The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face

Hazrat Amir Khusraw has written:

My ‘eid starts at the moment
I see the face of the beloved at the terrace.
We strangers celebrate ‘eid in your street.
Different ‘eids for everyone:
To see you, Beloved, is my ‘eid!
Eid Mubarak to everyone.



Reality Check with Ramadan

Please see this great post about Ramadan from a great blog.

The Humble "I"

480429_327412390693834_763234927_nBelow are three short blog pieces I wrote last year on the theme of Ramadan and the spiritual technology called siyam/sawm, or fasting. Indeed, the very point of fasting in Ramadan, the fourth pillar of Islam, is to foster a state of detachment from the world, as also from our ego and desires. This creates, as it were, a space in our selves for the remembrance of God and for awareness of His presence: O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may become mindful of God. [Qur’an 2:183]

The first is called: Ramadan: Time to Slide Out of the Rat Race. It was written to be a wake-up call; a reminder of how we should be easing-off the accelerator of dunya and consumerism in this blessed month, and try and responsibly step out of the frenzy of things.

Ramadan: Becoming What We Were…

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Even the birds have flown from the house.

Ramadan Mubarak to everyone.

Sama’ in private is one thing.  It’s another in a public setting like the one here.  Still, though, I find this one of the most compelling of NFAK’s performances.

There are English translations in the video.  The beautiful message of which he sings would still come through, however, even if the language translation was not there.