Sunday, February 12, 2006 

Sunni Path Online Courses: Din Seeking Deen

Din seeking the Deen: Are you seeking "Sacred Knowledge"?

A year ago I decided that rather than depending on local teachers
who were scarce in number, I needed a place where I could constantly
seek Sacred knowledge which could be put to use in my daily life.

Hence I decided to enroll in a Fiqh course at Sunnipath.
It was a wonderful enlightening experience. It was also a good
refresher from my other University courses. The online resource tools
were set up in a very professional manner. While I could listen to the
recorded lessons at my convinience, we (the students) also had the
opportunity (and were encouraged ) to ask our teachers
and T.A.s questions on anything remotely related to the content of the
course in weekly live sessions. In addition there were online forums
where we could raise and discuss issues of importance from the recorded

Since last year I have taken 4 courses and all of them
have been very beneficial. The next term begins on Febuary 25th and
registration has already begun! There are a lot of interesting courses lined
up which cover an array of different subjects and are aimed at students
at varying levels of knowledge. I encourage you to take a look at what
is being offered and enroll in anything that interests you. There is
also financal aid, incentives and discounts depending on your personal situation, location and occupation.

Click here for more information about Sunnipath Online Courses.

Friday, January 27, 2006 

copenhagen interpretation: Lest We Forget John Walker Lindh

copenhagen interpretation: Lest We Forget John Walker Lindh

[This is not a defence of terrorism--by any means--but a case of not being "guilty as charged."]

Monday, January 23, 2006 

Iqra Islamic Publications: The Burda of Hadrat Ka'b bin Zuhair Rady Allahu 'Anhu

Iqra Islamic Publications: The Burda of Hadrat Ka'b bin Zuhair Rady Allahu 'Anhu

The Messenger a light is, source of light,
An Indian blade, a drawn sword of God's swords,

Amid Quraysh companions. When they chose
Islam in Mecca's vale, men said, "Be gone!"

They went, not weaklings, not as men that flee,
Swaying upon their mounts and poorly armed,

But heroes proud and noble of mien, bright-clad
In mail of David's weave for the encounter.

(Translation by Martin Lings, p. 314).

Inna'r Rasula lasaifun yustadaau bihi

Muhannadun min Suyufillahi maslulu

Fee fityatin min Quraysh-in qaala qaailuhum

Bibatni Makkata lamma aslamu zulu

Zaalu fama zaala ankaasun walaa kushufun

'Indalliqaai walaa meelu ma'aazeelu

Shummul 'araaneeni abtaalun labusuhum

Min nasji Dawud-a fi'l hayjaa saraabeelu
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Sunday, January 22, 2006 

Lesson: Mufti Taqi Usmani: Not arguing - Bahs Mubahasa - (Urdu)
Length: 11 minutes - Download (1.32 MB)

This is an important lesson that we can all benefit from. Also related to this are the words of our teacher Shaykh Faraz of Sunni Path:

Avoiding the Path of Argument, and Seeking the Beneficial
The arguments of those methodologically challenged or attitudinally divergent...


The first step in Suluk - Glaring into the heart of a Chishti

Glaring into the heart of a Chishti » The first step in Suluk
Hadhrat Mohammad Maseehullah Khan - Allah have mercy on him -, while defining the first step of suluk, stated:
Consider yourself to be the most inferior, so much so, that if you observe with your own eyes another indulging in the worst of vices then too you shall not despise him/her, nor shall you consider yourself nobler than him/her. On the contrary one should fear and bear in mind that it is very possible that the perpetrator of the vice may resort to sincere tawbah (repentance) and become a person of high piety while the one who had despised the sinner become ensnared (Allah forbid !) in the meshes of the nafs (self) and Shaytan and be diverted from Ibadat (worship) and obedience. One has no certainty regarding one’s end. One, therefore, has no basis for regarding another with contempt. Continue reading

Saturday, January 21, 2006 

Chishti Wisdom

He indeed
is close to God, who is ever steeped in
His submission,

Who interprets every event as coming from

And who is content with it and who takes
it as a blessing.

This is the main object of all prayers and


Hazrat Nizamuddin Awlia

Hazrat Nizamuddin Awlia, r.a. and in pdf
"In Allah's garden you gather roses,

Being drunk with divine mysteries:

Hazrat Mehboob-e-Elahi -- the beloved of Allah,

O, how I long for the attar of your company"


Yunus Emre - Anger and the Spiritual Path

You make a lot of sounds with your tongue, meaningful things.
You get angry about this and that.
You can't be a dervish.
If it were all right to be angry on this path,
Muhammad himself would have gotten angry.
Because of your anger, you can't be a dervish.

The Prophet Muhammad, Allah's blessings and peace be upon him, said very clearly, "Never get angry."


Rumi - Creator and Creation - from the Mathnavi - Dar al-Masnavi


596 The tears of (our) eyes are running, because of separation from You.1 (And) intense sighs are flowing from the depths of (our) souls.

An infant doesn't argue with (its) nurse [to get milk] but weeps,2 while not knowing (anything about) bad or good.

We are like the harp, and You are strumming (upon it). The mournful (sound is) not from us, (but) You are causing the lament.

We are like the reed-flute, and the melody within us is from You.

600 We are like a chess game, (engaged) in capture and checkmate,3 (but) our capture and checkmate is from You, O You of Beautiful Qualities!4

O You, who are the Soul of our souls, who are we?-- that we should be5 (in existence) with You in (our) midst!

We and our existences are non-existences, (while) You are the Absolute Existence6 which causes (our) transient (existences) to appear.

We (are) all lions, but lions (painted) on a flag;7 their charge (forward) is (only) because of the wind, moment by moment.

(And) their charge (forward) is visible, but the wind isn't visible.
May that which is invisible never be lost8 (to us)!

605 Our wind (which moves us) and our existence9 is (part) of Your gift; our being is entirely from Your bringing (us) into being.

You made non-existence10 (to become) Your lover, (and then) You showed the delight of existence to non-existence.

Do not take away the enjoyment of Your favors, (and) do not take away Your (sweet) desserts, wine, and goblet!

And if You take (them away), who will seek You11 (for an accounting)? How can the painting act forcefully toward the Painter?

Do not gaze upon us, (and) do not look at us! (But) look upon Your own Honor12 and Generosity!

610 We did not exist, and there was no demand13 (from us), (but) Your Grace was hearing14 our unspoken (prayer)!

--From "The Mathnawî-yé Ma`nawî" [Rhymed Couplets of Deep Spiritual Meaning] of Jalaluddin Rumi.

Translated from the Persian by Ibrahim Gamard (with gratitude for R. A. Nicholson's 1926 British translation)

© Ibrahim Gamard (translation, footnotes, transliteration) - First published on "Sunlight" (, 8/12/99

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 

hikm: an attempt at wisdom :حكم » Blog Archive » The Power of

hikm: an attempt at wisdom :حكم » Blog Archive » The Power of

On a few occassions, this blog has been linked to by,
a fantastic blog run by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, a Canadian by birth(?)
who resides in Amman, Jordan and is a scholar of Hanafi fiqh.
I’ve learned a great deal from it.

On those days that it has been linked from the hits have skyrocketed. Most recently, linked to this post
on the recent stampede at Hajj. The blog hits for one day and never
even come anywhere near a 100 before, on that day they broke 200. That
particular post was also recorded as’s “Top
Posts” for that day.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - A puppy boom rises in Katrina's ruins - Jan 4, 2006 - A puppy boom rises in Katrina's ruins - Jan 4, 2006
Puppies are popping up everywhere amid the rubble left by Hurricane Katrina -- and animal welfare workers on the northern Gulf Coast fear it is only the start of a big boom in dog births.