“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.” Rumi

Friday, November 8, 2013

Find the divine around you, in you....

I felt so serene while watching this video. The apparent sincerity in the host's voice is so soothing and of course the message he conveys is very inspiring. While I was watching, I wondered why isn't this message clear and present in the minds of many Muslims I know. Why didn't most of us grasp this same message while reading our holy book Qur'an. Why didn't we do our best to showcase this other yet forgotten aspect of our holy book: beautiful verses inciting believers to seek for knowledge, to learn from the beauty of nature, to be present and do not worry about what went or what is yet t o come. Why do we only see Qur'an as a book of DO and Do not, heaven and hell? while it is a beautiful inspiring piece of wisdom and art.
I do not want to go through any socio-political explanation here..All I want to say is that Qur'an is worth reading and rereading. It calls for love of nature, love of life, love of humans, love of knowledge, love of God, love...simply love.
But then again, some hearts do indeed need to find the secret code of their locks, to unchain and appreciate the beauty of the words of God.      
"أَفَلا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ أَمْ عَلَى قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَا"

"Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?"

Surat Muĥammad :24


Here, some verses that hopefully can help you decide to give yourself another chance, and explore the Qur'an with wondering eyes, without prejudgment.
Then do they not look at the camels - how they are created? And at the sky - how it is raised?And at the mountains - how they are erected?

Surat Al-Ghāshiyah (The Overwhelming) :17. 18. 19

No disaster strikes upon the earth or among yourselves except that it is in a register before We bring it into being - indeed that, for Allah , is easy -
In order that you not despair over what has eluded you and not exult [in pride] over what He has given you. And Allah does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful -

Surat Al-Ĥadīd (The Iron) : 22. 23

So remind
 you are only a reminder.
You are not over them a controller.

Surat Al-Ghāshiyah (The Overwhelming) : 21. 22


And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein

Surat Qāf (The Letter "Qaf") : 16

And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.

Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) : 186

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

And We will surely test you ...

"The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out your attachment, your clinging, to pleasure, to pain, to fear to all of it. And as long as there is a place where you’re vulnerable, the universe will find a way to confront you with it."
RAM DASSIt reminds me of this verse:

"And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, "Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return."Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided."
AlBaqarah: 155/156/157

وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ بِشَيْءٍ مِنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنْفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ * الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُمْ مُصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ أُولَئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ) (البقرة: 155/ 156 /157)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Psychological impact of Qur'an...on me!

Qur'an started meaning more than just verses read in funerals when I turned 20. I started feeling its psychological effect on me. Since then, my religious journey transformed into a spiritual and richer one.. Of course, there were ups and downs, nevertheless, Qur'an never ceased to empower me. 
This particular verse has a tremendous effect on me, it always gives me hope:)

In the name of God , the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
By the morning brightness, And [by] the night when it covers with darkness, Your Lord has not taken leave of you, or has He detested [you].And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life].And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied.Did He not find you an orphan and give [you] refuge?And He found you lost and guided [you],And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient.So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him].And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him].But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it].

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Forgiving ..Letting go ..from different perspectives

"And march forth in the way to forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the righteous; those who spend in prosperity and in adversity, repress anger, and pardon men. Verily, Allah loves the good-doers."
[Sourate N°3 The Family of Imran Al 'Imran Aya n°134] 

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: "He is not strong and powerful, who throws people down, but he is strong who withholds himself from anger."

"The Messenger of Allah passed by some people who were wrestling. He asked: "What is this?" They said: "So-and-so is the strongest; he can beat anybody." The Messenger of Allah then said: "Shall I not tell you who is even stronger then him? The man who, when he is mistreated by another, controls his anger, has defeated his own devil and the devil of the one who made him angry."

['Fath al-Bari'; 10/519]

Imam Ali (as) said: "The most powerful person is the one who is victorious over his anger with his forbearance."

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others' faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”

"Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on."
- Eckhart Tolle

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Verily, along with every hardship is relief....Verily, along with hardship is relief

Whenever I feel that my life situation is taking over my awareness, my inner space, my inner peace...whenever I start complaining and thinking about what doesn't work and why it didn't work and what I should have done...I read this verse and reread it..I meditate while repeating each and every word and gradually I restart enjoying the basics of my life..not taking anything for granted.
It is my secret weapon, my psychological tiramisu..:)
I am sharing it with you:)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
أَلَمۡ نَشۡرَحۡ لَكَ صَدۡرَكَ (١) وَوَضَعۡنَا عَنكَ وِزۡرَكَ (٢) ٱلَّذِىٓ أَنقَضَ ظَهۡرَكَ (٣) وَرَفَعۡنَا لَكَ ذِكۡرَكَ (٤) فَإِنَّ مَعَ ٱلۡعُسۡرِ يُسۡرًا (٥) إِنَّ مَعَ ٱلۡعُسۡرِ يُسۡرً۬ا (٦) فَإِذَا فَرَغۡتَ فَٱنصَبۡ (٧) وَإِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ فَٱرۡغَب (٨)

Surah Ash-Sharh
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Have We not caused thy bosom to dilate, (1) And eased thee of the burden (2) Which weighed down thy back; (3) And exalted thy fame? (4) But lo! with hardship goeth ease, (5) Lo! with hardship goeth ease; (6) So when thou art relieved, still toil (7) And strive to please thy Lord. (8)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hate no one...

Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib -may God be pleased with him-; the beloved cousin of my beloved prophet Mohammad-prayer and peace of Allah be upon him and his family- is considered to be the "gate to the city of -Ilm-knowledge" -The city of knowledge being the prophet himself-  by all Islamic schools of thought. He understood the real message of Islam; the religion that is unfortunately hijacked by mercenaries whose only aim is to feed sectarianism !
 With all these supposedly "scholars" asking for "sacred war" against other Muslims, this saying by Imam Ali is here to remind us that the problem is not in or with Islam...It is indeed with many of those who pretend to talk in its name.
Imam Ali said:

“Hate no one, no matter how much they've wronged you. Live humbly, no matter how wealthy you become. Think positively, no matter how hard life is. Give much, even if you've been given little. Keep in touch with the ones who have forgotten you, and forgive who has wronged you, and do not stop praying for the best for those you love.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Is Islam still the answer to the Muslim youth seeking inner peace?

 A bright and inspiring young lady called me yesterday and we had an interesting conversation that went on for almost one hour, although she was calling from a different continent:)
Amal, is 18 then and feels an emptiness inside..an emptiness that is no more filled by what she calls "the rituals"-  i-e, praying, fasting- she has to perform as a form of belonging to a religion..Amal actually feels related to Islam as to any other "Moroccan tradition".. She does not feel spiritually connected and she is questioning everything.
Amal is also very smart and realizes that switching to a different religion is not -yet- the answer; for what she is lacking is much deeper than "a belief", she needs "a faith". She needs to feel a connection that can eventually lead her to  inner peace.
At the same time, she believes she needs to give "her religion" a second chance by trying to learn more than what is widely spread about Islam nowadays. "A return to basics", she says, "that's what I need".
I told her that she has all the right to question her belief, and with what she sees around her, I understand that it's very easy to discredit anything Islamic. I also told her that I really believe she is brave to try going through the not-so-easy-journey of rediscovering onself, reshaping the way she was taught to believe.
She asked for my help and I said "Honey, I am not what we can call a religious person, my relation to Islam started with a passionate love for the divine and it took me years to even remember to do the rituals the right way. Then, years later, came my "encounter" with the amazing journey of the prophet and I immediately fell in love with his amazing way of being.. and I felt the truth in each and every word the French poet Alphonse De Lamartine said about him ""Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he"Translated from Histoire De La Turquie, Paris, 1854, vol. II, pp. 276-277
"I want  to feel the same" Amal said..I need to trust that what I hear about the prophet is real, that Islam is the religion for me.."
Again, sweety, I do not think I can help you choose a religion, I can however try to find some ignored or overlooked Islamic texts and teachings that you may relate to..But remember that what you're seeking is a spiritual life that appeals awareness, and "faith, consciousness and awareness, all exist beyond the thinking mind" -RamDass-

Discussing religious practices and trying to prove this right or wrong is not my field :) I go by this saying :"Love's place is out beyond the many separate sects; since you love choosing and excluding, sleep on."Rumi
I promised Amal to keep her updated and to listen to her anytime she needed someone to tell her, frankly, "be careful this is all ego related, or keep going you're tracing your way "..
My personal experience taught me that Islam can indeed lead to a spiritual life, however, I do find it hard to explain it ,in words, to Amal..
I will try to do it -gradually- through this blog.

Monday, May 20, 2013

وستة قد غسلوا نبينا، صلى وسلم عليه ربنا...

وستة قد غسلوا نبينا، صلى وسلم عليه ربنا.
 وهم علي, قثم والفضل
ثم أبو العباس وهو يتلو
ثم أسامة وهو إبن زيد
ثم مولى النبي وهو السعدي
.من عرف الست لا يعذب، ولو كان في الدنيا عصيا مذنبا:)

That was the way my Nanna - grand mo -  thaught me  the names  of the six men who remained next to the prophet and washed his blessed body ، while many others were busy "doing politics ".
It sounds  even better when you read it "the Moroccan way ":)


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Be..and Let be!

Assalam Alaykoum, Peace, Shalom, Namaste..
I am back to blogging:)
This is going to be my personal corner, where I'll share my two cents..
I will appreciate your feedbacks. Remember, let us appreciate our differences and allow each other to be.
Let's be , and let be!
Tanmirt -Thanks in Tamazight, the native language of North Africa- :)

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,

there is a field.  I'll meet you there