Friday, 27 July 2007

The Subtle Blessings..

Know that when God`s friends first embark on the Sufi path, God empowers other people over them in order to purge them of what remains of their spiritual vices and weaknesses, and in order for their virtues to be brought to perfection.He also deals with them in this manner lest they rely on other human beings.Someone who does you harm frees you from slavery to his kindness, whereas someone who shows you kindness enslaves you by putting you in his debt.The Messenger of God [Allah bless him and give him peace] declaired, "Hearts are naturally disposed to love those who treat them with kindness."
He also said , "If someone does you a favor, reward him , and if you are unable to do that , then call down blessings upon him."
The purpose behind all of this is thus to free the servant`s heart from other people`s benevolence, thereby enabling him to attach himself [solely] to the true Sovereign.

From "The Subtle Blessings in the Saintly Lives of Sheikh Abu Al-Abbas Al Mursi and His Master Sheikh Abu Al-Hasan by Sidi Ibn Ata Allah".
May Allah be well pleased with them all and bless them all.

Sunday, 15 July 2007

The Story of Sa`d al-Din (May Allah be well pleased with him)

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate.

One of the great theologians of Islam, Imam Adud al-Din al-Iji ,author of al-Mawaqif had a student in his class called Sa`d al-Din . This student was so stupid that people would start laughing whenever he raised his hand to ask a question. He would ask the stupidest questions and the most bizarre things. This student was so feeble of understanding that whenever Imam Adud al-Din al-Iji used to refer to someone who did not understand he would say “like our friend Sa`d al-Din ”.

This was not even an insult since Sa`d al-Din himself acknowledged that he did not understand.

However Sa`d al-Din was sincere in his desire for knowledge. He was consistent. He would always come to class, without failure. He took the right means. He prepared, reviewed and asked his questions. One day he had a dream that someone came to his little room , knocked on his door and said “Sa`d al-Din come quickly to the woods with me”. Sa`d al-Din refused saying that he was a student of Imam Adud al-Din al-Iji , that he had to prepare for his class and did not have any time to waste. The person who had knocked on the door went away. The second night the same thing happened.

On the third night the person knocked and said “Sa`d al-Din come quickly to the woods_ the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) has been waiting for you for three days”. Sa`d al-Din came out of his room and went to the woods. There he saw Prophet Muhammed (may peace and blessings be upon him) with a number of his senior companions (may Allah be well pleased with them).The Prophet said “Sa`d al-Din I`ve been waiting for you”. Sa`d al-Din spoke out his heart to the Prophet saying “O Prophet of Allah , I`m trying to learn but I`m not getting my knowledge.” The Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) placed his hand on Sa`d al-Din`s chest or shoulder, and the dream ended.

The next day when Sa`d al-Din raised his hand in the class to ask a question ,people were about to laugh but the question turned out to be quite brilliant. He later also answered a question by Imam Adud al-Din al-Iji.

After the class Imam Adud al-Din al-Iji said to him “ Sa`d al-Din you`re not the same Sa`d al-Din that you were yesterday”.

By the barakah of his consistency Allah swt opened the gates of knowledge,Divine facilitation and success for Sa`d al-Din . Sa`d al-Din became Sa`d al-Din al-Taftazani. ,one of the greatest theologians of Islam. His work in Islamic belief ,to this day forms the central part of the curriculum of the study of aqeeda across the Islamic world.

This story was narrated by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani in a Live Session for LAW110 2H [the Hanafi Fiqh Course at SunniPath] in Feb 07.

May Allah help us learn from the lives of the Scholars.Insh`Allah.

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Is Allah's wrath and curse upon me, for I have sinned in really bad ways

On the authority of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say:

"Allah the Almighty said:

`O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.'"

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari.

Friday, 6 July 2007

Is it true that if you do not pray one of the 5 salats, then the rest are not accepted?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari.

Is Coca Cola Haram?

Answered by Sheikh Faraz Rabbani.

Thursday, 5 July 2007

'We are a healing profession, we do not maim or kill'

"We are a healing profession," said Prasad Rao, chairman of the British International Doctors Association. "It shocked me to hear that a doctor could remotely be connected to the people who are trying to kill and maim people for no reason. Whatever the doctor's race, colour or creed, it is a totally appalling thing to do.

"A doctor's duty, even if he finds an injured terrorist, is to give medical help. You never knowingly help or assist an individual to kill and maim others. You take the Hippocratic oath and you do not discriminate on the basis of colour or gender or religion."

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

'Condemnation is not enough'

"Those who seek to deliberately kill or maim innocent people are the enemies of us all. There is no cause whatsoever that could possibly justify such barbarity."

Muhammad Abdul Bari, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain.

Monday, 2 July 2007

Reflecting on Glasgow`s terror attack

"This alien religion", "I had one of them in the back of my cab", "they want to take over the world", "their religion preaches terror", and "we have decided to boycott the corner shop."

This wasn't some hardline American rhetoric; this was BBC Radio Scotland. I fall back into my father's journey.

By Sidi Na`eem Raza ,President of the Islamic Society of Britain (Glasgow).

Not in my name

I`ve been quite upset at the events that have been happening recently.
I wish muslims [the vast majority for sure] have the courage to stand up and clearly state that "Terrorism is absolutely wrong and has nothing to do with Islam".

I`m not sure how this may happen though.Terrorism is not a solution to anything.Human life is precious, in any colour , form ,race or gender.Life is a gift from Allah and we need to value it.

Almost all muslim scholars have stood up and said that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.As a community, it is a responsibility for all of us to stand up against up against this grossly evil sin.

Not in our name.


Sunday, 1 July 2007

Using The Left Hand For Dhikr

Answered by Sheikh Faraz Rabbani.

Islamic Statements Against Terrorism

"...That rage, that desire to self annihilation, to lash out and the men, women and children, whoever in the vicinity, is now becoming a global epidemic. And the ‘ulama who opened the little door now see these legions rushing through it in every place don’t know what to do about it. That door has to be closed. Islam is too good for such practices, for such baseness, for such wild expression of futility and despair and vindictiveness."

Sheikh Abd al-Hakim Murad.

Muslim Sacred Texts Condemning Wanton Destruction and Indiscriminate Killing

By Sidi Suheil Laher.