Sunday, January 30, 2005

Seeker's Digest - TV Addiction Is No Mere Metaphor

TV Addiction Is No Mere Metaphor - pdf

Another excellent post on Seeker's Digest.

Allah is enough for those who believe...

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

Oh son of Adam...

Hadith Qudsi:

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.

Is The Majority Always Correct? - SunniPath Q/A

Shaykh Gibril Haddad on "
Is The Majority Always Correct?".

Solid as always.

Why Does Allah Test Us? - SunniPath Q/A

Sidi Hamza Karamali addresses the question of "
Why Does Allah Test Us?"


Saturday, January 08, 2005

Alexandalus - Sufism of Putative "Salafi" References

Sufism of Putative "Salafi" References

"Evidence of Sufi affiliations for some of the authorities the "Salafis" purportedly respect"

Foundations of the Spiritual Path

Foundations of the Spiritual Path
By Sidi Ahmad Zurruq
Translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

A beautiful piece. Well worth the read.

Originally published in the Zaytuna Institute's Seasons Journal, Vol 1, Issue 1, Spring-Summer 2003

Thought for the Day - Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

An archive of
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (T.J. Winter) 's BBC Thought for the Day Series.

Abdal Hakim Murad
graduated from Cambridge University with a double-first in Arabic in 1983. He then lived in Cairo for three years, studying Islam under traditional teachers at Al-Azhar, one of the oldest universities in the world. He went on to reside for three years in Jeddah, where he administered a commercial translation office and maintained close contact with Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad and other ulama from Hadramaut, Yemen.

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.

(Biography taken from Sidi Masud Khan's excellent site)

SunniPath Q/A - Implementing the Sunna With Wisdom

Implementing the Sunna With Wisdom: What is your advice for implementing the sunna in college?

Answered by Shaykh Suhaib Webb

A Message to All Humanity - Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf: an Unedited Message to All Humanity -- from ISNA 2004

Friday, January 07, 2005

Tsunami Reflections and Dua Request

Tsunami Reflections: Theological lessons from the Sumatra earthquak
e by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad. Now available at 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

Diya' al-Mawlid

Celebrating the Birth of our Beloved Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace).
Diya' al-Mawlid: A Special Presentation courtesy of SunniPath

Marriage...For Muslims...

Ruqayyah Waris Maqsood The Muslim Marriage Guide

Understanding the natures of men and women so you'll be able to deal with one another with wisdom and the best of character.

Men...(yes, Women, too)

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...)

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Tell me Oh Muhammad....

The Hadith of Jibril (Gabriel), relayed to, in the blessed words of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), “ teach you your religion”...