Archive for November, 2008

Four oceans

There are four types of oceans. Passions are the ocean of sins, the self (nafs) is the ocean of lust, death is the ocean of life, and the grave is the ocean of distress
– Umar (radiAllahu anhu)

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Whispers of the beloved

My heart is so small
it’s almost invisible.
How can You place
such big sorrows in it?
“Look,” He answered,
“your eyes are even smaller,
yet they behold the world.”

– Jalaluddin al-Rumi [from ‘Whispers of the Beloved’]

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‘Abdullah ibn Busr reported that a man said,

“O Messenger of Allah the laws of Islam are too much for me. Tell me something I can cling to.” He said, “Your tongue should remain moist with the remembrance of Allah.”


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God made the illusion look real
and the real an illusion.
He concealed the sea
and made the foam visible,
the wind invisible,
and the dust manifest.
you see the dust whirling,
but how can the dust rise by itself?
you see the foam,but not the ocean.
invoke Him with deeds, not words;
for deeds are real
and will save you in the infinite-life.
– Rumi [Mathnawi]

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Changes of moods

Innumerable changes of moods are yours,
and they are uncontrolled by you.
If you knew their origin,
you would be able to dominate them.
If you cannot localize your own changes,
how can you localize that which formed you?
– Jalaluddin al-Rumi [Fihi Ma Fihi]

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