Misdirected Passions

I used to have so many passions that were so diverse But since I have come to know you, all of my passions have become one, So those who I used to envy began to envy me And I became the master of creation, the day that You became my Master كانـت لقلبي أهواءٌ مفرّقــة…

Despair

God says in the Qur’an: إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ “Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves” [2:222] The form of the word ‘tawaabeen’ indicates the action is repeated over and over again, and repentance as an action infers that disobedience was performed before hand. So why does…

Castaway

O my soul, come, cast away from fantasy, O my soul, come, cast away from fantasy, Dive into this sea of love if you would see With your heart’s eyes wonders known in prophecy. ♦ Lovers follow Love alone as their imam, Drunk within but outwardly serene and calm, Love is older than all else…

The Swords of Self-Discipline

Taken from Marc Manley: http://www.marcmanley.com/tag/aphorisms/ ———————————————– I have been taking the time to re-read al-Ghazzali’s Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din again (as I do from time to time) and always enjoy the anecdotes and aphorisms he sprinkles throughout his prose. One in particular is from Yahya bin Mu’adh al-Razi: جاهد نفسك بأسياف الرياضة – والرياضة على أربعة أوجه: القوت من…