Monday Morning Haiku – Badr

          The full moon called me from sleep Face dripping water Quietly chewing on dates            

Monday Morning Haiku – Rahma

      Snow resting on the branches a reserve of mercy washing my limbs for prayer            

Monday Morning Haiku – Kawthar

When the forehead hits the mat
the still pool’s surface
breaks – waves lapping at the lip

Mawlid al-Barzanji and Celebrating the Mawlid – Shaykh Muhammad Ba-Dhib

Shaykh Muhammad Ba-Dhib continues the discussion about Imam al-Barzanji, his famous work, the Mawlid al-Barzanji, and whether celebrating the Mawlid is a valid tradition. Continuing from Shaykh Faraz’s Rabbani’s earlier discussion about the Mawlid al-Barzanji, Shaykh Ba-Dhib continues speaking about this great work. He begins by speaking about the author, Imam Ja’far al-Barzanji, and his […]

Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa on Sura Luqman–On Listening to Spiritual Poetry

Sura Luqman emphasizes tarbiya, or spiritual growth, and is named after a great sage. In this series, Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa explores the meanings of this chapter. In this segment, Shaykh Ibrahim discusses sama, or listening to spiritual poetry and songs. Continuing the discussion about entertaining discourse–music meant to distract from God–he mentions that even good […]

Ramadan: A Poem

Ramadan Seminar Q&A Session – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Ramadan: The Doors to Ecstasy – Habib Muhammad al-Saqqaf Taqwa Increases During Ramadan – Imam Zaid Shakir  

Why the Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him, Condemned Poetry, by Yusuf Latif

The Prophet’s condemnation of poetry, blessings and peace be upon him, is often misunderstood. Yusuf Latif sheds some light on why. The Mu‘allaqa (hanging poem) of the most famous pre-Islamic Arab Poet, Imru al-Qays, begins with the couplet: Stop, let us weep, in remembrance of a beloved and her campsite Here in the desert between […]

When A Poet From Tipperary Tried To Outdo Al Busiri, By Novid Shaid

Once there was a poet Who hailed from Tipperary One day he said: “I know what I’ll do I’ll be the new Busiri! I am going to be the one and only I am going to be a star Muslims from all around will cheer This is the new burda! I’ll use a catchy rhythm […]

POEM: How Can You Love Muhammad So Much? by Novid Shaid

How can you love Muhammad so much? How can you show such devotion? What do you see in this Arabian? Why does he stir your emotions? All we have heard is his harem of wives Included the little girl Aisha We hear of his call for Islamic jihad And his Quran so hard to decipher. […]

POETRY: ReMosqued, by Shaykh Riad Saloojee

Sinan’s voice whispers as you cross the threshold: “Friend, how could you know beauty’s architecture, when your life is a cardboard box of wallpaper dreams?” “Is this really your heart’s residence?” “Stop constructing cramped corners of your own cruel choice!” “Here, let me help you – Take off your shoes.” “Accept the gift of a […]