Wisdom from Khwaja Abdullah Ansari

“And say: My Lord, make me enter a truthful entering and make me go forth a truthful going forth,” so that I will see Your strength and power when You make me enter, and will submit and conform myself to You when You make me go out.  Give me an authority from You, an ally that helps me that helps me or that helps others through me, but not one that goes against me: one that helps me against self-regard and extinguishes me from the realm of my senses.

From “Intimate Conversations” by Khwaja Abdullah Ansari (May Allah be pleased with him).  You can purchase this amazing book from Amazon at the following link: Ibn ‘Ata’llah and Khwaja Abdullah Ansari 


Zhikr with Al-Madina Institute from November 7th, 2013

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This is an original recording of zhikr or remembrance of Allah and His Prophet Muhammad from November 7, 2013. This was performed by members of Al-Madina Institute. The chants consist of prayers and the repetition of the Islamic profession of faith, “La Ilaha Ilallah” (“There is no god but Allah”). The zhikr, or remembrance, continues with the repetition of the Prophet Muhammad’s name (Peace and Blessings Upon Him) and title as messenger of Prophet, as well as the repetition of “Alayhe Salatulah” (Upon him be the blessings of Allah”), and the exclamation of “La Ila ha ilala” (“There is no god but Allah”). It is my hope that you find this spiritually beneficial, and that it brings you peace and closer to Truth. Ameen. Thank you.

A Token of Appreciation


He gave him a buck

And said have a good day

His friend wished him luck

As they parted ways

Just then the breeze blew out of the West

And the world looked so beautiful

Like heaven had opened its treasure chest

And love was pouring out

In limitless supply

Like Allah was smiling on the world

And blessing them from on high

The sky was bluer

The foliage more verdant

The love was unspoken

Yet more evident

The birds prayed on them in their own tongue

Above the blue and yellow flowers adorning the street

Hope was rekindled and the world was young

Drunk with the nectar of humanity so sweet

Such a small gesture had elevated him higher

In his ears were sung praises of Allah by an angelic choir

Oh Saleem, poor slave of your desires

Isn’t that a small price to pay to raise you higher

The Pious Alim | Al-Madina Institute Blog

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check out the following post on a wonderful teacher, scholar, and spiritual sage, Shaikh Muhammad Emin Er, May Allah be pleased with him:

The Pious Alim | Al-Madina Institute Blog.

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An Eid Sonnet


All clean, perfumed, and well groomed on Eid day

To join in a divine celebration

That’s rooted in divine revelation.

Well dressed families parade out to pray.

Bangles jingle, all mingle and kids play.

The air is filled with joy and elation;

Surrounded by good food and vibrations

Of love and hospitality this day.

Eid is a day to forget all sorrows,

To rejoice and wear a smile on your face.

New hajjis swim in eudaemonia,

Returning to a welcome for heros,

Pure in spirit and radiant in grace!

What lights! What heights! What grand euphoria!

(C) Saleem Safdar