Thursday, 31 January 2008

O Amman !

You are not my friend nor family
and yet such love I have for thee ,
Far more than words and thoughts could say,
You mean so much and more to me

The distant town, the uphill climbs,
the broken stairs and the dusty path
that lead one to the one
and from him to Him

Such thoughts that fill and overwhelm
and render one to be just with the One one loves
and for Him to be one`s sole desire
comfort and treasure

To come alone and to leave with Him
what more could one have asked from Thee !

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Would you advise individuals to study hadith from al-Bukhari and Muslim on their own?

"When I first came to Jordan in 1980, someone had impressed upon my mind that a Muslim needs nothing besides the Quran and sahih hadiths. After reading through the Arabic Quran with the aid of A.J. Arberry's Koran Interpreted and recording what I understood, I sat down with the Muhammad Muhsin Khan translation of Sahih al-Bukhari and went through all the hadiths, volume by volume, writing down everything they seemed to tell a Muslim to do. It was an effort to cut through the centuries of accretions to Islam that orientalists had taught me about at the University of Chicago, an effort to win through to pure Islam from the original sources themselves. My Salafism and my orientalism converged on this point.

At length, I produced a manuscript of selected hadiths of al-Bukhari, a sort of do-it-yourself sharia manual. I still use it as an index to hadiths in al-Bukhari, though the fiqh conclusions of my amateur ijtihads are now rather embarrassing. When hadiths were mentioned that seemed to contradict each other, I would simply choose whichever I wanted, or whichever was closer to my Western habits. After all, I said, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) was never given a choice between two matters except that he chose the easier of the two (Sahih al-Bukhari, 4.230: 3560). For example, I had been told that it was not sunna to urinate while standing up, and had heard the hadith of Aisha that anyone who says the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) passed urine while standing up, do not believe him (Musnad al-Imam Ahmad. 6 vols. Cairo 1313/1895. Reprint. Beirut: Dar Sadir, n.d., 6.136). But then I read the hadith in al-Bukhari that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) once urinated while standing up (Sahih al-Bukhari, 1.66: 224), and decided that what I had first been told was a mistake, or that perhaps it did not matter much. Only later, when I began translating the Arabic of the Shafi'i fiqh manual Reliance of the Traveller did I find out how the scholars of sharia had combined the implications of these hadiths; that the standing of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) to pass urine was to teach the Umma that it was not unlawful (haram), but rather merely offensive (makruh)--though in relation to the Prophet such actions were not offensive, but rather obligatory to do at least once to show the Umma they were not unlawful--or according to other scholars, to show it was permissible in situations in which it would prevent urine from spattering one's clothes. "

By Sheikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller.


Sunday, 13 January 2008

Spiritually Satisfied, What Else Matters?

The Prophet is reported to have said:
"Whoever makes all his concerns into one, which is that of his return [in the Hereafter], Allah suffices him from all his concerns; and whosever has their worldly concerns branch out, Allah will not care in which of its [worldly] valleys he perishes." (Ibn Majah).

Answered by Sidi Tarek Ghanem.

Please read the full answer ; it is beautiful.

The sayings of Sayyiduna Ali [May Allah bless him]

The days of life pass away like clouds, so do good while you are alive.

The word of God is the medicine of the heart.

To fight against one's desires is the greatest of all fights.

People are asleep as long as they are alive, they are awakened when they die.

A man is hid under his tongue.

He who trusts the world, the world betrays him.