Buona Pasqua!

In Allah’s Ever Returning, Ever Renewing Love

Blessed Easter Blessed last day of Passover
Blessed days of Shaban flowing into Ramadan

Blessed Communities of the Faithful

May the faithful ones be victorious with the victory of Love!

“Allah’s saving Grace has come and the victory of Love is here, give joyful news to the faithful ones, O Muhammad.”

One of the teachers of the Law asked Jesus which of the commandments was the first and most important.

“And Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is, Hear O Israel, the Lord thy God is One. And thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy mind and with all thy strength. This is the first Commandment. And the second is this, that thou shall love the other as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”

One evening on the second floor in the Dergah in New York, Shaykh Nur asked ‘what is a dervish.’ After going around the room and receiving each of our responses he stated, The dervish is the other.

O Resurrection of all hearts into the eternal Heart of Love!

Ya Hazreti Issa, aleyhi salam
Ya Hazreti Maryam, aleyhi salam
Ya Hazreti Musa, aleyhi salam
Ya Hazreti Miriam, aleyhi salam
Ya Hazreti Muhammad Mustafa, aleyhi salam
Ya Hazreti Fatima, aleyhi salam

Ya Insan Ya Wadud Ya Shakur Ya Hu

We welcome the first nite of the month of Shaban with Salawat

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Peace and blessings to your hearts dear Dervishes on this first nite of the month of Shaban which is the month of Rasulallah, sallallahu aleyhi wa sellim.

May his name and the names of his wives, family, offspring and companions come frequently to our hearts and lips in this month as we send them salutations and praises.

Let us begin tonite with offering two Salawats given to us by beloved Muzaffer Effendi, rahmetullah aleyhi.

Salawat 9:

O Beloved Allah please shower Your blessings upon our Master Muhammad and the noble family of Muhammad as many times as there are breaths in created beings.

Allahume salli 'ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa 'ala ali Muhammadin bi adadi anfasil khala'ik.

Salawat 34:

O Allah please shower Your blessings upon our Master Muhammad the gentle prophet, possessor of the highest station and master of clear and eloquent speech.

Allahume salli 'ala sayyidina Muhammadin an nabiyyil malih, sahibil maqam-l-'ala wa lisani fasih.

Amin!
May he bless us through his intercession!

Love HU
Fariha

Ali Amir al Muminin

In the Overflowing Compassion and Love of the Beloved

Beloveds,

Today, the 13th of Rajab is the birth anniversary of Imam Ali, may Allah always increase him in mercy and illuminate his noble countenance.

Ali, Hashimite, was nobly born from the blessed womb of his mother called Fatima, inside the Kabaa.
Ali was taken as a baby by the Rasul and Mother Khadija to live in their household.
Ali was carried around in the arms of the Prophet like his own son.
Ali would sleep in the bed of the Prophet and remembered lifelong the sweet fragrance of his blessed body.
Ali at the age of 10 ran to the Prophet’s side at the annunciatory banquet when the Prophet asked his attending family members who of them would come to his side in the way of Allah and no one came except the child Ali.
Ali who was then declared by the Prophet to be the master of those present, infuriating the men who said, ‘How can a child be our master?’
Ali, who became the best and bravest of the warriors in battle was also the most eloquent of the eloquent Arabs.
Ali, the deep well of spiritual secrets.
The Prophet declared, “I am the city of knowledge and Ali is its gate.”
Ali, the most profound intellect and spiritually mature, became the trunk of the tree of Tariqat, the master of the Way.
Ali, chosen by the Prophet to be the husband of Fatima the Illumined.
Ali, father of Imam Hasan, Imam Huseyn and Hazreti Zaynab the truthful.
Ali, Amir al Muminin, the most capable of governing and guiding.
Ali the most merciful and forgiving.
Ali, the prince of hearts, carried water in a leather pouch in the streets of Medina for a living.
Ali, the true faqir, in body, soul and spirit.
Ali, the most consumed with love for Allah.
Ali, whirling alone in the desert like an ecstatic mad person calling Allah’s Names.
Ali Rahim Ali Rahman
Ali Warithudin, the inheritor of the treasury of the heart of the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu aleyhi wa sellim.

“Over whomsoever I am the mawla, ‘Ali is also the mawla.” The truthful words of the Messenger, may he be showered in divine peace.

"The best revenge is to improve yourself." Ali

Muzaffer Effendi’s Urs Day and the first day of Rajab

In the Beautiful and Intimate Power of Love

Peace and Blessings upon all of you on this day and all to follow. May the latter days be better for you than the former. May our Lord and Lover give us until we are well pleased. May the days of the new humanity unfold, each more astonishing.

Congratulations on the first day of the month of Rajab, called the Month of Allah for its abundance of mercy and forgiveness. It is also the gate to the Ramadan. And may boundless blessings shower upon you for this day of Muzaffer Effendi's Urs. He passed at 2 AM in the morning on the 13th of February, so we can honor his Urs either on the 12 or the 13th. Both partake of the blessing of his transition into the Realm of Beauty, as sad as it was for those on earth who felt bereft of the ocean of his presence.

Because of the exact overlap of Effendi's Urs with the beginning of Rajab - which is a brilliant sign of divine Mercy - i would like for us to dedicate this Month to him. Singing his ilahis, reading passages from his books (we will send a list of them in English), dedicating zikrullah and Koranic readings to him, offering the Wirds and Salawats. Please be in touch with your Circle Guides for the details of what you could each offer.

Also for today i would like for us to dedicate recitation of La ilahe ilallah Muhammad Rasulallah to him, with a few Salawats, and also the Tasbih Ya Aziz which is his inner divine Name. We offered 165 Ya Aziz last night in our Meshk, but any amount you offer, such as 11, 33,101,165 is good. Please be in touch with your Circle Guides.

[Please offer a Fatiha for Mehlika Sultan]

Alahamdulillah! May Allah's blessings pour upon the beloved Effendi and upon all of us and upon all beings!
In the living, breathing, hearing and seeing heart of HU.

Fariha Fatima

Blessed Year 2021

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Beloved Dervishes of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community

May you have a wonderful year!
With every moment a new revelation of Allah's Beauty and Love and Majesty.
May you be protected from harm, sheltered in the breasts of the Pirs.
May your faith multiply, faith within faith.
May your knowledge increase, and with it the knowledge that you cannot truly know. You can only Be.
May compassion increase in your heart.
May your actions bear fruit.
May your turning to Allah, Tawwab, be constant.
May you love to ask for forgiveness, from Allah and from people.
May the bond with Allah, the Prophet, the Pirs, the Circle Guides, this Faqir and the Community strengthen and grow.
May your families be places of peace.
May your parents and ancestors be blessed through your dervishood.
May generosity expand, sustenance increase.
May your joy in life, in Allah's life, deepen.
May your senses become more acute.
May your perception become finer and more subtle.
May you dissolve in the One and reappear through the One.

Heart in Heart in this world and the next.
Fariha Fatima

Hazreti Issa aleyhi Salam and Hazreti Nur rahmetullah aleyhi

In Allah's Boundless Love

Blessed Day Beloveds!

May the devotion and Truth of Hazreti Maryam, alayhi Salam,
and the Ruh of Hazreti Issa, alayhi Salam,
enter our hearts on this day of his birth and her birth-giving
and may their exalted Way be our Way
"guide us on the path of the exalted Messengers of unwavering faith."

Blessed birth of Nur al Anwar who awakened our hearts to pre-eternal Light
and ever present Love
May he be in the company of the Messengers and Muzaffer Effendi, rahmetullah alayhi
May he drink the water of Kauthar from the hand of the beloved Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa sellim
May he be surrounded by his Community of perfect imperfect humanity
May we all be Nur
Hu Ishk

Mevlana’s Counsel

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Peace to you hearts beloved Circle Guides and Dervishes,

Here is some wisdom from Mevlana that can steady us by pointing to the beautiful true purpose of our lives in the midst of afflictions. Whoever wins the Presidency will not change this truth.

One day, Mevlana was speaking and became passionate as he shared divine insights coming to his heart:

“Woe to the one who has known us and woe to the one who has not known us, the one who has not perceived that the goal of creation is to know their Creator.

I have created subtle beings and human beings only for them to adore Me and know Me as their Cherisher and Lover. (51:56)

“Unfortunate is the one who has not known God and missed the opportunity, and unfortunate is the one who has known God but has not honored His Majesty and has not been grateful for His favors.

Mevlana then recited a couplet:
Many a beloved remains unknown
By unfortunate ones ignorant of Love.”

Our task as dervishes is to know our Beloved in awe and gratitude, and to help others reach this station.

Then we can be true servants of Rahman who feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty and clothe the naked. These most exalted actions can be offered in whatever state the world is in.

Yet…may the best and most capable candidates who have the interest of humanity in their hearts win the positions which allow them to serve.

May the new humanity blossom!

Blessed Day of the Beloved

May we adorn it with our love and gratitude and faith.

Fariha Fatima

This counsel is from Manaqib al Arifin, by Aflaki, translated and selected by Camille Helminski as Rumi and His Friends.

Kurban

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Beloved Circle Guides, Dervishes and Mothers and Fathers,

Our beloved Baqi Taslima has asked me to contemplate and respond to some of your objections to a Kurban. She herself has written a letter which i honor. Thank you. Forgive me if I proposed something that goes against your heart and conscience.

If you are vegetarian or vegan it is completely consonant with your position to opt out of a Kurban. I overlooked your views and I ask forgiveness for this oversight.

At the same time I want to clarify that a Kurban is the act of transferring another creature’s life to our own in a sacred manner. It is conducted with gratitude, prayers and petitions to God, and prayers for the creature to continue its life in a beautiful way and prayers for all creatures who are living on this planet together with human beings. The life of the creature is taken gently thru blood letting so it goes into a gentle dormancy and then passes thru the door of death. Its death is a taste, a passing state, not a terminal state.

I agree that this is a huge thing, to take another’s life to support our own. The thought of it makes us bow in humility, and for its very hugeness many people have become vegetarian. Maybe some day everyone on earth will be vegetarian. Many of us are tending in that direction. Until then, the Kurban will be an act that can make halal all of our eating, just as one prayer can stand for all of our times of not praying. Reflect that the flesh we normally consume comes from a creature who has a much worse experience than the creature who is offered as a sacrifice. But because of the separation between buying a piece of meat in the grocery store and the actual experience of the creature during its confined life and its death we do not feel the same pain.

I am in complete accord with animal activists who are working to bring better living conditions to all the beings whom we designate with that name, meaning ‘soul, anima’. The level to which we have fallen in our care for the beings who help to feed us, the beings who share this planet with us and for the planet itself is so appalling that we cannot even envision it. Looking at it is looking at a level of hell.

Know that the careful, conscious taking of a creature’s life to feed the poor is not the same thing.

And yet today the ones responsible for Kurban at the time of the big feasts have themselves fallen to a low level of mistreatment and apparent unconcern for the creatures. These are packed on boats and herded in pens and slaughtered rapidly without the love, gentleness and prayer that Kurban requires.

Many years ago in the New York Dergah, after Mustafa and Ali were both horrified by the agonizing conditions at the local Muslim slaughter house, Mustafa and his wife Rahima set out to find another way. They ended up with the Amish who raise their creatures closer to the way God prefers. And then our Amish lamb was sacrificed in the true halal way. At other times we have opted out of a literal sacrifice and we have contributed our feast donations to an organization called “Heifer” which distributes lambs, chickens, ducks, beehives, cows, goats and more to families around the world. It is a brilliant organization working to lift people living on the land out of poverty. The creatures are not intended for slaughter but rather for culling the wool, milk, eggs and honey they provide.

The solution to our dilemma, as one of us suggested, could be to donate to such an organization or to donate to our local food pantry. Each circle can donate to its own.

The main thing is that we are helping others to eat and survive.

The original intention for this Kurban was to bring peace to the hearts of the Mothers in our Tariqat who feel pain and distress and insufficiency, as well as to be a blessing for all of our children and grandchildren. If there is a better way then let’s follow it. I know that many of you are suffering financial stress too, so it would also be an option to help someone in your circle. Even a little bit of help from the hand of a dervish is multiplied like the ears of corn from a seed of corn. If some of you still want to join together to offer a Kurban then you are also encouraged to do so. Each of us, with our differing temperaments and interpretations of truth, is on a path to the Beloved. Our brother Ibrahim in New Mexico was instructed in the Dergah in Mexico City on how to conduct a Kurban. He has offered his service if requested.

One final note, let’s make this offering an offering from both the mothers and the fathers, because both have the great responsibility for the children and both have hearts that suffer and are wounded. And further, as we go from the particular to the universal, whoever wants to participate in this offering of Sadaqa out of a concern and love to their dervish students if they are circle guides or out of a love and concern for the community of humanity, please do so. We are all the parents giving birth to and care-taking the new humanity.

Allah is the Generous Sustainor and the One Who multiplies all the blessings.

Ya Mujib, Ya Karim, Ya Razzaq, Ya Salam, Ya Rahman, Ya Hu.

Fariha Fatimah

Happy Birthday Mevlana!

In Allah’s Bountiful Astounding Mercy and Love

Beloved Shaykha Amina, Circle Guides, Dervishes,

Happy Birthday to Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi and to each of you and to all of his lovers and beloveds.

My favorite poem of Rumi is the life which keeps pouring from the breast of the Beloved and the form which this magnificent life takes in each of you and in the entirety of this ecstatic and bewildering creation.

May this song of divine love continue forever!

Sing to each other, as brother Khabir said in the dream. Sing the song of love and tenderness and weeping and joy!

For we are of Allah and we return to Allah moment by bewildering moment.

Ya Mevlana! Ya Shams! Ya Nureddin Jerrahi! Ya Amina Taslima! Ya Ashki Aziz! Ya Nur al Anwar! Ya Maryam! Ya Fatima! Ya Rabia!

Ya Insan!

Ya Hayy! Ya Haqq! Ya Hu!

Fariha

Rosh Hashana Tova

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Blessings for this New Year, Rosh Hashana Tova!

Blessings on all those who were born in this past year and blessings on all those who have left for the realm of Beauty.

Blessings on Zhati Munajat, our incomparable companion and dervish lover and explorer of the realms of divine friendship and human justice, and on all the friends of Allah who have passed.

Blessings on Ruth Bader Ginsburg who held out for as long as she could so that the light of justice would continue shining through her courageous soul in the highest court of the land.

Blessings on all of us who remain in our earthly bodies so that the light of love ‘may flash from Allah’s heart to Allah’s heart,’ and the desire of the Beloved be fulfilled in this realm.

May we be guided by the most sublime light of Allah and consoled by the most precious love of Allah.

And forgiven and renewed by the most encompassing compassion of Allah.

May we be given eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to love and minds to be bewildered and arms to embrace and tongues to speak beauty and hands to work compassion and feet to walk on the ways of truth.

May the peoples of Revelation be shoulder to shoulder and heart in heart.

Ya Rahman Ya Rahim YaHu Ya Ishk

Fariha Fatima