Monday, October 31, 2005
This issue deals with his explanation of:
APHORISM 4: Relieve yourself of planning: what Another has already done for you do not do yourself.
APHORISM 5: Your striving for what is ensured to you and neglect of what is sought from you show the blindness of your spiritual insight.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Who can pray for the deceased? - SunniPath
Imam Ghazali mentions the following story: “Said Bashshar ibn Ghalib al-Najrani, ‘I once saw Rabi`a al-`Adawiya, the worshipper [al-`abida] in my sleep, it having been my custom to pray for her abundantly. ‘Oh Bashshar ibn Ghalib,’ she told me. ‘Your gifts come to me covered with silken cloths upon salvers of light.’ ‘How should that be?’ I asked, and she replied, ‘Thus are the prayers of the living believers: when they offer a prayer for the deceased and are granted a response, that prayer is set upon salvers of light and covered with silken cloths, after which it is brought to the one who has died with the words, ‘This is So-and-so’s gift to you.’’”
Imam Ghazali continues, ‘The Emissary of God (May God bless him and grant him peace) said, ‘The dead man in his grave is like a drowning man shouting for help, as he waits for a prayer to come to him from his father, his brother or his friend. When it comes it is more beloved to him than the world and all it contains. Indeed, the gifts of the living to the dead are prayer and the petitioning of God for His forgiveness.’ This should serve to remind us of two things. Firstly, that while we are alive and thus not as a drowning man depending on the prayers of another, we should embrace Islam in every facet of life, for in our graves we will be alone with nothing but our deeds. Secondly, we should remember to pray for our deceased ancestors, teachers, friends, martyrs, and all Muslims and pray that the same is done for us one day.
Rabi`a once said, “You are but a set of numbered days. When one day goes, a part of you goes as well. And with the disappearance of the parts, the whole is nearly lost as well.”
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Dedicated to the Memory of Brother Daulat Shah, a Recital of the 30th Juz by Shaykh Ali Hani (SunniPath)
We are Allah's and to Him we return.
May Allah Most High grant Brother Daulat the highest of Paradise, and grant his family and loved one's patience and strength in dealing with this loss.
And Allah alone gives success, and to Him belongs all praise.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Spiritual Life in Ottoman Turkey and
Some especially beautiful contentions of this new set:
- Our patience is the awaiting of delights for us. His patience is the awaiting of delights for us.
- Be a good Muslim and you won't want to lie. Be a very good Muslim and you won't need to lie.
- We have not grown out of the Shari‘a, we have shrunk out of it.
- Religion desires to change the age. The age desires to change religion.
- The reading of Scripture is sufficient; but we are not sufficient readers.
- Incarnation: the finite can contain the Infinite.
- To know the saint is to know the age.
- They are not the solution; God is the solution.
- Each gender was created only that the other might give thanks.
- We can curse, or we can be discursive.
- A man who would marry a feminist is not worth obeying.
- Praying through someone is not praying to someone. Praying because someone is praying is praying to someone.
- Your property belongs to you if you belong to God. If you belong to Satan you belong to your property.
- Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God is not Israel.
- The cause of modern panic is non-referentiality.
- ‘Progress and catastrophe are two sides of the same coin'. (Hannah Arendt)
- Fun is serious.
- The Alone wishes to save us from loneliness. ‘Come to the prayer!'
- Those that are wedded to the science of this generation may be orphaned in the next.
- Islam liberates because it is rooted in our natures.
- Which is the bigger prison: Islam in the eyes of modernity, or modernity in the eyes of Islam?
Sunday, October 23, 2005
He does not refuse sustenance to the one who speaks ill of Him. How then could He refuse sustenance to the one whose soul is overflowing with love for Him? - Rabi'a al-Adawiyya
My people! Seek forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him repentant. He will cause the sky to rain abundance on you and will add to your strength. Do not go back to transgression! - Qur'an 11:52
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Seldom is the servant free from these two states that come on us alternately as the succession of night and day, and God requires of you an attitude of servitude with respect to both....
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Maliki Fiqh of Ramadan with Sidi Rami Nsour: Part 1 and Part 2
Hanafi Fiqh of Ramadan with Imam Tahir Anwar: Part 1 and Part 2
Friday, October 14, 2005
On Saturday October 15th, 2005, tune into www.radioawaz.com or 107.2fm (if you're in Glasgow) between 10pm-12am (That's 5pm-7pm EST). You should be able to listen to Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller's naseeha, recording LIVE in Glasgow.
Also, Sidi Mustafa Shaheed Davis from the Emirates will give an in depth look what guidance media is about.
Others shaykhs that could be on this Saturday is Imam Zaid Shakir (TBC)
and Sidi Usama Canon (outreach worker at zaytuna)(TBC).
Future Speakers Include:
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf,
Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy,
Shaykh Ahmad Ba bikir
Shaykh Abdullah al Kadi
and many more....
Most of us have met dedicated and otherwise intelligent Muslims who have made themselves “‘aqida police” to confront the rest of us with their issues in tenets of faith. We are told that this group, or that group, or most Muslims, or we ourselves are kafirs or “non-Muslims” on grounds that are less than familiar, but found in some manual of Islamic creed. Before going to hell on a trick question, or sending someone else there, many Muslims today would do well to cast a glance at the history of traditional Islamic theology (kalam), and the real creedal reasons that make one a Muslim or non-Muslim. Nuh Keller examines them in the following address given at the Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman, Jordan
Found via Seeker's Digest
Monday, October 10, 2005
"Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, it is the best companion during travels, and it is the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy. Knowledge is the discerning proof of what is right and what is wrong, and it is the positive force that will help you surmount the trials of comfort, as well as those of hardships. Knowledge is your most powerful sword against your enemy, and finally, it is your most dignifying raiment in the company of your close companions."
road to salvation. Even if you do not travel the road, at least
keep the road open. Do not say that you have gone astray.
Take the straight way, and there will be no crookedness.
Straightness is the quality of Moses' staff; the kinks are in the
staves of the sorcerers: when straightness comes it devours all
the others. If you have done evil you have done it to yourself.
How could the evil you have done ever reach Him? When a bird
perches on a mountaintop and then flies away, what has the
mountain gained or lost? When you straighten yourself out,
nothing else remains. Do not abandon hope."
-Jalal al-Din Rumi, "Signs of the Unseen", trans. Wheeler Thackston, pp. 9-10.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Peace and Blessings be Upon our Master Muhammad, His Family, Companions
and all those who follow him until the Day of Judgement
Assalamu'alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu,
"An earthquake measuring at least 7.6 on the Richter scale caused massive devastation across a swathe of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan."
I spoke to relatives who said nothing could be heard during the quake, but the recitation of the shahadah by school children, workers, and elders alike. Subhan'Allah. May Allah have Mercy on all those who passed from this world during this month of Ramadan, most of whom were likely fasting.
This is one of many disasters that have occured this year. La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah. We could easily be among the victims. Let us make the most of each moment Allah grants us. Give priority to 'ibaadah over work, school....
The South Asian Earthquake:
World, Muslim Countries Offer Help to Quake-hit Asia
Diary: S Asia quake aid worker
Ulfa Aid have launched a live Emergency Appeal for the South Asia Earthquake Victims
Reminders to us all:
When the Generous appears with the Name Avenger
From Some: Wisdom...
[Ali radi Allah anhu]
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
From Ibn Rajab's Lata'if al-Ma`arif (p342) to help with our nightly vigils...
The wife of Habib Abu Muhammad a student of al-Hasn al-Basri would say to him at night:
The night has departed. We have a distant journey ahead of us and few provisions. The caravans of the Righteous have traveled before us while we remained behind:
O, you who sleep at night: how long do you slumber?
Arise my love, the appointment has approached.
Take part of the night and of its duration
[for] worship so long as the slumberers have not dozed. Whoever slept til his night has ended
has not reached the camp nor endeavored.
Tell those with minds, endowed with god-fearing,
for you the heavy weight of examination is appointed.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Now that it's officially Maghrib in my corner of Allah's beautiful earth, I would like to wish you all...
May Allah make this month a means of much good for our eternal states, drawing us closer to our Creator, Mighty and Majestic is He, and showering us with blessings unabound. Amin.
Please remember this needy servant in your blessed du'as.
The Legal and Spiritual Dimensions of Fasting
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Monday, October 03, 2005
Reciting Qur’an: Benefits & Fiqh
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, and Compassionate
May Peace and Blessings be upon the Blessed Messenger of Allah,
His Folk, Companions, and Followers Until the Day of Judgment
Realization that the Arabic Qur’an is Allah's Book, a blessing by which He guides hearts and souls, brings about the desire to want to read it. As Shaykh Faraz Rabbani says in the link below, 'there is great reward in reciting the Arabic, even if one does not understand its meanings, for these are the Words of Allah, and their aural majesty makes hearts submit reverentially.'
The Zaytuna Institute has an *excellent* section on Ramadan – full of excellent audio lessons and articles on Moon Sighting, Approaching Ramadan!
Also, Etiquette with the Quran by Sidi Musa Furber (with a Foreword by Shaykh Nuh Keller)
Please also see the following links from the SunniPath Archives:
When is the best time(s) to read the Qur’an each day?
Prophetic Guidance Regarding the Excellence of Reciting the Qur'an (from Imam Nawawi's Gardens of the Righteous)
As an aside, A.J. Arberry's English translation is an excellent one. Finally, listening to the Qur’an whenever possible is also a means for much good, insha’Allah, and should be done as much as possible during Ramadan – for instance, when commuting or going about daily tasks.
SunniPath Fiqh Team
Sunday, October 02, 2005
The Story of the Dala'il al-Khayrat