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. 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

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 826-850

826.    The true love for Allah is when the temporal calamities of the world don’t impact one’s relationship with Allah, and neither good nor bad ephemeral realities have a detrimental effect.

827.   In reality, the Prophet (ﷺ) was sent to all of humanity, from Adam (Alayhi as-Salaam) up to the last human – this is due to the covenant all previous Prophets (Alayhim as-Salaam) and their communities took to fulfill. Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 801-825

801.    (As mentioned): It may be that the Muslim civilians killed today [killed by all sides, but specifically by those claiming to do it for the sake of Allah] will be like the buried-alive girl who is asked why she was killed, so what will await the killers?

802.    Take a lesson from how Allah relates the work of the magicians in the time of Musa (Alayhi as-Salaam) – it was very strong magic, they actually bedeviled people’s eyes. Analogous then today with matters like secularism, human rights theory, etc., Muslim preachers should not dismiss and belittle the effect of such endeavors, but tackle them while knowing their true worth. Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 726-750

726.    The Muslims nowadays suffer from physical colonialism in some cases but also mental/spiritual colonialism. And often the spiritual and mental colonialism is much more lasting and damaging to the Iman of the Muslims; with physical invasion one can see there is a need to throw the invaders out, this need may not often be realized in the case of mental colonialism.

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Random Thoughts and Notes No. 701-725

701.    Why does the Qur’an mention Jihad in Maal before Jihad with the Nafs? Because in giving up the money, we are conditioning ourselves to let go of the Dunya, little by little. If we cannot even do this, then letting go of the Dunya all at once with our selves will be very difficult – even if we give up our lives, it may not be with the correct intention, and this would be the greatest loss of all.

702.    (As was mentioned): The Hadith of Ukhuwaa and Iman is placing emphasis on Adamic brotherhood, not only on Islamic brotherhood, as mentioned by Imam an-Nawawi (RA) and others. So this is an indication to universal compassion not only Islamic compassion (that is, in the course of accepting that no one truly believes until he wishes for his brother as he wishes for himself). Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 676-700

676.    (As was mentioned): In surah az-Zumar (Chapter 39, Verses 71-75) there is a differentiation in the state of the dwellers of Paradise and those of the Hellfire. In the first case, it is an honor granted to them, in the latter it is debasement. This is also pointed out by the construction of the Verses themselves, where the gates of Hellfire are opened quickly for the disbelievers as a torment and humiliation, but the gates of Paradise are opened with glory as an honor for the believers.

677.    One of the answers about eternal reward for temporal actions is that the intention of the believer or disbeliever is taken into account. Thus, it would be the intention upon which they died and hoped to believe in and carry out “eternally”, thus the punishment is meted out accordingly. Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 651-675

651.    The problem with some people who do not “feel” the prescribed prayer (Salat) is that they may be rationalizing it too much, treating it like a checklist of formalities they must accomplish and nothing else, after which some big spiritual opening must necessarily follow. This is obviously not how the prayer should be approached.

652.    When Allah unties the knot (on one’s heart) so that one often asks of Him for his needs, this is an indication that Allah wishes to give him this thing. Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 626-650

626.    There is mention of the story of Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas’ and Salman al-Farsi’s (RAA) armies during their campaign crossing the river with their horses (i.e. akin to walking on water) – this is one of the miracles (Karamaat) of the Companions (RAA).

627.    One of the potential positive matters related to Husn ad-Dhann [thinking good of a fellow Muslim] is that even if the person doing some outward good deed is doing it for ulteriorly bad motives, our good thoughts about him might transform his bad motives into good ones. Thus, we should avoid Suu’ adh-Dhann [thinking bad of a fellow Muslim] so as to not receive a bad verdict from Allah. Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes No. 601-625

601.    (A reply to an objection by Twelver Shias) There is the oft-quoted Hadeeth about the Sahabi (the Ummati, to be precise) being taken by the angels as the Prophet (ﷺ) is standing by the Hawdh (Pool) and calling people to come to it. But note that this is something occurring only once in a while- and not as often as Twelver Shias would want one to believe, if the Ummah or a majority of it has apostatized. And another issue is that this group of people will not be eternally in the Hellfire anyway, again going against the Twelver Shia portrayal of the matter. Continue reading