“You don’t need 20 inch biceps, you don’t need calves the size of a football, you don’t need a chest like an elephant, but you need a heart like a mountain; a heart that does not shake for the fear of creation, but for the fear of Allah (SWT).”—Sheikh Muhammad Feiz, The Disease of the Heart
I dream of fulfilling the hopes of those greats, to rise above the trenches, and command my heart, to, within the darkness of the night, become the khalifah of my soul. Ya Allah, only to you do I beg for guidance, straight to the path that leads every inch along the long streams and trees, and closer to myself – Ya Allah, closer to the pressing reality of your complete uniqueness: that being your slave is a blessing of the greatest stature, and upon my return will I crawl, as I entered, with arms wide open.
"O Allah, make my love for You the most beloved thing to me, and my fear for You the most fearful thing to me, and remove from me all worldly needs and wants by instilling a passion for meeting You, and when You have given the people of the world the pleasures of their world, make the coolness of my eyes (pleasure) in worshipping You.”
"...And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed."
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Allah the Almighty said:
‘I am as My servant thinks I am (1). I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.”
(1) Another possible rendering of the Arabic is: ‘I am as My servant expects Me to be.’ The meaning is that forgiveness and acceptance of repentance by the Almighty is subject to His servant truly believing that He is forgiving and merciful. However, not to accompany such belief with right action would be to mock the Almighty.
It was related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah).
I know this might seem superstitious, but I find it really cool that when I went to go pick up the Qur’an from from my desk, my booklight fell, and upon falling, it turned on and lit up, almost as though by holding to this sacred book, there also comes this beautiful light.
I always crawl back into that cave after a couple of years, divorced from the sun, sleeping again with the darkness that clothes my skin. It’s hard to believe that tomorrow really does come, it’s hard to believe that I can someday escape myself. Everything just seems like a long, painful journey, even the opening up of an eye. This is why I haven’t awoken for so long, and why I write of dreams.
Allah is He, than whom there is no other god― Who knows (all things) both secret and open; He Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Allah is He, than whom there is no other god― the sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection). the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah! (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him.
He is Allah the Creator the Evolver, the Bestower of Forms (or Colours). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare His Praises and Glory: and He is the exalted in Might, the Wise.”
"You know, for the rest of the world that examines what goes on, do you know what it looks like? It doesn’t look like we’re at war with radical Islam, it doesn’t look like we’re at war with communism - it looks like we’re at war with people that say no to us."