Forgiveness!

In Allah’s All Embracing Love and Forgiveness

Peace to your hearts beloved Circle Guides and beloved Dervishes,

I would like for us to contemplate on forgiveness.

In my understanding, forgiveness is love.

I feel that without forgiveness, asking for forgiveness and offering forgiveness, we are nowhere… and life cannot proceed in a human way, or really in any way at all.

The Beloved says that HeSheHu loves to Forgive and that if we did not commit error and wrongdoing we would be replaced by a people who did…so that Allah could forgive them!

We are created by Love Itself to make mistakes, some more weighty than others, that we may be forgiven. What a deep mystery this is. And what a lifting of the veil on the unity of all being.

Among ourselves we must follow this bold movement of Love and take joy in asking for forgiveness and in offering forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness is the way to heal our own heart, for we are wounded by our own actions and thoughts. And then we heal the wounded heart of the other by our sincere request for their forgiveness. On the mystical level it is the same movement, for their heart is truly our heart, and this heart is truly Allah’s heart.

Forgiving is the same. It is love which cannot withhold itself from soothing the heart of another, truly our own heart, truly Allah’s heart.

The beloved Muhammad, may he be granted intercession for all wrong-doing, would ask forgiveness 100 times a day at least. Why? For the slightest shadow that would come over his heart, for the slightest forgetfulness before Allah? Or for the errors of humanity? I am not sure. But his action indicates that we should do the same.

May any thing that we have not yet forgiven in our dervish sister and brother and in our family be forgiven now.

Our forgiveness renews life on earth.

Thank you for forgiving me.

Fariha Nur

“A pen went scribbling along. When it tried to write love, it broke.” ― Rumi

To be is to praise, to praise is to be

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

Salawat

O Beloved and Magnificent Allah, please shower Your never-ending love and unveilings of love, and shower Your never- ending bounties and new knowledge and new forms of Praise and blessings of every kind upon the heart-essence of  Muhammad, sallallahu aleyhi wa sellim, so that his family, his wives, his companions, his Ummat of Prophets and their communities and all beings from the most invisible to the vastest, live and manifest and flourish in the most beautiful way of praise in the never ending pleasure of Allah the Beloved and Adored and may they live the One Life forever in the greatest harmony that only comes from Your Pleasure.

O Beloved Allah, please shower Your never ending blessings and all embracing peace upon Muhammad the one reality and one life of the hearts of all beings so that this Creation fulfills its sublime Amana in praising and adoring You forever in the infinite and various ways that are most pleasing to You, O Exalted and Cherished One. For Being Itself is praise of You. And praise of You is Being.

The meaning of Muhammad is highly praised and utmost praising. This is the love-essence of our self and Creation. We are  Muhammad, salallahu aleyhi wa sellim. We are Muhammadi.

Beloved Dervishes, if we are able to realize that the sublime purpose and function of Creation is to praise the Source, and even closer – to express the Source, to be the Source – to manifest the love and beauty, both in their Jalal and Jamal tastes, of our Creator-Creating Essence, then our hearts can be soothed from the despair of feeling separate, and feeling that life is always so imperfect and unjust and that we are never able to make it right.

“Send your powerful spiritual gaze into the perfection of Divine Creation again and again, My beloved. It will return dazzled, amazed, enlightened.” (Mulk 67,4)

May our love journey together be the never-ending Praise flowing from the Source of love.

Fariha Fatima Nur Ba

Happy Birthday Beloved Mevlana

Happy birthday beloved
We love this day
For it brought you here
To be with us between water and clay
While the spirit flies.
To be our guide of love
To be the friend of our heart
Dispeller of our sorrow
Refresher of our spirit
Inspirer
Who reminds us to place love at the center of every circle
To find love in the beginning, in the end and in the middle
To live for love
To live love

What can we do for you o friend?
Love you.

Hu

Fatiha for Greta Thunberg

In the All Radiating and All Embracing Source of Love

Alhamdulillah!
Let’s offer a Fatiha and our prayers for Greta Thunberg and the environmental and social movement which is forming around her.

Let’s offer a Fatiha for the young generations who are inheriting a heavy sad burden left by their predecessors, but who are in process of finding their own voice of goodness.

Lets offer a Fatiha for the Indigenous Peoples who have embodied the sacred traditions which have protected and furthered the earth and Her family, Allah’s family, and who have suffered immensely for their way of life.

Lets offer a Fatiha for all people, particularly the disenfranchised and poor who suffer the most from environmental destruction and pollution.

Let’s offer a Fatiha for mother Nature and all her creatures who are intricately related with each other and with humanity as a single living body.
The wisdom of Koran speaks here, “And there is no creature within the earth or any being that flies on wings but they are peoples like yourselves. We have not neglected in the Book a single thing. And to their Lord they will be gathered.” (6:38)

In Greta’s courageous mission all find a voice and a purpose and a way. This is not a political party where people have to take sides, leading to more arguments and divisions. This is a movement of consciousness.
Alhamdulillah!
She is our present day Joan of Arc.
She is taking on the big dragons who are devastating the earth and its creatures, including ourselves, making future life here impossible.

There are many groups of environmental scientists, lawyers and earth care-takers but we have been missing a unifying voice. That she came to New York in a sailing boat over the rough seas of the Atlantic Ocean is a clear sign of her elected station.
That she is not part of any single group. "I'm not part of any organization, I'm absolutely independent and do what I do completely for free."
That she is a youth unspoiled by the imprint of worldliness.
That she is a young girl, which traditionally is an extremely vulnerable station.
She represents virginal Nature and the virginal Heart.
Hazreti Maryam might have been about her age or even younger when she received the Holy Spirit into her heart and womb.
Joan of Arc was a young girl of 12 or 13 when she began receiving divine messages to lead her people. Hazreti Aisha was a young girl when she was betrothed to the Messenger of Mercy to help carry his wisdom into the world.
In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.
(Isaiah 11:6)

Climate change is one aspect of a much larger and more complex miasma that has formed in the earth because humanity has been separated from the Heart.

We have the plagues of pesticides, herbicides, unregulated chemicals everywhere, toxins in the entire food chain, devastation of ecological environments, vast numbers of vanishing species, toxic wastes from nuclear energy, oil, mining, and industrial farming. Rivers, oceans, earth and sky are all polluted. And there are very few people on earth who do not carry all of these same chemicals and toxins in their blood and cells.
And then we have industrial medical systems that are ignorant of how to sustain health in the human population.
We have educational institutions that are not supporting the learning of true knowledge but are instead participants in the industrial mechanisms of an unfair economic system, gearing education to mass production.
All of this. And more…
Apart from all of this, our terrible mistakes and bitter fruit, what do we have of value that we can pass on to the next generation which is now taking up the banner of responsibility?
What good fruit have we grown?
What seeds can we give to the next generation?

My heart comes with at least three things.
One is listening and hearing, and supporting the good initiatives of the youth. We are here to be on their side or behind them supporting them, as they move forward into their life and into a common life with all peoples and all life forms.
Two is to pray for them and their success.
Three is passing on the inestimable treasure, the pearl without price that Muzaffer Effendi,ra, brought from the Essence and that Nur al Anwar manifested for the West: La ilahe ilallah and Zikrullah and the Way of Sufism. And of course the Way of all the Sacred Paths, for these are the guardians of humanity.
And insha’allah this Pearl beyond price is what will restore true humanity and true humanity can restore the Earth.
Alhamdulillah!
And thank you to Greta and all those with her.

In great love

Fariha Fatima Nur

Blessed Ashura, Day of the Victory of Love

In Allah’s Overflowing Love and Compassion

Beloved Dervishes,

May you and we and all creation be blessed on this momentous day of Ashura. This is the day of the martyrdom of Imam Huseyn and his family members and community on the field of Karbala. So it is a day of opening our hearts to the immense sacrifice of the people of Karbala, bless them and exalt them, and to the tremendous sacrifice of all the Prophets and their communities who offered their lives to Truth.

May we feel deep gratitude for their sacrifice and in return offer them prayers and salutations of peace to reach them in their exalted stations of nearness to Allah.

This day and every day we feel the suffering of life on earth. We feel the pain of our own trials and feel the pain of others. Some suffering we can see the benefit of and with some suffering we cannot see the benefit. But that does not mean that it is not there. Allah reveals in the sacred Texts that life with its joys and sufferings unfolds according to a profound plan, the full extent of which will only be revealed on a culminating Day for all humanity and all subtle beings.

This does not imply that we should not try to alleviate suffering and remedy the causes of suffering. Every day we connect to all human suffering, whether it is someone in their home who feels terribly alone and abandoned or a group of people who are expelled from their homes and country, or who are conquered and stripped of their rights in their own land. We pray for others and our prayers are a source of remedy and change toward the good. Again, even if we do not immediately see the effects of our prayers it does not mean that they are not powerfully there.

In this context I would like to relay a dream of one of our dervishes in New York. She is gong through a very difficult period of personal and family challenges. On a recent travel to Istanbul she visited the Dergah of Hazreti Pir Nureddin Jerrahi, ra, and remained a long while praying outside the window of Muzaffer Effendi’s tomb. Eventually the keeper of the tombs, at least that is how he appeared, came to her and offered her a cup of water from the well of Hazreti Pir, ra, an opening to which is now located inside the chamber of tombs. Surprised and delighted she gratefully drank the water.

This morning, the day of Ashura, she received this dream:
I was awoken about 15 minutes before Fajr with a start. I had a dream that a text message came to our WhatsApp group, a call/request for water to the Battleground. Next I was opening a greeting card with a poem in it written by you (Sh Fariha) and in the last few lines there is a reference to me, a mother, being a representative delivering water to the battlefield of Karbala as I have drunk deeply from the well of Hazreti Pir Nureddin, ra. Then, still in the dream, I receive a text directly from you, saying that you volunteered me to be the water bearer to the Battlefield. Alhamdulillah!

Masha’allah! What a blessing. What a confirmation of Hazreti Pir’s station. What a confirmation of the station of the dervish of Hazreti Pir. Being close to the Pirs we come close to Allah and the beloveds of Allah, peace be upon them all. What a confirmation that Allah takes account of every drop of our suffering and is grateful for every turn we make in our hearts toward the true. What a reward!

This blessed dervish was brought to drink even more deeply from the water of Pir Nureddin through her own tests and afflictions. She has been praying even more deeply for Allah’s mercy and the intercession of the Pirs. Turning to the Pirs, asking for their help, being grateful for their presence, trusting in the light of love and compassion which abides in them, and bringing this light for others …all of this is drinking deeply from the water of Pir Nureddin and his representatives.
And if we drink deeply we can bring water to the best of humanity, we can alleviate the soul of humanity.
May we all carry this water to the battlefield of Karbala and to the battlefield where humanity struggles to be victorious.

May this day be a day of the Victory of Love.

“Give the good news O beloved to the people of love that this is the Day of the victory of love.

Blessed Day to all.

Fariha Fatima Nur

Please offer Salawats and Wird and La ilahe ilallah Muhammad rasulallah on this day for the sake of the beloveds of Karbala and the great Ummat of humanity.

Ya Muharram, O One, Ya Imam Huseyn

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

Peace to your hearts beloved Dervishes and blessed New Year!

May our Creator and Sustainer and Beloved shower us with Mercy and New Knowledge and true Guidance and Mystic Emptiness in this Koranic year of 1441.

The number 1441 computes into the number 1 in the numerological method.
One in number. One in reality. The One behind the face of the many.
Shining, everywhere, all-embracing, all merciful, all powerful, all forgiving.
Proclaiming and singing I Am.
La illahe ilallah, La ilahe illa ana.
In each atom.
Nearer than near to us.
From Whom we are and in Whom we abide.
Our Source and our Goal.

Tender Friend and Companion.
Best Counselor.
The One loving us unconditionally.
The One Who cloaked our spirits in water and clay so that we could be complete, the khalif.
The One to Whom we said Yes in the pre-eternal realm and to Whom we said Yes when we took hand and became dervish.
The One Who places His friends at the threshold to welcome others.
The One Who is He. The One Who is She. The One Who is You. The One Who is I.
Wherever we look we are looking on that One.
All prayers and beautiful deeds go to that One.
All inspiration arises in that One.
The angels sing the praises of that One, the Mukarrabun are lost in adoration of that One.
The stars and the trees, the sun and the moon, the light and the shadow and all creatures prostrate to that One.
The atoms and the planets whirl for that One.
That One is speaking on the tongues and listening with the ears and feeling in the heart and walking on the earth and singing and whirling and weeping and laughing.
That One.

Imam Huseyn, radialluh anhu, was gazing only on that One during his trial and affliction which lasted these ten days of Muharram.
His family and companions were looking to Huseyn who was gazing at the One.
And his cloak fell and he became the One.
It was the One standing in the field of Karbala praying and pleading while the arrows and swords of affliction cut down the best of humanity.
Imam Huseyn, ra, could have saved himself and his family and companions with divine Power.
But the One took on the cloak of suffering and tribulation which is a mark of this world.
To demonstrate the face of Truth.
To show that Truth is victorious in the cloak of water and clay.
For everyone who is born in this world is a martyr.
A martyr of love who has accepted to be in the Karbala of this world for the sake of the One.

We must pray for calamites to be averted.
But, may we not fear. May we not despair.

May we keep turning our gaze to the One.
Trusting, loving, humble, faithful, empty.
While we are feeling tested.
While we are feeling at ease.
Turn and turn again,
and again.

O Allah please bless our master Imam Huseyn and his sister Zainab and his children and the mothers of his children and the martyr companions who offered their lives with his on the terrible field of Karbala.

O Kind and Merciful One, please protect us from calamity, and the calamity of forgetting You and becoming ungrateful.

“O Allah please give us the Good of this year. Please give us the Victory of this year. Please give us the Guidance of this year. Please give us the Help of this year. And please give us a portion of every good you send down in this year.”

One of the prayers of the beloved Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family and community, and peace be upon all of the Prophets and their communities throughout time and eternity.

I have replaced the word ‘day’ with the word ‘year’.

We will send out the prayer which he, bless him and grant him peace, recited on the first day of Muharram (see below).

O Allah, please send Your loving peace and mercy upon the Martyrs of Karbala and upon all those who have suffered martyrdom and who are presently suffering in this world! May Your Sakina descend upon them.

Together in awe Fariha

This coming Monday is the 10th of Muharram.

Please honor it with your prayers and the prayer of Imam Huseyn and the Wird or Zikr. If Zikr is offered it is recommended not to use bendirs.

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Prayer of Prophet Muhammad on first of Muharram

O Allah, You are Eternal Reality, Creator of time,
And this is a new year.
I beg of you safety in it from the one who embodies all negativity.
I beg of you mastery of my limited self which inclines to negativity.
And I beg of you engagement in everything which draws me near to You.

O Generous and Merciful One!
O Lord of majesty and embracing generosity!
O Supporter of the one who has no support.
O Provider of the one who has no provision.
O Shelter of the one who has no shelter.
O Helper of the one who has no helper.
O Reliance of the one who has no one to lean on.
O Treasure of the one who has no treasure.
O You Who makes tests and trials a way of mercy.
O Ultimate Hope.
O Strength of the weak.
O Rescuer of the drowning.
O Savior from destruction.
O Benefactor! O Munificent!
O All Bestower! O All Benevolent!
Before You prostrates the blackness of the night
and the brightness of the day, the radiance of the moon and the glory of the sun, the ripple of the water, and the rustling of the trees.
You have no equal and no partner.
O Beloved Allah please make us better than what is thought of us.
Forgive us for that which remains hidden about us,
And do not blame us for what is said regarding us.
Sufficient for me is Allah, and there is no reality apart from Allah.
On Allah alone do I rely, Lord of the magnificent throne.
In this do we believe, that all comes from our Lord.
And none are aware of this except the people of insight.
O Lord and Lover of ours, do not let our hearts swerve after You have guided us!
And grant us mercy from Your own Presence, for You are the Bestower of mercy without limit.

Amin! Amin! Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Aleymin! All praises flow from every point and place of praise to the Source and Goal of all beings!

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Last Ten Days… A Beautiful Loan to Allah

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

Peace to your hearts dear Circle Guides and Dervishes,

Tonight we enter into the realm of the last ten days, the honey of the Ramadan, which also contains the jewel essence, the Night of Power. And tomorrow night, Saturday, is the passing date of Hazreti Imam Ali, aleyhi salam, the eve of the 21st of Ramadan.

This is the Ramadan plunge…

Beloved Master Jesus, aleyhi salam, spoke a parable about attaining the essence of life.

There was merchant of pearls who was offered a unique pearl of immense value but he could not afford to buy it. So he went and sold all that he had, all of his other pearls, and with that he bought the pearl beyond price.

What are these pearls that we have in store? What can we sell that will open the way to the Beloved?

The Beloved in the Koran only asks for a loan.

Who is the one who will give to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will double and multiply without bounds? 2:245

We object, “Lord, we own nothing of value. What can we loan?”
And Love responds, “You own your limited self. Give me that. And I will give you the Pearl beyond price… Myself.”

That is the exchange we can make in the last ten days of Ramadan.
Go inward.
Be in munajat, intimate conversation with Allah, sometimes wordless.
Trust
Let go
Who you are… Let go of that.
How you see yourself… Let go of that.
What you fear… Let go of that.
What you think of others… Let go of that.
How you see the world… Let go of that.
What you understand and don’t understand…Let go of that.
What you want apart from what Allah wants… Let go of that.
Jealousies, fears, hopes, convictions, beliefs... Let go.

This is the great YES that we said before the beginning of time. We said Yes to Allah, to our desire for Allah and Allah’s desire for us. We said Yes to Allah as master and lover. We said Yes to Allah as our hearing and our seeing. We said Yes to Allah as the true identity of our self.
What was is now.
The breath within our breath, the living reality, the knowing One, the Beloved who is always asking for a loan... that one is here now.

Make use of these last ten days…

Ya Ishk Ya Ramadan Ya Karim

Fariha Nur

Koran

In Allah’s Boundless Compassion and Love

Peace to your hearts dear companions and travelers in the Ramadan.

The more one swims in the ocean of Koran the vaster the ocean becomes. The Koran has been called a ‘shoreless ocean’ and indeed it is to this poor faqir who strives to gather a few pearls and corals from this ocean, and seems to be getting further and further from shore, further from reaching the other side.

Here are a few of the treasures.

Ya Hu Ya Ishk Ya Quran
Fariha Nur

A new light and clarity has come to you from Allah and a Book of revelations bringing fresh understanding to the heart, by which Allah leads those who long for His Pleasure to the ways of peace and guides them out of the darkness of confusion into the Light of certainty, by His Own power, onto a Way that leads directly to Him.

5:17-18

The ‘light’ is a new level of Allah’s light shining through the light of the heart of the Prophet Muhammad, saws, which illumines all the hearts and lifts them to a new level. The light is also the light of our own heart which is newly revealed by the Prophet’s light. Through the light we are guided home to the Source of light. Light is life. Light is bliss. Light is reality. From light all creation is formed. As Shaykh Nur declared in his youthful poem, "All is light!"

The ‘Book’ is the key to all knowledge infused in the form of the Koran. Outwardly it speaks with praise, admonition and remembrance, it is the Zikr of Allah. And secretly it is the cipher of the heart of humanity and the entire universe and all beings within it. The Book has miraculous powers invested in it. Reading it is medicine. Hearing it is hearing the voice of Allah. Revering it will increase one's nobility and fortune. Following it will bring one to happiness.

 

When those come to you whose hearts are open to Our Signs offer them the greeting of peace and put them at ease by telling them, ‘Your Lord has inscribed Mercy for Himself.’

6:54 

This ayat depicts the wondrous flow of love and mercy from Allah to the servant who comes seeking for guidance and love. In offering the Salam Aleykum from Allah, the Prophet, may he be showered in sublime peace, is the channel for this love. He is told to inform people that Allah is merciful and forgiving. For people are fearful and are prone to seeing God through the lens of their own soul. Allah has inscribed Mercy for Himself, meaning that all that will come from Him is mercy. He has forbidden harshness or cruelty to Himself. This is a great revelation, maybe the greatest for us. Our lives change completely when we first hear this. We are brought from darkness to light. We realize that all is mercy, all the painful events, all the tests and trials, all the lostness, all the apparent insanity is mercy! Allah has inscribed Mercy for Himself so we are safe. We are home. In Allah's Mercy.

This ayat is like the covenant of Sufi community. For Allah has inscribed mercy for all of His representatives. They are all channels of Divine mercy. And people are drawn to the Mercy as creatures to water. We need mercy as it is the essence of our heart, and we seek it. When we hear from an authentic person who is a link in an authentic tradition that Divine Mercy is real, that God is real, and that one can link one’s heart to the mercy and to a community of like hearted people we are overwhelmed. And we take hand. And then we become ourselves channels of mercy. And we offer the Salam Aleykum and we speak with the vibration of God’s love and forgiveness. We embody the love and we live it. And humanity is healed and the world is restored. This is the power of Salam and Salam Aleykum.

Ya Nur Ya Kitab Ya Mu'min Ya Salam
Ya Rahman Ya Rahim
Ya Hu!

A Few Raindrops

In Allah’s Overflowing Love

Peace to your hearts dear
A few raindrops…

The fast in Ramadan brings us to the place where we realize
we do not know
we must come to this place
to let go
to become primal and empty
primal again hyle
to return to the Cloud where all is potential
the original Chaos
to be created again
by Allah
and the Beautiful Divine Vibrations
“Allah creates as He desires”
Allah desires to create
In our breast
As the Koran was revealed in the breast of the Prophet, may he be embraced in sublime love
Allah created the Koran in the breast
we are also the breast that opens and receives
but it must become silent
submitted empty
to become the dough in the hand of the baker
the earth under the plow

Allah desires us
empty of knowing
to fill us

Happy Wisdom Mother Day!

HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY

Blessings, blessings, blessings!

Blessings on each of you dear mothers and dear fathers of our mother/father lineage of Allah!

We love you and we cherish you!

Blessings on all humanity who come from a Mother, except for Adam and Eve who came from the Mother Source!

Blessings on the essence of mother who is the vessel for humanity and for many living beings.

And blessings on her actual form as she is in the world….

The beautiful face of Divine Beauty

The Inspirer

The Muse

Pregnant and

giving birth and

holding in her arms and

smiling down and

feeding from her breast and

praying and

worrying and

nurturing and

caring and

singing and

praying and

sighing and

soothing fears and

counseling and

arguing and

weeping and

gathering and

cooking and

feeding and

praying and

cleaning and

dressing and

driving and

working and

envisioning and

praying and

worrying and

watching and

worrying and

weeping and

laughing and

singing and

playing and

praying and

envisioning and

writing and

painting and

weaving and

singing and

dancing and

planting and

growing and

protecting and

connecting and

overseeing and

sitting and

trusting and

imagining and

blessing and

trusting and

lying down and

praying and

breathing and

expiring and

returning to her Lord

In that great love in the Essence Mother of all of us

Fariha Fatima Nur

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The Wisdom Mother. Sophia. Who brings divine guidance and carries a torch of light. The mother directly connected to the Essence Mother. The one who is not ceding to convention and sees through the stratagems of the limited mind. She does not get embroiled in false arguments. She is the one who carries the responsibility for preserving humanity which can only be done by seeing the divine light of humanity and protecting that. This is her role as wisdom mother. She will stand fiercely for the truth. She defends the weak and oppressed and discarded. She sweeps away the cobweb structures of false gods, such as economic and social status and racism and arrogance and pride.
She strides nobly on the path of Truth opening her arms to all who have a longing for Truth. She sings the ancient song of Divine Love. She is the one within.
Hu
Fariha Fatima Nur