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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Jeffrey Lang

From Atheism To Islam parts one to four

Part two

Part three

Part four

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sheikh Saad Al-Attas


A person should see meaning in everything

We can veil ourselves from him (Subhanu wa ta’ala)

There are meanings all around us. Example: a leaf falling off a tree

Abu Abbas Al-Mursi said a servant finds himself in four states: blessing, tribulation, obedience and transgression.

The reaction for blessing is Shukr (to be grateful)

The reaction for tribulation is patience

The reaction for obedience is Shukr

The reaction for transgression is seeking forgiveness

There is an obligation to him, in every state

Bab Al-Rahan is a door of heaven for those who have truly fasted

Nothing is difficult for Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala

Our sins are our veils

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

Ramadan Advice

Random Ramadan thoughts

Ramadan is a blessed month where you see very strange sights, you'll see things from people that you did not think that they were capable of. Like people who are heedless all year wake up. Before Ramadan they did not pray but in Ramadan a sudden desire has been woken up in them to pray. And now you see that person doing better than you, he heads for the masjid at speed, as you walk at ease.

You see sisters forget their entire make up sets and cover the ornaments. This month has more than its far share of surprises and this is but little.

Some are asked why don't you do sins now, like you used to? Not in Ramadan is the reply, not in this month.

You hear persons train their tongues to avoid swear words and foul language, their eyes from televisions and videos, abandoned for a month.

Tarawih comes and the masjids are full, some tire and the numbers decrease as the month continues, yet it's amazing to see so many people. Sometimes I pause for a moment and think, where have you been all year?

Ramadan is here to remind us of the true human potential for worship. We all have this potential, yet we hide it away because we love pretence and think death is a long way off. I can fast when I get older. Why should I ruin my day? Others are not fasting why should I? Since when did being in a state of worship cause anything but gain? Fasting is a state of worship, don't you like the fact that the longer you are in a state of worship the more reward that you will attain? Sometimes, people talk and walk around in their sleep.

We all know that our appointment with death is already marked down and we can't call up to change the time because Tuesday is not convenient; because I have something else to do. Whether we like it or not it's there and it's like the great Imam said we are walking and one day we will fall into our grave and not even know. Maybe the writer of this is asleep or deluded, deluded is a better word, maybe I need waking up more than you do.

This is the month that we perfect our worship and fulfil that potential that's been lacking for so many years. Our behaviour in this month should be like our behaviour all year round.

Imagine that you have a servant and for eleven months of the year it would do a few things for you or worse do nothing. Then one month, it does everything in its strength for you and after that month, it would go back to the way it was before. Would you be pleased with that servant? Would you?

Yet Allah subhanu wa ta'ala sends us the month of Ramadan, especially to someone like me, who doesn't deserve it. To remind the servant, to bring it closer to fulfilling the whole reason for its creation, worship.

So paint the canvas of your worship with many colours, make it colourful, pray, fast, recite the Quran, praise Allah, be thankful for your blessings, invoke blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

This is a month of worship yet let this not be the only month that you perform acts of worship.

wa Allah ta'ala Alam - Allah most high knows best.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Your knowledge is pointless

A short lesson on knowledge

I was typing up some notes for my blog, these notes were from the advice that Sheikh Haroon Hanif gave at the end of the Bradford Halaqa.

I had finished typing and not really understood or reflected about what he said and then the computer crashed. After re-booting it I found that the final line was no longer there, as it was from a previous save, the computer did not recover the entire file.

So I found the last line and typed it in and then word program closed itself down, and I was no longer able to access the file. I rebooted it again then I typed in the same last line and posted it on the blog and then after publishing it on the blog. I finally read the line,

Your knowledge is pointless when it doesn’t bring you closer to Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala.”

A few weeks later I told Sheikh Haroon about this he said,

Subhanllah, Subhanllah.”

How many times did I miss it?

The whole point of knowledge is that you benefit before it benefits others and the final goal of all knowledge is to bring you closer to Allah subhanu wa ta'ala.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Abu al-Qasim Al Zahrawi (Albucasis) - Father of surgery

Heres some History

Abu al-Qasim Khalaf ibn al-Abbas Al-Zahrawi (936 - 1013), (Arabic: أبو القاسم بن خلف بن العباس الزهراوي) also known in the West as Abulcasis, was an Andalusian-Arab physician, and scientist. He is considered the "father of modern surgery"[1] and as Islam's greatest medieval surgeon, whose comprehensive medical texts, combining Islamic medicine and Greco-Roman teachings, shaped both Islamic and European surgical procedures up until the Renaissance. His greatest contribution to history is the Al-Tasrif, a thirty-volume collection of medical practices.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Ibrahim ibn Adham (May Allah be pleased with him)

A man came to Ibrahim ibn Adham (May Allah be pleased with him) and said, "Abu Ishaq, I am unable to control my lower self. Please give me something to help me with it."

Ibrahim answered, “If you accepted five traits and were able to do them, you would not commit any bad deed again. The first one is if you want to disobey Allah, do not eat from His bounty.”

The man said, “So where can I eat from and all the earth belongs to Him?”

Ibrahim answered, “Is it right to eat from His bounty and disobey Him?”

The man said, “No. Tell me the second.”

Ibrahim said, “If you want to disobey Him, do not live in any of His lands.”

The man said, “This is harder, so where else can I live?”

Ibrahim said, “Is it right to eat from His bounty, live in His lands, and then disobey Him?”

The man denied and asked for the third.

Ibrahim said, “If you want to disobey Him while you eat from His bounty and live in His lands, then disobey Him in a place where He cannot see you.”

The man said, “How? He even knows what is going on inside my head?”

Ibrahim answered, “So, can you eat from His bounty, live in His lands, disobey Him while He sees you and knows what you want to say and what you have kept secret to yourself?”

The man said “No” and asked for the fourth.

Ibrahim said, “If the angel of death comes to take your soul, tell him ‘Leave me till I repent and do good deeds.’”

The man said that he would not accept and Ibrahim replied, “If you cannot escape death and know that if it comes it will not be delayed, how can you wish to be saved?”

The man asked for the fifth and Ibrahim continued, “If angels of torment come to you on the Day of Judgment to take you to Hell, do not go with them.”

The man said, “They will not let me go.”

Ibrahim replied, “So how do you wish to be rescued, then?”

And the man responded, “Ibrahim, enough, enough! I will repent to Allah.”

His repentance was a true one and he kept worshiping till the end of his life.