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Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Walk of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)

The walk of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was a walk that was unlike anyone elses. He walked in a way that cannot be understood, except by those who can see beyond the outward movements. He walked quickly and this was well known by everyone.

I have wondered about this for a long time. You see many people who walk slowly with their chests sticking out, thinking that they own everything. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) walked fast, why? Consider this, when someone is busy or needs to be somewhere they may walk fast or even run. You often see people running for a bus or a train.

So when we see people who walk like they own everything. We know that they are unaware of any command upon them nor do they know that they have to be somewhere. They consider themselves to be kings and are marking their terroritories with their walks. They are unaware of the rulings that are above their heads which they have to adhere to.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was under the command of Allah (mighty and majestic) and this concern made him waste no time calling the universe to Islam. People who are heedless of this call are unaware of what to do so they waste time. He was someone who was under the command of Allah and was concerned about this matter. Religious people who are concerned with their religion should share this concern.

When he would walk with his companions he would ask them to walk infront of him. (may Allah bestow upon him peace and blessings). Imagine any leader of any type of group who walks behind his followers! Could this actually occur? Every leader walks infront of all his followers not behind them. Most worldly leaders walk a little bit infront of their people in order to distinguish themselves from their followers. This applies to any group large or small that the leader of the group walks infront of his followers. He was Messenger of God, a leader of the people and his humbleness was beyond all measure. All this did not make him proud or boastful and nor did it make him walk like other leaders do. He walked unlike anyone every did.

You see his walk meant something and most of our walks mean nothing. His walk was for solely for Allah and our walks are solely for worldly affairs.

Friday, February 26, 2010

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mustard Seed

"And We set a just balance for the Day of Resurrection, so that no soul is wronged in aught. Though it be of the weight of a grain of mustard seed, We bring it. And We suffice for reckoners." Qur'an 21:47

We wondered about this Quranic passage and then began to think about the reason why a Mustard seed was mentioned. A Mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds it measures about 3mm. Look at the size of this seed and then think about the person who has done the smallest amount of good and how this will be brought forward for him.

We remember the hadith of the card or 'Bitaka' when a man will come on the day of judgement with scrolls of bad deeds as far as the eye could see and he is scared of being thrown into hell because of his wrong actions.

وقال الإمام أحمد: حدثنا إبراهيم بن إسحاق الطالقاني، حدثنا ابن المبارك عن ليث بن سعد عن عامر بن يحيى عن أبي عبد الرحمن الحبلي قال: سمعت عبد الله بن عمرو بن العاص يقول: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم " إن الله عز وجل يستخلص رجلاً من أمتي على رؤوس الخلائق يوم القيامة، فينشر عليه تسعة وتسعين سجلاً، كل سجل مد البصر، ثم يقول: أتنكر من هذا شئياً؟ أظلمتك كتبتي الحافظون؟ قال: لا يارب، قال: أفلك عذر أو حسنة؟ قال: فيبهت الرجل فيقول: لا يا رب، فيقول: بلى إن لك عندنا حسنة واحدة، لا ظلم عليك اليوم، فتخرج له بطاقة فيها: أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله، وأشهد أن محمداً رسول الله، فيقول: أحضروه، فيقول: يا رب ما هذه البطاقة مع هذه السجلات؟ فيقول: إنك لا تظلم، قال: فتوضع السجلات في كفة، والبطاقة في كفة، قال: فطاشت السجلات، وثقلت البطاقة، قال: ولا يثقل شيء مع بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم "

Imam Ahmed narrates (from the above chain) from Abdullah ibn Umair ibn Al-'Aas who heard the Messenger of God (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, "Allah (mighty and majestic) will infer a man from my nation from the heads of creation on the day of judgement. Ninety nine scrolls will be shown to him; each scroll will extent as far as the eyesight. He asks, "Do you reject anything? Has the record of my angels oppressed you?" He replies, "No, Oh Lord." He asks, "Do you have an excuse or good deed?" He went pale and said, "No, Oh Lord." He said, "You have with us one good action and there is no oppression for you today." A card was brought forward with 'I testify that there is no diety except Allah and I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah' (recorded on it). "Bring it forward." He says, "Oh Lord, this card against all these scrolls?" He states, "You will not be oppressed." The scrolls are placed onto one scale and the card on the other; the scrolls are outweighted by the heaviness of the card. He said, "Nothing can outweight; what contains 'in the name of Allah; the most merciful; the most compassiate."

Also narrated by At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Layth ibn Sa'ad.

We can learn much from this hadith most important of all is to have hope that Allah (mighty and majestic) can forgive and that belief matters more than action but action will slow you down - if it's not righteous!

Look how small a piece of card is to a scroll that is so long that your eyes cannot see it's end and there is not just one scroll there are ninety nine scrolls, and this little card outweights all that.

So do not fear doing small good actions that nobody knows about because no matter how small it is, it will be brought forward. Know that Allah (mighty and majestic) does not oppress us but we oppress ourselves because of the wrong we do.

"Whoever does the smallest amount of good will see it." The Earthquake 99:7

Luqman the wise gave the following advice to his son:

"O' my son, if it should be but the weight of one grain of mustard-seed, and though it be in a rock, or in the heavens, or in the earth, God shall bring it forth; surely God is All-subtle, All-aware." (Luqman 31:16)

Sheikh Abdulqadir was known to have said that the world is the plantation of the afterlife meaning that we must use the world to plant our good deeds that we will harvest on the day of judgement.

The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us what Heaven's kingdom is like." He said to them, "It's like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on prepared soil, it produces a large plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky."
Thomas 20

Mustard seeds are the small seeds of the various mustard plants. The seeds are about 3 mm in diameter, and may be colored yellowish white to black.

I remember reading a book about that cursed a man who did not see the point in doing small good actions. The quote was something like this: how strange is the man who sees no good in doing small good actions. Even if it is small now it does not mean that the reward for it is small because for believers the reward is forever. So is this small?

The smallest amount of good has an everlasting reward...

"The likeness of those who expend their wealth in the way of God is as the likeness of a grain of corn that sprouts seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains. So God multiplies unto whom He will; God is All-embracing, All-knowing." (The Heffer 2:261)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Imam Zaid Shakir

History 1 0n 1
By Imam Zaid Shakir

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
An event that happened a bit too soon,
‘cause in sixty-nine they were on the moon.
A happening not without precedent,
The same place Galileo’s telescope went.
Which isn’t to say we’ve become farsighted in our views,
Proof of which is the daily news.

From Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
To imported Nissans and Kawasakis.
The songs the British rockers sing,
Bring back images of Cromwell fighting the king.
To think that neutron bombs held détente’s faint hope,
In the hands of an army strung out on dope.

The poet said, “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.
Let’s take a closer look at this insanity.
Watch the TV, play the tape,
The latest chapter in the great escape,
Look at Spock out trekking stars,
Forget the Earth and her petty wars.
A country of R2s, D2s, a world of Darth Vaders,
The Senate makes less money than the Oakland Raiders,
The Renaissance sparked dreams of new worlds coming into view,
Dreams turned into the reality of Madison Avenue.

Ad campaigns sold peanut butter to Peter Pan,
And life rafts to the Tidy Bowl man,
They even sold Kojak some Afro Sheen,
And Turtle Wax to Mr. Clean,
Gil told us they sold tuna to the Chicken of the Sea,
So what do you think they are selling you and me?
When nightol becomes a permanent state,
Apathy and ignorance begins to escalate,
We sit back and watch the dollar’s value deflate,
But how long will our enemies sit and wait?

Visit him, on the wall of his office hangs the head of a moose,
And he sits behind his desk reading Dr. Suess,
This could be a character on your local TV,
But it could be that character in Washington, DC.
Folks going to college to expand their minds,
Can’t relate to dropouts in the unemployment line.
The prisons fill up with perpetrators of nonviolent crime,
While only the Army is working overtime.

Reagan stood Marx on his head,
Headlines proclaim that God is dead.
McDonald’s did what Hitler couldn’t,
Malcolm said what Martin wouldn’t.
The news is void of any meaningful views,
Display any manners you’ll be politely excused,
The Holocaust monument opened to cries of “never again,”
while Bosnia was being ethnically cleansed.

Muslims are on the endangered species list,
Plastic American culture no one can resist.
Ask for principles you’ll find the politicians ambivalent,
Yet they definitively state that the UN is irrelevant.
Cornflakes may become extinct due to gasohol,
The international system has become a free for all,
We trample our freedoms yet proclaim our democracy is best,
Yet Bush might lose to Osama in a popularity contest.

All this while the American public is suffering from back to the future shock,
incapable of distinguishing Afghanistan from Iraq.
We accept the next war as passively as lambs accept the slaughter,
By the way, Did Dick Cheney ever find his daughter?
And on and on the story goes,
So now I’ll bring it to a close,
My purpose has only been to have myself some fun,
Playing ball with history, 1-on-1.