Fatema (Sister of Abu Ali
Fatema the sister of Abu Ali
Roodbaari died at 322 (HQ) or
800 (CE) one of the most renowned women of Sufism. She was known for
(Asceticism). She was the mother of Ahmad Bin Ataa Roodbaari.
Abu Ali Roodbari said one day
I spoke about being Spartan
(Undaunted, Resolute, Hardy…) and then went to my sister and she made
of the following description:
“It has been secretly conveyed
to me to steer you towards
the nearness of the Lord. Spartan (Javan-Mard or Fotowa) person is
& loving with people, endures their faults & harm all the while
promoting their superiority at the expense of his own shortcomings.”
Bravo! I said at this
definition of Spartan.
Note: Javan-Mard is a
Farsi word often used to describe a
brave Sufi. The Arabic equivalent word is Fotowa (Noble &
both languages it means young man but a brave & chivalrous one.
Today being bravely spartan
undaunted at the face of
calamities with a touch of the chivalry is completely lost from
has been so—since the advent of Mogul invasion of Iran. The tired old
saddened eyes and long loose robe is the symbol of Sufi men. In reality
atrabilious image is the image of the Persian survivors of Mogul
the original Sufis. I must say that Iranian culture even up to this day
been marred by the depression of that invasion.
However all this being said,
one has to realize that Sufis
prior to the invasion were chivalrous and spartan. These men were
bent old men with weeping eyes.
Our luminary Sister Fatema,
may Allah sanctify her Serr
(Divine Observatory), gave a no nonsense and actionable knowledge with
to being Spartan in Sufism.
Today bearded Muslim youth
dream of wearing explosives and
throwing themselves under the tanks to stop the infidels. This dream
nothing and its action may only be aimless & misguided bloodshed,
man sees not his Self inferior to his fellowman of any race, creed or
and if—for briefest of all moments—Ostentatiousness engulfs his mind or
cravings of physical/spiritual superiority his heart lusts after, a
be between him and the Beloved Allah of this Din (religion) and all is
& all is lost.
Read carefully what the
Sheikeh Fatema told her brother
“steer you towards the nearness to the Lord” not steer him towards
bravery of suicide and murder no matter what the justifications.
Hearken unto Fatema Yaa
Muslim! If you can not tame the
stallions of your self-worship and self-sycophancy, drop all weapons
claims and focus upon your most precious & vast possession the
your heart until such time serving people sincerely and all are
superior to you
thus your needs amount to nil. Lo! The gardener of this orchard is none
than the brave & spartan, who is resolute in serving and protecting
2004-2002, Dara O. Shayda