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Flirtation ‘tween Universes

Let us be held in
the reverent thought
that there still is

no reality but Allah!
I smile when I write
these expressive lines

So we both recall
to speak silence lest
we desolately find

the flirtation ‘tween
universes gone anew
to the Void Station.

Surrender has filled us
with Divine Love;
like prophesied

in the Holy Scriptures
all shall will be brought
into His Presence.

The Sublime Sphere

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Seeing the Heart

::: I attended a wedding where I saw and met beautiful people from various cultures so it was a different kind of experience.

At the table I was sitting, I saw one of the most impressive demeanor I had seen ever in a stranger: a Muslim brother was there with his family, throughout the celebration he had this really poised, dignified demeanor I couldn’t help smiling at the spectacle! Yes it was a spectacle in my eyes, it made me proud to see him with this noble posture, seeming completely immersed in the light of Islam.

This is the kind of experience that verifies that for many the practice of Islam has a multidimensional impact upon them. I believe that in order for the external being to convey such a beautiful spiritual energy, it must imply that it’s the reflection of a blessed, prostrated inner life.

There is some grace, a spiritual royalty that the sincere Muslim wears like a garment which is beyond amazing and which invites to inquire about Islam itself. Maybe it’s because I do not go out much but such a sight is so rare to me I had to mention it, Allahu Akbar! :::

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Power of Art in Islam

::: A heart that is submitted to Allah (swt), a Muslim heart is a creative heart. Creativity is a manifestation of Intelligence. Islam recommands its followers to nurture their intelligence and to share its fruits within respect of the Divine Law. Art created in this light is a form of dawah, it can help dissipate all the current, widespread misconceptions about Islam.

Muslim parents should encourage their children to express their artistic talents. We do not realize how powerful art that celebrates the teachings of the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad (swt) is! Such art has a an extremely powerful, timeless impact upon those who experience it.

The most read, celebrated enlightened poets of this world were Muslim. It’s interesting to observe the impact their work has had upon those who denigrate Islam. They may have a negative outlook on Islam and thrive to promote this negativity with the help of the media yet it doesn’t change the fact that they’re in complete awe of the Muslim genius which obviously is a testimony to an Islam that is of beauty, purity, majesty, peace, egolessness, grace, universality and tolerance.

I believe in encouraging creativity in the Ummah as it invites non-Muslims to know the spectrum of Islam that is “omitted” by the medias. With time, I hope to discover more and more Muslim artists who proudly honor the divine beauty of Islam through their work. Everything starts with children, let us encourage our Muslim children to express their talents.

“Allah (swt) is beautiful and He loves beauty.”
-Prophet Muhammad (saw) :::

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Reversed Flow

::: My time has been consumed with making new paintings… Usually I would first write a poem and then I would paint to its dormant impressions yet lately it’s been the other way around it seems, conclusion: I’ll be back soon … inshAllah… :::

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Martyred Children Lament (the poem)

Child, O child,
you are a gift
from the Divine!

They coveted your light
with their ambition
for obscure ascension.

Atrociously, they preyed
on you: there is no power
to gain in such sacrifice,

One who unjustly takes a life
kills all of humankind.
Child, O child,

now bodiless, weightless,
you circle around
the sublime Throne;

soul singing His praises
as Djibreel wipes
your tears away.

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Men System Subjects to Backwardness

::: This world is but a brief journey for the heart-traveler. We always are in the process of leaving it so I wonder what fools ever thought of building this world’s global system upon such corruption and egoness. AND why do these fools’ descendants continue to expect human souls to mechanically adapt to their self-made backwardness? Mankind was not created to be subjected to that. We have a higher purpose, the energy spent to honor anything but this divine purpose is wasted energy. Let us not wait until we die to realize this.

All that exists is ever pulled to His Divine Harmony. No one in his/her right mind can think of resisting that … but a shaitan. :::

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Soul Disobedience

::: Peace in, Peace out … there is no relating the soul feels toward all that is not of Truth, Love and Freedom. Structures that only honor materialism and all its weaknesses aim at oppressing the soul, the Breath of Allah (swt) in us, therefore it’s only natural to confront these violent and narrow structures which are but temporary: they cannot accompany the soul and her blossoming. One who aspires for true Freedom must learn to transcend these anti-soul structures. In order to preserve the soul with all her femininity, the wise rest their eyes upon the Holy Qur’an’s verses and dance to their divine movements! Remember there is not one animate or inanimate thing that thrives in separation from this Universal Waltz …

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Unbornness

My thinking leans forward
As if it could brush
Your vast presence.

Thoughts know no restraint,
With clarity they lead us

Toward transcendence.
A divine grace awaits,
It pours forth patience,

We both are looking forward
To that sacred moment

When soul and Soul fuse
Beyond the density of flesh.
I am chasing calmness,

Longing for the peace
of a gentler residence;

You are that pure place,
The subtle beginning
Which imbued my face

With airs of calm music.
The sun is into that being,

That vulnerable the world
Laughs at till in the openness
Of its external mocking,

Union slips in too!
There is a cosmic tear

We all shed, unknowingly.
How can I resume surrender
When it has rocked me

In terderness ever since
The Majesty of unbornness?

~ The Sublime Sphere

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Chain of Holy Sparks

Love unveils a vast space
Where the polished rays
of two joined souls

Turn to the manna of
Other surrendered souls.
We all subconsciously

Form a community where
Our devotional activities
Stir our higher nature.

Before we become aware
Of it, our inner genius
Shows his face; the twinkle

Of his dancing flame thus
Ignites other smothered flames:
A chain of holy sparks is recreated

And the conspiring one is defeated.
When immersed in that pure love,
It is a delight to be involved

In the uplifment of the collective
Consciousness. Ever-sensible
Of His Beneficence, we learn

To be free of attachment
For, only noble expressions
Lead to a deeper illumination.

Lovers’ harmonious oneness
Is a nourishing light which
In turn is ever nurtured

By an even subtler light
That shall dwell wherever
Purity is continuing ….

This purposeful intimacy
Is a majestic bow to
The Most Loving.

~The Sublime Sphere

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The One’s Love

::: Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported: “Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: When Allah loves a servant, He calls Gabriel and says: Verily, I love so and so; you should also love him, and then Gabriel would love him. Then he makes an announcement in the Heaven saying: Allah loves so and so and you also should love him, and then the inhabitants of the Heaven (the Angels) also would love him and then honor is conferred upon him on the earth; and when Allah is angry with any servant He calls Gabriel and says: I am angry with such and such and you also become angry with him, and then Gabriel also becomes angry and then makes an announcement among the inhabitants of Heaven: Verily Allah is angry with so and so, so you also become angry with him, and thus they also become angry with him. Then he becomes the object of wrath on the earth also.” :::
Hadith number in Sahih Muslim: 4772