1201. Kataba, or Kitab, originally had connotations of gathering meanings into oral words, but with the advent of the Prophet (ﷺ) and of Islam, it became more of a literary pursuit, of compiling meanings into writing. Continue reading
1176. The Isnad methodology in the Islamic tradition is basically the connection one has with the elders of the community who learned an important aspect of the religion, be that Hadith, Quran, Tassawuf, etc.
1177. A sign that Allah is pleased with us is that we are pleased with all the things destined for us as they unfold in our lives, the good things and the bitter things. Continue reading
1151. The truth is that obedience to Allah necessarily involves an “infringing” upon our Nafs (lower ego), which is why there is so much resistance coming forth every time from those who are untrained about the realities of the Nafs. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
1101. (As mentioned) There are tyrant rulers and oppressed subjects/citizens, but there may also be good rulers and tyrannical subjects/citizens, like what the Qur’an mentions of Ya’juj and Ma’juj. Continue reading
1076. Note that the Jinns of Fire will be burnt by Fire, the angels of Light would have been burnt by the veils of Light that are the “Hijab” (Veil) of Allah. So our normal understanding gleaned from the natural world fails in these matters.
1077. People talk about needing to reconsider rulings due to circumstances. Yet now we see mass cheating, lying (white collar, not only in low-level jobs or from “low-level persons”)- so would the Mufti be forced to say that virtue and honesty were traits of the past, but now we should look at cheating as a good thing? Continue reading
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
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: Serial Arrangement # 1001-1225
1001. The ‘Ulama say that for many, it is easier to do a positive act of worship (such as the Fard prayers) than to give up things (whether temporary things like Sawm or always-prohibited things like alcohol, prohibitive lustful glances, etc.) Continue reading