Sunday, January 30, 2005
Another excellent post on Seeker's Digest.
On the patience and great character of the Prophet Yusuf (Joseph), peace be upon him.
The medieval Muslim poet Rumi adds his own story, which explores how Joseph, exiled and imprisoned by his brothers, refused to take refuge in hate. He wrote this:
'For ten years Joseph never slept at night. That prince kept praying to
God for the sake of his brothers:
O God, if you forgive them, so be it. But if not, then I shall fill the
whole world with my tears.
Punish them not, O Lord, for they are full of guilt for the sin tha
suddenly overtook them!
Joseph's feet became blistered from his night vigils; his eyes full o
pain from weeping and wailing.'
Rumi continues as follows:
'The lamentation spread to the celestial spheres and the angels, and the
Sea of God's Gentleness overflowed, and broke his chains.
Fourteen robes of honour arrived, and God spoke to Joseph, Jacob, and the brothers: "All fourteen of you are prophets, messengers, and chiefs among My servants."
Such is the effort of the saints day and night, in order to deliver
creatures from torment and corruption.'
-- Taken from Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad's recent "Thought for the Day"
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
On the authority of Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, say: Allah the Almighty said: O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness as close to it in measure.
Saturday, January 08, 2005
Sufism of Putative "Salafi" References
"Evidence of Sufi affiliations for some of the authorities the "Salafis" purportedly respect"
An archive of Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (T.J. Winter) 's BBC Thought for the Day Series.
In 1989, Shaikh Abdal Hakim returned to England and spent two years at the University of London learning Turkish and Farsi. Since 1992 he has been a doctoral student at Oxford University, specializing in the religious life of the early Ottoman Empire. He is currently Secretary of the Muslim Academic Trust (London) and Director of the Sunna Project at the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University, which issues the first-ever scholarly Arabic editions of the major Hadith collections.
Shaikh Abdal Hakim is the translator of a number of works, including two volumes from Imam al-Ghazali Ihya Ulum al-Din. He gives durus and halaqas from time to time and taught the works of Imam al-Ghazali at the Winter 1995 Deen Intensive Program in New Haven, CT. He appears frequently on BBC Radio and writes occasionally for a number of publications including The Independent and Q-News International, Britain's premier Muslim Magazine.
Implementing the Sunna With Wisdom: What is your advice for implementing the sunna in college?
Answered by Shaykh Suhaib Webb
Friday, January 07, 2005
Tsunami Reflections: Theological lessons from the Sumatra earthquake by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad. Now available at www.DeenPort.com in the 'Lessons' Section.
Also from DeenPort, please pray for Brother Osman Olof who has been missing in the mountains of Ireland for several days now. May Allah shelter him, and return him safely to his loved ones, and may He give all those who know him immense patience during this difficult time...ameen.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Great men talk about ideas; Mediocre men talk about things; Small men talk about people.
- Admiral Hyman Rickover
(and the best of men talk about Allah...)