Sunday, June 8, 2008

“Say: If you love Allah, then follow
me, Allah will love you and forgive
you your faults, and Allah is
Forgiving, Merciful.”
(Qur’an 3:31)

And from the words of the Prophet (alaihis-salawatullah):
“He who knows himself, knows his Lord.”

The poet Naim Frashëri (1846-1900) wrote:
“I looked everywhere in vain to find the True God;
I searched around and did not know I had Him in my heart.”

Do not think of Him as being apart from you.
Search inside yourself; you shall find Him there.
He is surely in your heart.
Search, you shall find Him there.

You look for God among rocks in tales and deceit;
You will never find Him.
Indeed, He is alive inside yourself.

The man who is king of both worlds,
He alone grants salvation.
Go to Him and find the sight of God
Hand all your needs to Him.

In the name of Allah, the Tenderly Compassionate, the Infinitely Merciful
Wa nunazilu mina-l-Qur’an ma huwa shifa’un
We send down in the Quran that which is a healing
wa rahmatu-lil-mu’minina
and a mercy to the faithful.

--Holy Quran 17.82

A single word can brighten the face
of one who knows the value of words.
Ripened in silence, a single word
acquires a great energy for work.

War is cut short by a word,
and a word heals the wounds,
and there's a word that changes
poison into butter and honey.

Let a word mature inside yourself.
Withhold the unripened thought.
Come and understand the kind of word
that reduces money and riches to dust.
Know when to speak a word
and when not to speak at all.
A single word turns the universe of hell
into eight paradises.

Follow the Way. Don't be fooled
by what you already know. Be watchful.
Reflect before you speak.
A foolish mouth can brand your soul.

Yunus, say one last thing
about the power of words --
Only the word "I"
divides me from God.

--Yunus Emre

The mature ones are a sea.
A lover is needed to take the plunge,
a diver to bring up a pearl.

When you have brought
the pearl to the surface,
a jeweler is needed to know its worth.

Stay on the road until you arrive.
Be speechless. Don't become a salesman.
Find an 'Ali to follow.

Muhammed knew Truth in himself.
Truth is present everywhere.
You only need eyes to see it.

Ask your daily sustenance from Truth,
the only Apportioner. Find someone
who is master of his ego.

The lovers asked me to sing.
Someone without greed is needed
to complete what is started.

Sufi, who are you kidding?
Can anyone but Truth
satisfy a human need?

Truth's place is in the heart.
There is a verse in the Quran-In soul
love has a tower higher than the throne of Creation.

I've gone crazy on this Way.
I can't tell day from night.
The arrow of Love has pierced my heart.

Come, poor Yunus, come,
hold the hands of the mature.
In their humility is a cure.

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