"If you want the mirror to reflect the face, hold it straight and keep it polished bright; although the sun does not begrudge its light, when seen in a mist it only looks like glass; and creatures comelier than angels even seem in a dagger to have devils' faces. Your dagger will never tell you … Continue reading Polish the mirror
You have done well in the contest of madness. You were brave in that holy war. You have all the honourable wounds of one who has tried to find love where the beautiful bird does not drink. May I speak to you like we are close and locked away together? Once I found a stray … Continue reading You were brave
An Afternoon In The Stacks Closing the book, I find I have left my head inside. It is dark in here, but the chapters open their beautiful spaces and give a rustling sound, words adjusting themselves to their meaning. Long passages open at successive pages. An echo, continuous from the title onward, hums behind me. … Continue reading A Bookworm’s Poem
I came across something a little different. I wasn't sure what to expect of something calling itself British Muslim Song. I'm always a little cautious around English nasheed offerings because so many well-meaning creations are just bad translations with cringe-worthy lyrics. I'm sorry Sami Yusuf, you have a lovely voice and I'm sure you're a … Continue reading Song for the Seekers
Let's have a little poetic inspiration. Brace yourselves, there's a rose, and even veils, but no alcohol (metaphorical or otherwise). I declare this poem Halalian: 'Hidden behind the veil of mystery, Beauty is eternally free from the slightest stain of imperfection. From the atoms of the world, He created a multitude of mirrors; into each … Continue reading Reflections of Beauty
I love a lot of Jalaludin Rumi's poetry, but I have to admit some of it is a bit too flowery for my taste. Which is probably why I laughed so hard at this parody by Mr Moo: Ruminating When I walked across the leaves to meet your gaze my socks got wet and I … Continue reading Rumi-nating
Time for another musical interlude. A song from Dawud Wharnsby Ali (a very-nice-chap mash'Allah), called "Will you Hate Me?". It's about living honestly as yourself. You smile in the two- way mirror of my eyes I put on my faith like I wear a disguise You can’t see my soul See the life that I … Continue reading Will you hate me?