Summer

June 18, 2008

Bismillah walhamdulillah, wasalaatu wasalaamu ala’Rasulullilah

The Ocean of Love & Fear

Love rests on no foundation.
It is an endless ocean,
with no beginning or end.
Imagine,
a suspended ocean,
riding on a cushion of ancient secrets.
All souls have drowned in it,
and now dwell there.
One drop of that ocean is hope,
and the rest is fear.

As the waters of life tread on by, the waves drifting in front of your eyes, as hard as you try you can’t seem to stop them from becoming what they are. Eventually though, there comes a point when you must let go of all worries, all anxieties and apprehensions, and let fate play its course, blowing its way through the wind. I’m not saying it will be easy, it never is. It must be done however, in order for one to fully understand destiny, it is crucial to experience a detachment from the physical reality, and feel the drop into spiritual unseen. And it is quite a drop. When you trust and fear in One, and Love with all of your strength, so much so that you lose sight of all else that seems to exist. 

As I have been in deep contemplation of my world, of my understanding and perspective, I come to see that there’s so very little that I can do to steer the path I am treading. And whats even more incredible is that I dont have to, I trust, and I Love, and that is enough for me. All I can see is the next step my foot is placing upon the foggy dawn path. As long as each step is firm and upright, that is the extent of my knowledge, my satisfaction. Alhamdulillah. 

May we be kept consistent and steadfast, open in Heart, and clear in mind, upon the Straight Path, and the only Truth that exists. Allahumma Ameen.

Revelation over Reason

June 6, 2008

Bismillahi rahmani raheem,

wasalaatu wasalaamu ala’Nabiul Mursaleen.

Placing Revelation over Reason:

  • There are laws of the unseen world just as their are laws of the seen world. Wahy (revelation) has standing over and above logic or reason.
  • Weight of the Deed = Mass of Deed x Intensity of Imaan in Allah azawajaal.  – Some people perform great deeds, yet without the purity of Imaan and intention, the weight is not fulfilled.
  • Rasulullah salaalahu elaiyhe wasalim asked a man, What have you prepared for the Yawmil Qiyaamah? The man thought and said, I haven’t prepared much Ya Rasulullah, but that of my love for Allah and my love for the Rasul of Allah. Rasulullah (s) replied, and you will be with the ones you love on that Day. –In all honesty, how much could we prepare for that Day? How much possible weight could our deeds have in front of the King of the Universe? We should do what we can, but in the end, the strength of our Imaan will be shown and counted before all!
  • The Sahabah radiyallahu anhum wa radu’An rejoiced immensely when they heard this from Rasulullah (s).
  • Lastly, the Laws of Allah are revealed primarily through Wahy. Thus, when one hears that science contradicts Wahy, know this; Science is the search for truth, if it is sincerely searching for the truth then it will end up at the doorstep of Al-Islaam one day. Inshaa’Allah ta’ala. For there is no other way around it, because Allah azawajaal created the universe, revealed the Quran sharif, and this is the only ultimate reality, al-Haqq.
  • Subhan’Allah, 1400 years ago the Sahabah (rwr) were confused by the missayings of the kufaar when it came to the supposed contradictions, however, their Imaan was blessed thousands of times over by Allah azawajaal, and that is what held them steadfast. In this day and age, however, not only do we give up our reasoning capability, but our Imaan as well.

Steadfast

June 4, 2008

Salaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakato…

Subhan’Allahi wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinatah arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi.

I found this truly inspiring, at the utmost, Hadith in the Noble, Riyadus Saalihin.

~ Abu Malik al-Harith ibn ‘Asim al-Ash’ari reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said,

 “Purity is half of belief. ‘Praise be to Allah’ fills up the balance, and ‘Glory be to Allah and praise be to Allah’ fills up everything between the heavens and the earth. The prayer is a light. Sadaqa is a proof. Steadfastness is an illumination. The Qur’an is a proof for you or against you. Everybody goes out and trades with his own self, either seting it free or destroying it.” [Muslim]

~~~

~ The miracle of the Insan is in their steadfastness, the pearl of Ihsan.

~ While it is proved at a time of temptation, desire, calamity or wealth.

`Allaah azawajaal says:

We will test you until We know the true fighters among you, and those who are steadfast (W 47:30)

Subhan’Allah this Hadith is incredible, it brought tears to my eyes. Read it to the end..

30. Suhayb reported hat the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Among those before you there was a king who had a sorcerer. When he was old, he said to the king, ‘I am old, so send me a lad to whom I can teach sorcery.’ He sent him a lad for him to teach. When the boy was on the way, he came upon a monk. He sat down to listen to his words and liked what he heard. Whenever he went to the sorcerer, he would pass by the monk and sit with him. When he came to the sorcerer, the sorcerer would beat him. He complained about that to the monk who said, ‘When you are afraid of the sorcerer, say, “My family kept me.” And when you are afraid of your family, say, “The sorcerer kept me.”‘

“While all this was going on, he came upon a great beast which was barring the people’s way and said, ‘Today I will find out who is better, the sorcerer or the monk.’ He took a stone and said, ‘O Allah, if what the monk does is preferable to You to what the sorcerer does, then turn this beast aside so that the people can pass.’ He threw it and killed the animal and the people went on. He went to the monk and told him and the monk said to him, ‘O my boy, today you are better than I am. I see the point that your business has reached. You will be tested and, when you are tested, do not point me out.’ The boy used to heal the blind and the lepers and treat people for all their ailments. A companion of the king who was blind heard this and brought him many gifts. He said, ‘All that I have gathered for you here is yours if you heal me.’ He said, ‘I do not heal anyone. It is Allah Almighty who heals. If you believe in Allah Almighty, I will pray to Allah to heal you.” So he believed in Allah Almighty and Allah Almighty healed him. He went to the king and sat with him as he used to do. The king said to him, ‘Who has returned your sight to you?’ He said, ‘It was my Lord.’ He said, ‘You have a Lord other than me?!’ He said, ‘My Lord and your Lord, Allah.’ So he seized him and did not stop torturing him until he pointed out the boy. The boy was brought and the king said to him, ‘O boy, your sorcery has reached the point where you heal the blind and the lepers, and you do such-and-such and such-and-such.’ He said, ‘I do not heal anyone. It is Allah Almighty who heals.’ He seized him and did not stop torturing him until he pointed out the monk. The monk was brought and told, ‘Renounce your religion.’ He refused. He called for a saw and placed the saw on the centre of his head and split it until the two halves fell apart. Then the companion of the king was brought and told, ‘Renounce your religion!’ He refused, and the the saw was placed on the centre of his head and split it until the two halves fell apart. Then the boy was brought and told, ‘Renounce your religion,’ and he refused. He handed him over to a group of his companions and said, ‘Take him to such-and-such a mountain, and take him up the mountain. When you reach its summit, if he has not renounced his religion, throw him off.’ They took him and brought him up the mountain and he said, ‘O Allah, save me from them in whatever way You will.’ The mountain shook and they fell. He walked to the king and the king said to him, ‘What has happened to your companions?’ He said, ‘Allah Almighty saved me from them.’ He handed him over to a group of his companions and said, ‘Take him and put him in a ship and take him to the middle of the sea. If he does not recant, then throw him into it.’ They took him and he said, ‘O Allah, save me from them in whatever way You will.’ The ship capsized and they were drowned. He walked back to the king and the king said to him, ‘What has happened to your companions?’ He said, ‘Allah Almighty saved me from them.’ He said to the king, ‘You will not kill me until you do what I command you.’ He said, ‘What is that?’ He said, ‘You should gather the people together on one plain and crucify me on a palm trunk. Then take an arrow from your quiver and put the arrow in the centre of your bow and say, “In the name of Allah, the Lord of the boy,” and then shoot it. If you do that, you will kill me.’ So he gathered the people together on one plain and crucified him on a trunk and then took his arrow from his quiver and placed the arrow in the middle of the bow and then said, “In the name of Allah, the Lord of the boy,” and then shot it and the arrow struck his temple. He put his hand on his temple and then died. The people said, “We believe in the Lord of the boy.” The king was brought and told, “Do you not see that, by Allah, your fear has brought about the very thing you were afraid of! The people have believed.” So he commanded that a trench be dug with openings onto it and had fires lit in it. He said, ‘Throw into it, anyone who does not renounce his religion or tell him to jump.’ They did that until a woman came with one of her children. She hesitated to jump into it and the child said to her, ‘Mother, be steadfast! You have the truth.'” [Muslim]

The Means…

June 3, 2008

The Means Towards Knowledge
–Shaykh Hussein Abdul Sattar

Everything that was created on Earth, all of nature and living creation, was put here as a means for us to better serve our purpose. Not only to help us fulfill our servitude to the Lord of all creation but more adequately pass the test of dunya. We should use our environment as well as our society to achieve a perfect form of servitude to Allah azawajaal. We do this by purifying every intention for Allah before every interaction with our universe.

The 5 senses of the human were given so to ascertain the different facades of our environment into information. This information is further processed through our Intellect so to produce further explication and expansion. Thus, we go from our basic sensory to our power of logic and reason, and from there, there is one higher form of comprehension, which is Wahy (revelation).

Wahy literally means to inspire secretly/ to reveal. Wahy is above and beyond the senses and logic for it does not have fault, whereas our sensory system and our reasoning can have errors and weaknesses. Wahy is only inspired by Allah azawajaal.

–Reason makes logic out of the senses, in observation of the environment and ascertainment that the world in its’ natural state is in a certain order, that it is not random, but that its there for a purpose. Wahy further proves this basic notion by conjoining our senses and reasoning, indeed proving the existence of Allah azawajaal.

Wahy does not have to be comprehended by the Intellect! Wahy is Wahy, no matter if one understands what it means or not. By this we mean, we cannot try to prove Wahy through our intellect. Intellect can only provide wisdom behind the Wahy, or a better understanding of it. Wahy is 100% definite and correct, universal, while intellect provides reasoning that is only theory and conjecture.

That is why when we try to prove whether a Hadith is Sahih or not, we must primarily look at the chain of narration. If the chain is connected stably to the Prophet salalahu elaiyhe wasalim, then when we can ascertain that it is sound, and that it is worthy of being called Wahy.

The Sahabah (radiyallahu anhum wa radu’An) had full comprehension of Wahy. Hence, how this degree of comprehension made their understanding what it was, increasing their Iman to what it was; above and beyond.

Lecture can be found @ http://sacredlearning.org/classrooms/miracles/index.htm , part of The Miracle of Revelation series.