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Quote Angel Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2005 at 8:31pm

From: Suleyman

Untitled XXVI
by Yunus Emre (bookmark) (print) (next)
In Category: Philosophy, Spiritual, Eastern.
Author Category: Asian. Show lines.


The mature ones are a sea.
A lover is needed to take the plunge,
a diver to bring up a pearl.
When you have brought
the pearl to the surface,
a jeweler is needed to know its worth.

Stay on the road until you arrive.
Be speechless. Don't become a salesman.
Find an 'Ali to follow.

Muhammed knew Truth in himself.
Truth is present everywhere.
You only need eyes to see it.

Ask your daily sustenance from Truth,
the only Apportioner. Find someone
who is master of his ego.

The lovers asked me to sing.
Someone without greed is needed
to complete what is started.

Sufi, who are you kidding?
Can anyone but Truth
satisfy a human need?

Truth's place is in the heart.
There is a verse in the Quran-In soul
love has a tower higher than the throne of Creation.

I've gone crazy on this Way.
I can't tell day from night.
The arrow of Love has pierced my heart.

Come, poor Yuns, come,
hold the hands of the mature.
In their humility is a cure.



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Quote Angel Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2005 at 8:34pm

From: Janah

Don't Die Without Her
By: Author Unknown

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.
Have you heard about the love story
Between the Muslim man and HER?
She accompanied him all the way to Glory;
Many ups and downs, yet they were together.
His life for her was an easy and desired sacrifice.
She was so invaluable, she had no price.
For him she was the greatest of God-sent gifts.
In gratefulness he daily prays and his hands he lifts.
Many have tried to steal her and snatch her from him.
Yet he managed with much pain to save her for all for him.
Often, when he faults, she rebukes him for not being faithful,
For deserving to be punished, just to make him more mindful.
Have you heard about the love story
Between the Muslim man and HER?
She accompanied him all the way to Glory;
At times happy at times sad, yet they were together.
Finally, Death knocked at his door, asking for his departure
>From this ephemeral world, bound to an eternal adventure.
Towards the dark and fearful grave he had to transit at once.
Far from this world and all he had, far from his dear ones.
O my respected father, may I request your company,
To guide and reassure me on such a difficult journey?
To construct your world my son, I have toiled night and day,
My mission stops here, you have now to go your own way!
O loving and caring mother, will you come with me?
How can you let me go away alone, won't you miss me?
Son, I gave you birth, and for you dedicated my life, pain after pain,
I wish to come with you, if only I could, but I fear it will be in vain!
Through ups and downs you have been my partner, O faithful wife.
Won't you be faithful another time, and come along, down to that other life?
That is but the unshakable course of destiny, O my beloved husband,
My responsibility is not yet withdrawn, I have yet other things at hand!
O my wealth, I amassed you for a whole life, day after day, piece by piece.
Come with me dear down there, and buy me some precious peace.
Are you foolish enough, O man, to trust me? Don't you see how I lead astray?
Farewell from far! I have other hearts to conquer and still others to betray!
Sons, relatives, friends, to all he turned, and their company he did request,
None could accompany the poor man, even if in convincing them he tried his
best.
Wait!!! There is one here who willingly came with him, as faithful as ever,
It was HER, smiling and comforting him, saying she will save him forever.
Have you heard about the love story
Between the Muslim man and HER?
She accompanied him all the way to Glory;
Even after his death, they were together.
She brought along with her in the tomb lots of presents,
Useful and strong weapons against the grave's torments.
But for his sins he had to pay; many of his duties he had neglected in mirth.
He finally had to burn in hellfire, for God's wrath he had attired on earth.
Humiliated and distressed, he was thrown in blazing fire.
For years immemorial he had flames as abode, and God's ire.
And guess whom he had as company? It was still HER!
"Why are you here?", he asked. I don't find this place for you proper.
How can I leave you alone and distressed, O faithful Muslim,
When you never left my company, even when life was dim?
For me you struggled night and day, be it against yourself.
You got hurt and wounded, just to kill of yours that evil self.
I have been the bridge between you and your Lord,
And a means to offer for His sake all you can afford.
If I leave you here, while hell will forever chastise,
Then who will make you taste the bliss of paradise?
The man was finally graced and purified for eternity
Only because he was in such an auspicious company.
He was blessed by the satisfaction of the Most Clement;
And forever he lived in paradise, in unimaginable merriment.
Have you heard about the love story
Between the Muslim man and HER?
She accompanied him all the way to Glory;
He went to paradise only because they were together.
SHE is the only means to paradise, so look for her charms.
Keep her company always, and make sure you die in her arms.
You ask who she is, and where you can find HER?
'Eemaan' she is called, FAITH. Don't die without HER!

To Western Women
By: Aisha

When you look at me
all you can see
Is the scarf that covers my hair
My word you can't hear
Because you're too full of fear,
Mouth gaping, all you do is stare.
You think it's not my own choice,
In your own "liberation" you rejoice.
You're so thankful that you're not me.
You think I'm uneducated,
Trapped, oppressed and subjugated.
You're so thankful that you are free.
But Western women you've got it wrong-
You're the weak and I'm the strong,
For I've rejected the trap of man.
Fancy clothes - low neck, short skirt,
These are devices for pain and hurt,
Always jumping to the male agenda,
Competing on his terms.
No job share, no baby-sitting facilities,
No feeding and diaper-changing amenities.
No equal pay for equal skill-
Your job they can always fill.
Is this liberation?
A person with ideas and thought,
I'm not for sale, I can't be bought.
I won't decorate anyone's arm,
Nor be promoted for my charm.
There's more to me than playing coy.
Living life as a balancing game -
Mother, daughter, wife, nurse, cleaner, cook, lover -
And still bring home a wage.
Who thought up this modern
"freedom"
Where man can love 'em and man can leave 'em.
This is not free but life in a cage.
Western women you can have your life.
Mine - it has less strife.
I cover and I get respected
Surely that's to be expected -
For I won't demean the feminine
I won't live to a male criterion.
I dance to my own tune,
And I hope you see this very soon,
For your own sake - wake up and use your sight!
Are you so sure that you are right?

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Quote Angel Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2005 at 8:35pm

From: DavidC

The Seal of Prophets, Sayyidina Muhammad, peace be
upon him, imparted this good advice to mankind: "If you
awaken in the morning and find that you are lacking
nothing in the way of material sustenance, and that you
and your family are in good health, then don't burden
yourself with worry".

God is holy, not religious.

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Quote Angel Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2005 at 8:36pm

From: Janah

My Greatest Need is You
Your hope in my heart is the rarest treasure
Your Name on my tongue is the sweetest word
My choicest hours
Are the hours I spend with You --
O Allah, I can't live in this world
Without remembering You--
How can I endure the next world
Without seeing Your face?
I am a stranger in Your country
And lonely among Your worshippers:
This is the substance of my complaint.

Rabi'ah al Adawiyya

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Quote Angel Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2005 at 8:38pm

From: Nausheen

"Before" does not outstrip Him,
"after" does not interrupt Him
"of" does not vie with Him for precedence
"from" does not accord with Him
"to" does not join with Him
"in" does not inhabit Him
"when" does not stop Him
"if" does not consult with Him
"over" does not overshadow
Him "under" does not support Him
"opposite" does not face Him
"with" does not press Him
"behind" does not limit Him
"previous" does not display Him
"after" does not cause Him to pass away
"all" does not unite Him
"is" does not bring Him into being
"is not" does not deprive Him from Being.
Concealment does not veil Him
His pre-existence preceded time,
His being preceded non-being,
His eternity preceded limit.
If thou sayest 'when',
His existing has outstripped time;
If thou sayest 'before', before is after Him;
If thou sayest 'he', 'h' and 'e' are His creation;
If thou sayest 'how', His essence is veiled from description;
If thou sayest 'where', His being preceded space;
If thou sayest 'ipseity' (ma huwa),
His ipseity (huwiwah) is apart from things.
Other than He cannot
be qualified by two (opposite) qualities at
one time; yet With Him they do not create opposition.
He is hidden in His manifestation,
manifest in His concealing.
He is outward and inward,
near and far; and in this respect He is
removed beyond the resemblance of creation.
He acts without contact,
instructs without meeting,
guides without pointing.
Desires do not conflict with Him,
thoughts do not mingle with Him:
His essence is without qualification (takyeef),
His action without effort (takleef).

-By Mansur Al Hallaj, translation: A.J. Arberry

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Quote Angel Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2005 at 8:39pm

"To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow
your own path and don't worry about the darkness for
that is when stars shine the brightest."
~Unknown


“Life is like an onion; you peel off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep”

"The fly cannot be driven away by getting angry at it."
- African proverb


"If you’re yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning."
- Griff Niblack


"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."
- Leonard Cohen

~ Our feet are earthbound, but our hearts and our minds have wings ~
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Quote Angel Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2005 at 8:41pm

Instant Lesson

 

A huge, rough samurai once went to see a little monk, hoping to acquire the secrets of the universe.

"Monk," he said, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience. "teach me about heaven and hell."

The little monk looked up at the mighty warrior in silence. Then, after a moment, he said to the samurai with utter disdain, "Teach YOU about heaven and hell? I couldn't teach you about anything. You're dirty. You smell. Your blade is rusty. you're a disgrace, an embarrassment to the samurai class. Get out of my sight at once. I can't stand you!"

The samurai was furious. He began to shake all over from the anger that raced through him. A red flush spread over his face; he was speechless with rage. Quickly, menacingly, he pulled out his sword and raised it above his head, preparing to slay the monk.

"That's hell." said the little monk quietly.

The samurai was overwhelmed. Stunned. The compassion and surrender of this little man who had offered his life to give this teaching about hell! He slowly lowered his sword, filled with gratitude, and for reasons he could not explain his heart became suddenly peaceful.

"And that's heaven," said the monk softly.

 

~Zen story~



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Quote Angel Replybullet Posted: 30 March 2005 at 8:44pm
Peace is not
something you must
hope for in the future.
It is a deepening
of the present,
and unless you look for it
in the present
you will never find it.

~ Our feet are earthbound, but our hearts and our minds have wings ~
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