one's innermost consciousness by soliciting (that summons).
Exposition of the second aspect (to regard the Unique Being with the eye of isolation) entails three things:
(through knowledge of the fact that) He is Unique (as an Agent) in Guidance, to maintain a strictly unitarian profession of faith;
and (through knowledge of the fact that) He is Unique in Knowledge to express one's gratitude to Him alone;
and (through knowledge of the fact that) He is Unique in Protection, to keep oneself devoted to Him exclusively.
Exposition of the final aspect (to regard the Everpresent One with the eye of presential consciousness) entails three things:
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The paths to contemplation are threefold:
First of all, realization of the degree of Wisdom by means of the degree of Knowledge.
Second, attainment of the degree of Purity by means of the degree of Patience (sabr).
Thirdly, realization of the degree of Reality through the degree of Knowing (ma'rifat).
II. Man attains the degree of Purity through the degree of Patience by means of three things:
III. Man may attain to the degree of Reality through the degree of Knowing by means of three things:
- by reverence (to God) in solitude
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Related Lisan al-Din post: Abdullah Ansari's "Hundred Grounds"
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Khwaja Abdullah Ansari (1006 - 1089 CE) is a well known Sufi from Herat (Afghanistan) who authored other pertinent works such as the Unveiling of Mysteries (Kashf al-asrar), Dialogues with God (Munajat Namah), Stations of the Wayfares (Manazil al-sa'irin) and Generations of the Sufis (Tabaqat al-sufiya).
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Come take bay'ah with Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil Haqqani via his khalifah Shaykh Hisham Kabbani in:
Kuala Lumpur: 16 - 23 October 2009 @ Zawiyah Bukit Damansara
Penang: 23 - 25 October 2009 @ 24, Jalan Cangkat Minden 16, Gelugor
Langkawi: 25 - 28 October 2009 (venue tbc)
In the meantime, make friends at Haqqani Fellowship (http://www.haqqanisoul.com/) and watch Mawlana Shaykh Nazim's sohba, LIVE from Cyprus every day 10.15 p.m. Malaysian time at http://www.sufilive.com/
See you there!