It seems one point with miracles as seen in Islam is that there is no “predictive power” behind them (as per the scientistic conception of “prediction” and how prediction is central to scientific inquiry). This is an important part of the “paradox” we need to consider when talking to skeptics: The “predictive power” of scientific models versus indubitable reports of miracles.
(As mentioned) One thing academically inclined people (Shuyookh) can try to do if they feel “puffed up” is to volunteer for youth programs, since in such cases, the academic knowledge has its use, but not in such a strong manner as in the classroom, plus one may need to play with children and so forth, and academia is not relevant in this latter case.
(As mentioned): The rule is that if you don’t get on the bus (i.e., convert to Islam), your matter will be dealt with by Allah in the Akhirah, the Hereafter; but once you get on the bus (become a Muslim) then follow the traffic and the municipality rules, don’t start playing with the system, consequences are there in this world as well, not only in the Hereafter.
A sign that Allah is pleased with us is that we are pleased with all the things destined for us as they unfold in our lives, the good things and the bitter things.
1151. The truth is that obedience to Allah necessarily involves an “infringing” upon our Nafs (lower ego), which is why there is so much resistance coming forth every time from those who are untrained about the realities of the Nafs. Continue reading
The Isnad methodology in the Islamic tradition is basically the connection one has with the elders of the community who learned an important aspect of the religion, be that Hadith, Quran, Tassawuf, etc.
We should be careful that our perceptions of the Prophet (ﷺ) are not so distorted that they are merely projections of our own egos unto something we conveniently call “Muhammad”. We of course do want to think the best of the Prophet (ﷺ), but this has to be based on who he (ﷺ) truly was, not based on what we imagine or what we would like him (ﷺ) to be based on modern sensibilities or local pressures.
In the injunction for Siyaam, Kutiba has been used instead of Katabtu, the ‘Ulamaa say this is because Allah knows this is hard upon us, so it has been presented in a gentle manner (that is, the passive voice has been used, instead of the first person active verb indicating the command).
(As mentioned): The treaty of Hudaybiyah opened up many doors for conversions of people into Islam precisely because Islam and being Arab became synthesized. This is an important lesson for our own time as well, and how Islam can be and has become the indelible identity of many nations.
The nature of this world is Fanaa’ (withering away) and associated intrinsically with this is disappointment. However, note that Islam has Allah as the Real, the True Existent. This is very much unlike certain ideologies which leave it at the world being unreal and withering away, but make no statement about the Divine Reality.