Personal advice from Sheikha Maryam
I have this problem. I’m very delusional. I daydream often. I like to escape reality and construct my own world. How can I stay grounded in the Real, in Presence? Is there a thikir or mantra I can say to help me?
Sheikha Maryam: “La illaha illa Allah... But it’s not what you say it’s how you say it, with force and from your heart & soul to get you to the purpose of that thikir.
Another thikir to say is A’otho billahi min ashaytan arrajeem, to get rid of the illusion, to get rid of the bad, and to then start fresh with what is good and what is Real, Bismillah arRahman arRaheem.“
It’s like wiping away the time-consuming daydream from my heart and saying Hello God, welcome back. You’re the only thing that is Real.
How true was it when the Prophet ﷺ transmitted God’s word: Everything is fading and meant to deteriorate, except the face of your Lord. (Quran 55: 25-26).
La ilaha illa Allah has an incredible effect of breaking all the false images and false idols in the heart. Whenever I say it I feel like the Holy Prophet Ibrahim (AS) smashing the idols: the false constructed images of myself, my ego, the people I seek to impress, this phone, this obsession, this life which tries to make a god out of anything. But no, only One. Only One. None but Him. No god but God. It really works! I need to keep it active on my tongue for it to manifest truly in my heart. Amen.
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.