“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.
_______________________________________________________________________________________ Bismi-Llahi-r-Rahmani-r-Rahim 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.
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.
Hu, Dost! This is my way of saying thank you for all of the gifts that my teacher, Sherif Baba, has given all of us.
I love the Ahl-ul Beyt, but I am not Shi'a, at least not in the usual sense. I love the Alevi way, but I am a mainstream practicing Muslim (or, at least, trying to be one). I love Mevlana, but I'm not a Mevlevi. I love some teachers who may or may not be very shari'ah adherent, but can open hearts. Several that I love most are practicing Muslims, but not all of their students are. I've even seen one or two Salafis who are dripping with the Nur of Allah. As a Bektashi Baba once said, if we find something useful, we embrace it. I'm a liberal, but practicing Muslim, and I believe that anyone who is showing us Compassion and Mercy is showing us the way of Islam.
May we all become beautiful human beings, insha'Allah! ;)
This is really putting up some things I put together for myself about my shaykh and our path-- a friend suggested that it might be helpful for some other people as well. I thought while I was at it, I might as well add some music links along the way. Because this began for my own personal use, I have no idea where some of these pictures and quotes came from, so I apologize for putting them up without citation. I make no claim that all of this is my own. I'm simply trying to share a beautiful vision of God and humanity that I have learned about from Sherif Baba and also some inspirations from the Alevi/Bektashi tradition of Turkey, with whom Rifa'i Marufi shares many principles. Let me make it clear that I am not myself a Bektashi, though I love their path. My connection is to the Rifa'i. I hope you enjoy this offering and that these things will inspire you as much as they have inspired me.