4/16/2017 HasbunAllah wa Ni’mal Wakeel

HasbunAllah wan Ni’mal Wakeel

Allah is all I need, the greatest Guardian

 

I don’t need but anything else

 

Remove distractions

 

Simply my life

 

Fewer focuses means better attention to the few focuses

 

Consciousness of the necessary

 

Trust in Allah

 

No need to worry about anything

 

Take care of my own responsibilities

 

Not my problem if oppressed by another

 

Pay attention to the opportunities which I oppress

 

I am not going to be called into account for what an oppressor does to me

 

Traveling light

 

Astaghfirullah

 

Remove my wrongs

 

Remove my waste

 

Guide the me from me

 

Know who I am

 

Is this me? Where am I? Did I see me?

 

Maybe it was the first time

 

Allahumma Salli ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammad

 

The path of divine intervention

 

Muhammad

 

Allah blesses Muhammad

 

May we be with Muhammad

 

Al Fatihah

 

Guide to the straight path

 

Allah

Truth v. Falsehood: No need to censor… either

“Islamophobia” makes it’s way into the mainstream, or at least one of those loud and annoying frantic fringes of society, just loud enough to be mistaken for mainstream. We’ll go ahead and guess that most of society isn’t too decided on what to think of the topic…

There are some people who simply don’t like Islam. Maybe they are even aware that Islam is not a monolith and maybe they have read actual mainstream books detailing how we, as Muslims are to practice and understand our faith. It is possible that someone understands Islam, yet has chosen to be among those who decide it is not for them and they may even plot to spread lies about the religion while they are aware that they are lying. These people cannot be helped except that Allah changes their hearts. A refutation of these people cannot be done properly except by God, because it is often a highly individualized situation as to their reasons for acting as they do.

I present now however an easy and simple refutation for those who are not lying (at least consciously), who are maybe actually confused, yet acting arrogantly out of ignorance or in following a trend. They may adopt popular slogans, “Islam is not a religion of peace”, “Muslims kill each other in the middle east – this is your religion”, “Islam is violent”.

There is something to differentiate here now, which is opinion and objective facts. The quotes above cannot be more than a calculated opinion, even when “backed up” by the latest study or video of a Muslim woman insulting and saying, “death to the kuffar”. I myself am not of the opinion that opinions towards Islam need to be regulated such that everyone in the world openly professes a positive opinion of my religion. As the Surah al-Kaafirun says, my religion is my own religion and yours is your own; you have yours and I have mine. If you just don’t like the religion, maybe for instance I might say you might find another approach to Islam better,but if you’ve just decided you don’t like it then so be it, as I’ve decided not to hold onto another religion. We as Muslims also do not need to be convinced that everything from our religion will simply be appealing to others and we do not need to feel the urge to change the religion either, simply to suit another varying circumstance – most Muslims understand this quite well.

The simple refutation for those spreading ignorance and not conscious lies is to ask, What do the Muslim mainstream books say regarding their religion? Have you read any? Which ones have you read?

If the answer is, “The Quran”:
You haven’t read the Quran because the Quran is in Arabic. Secondly, you have not yet made it into the Muslim mainstream to only rely on the Quran or even a few other sources such as hadith books. This is because the Muslim tradition relies on teachers for explanations of the meanings and contexts for the Quran and hadith. Most Muslims in history actually considered it incorrect to simply read a verse of the Quran or a hadith and implement the verse or hadith according to their own intellect. There are certain qualifications that are recieved by scholars of the Quran in order to make an interpretation of the Quran or to derive a ruling or point of theology from it. So, reading an english verse from the “Quran” has next to no validity in determining what proper practice of Islam is. Let us consider how one is to pray according to Islam. If we read only the Quran and some hadiths, we will likely never come to a real conclusion on how a Muslim is actually expected to pray- it is simply not there. To have a glimpse into the world of the Quran and to try to know what Islam is all about however, reading the Quran, even if only an English interpretation, may surely be of benefit and of real guidance unlike anything else.

If the answer is, “I don’t need to read anything, just look at the Middle East”:
Well, the person answering the question has actually refuted himself, though he may not realize it. Some people may even almost hint that Muslims outside of the Middle East are just as responsible for the actions of ISIS as ISIS themselves. “Well, you have the same religion”, well that is not an argument. Where does ISIS get it’s information from? (Ask this). Where do I get my information from? Are they the same, no. Are they my teachers? If you met my teachers, read my books, even all of them, would you find that they were all the same? No. Will you find some similarities between the language of ISIS and the language of the books that I use to help me learn my religion? Maybe on some things, because they do use sources from the Islamic tradition every once in a while. They may use texts of Islam to justify evil actions, but this doesn’t make them my teachers. We, traditional Muslims would call their use of Islamic texts as an abuse of these texts. By simply reading the positions that we, traditional Muslims take and contrasting these with any other group that comes along, there can be more honest discussion and debate.

1/6/2017 Who Will I Be?

We are all different and we will all play different roles to society. We should all strive to be solution solvers, yet the solutions we solve will be different.

Who will I be? What will I leave behind? What solutions will I have brought? These are essential questions.

I should make use of my own individual talents to make change and to be a problem solver.

12/15/2016

I heard you say, when we are given the choice between two options, the best is usually the one that is heaviest on the nafs. Had I been conscious of this, I might have reasoned myself out of my stubbornness. Maybe I would have been nearer. But there are no “what ifs” in reality. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened, because Allah chose it after all.

I said, it is too heavy. There was too much meaning packed in those short moments. Will I keep acting shy, or will I do what I know is best for myself?

I found the strength to ask. You said, “are you sure that is what you want?”

Which “you” does the question refer to?, I later thought. Is it my ego that wants it or is it a part of me that overrides this? It was heavy, I see. I actually replied in that case, “I just want to follow your opinion. If it means I follow you then ok, if not then it is also ok.” I couldn’t be mad if he said no, I decided.

I did not know how to deal with the heaviness of the matter, and so I procrastinated. I later let myself and watched myself plunge into a rut, almost as if I felt I needed to see again what it was like to be down there to put myself back into perspective. I am done with that person, though. I am ready to move on from that “me” to another “me”. I would like to transcend the “I” that would like, but “I” need help to leave it.

All our souls were once before the presence of Allah, in full awareness. Allah asks the souls, “Am I not your Lord?”. The souls replied, “Indeed, Allah you are our Lord.” The soul is the side who has no problem getting nearer to Allah. I suppose, the soul was already in direct contact with Allah. Anything else that has come to me has come to weigh me down and make beauty difficult.