Age of Jahiliyah

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Archive for the day “September 18, 2006”

Jalal-al-Din Rumi and Self-Discovery: Uncovering the True Rumi

By Ibrahim Gamard

Much is being made of Rumi these days. Unfortunately a lot of the activity surrounding Mevlana is far from what the Master would have imagined or condoned. While new age spiritualists have contributed to make Jalal al-Din Rumi the number one selling poet in America, they seem to have ignored much of what makes him a sage to the rest of the world. His teachings are often distorted to fit the DIY philosophy of the New Age movement, are unintentionally abridged and changed due to reliance upon translations of translations, or deliberately misrepresented as heterodox correctives to orthodoxy. In this essay, the author focuses upon a number of Rumi texts in the original Persian which illustrate without a doubt, the Master’s orthodox and reverent embrace of Islam.

In order to discover yourself, you have to submit to the Creator of yourself, my Lord and your Lord, the Lord of all the worlds, glorious and exalted is He!—–beyond anything that we can conceive.

The Holy Qur’an tells us about how special the creation of humanity was: how God breathed into Adam (meaning mankind) of His spirit (15:29); how God taught Adam all the names, which even the angels did not know (2:31–32); how God drew out from the loins of Adam all the souls of future human beings and asked them, “Am I not your Lord?” And
they replied, “Yes, of course! We so testify!” (7:172) Read more…

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Islamic Quotations: Two friends are like two hands…

Those who constantly speak of their own good deeds are silenced by one error, but no error can silence those who speak of Allah’s blessings. – Ibn `Ata’ Allah al-Iskandari

Two friends are like two hands, one of which washes the other. – Ali

The best religious observance is to do what is commanded and avoid what is forbidden.
– Umar

KEEPING THINGS WHOLE by Mark Strand

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.

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