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October 8, 2007 - 4 Responses

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The continuity of this site as you will have noticed, has been quite slum. However the quality and content will remain until further notice. This site will blossom soon until an, or the former, administrator is (re)established. Thank You.

-Brother Aktar

 

A dove moaned frailly in the dark one night
On a branch, while I was sleeping.
I have lied, by God’s house! Were I a lover,
Then doves would not beat me in weeping.
I claim that I am mad with love, fervent with longing
For my Lord, yet I do not weep and such animals are weeping.

-Anonymous

SiCKO

October 8, 2007 - One Response

Good movie. Nothing but common sense, so everyone can relate and understand. Quite moving actually. How on earth does this relate to Islam? I don’t really know exactly how to tell you the truth, except that I’m sure that out of how someone feels for another, out of universal humanity, this is one thing that others should see, that others should propagate. I think that when one has Iman, that Iman leads people to unity, that indescribable summation of feeling faith, love, unity, beauty, simplicity, and greatness among the uncountable and infinite (beyond human understanding) amount of descriptions and definitions, makes Islam what it is. When people with all sincerity describe what they feel of this strange Islam, what they feel and love is incredibly similar to the feelings of others who encounter this strange Islam. Wouldn’t it be awesome if everyone felt Iman as a true Muslim feels it? It sure would, thats what a true Muslim’s goal is; it is their duty to spread and gift the beauty of Islam to all the world.

Now really, all these arguments between Muslims and Non-Muslims on this site makes me wonder: Why is everyone arguing? Its all more simply difference of value. Why not debate, if you will, on a more affectionate and sensible basis, and not just random blabing of things that we feel. I mean there is a dialog going on between people, but these arguments don’t end. You see, people become friends through compromising each others values. They find common ground, and then find friendship. When Islam came to Earth, and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had begun striving for its existence all over the planet, did he really compromise values and beliefs that were held between Muslims and Non-Muslims? No, not actually. He held tightly to moral, and goodness. If you feel he didn’t, then please lets try to understand each others perspectives, and intake what is more important: common ground and friendship. The Jews and the Muslims have always walked together without much problem, even though they didn’t compromise each others beliefs. Even though they didn’t compromise each others beliefs! As did Muslims and Christians, and as did Muslims and Hindus! Wisdom and true humanity takes a person over when they fully understand that they, and the the person beside them, who ever they may be is the same. They think and do, they feel and see, they sleep and wake, they fiercely love and bravely fight. Why doesn’t anyone bother to try and live so that there may always be peace, even when someone makes a mistake? Why not? I think because thats just how life is when you start it. That everything is chaotic, you enter into a world thats outside the box, when everything you see and think is inside the box; everything outside is beyond and unconfined. No matter how well you think of yourself, you will be wrong when your wrong, but to prove that your wrong is nonsensical when everyone else can think the same exact way and have the exactly opposite opinion. Peace, not war.

-Peace, Brother Aktar.

Muhammad’s Sword

July 12, 2007 - 6 Responses

Admin Note: I’m sorry, I’m probably late with this article since it was published September last year, however since I have just stumbled across it, I would like visitors to read it, its quite intresting!

by Uri Avnery

 

September 27, 2006

Since the days when Roman Emperors threw Christians to the lions, the relations between the emperors and the heads of the church have undergone many changes.

Constantine the Great, who became Emperor in the year 306–exactly 1700 years ago–encouraged the practice of Christianity in the empire, which included Palestine . Centuries later, the church split into an Eastern (Orthodox) and a Western (Catholic) part. In the West, the Bishop of Rome, who acquired the title of Pope, demanded that the Emperor accept his superiority.

The struggle between the Emperors and the Popes played a central role in European history and divided the peoples. It knew ups and downs. Some Emperors dismissed or expelled a Pope, some Popes dismissed or excommunicated an Emperor. One of the Emperors, Henry IV, “walked to Canossa ,” standing for three days barefoot in the snow in front of the Pope’s castle, until the Pope deigned to annul his excommunication.

But there were times when Emperors and Popes lived in peace with each other. We are witnessing such a period today. Between the present Pope, Benedict XVI, and the present Emperor, George Bush II, there exists a wonderful harmony. Last week’s speech by the Pope, which aroused a world-wide storm, went well with Bush’s crusade against “Islamofascism,” in the context of the “Clash of Civilizations.”

IN HIS lecture at a German university, the 265th Pope described what he sees as a huge difference between Christianity and Islam: while Christianity is based on reason, Islam denies it. While Christians see the logic of God’s actions, Muslims deny that there is any such logic in the actions of Allah.

As a Jewish atheist, I do not intend to enter the fray of this debate. It is much beyond my humble abilities to understand the logic of the Pope. But I cannot overlook one passage, which concerns me too, as an Israeli living near the fault-line of this “war of civilizations.”

In order to prove the lack of reason in Islam, the Pope asserts that the prophet Muhammad ordered his followers to spread their religion by the sword. According to the Pope, that is unreasonable, because faith is born of the soul, not of the body. How can the sword influence the soul?

To support his case, the Pope quoted–of all people–a Byzantine Emperor, who belonged, of course, to the competing Eastern Church. At the end of the 14th Century, the Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus told of a debate he had–or so he said (its occurrence is in doubt)–with an unnamed Persian Muslim scholar. In the heat of the argument, the Emperor (according to himself) flung the following words at his adversary:

“Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

These words give rise to three questions: (a) Why did the Emperor say them? (b) Are they true? (c) Why did the present Pope quote them?

WHEN MANUEL II wrote his treatise, he was the head of a dying empire. He assumed power in 1391, when only a few provinces of the once illustrious empire remained. These, too, were already under Turkish threat.

At that point in time, the Ottoman Turks had reached the banks of the Danube . They had conquered Bulgaria and the north of Greece , and had twice defeated relieving armies sent by Europe to save the Eastern Empire . On May 29, 1453 , only a few years after Manuel’s death, his capital, Constantinople (the present Istanbul ) fell to the Turks, putting an end to the Empire that had lasted for more than a thousand years.

During his reign, Manuel made the rounds of the capitals of Europe in an attempt to drum up support. He promised to reunite the church. There is no doubt that he wrote his religious treatise in order to incite the Christian countries against the Turks and convince them to start a new crusade. The aim was practical, theology was serving politics.

In this sense, the quote serves exactly the requirements of the present Emperor, George Bush II. He, too, wants to unite the Christian world against the mainly Muslim “Axis of Evil.” Moreover, the Turks are again knocking on the doors of Europe , this time peacefully. It is well known that the Pope supports the forces that object to the entry of Turkey into the European Union.

IS THERE any truth in Manuel’s argument?

The pope himself threw in a word of caution. As a serious and renowned theologian, he could not afford to falsify written texts. Therefore, he admitted that the Qur’an specifically forbade the spreading of the faith by force. He quoted the second Sura, verse 256 (strangely fallible, for a pope, he meant verse 257) which says: “There must be no coercion in matters of faith.”

How can one ignore such an unequivocal statement? The Pope simply argues that this commandment was laid down by the prophet when he was at the beginning of his career, still weak and powerless, but that later on he ordered the use of the sword in the service of the faith. Such an order does not exist in the Qur’an. True, Muhammad called for the use of the sword in his war against opposing tribes–Christian, Jewish and others–in Arabia , when he was building his state. But that was a political act, not a religious one; basically a fight for territory, not for the spreading of the faith.

Jesus said: “You will recognize them by their fruits.” The treatment of other religions by Islam must be judged by a simple test: How did the Muslim rulers behave for more than a thousand years, when they had the power to “spread the faith by the sword”?

Well, they just did not.

For many centuries, the Muslims ruled Greece . Did the Greeks become Muslims? Did anyone even try to Islamize them? On the contrary, Christian Greeks held the highest positions in the Ottoman administration. The Bulgarians, Serbs, Romanians, Hungarians and other European nations lived at one time or another under Ottoman rule and clung to their Christian faith. Nobody compelled them to become Muslims and all of them remained devoutly Christian.

True, the Albanians did convert to Islam, and so did the Bosniaks. But nobody argues that they did this under duress. They adopted Islam in order to become favorites of the government and enjoy the fruits.

In 1099, the Crusaders conquered Jerusalem and massacred its Muslim and Jewish inhabitants indiscriminately, in the name of the gentle Jesus. At that time, 400 years into the occupation of Palestine by the Muslims, Christians were still the majority in the country. Throughout this long period, no effort was made to impose Islam on them. Only after the expulsion of the Crusaders from the country, did the majority of the inhabitants start to adopt the Arabic language and the Muslim faith–and they were the forefathers of most of today’s Palestinians.

THERE IS no evidence whatsoever of any attempt to impose Islam on the Jews. As is well known, under Muslim rule the Jews of Spain enjoyed a bloom the like of which the Jews did not enjoy anywhere else until almost our time. Poets like Yehuda Halevy wrote in Arabic, as did the great Maimonides. In Muslim Spain, Jews were ministers, poets, scientists. In Muslim Toledo, Christian, Jewish and Muslim scholars worked together and translated the ancient Greek philosophical and scientific texts. That was, indeed, the Golden Age. How would this have been possible, had the Prophet decreed the “spreading of the faith by the sword”?

What happened afterwards is even more telling. When the Catholics re-conquered Spain from the Muslims, they instituted a reign of religious terror. The Jews and the Muslims were presented with a cruel choice: to become Christians, to be massacred or to leave. And where did the hundreds of thousand of Jews, who refused to abandon their faith, escape? Almost all of them were received with open arms in the Muslim countries. The Sephardi (“Spanish”) Jews settled all over the Muslim world, from Morocco in the west to Iraq in the east, from Bulgaria (then part of the Ottoman Empire ) in the north to Sudan in the south. Nowhere were they persecuted. They knew nothing like the tortures of the Inquisition, the flames of the auto-da-fe, the pogroms, the terrible mass-expulsions that took place in almost all Christian countries, up to the Holocaust.

WHY? Because Islam expressly prohibited any persecution of the “peoples of the book.” In Islamic society, a special place was reserved for Jews and Christians. They did not enjoy completely equal rights, but almost. They had to pay a special poll-tax, but were exempted from military service–a trade-off that was quite welcome to many Jews. It has been said that Muslim rulers frowned upon any attempt to convert Jews to Islam even by gentle persuasion–because it entailed the loss of taxes.

Every honest Jew who knows the history of his people cannot but feel a deep sense of gratitude to Islam, which has protected the Jews for 50 generations, while the Christian world persecuted the Jews and tried many times “by the sword” to get them to abandon their faith.

THE STORY about “spreading the faith by the sword” is an evil legend, one of the myths that grew up in Europe during the great wars against the Muslims–the reconquista of Spain by the Christians, the Crusades and the repulsion of the Turks, who almost conquered Vienna . I suspect that the German Pope, too, honestly believes in these fables. That means that the leader of the Catholic world, who is a Christian theologian in his own right, did not make the effort to study the history of other religions.

Why did he utter these words in public? And why now?

There is no escape from viewing them against the background of the new Crusade of Bush and his evangelist supporters, with his slogans of “Islamofascism” and the “Global War on Terrorism”–when “terrorism” has become a synonym for Muslims. For Bush’s handlers, this is a cynical attempt to justify the domination of the world’s oil resources. Not for the first time in history, a religious robe is spread to cover the nakedness of economic interests; not for the first time, a robbers’ expedition becomes a Crusade. The speech of the Pope blends into this effort. Who can foretell the dire consequences?

Loving the Summer!

June 11, 2007 - 8 Responses

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[Press Play While You Read!! Trust me, its BLISSFULLY SWEET!!]

I have a free summer for self-improvement, work, personal studying, and lots of other things you probably wouldn’t care about. But, I think, if your a frequent visitor to this site, that you’ll probably want me to do something about this site. I’ve gotten many comments about how my site is nice and worth-while, but I haven’t had enough time to commit any effort to make this site superb to its full potential. So, this summer, I will be working on this site to make it awesome, and you will love it. I can probably guarantee that (as much as I can guarantee we’ll be friends in Jannah ;) ).

So, until the first of July, I need Suggestions. Lots and lots and lots of suggestions. I need your feedback, no matter who, where, or how your are. I do want to know about you, so link me your site, or your ‘about me’ on myspace or w/e, and I’ll be sure to take note about your personality and taste and try to accommodate your tastes. If you don’t think I’ll pull it off, you must be drunk or something or other– I WILL. I am filled with creativity as well as intelligence, not to brag or anything, I’m also filled with coffee right now 4:30 in the morning. I need some loyal readers, neighbor blogs, casual visitors, and first timers to criticize the life (and coffee) out of me. I’m serious, I’ll deliver. Even if you hate me, go ahead, be my guest, smack me with crisism (but if you perhaps dislike Islam, as a non-believer, take a chilll-pilll). I’ve always had ideas to make this site one of kind, awesome, and highly useful. I’ve already helped a student brother do his homework with a post I had a while back. Help me, Help YOU. If you like this site, suggest something you would like. What do you want? Do you want a forum, a better design, more accessibility, more audio, more books suggestion, more cool videos, or do you even want to help me run the site? If you own a blog, and you visit me sometimes, then maybe you can link me and help me out a bit? ;) If you read this blog the tiniest bit, probably from a feed far far away, you can still help out, tell me something, leave a small comment. Maybe, just maybe, you like this site SOOOO much that you’ll give me detail to detail about things you would like, along with your friends’ opinions who you’ve dragged into helping too. Well not that far, but you get my drift. I’ll be going to Umrah this summer, YAY!! And I will be taking muchos muchos pictures for the sake of LOVE for deen. I’ll be taking A LOT of pictures. I’ll probably even take my skateboard there for some extra pic’s, which I thoroughly doubt will happen, but thats just me. I want to update the site so that when I get there, I can post. Post like I’ve never posted before. But what will interest you besides my personal account of the heart of Islam? I’ll be taking classes in the exclusive NY program named, Al-Baseerah. This will be their third annual trip, and it has been rumored (its actually true) that the students get exclusive privileges, like pray inside the Prophets Mosque during closed hours where there will be NO disturbances, and wholly intimate prayer with the Almighty in the sacred-est of sacred places. And also, I must announce, that once before (from the two times, which means its half possible!!) the exclusive privileges granted to students have permitted a once in a lifetime opportunity for some to pray inside the Kabaa. HOLY SNAP.

I’ll have lots and lots and LOTS to talk about and relate about and talk about. Yup, I’m going crazy, this is so awesome. So guys, my buddies like Mujahideen Ryder, Danya, Mona (Munzareen), Salim Ibrahim (aka THE MAN), my intelligent buddy at Islamicate, and all my other peeps on the blogroll, ch-ch-check it out. I want to make a site that will accommodate the needs of the average and above-average Muslim surfer in terms of reading, visuals, video, inspirations, and other lovely Islamic related interest. Heck, if we do good enough, I’ll probably try to start a magazine. But lets not get too ahead of ourselves, lets first make an awesome illustration of “The Brilliance of Islam.”

I’ll update with some more info. Btw, I love you all so much. :)

The Amazing and Emotional Dua of Shaykh Al Mohaisany

June 6, 2007 - 2 Responses

Youtube Excerpt:

The emotional Dua by Shaykh Muhammad Al Mohaisany in Makkah, After Taraweeh Salah, Ramadhan 1422 AH/december 2001. HURRICANES!


He was subsequently arrested by the tyrannical taghout regime of Saudi Arabia immediately after making the dua.
This is a conversion by me to video of the excellent flash file made by Al Muhajiroun, with english translations / subtitles.
**Warning** = graphic images and very emotional! u WILL cry…”

Edit:

Okay, there might be some odd extremist notion in this video, but its all just how it is. I think, we needn’t worry about minimal differences and weep to Allah all the same!

The Desert Rose

May 20, 2007 - 6 Responses

I think its going to be a small series.

Source: Reel Opener

The following series will cover a glimpse of the life of Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wasallam). Each chapter of this series will open up as the days come. Today is the first chapter in Desert Rose, entitled “Read.”

Scientist From Czech Republic Converts To Islam

April 14, 2007 - 25 Responses

Scientist from Czech republic explains his reasons for accepting Islam. He used to be an Atheist. [Youtube Author]

Description of Paradise

March 27, 2007 - 83 Responses

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

 

by Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim, Rahimahullaah

Ibn al-Qayyim said, in regards to the description of the Paradise and the delights that it contains:

“And if you ask about its ground and its soil, then it is of musk and saffron.

And if you ask about its roof, then it is the Throne of the Most Merciful.

And if you ask about its rocks, then they are pearls and jewels.

And if you ask about its buildings, then they are made of bricks of gold and silver.

And if you ask about its trees, then it does not contain a single tree except that its trunk is made of gold and silver.

And if you ask about its fruits, then they are softer than butter and sweeter than honey.

And if you ask about its leaves, then they are softer than the softest cloth.

And if you ask about its rivers, then there are rivers of milk who’s taste does not change, and rivers of wine that is delicious to those who drink it, and rivers of honey that is pure, and rivers of water that is fresh.

And if you ask about their food, then it is fruits from whatever they will choose, and the meat of whatever birds they desire.

And if you ask about their drink, then it is Tasneem, ginger, and Kaafoor.

And if you ask about their drinking cups, then they are crystal-clear and made of gold and silver.

And if you ask about its shade, then a fast rider would ride in the shade of one of its trees for a hundred years and not escape it.

And if you ask about its vastness, then the lowest of its people would have within his kingdom and walls and palaces and gardens the distance that would be travelled in a thousand years.

And if you ask about its tents and encampments, then one tent is like a concealed pearl that is sixty miles long.

And if you ask about its towers, then they are rooms above rooms in buildings that have rivers running underneath them.

And if you ask about how far it reaches into the sky, then look at the shining star that is visible, as well as those that are far in the heavens that the eyesight cannot possibly reach.

And if you ask about the clothing of its inhabitants, then they are of silk and gold.

And if you ask about its beds, then its blankets are of the finest silk laid out in the highest of its levels.

And if you ask about the faces of its inhabitants and their beauty, then they are like the image of the Moon.

And if you ask about their age, then they are young ones of 33 years in the image of Adam, the father of humanity.

And if you ask about what they will be hearing, then it is the singing of their wives from among the Hoor al-‘Ayn, and better than that are the voices of the Angels and the Prophets, and better than that is the Speech of the Lord of the Worlds.

And if you ask about their servants, then they are young boys of everlasting youth who resemble scattered pearls.

And if you ask about their brides and wives, then they are young and full-breasted and have had the liquid of youth flow through their limbs; the Sun runs along the beauty of her face if she shows it, light shines from between her teeth if she smiles; if you meet her love, then say whatever you want regarding the joining of two lights; he sees his face in the roundness of her cheek as if he is looking into a polished mirror, and he sees the brightness from behind her muscles and bones; if she were to be unleashed upon the World, she would fill what is between the Heavens and the Earth with a beautiful wind, and the mouths of the creation would glorifiy, praise, and exclaim greatness, and everything between the East and the West would be adorned for her, and every eye would be shut from everthing but her, and the light of the Sun would be outshone just as the light of the Sun outshines the light of the stars, and everyone on the face of the Earth would believe in the Ever-Living, the One who Sustains and Protects all the exists.

And the covering on her head is better than the World and all that is in it, and she does not increase with age except in beauty; free from an umbilical cord, childbirth and menses, and pure of mucous, saliva, urine and other filthy things; her youth never fades, her clothing is never worn out, no garment can be created that matches her beauty, and no one who is with her can ever become bored; her attention is restricted to her husband, so she desires none but him, just as his attention is restricted to her so she is the sole object of his desire, and he is with her in utmost safety and security, as none has touched her before of either humans or Jinn.

And if you ask about the Day of Increase (in reward) and the visit of the all-Mighty, all-Wise, and the sight of His Face – free from any resemblance or likeness to anything – as you see the Sun in the middle of the day and the full Moon on a cloudless night, then listen on the day that the caller will call: ‘O People of Paradise! Your Lord – Blessed and Exalted – requests you to visit Him, so come to visit Him!’ So they will say: ‘We hear and obey!’

Until, when they finally reach the wide valley where they will all meet – and none of them will turn down the request of the caller – the Lord – Blessed and Exalted – will order His Chair to be brought there. Then, pulpits of light will emerge, as well as pulpits of pearls, gemstone, gold, and silver. The lowest of them in rank will sit on sheets of musk, and will not see what those who are on the chairs above them are given. When they are comfortable where they are sitting and are secure in their places, and the caller calls: ‘O People of Paradise! You have an appointment with Allaah in which He wishes to reward you!’ So they will say: ‘And what is that reward? Has He not already made our faces bright, made our scales heavy, entered us into Paradise, and pushed us away from the Fire?’

And when they are like that, all of a sudden a light shines that encompasses all of Paradise. So, they raise their heads, and, behold: the Compeller – Exalted is He, and Holy are His Names – has come to them from above them and majestified them and said: ‘O People of Paradise! Peace be upon you!’ So, this greeting will not be responded to with anything better than: ‘O Allaah! You are Peace, and from You is Peace! Blessed are You, O possessor of Majesty and Honor!’ So the Lord – Blessed and Exalted – will laugh to them and say: ‘O People of Paradise! Where are those who used to obey Me without having ever seen Me? This is the Day of Increase!’

So, they will all give the same response: ‘We are pleased, so be pleased with us!’ So, He will say: ‘O People of Paradise! If I were not pleased with you, I would not have made you inhabitants of My Paradise! So, ask of Me!’ So, they will all give the same response: ‘Show us your Face so that we may look at it!’ So, the Lord – Mighty and Majestic – will remove his covering and will majestify them and will cover them with His Light, which, if Allaah – the Exalted – had not Willed not to burn them, would have burned them.

And there will not remain a single person in this gathering except that his Lord – the Exalted – will speak to him and say: ‘Do you remember the day that you did this and that?’ and He will remind him of some of his bad deeds in the Worldy life, so he will say: ‘O Lord! Will you not forgive me?’ So, He will say: ‘Of course! You have not reached this position of yours (in Paradise) except by my forgiveness.’

So, how sweet is this speech to the ears, and how cooled are the righteous eyes by the glance at His Noble Face in the Afterlife…

{Some faces that Day will be shining and radiant, l ooking at their Lord…} (al-Qiyaamah:22-3)

[from the amazing and beautiful book Haadi al-Arwaah ilaa Bilaad il-Afraah by Ibn al-Qayyim, pg. 193] [Kalamullah.com]

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