Tagged with Sufism

Everlasting Beauty

Everlasting Beauty


* * Hadeel told Nasheva that Rabe’a Al Adawiya was a Sufi from Bashra, Iraq, who was once made a slave and had to do hard labor. One night her master saw Rabe’a was praying. He was astonished when seeing a lantern suspended without any chain above her head. The light coming from the lantern … Continue reading

A Lover’s Heart

A Lover’s Heart


* * The only reason why rainbow is so beautiful is because it is the heart of the sky. A lover’s heart is a million rainbows. * A lover’s heart is a sweet incense with divine fragrance, for it has burned with love. With love only it has burned. * Now look up. See the … Continue reading

Dreams

Dreams


* * Nasheva spoke of dreams: O young hearts of Egypt, Your dreams are not the lines written by your memory, but they are tomorrow’s answers to your today’s questions. Your life is dull when you have no dreams to pursue, and your life is dull when there’s no love to share. Only dreams and … Continue reading

Fall and Winter

Fall and Winter


* * A man spoke, “O beloved soul, please speak to us of seasons. Bring another wisdom for our souls.” Nasheva gazed at the man with eyes full of compassion. She then said softly, As the leaves of the cypress fall and are blown by the North Wind, you know that fall has come to … Continue reading

Happiness is Light

Happiness is Light


* * A glimpse of evil thought came to Nasheva’s mind. She could feel that every one of the Egyptians now saw her with veneration. She glanced at Syaikh Ahmad Fatih who was sitting on the far end, next to Sultan Baybars. She had never had an inkling of resenting the presence of the Mufti … Continue reading

To the Sinai

To the Sinai


* * Then Nasheva continued, O people of Egypt, What was said to the Sinai mountain that made it strong, was said to me here in my heart, And here I say it to you, so your heart becomes strong. What was said to the chrysanthemums that made them blossom, was whispered to my ears, … Continue reading

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

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