Fasting in Ramadhan is a…

Fasting in Ramadhan is a parable of life: Some struggle, momentary relief, again struggle and relief, until the Eid or the death when we hopefully meet our Lord with good deeds.

 

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We hear many times about…

We hear many times about Islam and its religiously-inspired violence – then we might ask a reasonable question, which is how much violence is perpetuated in the name of political, economic, or social interests of the non-Muslims, and the comparison between Islam and other Adyaan?

It seems one message we are receiving is that “all violence must be secular and this is normal”, even if it is ethnic-based, nationalist-based, or economic-inspired violence (i.e. violence needed in order to set up economic meta-systems in a land).

And this is not yet counting petty violence originating from imbalances in the social or economic setup of the secularist system and how this is normalized or at least sanitized, versus analogous petty violence in Muslim lands which is sensationalized (for example, what is termed ‘honor killings’ in Muslim lands versus ‘gun violence’ in secularist societies – the comparison is imperfect, but the point can be seen).

 

Taqwa is not only God-Consciousness,…

Taqwa is not only God-Consciousness, but that God-Consciousness that actually leads to the execution of Allah’s Orders.

 

We see that due to…

We see that due to the possibility for human injustice, often a diligent, intelligent, honest man is dirt-poor while someone with the opposite qualities makes it to the top of the pyramid of life– this is why we need safety nets otherwise the injustices we see in the world would be even greater than the considerable amount we already witness.

But in addition to this, we must remember that full justice will be meted out only by Allah on the Day of Judgment. So in this world we should strive to achieve justice as much as we can, while remembering that only in the Hereafter will the true reality of Justice be manifested, and in fact we should be more desirous of Allah’s Mercy than for plain justice.

 

One negative point of modern…

One negative point of modern Western studying methods is their tendency towards abstracting the fields of knowledge, to the point that one field does not have any connection with another field it was historically tied to – one example is that of political science and psychology.

 

Thoughts/Notes # 201-225

201.  The original libertines who lived within the Muslim community said that there comes a time when the worshipper or adept reaches such a height of divine love that all the rules of the Shariah drop from him (i.e. he does not have to do them), and he only has to think about Allah, and he is able to go to Heaven directly by his thoughts, and so forth. But this is an ugly thing to say and disbelief, since the Prophets (Alayhim as-Salaam) were never above the Shariah, and whatever of elevated positions or elevated places they reached was because Allah elevated them to that place, not because of their deeds. Continue reading

Islam has always emphasized what…

Islam has always emphasized what we call “moral psychology”, to guide people to do the right thing through fear of Allah, hope of His Mercy, understanding His Mercy and how we should be merciful to others, and other similar aspects of good character.