Brighter

Brighter


* * Upset with things going wrong in the world? Fine, but don’t be so bitter. Bitterness is darkness. * If there’s only darkness in your heart, how can you find light in others’ heart? * Can your eyes bear the light of the sun? And so unworthy hearts cannot bear the light of the … Continue reading

Alexandria

Alexandria


* * On the following morning, Nasheva woke up early. After completing Shubuh, the Morning Prayer, she went directly to the deck, and saw Amir Obaid had already stood there. She greeted the ambassador and stood not far from him, witnessing the dawn, the born of a new day. The mist of clouds had disappeared; … Continue reading

Wisdom Is Light

Wisdom Is Light


* * Wisdom is not about truth; it’s about accepting truth. If truth comes to you but it doesn’t move your heart, something is wrong. What’s the use of music for the deaf? * The sun melts snow, but the sun is melted by wisdom; For the light of the sun bows only to the light … Continue reading

Morning in Cairo

Morning in Cairo


* * Outside, the clouds were rapidly sailing in the vast ocean of azure sky, while cool breeze blew from the north as if reminding people, animals, and plants of the arrival of a new season. Soon after dressing up, both Nasheva and the Princess had breakfast. They then went into the chariot that had … Continue reading

Magic Spell

Magic Spell


* * “I pray you tell us what love is, Syaikha.” Nasheva gave the man a compassionate smile and replied, Love is what drains you even if you become an ocean. It is what soaks you even if you become a desert. * Drink love; it is a magic spell. With love, you’ll walk on … Continue reading

Mawlana Jalaluddin

Mawlana Jalaluddin


* * After having a rest in the morning, Nasheva went for an afternoon stroll. It was then that she saw a crowd full of men and women of any age, circling a storyteller. Nasheva missed the beginning of the story but joined the crowd nevertheless. “He is not an ordinary Mufti,” the storyteller said … Continue reading

Drunk in Love

Drunk in Love


* * A lover walks a thousand miles and confuses West for East, but keeps whirling. That’s what love gives to real lovers: drunkenness. * Being in love is drunkenness. Being sober is not love. Not until you are drunk in love can you truly feel what it means to be ‘alive’. * Love is … Continue reading

The Prophet’s Love

The Prophet’s Love


* * Nasheva learned from Syaikh Musthafa that two days after the burial of the Prophet, Abu Bakar went to the market. When he saw an old and blind beggar was sitting, repeatedly saying, ‘Do not believe in Muhammad. He’s a liar!’ Abu Bakar knew he had found what he was looking for.  Of course Abu Bakar … Continue reading

Twin Flame in Sufism

Twin Flame in Sufism


* * Nasheva heard from Sultan Walad that it all happened twenty six years earlier, in 1244. One fine afternoon, his father, Mawlana Jalaluddin, was teaching by a fountain in a small square close to his madrasa. His pupils were sitting, listening to him attentively and taking notes. Between them were a manifold of books … Continue reading