Many times Muslims in the West may say they need to reach out to the black community, but here is the kicker, the Blacks are already part of the Muslim community, so it seems these blind spots have been artificially tacked onto the mentality of many Muslims.
(As mentioned) Teaching the information related to Islam is important, but the formal Isnad and the seriousness to teach Islam should also be there; as an example, there are to be no “Mickey Mouse” type videos on how to do Wudhu, or other similar things that are used and are cool in teaching general history, law, physics, etc. But for Islam, these types of cheeky videos are very, very inappropriate, since Islam is unlike any other topic.
Every easy way out in Islamic practice is in fact a trap or a trick of Satan. This is because Allah’s Orders always have some Kulfah [weightiness in fulfilling them] – thus, to constantly seek a way out is an implicit denial of this reality.
Comment: Related to this is the other trick of Satan, of making one believe every moment of Islamic practice should be accompanied with lights of spirituality and spiritual vistas – the truth is, such openings may or may not occur; in fact there is nothing strange if one has no uplifting spiritual experience even once in their lives, and the lack of spiritual openings would not lift the obligations at all.
(As mentioned) What is the Istighfaar of a Prophet (Alayhi as-Salaam)? It is for not being able to praise Allah as He (Exalted be He) praises Himself.
Comment: This is one of the answers given by our Ulamaa’, with other possibilities being mentioned as well when Prophets (Alayhim as-Salaam) are shown in the primary texts seeking forgiveness from Allah.
Hassan ibn Thabit (RAA) was actually paid by the disbelievers to write degrading poems about the Prophet (ﷺ), but one glance at his (ﷺ) face and he became Muslim on the spot. This is due to the effect of the purity of heart meeting absolute truth without barriers.
There is ‘Ayn al-Hasad (Jealousy) and ‘Ayn al-Tahajjub (Conceit) and both have a negative effect as far as the evil glance is concerned.
Comment: Many of us Muslims will be aware of a jealous evil eye, but may not know or understand the graveness of how conceit and overpraise (without mentioning the Favors of Allah upon one) can also negatively bring about evil consequences.
(As mentioned) Al-Khannas is the Big Shaytan (Iblees) himself, in his quality of withdrawing and being clandestine in his Waswasa (whispering).
901. Reason is the method of using the intellect in coming to trust knowledge of how things actually are. As far as we are concerned, if properly used, it is not a foreign un-Islamic Greek, Chinese or Western import, but a matter of how Allah has ennobled human beings and how they are to use this blessing given to them.
902. A paradox of modernity is how it calls to freedom and diversity even in thought and speech, yet it enforces uniformity; this is due to how modern governments can feel more at ease with cookie-cutter types of people. Many modern Muslim movements have sadly made this mistake as well, forgetting the real pre-modern diversity amongst Islamic civilizations (India, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, all uniquely distinct yet normatively Islamic). Continue reading
(As was mentioned) People might ask that why the existence of witches in Islam is highlighted in our primary texts. Well, in the pre-Islamic times and afterwards also, women are seen as having a stronger connection with the spiritual realm, in both its good aspects and its evil aspects, witchcraft being one of the evil matters.
(As mentioned) The Arabs first transmitted Islam orally, this was the best suited method for them. Then the Persian Muslim ‘Ulamaa who came later added on to this with their scholarship, and this period of growth was better for them and their own style with regards to acquiring, transmitting and storing knowledge.