Let’s look in the mirror

9 01 2011

Since western society has been scrutinizing Islam and Muslim countries for some time now (well, really since the beginning of Islam), it’s understandable that we are and will continue to be on the defense. Why wouldn’t we be when they are saying blasphemous things about our beloved Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam), our scholars, our rulings, our Book, and most of all our Allah (theirs too ofcourse).

However, at times like this, its important that we take a step back and really analyze what exactly is being said about Islam and Muslims so that we are able to defend ourselves. Here are some things that have been in the news/media regarding Islam (I didn’t attach exact articles because most of these things are common knowledge nowadays):
– Muhammad had multiple wives including a nine year old (implying pedophilia, etc)
– Muhammad was antisemetic (they’re referring to the Jewish tribes in Madina at the time)
– Islam calls for the oppression of women, slavery, and the killing of infidels and general non-muslims.

Okay, so I started to get angry so I won’t continue on with more of these insane  accusations…but you get the idea. For a Muslim that follows the Qur’an and the Sunnah (sayings, actions, and everything he approved of) of the Prophet (saw), these above statements obviously ring COMPLETELY untrue… Islam came to ABOLISH the oppression of women, slavery, and injustice to any living being (including animals, and plants). It is in fact western society that continues to call for the oppression and objectification of women [fashion, gentlemen’s clubs (a clear oxymoron), mental enslavement (the media), etc].

As muslims, we have to realize that we live with western society and therefore, will be affected and influenced by the world around us…there is only one world and we are in it too. We have to get rid of the belief that muslims/muslim countries are impenetrable…we are humans and by default will be influenced by others. Here I will list some of the issues that MANY muslims are dealing with around the world:

– Homosexuality, brothels, prostitution, drugs and alcohol abuse, suicide, and yes even transvestites (gender changes)

–  Domestic violence (sometimes in the name of Islam), oppression of women, homelessness, injustice to the poor and needy

Surprising as it may be, these issues are infact true…. Muslims around the world are affected by social issues that many of us are oblivious to. And so we must remember that with every stereotype/lie, there stems a bit of truth…im not saying we listen to the scrutiny nowadays, but we need to realize that muslims DO infact face social issues as well. After realizing and doing some research in these areas, we need to develop plans and organizations for the purpose of assisting muslims afflicted with these issues. It’s really up to us, not non-muslims, to provide foreign aid to our troubled brothers and sisters. And even though guidance comes from Allah, we must do our part as a follower of Islam. We need to refrain from being judgmental and instead be GRATEFUL to Allah that we have been given a good family and an uncomplicated life…compared to others of course.


Words that console me

8 01 2011

“When you prostrate, then inform Him of your secrets; but do not let even the one by your side hear you. Whisper to Him with the tears of your eyes for He is the Master of your heart. When a new days visits you, then say: ‘Welcome oh honored guest’, then make good it’s hospitality through an obligatory prayer fulfilled; a sunnah perfomed; some Qur’an recited; and repentance renewed. And along with all of this, smile! For there is One who cares for you, helps you, listens to you and sees you. He is Allah. He has not made you weep except to make you laugh, and He has not taken from you except to give to you; and He has not deprived you except to be gracious to you; and He has not tested you except that He loves you.There is no god but Allah.”

Beautiful Advice

29 08 2010
The Taabi’ee ‘Ataa bin Abee Rabah رحمة الله عليه advised the king of his time Hishâm bin abd al-Malik with the following jewels..

…أتق الله في نفسك

وأعلم أنك خلقت وحدك

وتموت وحدك

وتحشر وحدك

وتحاسب وحدك

“Fear Allah in regards to yourself,
Know that you were created alone…
…And that you will die alone,
Be resurrected alone….
…..And taken into account alone”

Source: http://feesabeelillah.blogspot.com/2007_09_01_archive.html

The Trix of Shaytan!

10 08 2010

A Fine Role Model

2 08 2010

لَّقَدۡ كَانَ لَكُمۡ فِى رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ أُسۡوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ۬

‘Verily, in the Messenger of Allah you have a fine role model”
-[Ahzab: Chapter 33: Verse 21]-

Ibn Al Qayyim [May Allah have mercy on him] summerized the extent of his noble character by saying:

” The Prophet {sallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam} used to greet the children when he passed by them. Sometimes, a little girl would take him by the hand and he would allow her to lead him wherever she wanted. He {sallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam} used to lick his fingers after eating [so as not to waste even a little bit of food]. He {sallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam} would be in the service of his family when at home. Never would he become angry for personal reasons. He {sallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam} used to repair his own sandals and mend his own torn clothes. He would milk his goat himself for his own family. He would feed his own camel. He used to eat with his servants, sit in the company of the poor people, and personally take care of the needs of the widows and orphans. He would be the one to initiate the greeting when meeting people. He would respond to the humblest of invitations. He {sallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam} lived in a very modest lifestyle, a man of soft manners, naturally kind, easy to get along with, having a pleasant smile on his face, gracefully humble, extremely generous but not wasteful, soft-hearted and gentle in his dealings with each and every Muslim, lowering the wings of humility to the believers, bearing the companionship in such a gentle way.”

*Source:Upright Moral Character [Makaarim Al-Akhlaaq]: A concise guide to attaning Dignified Islamic Character by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al- Uthaymeen

“And from Misery…..”

22 07 2010

و من الشَقاوة أن تحبَ
و من تحبُ يحبُ غيرك
أو أن تريد الخير للأن
سان و هو يريد ضيرك

“And from misery is that you love, and (the one) who you love, loves other than you,
or that you want good for a person, and he wants to hurt you”.

– Imam Shafi’ –


19 07 2010

A Leap of Faith

My mind is numb but I’m still feeling,

The hot tears that run down my face in the darkness,

Feeling lonely, I accept it, knowing it’s a part of my healing.

The pain of my regrets and mistakes,

Is still haunting me, and its taking all I have,

To fake a smile day in and day out,

I look fine, but on the inside I want to shout,

And release all of the hurt, misery, pain, and doubt,

That I’ve been suppressing all these years and months…

It took all I had, but I finally closed that never ending chapter,

It felt like quick sand, sinking me deeper and deeper, faster and faster,

Into the darkness of hopelessness and regret; far removed from peace of mind,

But even though letting go was hard, I have finally been able to find,

That glimmering light, shinning in all its glory; the Light of Allah,

Has now become a beautiful reality, the truth of the everlasting fantasy,

Made for you and I has now become all that I aspire for, hoping for,

The Effacer to obliterate all of my disobedience, shortcomings, and moments of weakness,

Because now I see this different view on life, it’s not the years in your life, but the life in your years,

And the living are only one’s whose hearts belong to Allah alone,

Ones who are awake but dreaming of the Day we see His Throne.

– (c) bintmuhammad