The believer sweats at the…

The believer sweats at the time of death, since he is shy to meet Allah due to the sins he has committed during his life. Also, for others their eyes tear up and this is also due to shyness. This is true for all Awliyaa and their like; that is, all righteous people are shy before Allah.

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Going to the graveyard is…

Going to the graveyard is allowed as long as there is no intermixing of the genders and the proper Adaab (propriety) for addressing those who have departed is followed.

The human being is the…

The human being is the creature with the greatest disparity between actuality and potentiality; this is why, among other things, he is capable of the greatest injustices as compared to other creatures.

There is a difference between…

There is a difference between the way a believer experiences death and the way a disbeliever experiences it– because one has been preparing for his death and the other has only lived for this life. Thus, it is like the difference between water flowing out of a vessel, and a hot rod or thorns passing through wool.

Thoughts/Notes # 226-250

226.  One thing to keep in mind is three aspects necessary for speech: The words which are the conveyors of meanings, the meanings (the significations) that are being pointed to by the words, and their relationships. It is only in the Qur’an that the highest of these aspects has been reached in the same work, and this has been pointed out by the scholars of Arabic language as one of the clearest signs of the linguistic miracle of the Qur’an. And some scholars have mentioned that the blending together of the words and meanings is thehardest thing to do (since it is something akin to bringing together multiple types of sub-projects to work properly within a harmonized whole), and this is definitely something that has to be considered by all those who reflect upon the Qur’an. Continue reading

All the religious teachings related…

All the religious teachings related to good character have relevance only in a social context. For example, one cannot show forbearance unless there is a situation or people who can potentially make one lose patience, and so on with honesty, integrity, etc. Thus, to say that the teachings of religion are to be kept ‘private’ is incorrect, and the person saying such a thing either has ulterior motives or is naive about the role of religious teachings in life.

Wealth and power are two…

Wealth and power are two things people are tested with, as well as poverty, weakness, or oppression. The question is at times whether we can properly handle the money and prestige we have been given and at times whether the poverty or humiliation we are subjected to will make us despair of Allah’s Decree and Orders or whether we can perverse and be patient.