Love to the Messenger of Allah, Salallahu aleyhi wa sellim

In the Name of the All Loving and Forgiving

Beloved Companions of the Way of Love,

As we dive into the ocean of Koran throughout these days and nights of the Ramadan our hearts are strengthened with the power of its divine love, our souls are awed by its promise and its threat, and our consciousness is clarified by its wisdom…

The exemplary stories repeating throughout the Book are accounts of the coming of the Messengers of God to their communities and their rejection at the hands of a powerful ruling group within that community. Through the medium of a messenger the Only Reality, All Compassionate, All Loving, announces Its Presence to human beings living on the earth and calls them to turn back to their Source, All Compassionate, All Loving. Each Messenger is guided by the Source to bring the fundamental truth of La ilahe ilallah to their people and to demonstrate the holy way of life to them, inspiring them to live with reverence to their Source and with love and justice toward each other and toward all beings sharing the earth. Happiness, salvation and fulfillment are offered to those who open themselves to the truth and follow the Messenger. Estrangement, pain and devastation come from denying or ignoring the truth brought by the Messenger - for doing so means to deny the fundamental truth of life and to turn away from one’s own true self. Yet, despite this clear message, or maybe because of it, the powerful people of the society turn away and reject their Messengers, ridiculing them, ostracizing them and in some cases killing them and their followers…all except for the people of Jonah, the people of Ninevah.

The universal pattern repeats itself with the coming of the Messenger Muhammad, may he be showered in the supreme peace of mystic union. He was sent as a ‘mercy to all beings’, as a ‘lamp in the darkness’, as a friend of humanity, as a perfect model for the holy way of life immersed in Allah, and as one who confirms the truth of all the past Messengers and therefore one whose message can bring harmony and peace to all the communities of revelation. Yet, despite the majestic truth and beauty of the message embodied in Koran, despite the gentleness and kindness of the Prophet’s character and the truthfulness of his soul, despite his ceaseless quest for the safety of their souls, the powerful ones among the Quraysh rejected him and the truth he brought. And his community, like the communities of past messengers, established itself primarily among the poor, the slaves, and the women.

And now, hardly a blink later, we have appeared in the great cosmic drama on earth within the living Book of Allah. We are incalculably blessed to have been included as part of the community of this most noble human being. We have been intimately called by Shaykh Muzaffer, ra and Shaykh Nur, ra, to be part of his community. We have become bewildered by his love emanating from their hearts and we have been illumined by his knowledge in their words. We became his followers without even knowing it, just by following the love and beauty we saw in them. And now we are consciously part of him and his universal community of Messengers, of Prophets, of Mothers of the Faithful, of Siddiqs, of the sincere, of the lovers, the longing, of the disenfranchised, of the poor, of the rejected.

“Ah what a beautiful companionship…”

All who obey Allah and the messenger are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah - the Prophets, the Truthful, the Witnesses and the doers of Good… Ah! what a beautiful companionship! 4:69

Verily, this Ummat of yours is a single Ummat, and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore love and adore Me. 21:92

Alhamdulillah we are among those who love him, who revere him, who follow him, who send salawats of love to his soul and to the souls of his blessed wives, his noble family and progeny, his exalted companions and his beautiful Ummat. We are among those who become intoxicated with his rose fragrance, the fragrance of nearness to the Beloved. We are among those who lower their voices when they feel his presence near. We are among those who long to follow his sunnah the best we can, by loving and revering all the Prophets and Mothers, and loving and caring for humanity and the family of beings, the family of Allah. We offer our souls to the Prophet so that we may become illumined and refined and emptied of our selves and filled with the beautiful qualities of Allah. We are purified in the vat of his love.

Help us and lift us up
Unveil awaken us
Refine illumine us O Habiballah

Help us and lift us up
Exalt and empty us
Absorb and consume us O Habiballah

Nur al Jerrahi (Illahi 91)

Inshallah by keeping intimate company with each other we are keeping intimate company with Rasulallah!

Fariha al Jerrahi

The Last Ten Days, Culmination of the Ramadan

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

Beloved Community,

We are entering the last ten days of the Ramadan through the gate of martyrdom of beloved Hazreti Ali, may Allah be pleased with him and beautify his countenance.

The last ten days are the time when the Prophet Muhammad and his wives and family and companions, may divine peace shower ceaselessly upon them all, would make spiritual retreat in order to be in intimate communion with Allah. Having fasted and prayed and sacrificed for the first twenty days they had prepared themselves and emptied their vessel. So it is for us. If there is an empty cup it will be filled. If there is an empty ocean it will be filled. Everything we ask will be given.

In some way we are already in retreat, but we can go further. We can withdraw from interactions that are not oriented to the Source and to our inner hearts. We can withdraw from thoughts that are pulling us away from contemplation of Allah. We can withdraw from states that are not grateful, whether we feel ‘good’ or not good. We can withdraw from the many distractions that fill our lives and cover the truth. For those who are working or communicating with clients, of course continue if you cannot change your schedules. Simply remain grounded in Rahman.

Focus on your heart.
Focus on Zikrullah.
Focus on Koran.
Focus on prayer.
Praise Allah.
Ask from Allah.

The last ten days are a time of awe and love. May we do everything for love, for others and for Allah.

Love Hu

Fariha

Blessed Mothers Day

In Allah's Mother Love

Happy Mothers Day dear Community!

Bless the station of the Mother and bless the station of the Heart.
May they be victorious.
May we in our Tariqat grow in compassion and loving kindness.
May we grow in deep insight and clarity.
May we grow in caring for others as our own.
May we grow in gratitude to our Source.
May we grow in gratitude for each other.
May we grow in gratitude for each moment and each event and each encounter and each thing we receive.
May we speak gently and kindly to the servants of Rahman.
May we speak clearly and firmly in the face of the betrayal of Justice.
May we walk gently on Mother Earth so that her children are not disturbed and her heart is not broken. She will testify about the actions of humanity before Her Lord on the Day of Enlightenment.
May we honor life and support it so that it flourishes.
May we offer love and the guidance which streams through our lineage.
May we pray intensely for all souls.
May we ceaselessly praise and hear the praise of all beings.
May we trust in the mother essence of Rahman, fully knowing that we and all beings are loved beyond our wildest imagination and will be taken of in the best of possible ways.
May we realize that we are the hearts and hands and feet and eyes and ears of the One Living Loving Knowing Seeing Hearing Feeling Creating Moving.
We are the servants of Rahman and the Mothers of humanity.

Blessed Blessed Mothers Day!

Bless the children on the earth.  May they grow in safety and joy  May their pure hearts turn to their Source in love and gratitude.
May they be able to play and run and sing their song of life freely. May they feel loved and cared for. May we do all in our power to protect and guide them.  May they be freed from abuse of any kind, emotional, spiritual or physical.   May they have enough to eat and may they have safe and loving homes where they can be nurtured by kind parents who themselves are honored and have sufficient means of sustenance to feed themselves and their families. May they be raised to love God and respect human beings and creatures.

May humanity realize how precious our children are, messengers fresh from the Source of love and filled with divine grace, inspiring our hearts with tender love and gratitude. May we feel like mothers to all the children on earth.

In the Mothers Heart of Hu
Fariha

Immersion in Allah

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Beloved Companions,

Blessed Ramadan! Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan Kerim!

I want to share with you a hadith from the 101 Diamonds which we opened to last evening in our communal gathering on the threshold of the Ramadan. It feels particularly relevant to this month.

Nur gave it the title,

 I Will Protect You From the Fear of Poverty  

Hadith 39

Muhammad the Messenger, may Divine Peace embrace him, once conveyed these words directly from Allah Most High:

O children of Adam, give your entire being to the worship of Me. I will fill your heart with riches, and I will protect you from the fear of poverty. If you do not immerse your being completely in Me, I will fill your hands with the vain labors that can never protect you from the fear of poverty.

This hadith comes from the transmission of the intimate companion Abu Hurayra, may Allah be pleased with him.

Allah calls us in the Ramadan to immerse our self entirely in Allah’s Self.  This is why we fast, this is why we read Quran, this is why we give Sadaqa, this is why we praise Allah through our tasbih. Continuous worship cannot come from Salat or reading Quran or Sadaqa as we cannot do those continuously, although they help to open our heart to continuous immersion. The fast is closer to complete immersion as the fast itself is a form of continuous worship. But we only fast half of the time and we can also become accustomed to the fast. Tasbih is the closest. Tasbih and gratitude. Through the tasbih which Hazreti Pir has given us we strive to come to continuous remembrance of Allah. We attain to consciousness of Allah and praise of Allah with our whole being. Tasbih brings peace and joy to the heart. And gratitude wells up from the heart. And then Allah gives us more. For when we are grateful Allah rewards us with more. And the riches are bestowed. “I will fill your heart with riches.”

Cultivate continuous presence with Allah and Allah will be present with you.

Cultivate continuous gratitude, which is a state of the heart, and you will find Allah present with you and grateful to you. Strive not to complain within your self. For when we are in a state of complaint, however subtle, we veil our self from Allah. Although we can complain directly to Allah, for that is a form of prayer. But the indwelling mind of complaint and judgment is a state of separation.

“Praise Me and I will praise you. Be grateful to Me and turn not away from Me.”

Cultivate consciousness of your moments, and know that every moment is a gift from the Beloved. Bring your focus to the present. Dwell neither on the past or the future. Be present with Allah and grateful to Allah.

This is the month of our Lord, Lord of all the worlds and Lover of all the hearts.

Fariha

The Glorious Ramadan

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Beloved Companions,

The glorious month of Ramadan enters tonite at sunset.  May it be the best Ramadan ever for each of us and for all of us as the Community of Nur Ashki Jerrahis, as the Ummat of Rasulallah, saws, and as members of the sacred human family

Allah the All Merciful showers Mercy upon all beings during the Ramadan whether they are aware or unaware. The gates of the fire of essential negativity are shut, the negative energies are chained and the gates of Mercy are open wide. Anyone who seeks forgiveness and guidance is forgiven and guided. Anyone who asks is answered. Anyone who desires is fulfilled. Allah runs to us. Allah embraces us. And the Beloved shares intimacy with those who desire intimacy.

Fasting is prescribed in the month of Ramadan for those who are at home and not in ill health.

What are the blessings of the fast?

It is a means for opening doors of knowledge that we would not attain except through great difficulty, if at all. It takes us immediately to Allah. “The fast is for Me.” It moves us from independence to dependence on Allah. It takes us to our root of absolute servanthood. It removes our arrogance and pride. It helps us to be grateful for all of the super abundance of blessings which Allah continuously pours upon us and of which we are normally unaware and ungrateful for. It moves us from distraction to focus. It moves us from distance to nearness. It moves us from body to spirit. It refines us and clarifies us. It beautifies us. It protects us from the fire of our own negativity and from dangers without. It clears out the year’s accumulation of veils and heaviness and helps to eliminate blockages that we have had in our body and souls for years and even generations. It brings health and healing to our bodies and extends our lives. It blesses us and our households and neighbors and our parents and ancestors. It blesses the earth.

Imagine the potential blessing of one billion people fasting for a month. All these and many more are realized through the fast.

And yet, as powerful as the fast is, the Ramadan is not just constituted by the fast. The original blessing of the Ramadan is the Quran, embodying the knowledge, both outer and inner mystical knowledge, and true guidance for human beings. The Quran is the form in words and sound and meaning of the original heart, soul and intellect of Rasulallah, saws, and therefore of each of us who are created on the original pattern, the manifest essence of Allah.

The Ramadan is the month in which the blessed Quran originally descended from its exalted station of Essence to the heart and conscience of Muhammad, salallahu aleyhi wa sellim. Or we can say that it was revealed from within the Nur Muhammad and descended to the earthly consciousness of Muhammad, saws, and to the consciousness of humanity.

Reading one thirtieth of the Quran every day is a beautiful form of worship and a great source of learning. If you can do this please do so. Or simply listen to it everyday. Or read portions of each Jus (the division into thirty parts) every day. Remember that the essence of Quran and all the holy books is La ilahe ilallah. Another way to imbibe the Quran is to recite ceaselessly La ilahe ilallah Muhammadan rasulallah.

And praising Allah is the greatest.”

Any sincere offering that you make in the Ramadan is fruitful. Any restraint of the limited self is rewarded.

Here are some suggestions for our Community.

Fasting:   the complete fast of water and food from about an hour before sunrise to sunset

Modified fasting: drinking water or clear liquid without food

Offering a full fast but beginning slightly later in the day.

If you fast please remember to ask Allah to make the fast easy for you and for the Ummat. “Allah desires ease for you and not difficulty.” Surah 2 Baqara:185

Continue calling on the Most Merciful of the Merciful!

Quran:  reading the entire Quran, one thirtieth every day, or reading portions of the Quran as much as you can absorb

Reading Heart of Quran

Reading the Morning and Evening Wirds every day as they are essences of the Quran and that is why they are so beneficial

Salat:  Offering the Tarawih of 20 extra rakats after the night prayer but before the Witr salat (the 3 rakat prayer that seals the night salat)

Offering a Tarawih of 12 extra rakats

Tasbih: Offering continuous La ilahe ilallah Muhammadan Rasulallah

Sadaqa:  Offer charity of food to those in need. This is actually one of the ways that the Quran says one may compensate if one does not fast. But it goes on to say that, “Fasting is better for you if you only knew.” Surah 2 Baqara:184

Dear Companions,   This is just a list of basic actions that are part of the month of Ramadan.

The main act is to seek nearness to Allah, through our inner yearning and through what Allah asks of us. One of the ways to come near to Allah is to serve Allah’s family. So please find your self in service, both through prayer and through outward acts of help.

Insha’allah more contemplations will follow. For now this is sufficient.

May the Ramadan bless you and humble you and exalt you and make you blissful and flowing with divine inspiration and love. May it serve to illumine and guide the heart of humanity. May it help to bring peace.

Fariha Fatima al Jerrahi

Happy Birthday Habibullah who makes all beloved

In Allah’s Boundless and Joyous Love

O beloved of Allah may you have a most blessed joyful birthday!

May your lovers throughout the 18,000 worlds offer you the most beautiful Salawats and gracious greetings and prayers on this day and may they feel immense gratitude in their hearts for your guidance. May their love for you turn this world into a bliss garden of roses and nightingales. And may their hearts be the lamps of lovelight that illumine the way for seekers. And may, for love to you, the Beloved shine forth in their beings like the full moon on a cloudless night.

May your love and your light bless all humanity.

Great gratitude to Muzaffer Ashki Effendi al Jerrahi, Hazreti Pir Nureddin Jerrahi, Amina Taslima al Jerrahi, and Nur al Anwar al Jerrahi and all those who preceded them and all those who follow them, may Allah bless them ceaselessly and abundantly as only the Beloved can bless!

May we be reborn in his love every day of our life

Fariha Fatima

Blessed Easter, Passover, and Days before Ramadan!

In Allah’s All Consuming Love

Peace to your hearts beloved Shaykha Amina, Murshids, Circle Guides and Community of Dervishes,

Blessed Easter, blessed Passover, blessed days leading to the Ramadan! And blessed holy events in all sacred Ways!

May the days of unveiling dawn and may the gathering of the people of Truth take place. May the Truth within all hearts be revealed as One. May the knowledge within all the religions be joyously shared with each other as the cups of water, wine, milk and honey are shared in Paradise. May people’s love of God and humanity increase in these days, and may people’s love of worldliness pass away.

By the Grace of the All Merciful we are blessed to be part of a growing community of faithful ones from every sacred Path who can honor the Resurrection of Jesus, aleyhi salam, and the compassion of Maryam, peace be upon her, the trials and victory of Moses and his people, aleyhi salam, and the descent of the Generous Koran into the heart of Muhammad, salallahu aleyhi wa sellim. And we love and honor the Messengers and holy events in all of the sacred Paths of Allah.

We have been given the key of La ilahe ilallah which opens every door and every heart. According to Muzaffer Effendi, ra, La ilahe ilallah is the essence of all holy books of revelation. It is the essential teaching of all those sent to call humanity. It is the essence of the Beloved’s communication to us in every sacred Path.

I Am. I alone Am. La ilahe ila Ana. Turn to Me. Pray to Me. Ask from Me. Return to Me. Be grateful to Me. Disappear in Me. Reappear through Me. Love Me with your entire being. Love me in your heart, in your self, in your mind. Love Me in in your self and in the heart of my humanity where I abide. Love Me in My creation where I manifest. Love Me with every breath and in every blink of your eye.

But you will fail to love Me as I love you. You will forget your true self and forget Me. You will be distracted by the world and your own affairs. Your heart will be veiled from Me. You will wander in forgetfulness. And then through My love to you and My promise to you I will turn to you and send you distress so that you remember Me. You will remember your Creator and your Refuge and you will ask for My forgiveness and I will forgive you. And you will dwell with Me forever.

Please dervishes, let us together take the opportunity of this time when the concerns of worldliness have been distanced. We are in a worldwide halvet and the energy of the earth has shifted toward the spirit. This does not imply that we are indifferent to the sufferings of others. On the contrary we are much more aware of others. We feel our unity even as our physicality is reduced. We are being shown that Spirit is the master over matter. We are being shown our true nature and our purpose in being. Love is revealing herself as the Essence of being. Love as the Queen of Creation.  This is a Ramadan before the Ramadan… fasting from the world, turning to Allah, going into our heart, seeking our Beloved, asking forgiveness, contemplating the Signs.

Beginning on this day of the Ascension of Jesus, alayhi salam, let us offer a special retreat, until Friday at sunset. In this retreat, following what Shaykha Amina has prescribed for her community in the days between last Thursday and today Easter, let us remember Allah continuously. This means to be with Allah. To know that we are never separate from Allah. To know that Allah is the hand with which we grasp, the feet with which we walk, the eyes with which we see, ears with which we hear, tongue with which we speak, and the heart with which we know and feel. So we are no longer seeking Allah at a distance. We are remembering that Allah is all that we are. We are always merged in Allah. There is nothing special we have to do apart from accepting that we are not separate from Allah. Receive the reality of Allah entirely into your being. And from this radical opening of your being allow whichever  holy words, song, intonation, feeling or action to arise.

May we be extinguished in the power of Truth and revived in the wonder of Love.

Ya Hu

Please consult with your Circle Guides.

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Closer than your own life vein

Bismillahirahmanirahim
Salam beloveds,
 The Koranic verse, I am closer to you than your own life vein (50:16) is one that we can contemplate for our retreat into Allah.  Also, the verse in which Allah says to Moses, And i cast love over thee from Me, and so you were raised under My Gaze. (20:39) Allah's Gaze is from within.

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Happy Birthday Imam Mehdi, as, Fifteenth of Shaban

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Blessed birth O cherished Imam Mehdi, twelfth noble successor in the lineage of Hazreti Fatima, as, and Imam Ali, ra. Blessings on you and the people of your household and your followers the day you are born, the day you die and day you resurrect.

His justice and prosperity will ease the hearts of the faithful, and friendship and love will settle between the nations. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi `Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, p. 66)

The Night of Blessing and Forgiveness, Laylatul Barat

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Peace to your hearts beloved Dervishes

Tonight is Laylatul Barat, the night of the full moon of Shaban when the intense mercy and forgiveness of the Beloved floods the world and floods our hearts.

This is the third of the three nights of the waxing moon when Muhammad, may he be showered in the peace and loving kindness of his Lord, prayed by himself for the forgiveness of humanity. On the third night his family discovered him in the garden of Medina and he asked them to join him in his supplication. This is the night when the community comes together to offer 100 rekats in spiritual unity with his soul and the souls of all the faithful who are praying for the softening of hearts, the removal of the veils and the conscious return of human beings to their Lord and Lover.

Because of our condition of isolation I had envisioned that we could keep vigil in some part of all three nights by offering a third of the hundred rekats each night on our own. This would relieve us from offering the 100 all in one night individually, which is more challenging than when we are together. But I was caught unaware of the actual time of the month, and curiously so was Shaykha Amina, so that we both received clarity only yesterday early evening that the first two days had already come. What we mutually decided was that we would keep the plan for the three day retreat and begin tonite, Laylatul Barat, with the first of the 33 rekats. From there we will continue for two more nights of salat and prayers of supplication. This will take us through Thursday night. Some of you may have already begun the series of salats and that is good. You may continue to complete the 100 or you may offer more by praying them together with the dervishes who have not already begun.

Inshallah there is benefit in our having overlooked the time. By praying on the two days following the full moon rather than on those preceding it we are inshallah extending the blessings of the full moon.

Allah is the Knower and the Bestower of blessing.

There is an ayat in Koran which fits this time of praying in our homes.

We inspired Moses and his brother with this message: Provide dwellings for your People in Egypt and make your dwellings into kiblas of devotion and turning to Me. And establish salat and give good news to the Faithful.

(10:87)

So let us pray in our homes, establish goodness and offer guidance, joy and consolation to each other.

Blessed Laylatul Barat!

Fariha Fatima Nur

The Messenger Virus

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Salam and Sakina to your hearts dear Circle Guides and Dervishes,

Inshallah as we go deeper into the effects of the virus, the messenger to us at this time, we are going deeper into our hearts. This very small creature, a servant of Allah, is in some ways similar to the gnat that overcame Nimrod – it is sent to overcome the tyrant in the world and also in our own self.

It is like a messenger who brings both the good news and the warning. The good news is that it calls the faithful to become stronger, to turn to our Source and Beloved, to become more compassionate, to focus on what is important, to focus on each other and those in need, to remember that the essence is in the human heart  – it is in our self, our family, our neighbor, our community, the earth community –and not in things or achievements, things of the ego. This messenger virus is stripping away the false idols of fame, of self importance, of the illusion that we can live separate from anyone else, of the illusion of nations and exclusive communities. It is unveiling the injustices in our society, that there are people who live on the street, that people do not have enough to eat, that people are not taken care for in their basic needs, that we are spending trillions of dollars on war, war, war, killing people and devastating their lands and their livelihood and robbing the resources that God gave to them for their well-being. Through our blindness we are sending wildlife into the sixth extinction.  We have come to rely on a chemical industry and a medical industry and a corporate industry that is twisted and toxic, killing people and creatures. We rely on false assumptions about the purpose of our life. We are not teaching the truth in schools. We are not teaching the truth at home.

The fundamental illusion that is breeding all others is that we do not know our self and we do not know our Lord and Lover. The beloved Prophet, may he be showered in the loving kindness of Allah, has conveyed from Allah, “Know your self and know your Lord.” This is a fundamental order. If we do not place it as our foundation we have no foundation.

Doing Zikr with others, praying for someone, being kind to someone, giving food to someone, smiling at someone, consoling someone, … these are more important than all the wealth and fame we can acquire. O servants of Rahman!

Let us use this precious time to see the tyrant within our self and to overcome it. Let us use this precious time to know our self. Let us use this precious time to be with Allah Who is ever with us and to be grateful to the One Who is grateful and gracious to us. May our kindness and concern for others increase. May our love burst into flame and consume our fear and our selfishness. May we be increased in knowledge and in all that Allah loves, nearness to Allah and compassion toward all beings.

May this little messenger help us in the Way of truth. May it help us to know our self and know our Lord and Lover. And inshallah it will retreat back to where it came from.

I convey a dream from Waliya of Puerto Rico, now living with her daughter Sofia and her husband Jason outside Miami. She received it in the evening of March 10, the full moon of Rajab.

I had a dream where I was shown a ball with points and I ask myself what this is. A voice was telling me: “Humans are creating this, this virus is being created by humans.”

The voice said that there will be more because of our words. That we are not kind, and that we are the only ones who can transform what is happening with our higher self and consciousness. The voice said that the people who are getting the virus and dying from it knew this before coming to this plane of existence (that they chose this as a sacrifice to point the way to others).

Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Wadud, Ya Rauf,Ya Hadi, Ya Shafi,Ya Hu

Fariha