Why do Muslim scholars spend a lot of time talking about Jahili society (the Pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance)? Because it was a great miracle that Muhammad (ﷺ) could change these people within a portion of his earthly life, this is unheard of (even Western Secularists, with over 300+ years have not been able to totally change the moral fabric of their own societies towards goodness, let alone that of the rest of the world – yes they have shifted evil into legal ways and have basically redefined many terms to suit a different type of lifestyle, but that is mostly it).
It has been written by some sages that true fasting is to abstain from everything other than Allah- the physical Sawm is the training for this realization and its implementation. But this physical fasting must be done, this is the Sunnah of Allah in this respect, one cannot even think of reaching the former stage (abstaining from everything other than Allah) without engaging in the latter (physical fasting) as an obligation.
(As mentioned): One can maintain silence on the matter of the Prophet’s (ﷺ) parents due to the conflicting evidence; but even if one believes after research that they are not saved, don’t say it so publicly, since it hurts the Prophet (ﷺ) for one to talk brazenly about this.
In reality, the Prophet (ﷺ) was sent to all of humanity, from Adam (Alayhi as-Salaam) up to the last human – this is due to the covenant all previous Prophets (Alayhim as-Salaam) and their communities took to fulfill.
The true love for Allah is when the temporal calamities of the world don’t impact one’s relationship with Allah, and neither good nor bad ephemeral realities have a detrimental effect.
801. (As mentioned): It may be that the Muslim civilians killed today [killed by all sides, but specifically by those claiming to do it for the sake of Allah] will be like the buried-alive girl who is asked why she was killed, so what will await the killers?
802. Take a lesson from how Allah relates the work of the magicians in the time of Musa (Alayhi as-Salaam) – it was very strong magic, they actually bedeviled people’s eyes. Analogous then today with matters like secularism, human rights theory, etc., Muslim preachers should not dismiss and belittle the effect of such endeavors, but tackle them while knowing their true worth. Continue reading
Social sciences are guiltier in driving people towards atheism or agnosticism than even the natural sciences; people wish for a certain organization of human life- this is why some will be clever enough to push for an Atheist or Humanist agenda in conjunction with the “discoveries of science”, not merely due to an unanchored “lack of belief”.
The early believers prayed not to be a Fitnah (tribulation) for the disbelievers- meaning that the disbeliever would be rejecting Islam due to something the believer did, or they would get punished badly in the Afterlife due to torturing the believers, or some other similar action.
So look at this and compare it with the situation and mindset of some groups or individuals today, who jump at the chance of saying the non-Muslim interlocutor will definitely be in Hellfire, and that the Hujjah (evidence) was presented to them after a 5 minute discussion but was rejected. We are not talking in here about the theological evidences for what makes belief obligatory, but rather about the attitude the Muslim should take with regards to the non-Muslim and the potential of his eternal salvation when discussing Islam with the non-Muslim.
Someone might say the world (or Universe, or material existence) created itself. But look at the ‘it’ in here: they are giving it existence and ability to create, while saying it does not exist, a big contradiction.
Many ‘Ulamaa, when authoring their Seerah works, began the life of the Prophet (ﷺ) from his creation, not from his earthly birth. This point is crucial in understanding a lot of the spiritual poetry written for the love of the Prophet (ﷺ), in order that one not harbor ill thoughts about the authors of such works (poetry or otherwise).