Category Archives: Insights

The Void

Ever had that feeling that you have all you need in your life now but you’re still restless?..like there’s a void punched right through you?….

Our bodies are from this realm, The Material World, and we satisfy it with food, passion, entertainment…and we go so far in consuming these as to stuff’em into that void. But that void…is in our soul..and our souls are from another realm. No amount of stuffing is going to satiate it. It needs food too, the food of revelation…contemplation…and that of gratitude and of repentance. How starved are you?..

Darkness, The Canvas of Light

Prayer is better than sleep | This is one of the most simple yet profound advice we hear everyday in the Fajr Athaan (Dawn call to Prayer). We are literally commanded to wake up in the early dark hours of dawn, to connect with our Beloved. Similarly…figuratively speaking, when you are going through a meltdown or an emotional struggle, where you have lost all appetite and all you want to do is curl up in bed, use the same advice and go connect with your Beloved.

Night, is similar to dark times. It won’t last long. Just as the dawn prayer commemorates the good news of the coming day, the conversation and connection you establish in your personal darkness, will help you acknowledge the coming of light…..the coming of your personal Dawn!

Break Free

So I found this broken pot lying in dirt. Almost instantly I felt a connection. I brought it home and turned it into a Moroccan themed (At least I’d like to think so…) miniature garden.

I realized something. Allah breaks us for a reason. It’s just a matter of time and realization that we are in a much beautiful position for having been broken. That some serious transformation is due.

Today this piece is the center of attraction in my home garden. An eye catcher. Every time someone compliments me for it, I try to remind myself of how this thing was lying in dirt….broken.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” -Jalal-al-din Rumi

Fish in a Bowl

A fish born in a bowl has no idea what the ocean’s depth is. It lives as if the bowl is the ocean. The bottom of the bowl is reached even before the wake disappears.

It’s is not in the ability of the fish to go exploring for the ocean, but it is indeed in our ability as a human to go exploring for our origin.

Are you following an idea, a religion, a culture, a society because you were born into it? Are you being a fish in a bowl?

“My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”    – Mawlana Jalal-al-din Rumi

The Perfect Myth

Human beings can only tend to perfection, but cannot be entirely perfect. Thus our understanding of perfection is also imperfect.

Perfection, in this world, cannot last. That “Perfect” vacation spot is ruined by mosquito bites, but the Instagram post of the vacation (with added filters off course) may appear to have the most perfect smiles. We humans are just too good at masking the imperfections, its our favorite hobby.

Now, when out idea of perfection itself is so skewed, everything we look at through this imperfect lens, is going to look nothing but…imperfect.

One day Moses(PBUH) asked Allah to reveal himself to him. Allah said “Look at that mountain as I send my name upon it. Then Allah sent down His name upon a nearby mountain. That instant the mountain exploded out of submissiveness and Moses (PBUH) fainted. Allah sent only His name on a mountain and the mountain was reduced to dust. If Allah were to reveal his entire self to his creation, in this world, then we would all just cease to exist, probably even before catching a glimpse.

Just like fire. Fire gives us the necessary warmth, guides us with its light, but you cannot touch it or feel it without getting burnt.

The greatest gift that man has received from Allah is humility. Its there. In all of us its there, in some more than the others. We just need to dive within and embrace it with all of our imperfections. It is humility that helps us realize that its perfect to not know or have everything. If our cup was already full, then there wouldn’t be room for more.

The knowledge that Allah gives us is cherry picked for us only so that we may find our way back home to our Beloved. It works just like a map that takes us back home. Yes, my bed is cozy and nothing can beat my mother’s cooking. I will have all the luxury I’m used to, in my house. But in the end it is our loved ones that make it Home. Similarly the comforts and pleasures of Heaven are a good motivation to get there, but the main reason to go there is to be re-united with our Beloved….with Allah….and experience Perfection.