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For the Knowers

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Said the Beloved to the Lover: “So come back to Me when it is Time.  Though the world thinks you crazy.  With just one call, I Will Be there.  For I have never left.  And if you walk to me, I will run.  And if you move nearer one step, I Move nearer seventy steps.  I Always answered your call.  Because I Know you.  Even when you have no more faith in yourself.  Your pain is My Pain, your joy is my Joy.  Indeed I am the Friend.”
Said the Lover to the Beloved: “I will Return; my Light, my Sun, my Moon, my Eleven Planets.  I will Return; my Reason, my Heart, my Desire.  Return to me, my Glimpse of Paradise.  Because the Garden is not the Abode.  I seek only You.  You are my Treasure in dunya and my Treasure in akhirah.  My pain is Your Pain, My Joy is Your Joy.  I do not exist in your Presence.  There is only You.  And I know now, We were never apart.”




As recorded in Swahih al-Buhkari, Swahih Muslim, Sunan at-Tirmidzi and Sunan ibn Majah, on the authori…

Oranges in the Mountains

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
People are most likely to change their religion in early adulthood.  This would be from about eighteen to twenty-five.  And such people are also very vulnerable to radicalisation.  The young always want to change the world without realising that they have to change themselves first.  And that is why it is very important for a new convert to have a support network ready to steer them away from these fancy ideas.
I knew this guy once who converted in his late teens.  He had barely converted when he was caught up in this talk about re-establishing the Caliphate.  This was the period when Imran Hosein was the flavour of the month in the Muslim talk circuit, the Americans were threatening to invade Afghanistan and some entity called al-Qaeda had allegedly committed mass murder in the name of Islam.  The Muslim community was understandably restless.  We had no idea what was going on.
At this point of time, he had barely learned to read the Qur’an, let alon…

Du'a an-Nur

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
It is related by ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) that he once stayed the night as a guest of Maymunah (r.a.), who was his aunt, and the Prophet (s.a.w.).  They slept on their blanket lengthways, and he slept at the end, crossways.  After they had all slept for a while, the Prophet (s.a.w.) rose in the middle of the night to pray tahajjud, and ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) joined him.
They both performed wudhu, and he prayed eleven rak’ah with the Prophet (s.a.w.).  Then they both went back to sleep again until dawn.  Bilal (r.a.) called the adzan and the Prophet (s.a.w.) did another two short rakah, before going into the mosque to lead swalah fajr.
ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) said that one of the ud’iyyah that the Prophet (s.a.w.) made during this night was, “O Allah, Place light in my heart, light in my tongue, light in my hearing, light in my sight, light behind me, light in front of me, light on my right, light on my left, light above me and light below me; place light in my sinew,…

Why We Call Them Wahhabi

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from “What is a Wahhabi?”  In simple terms, a Wahhabi is defined as one who follows the creed of methodology of its founder, Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab.  This definition is not only accepted by most Muslims worldwide, but is also a documented fact in the many books of Western Academia.  For example, the Encyclopaedia Britannica does well to inform us that, “Wahhabiyyah, the Muslim puritan movement founded by Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab in the 18th century in Najd, central ‘Arabia…”
Simply put, a Wahhabi is anybody who follows the movement and life mission of Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, by supporting his doctrine in any form or fashion.  Wahhabis, however, object to being called Wahhabis under the pretext that al-Wahhab is one of many of Allah’s most beautiful Attributes and that such a beautiful term should not be used as a label.  This argument proves to be fallacious due to the fact that there have been numerous sects na…

Remember Me

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

"You have no idea how hard I have looked for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What is the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean? Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It is no good giving my heart and my soul because You already have these. So I have brought you a Mirror. Look at Yourself and Remember me."
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.)
Where will we find the Divine but where it always was.  And what can we give Him when even our amal is not ours.  Even our ‘ibadah is His Gift.  We call Him the Master but it is He Who Awaits us at the sajadah when it is time for our Rendezvous.
So we remember this the next time we come to Him, whether in du’a or swalah, that our Presence is by Invitation, that the Invitation is by Acceptance.  He has Accepted us.  He has Invited us.  He has Cloaked us with His Love and Honoured us with His Presence.  And every word from our lips is His.  If He has E…

Dirt You Cannot See

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
O people, you do not believe in dirt you cannot see, And yet you claim to believe in God and His Decree? The mirror of your heart is covered in dust, So who is this god that you claim to see thus? You say you only need to read the Qur'an, By yourself, you claim will know Him then. Do you not realise that all you have been Given is the key? A tremendous Gift but of no use if you cannot see The Palace whose door it unlocks to the Presence. Or the gate to the Ocean where you will come to drown, Losing yourself so your God can be Found. So clean yourself of yourself so you can see That you see Creation by Light but Light itself you cannot see.
Terence Nunis

Are the Jews & Christians Ahl al-Kitab?

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Muslims believe that the Qur’an is for all time.  It is without error and irrefutable for those who have taqwa.  If Allah (s.w.t.) has Stated the characteristics of the mu’minin, it is for all time.  If Allah (s.w.t.) has Stated the characteristics of the mushrikin, it is for all time.  Thus, if these are the characteristics of the Ahl al-Kitab, they are for all time.  The Qur’an is not just for Muslims but for all mankind.  It is thus addressing the Ahl al-Kitab now as well.
There have been some asatidzah who have said that the Christians in the Qur’an are not the same as the Christians now.  Christianity as we know it was already settled in its doctrines, liturgy and the composition of the Bible by the time of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.).  The last of the Ecumenical Councils were over by the middle of the 3rd Century C.E.  There is little doctrinal difference between Christianity then and Christianity now.  By the advent of the last Prophet (s.a…

The Ahl al-Kitab

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
A lot of people have opinions about the Ahl al-Kitab.  I have even heard some asatidzah speak with authority about them and yet speak nonsense.  Most people have no idea who or what they are.  The Ahl al-Kitab refers to three main groups of people in the Qur’an: Sabeans, Christians and; Jews.  It was the opinion of ‘Umar ibn al-Khaththab (r.a.) that the Zoroastrians are included in this group and he dealt with them as such.

Those who believe (in the Qur'an) and those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures) and the Christians and the Sabians, any who believe in Allah and the Last Day and work righteousness, shall have their Reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Surah al-Baqarah:62)
We know who are the Christians and Jews but who are the Sabeans?  Some scholars actually believe that Sabeans refer to the descendents of the followers of John the Baptist or Yahya (a.s.).  Twenty years after the resurrection of Jesus (a.s…