New book on Mawlana Rumi by Shems Friedlander Now Published

 Today, when so many would like to read Rumi and remove any reference to Sufism and Islam, Shems Friedlander places him unequivocally within Sufism and the Heart of Islam, clearly and emphatically stating the necessity of studying Rumi in his essence, as a Sufi saint, the founder of the Mevlevi Order of Dervishes, as well as one of the greatest metaphysical poets and literary figures the world has known.

Friedlander sheds new light on the relationship of Shems and Rumi and offers a theory about Shems’ disappearance not previously voiced. We are the heirs of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. How will we treat this inheritance? Will we squander it among those who have been deceived by the world? Argue its validity with scholars in classrooms and teahouses; or will we feed yearning hearts, enhance the intellectual desires of youth, and fill the gap of disappointment of those who have reached maturity and seniority and are still empty?  (From Amazon review)

To order online  https://www.amazon.com/Mevlana-Jalaluddin-Rumis-Forgotten-Message/dp/6059778453/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1499602958&sr=8-7&keywords=shems+friedlander

New Book Recommendation Section Added


This section will be updated from time to time with news related to a variety of books on the following topics, enjoy…as the pages will be updated

  • Islam– Upcoming soon-as of today in a few hours-on October 1, 2016   
  • Women and Islam  
  • Sufism 
  • Rumi and Sufi Poetry   IN PROGRESS   will include events and workshops when possible 
  • Middle East and Arabia
  • Special Mentions   20160930_233150 

In Memorium Poet of Light -The Master of Silence and Verse -A Special Tribute

The Master of Silence and Verse

In memorium of Sidi Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore April 19, 2016 – a day after he reunited with The One

 

His bowed kufiyyah-covered head led us

each verse, letter enunciated with

mahabbah, reverence, khushu ‘, taqwa,

beloved to his tongue, to his very being

transporting the welcoming home

into a prayer niche filled with anwar

His Malika the queen of his heart,

queen of his soul joining in the binding prayer

quiet utterances, tasabeeh and salawat

concluding the prayer to The One

 

The slave of the Ever-Living, Abdal Hayy

cocooned in Divine Love

as he stood in his creative space filled

with his beloved work, art, music, books

adorned with images of spirits of light

sharing tales brimming with wisdom

smiling eyes alight with blessed, overflowing joy

tapping out music of words and songs

 

His maqam, his station

rising and ever clear to those blessed

to be in his sphere

his songs, words, silences

serving His Mahboub

His niyyat, intentions constantly set

infusing and permeating his inner horizon

reflecting the seeker’s journey

a seeker crossing lands afar and near

a seeker whose essence resides in sacred sites

a seeker soaring in the heavens of the unseen

a seeker delving the depths of asrar, mysteries

joining the Caravan of the Blessed.

 

Abdal Hayy immersed in the Light of the Ever-Living

Set free,

       free,

         free

 

Ecstatic eyes, euphoric spirit

forever encased in the arms

            of

 

 

The Merciful, Ever-Living One.

 

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On Islamic art, Writing & Poetry-Oasis Magazine interview

Interview on writing, poetry and  love for Islamic art – Journey of the Soul

 

 

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Online link to interview – Oasis article http://oasis-mag.blogspot.com/2013/09/journey-for-soul-with-nimah-nawwab.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

 

Foreword of Canvas of the Soul by Shems Friedlander

 

Breath is the essence of life. Drawing is the essence of painting. Typography is the essence of design. Poetry is the essence of literature.

Allah Hu Akbar     (Allah is the Greatest)

Allah Hu Akbar

The call to prayer reverberates over the desert sands and city streets of Saudi Arabia. In the desert the feeling of solitude and quiet, the blanket of stars in an ultramarine sky embraces prayer, while in the city the hustle and clanging of bells and horns, hawkers voices calling for business, requires another kind of dedication. Within the struggle of the traditional to merge with the modern stands the current dilemma of balancing life.  Jalaluddin Rumi, the thirteenth century Sufi poet and mystic said: “What kind of prayer is this, when my heart is in the mosque and my mind is in the bazaar.”

Ash-hadu an la ilaha illa’Llah

(I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship but Allah.)

Ash-hadu an la ilaha illa’Llah

Amidst the traditional and the modern, the desert and the city, the thobe and Gucci, emerges the poetic voice of Nimah Nawwab, born into the lineage of a family of scholars in Makkah.  Her poems remind us of the traditional, remind us to remember, remind us to invoke His Name, be it in solitude or in the marketplace.

Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan Rasool Allah

(I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.)

Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan Rasool Allah

Nawwab has understood, and deftly relates through her poems, the love secreted beneath the skin of one’s own dreams and unkept promises. Promises written on the pages of the Book of Man. A constantly changing book that reveals its meaning according to the understanding of the reader.  Her poems unfold the living landscapes, the horizons that hold the signs spoken of in the [Koran] Qur’an. The calligraphy of the mountains dipping into the desert, the inkwell of God’s words, reflecting the signs before us into the secrets within the Book of Man. This book that has no beginning and no end; this book that is on loan to each and everyone, be they man, woman, or child.

Hayya ‘ala as-Salat, Hayya ‘ala as-Salat      (Hasten to Prayer) 

Hayya ‘ala as-Falah, Hayya ‘ala as-Falah      (Hasten to Success)

Nawwab’s poems speak of the light, the light upon the light, the light within the light, the LIGHT,  noorun ‘ala noor, the light on the palm of the Prophet Moses revealing the Name of God.  Her poems speak of the need to invoke His Name, to realize that every action begins with the hand, upon which is written His Names, so that we may complete the Book of Man, our purpose for being here.

  A Sufi sheikh likened prayer and its movements to the reading of the Book of Man. Read. One bows in humility. You are faced with your sins, and your head touches the ground. Allah’s greatness is acknowledged and you rise again. And again you are faced with the box of your actions and you bow and place your head to the ground. His Name is breathed and you stand upright.

Nawwab’s first published book of poems, “The Unfurling” includes pieces which have been translated into several languages and she became a voice for Arab youth and women. Hers was the first book by a Saudi poet to be published in the U.S.  Her interests reach farther than her words. They entwine theatre, music, photography and film. She is determined to invest Saudi youth with an understanding of their own culture, as well as being a bridge to western culture.

Canvas of the Soul: The Mystic Poems from the Heartland of Arabia,” addresses the balance of the inner freedom of one’s soul and poses questions of stability between a serene state and walking the tightrope of today’s rapidly changing society. Within these pages, scribbled with the inner thoughts of a concerned Arab woman, are seeds of a future being planted now.

Allah Hu Akbar, Allah Hu Akbar     (Allah is the Greatest)

La ilaha illa’Llah  (There is nothing worthy of worship but Allah)

La ilaha illa’Llah

 

Shems Friedlander

Shems Friedlander graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1963 and since then has been prominent in the art world as a photographer, graphic designer, documentary filmmaker and painter. He is the author of nine books and his work has been exhibited worldwide. Friedlander teaches visual communications, drawing, painting and photography at the American University in Cairo.

 

A Study of Nimah Nawwab’s ‘The Unfurling’ -Cultural Representations of Muslim Women in Contemporary Arab Anglophone Poetry by Dr. Hessa A. Alghadeer -Arab Workd English Journal

Cultural Representations of Muslim Women in Contemporary Arab Anglophone Poetry:
A Study of Nimah Nawwab’s The Unfurling  by Dr. Hessa A. Alghadeer  
 
 

Latest Study   2014 – Arab World English Journal-Literary Journal pages 16-29