Farewell Ode to Ramadan – Hafith Abdullah Francis

* Originally Published on 3/07/2016 Hafith Abdullah recites odes of farewell to Ramadan after the Tarawih prayers, in the Cape Malay tradition. He concludes with supplications asking for God’s mercy, forgiveness and His emancipation from the hellfire.

Qasida of Praise (Lakal Hamd) – Recited by Ustadth Usama Canon

“What’s that?” I asked my Irish-American Muslim retired hippie convert mentor as he hummed “Allah,Allah, Allah.” in that unforgettably celticmaghribi melody. “It’s called a Qasida” all i thought was “Word! Ima learn that”. Singing Arabic poetry became a major part of my journey…..glad i heard him humming! (sometime in 1996) Having lost the ability to […]

THE GREAT REPLACEMENT by Novid Shaid

Poet, author and educator Novid Shaid pens a heartfelt poem in the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre. THE GREAT REPLACEMENT By Novid Shaid, March 2019 Let’s implement the Great Replacement Let’s make the world supreme again! Let’s replace the fear of the other With the cheer of true brothers Let’s replace the blaming of immigrants […]

Dear Aotearoa Don’t Weep – Poem on the New Zealand Massacre

Shaykh Musab Penfound writes an emotional and profound poem to Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. Dear aotearoa don’t weep Your trees speak of so much sadness but your sky is in you And your people you lift Celestial, connected, pure. Don’t listen to the piercing screams of those that have […]

Poetry and the Spiritual Journey

Fatimah Gomez reflects on her writing journey, and how poetry can cultivate spiritual growth. Sometimes, we may feel as if few truly understand the hardships that we go through in our lives. As I grew older, I realized that the struggle in our spiritual paths was something very real. I wanted to convey the importance […]

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 […]