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Wronging the One We Love

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina Husayn ibn ‘Ali (r.a.) said, “A man wrote to Abu Dzarr, ‘O Abu Dzarr, teach me something new of knowledge.’
Abu Dzarr replied to him, ‘Knowledge is vast. However, if you can abstain from wronging someone that you love, do so.’
The man asked him, ‘Have you seen anyone wrong someone that he loves?’
Abu Dzarr replied, ‘Yes, your own self is the dearest of all things to you. And when you disobey God you have wronged it.’”


Refining the Thirst

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Why do we search for water?As Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi (q.s.) said, when we refine the thirst, there will be water all around.




Hearts are Like Wild Beasts

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) said, “The hearts of people are like wild beasts.They attach themselves to those who love and train them.”

The Sharing Group Discussion on Jesus (a.s.) Qua Divine

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following was posted by me, on The Sharing Group, on the 11th March 2016: “Something to consider: From a Muslim theological perspective, the heresy of Trinitarianism is not the belief that Jesus (a.s.) is God since that can be understood through the doctrinal instruments of the tajalli and wahdat al-wujud; but that God is Jesus (a.s.) since God is Mukhalafatuhu lil Hawadits, Distinct from and without resemblance to Creation.”
Brother Abdul Karim Majid: Spot on and exactly what I have been taught to understand.
Brother Terence Helikaon Nunis: Shaykh ibn ‘Arabi (q.s.) was, perhaps, the one who articulated this best. Imam Ahmad as-Sirhindi (q.s.) also had a similar position.
Brother Sri Nahar: Regarding “God is Jesus”; if by “Jesus”, we refer to the human nature of the Son of Mary, then God is not Jesus.
Brother Terence Helikaon Nunis: God is not Jesus (a.s.) in any nature.
Brother Sri Nahar: The reason given to the statement that God is not Jesus is t…

The Sharing Group Discussion on Blasphemy Laws

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following was posted, by me, on The Sharing Group, on the 06th March 2016: “Considering developments in the Muslim world in the last few days, is there a place for blasphemy laws in a modern, secular state? Are blasphemy laws in accordance to the values that the Prophet (s.a.w.) taught us?”
Brother Nick Orzech: I do not have an easy answer, but I will say that from my experiences, I have much greater respect for critical and scholarly rabbis in their approaches to religious law than I do for many of the fuquha’ these days. My gut says no because the context is simply not there anymore and, frankly, that seems to be a part of the shari’ah that is contingent, in that it is subservient to the higher maqaswid which are simply not being met in many Muslim societies. They say that only ‘urf rulings are subject to change with time but I find that to be a load of nonsense. We do not need to throw out any of our texts and we should never ever do so, but …