Archive Pages Design$type=blogging

Immersion | a Ramadan Sharing

Women Praying in Ramadan1.
If you desire an Opening then behold!
the Opening has come to you.
Inna Fatahna Laka Fathan Mubina.
Truly We have opened out to you a clear Opening.

- a Shadhili Invocation, Inspired by Quran (48:1)

If you want to have the Door open to You,
keep walking towards the Door.

- Rumi


The great Ramadan, the month of the Qur'an.

For the third year in a row, the same Hafiz al-Qur'an is visiting our little community; he conducts the Taraweeh prayers and recites fabulously.

Last night I rediscovered Surat al-Baqara. In the relatively small, crowded room where the women are relegated, I am recovering (once again) from an old sport injury. Several times during the recitation, my body started vibrating and my dull ache dissipated completely for a few minutes at a time until I would come back to myself. Around me predominantly African, Indian and Pakistani women... several elderly African women in sumptuous traditional clothing. One cannot tell those who understand the Arabic from those who do not from the degree of absorption in and reverence for the words that are being uttered and what is being presented. At the end of the prayers, the invocations rise so easily, so fluently... in response to the One who just spoke and told of marvels of Mercy: "Wallahu dhool Fadhli'l 'Adheem", For Allah is the One with abounding Bounty" al-Baqara: 109.

Parallel to the immersion in the Qur'an, I am reading "Imam Jalal al deen al Suyuti's: "Secrets of the ordering of the Qur'anic Surat"; in it, he speaks of a rule that he and others have discovered : each Surat explains and expands on the one preceding it. Surat al-Baqara in its entirety is an explanation of the verses of Surat al-Fatiha. For example: The first verse : "This is the Scripture - let there be no doubt about it- a guidance to those who are cautious" is a response to the invocation in Surat al-Fatiha: "Guide us to the straight Path"- as in the Hadith reported by Ibn Jurayr and others:" The straight Path is the Scripture"... Many gems in this little book brought out from the Imam's vast knowledge.

Later on I watched a recording of last night's Taraweeh from al-Haram al Shareef, the first reciter - Imam al Johany- impeccable in his recitation had a little lapses and kept repeating one verse: 7-8 times he repeated verse 74:
"And yet, after all this, your hearts hardened and became like rocks, or even harder: for, behold, there are rocks from which streams gush forth; and, behold, there are some from which, when they are cleft, water issues; and, behold, there are some that fall down for awe of Allah And Allah is not unmindful of what you do!"

As I watched and listened, I thought that Allah, Glorified and Exalted is He, without whose permission nothing happens, was giving us from His own house from His own Book an insistent message about our state as people..."after all this" weighed heavily on me.

I am waiting for the next installment tonight, that is the food of Ramadan.

May Allah, Owner of Glory and Perfection, forgive us and continue His blessings on us all - Ameen.

- Hind
Ramadan 1430 H, August 2009 CE

The soul’s understanding is that everything comes from the Presence. That’s how we know God, through the awareness that the soul has. If everyone could know this all the time, everyone would be a prophet. But that is not the case. Prophets have been given the power to renounce tasty food and drink, to relinquish pleasure in order to dissolve their attention more completely into the divine. Very few can do this.

- Maarif, Bahauddin Valad (from The Drowned Book by Coleman Barks and John Moyne)

# Related Multimedia Resources:
. Live Taraweeh (Special Prayer on Ramadan) transmission from Makkah approx 6.00 pm GMT from Embedded Islami Channel
. Haramain Salat Recordings
. Ramadan 1430 Recordings
. Prayers from Mecca and Medina Mosques
. Makkah Taraweeh 2009 by Shaykh Abdullah Juhany
. The Interactive Tajwidi Quran
. Tanzil | Quran Navigator

. Ramadan 2009 | a Community Blog

# Other:
. Divine Teacher by Hind Rifai


Follow the Author on Facebook


99 names abida activism adab adamandeveit advaita advice alchemy alchemy of the divine Ali alka Allah almsgiving americandiary anab analysis antiwar art article ascetic attributes audio authority award bahai bahaullah bangla bangladesh baul bawa beauty bengali bhakti bible bill whitehouse biography blog book book review booklog bosnia breath bual buddha buddhism calligraphy carnival carolyn charity children Christ christian christianity Christology click comparative comparative religion compassion consciousness contemplative tradition conversation cosmology counsel creative creative thought creative thoughts crucifixion current affairs dante darshan death deception democracy desert spirituality desire destiny devotion Dhikr diary documentary donation download dreamwork DVD dying earth ecospirituality ego egypt eid end time endtime enlightenment eschatology esoteric ethics event evil exegesis exergesis experience faith fast fasting feminine folk forgiveness freedom from sectarianism fundraising ghayb gita globaloneness gnosis God golden sufi gospel governance grace gratitude guestblog guide on the path gurdjieff hadith hadra hafez hafiz haiku hajj haqiqat haqqu hasidic headscarf headscarves healing health heart hinduism history house rent humanright humor husayn illusion imamuddin imran-hosein in_quest_of_oasis inayat khan infographic inspiration integral spirituality interview islam islamophobia jesus Jesus Christ Jewish journalism judaism justice kabir kahlil gibran kenwilber Koan Koran krishna language last age law of attraction life link Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee love love. inspiration lyric mahmud shabistari maktub malamat mansur hallaj mary mary magdalene Mawlid meditation meditative quranic verse mercy metaphysics miracle miraj Mohammad mosque movie Muhammad music muslim mystic mysticism mysticsaint poetry mysticsaint prayer mysticsaint thought Nachman naomi naqshbandi nature news news. jesus tomb old age oneness origin original osho palestine paradox peace philosophy photography pir zia inayat khan pluralism podcast poem poem on God poetry poety poll porshee positive psychology poverty practice prayer presence present project Prophet Muhammad protest psychology qawwali question quote Quran quranic qurbani rabbi meir ben Baruch ramadan reality reincarnation relation religion Remembrance resource Resurrection retreat review roundup rumi sacred activism sacred geometry sacrifice saint saints saying sayings of Prophet science secret secularism self service Shadhiliyya shamanism Shamcher Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee shrine Sidi Sikh social media sohbet song soul sound speedlink spiritual spiritual materials spirituality Sponsored statistics story submission sufi sufi healing sufi podcast sufi poetry carnival sufi tale sufi tariqa sufi text sufi wisdom sufi-infographic sufihaqqu sufis sufism sufism wisdom sufism. hinduism sufitale surrender survey symbology tafsir tagore tantra tao teaching technology ted temple terrorism the secret thelogy thought thoughts time translation travel tribute truth unity upanishad vatican veda veil video view violence visit webcast wisdom witness woman workshop worship yoga zakat zawiya zen zen mind Zikr
Technology of the Heart: Immersion | a Ramadan Sharing
Immersion | a Ramadan Sharing
Technology of the Heart
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago