…why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?…

…so there was an escape!!! …from the inner prison of this grander prison we all are in…ShukriLlah for the hazy respite into the desert…and to Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi for the timely nudge…which was taken literally…even though the metaphorical option is always there…wonder why we do not see…nay…do not BELIEVE  the door is always wide open?

…the intention was to ramble on about the timelessness of the desert…even though this particular place is rapidly transforming into a chaotic tent city…shanty places side by side occupying what was a few years ago vast open space…

…the intention was to ramble on about the wondrous camel…and to explain how Saudi nationals acquisition land…to chat about the majestic mountains…but while diving into Rumi gems all intentions seemed hollow…

Be empty of worrying.

Think of who created thought!

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Only from the heart can you touch the sky

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?

Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.

You wander from room to room

Hunting for the diamond necklace

That is already around your neck!

Knock, And He’ll open the door

Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun

Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens

Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.

And you?

When will you begin that long journey into yourself?

Why do you stay in prison

When the door is so wide open?

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

…a previous visit to this area…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

21 thoughts on “…why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?…

    1. almiskeenah Post author

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      ALLAHU AKBAR Dear Mama Pongkey…ALLAHU AKBAR KABEERA!!!
      Wassalamu alaikum

  1. Asiyah

    Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,
    Jumuah Mubaarakah!
    Simply beautiful!
    M Rumi’s words always hit your heart! And these ones are so perfect for the dessert pics!!! Mashallah.
    Jazakallahu Khairan for sharing!!!!!
    Much love,
    Wassalaam

    1. almiskeenah Post author

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Bint Asiyah,
      indeed…these words are a balm to the soul…each expression could be pondered over and over for years and still reveal greater and greater depths, SubhanAllah!
      Wassalamu alaikum

  2. nadia siddique

    Asalamu alaykum
    ya ukhtiii! ya ukhti! MASHA-ALLAH! Can’t express my feelings in words…SubhanAllah what a timely conveyance of Love and Inspiration! SubhanAllah, thumma SubhanAllah!
    Duas for you Aunty Noor. …and a very warm *huuuuuuuuuuug*. Uhhibbuki fiLLAHI!

    1. almiskeenah Post author

      Wa ;alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      big squishy *hug* to you too dear bint Nadia!!! What a blessing it was to finally meet and exchange real live hugs in the courtyard of Masjid Nabawi, Masha’Allah, ShukriLlah!!!
      Insha’Allah you are sharing all the Barakah and Noor that filled your heart with your loved ones as you give them hugs :)
      Wassalamu alaikum

  3. saimah

    oh dear what balm you provide with this jumah post!!!! soothes nerves and calms down the weary heart… lovely pics and dear maulana
    jazaKiAllah khair for sharing these and jumah mubarak to you and All.will go back to the top and enjoy this again SubhanAllah
    wassalam

    1. almiskeenah Post author

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Sister Saimah, Insha’Allah you read some of these to your precious parents…heart felt du’as to you all…
      Wassalamu alaikum

  4. Seema

    Assalaam alaikum wa rahmatullAllahe wa barakatuhu Dear Sister,

    SubhanAllah!
    Lovely pics and amazing Maulana Rumi’s gems provide the holistic healing for mind, body, and soul………
    so true……need to work hard to be free from this self-made prison…….
    May Allah(swt) make it easy for us……Ameen.

    JazaakAllah Khairan for sharing,
    Much in need of your duas……
    Jumu’ah Mubarak!

    Wassalaam

    1. almiskeenah Post author

      Wa ;alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Sister Seema,
      sometimes the feeling of trying to break free seems harder than if we were wrestling with iron bars!!! May our heart and soul win over the nafs in our struggles…and we bravely walk through the wide open door!
      Wassalamu alaikum

  5. umm Ayesha

    “I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart
    For the joys of the multitude.
    And I would not have the tears that sadness makes
    To flow from my every part turn into laughter.

    I would that my life remain a tear and a smile.

    A tear to unite me with those of broken heart;
    A smile to be a sign of my joy in existence.

    I would rather that I died in yearning and longing than that I live Weary and despairing…… (Khalil Gibran)

    Such beautiful words from a poem I read called a Tear and a Smile. xx SENT WITH LOVE TO YOU XXXX

    1. almiskeenah Post author

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Umm Ayesha,
      JazakiLlahu khaira for sharing these poignant words…may the essence fill our being and our actions reflect the wisdom expressed, much love sent your way too :)
      Wassalamu alaikum

  6. Ahmed

    Salam, as always it is uplifting to see your posts. Do you know anything about a website called annabi.org, if so please could you tell us what it is, apparently it is some sort of institution in makkah shareef

    1. almiskeenah Post author

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Brother Ahmed,
      I cannot really comment on the site or the direction the brothers running it are taking…it seems they are making an extensive encyclopedia of ‘authentic’ Ahadith…InshaAllah you direct a comment to them via the site or facebook,
      Wassalamu alaikum

  7. Tim

    Subhanullah, that was a beautiful post. It was as if my soul had been opened up, and here were all the answers.

    1. almiskeenah Post author

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Sidi Tim and family,
      Alhumdulillah for words to unlock that which perceive to be locked…may all the barriers and excuses we allow the nafs, and whatever, be constantly smashed as we face each condition decreed for us…may the sword of jihad never allowed to be blunt, Ya Rabb,
      Wassalamu alaikum

  8. ummMyaikandlittleY

    Salam,
    After reading the comments and pondering over exactly what i wanted to share after reading this post which really makes me happy and the wings of the heart flutter…i think Tim has put it into words best for me.
    Wassalam

    1. almiskeenah Post author

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu
      Dearest ummMyaikandlittleY,
      agree…made me re read the post to feel the same :)
      Such beautiful succinct answers to the turmoil we often get our selves into…Ya Rabb, Ya Lateef, Ya Wadud,
      Wassalamu alaikum

  9. Seeking Meziana

    Ya Latif! Dear Khala… bless you for this escape. This heart of mine needed the journey. May He bless us to understand a mere speck of ink from Mevlana’s pen as He inspired Mevlana to the very secrets they contain. I request from thee that precious dua’ of Ta’if.

  10. almiskeenah Post author

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dearest ‘Seeking Meziana’,
    a few days ago while reading this precious Du’a in front of the
    Mubarak Green Dome an inner smile appeared as I wondered how you were…then SubhanAllah you appear!!!
    Indeed, may we be blessed to dive in the depths of Mevlana’s words, and with each dive be granted deeper understanding, Ameen.
    Wassalamu alaikum

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