Random Thoughts and Notes No. 1126-1150

1126.    (As mentioned) Our physical heart, the Mudghah, is part of the Mulk which is part of the lowliest of realities in Islamic cosmology, unlike the spiritual heart, which is in the realm of the Malakut.

1127.    The Qur’an and Islam generally speak of beholding Allah in His Majesty as well as in His Beauty. This is the epitome of love and fear of Allah, both present at the same time.

1128.    People try to become happy with a dream car, or house, etc., but often when they obtain it, they are not happy, why? Because the heart was created to love Allah infinitely, everything else is contingent and the heart, deep inside, knows that happiness is not really tied to these material, contingent things.

1129.    (As mentioned) The part of a person that will suffer the most in Hellfire and will be burnt the most will be the heart, so take note of this, since the heart/soul is the reality of the person.

1130.    (As mentioned) What was demanded by Allah from the Muslims for their Iman was quite easy and straight-forward (with 6 articles of belief one has Iman, literally they have safety). For the Israelites no, they had to start from Sidq [sincerity] which is very hard, and act accordingly so that at the end they would be Qiddis (i.e. Purified of all bad traits).

But for Muslims, the default rule is that every believer is a Wali. So consider how many things Allah has overlooked for the Muslim Ummah, yet we have many nominal Muslims or people born into Islam who wish to rebel or to be arrogant- may Allah save us from this.

1131.    (As mentioned) The Muslims in our history, always solved problems of humanity at large. Look at the Prophet (ﷺ) who brought peace to Madinah; or another case, the Muslims ended feudalism in Europe by giving the land to the one who revived it, or by establishing the trading city in Western Africa (something like today’s corporations). So Muslims were on the upside until the end of the 18th century, when they encountered a forceful European colonialism.

1132.    Anger can be useful for repelling dangers, and appetites are useful for acquiring good benefits (for example how could one drink, eat or reproduce without appetites?)

1133.    Irreligious people are shallow with regards to ultimate concerns of life- this is what is seen from them, since humans are at the core religious beings.

1134.    (As mentioned) The paradox of not knowing whether a ‘red apple’ actually exists (i.e. we only know of a molecular structure that happens to be perceived as a red apple) is one of the disasters of reductionism and of bifurcation – something brought up first by Descartes.

1135.    Why did Malcolm X become so powerful and influential? This is because he had control of the cognitive framework of his language. This is critical. But this also shows the rebirth and the awakening of the heart, and those who have such an awakening can attest to this reality; one of its manifestations is love of knowledge.

1136.    (As mentioned) The intellect is meant to hobble the person and restrain him from doing just whatever one feels like impulsively. In the case of the Ulamaa’ this reality should be even more pronounced.

1137.    Things like accumulating wealth, power, arrogance, sex, drugs, alcohol, etc., are strategies from Shaytan that are used to cover the heart (“kufr” upon the heart) for the time when the person is confronted with the truth of Islam… so that their heart may not feel agitated when seeing the contradiction between what wrongs they are doing and what they have accumulated on the one hand, and the truth of Islam on the other.

1138.    Video games today have the amazing ability to dissocialize people as they grow up. This is interesting, since Islamic communities are told that they are anti-social, yet what is the worst thing for socialization than a teenager growing up who cannot even greet his relatives because he cannot take his eyes off of the video games he is playing?

1139.    As a cheering up for the beleaguered Muslim, we need to remember that attitudes towards Islam will definitely change, if not in this world, then surely in the next. As a crude analogy think of blatant naked racism, so many people died due to this, yet now overt, explicit racism is unacceptable in many parts of the world, and even criminally so in some places – so as Muslims we should take heart, but also remain vigilant.

1140.    (As mentioned) The Muwatta of Imam Malik (RA) is basically the book of the evidences of Khilaf, and it has his (RA) subtle proofs for all 4 Madhabs, plus other Madhabs no longer extant.

1141.    (As mentioned) In Islam, Haneef is defined as the one who will always gravitate towards that which is correct, from falsehood to truth.

1142.    Traditionally, Muslims did things beautifully, using professional guilds to enhance the various crafts. This was a demonstration of a beautiful heart, which is clothed in virtue. These characteristics are necessary in order to use our intellect properly, otherwise the immoralities and other vices will hamper us badly and impair our very ability to see truth and falsehood as they truly are.

1143.    We must be careful about simply “drifting” into evils without thinking or proper consideration (because if we are Muslims and sound people, we know the wrong as wrong and will strive to stop ourselves, but if we simply shut our brains off we may go into drug addiction, pornography, etc.).

1144.    The person can go from Nafs al-Ammarah (evil-enticing soul) to Nafs al-Lawwamah  (self-reproaching soul), but he cannot remain here, for this is very dangerous, it leads to depression and other terrible internal states; if it remains for long, this is in fact a reversion back to the Nafs al-Ammarah, commanding that: Yes you are nothing, you are no good, kill yourself, etc.

1145.    Sometimes, the heart can work with its natural qualities, but at times it needs help – example is that of a mirror, one can see one’s face in the mirror, but to see the back of his neck he needs another mirror.

1146.    It is true that most Muslims are converts up to 5 or 6 generations back; yet this could potentially be reversed if proper Islamic knowledge is not widely disseminated (especially in this time of ours, where the outside non-Islamic pressures seek to bring about change very rapidly).

1147.    Actions are based on the Khawaatir coming into our hearts; even though these involuntary thoughts aren’t judged, yet we must pay close attention to them, and act on the positive ones we encounter.

1148.    We Muslims need to have the proper cognitive framework to speak about major issues like human choice; yet if we use only the terms and cognitive frames of others, we have really put ourselves in a hole so as to say, since their cosmology and frames are quite something else, and these will skew the discussions and arguments towards their (non-Islamic) narratives.

1149.    When we shear the Ghayb from our cognition, then we get sick with the resultant materialistic worldview. Interestingly, we Sunni Muslims believe that the Unseen dominates over the seen, and the most that naturalism can do is to describe what is happening, not offer actually valid causal explanations of what is happening (e.g., of volcanoes, or of thunder, and similar phenomena, even their apparent causal explanations are in the spiritual realm).

1150.    The Hurr/Hurrah (free man/woman) is in fact the principled person, who is chained by proper thinking and doesn’t just do and say whatever comes to his or her mind.