Random Thoughts and Notes No. 1051-1075

1051.        We should remember that when one becomes a Muslim, brotherhood with other Muslims is not a choice, it is part of Islam just like Prayers, Hajj, Fasting, etc.

1052.        We Muslims should have the level-headedness to look at events in the world and see how we can direct them towards a path broadly beneficial to us, rather than make only on the spot Halal and Haram pronouncements concerning situations imposed upon us from the outside. Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 1026-1050

1026.    Consider that people who have lots of money also have huge responsibilities and worries. This is why one hears from time to time of very rich people killing themselves (since they may have lost a lot of money, got caught cheating on business deals, etc.) so not everything is easy sailing in this world, even for the ones who seem to have amassed all the material goods of this world. Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 976-1000

976.    (As mentioned) If you oh Muslim, consider yourself as ‘plucked and saved’ from between those who have been damned to perdition, then you will thank Allah and take your life more seriously at every moment.

977.    One reason why al-Ghazali (RA) is called Hujjatul Islam is because he was a living proof of the transformative power of spirituality in Islam directly upon a person’s life. Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 926-950

926.    (As mentioned) The major places of transmission of Islam were from Arabia, to Iran/Iraq, then to Egypt/Syria. Consider that when Napoleon invaded Egypt he killed off many Azhari scholars; the French knew that by killing off the scholars the country (and its Islamic character) would be ruined.

Comment: The same can be said about the transmission of the Islamic tradition to the Indian Subcontinent, West Africa, Indonesia, etc.; the non-Muslims knew and know that if they can take over the land (and more importantly the minds) of the Muslims, then the Islamic character of the land will be changed considerably, and reverting it back to a holistic Islamic society will be very difficult. Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 901-925

901.    Reason is the method of using the intellect in coming to trust knowledge of how things actually are. As far as we are concerned, if properly used, it is not a foreign un-Islamic Greek, Chinese or Western import, but a matter of how Allah has ennobled human beings and how they are to use this blessing given to them.

902.    A paradox of modernity is how it calls to freedom and diversity even in thought and speech, yet it enforces uniformity; this is due to how modern governments can feel more at ease with cookie-cutter types of people. Many modern Muslim movements have sadly made this mistake as well, forgetting the real pre-modern diversity amongst Islamic civilizations (India, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, all uniquely distinct yet normatively Islamic). Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 876-900

876.    There are different types of stinginess: one can be stingy about one’s own wealth and this is the Bakhil, but one may also be stingy with regards to other people’s wealth, not wanting them to give of their own wealth in charity. This is termed Shuhh.

877.    When some Companions (RAA) ‘hid’ knowledge they had gained from other Sahabah, it was in order to ingrain and devour the knowledge properly, it was not an issue of hiding knowledge per se. Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 851-875

851.    (As it was mentioned) We Muslims are now in a difficult situation, yet (for example) after the Ottomans’ collapse it was even harder, because the world was formally colonized, and the new powers could easily say that Western thought was obviously supreme, and that Muslims must be tortured and killed, and no one would have thought it strange at all. So do not talk evil of the steadfast Muslims of the past, how can one not respect those who fought tanks and bombers with horses and spears (since they literally had nothing else).

852.    The dislike in Islam to engage in activities after ‘Isha can be contrasted with today’s prime time TV culture and the many bad things that happen due to this zeitgeist. Continue reading