Thursday, January 24, 2013

"How will it be when We bring a witness from every nation, and We bring you [O Muhammad] as a witness against these [people]?" (4:41)

According to a hadith narrated by Bukhari, the Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) once asked the Companion, Ibn Mas'ud, to recite the Qur'an. Ibn Mas'ud asked: "Should I be the one to recite to you, although it has been revealed to you?" The Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) answered: "Yes, it pleases me a great deal to hear someone else reciting." Ibn Mas'ud related: "Then I recited Surat'n-Nisa', and and when I came to verse 41, he said: 'Enough for now.' And when I looked at him, tears were streaming from his eyes.

-The Majestic Qur'an, pg. 85.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

First Chapter of the Burda - Translated by Shaykh Hamza - On Lyrical Love-Yearning

Is it from recollection of neighbors in the valley of Dhi Salami
That you mix tears with blood as they flow from your eyes?

Or perhaps sweet breezes blowing from Kadhima's direction?
Or bolts of lightning that flash in the depths of Mount Iddam?

What's wrong with your eyes? You say, "Stop!"
But that only increases their painful downpoour;

Or your heart? You say, "Wake up!"
But it wanders even further astray in distraction!

Does someone so flooded with love think it can be hid
Behind such a downpour of tears or a heart's raging fires?

Without love's passion you would never have wept so over the traces of your beloved's camp,
Nor spent sleepless nights recalling the fragrance of a willow or the mountain your darling walked in.

Nor would the mere memory of tents and those who dwelt there
Have draped you in mourning clothes, weeping and wasting away.

How can you deny such a love, when true tears
And real heartbreak testify so strongly against you?

The sorrow of love has etched two salty troughs down your face
And branded gaunt marks on it as pallid as yellow and blood-red roses.

--How true! In the night a vision of the one I long for came and deprived me of sleep.
But love is famous for impending pleasures with pain!

O you who fault me for this vestal love, accept my excuse--
Yet if you judged fairly, you would find me blameless.

May you never have to live like this! I can't even keep it a secret
From my critics, I'm so feverish and lovesick!

You have given me good advise, but I can't hear it--
A lover's ears are deaf to the outcries of love-critics.

How can I listen? I don't even trust the counsel of gray hairs,
And everyone knows old age is guileless when it comes to good counsel!

-Shaykh Hamza Yusuf's translation of the first chapter of the Burda of Imam al-Busiri known as The Poem of the Cloak. Sandala Limited 2002. pgs. 2-4.

Available (I believe in limited quantity here)

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The Prayer of the Righteous, Lesson 1: Dr. Umar Abd-Allah @ SeekersHub Toronto

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Travelling Light: Timeless Wisdom for Living Islam

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad -- Mawlid - Supersession and Intercession

In Chicago, from back in the day, ma sha Allah

Traveling Light Series VI on the Ihya of Imam al-Gazzali with Shaykh Walead Mosaad // Istanbul BOOKS 2 & 22 :: The Foundations of the Articles of Faith :: Disciplining the Soul

Recorded during the Rihla 2012 in Turkey ma sha Allah


"Lord God, give me light in my heart, and light in my tongue. Give me light in my eye, and light in my hearing. Give me light upon my right side and upon my left side. Give me light above me, light beneath me, light before me, and light behind me. Give me light. Make me light."

(Hadith in Muslim, Musafirin, 181, 187)
-Epigraph for Tim Winter (Abdal-Hakim Murad's article) ‘Ishmael and the Enlightenment’s crise de coeur: a response to Koshul and Kepnes,’ in Basit Bilal Koshul and Stephen Kepnes (eds.), Scripture, Reason, and the contemporary Islam-West encounter: studying the ‘Other’, Understanding the ‘Self’ (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 149-175.