Ramadan’s Secret

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~ Ramadan’s Secret ~

Bismillah, here’s the chance
to be more attentive
to the soul’s divine whisper.
Embrace all the subtlety
that constitutes your being:
become the Qur’an
that reads itself through you!
Dear one, seal your lips,
stop and be gloriously still,
taste the cosmic nutrients
carried by your very Breath.
This is Ramadan’s secret:
transcendently, immanently,
you are in a constant dance
with the Beloved,
learn His moves, yield to them;
explore the innermost,
know the selfless lover in you
that loses all control
and whirls like galaxies
when all atoms sing:
la ilaha illa Allah!

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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Healing from Anger

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The connected one is refined, warm, compassionate, gentle and loving~ Most people are naturally drawn to such a being because s/he exemplifies the soul’s inherent attributes which are divine~ In contradiction those who emanate violent, coarse energy are usually careless in their acts that mostly are ego-driven; their indifference is a symptom of spiritual disconnection. Those are the most hurt and subconsciously attract experiences that stir their anger until they become fully aware of it and work on themselves to dissolve all their negative energy for anger is destructive and poisonous for self first and others~ One of the best ways to dissipate anger and to reconnect to one’s soul is to meditate, to commune with Nature and to learn to patiently listen instead of impulsively talking; these endeavors lessen the ego and allow space for one’s inherent healing properties to be activated and to spread wherever Love is lacking~ inshAllah.

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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There’s Nothing Left to say

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~ There’s Nothing Left to say ~

Helplessly, I hang from the Bliss
of our souls’ meeting here.
A knowing deep in me enunciates:
“There’s nothing left to say!”
The sole longing that remains
is to wallow in your Presence~

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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The Flute Player’s Lips

Photo by Neyzen

Photo by Neyzen

~ The Flute Player’s Lips ~

I miss you
like the flute misses
the fullness of the Breath
that blows through
the flute player’s lips~
My seven holes seek
your haunting Presence,
when will you come to me?
Without your soft breeze
there is no sound,
no kiss of the spheres
in my musical being~

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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Ecstatically~

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~ Ecstatically ~

Everything is a loan.
What you think you possess
is actually not yours;
your body, your senses,
your very being and breath:
they all are borrowed
from the Inheritor within.

All that is, all that flows,
springs from and returns 
to Him, ecstatically.
Turn inward dear one,
it takes emptiness
to know fullness,
see the light that flickers
in longing for you to draw near!

Who could resist such a pulling
to divine Surrender?
Who could endure
the impulse that whispers:
“Come my love, free your soul,
everything is beyond your control!
We are quanta oscillating
in the Bliss of Al-Batin.”

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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Your Being Ornaments My Soul

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Heain Garden, Japan.

~ Your Being Ornaments My Soul ~

There are a billion places
I want to visit with you~
Pulse elated, voice muted
by the command “BE”
my wretched ego bows
and dissolves in
this longing for you.

O I sought you
not knowing you were
part of my very being,
covering me, dripping drops
of amethyst by my steps,
preparing me for the
exquisite love infused
in your presence~

Since I caressed the lotus
of your deep gentleness,
in your absence
I find myself whispering
your sacred name,
inwardly turning to you
for the subtlest needs
making themselves known,
your being ornaments my soul~

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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The Prophets’ Gathering (14″x18″ painting)

The Prophets' gathering

The Prophets’ Gathering 14″x18″ acrylic on canvas panel © 2006 aidatoure.com

The Prophets’ Gathering is one of those paintings I worked on with great joy~ It was inspired by the profound awe I felt toward the Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) Miraj/Ascension, the nightly journey through which he met the other prophets (as) of Divine One and prayed with them. This theme is one of my favorite ones because it evokes the Oneness of all prophets (as). Below is the poem that offered this painting.

~ The Prophets’ Gathering ~

The breath of Allah (swt) in you,
your heart swells with Love,
whirling in seven directions
to attune its own chords
to the cosmic flute-playing
Ruh (as) echoes through
everything like this:
Welcome to ourselves!
This is the sign of the Return!
I, broken loose to those words,
gesture in orange-silver like
the night sky that witnesses
the nocturnal gatherings
of prophets (as) and saints.
After this, no more station of being…

© 2006 Aïda Touré

The Prophets' Gathering

The Prophets’ Gathering 14″x18″ acrylic on canvas panel © 2006  aidatoure.com

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