The Tenth of Muharram

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Peace to your hearts blessed Dervish companions,

This is such a holy day.

This is a day of redemption for humanity.

This is a day when the communities of faith under the guidance of their Prophets are victorious.

It is good to recall a little of the bounty of this day.

It increases our faith to relate how Adam and Eve were retrieved from their period of suffering and invited back into the embrace of their Cherisher. They had undergone the sorrow of love and longing and regret – they had themselves asked to taste and know love while in the garden – and on this day they were united with their Beloved in mystical marriage, a form of love they had not known before. This was the beginning on earth of the path of Love.

On this day Noah and the people of the Ark landed on Mount Judi, illumined with the divine sign of the rainbow, fulfilling the promise given to them. They disembarked and made the first Ashura feast out of their provisions, which had been reduced to the bottom of their barrels. Since that holy feast a group of the faithful has celebrated Allah’s generosity and saving Grace by joining together on this day and gratefully consuming the grains and seeds and fruits of the earth. In pre-eternity these grains first emerged from the mystical body of Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu aleyhi wa salam.

On this day the Prophet Abraham, aleyhi salam, was saved in the fire of Nimrod when his Lord said to the fire, “O fire, become cool for my friend Abraham. Become a garden of paradise for him.” From that day forward the community of the faithful can find peace in the fire of their tribulations.

This is the day Moses and his community, peace be upon them, crossed safely through the Red Sea by command of their Cherisher Who parted the water for them, allowing them to escape from the tribulation of Pharoah. From that day on the community of the faithful have the certainty that they will be saved from oppression and injustice.

This is the day Jesus, aleyhi salam, was elevated to the fourth heaven, from which he will one day descend by command of his Cherisher to guide humanity with the wisdom and justice and compassion embodied in all of the Prophets and completed and illumined by the Way of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and upon humanity.

That day there will be no more arguments between the religions and between the nations.

This day of Ashura is the day that Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, rejected and threatened by his own relatives, the rulers of Mecca, entered Medina, the city of peace.

From this day forward the people of heart knew that they could establish the way of love and a community of love embedded in the fabric of the earth, woven into the daily life of the world. This is the planting of the seed of Sufism in the world. This is the beginning of the way of living in the world and joining together with humanity, disguised in the colors of the world, but not being of the world.

Today, the tenth day of Muharram, is the day of the tragedy of Karbala and the victory of Imam Huseyn and his holy Family and blessed Companions. May they be blessed and cherished and followed forever by the lovers of Allah!

This is the day of the tragedy of Karbala and the victory of truth.

This is the day that sealed the victory of Islam, the way of living in peace with creation and in annihilation in Allah.

May we follow this Way. May we follow the Way of Imam Huseyn, peace by upon him and his family and followers.

May we be counted among those who love him and who are called by divine Grace to be close to him.

May we be among those who wipe away the tears of Hazreti Fatima, his exalted Mother, by remembering Imam Huseyn and honoring him in our heart and in our actions.

May we wipe away the tears of Mother Fatima, aleyhi salam, by helping those in need, consoling the sad ones, offering hope to the desperate ones, feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty – in the spiritual and in the earthly levels.

May we be among those who follow the Prophets and Mothers and kiss their holy feet, peace be upon them all.

May we be among those who establish their Sunnah. May we be among those who establish the Sunnah of the beloved of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wa salam.

May we be among those who call humanity to love, the ultimate truth.

Together in the holy love of Imam Huseyn and the Martyrs of Karbala.

Together in the holy way of Imam Huseyn demonstrated and lived by our great Pirs and Shaykhs, Pir Nureddin Jerrahi, Mother Amina Taslima al Jerrahi, Muzaffer Ashki Aziz al Jerrahi, Nur al Anwar al Malik al Jerrahi, and all the Shaykhs of our lineage.

May we offer our lives in gratitude to their lives of holy sacrifice and holy love.

Fariha

Tonight please transform your meal into an Ashura meal by offering a Fatiha to the souls of Imam Huseyn and the martyrs of Karbala and to the souls of all the Prophets and Mothers and Communities and to all those suffering in this earth and all those redeemed in this earth. Dedicate your meal to humanity.

Blessed First Ten Days of Hajj

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Blessings be upon you O beloved Muhammad

who guides us through the Hajj of this immense Life,

                                    who guides us through the Hajj

of the seven levels of our self,

the deserts of separation

                                          and the valleys of weeping, the mountains of hope

                                         and the dawn of certainty,

to reach the Shrines of our heart and our spirit,

                           finding the One Who awaits us

and Who calls us to return

Blessings be upon your precious Family and noble

           Companions and upon all the Prophets, Mothers and

Messengers, and all the souls who have made this

            immense journey from the Source and back to the

                                  Source

 

And proclaim the Pilgrimage for humanity

They will come to thee on foot and

On every kind of mount

Lean on account of their journey

Through deep and distant mountain highways,

So that they may experience and witness the grace and blessings for them,

And celebrate the Name of Allah through the days appointed over the cattle He has provided for them.

So eat therefrom and feed the poor and distressed.                          

Hajj, 22:27-28

 

 

By the dawn

And the ten nights

And the even and the odd

And the night when it passes away...

Is there not in these a manifest promise

For those who perceive?                 

Fajr, 89:1-5

 

May we calm our hearts and focus our hearts in these blessed ten nights and ten days, culminating in the Day of Arafat and the Eid, on Thursday and Friday of next week.

Hajj Mubarak

Hu Ishk

Fariha

From a Mother to the Fathers

Bismillahirahmanirahim

Blessed Father’s Day!  One day later.

O Fathers we are so grateful for your existence.

You are part of us and we are part of you.

May you support the Divine secret within us and may we support the Divine secret within you.

May we, the Mothers and the Fathers, grow like two vines entangled in the heart of the heart of the Beloved.

May we produce fruits of beauty, harmony and wisdom together.

May these fruits feed our children so that they grow joyful and strong, generous and courageous, self-knowing and selfless; so that they know with certainty they are loved by Allah and join the new humanity of Allah’s lovers.

O Fathers, bearers of seed, spread the seeds of your thoughts and your tongue and your actions carefully, with prayer and tenderness.

Reflect before you act. Use the intellect that has been given to you to make wise decisions. Contemplate. Pray. Seek counsel with the Mothers.

O Fathers, protect the weak and have compassion for the poor. Bend down to those who are neglected. You are the Fathers, uplifters and supporters of humanity.

Every day pray for your partner and your children. Every day ask Allah to bless and protect your children.

Work so that you may support your families and have enough to give to others. But do not work so much that your family is neglected and your prayers and praises put aside. Find balance.

O Fathers do not waste your time. Engage in what benefits your soul, your families and others.

Strive for new knowledge, like Moses who sought out the fire on the mountain for his family and found Allah, and like Khidr who searched for water for his companions and found the water of eternal life.

Learn so that you will have something to give.

O Fathers, be peacemakers on earth.

Seek harmony.

Collaborate rather than compete.

Walk on the way of contentment and humbleness.

Spread prayers and zikr.

O Fathers you are amazing and beloved. Keep your spirits high even in the face of adversity.

From a Mother

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Peace to your hearts dear Fathers.

One more note for you.

Your Way at this time is to follow the inner guidance that pours through the Mothers and then to exert all your strength and courage and intelligence in supporting the feminine divine wisdom and bringing your own wisdom to merge with this one. And it is also to use your courage and intelligence to defend the voice of the woman and the station of the woman against reprisal and oppression.

Through the dynamic and mystic mutuality of our hearts and qualities we may mature into true human beings.

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