Remembering the Garden…

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A patch of dirt for some, a new beginning for others. These thoughts come to mind as my wife became excited while examining a neglected garden in back of the place where we were staying.

The landlady had given her some scallion sprouts and a tomato plant. She later added some ginger buds. Clearly, the two of them had a “special agenda” that I was not privy to. All I know is that slowly, with a little effort, I was witnessing the beginning of a lush garden start to unfold.

Surely those who believe and do good deeds, are the best of all creatures.
Their reward with their Lord shall be the gardens of Eden, beneath which the rivers flow, to dwell therein forever. God shall be well pleased with them and they shall be well pleased with Him. That is for him who fears his Lord. (Surah 98. Al-Baiyina, Ayah 7-8)

This was a sign from God! He sees all and is ever present!

You start with a vision and work to make it happen. InshAllah, you will achieve success.

I have observed this many times during my life but never really thought about it from this perspective. It was such a clear example. I thank God for giving me this realization. Allahamidulilah!

I used to think of gardens in purely romantic terms (http://wp.me/p2wvqF-1g), now there are added dimensions to the metaphor. It is a shelter from the storm of uncertainty, a haven of contentment, it is a place of of everlasting bliss… This is what we all striving to achieve.

The garden is the reward for one’s perseverance!

 

 

 

 

“Your Secret Garden…” This Is My Beloved. N.p., 23 Aug. 2012. Web. 17 Jan. 2016.

Changes…

As the year draws to a close, and a new one is upon us, I find myself wanting more and expecting more, first from myself, but also from everyone else!

More effort! More understanding! More cooperation! More peace! More harmony!

Imagine how better off we would all be if we all tried just a little harder. This applies not just to individuals, but nations, governments and religions as well.

I believe that within each individual, “God has placed His own spirit, so there is great potential in every human being. Those who cultivate the talents given to them become resourceful, and those who neglect their talents become weak. God has not only given talents and intelligence to the human being, but also the initiative to apply them. We should, therefore, strive to develop what has been given to us and become resourceful.”1 

I wrote a haiku about the moon years ago (http://wp.me/p2hekR-1). As the year changes tonight, so does the phase of the moon. I think this is one of those rare occurrences, but I take it as an additional sign of the change, which may be upon us.

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I wish everyone a better New Year, filled with much hope, more peace & harmony and abounding prosperity!

 

 

 

1 Sultan Abdulhameed The Quran and The Life of Excellence (Denver, CO: Outskirts Press: 2010) pp. 207-208

Delizian Latte Haiku

There is a an Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side that I have patronized since they first opened in the 1980’s. Late one night, at the waitress’ suggestion I ordered a latte. What I received was truly a work of art. I marveled at it for 15 minutes before deciding to drink it, lest it get cold. I did take a picture of it with my Blackberry to capture the moment…

Beautiful Latte,
A visual spectacle
Tantalizing taste…

Bagpipe Haiku

Several years ago, I was perusing EBay when I came across an old photograph of a Palestinian Bedouin playing a bagpipe. The original photo was taken in 1898. I subsequently purchased a copy of it. It seemed like to art me. Beauty does lie in the eye of the beholder!

Bagpipes have always fascinated me. Although I am not Irish, you will most surely find me at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. I recall the funeral of the late King Hussein of Jordan. The honor guard also played the pipes. The eerie sound of the bagpipe soothes my soul.

The Sound of Bagpipes,
Chasing away the demons,
Comforting my Soul…