3 days in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

By Waqaar Butt 3 days in Al-Ahsa: Food for thought.. literally. (The following is a diary account of my weekend in Al-Ahsa which is to the East of Saudi Arabia. I wrote this to serve as a memory but sharing it in case one might benefit. My writing style is descriptive as I find it…

Reading Qur’an for the Deceased

I found this a very thorough, informative and academic discussion on an issue which sadly attracts a lot of controversy. The summary is that the majority of scholars are in agreement for it, notably Imam Ahmed b. Hanbal, Imam Ibn al-Qayyim, Imam Ibn Ibn Qudamah Al-Maqdisi amongst others. However, there have been some who disagreed…

Ibn Sina’s Proof of God

How did Avicenna (Ibn Sina) ‘prove’ God exists?

“The full argument is a bit complicated, but here is a somewhat simplified version. Avicenna’s proof actually has nothing to do with design, he doesn’t need the idea that the universe is intelligently put together. Instead, he argues from the idea that the things we see around us are ‘contingent’ or merely ‘possible’.

Our Consistent Friend

Ina Lillah wa’ina ilayhi raji’oon إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون We belong to God and to Him we shall return. Now Ahmed Shah is in his grave, the angels drawing nigh. ‘O Servant, speak the name of He you called your Lord’ they cry. O Ahmed, say: Allah the One – He whom I praised…

Meaningful Action in a Helpless World

“Everything you do without remembering God is useless.”

The world is a scary place. So much is happening beyond our control, it’s easy to feel paralysed by helplessness. It’s with this that I turned to a trusted friend and teacher for advice; what can we meaningfully do to change things?

His answer shocked me. He had read the undertones of my question. It wasn’t that I didn’t know what to do; it was that I subconsciously believed it wouldn’t do anything!

Purpose

“You are very important. If you weren’t, then you would not be here. You matter. If you tap into your potential, you are among the best of all creation. You are the one that if you mention Allāh, He mentions you among His highest angels – Gabriel, and Michael – He is mentioning you to…

Meaningful Prayer

“The motions of prayer are the physical manifestation of your words and state, each in perfect congruence with the other” – Shaykh Asim Yusuf The words of my teacher struck deep; prayer is not driven by your thoughts, but by your state. Each motion is a perfect reflection of the state your heart should be…