The Beginning

689513_the_graveyardAssalamu alaikom readers,

On the 1st of September (2008) I began documenting a personal journey in pursuit of love with a particular woman, although that journey began long before I began documenting it (approx. 8 years before), it did come to an end (several ends as a matter of fact). There were plenty of obstacles along the road, and despite my determination and energy to face whatever came our way, it was not enough to win the love I’ve craved for so long. I’ve mentioned before that my sole purpose and reason for writing was to express my devotion for said woman; with her gone – despite my wasted efforts to continue to write about other topics – I cannot find that same passion to write. Read more…

Poem on Hijab

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Ajami gives a little talk on our sisters in Islam and the impact the west has had on our way of life, followed by a beautiful recitation of a nasheed written by the Sheikh with the following words (and translation):

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Wake Up Muslims: Mind Control

In continuation with the Wake Up Project series, this video I’m about to include illustrates the importance of us Muslims having a ‘free’ thinking mind. Allah says time and time again in His Noble Book the following phrases: “hear not?”, “see not?”, “THINK NOT?”.

قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الأَعْمَى وَالْبَصِيرُ أَفَلاَ تَتَفَكَّرُونَ

Say: “Are the blind and the one who sees equal? will you not then take thought?” (Al-An’am 6:50)

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Talk to me!

There have been times where I’ve reached a dead end in trying to heal a relationship, justify an action, clear up a misunderstanding, or simply express my opinion, all because the person(s) involved would not talk to me. However the act of communication does not suffice on its own without all parties opening their minds and hearts. For example, I may sit down and pour my heart out regarding a subject, but if the listener(s) did not truly listen to every word and simply stuck by the conclusion made before ‘listening’ to me, it is pointless.

It should be assumed that communication includes a two-way transfer of messages AND a sincere consideration of all messages for the sake of avoiding oppression. In the end I believe that oppression is a result of ignoring that consideration. Read more…

Qadar: A mercy to the believers

In continuation to my previous post ‘All of the sons of Adam sin‘, it is important to note that although Allah does NOT oppress us and knowing that we as humans have free will to make the decisions we make, Allah has the power of Qadar (pre-ordained occurrences). Everything that occurs within the universe falls under one of two categories:

  1. There are the occurences which are solely under the control and will of Allah; for example the falling of rain, life, death, sickness, earthquakes, etc… No one else has the power to intervene with these ‘pre-ordained’ occurrences
  2. These are the actions performed by all creatures empowered with ‘free will’. The actions performed, are the consequence of their efforts and decisions. Allah subhanaho wa ta’ala says in the Qur’an:

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All of the sons of Adam Sin

Since the creation of our beloved prophet Adam (peace be upon him), sinners have been born from mankind to this day and until the end of time. Liars, cheaters, murderers, thieves, or more generally speaking, law breakers of the word of God have always existed, and I am the first to confess to the truth in this statement of accusation against the sons of Adam. I have done wrong in my life; acts and deeds that have proved to work against my favor in time. Subhan Allah, how true it is that we – sons of Adam – oppress ourselves, and how Allah is free from such oppression upon His slaves.

 ذَلِكَ بِمَا قَدَّمَتْ يَدَاكَ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ لَيْسَ بِظَلَّامٍ لِلْعَبِيدِ

That is because of what your hands have sent forth, and verily, Allâh is not unjust to (His) slaves. (Al-Hajj 22:10)

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More on Signs… Planet Earth

E A R T H… aka Blue Planet… aka Our Home. Subhan Allah how perfectly our Creator molds His creation. We as humans perhaps understate the complexity in ourselves; the design of ourselves as humans probably goes over our heads without much thought being that the topic is about ourselves. However, if we are to look around us at much grander things, such as this beautiful planet we inhabit; Planet Earth.

With all the signs around us on how balanced life here is, how perfect our ecosystems run, and how macro of a creation Earth is, how could someone deny the existence of a Superior Power and believe in pure ‘chance’, “that it is all a coincidence”. Read more…

Strength of Men

912365_face_of_an_old_man_02Allah has created the man to be a strong creature; physical and emotional strength are primarily what men are known for, or rather, should be known for. At times we (men) forget the importance in maintaining that strength which Allah and His messenger (peace be upon him) have spoken to us about time and time again:

  • Verily, Allâh loves those who fight in His Cause in rows (ranks) as if they were a solid structure. (As-Saff 61:4)
  • On the authority of Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said:”The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allaah than the weak believer, while there is good in both. Guard over that which benefits you, seek Allaah’s Assistance, wa laa ta’jiz (don’t lend yourself to things devoid of benefit, and this could carry many meanings), and if something befalls you, then don’t say ‘If I only would have done such and such,’ rather say, ‘Qaddarallaahu wa maa shaa’ fa’al’ (Allaah ordained (this) and He does what He wills), for verily the phrase ‘If I would have’ makes way for the work of Shaytaan.Read more…

Cure for Broken Heart?

Interesting article from the BBC ‘Medics can mend a broken heart‘. Below are some snippets:

US researchers studied 70 patients with “broken heart syndrome”, a recognised condition linked to stressful or emotional events.

All these patients recovered, most after being given aspirin or heart drugs, even though 20% were deemed critically ill.

Even though symptoms mimic those of a heart attack such as chest pain and shortness of breath, broken heart syndrome does appear to be temporary and completely reversible – if treated quickly.

Interesting huh? So for all of you broken hearters… take some aspirin… lol

Have We not shown you the signs?

Subhan Allah. Beautiful story about an Australian brother who converted to Islam. Please pay attention to the last 3 minutes of the video.

For our brothers & sisters in humanity who have not accepted Islam, have you not seen enough signs from Allah? For our brothers & sisters in Islam, hold strong and true to this deen.