July 27, 2012



July 27, 2012


Brit Lit

July 26, 2012

Brit Lit

Fantasy all in One City.

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July 25, 2012



July 25, 2012

I wrote this last year right after the Khatim of Tarawih, the last night of Ramazan.

We’ve come a year from then, and have had another great momentous day to add on to the ‘moments’ written of. Last year, Grandfather and Grandmother had their days of pride on their grandson Hafiz Yahyas graduation day, as well as their 2 eldest grandsons Qais & Ibrahims, University & Law school graduation days, where their tears showed the extent of their happiness. This year, I was able to see my Uncle’s and Grandfather’s dream come true with the opening of our new Masjid. Their faces glowing and alight, they showed me around the entirety of the place. I really took the time to reflect on the barakah and depth of such days. We need to be grateful for these days. Year after year, it seems to only get better and more fruitful. May we always see such light upon us, amin.

OH & to add to the rest, Grandfather’s dream of becoming an official American, came true today, 7.25.2012. Hes so happy! Haha, hes something else. My 2 Grandfathers, 2 different beautiful sides to 1 coin. 😉 I love them beyond understanding. They treat(ed) my Grandmothers like the Queens they are, and they’re living to see the fruit of their grandchildren’s successes. Alhamdulillah.


July 25, 2012




~ Hadith Qudsi.

Ramadhan Mubarak !! :-)

July 20, 2012







Last Day

July 13, 2012

Last day of U.F.A, spoken of the Last Day.

~ truly beneficial.

By. R.P.

We must believe in three things: Divinity, Prophets, and the Unseen. Beliefs in the unseen are primordial (fundamental) beliefs. In our [Islamic] belief, we must believe in everything that our Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us.
We must be very careful to ensure what the Prophet has taught us because disbelief in what he says is not knowing God. Those who disbelief are those who do not know their God.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


The human soul, once created, will never cease to exist. After this world, the soul will live permanently in the next world. The human soul is indestructible and is one of the greatest things God created. That’s why what you do with your time on earth is so important.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


We believe also that our provision is allotted to us as well, and we have to make sure we seek to get it in a halal way. If you are a wealthy human being, you would have been wealthy anyway, so be sure to get that wealth in a halal way.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah on forms of people during resurrection:

We believe the human body is created from the coccyx (the lower part of the spinal column). When the human body is resurrected they are recreated according to their moral and inner qualities—may we be beautifully created, amen.

Believers are created as per “Adamic” (like Prophet Adam, peace be upon him) qualities— very physically tall and large and beautiful. Their forms are very beautiful no matter what they looked like in this world.

Tyrants will be resurrected blind. Those who are conceited will be resurrected dead and dumb. The hypocrites will be resurrected with long tongues (and other features). All of people’s physical states will reflect their inner states in the world.
Rihla 2012


Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah on forms of the earth during resurrection:

On the day of resurrection, the earth will be one huge plain- no mountains or hills, and all continents will be brought together. The angels will guide the believers and the angels drive the disbelievers and drive them (like herd them) to where they will be judged. All seas joins and become one body of water.

The Garden, which exists now but is not accessible, will be brought near and made accessible. The Fire will also be brought near.

The station where we will be judged will also be brought near. The greatest difficulty that any human being will have will be on this day.

Rihla 2012


For the Balance (scale) we will weigh our deeds individually and weigh our deeds as a community. All of the ummah of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) will be weighed just like the communities as other prophets will be weighed.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


After the Balance are the quenching pools. The believers who truly believed and did good deeds, who were not oppressors and tyrants, will meet the Prophet (peace be upon him) at the quenching pool. The Prophet will give you your own cup to drink from the pool. The water of the quenching pool comes from the garden.

The men and women of the Garden eat and drink but they don’t eat or drink out of need. They drink and eat for pleasure.

It’s also said that every prophet has a quenching pool and each prophet hopes their community will be larger than that of the other prophets.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah on day of Resurrection
Rihla 2012


Then after the Balance we believe in the Traverse- the Sirat- the great bridge that goes over the upper stratum (the surface) of the Fire (jahannam). The distance of the Sirat is very very long. The Traverse must be crossed and is the only way to go to the Garden.

The prophets will lead their communities over the Traverse. Those who were upright and believed, they will cross this bridge at the speed of lightening. Others will cross as a bird, or a strong horse, or a man running, or a man walking, or a man crawling.

It is wide for those who are good, and narrow for those who were bad.
For a disbeliever, it will be as thin as hair and sharp as sword.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah on day of Judgment
Rihla 2012


Those who fall into the Fire will fall a distance of 70 years.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah on day of Judgment
Rihla 2012


The last part of the Traverse is the most difficult part. The last part is the Tie of the Kinship, where our relationships with our families are assessed. [Make sure you take care of your relationships.]
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah on day of Judgment
Rihla 2012


The Fire is all extremes- extreme heat, extreme cold, and the most painful of all types of punishment.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah on day of Judgment
Rihla 2012


The people of the Fire are black like coal. In this dunya our skin colors mean nothing, as Black people in this world are beautiful. But in the Fire, the color black like coal is reserved for people of the Fire.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah on day of Judgment
Rihla 2012


There is no disbelief in the next world. So you can ask whomever is there- Nimrod, or Satan- why they tortured people and they will answer truthfully. One of the most imp things about the resurrection and day of judgment is that the whole story will be revealed.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah on day of Judgment
Rihla 2012


The highest spiritual progression is to worship for Allah, not for the sake of being in the Garden.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


The Garden is the most beautiful thing in creation. But the greatest thing in the Garden is that God will love you. Every inhabitant of the Garden will have a family, even if you were alone in the dunya. You’re never alone in the Garden. It is the greatest victory; it is the greatest success.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


Everyone in the Garden will be beautiful. All will be same age (in late 30s), and none of the men will have beards (or hair on their faces).
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


The Prophets and some believers will be in the highest level of the Garden (Firdous). But people in the lowest level of the Garden will be able to visit people and prophets in the highest level too.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


The greatest thing of the Garden will be the witnessing of God; the communion with God.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


One of the other greatest things in the Garden will be speech because it will be all perfect, unflawed, truthful speech.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


The Prophets’ deeds will not be weighed simply because their good deeds are too much. They will go straight to the Garden.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


Munkir and Nakir are the angels who question you in the grave. And what do they ask about? AQEEDAH (Islamic theology)! That’s why it’s so important to know your aqeedah.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


We also believe in jinn, who have intellect and power of language, and are mukallaf (the accountable). Jinns are made of fire while human beings are made from clay.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


Dhikr (remembrance of God) must be connected to fikr (reflection). Don’t just say the words [of remembrance], think about the words.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012


You die the way you live, so live a good life.
Die with the single phrase, “lā ʾilāha ʾillà l-Lāh, Muḥammadun rasūlu l-Lāh”.
-Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Rihla 2012



July 7, 2012

Contentions 11

1.         Augustine: man’s deformity. Ishmael: his deiformity. (Defy, don’t deify.)

2.         Peace without justice is not peace at all.

3.         A faqih in first class? And pigs will fly …

4.         The Dajjal will only be king when only the blind are left in the valley.

5.         British Islam: ‘We came as rebels, and found ourselves to be heirs.’ (Gershom Scholem)

6.         The Liber Asian is the reconciliation between Edom and Juda-yi Ism.

7.         Your greatest liability is your lie-ability.

8.         No-one is more extroverted than the contemplative saint.

9.         Modernity: an accelerating attempt to shovel matter into the growing hole where religion used to be.

10.       The Liber Asian vs. the Manu Mission: a woman may be Arahat on Arafat.

11.       Arabdom is not congenital.

12.       Jesus said ‘Allah’, not ‘Deus.’ (‘Say: Allah! and leave them plunging in their confusion.’)

13.      ‘Never despise any Muslim, for the least of the Muslims is great in the eyes of God.’ (Abu Bakr al-Siddiq r.a.).

14.       Remember: you once knew the whole Qur’an.

15.       Wara’ is the shift from fear to hope.

16.       Only if the body is the temple of the spirit does the veil not belong to the high priest.

17.       We do not lack a rib, we lack a lung.

18.       Islam, not the Cross, is foolishness to the Greeks.

19.       Redefine religion, but do not derefine it.

20.       If worship is the purpose of creation, then the Founder is the purpose of creation.

21.       Anthropomorphism is gender-biased.

22.       Theology is the quest for the least silly definition of God.

23.       Love, not Reform, establishes the dignity of ‘autonomy’.

24.       Ma’ruf and munkar are defined by the fitra.

25.       Forget not the Other in the Brother.

26.       Revelation is the opposite of the cluster bomb.

27.       Zionism: God’s sword unsheathed against Jerusalem.

28.       Those who look for sin often strengthen it.

29.       Nafs is a comedian. So enjoy your Sufism!

30.       The fitra tells us that nature is a medicine. The Sunna allows us to take it.

31.       See things coolly. You will not think more clearly by worrying that you worry.

32.       Who were more anti-Western: the Taliban, or the Buddhas of Bamiyan?

33.       Islam is the learning of mercy.

34.       Islam is the crown of the poor.

35.       Approach the teacher as the comet approaches the sun.

36.       Third World Christianity: worship a white man, and be saved from your past!

37.       Jesus did not oppose Rome, and so Rome chose him for its god.

38.       If you have not seen the saint, you have not seen the Sunna.

39.       Being heretics to the Monoculture requires both courage and style. But we should have room for those who have neither courage nor style.

40.       People will not come closer to you if you hit them.

41.       To learn truth is always to relearn. To lapse into falsehood is not always to relapse.

42.       ‘What can I say – it must have been the will of God.’ (Mikhail Gorbachev)

43.       Use words in your preaching only if absolutely necessary.

44.       Academic Islamic Studies is as foolish as it is because we are as foolish as we are.

45.       ‘For Allah created the English mad – the maddest of all mankind.’ (Kipling)

46.       The hijab: ‘a display of modesty’!

47.       The teacher exists to teach you the importance of what you have transcended.

48.       The Sephardi and the Mizrahi mean something. But what does the Ashkenazy mean?

49.       Maidens! Choose him that uses his ears more than his eyes.

50.       The road to God is paved with laughter at the self. The road to Hell is paved with laughter at others.

51.       Edom, then Ishmael: the superfetation of Juda-yi Ism.

52.       Learn that you are the merest shadow of Another’s act; thus you will learn humbleness, which is the beginning of understanding.

53.       The world without hell is the word.

54.       A heretic never claims to be a heretic, he claims to transcend orthodoxy.

55.       Veils without turbans? Coronets without crowns?

56.       Augustine is a jihadi.

57.       The false Salafism: from catechism to cataclysm.

58.       ‘All true Reformers are by the nature of them Priests, and strive for a Theocracy.’ (Carlyle, on Knox)

59.       Do not think that anything has any purpose other than to point to God.

60.       Idolatry, at best, is the unbalanced fixation on an Attribute.

61.       Religious leadership is an opportunity to be frightened of God.

62.       Do not say: Do you agree with me? but say: Do we agree?

63.       Sufism: don’t think that you can dive without lowering yourself.

64.       Mockery is for pouring upon kufr, not upon people.

65.       Wisdom consists mainly in the ability to recognise human weakness.

66.       God’s mercy is not limited; but He is not limited by His mercy.

67.       For each karama that takes you forward, there are ten which will take you back.

68.       Only those who know themselves to be unworthy are worthy.

69.       If you do not sanctify the dawn, the day will not sanctify you.

70.       Against Modernism: between signs and science there is neither rhyme nor reason.

71.       Islamism: untie your camel, and trust in God.

72.       Her voice is part of her awra only when it is part of her aura.

73.       Lust before lustrations. Fast before frustrations.

74.       If you suffer from listlessness, make a list.

75        Edom: In terms of the Parousia, there have been too many Years of Grace. In terms of salvation history, there have not been enough.

76.      Europe: we shall not despise a minority, unless it is minarety

77.       The caliphs’ prayers ended with Hamidun Majid.

78.       If you put the Sunna before mercy, you have lost both.

79.       ‘Nihilism is the uncanniest of all guests.’ (Nietzsche)

80.       If you are good, pretend to be bad. If you are bad, don’t pretend to be good.

81.       To grow in the spirit, and not to grow in the need to pretend not to be what one is, is a contradiction that closes the Way.

82.       ‘If European education is the death of maternity / Then death is its fruit for the human race.’ (Iqbal)

83.       The Ka’ba has a positive charge; we are negative. Dunya, however, is an efficient insulator.

84.       He who knows himself, knows Islam.

85.       Man is the proof of God. The man of God is the proof of religion.

86.       Do not fear any extremist; fear the consequences of his acts.

87.       Do not be complacent. Most people judge religions by their followers, not by their doctrines.

88.       Only parasites respect flukes.

89.       Only through tradition are we an umma semper reformanda.

90.       Scripture defines mercy, but is not an alternative to it.

91.       Justice may never be the consequence of wrath; but it may be its right assuaging.

92.       Do not believe the confessions of tortured texts.

93.       Being at ease in the company of scholars is a proof of faith.

94.       Nobility is the aptitude for seeing beauty.

95.       To slouch, and to suck one’s pen, are signs that one has never read Scripture.

96.       If their defences are strong, it is because you have not used the weapon of mercy.

97.       Let the next hours be an apology for the sunna prayer. Let the sunna prayer be an apology for the fard. Let the fard be an apology for separation.

98.       In the fight against the Monoculture, the main sign is the hijab, and the main act is the Prayer.

99.       It’s quite a hard thing to respect
A God who our prayers would accept,
We splash and we preen
Then we fidget and dream,
So proud to be of the Saved Sect.

100.     ‘May I not prove too much of a skunk when I shall be tried.’ (Wittgenstein)

Chaotic, Amazing.

July 5, 2012


The piece below was written by Marina Keegan ’12 for a special edition of the News distributed at the class of 2012’s commencement exercises last week. Keegan died in a car accident on Saturday. She was 22.

We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, and what I’m scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow and leave this place.

It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s four a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night with the guitar. That night we can’t remember. That time we did, we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt. The hats.

Yale is full of tiny circles we pull around ourselves. A cappella groups, sports teams, houses, societies, clubs. These tiny groups that make us feel loved and safe and part of something even on our loneliest nights when we stumble home to our computers — partner-less, tired, awake. We won’t have those next year. We won’t live on the same block as all our friends. We won’t have a bunch of group-texts.

This scares me. More than finding the right job or city or spouse – I’m scared of losing this web we’re in. This elusive, indefinable, opposite of loneliness. This feeling I feel right now.

But let us get one thing straight: the best years of our lives are not behind us. They’re part of us and they are set for repetition as we grow up and move to New York and away from New York and wish we did or didn’t live in New York. I plan on having parties when I’m 30. I plan on having fun when I’m old. Any notion of THE BEST years comes from clichéd “should haves…” “if I’d…” “wish I’d…”

Of course, there are things we wished we did: our readings, that boy across the hall. We’re our own hardest critics and it’s easy to let ourselves down. Sleeping too late. Procrastinating. Cutting corners. More than once I’ve looked back on my High School self and thought: how did I do that? How did I work so hard? Our private insecurities follow us and will always follow us.

But the thing is, we’re all like that. Nobody wakes up when they want to. Nobody did all of their reading (except maybe the crazy people who win the prizes…) We have these impossibly high standards and we’ll probably never live up to our perfect fantasies of our future selves. But I feel like that’s okay.

We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time. There’s this sentiment I sometimes sense, creeping in our collective conscious as we lay alone after a party, or pack up our books when we give in and go out – that it is somehow too late. That others are somehow ahead. More accomplished, more specialized. More on the path to somehow saving the world, somehow creating or inventing or improving. That it’s too late now to BEGIN a beginning and we must settle for continuance, for commencement.

When we came to Yale, there was this sense of possibility. This immense and indefinable potential energy – and it’s easy to feel like that’s slipped away. We never had to choose and suddenly we’ve had to. Some of us have focused ourselves. Some of us know exactly what we want and are on the path to get it; already going to med school, working at the perfect NGO, doing research. To you I say both congratulations and you suck.

For most of us, however, we’re somewhat lost in this sea of liberal arts. Not quite sure what road we’re on and whether we should have taken it. If only I had majored in biology…if only I’d gotten involved in journalism as a freshman…if only I’d thought to apply for this or for that…

What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.

In the heart of a winter Friday night my freshman year, I was dazed and confused when I got a call from my friends to meet them at EST EST EST. Dazedly and confusedly, I began trudging to SSS, probably the point on campus farthest away. Remarkably, it wasn’t until I arrived at the door that I questioned how and why exactly my friends were partying in Yale’s administrative building. Of course, they weren’t. But it was cold and my ID somehow worked so I went inside SSS to pull out my phone. It was quiet, the old wood creaking and the snow barely visible outside the stained glass. And I sat down. And I looked up. At this giant room I was in. At this place where thousands of people had sat before me. And alone, at night, in the middle of a New Haven storm, I felt so remarkably, unbelievably safe.

We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I’d say that’s how I feel at Yale. How I feel right now. Here. With all of you. In love, impressed, humbled, scared. And we don’t have to lose that.

We’re in this together, 2012. Let’s make something happen to this world.