Islamic Rhapsodies


 

"I who cannot be fit into universes upon universes, fit into the heart of the sincere believer."

Hadith Qudsi
The word of Allah the Almighty
as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad
(Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him)

 

"Dear Friend,
Your heart is a polished mirror. You must wipe it clean of the veil of dust that has gathered upon it, becuase it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets."

                                                                                            

                                                                                           al-Ghazzali

 

"Go you, sweep out the dwelling room of your heart, prepare it to be the home of the beloved. When you go out, he will come in. Within you, when you are free from self, He will show you His beauty."

                                                                                             Shabistari

"Whatever we wish to know well, we must love. We can't master any field of study--whether music, art, an academic field, or a profession--unless we love what we are studying. Study without love leads to a shallow, superficial understanding. Real mastery comes from love.

For many, Sufism is the path of love. To love others, to love the beauty of this world develops the capacity for love. The more we can love, the more we can love God. To love God is to know God.

Many of us are afraid of love. We have been disappointed before, not only by romantic loves but also by friends and family we have loved. We can become afraid to open up and love again. there is an old turkish saying, "The one who was burned by the soup blows on the yogurt." Yet whatever our past hurts and fears of future pain, we must learn to love again. One of the most important functions of a teacher and a Sufi group of sincere seekers is to provide a safe place to risk loving.

We also fear love because it can transform us. And it is so. For the true lover, the sense of self dissolves so that lover, love and beloved become one. The ego is afraid of losing control and even more afraid of dissolving, and comes up with reason after reason for refusing to let go, refusing to let ourselves love fully."

"Essential Sufism"
edited by James Fadiman & Robert Frager

Those who don't feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don't drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don't want to change

let them sleep.

This Love is beyond the study of theology,
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
If you want to improve your mind that way,

sleep on.

I've given up on my brain.
I've torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.

If you're not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words
around you,

and sleep.

            Rumi