Pir Aftab came to visit us in London. A spiritual master of a Naqshabandi Sufi order from Pakistan, he was sweet and cherubic with a thick black beard and turban. My heart was in a state of contraction. I sat in the back of the gathering, head lowered. He gave a discourse. I was too distracted with my own self-concerns to listen. My chest was constricted, my eyes burned. I looked up. For one split second, he looked me straight in the eye and smiled. His eye sparked with light. The light hit my heart. My eyes cooled. Peace descended over me. In an instant a crushing weight lifted from me in a single, fleeting glance. – Michael Sugich (excerpt from Signs on the Horizons).
People speak of the evil eye
but they overlook the good eye.
The good eye exists.
Just as the one possessed of the evil eye
can cause illness with a glance,
the one possessed of the good eye
can heal with a glance.
– Habib Ahmed Mashhur al Haddad
In the Islamic tradition, the evil eye, Isabat al-’ayn, is a common belief that individuals have the power to look at people, animals or objects to cause them harm. It is tradition among Muslims that if a compliment is to be made one should courteously say “Ma sha Allah” (ما شاء الله) (“God has willed it.”) and also “Tabarakallah” (تبارك الله) (“Blessings of God”) to ward off the evil eye and to recognize the source and protector of that blessing. Many Muslim devote the blessed times after Fajr and Maghreb to recite Quran chapters such as: Sura Ikhlas, Sura Al-Falaq and Sura Al-Nas 3 times each as a means of personal protection against the evil eye. There are many prophetic invocations that act as a shield to protect from the Evil Eye. Some Muslims employ charms such as the Hamsa—known as the Hand of Fatima in Islam—or the Nazar as a means to ward off the Evil Eye. There is a Sheikh named Ahmadou Bamba Founder of Muridism in Senegal, who wrote a Qassida (poem of prayers and dua) called “As Sindidi” (“The Generous Chief”), on which He praises God and seeks refuge in Him from the evil eye: “Be He, who will protect me against the evil of the Jealous, the mischief of the evil whisperer, from the mischief of the envier when he envies. O Allah! Be my refuge against the evil of the magic, against the evil of the Jinn, and other venomous creatures. O Allah!” (in Arabic transcript).
In a world full of envious evil eyes, be a charitable good eye that heals, that sparkles & smiles and reminds people of God with but a glance. Let’s look at people, let’s look at animals, let’s look at insects, let’s look at everything with love.
Ladies! Hello! If you have been following me, you know that I had started my Fey Rooz Instagram journey November last year so I think it’s about time I introduced myself to you. It’s good for you to know that the being behind this account is not a robot but an actual person! My name is Sarah. I live in Ottawa, Canada. My kryptonite is Sushi Kan. I don’t watch Superman, but I do watch The Flash. In fact, my favourite mug happens to be a STAR LABS mug 🤓. Am I a scientist? Nope; I majored in English Literature and my minor was World Religions – Does that mean I like reading, poetry and spirituality? Heck yes! Okay so what am i doing with these passions? Basically, I read, I write poetry and have had the wonderful opportunity of co-running a writing contest dedicated to the Beloved ﷺ – as for spirituality, well, we’re all on some kind of journey or path. So, why jewelry? Because I love working with my hands AND gemstone jewelry in particular is so connected to spirituality! And like I said, I dig spirituality!
How? Gemstones are another creation of God. And what creation isn’t a sign from God? Gemstones have this awesome ability and energy to remind you of your godly qualities. You can use to to purify your heart (staying calm, being positive, caring for others and yourself….etc). Especially the more you learn about them and their properties, the more the reminders will pour in!
Namaste 🌻 Salam!
Practical ways to practice gratitude:
#1 Every morning, sit with your morning coffee, open your gratitude journal, think about yesterday: write 3-5 things you are grateful for.
It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.
Welcome to our blog!
On Instagram, we post more than just handmade jewelry, we upload 1 minute meditation videos every Wednesday and often post quotes and lifestyle tips – something we categorize under #FeyroozPhilosophy with a hashtag.
If you synchronize with FeyRooz philosophy and enjoy those meditation videos, we can take it to a whole other level with that content on this platform. There’s more space to write and more space to breath. Instagram can be tight! (pun intended).
So, let’s begin.
You know where a blog is heading, by knowing where a blog is coming from. And you know where a blog is coming from, by knowing what inspires it.
Very briefly, let’s talk about what inspired the Title:
Long before Fey Rooz the Blog came Fey Rooz the Etsy shop inspired by:
- the Sunnah
And its title? Inspired by all things beautiful:
- my Mother
- the artist Fairouz
- Imam Ali (RA)
The Froth of a Spiritual Life. Sweetly inspired by the Friend of God Habib Umar, this blog’s subtitle takes after his book’s title: The Cream of Remembrance.
I first touched and read it’s ivory pages inscribed with celestial invocations in the dimly lit basement of his student, and now my local shaykh, here in Ottawa. Little pocket size with a leathery caramel cover: so inviting to the touch and when read aloud, harmonious to the inner and outer ear. My heart’s musical notes were being played on the vocal chords of both the aspiring women gathered around me and the aspiring men encased behind the shoji screen in the room.
These posts are nowhere near the cream, or the essence, extracted from Divine Remembrance. These posts are a little taste: the froth, a trace of your diving in.
Remembrance is just another word for Mindfulness or God-Consciousness. I will try to Remember and remind you of the Divine and my divine experience with poetry, songs, reflections… and hopefully we can put things to practise.