Rumi 3

Because of a fractured leg,
God bestows a wing;
likewise from the depth of the pit,
He opens a door of escape.
God said, “Don’t consider
whether you’re up a tree or in a hole:
consider Me, for I am the Key of the Way.”*

-Mathnawi III, 4808-9

Camera: iPhone 5

Ferris Wheel - Six Flags, New Jersey

Ferris Wheel – Six Flags, New Jersey

 

Source: The Pocket Rumi, edited by Kabir Helminski


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Third Culture Kids: My Original Poem 3

Third Culture Kid (TCK)

I am a TCK.
I was diagnosed last semester,
by my Cross-Cultural Communications professor.
I did not know previously that
my condition had a formal name.
I am a TCK.
Born in Pakistan,
Raised in America.
I am a TCK.
When I travel to Pakistan,
I am the target of (sometimes) unwanted attention.
I am the foreigner,
an object to be observed,
questioned.
I am a TCK.
When I am in America,
I am viewed as symbol of diversity.
I am a minority,
another shade of brown,
fascinating.
I am a TCK.
I have an American accent,
but I don’t shy from speaking Urdu in public.
I am a TCK.
I can be confused.
How do I identify myself?
Often times, both the places I belong to
see me as a stranger.
I am a TCK.
I have to sometimes fight
to belong,
but its worth it.
I am a TCK.
Because I get the best of both worlds.
I feel lucky
to have experienced two different
cultures.
I am a TCK.
I wouldn’t trade either identities
for another.
I am a TCK.
I am an American-Pakistani.
I am proud.


 

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Scavenge: My Original Poem 2

Scavenge 

I scavenge for you,
Oh Dear Star,
for it has been many nights since
I have seen you
Twinkle*

Forgive me,
Oh Dear Star,
for it has been a long time since
I have talked to you.

Forgive me,
Oh Dear Star,
for I have lost my way;
Twinkle* again
so that I may be reminded again
of my Promise to you,

So that I may work hard again
to reach you.

Shine Bright*
Dear Star,

so that I

scavenge

no longer.


 

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The “L” Word

In my AP Language and Composition class in 12th grade, my teacher had us do various writing exercises.  Today, I was digging through old documents and found this particular piece where we were assigned to “imitate” another piece of writing.  I had chosen to imitate a portion of a speech by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.  So, here I am… sharing it with the world!


Without love in our life, we are nothing. Love is something that is unexplainable, unexpected, and uncertain.  It is an emotion that is naturally felt by every human being, one thing that we long for, but also one thing that we end up despising.  It is love that gives us a glimpse of the highs in life, and then gives us a peak into the lows.  It is love, the unexplainable feeling we get, that sometimes makes us blindly content.  Love is something that comes out of nowhere and shows us things we would normally disregard. Love makes us greatly appreciate what we do and do not have in life.

We have a give and take relationship with love.  We like to give love in many forms –we like to compliment, hug, send gifts– but we enjoy receiving it more.  This is where the balance goes askew.  As humans, we tend to like it when our lovers — whether it be our family, friends, or significant others — treat us in a superior manner.  And when we do not receive the affection we crave, we become uncertain of our relationships.  Love makes us feel many things, and in many ways.  But, if we all learn to let go of our high expectations from this euphoria-like emotion, we all may be happy.  If we decided to take what we get and give what we can, we can experience love at a much deeper level.  Don’t take feelings and people for granted, especially when associated with love.  Life is full of love, and love is essentially life. 


 

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No individual or people can achieve anything without industry, suffering, and sacrifice. There are forces which may bully you, tyrannise [tyrannize] over you, and intimidate you, and you may even have to suffer. But it is by going through this crucible of fire–persecution which may be levelled [leveled] against you, tyranny that may be exercised, the threats and intimidations that may unnerve you–and it is by resisting, by overcoming, by facing these disadvantages [and] hardships, and by suffering and maintaining your true convictions and loyalty, that a nation will emerge worthy of its past glory and history, and will live to make the future history greater and more glorious not only of India but in the annals of the world.


Eighty millions of Musalmans [Muslims] in India have nothing to fear. They have their destiny in their hands, and as a well-knit, solid, organised [organized], united force can face any danger; and withstand any opposition to its united front and wishes. There is the magic power in your own hands. Take your vital decisions–they may be grave and momentous and far-reaching in their consequences. Think [a] hundred times before you take any decision, but once a decision is taken, stand by it as one man. Be true and loyal, and I feel confident that success is with you.

-Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Address to the All-India Muslim League, October 1937


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Rumi 2

Observe the qualities of expansion
and contraction
in the fingers of your hand:
surely after the closing of the fist comes
the opening.
If the fingers were always closed or
always open,
the owner would be crippled.
Your movement is governed by these
two qualities:
they are as necessary to you
as two wings are to a bird.

-Mathnawi III, 3762-66

Camera: Nikon D5200

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Source: The Pocket Rumi, edited by Kabir Helminski


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Rumi 1

The world’s flattery and hypocrisy
Is a sweet morsel:
Eat less of it, for it is full of fire.
It’s fire is hidden while its taste is
manifest,
But it’s smoke becomes visible in the end.

-Mathnawi I, 1855-56

Camera: iPhone 5

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Source: The Pocket Rumi, edited by Kabir Helminski


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Intro to Sufism 101

You may have guessed by the name of my blog and the quote in the subheading that I am into something called Sufism.

Sufism is a branch of Islam and its followers worship Allah in a more mystic manner. I am not a Sufi by birth but something about the lifestyle of the Sufis is attractive to me.

Maybe it’s the way in which they are continuously seeking God? continuously remembering God? continuously pleasing God? or continuously worshiping God?
Maybe it’s that they are more spiritual?
Maybe it’s how they are free spirited?
Maybe it’s the way their leaders and intellectuals write, speak, and sing about loving God?

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The Sufi way of worshipping is so intense that when they are in the worshipping state of mind, they seem to be lifted from this earth. It’s followers are sometimes known as malangs. They are so deeply immersed in their mystical way of worshipping that they are said to be in a trance. Imagine that… a trance! This trance is achieved by the derwish who performs a ritualistic dance in a court to the sound of Sufi music. The ceremony is very interesting to watch and put me in a trance too. I even got goosebumps. It was a beautiful experience.

“The sufis believe that they can experience something more complete.” -Idries Shah

I think I am attracted to Sufism because I believe that everyone has their own personal connection to a higher deity (if any). In Sufism, I find that I can worship God with the expressions that I find most appropriate. I can have a close personal connection with God regardless of how much I practice my religion.

It’s difficult for me to explain or put into words but I think find Sufism to be more free spirited and thus lean more towards this branch of Islam.

Religion is a complicated subject and everyone has their own level of faith. I have my faith and you have yours, and maybe you don’t have any at all. And that’s all perfectly fine and well!

So that was a little bit more about me on a personal level….
Until next time,

May