Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ambrosia


She parted the fabric of her blouse and revealed the bounties that lay underneath, a garden of skin, cream and vanilla. A mesmerizing valley of supple flesh: as radiant as the sun, as ethereal as the moon. Lance wondered if he had just witnessed the Sanctuary of Adam and Eve where the Lord first bestowed unto them form and understanding. No, not wondered. He knew. This was it. His eyes beheld Paradise. Beyond the veil of fabric she harbored the rivers of Eden streaming across the pastures of Nirvana, where angels frolicked and martyrs slept, sacred hillocks of honey and musk blessed with abundant reserves of milk, the sealed and consecrated nectar of hallowed adoration and mystic knowledge, a numinous balm for every malady, fountains of purity and delight.


Tentatively, Lance placed his hands upon Maryam’s bare, ample bosom, smooth and delicate, the tips of his fingers sunk into her as he brought forth his lips to touch upon the dale between the two succulent mounds of plenty. The kiss ignited the fire of passion and desire coursing through their veins, she, looking up to the skies, eyes closed shut, clenched, a sign of lust’s overwhelming flame staggering her every fiber, the folds of her lavender headscarf still neatly wound around her face entirely covering her hair except a few minute strands of curls protruding from the front of her scalp at the edge of her forehead. Her mouth slightly parted, faintly agape, lower lip hanging somewhat limply, minuscule droplets of saliva accumulated at the corner like colorless jewels, pearls of Elysium. Lance steered his path of kisses from her cleavage down to her navel, then looked up to gaze at the countenance of his beloved drowning in ecstasy. It was glorious. Majestic. Divine.


He stationed himself up on his knees, now towering the petite frame of his wife, and placed his lips upon hers, breathing in the warm, organic scent of her exhalation, sweltering from the pit of her belly. Her lips were his Heaven. The kiss lasted an eternity summed within the stroke of a minute, the heat flaring love’s eternal blaze. Lance lowered his head unto her chest and planted another kiss therein. Maryam gripped onto the back of her husband’s head, ruffling her slender fingers through the long and silken locks of dark, jet-black hair. They dissolved in unison against the bed, Lance rested upon her, his pate cradled in her arms as he amorously suckled at her soft, tender, puffy teats, faded and pink, behind them, the velvet night melting away.




— Fahim Ferdous Promi

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Litany Of Jonah


This is the du’a of Prophet Jonah.


“There is no deity but Thou: Glory to Thee: I was indeed wrong!”
[Quran 21:87]


It is said in the Qur’an:


Had it not been that he repented and glorified Allah, he would certainly have remained inside the fish until Resurrection Day.
[Quran 37:143-144]

Salutations, praises and peace upon Prophet Muhammad, his family, companions and followers who follow him closely until the End of Time. The Qur’an has mentioned the story of Prophet Jonah which can be used as a lesson and application of the prayer of Prophet Jonah that Allah will relieve from His slaves hardships, troubles and calamities in times of urgent need, provided that the individual is a believer. Let us follow this story in hopes of attaining the pleasure of Allah until the Day of Judgement.

Jonah, son of Amittai, known in Arabic as Yunus ibn Mata, also known as Dhun-Nun meaning "Lord of the Fish" was a noble prophet sent by Allah to his people, the Assyrians of Nineveh. He counselled and tried to guide them to the Straight Path of the Truth, reminded them of the terrible realities of Doomsday, forewarned them of the terrifying Hellfire and gave hope in reminding them of Paradise.


He lead his people virtuously and attempted to bring them to worship Allah. Jonah was always advising and motivating his followers but not even a single soul had a hint of faith in their hearts. Then came a day when Jonah made the decision to leave his followers. His heart was filled with anger because his people had no faith in God.


And remember Dhun-Nun, when he departed in wrath: he imagined that We had no power over him! But he cried within the darkness "There is no god but Thou: Glory to Thee: I was indeed wrong!"
[Quran 21:87]

Not a soul knew of the intense emotions running through Jonah except for Allah, or with Jonah’s displeasure to his people for not putting their faith in Allah. And so, he left his people. Jonah boarded a vessel to take him elsewhere without being mindful of Allah. Jonah had given up on them without considering that it is Allah Alone Who moves the hearts and it was unbecoming of a prophet of God to be moved by his passions, even if righteous anger, without Divine Permission. The prophets were sent solely for da’wah, callers in the Path of Allah. Guidance, hidayah, is Allah’s Right on how, who and when He wants to give. Da’wah is to be done with submission and humility, for success is only His Determination.

The vessel was caught in a storm. The people on board, as was the superstition of the time, drew lots to decide who to throw overboard to ‘appease’ the sea. Initially, they declined to include Jonah since he was viewed as a holy man but Jonah insisted. Jonah’s name came up in the first draw so they decided to repeat the process, such was their affection and esteem for him. They drew lots three times and Jonah’s name came up each time.


Jonah threw himself overboard and was swallowed by a gigantic fish, the Leviathan. This fish settled on the seabed. Jonah experienced three levels of darkness: the darkness in the belly of the fish, the darkness in the depths of the sea, and the darkness of the moonless night.


In this state of seclusion, Jonah’s heart was moved to repeat this litany:


… “There is no deity but Thou: Glory to Thee: I was indeed wrong!” [Quran 21:87]
Jonah fasted continuously, as penance, for three days. He repeated this supplication over and over. The fishes and the other animals in the surrounding ocean heard his litany and they joined in, congregating around the great fish. The plants joined in and even the surrounding rocks and water echoed with Remembrance. Every creature supplicated in their own language. Even the great fish which had swallowed Jonah recited along with him. After three days, Jonah was regurgitated from the belly of the creature onto a beach. Allah had accepted his repentance.


On the shore, Jonah was seared by the heat of the sun. That short time in the creature's digestive tract had stripped off the topmost layer his skin and removed his ability to stand the sun. Allah, in His Mercy, had a type of pumpkin plant grow nearby with leaves wide enough to shade Jonah from the light of the sun. Allah restored his health and said that were it not for the litany he recited, Jonah would have remained in the belly of the fish until the End Times.


So also was Jonah among those sent by Us. When he fled to the ship, he agreed to cast lots, and he was condemned: Then the big fish did swallow him, and he had done acts worthy of blame. Had it not been that he repented and glorified Allah, he would certainly have remained inside the fish until Resurrection Day.
However, We cast him forth, on the naked shore in a state of sickness. And We caused to grow over him a spreading plant of the gourd kind. And We sent him on a mission to a hundred thousand men or more. And they believed; so We permitted them to enjoy their life for a while.
[Quran 37:139-148]
Again, Allah also says, as mentioned above:


And remember Dhun-Nun, when he departed in wrath: he imagined that We had no Power over him! But he cried through the depths of darkness,
"There is no god but Thou: Glory to Thee: I was indeed wrong!"
So We listened to him and delivered him from distress: and thus do We deliver those who have faith.
[Quran 21:87-88]

This short story is one to be reflected many times upon; mainly the benefits and magnitude of such a blessed supplication, what the different layers of darkness represent in our lives and inner selves, what level of concentration and suppressed depression it takes to reach a level of sincerity fit for a prophet. This teaches us to engage in da’wah with wisdom. It is not for us to dictate anything. We are mere facilitators and pillars for support. Guidance is only Allah’s Right on what, how, who and when He wants to Give.

The benefits of the litany of Jonah are many as supported by ahadith. One of them being,
“Anyone with intended wishes to attain something, with ablution followed by prostration to Allah and reciting the supplication of Jonah forty times, will have his prayers and deep intentions answered.”
The Prophet also said,
“I know of a supplication, once recited by those who are in distress and urgent need will get relief from his calamity. That supplication is the supplication of Prophet Jonah.”



— Sidi Sufian King, transmitted via Sidi Terence Helikaon Nunis of A Muslim Convert Once More