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The Opening 2 September 2008

Posted by Ayesha Mattu in BARAKA, Spirituality.

Al-Fatiha (The Opening)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate
All praise is for God alone, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds,
The Merciful, the Compassionate,
Master of the Day of Judgement.
You alone do we worship, and You alone do we turn to for help.
Show us the straight way
The way of those whom You have blessed- not of those who have been condemned or who have gone astray.

– Qur’an, 1:1-7

Al-Fatiha is the most recited verse of the Qur’an. A practicing Muslim says it during every prayer, at a minimum of 17 times daily. Not only is it the opening chapter of the Qur’an but by saying it to ourselves repeatedly we seek to open our hearts to God and to be aware of the many openings and opportunities to come closer to Him that He provides us with every day.

The openings are also present in the places and people around us – if we take the time to become conscious of them.



Turkey Diary: Let Us Pray 14 August 2008

Posted by ANNA in ANNA, Culture, Spirituality, Theology.

1. Istanbul

The entrance to the mosque is hidden behind a metal door which swings. It is early, still, for maghrib; I imagined, walking downhill, that I would find a space inside, up in a balcony, where I might wait to pray.

The masjid is a simple thing with a short minaret, just this side of shabby. Its facade has been whitewashed in recent years, and yet, still, patches of brick, swathes of cement are visible through its skin. I am reminded, standing outside, of veins on the back of my hand.


Gratitude 5 August 2008

Posted by Ayesha Mattu in BARAKA, Spirituality.
Longing for the true Rose

If you express gratitude for My blessings, I will increase you in them.” – Qur’an 14:7

Umm Zaid and Umm Ali’s seven-day gratitude challenge and Imam Zaid’s pre-Ramadan article Gratitude in the Face of Calamity both resonated with me recently.

I have an overwhelming amount to be grateful for, and yet I rarely express it.

Isn’t joy so much more worthy of being shouted from the rooftops than complaint is?


Exhaling against the Wall of Light 4 August 2008

Posted by MOZAFFAR in MOZAFFAR, Psychology, Spirituality.
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The design of this world is struggle. That is the nature of this world. The nature of this life is a nature of loss. Relief from that struggle is found in the Divine. Prevention of loss is found in certain actions. But, the nature of this world and life is struggle and loss.


Running from the Self is Running from God 21 July 2008

Posted by MOZAFFAR in MOZAFFAR, Psychology, Spirituality.
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We know the popular line stating that if you know yourself, then you can know God. Meaning, if you do not know yourself, there is no way you can know God.

Such is the plight of so many people today. Long before they run from God, they run from their own selves.