Beauty in Diversity, Diversity in Beauty

May 30, 2009 - Leave a Response

student:  “Ya Shaykh, how can there be differences in the ‘mathaahib’ (four mainstream schools of Islamic jurisprudence) but yet all of the ‘mathaahib’ are correct – should they not all be the same?”

Shaykh:  “It’s from the Magnanimity of Allah that He Graced us with diversity that is all correct.  There is beauty in diversity and diversity in beauty… ”

Patchwork of carpets in Marrakech, Morocco

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def’n: ikhlaas

May 17, 2009 - Leave a Response

I often find that if i compare my account of one day to the next day, i learn that i rarely complete one thing/task consistently.  Habitually leaving things incomplete.  To furnish an example, see the long gap between posts on this blog…

niyaah and ikhlaas are the first deficiencies to come to mind, and therefore the struggle to find a digestable answer when i ask myself “why?” during mid-task.  David Coolidge unridles my idiosyncrasies in my all-time favorite article –

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The Sincere Muslim Intellectual

by R. DAVID COOLIDGE

“Actions are only judged by the intentions which accompany them.” This phrase is repeated in mosques and classrooms across the world, and is found in books too numerable to document. At first thought, we might assume that its meaning is obvious and that it is essential to how people think of Islam. However, concepts understood intellectually do not always translate into states of being, which in turn give life to those very concepts. Such is the case in many of the intellectual discussions on Islam that pervade our lives.

Perhaps if you grew up in a country or house devoid of intellectualism, you might protest out of fear that I am decrying intellectualism. This would be a fair response. But for those of us, many in North America and Europe, who are stimulated by discussion after discussion and book after book, the situation is often radically different. Rachid al-Ghannouchi reportedly said that Tunisians in Tunis need human rights, while Tunisians in France need mosques. Different points of emphasis for different folks.

What I have felt in the core of my being is the fact that I can never know with absolute certainty when I am speaking or writing or teaching or reading for the sake of Allah alone. Read the rest of this entry »

HOME – Yann Arthus-Bertrand

May 15, 2009 - Leave a Response

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Five degrees of Salaah

July 18, 2007 - Leave a Response

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, on the levels/darajaat of Salaah, and those who perform them –

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, on the levels/darajaat of Salaah, and the people who perform them Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, on the levels/darajaat of Salaah, and the people who perform them –

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“With respect to prayer, there are five levels of people. [The lowest] is he who ‘wrongs his own soul’; who is remiss; who curtails his ablution and the times, limits and essential elements of prayer.

At the second level is he who keeps the times, rules and elements of the prayer; who keeps its ablution but is taken away by distractions, which he lacks the inner strength to resist.

At the third level is he who keeps the limits and essentials elements of the prayer, and struggles against distractions. This person is preoccupied with striving against his Foe, ‘lest he rob him of his prayer’. In prayer, he is in sacred combact [jihad].

At the fourth level is he who, standing in prayer, completes its requirements, its essential elements and its limits. His heart is absorbed in safeguarding the rules and requirements of the prayer ‘lest he miss any of them’. In fact, his entire concern becomes performing the prayer as it should be, completely and perfectly. In this way, his concern for the prayer and for worshipping his Lord absorbs his heart.

At the fifth level is he who, standing in prayer, performs it in the manner of the fourth, but in addition places his heart before his Lord. With this he beholds God – ever vigilant before Him, filled with His love and glory – as if, seeing Him, he were physically present before Him. Therefore, the distractions vanish, as the veil between him and his Lord is lifted. The difference between this person in his prayer and everyone else is as vast as the distance between heaven and earth, for he is occupied [only] with his Lord Almighty in prayer, in which he finds his source of gladness.”

The Invocation of God/Al-Wabil al-Sayyib min al-Kalim al-Tayyib, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya

du’a of hubb, du’a of Habibullaah

July 18, 2007 - One Response

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أَسألُكَ حُبَّكَ

و حُبَّ مَنْ يَنفَعُنِي حُبُّهُ عِنْدَكَ

اللَّهُمَّ ما رَزَقْتَنِي مِمَّا أُحِبُ فاجعَلهُ لِي قُوةً في ما تُحِب

اللَّهُمَّ ما زَوَيتَ عَنِّي مِمَّا أُحِبُ فاجعَلهُ لِي فَرَاغَاً فِي ما تُحِب

O Allah, I implore You for Your Love
And the love of the one: whose love benefits me with You
O Allah, whatever You have bestowed upon me of what I love: let it be strength for me in what You Love
O Allah, whatever You withhold from me of what I love: let it be free time/space/-dom for me in what You Love.

 

O Allah, I implore You for Your Love

And the love of the one: whose love benefits me with You

O Allah, whatever You have bestowed upon me of what I love: let it be strength for me in what You Love

O Allah, whatever You withhold from me of what I love: let it be free time/space/-dom for me in what You Love.


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