Project 365

Welcome! This is my own 365 project of creating at least one post per day about the stuff that I learnt, achieved, and found, the stuff that made me happy, or the new thing I did every single day.

The project was started on 21 February 2010. It has stopped for few times but I am determined to continue!

This project is dedicated to myself. I want to feel grateful for every single thing I have. I want to be thankful for my own life. I just want to feel that I have enough.

Tag: rumi

The Ocean’s Secret

I was happy enough to stay still
inside the pearl inside the shell,

But the hurricane of experience
lashed me out of hiding
and made me a wave moving into shore,

Saying loudly the ocean’s secret
as I went, and then spent there,
I slept like fog against the cliff, another stillness.

There is a moon inside every human being.
Learn to be companions with it.

I see my beauty in you…
A mirror that cannot close its eyes…
A moth caught in flame’s allure.

— Rumi


Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.

— Jalal ad-Din Rumi


The Comfort of Soul

You are the comfort of my soul
in the season of sorrow.
You are the wealth of my spirit
in the heartbreak of loss.

— Jalal ad-Din Rumi

You never abandoned me no matter how many times I betrayed You and broke my promises. You are always there for me. You always listen to my prayers. You always give me a second chance. Do I deserve all this, O Allah?

Cleaned Soul and Heart

Ramadan came, but Bairam* is with us.
The lock came, but the key is with us.

We have cleaned soul and heart with fasting.
The dirt which has been with us is cleansed now.

Some stress comes from fasting,
But the invisible treasure of heart is with us.

Ramadan came to the heart’s temple;
The one who created heart is with us.

— Jalal ad-Din Rumi

My sister Mulia who ordered Turkish food for me 2 weeks ago all the way from UK, sent me this poem 🙂

* Bairam is the Turkish name for Eid al-Fitr

The Birds

I want to sing like birds sing, not worrying
who hears, or what they think.

— Jalal ad-Din Rumi

The question is: how?

Small Yet Enormous

I am so small I can barely be seen.
How can this great love be inside me?
Look at your eyes, they are small but they see enormous things.

— Jalal ad-Din Rumi


You suppose you are the trouble
But you are the cure
You suppose that you are the lock on the door
But you are the key that opens it
It’s too bad that you want to be someone else
You don’t see your own face, your own beauty
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours.

— Jalal ad-Din Rumi

The One You Trust

Friendship is as precious as gold.
Why entrust it to one who will betray it?
Spend time near the One with whom your trusts
are safe from loss or violation.
Be close with the One who created human nature,
the One who nurtured the character of the prophets —
who if given a lamb, will give you back a whole flock of sheep.
Truly, the Sustainer cares for and increases every good quality

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

The Nonexistence

The whole world is racing in the wrong direction
For everyone is terrified of nonexistence.
That is, in reality, the only certain refuge

— Jalal ad-Din Rumi

So true.

The Bandaged Wound

Don’t turn your head.
Keep looking at the bandaged wound.
That’s where the Light enters you.
And don’t believe for a moment
that you’re healing yourself

— Jalal ad-Din Rumi

In this Ramadhan, all I wish is for Allah SWT to make you the person that I once knew. The person that I had a high regard for. I will beg Him to never leave you behind and always be dear to you. I will make a duaa that you will always remember Him and be constantly reminded every time you are about to displease Him. I will constantly ask Him to forgive you, purify your past mistakes, and make you completely repent.

May Allah SWT soften my heart, erase my wound, and make me one of those people who can sincerely forgive you and be fair to you. Amin ya rabbal alamin.