Whoever tastes, knows; whoever knows, drinks deep.
& Spirituality through the lens
of an aspiring aspirant
The Sharīf Mowlāy Ḥasan of Morocco. He was a student of the great scholar and sage, Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Al-Ḥabīb (may Allah be well pleased with him). He is one of the most luminous, kind, gentle, loving, and awe-inspiring human beings I have had the honor of meeting. May Allah preserve and bless him.
(Copyright Amjad Tarsin 2012)
The Messenger of God, peace and mercy of God be upon him and his family, said,
"The most beloved of people to me is ‘Aisha; and of men, her father."
[Bukhari & Muslim]
Jami’ ad-Da’wah al-Islamiyyah
This mosque, one of the biggest in Tripoli, was only a few blocks away from my grandfather’s house. During Ramadan the mosque was so full that it was sometimes hard to find a place to pray.
Copyright Amjad Tarsin 2010
Who will make God a good loan? He will double it for him and reward him generously. On the day when you [Prophet] see the believers, both men and women, with their light streaming out ahead of them and to their right, [they will be told], ‘The good news for you today is that there are Gardens graced with flowing streams where you will stay: that is truly the supreme triumph!’
On the same Day, the hypocrites, both men and women, will say to the believers, ‘Wait for us! Let us have some of your light!’ They will be told, ‘Go back and look for a light.’ A wall with a door will be erected between them: inside it lies mercy, outside lies torment.
The hypocrites will call out to the believers, ‘Were we not with you?’ They will reply, ‘Yes. But you allowed yourselves to be tempted, you were hesitant, doubtful, deceived by false hopes until God’s command came—the Deceiver tricked you about God. Today no ransom will be accepted from you or from the disbelievers: your home is the Fire—that is where you belong—a miserable destination!’
The Prophet Muhammad, peace and mercy of God be upon him, said,
"People who show mercy to others will be shown mercy by the All-Merciful. Be merciful to those on earth, and He who is in heaven will be merciful to you."
Al-Ikhlas - Purity of Faith
Shaykh Ad-Dukaly Muhammad 'Alim
The Qur’an is so powerful when we allow ourselves to hear it not only with our ears, but with our hearts. Sometimes the words bring deep emotions, even if the one listening is not able to understand exactly what is begin said.
Again, here is one of the shortest, yet most significant chapters of the Qur’an. Some scholars and sages, when asked to teach theology, will simply recite this chapter. It is titled “Purity of Faith” and is recited in the method known as Qalun. Below is the translation.
Chapter 112: Purity of Faith
Say, ‘He is God the One,
God the Eternal.
He begot no one nor was He begotten.
No one is comparable to Him.’
We showed Abraham the site of the House, saying, ‘Do not assign partners to Me. Purify My House for those who circle around it, those who stand to pray, and those who bow and prostrate themselves. Proclaim the Pilgrimage to all people. They will come to you on foot and on every kind of lean camel, emerging from every deep mountain pass to attain benefits and mention God’s name, on specified days, over the livestock He has provided for them. Then let the pilgrims perform their acts of cleansing, fulfill their vows, and circle around the Ancient House.’ All this [is ordained by God]: anyone who honors the sacred ordinances of God will have good rewards from His Lord.
Man of God
I can easily say one of the most amazing experiences I had was first meeting this man, Shaykh Abdullah Husayn Al-Jo’di. Despite his age and small frame, he had an awe-inspiring presence and his face emanated light.
It is with a heavy heart that I post this picture because I just received news today that he passed away last month in Ta’iz, Yemen. To God we belong, and to Him we return. Please pray for him.
|This photograph is dedicated to the People of God, the awliya’ - men and women whose hearts are immersed in the remembrance of the Real. May God preserve them|