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I have been away for a while, not physically but mentally.  I have been busy in trying to experience the true nature of the world we live in, and to appreciate what we have, what beauty surrounds us, and how this has all become what it is.

My heart expands bigger and bigger with every breath, a breath which gasps the air which has whistled through forests trees, air which has played through green fields lavish with untouched natural miracles, danced with rivers of water and open landscape.  My heart refuses to go back to how it was before, before seeing a natural miracle which surrounds us all the time.

But just to give you an idea of how I feel, I dedicate the following beauty to all of you:

The Universe


What if someone said to an embryo in the womb,

“Outside of your world of black nothing

is a miraculously ordered universe;

a vast Earth covered with tasty food;

mountains, oceans and plains,

fragrant orchards and fields full of crops;

a luminous sky beyond your reach,

with a sun, moonbeams, and uncountable stars;

and there are winds from south, north and west,

and gardens replete with sweet flowers

like a banquet at a wedding feast.

The wonders of this world are beyond description.

What are you doing living in a dark prison,

Drinking blood through that narrow tube?”

But the womb- world is all an embryo knows

And it would not be particularly impressed

By such amazing tales, saying dismissively:

“You’re crazy. That is all a deluded fantasy.”

One day you will look back and laugh at yourself.

You’ll say, “ I can’t believe I was so asleep!

How did I ever forget the truth?

How ridiculous to believe that sadness and sickness

Are anything other than bad dreams.”

by Timothy Freke

Since last Friday, I have been feeling a little uneasy, uneasy with my surroundings, uneasy with myself and just things in general.  I really couldn’t work out or seem to pin point what it is that was causing this.  The perturbed and agitated feeling got so bad that it got me thinking about my life in general.  In all honestly, I have never felt like this before.  My thinking got so deep that I started to question:  Who am I?  What am I doing?  How I do things?  Who I engage with?  How I feel towards people?  How I earn my living? And so on.

I felt as if something was missing, something that I had in the past and I no longer have.  I felt cheated and I couldn’t understand what and why it was taken away from me, but more importantly what was it that had been taken away from me?

The thinking continued till this morning until I received an email from a friend.  Normally like everyone else, I tend to get loads of emails, some are individual emails and some are forwarded emails with a message of some sort, the forwarded emails I tend to read later on when I have time or never read them at all.  This was a forwarded email but as I clicked to open it, it felt different and my eyes like magnets attracted me to it more and more until I was forced to read on.  As I read it I got more and more eager to carry on.

After reading the whole email I realised what was the cause of my uneasiness, the uneasiness that got me thinking so deep, questioning myself.  I realised what was missing, what I had and no longer did.  The answer was so simple yet I made it hard for myself to find it.  The answer was ‘Love’.

Love, love, love was missing.  For about a year or so, I have been so busy running in the rat race of life, a race which we find ourselves automatically to be in, we don’t know the objective of the race or where the finishing line is – I had forgotten Love.

Without further to do, the actual email is here, so please read it and feel free to leave your thoughts for me and more importantly for everyone else who visits us here:

This is a master piece. If you have not read it take the time to read it now. If you have read it take time to read it again! GEORGE CARLIN

Isn’t it amazing that George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent, and so very appropriate.

A Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things , but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

I have read it four times now and it lifts me up every time.  It helps me find that missing piece of jigsaw, the Love to complete the picture and find my true self again.

Has it done the same for you….?

Over at Abubakar Jamil blog, I was reading his post titled ‘Light at the end of the funnel‘ and it got me thinking, it got me thinking so deeply I ended up having a to put everything else aside and dig up this quote – this was a quote which lifted me up when I needed lifting, guided me when I needed guidance, gave me love when I needed to be loved.

I dedicate this quote to Abubakar Jamil and I hope this guides you like it did for me:

God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.

- Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi

I would like to wish all Muslims Ramadan Mubarak, although I am few days late but better late than never.  Ramadan brings a month of blessings for everyone and it’s a month of consideration and focus.

It also brings its challenges both physically and mentally.  I for one do struggle to keep my momentum going for continuing my prayers and in trying to increase my remembrance of Allah the all mighty – but I try to keep my focus and push myself to do that little bit more.  Take for example tomorrow – I have a cricket match/game for the club against another team in the same league, as an opening bowler I will need to some how find that extra energy to keep my focus on both my fast, prayers and my physical contribution to the game.  Admittedly, this is nothing new as usually in the past during fast I have kept up my physical exercise (spending around 45 minutes in the gym couple of hours before the fast ends).

For me this brings extra reward knowing that I have managed to make full and good use of my time, as opposed to some people who practically spend hours in front of the TV waiting for the fast to end when that time can be spent reading the Qur’an (holy book) or reading extra nafal (voluntary prayer) for the reward during this holy month is far greater.

I would like to know what challenges you face during this month. And for me it will be good to know some of your experiences during this valuable month?

Moving on to a more important topic which really affects us all, that is the devastation caused by flooding in Pakistan.  Most of us will already be aware of how badly Pakistan has suffered and continues to do so.  I came across a great article over at Abubaker Jamil’s blog ‘21 faces of the Pakistan flood’, where he provide excellent information and awareness of the devastation caused in Pakistan, with regular updates.  Further more, he writes ‘How to ensure your help actually reaches the Pakistan flood victims’.  I suggest you take some time out and read the articles.

This holy month is also a time for us to help the needy, to go that extra mile in providing charity for the good deeds earned during this month are far greater than any other.  The nations like Pakistan, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and the needy around the world need our help, and we should think how best we can help them.

It will be good to know how you have tried helping the needy around the world; especially during this month – you may have raised awareness by email or actively gone out to collect people’s donations.  I would love to hear from you.  The information you will leave will be helpful for other seeking ways in helping the needy.

Just something…

“if you have never trodden the path of love, go away and fall in love; then come back and see us.”

Jami (Essential Sufism)

It has been just under two years since I last made an appearance and posted on this blog.  Much has happened during this time, mostly to do with my battle to regain ground over my nafs (desires) which is a constant battle every second of every day.

Since the creation of this blog, my intention was to share my experience on this path, a path which is different for everyone but yet the objective is the same, this intention has not changed and if anything has increased dramatically.

From my last post (in 2008) I have been somewhat off-line in many ways – both in the real life and on the internet.  I do now have plans to revive this blog and continue on sharing my struggle with my dear readers.  Admittedly such experiences are sometimes hard to understand, hard to explain and hard to write about, but I shall embrace this challenge and make this a source of communication to you.

Communication is important – and what I shall share will not be just limited to my experience but will go beyond that.

During the revival of this blog, as a reader you may see changes taking place with the design of this blog as I try to improve this blog constantly.

Note:  Although this blog is about my experience in the Sufi World, I would love to hear about your experience again not just limiting to Sufism but Islam in general.  If you have any stories which you know will inspire other people then please write to me on the email below.  I would love to include your experiences on this blog.

You can email me at                        sufismworld [@] googlemail [dot] com

A PURE LOVE LETTER:

As you got up this morning, I watched you, and hoped you would talk to me, even if it was just a few words, asking my opinion or thanking me for something good that happened in your life yesterday. But I noticed you were too busy, trying to find the right outfit to wear. When you ran around the house getting ready, I knew there would be a few minutes for you to stop and say hello, but you were too busy. At one point you had to wait, fifteen minutes with nothing to do except sit in a chair. Then I saw you spring to your feet. I thought you wanted to talk to me, but you ran to the phone and called a friend to get the latest gossip instead. I watched patiently all day long. With all your activities I guess you were too busy to say anything to me.

I noticed that before lunch you looked around, may be you felt embarrassed to talk to me, that is why you didn’t bow your head. You glanced three or four tables over and you noticed some of your friends talking to me briefly before they ate, but you didn’t. That’s okay. There is still more time left, and I hope that you will talk to me yet. You went home and it seems as if you had lots of things to do. After a few of them were done, you turned on the TV. I don’t know if you like TV or not, just about anything goes there and you spend lot of time each day in front of it not thinking about anything, just enjoying the show. I waited patiently again as you watched the TV and ate your meal, but again you didn’t talk to me.

Bedtime I guess you felt too tired. After you said good night to your family you popped into bed and fell asleep in no time. That’s okay because you may not realize that I am always there for you. I’ve got patience, more than you will ever know. I even want to teach you how to be patient with others as well.

I love you so much that I wait everyday for a nod, prayer or thought or a thankful part of your heart. It is hard to have a one-sided conversation. Well, you are getting up once again. And once again I will wait, with nothing but love for you. Hoping that today you will give me some time. Have a nice day!

Your friend, ALLAH

PS – Do you have enough time to send this to another person?

If you aren’t ashamed to do this, please follow the directions.

Not ashamed? Pass this on……only if you mean it.

Yes, I do Love God. He is my source of existence and Savior. Allah keeps me functioning each and everyday.

Without Him, I will be nothing. Without him, I am nothing,

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