Age of Jahiliyah

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Archive for the day “October 25, 2006”

Saintly Places by Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore

We need to stand in saintly places

the way our body needs food to not topple over

We need to go there and find nearness there

even just a rude rock-strewn place where something

saintly took place or is taking place

tombs in giant sepulchers or a rude

rock-strewn place you can feel under your

feet or at the base of the heart the

non-physical saintliness of a real person in whom

God was by that person’s pleasing pleased

and stand there in its crystal waters rushing

past our ears and bathing our limbs the way

careful mothers of all creatures bathe their young

in the same way really we need to

find and stand in saintly places in this world

or stand with saintly ones and

stand with them for a time or for all time

and once found not ever leave their sainted precincts

in time or out of time

but stand with them

in their saintly places or those

who have gone before whose places are still

palpably alive the way even other live places

are not but these places are refuges and

refueling places not known anywhere

else on earth or with any other practitioners

and to stand in the bounty of a saintly place is

indescribable but evident if not then

then now in its great effect and the continuous affect

it has on us to

stand just once or have stood for even a small time

in space

in saintly places

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Selections from the Quran: The Companions of the Garden…

 

 

The Companions of the Garden on that Day

will have better lodging and a better resting-place,

 

the Day when Heaven is split apart in clouds,

and the angels are sent down rank upon rank.

 

– (Quran 25: 24-25)

Is Marriage Sinful?

From Islamica Magazine


Understanding Mutual Responsibilities

By FARAZ RABBANI

At a recent dinner invitation, I noticed that most of those present had business relationships with each other. I feared that if there wasn’t some radical intervention, the conversation would center on things like guerilla marketing and such—not my cup of tea. So I decided to say something radical, hoping to shift the flow of conversation to human relationships instead. I said, “You know, I think that it is haram for many people to marry.”

Heads turned very fast. Some asked me whether I’d lost my mind. Others simply asked me what I meant.

I wasn’t joking, I said. No, I was very serious.

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Quotations: God always strives together…

 

 

God always strives together with those who strive.

– Aeschylus

 


She is a friend of my mind… The pieces I am, she gathers them and gives them back to me in all the right order.

Toni Morrison


For him God himself was “our home” the Old Country where we all once lived and for which we all secretly pine.

Jonathan Rosen

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