Spring’s Gift

A response from those who love to those who mock by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf I envy the sand that met his feet I’m jealous of honey he tasted sweet Of birds that hovered above his head Of spiders who spun their sacred web To save him from his enemies I envy clouds formed from the…

Supplication

Calamity is one of the most trying things one can have to face. As Westerners, we are rarely exposed to the level of hardships and tribulations that those in poorer countries face. May Allah protect us and eliviate the hardship from those suffering I was recently with two dear friends of mine, each of whom…

Labayk Allahuma Labayk

سبحان الله وبحمده، عدد خلقه، ورضى نفسه، وزينة عرشه، ومداد كلماته [subhan allahi wa bi hamdihi, `adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinata `arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi] “Glory to Allah and praise to Him, to number of His creation, and to the extent of His pleasure, and to the extent of the weight of His Throne,…

Poetic Emotion

The following is a poem a close friend and brother of mine wrote. Beautiful words from a beautiful soul. May Allah preserve him! Stirring are the waves of the ocean At the sight of the full moon Likewise are my feelings and emotions When I think of your smile in full bloom Jolts run through…

Freedom to criticise religion

I often hear the “right to criticize religion” as the reason for justifying things like the recent film which sparked the riots. The video itself wasn’t an “criticism of religion”, it was insult to an individual. Though we can NEVER justify violence, if we call someone’s mum a prostitute, most of us will expect to…