A Final Prayer

Today it felt like I have removed the tent from my chest. And an uncovered body was out in the open. Maybe this is what death feels like, vulnerability. It feels like stings of cold wind. Like the one which scattered away the leaves I collected. Only to find me recollecting them for the wind…

A Hidden Companion

In the realm of secrets, there are hidden companions. Sometimes in the most unusual attires. These companions, some on the same stage of truth as you, some higher, are like warmth in the coldness of this world. Even though no warmth can be greater than the warmth of the His love, these little moments of…

Deviated

May I find the words. This place for me is a niyamah. For I express here without fearing attention. I drop the contents of my heart here. And leave before anyone notices. I say the way I want to say it, in my mysterious and puzzling phrases. I care not if I am understood or…

The celebration

O my heart! O my custodian! O you who lie in this never ending trench! Rise, dear one, rise! Rise before it is the time to sleep Rise before all gates are jammed closed against you! O you, take heed and wake up from this sleep! O my weak, wounded heart! Not every suffering is…

Awaiting the Divine

Be silent. So that God may enter your heart. Words are barriers and obstacles on the road that leads to His presence. To feel Him, you must wrap yourself up in silence and solitude. For Him to reveal Himself to you, you will have to sacrifice words. And sit still in the darkest corner you…

A Gathering

Long white cloaks and turbans on the head. The end hanging loose over the shoulder. Men of all ages. Young and old, bent and straight. The floor has been decorated with hand woven carpets. High ceilings and echoing voices. Huge lamps lighting up the hall. And a woman among these men. No one cares to…

Empty

Maybe one day i will have it. One day, I will have that what I am seeking. For I swear by the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth, I only seek one thing. Maybe I will have it. You have granted your slaves their strangest requests! You filled the houses with treasures for the…

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ on the death of his son Ibrahim

“Dear Ibrahim! We can’t do anything for you. Divine Will can’t be changed. Your father’s eyes shed tears, and his heart is sad and grieved for your death. However, I will not say anything which may invite the wrath of Allah. If there had not been the true and certain promise of Allah that we…

A Majnu

Last night a majnu passed by my window crying at the top of his voice, “I have found God, I have found God!” Amused, I stopped him and asked, “Where is He?” He pressed his hand on his heart and whispered, “Here.”

A Sufi

When I look at life, I see misery, helplessness, struggle. An endless struggle to see things getting better. To see the hopes rising and falling. To see the day with a belief that it might be better. And to witness it crumbling before you to uncountable pieces. To wake up again with new hopes, and…