Done for me by Shaikr.
Welcome one & all.
For those who have known me before, you would know that I’ve taken a long break from blogging. Those months away from this blogging world were filled with much reflection & questioning. These were followed with tireless pursuits at getting the answers & finding a balance between who I wanted to be & who I really am.
The past few months have been revolutionary to say the least. Haha. Much was learnt and many experiences collected which has helped to shape the ever-malleable being that is me. I am grateful for this life & I have not renounced the world & turned into a recluse. At the bottom of it all, I have not lost my zest for living and my optimistic outlook, alhamdulillah.
With this fresh new start, here are some basic principles & beliefs I hold close to my heart.
- Why Al-faqeer?
Al-faqeer in Arabic means “The One in Need” or “The Dependent One”. One of the major lessons I’ve learnt is that I am nothing. I am nothing without what He has given me, without His Grace & Mercy, without His Love that He showers every second of everyday.Every praise directed to me, I direct to Him. I am a mere being made up of body, mind and spirit. Without Him, this life isn’t life. Everything I have & own at this very moment are just gifts & loans from Him that I have to fully utilise in order to please Him.
From “The Hundred Steps” by Shaykh ‘Abdalqadir As-Sufi:”The faqeer is poor in Allah, and Allah is enough for him in his poverty.
The faqeer has opted for the war against the self. Thus he must set out on the most difficult part of his journey. Even success in it is dangerous, for contentment with acquiring good qualities is in turn a fault. There is no escape from it. Now he must break norms inwardly as he has already done outwardly. Wrong actions are gone. They must be replaced with right actions. So with intentions. The faqeer, however, must guard against thinking that the goal is moral. Do not lose sight of the goal – it is direct witnessing of the living Lord.”
- New username, new blog.
I could have used my old username & old blog address that are familiar to many blogging friends & with which social networks had been built. However, the old domain and username; however much I cherish it and however much it has been a part of me; it is no longer suitable. It is like an old, used jacket that has given me warmth and comfort, but now scratches the skin and whose colour has faded and just doesn’t fit right anymore.
- Ilahi anta maqsudi wa ridaka matlubi.
In Arabic, this means “Oh God, You are my Goal and Your Good Pleasure is my aim.”Having been born a Muslim, I took for granted that status & took lightly my responsibilities as one. It was not something I chose, so how could I be passionate about it?
Alhamdulillah (Praises be to Allah), as I grew up and as I was given the faculty of reasoning, I searched for answers to my own questions. I read and questioned and searched. And finally found them in Islam- the religion I was born into but never really paid much attention to.It is no longer something I was born into, no longer seen as a set of rules confining my freedom nor something external to my life. Being a Muslim is first & foremost my choice, my identity, my way of life.
Islam in Arabic means submission. And I do submit myself now. More than I ever thought i could.And I’ve never been happier. :)