Labayk Allahuma Labayk

سبحان الله وبحمده، عدد خلقه، ورضى نفسه، وزينة عرشه، ومداد كلماته [subhan allahi wa bi hamdihi, `adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinata `arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi] “Glory to Allah and praise to Him, to number of His creation, and to the extent of His pleasure, and to the extent of the weight of His Throne,…

What If

  .My eyes have not seen anyone more mdagnificent than you No woman has borne such perfection You were created free from all deficiencies It is as though you were created as you wished [Hassaan ibn Thaabit] . From Jaahily poetry to country odes, nursery rhymes to modern day rap, poetry has long possessed a…

Attachments

A wonderful post by my friend and guide, Tasif Zaman ———————————————————————————– Dear Companion, “Do not build unnecessary walls, because when they eventually fall, you will be hurt”. This was the advice of the elders and righteous related by my Teacher. To be honest, at first, I didn’t understand the advice at all. It was only…

The Differences of the Imams

Would highly recommend this small book on “The differences of the four imams”. It clarifies a lot of important issues and walks you through the reasons for why difference of opinions exist. One of the most powerful illustrations comes right at the beginning where he lists various reasons for why there are different versions of…

The Beloved

As we enter Rabi’ Al-‘awal, the month of the prophet’s (saw) birth, I have decided to read a book recommended to me by so many: Muhammad (saw) by Martin Lings. Though there are some errors (a critique by Sheikh Gibril Haddad can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/52879411/Critical-Reading-of-Martin-Lings-GF-Haddad), what I have read so far has been so beautiful. Our…

Poetic Emotion

The following is a poem a close friend and brother of mine wrote. Beautiful words from a beautiful soul. May Allah preserve him! Stirring are the waves of the ocean At the sight of the full moon Likewise are my feelings and emotions When I think of your smile in full bloom Jolts run through…

Change

Since reading Muhammad Asad’s “The Road to Makkah”, I have become fascinated to explore the perspectives non-Muslims and converts have on Islam and life generally. Being born Muslim, many of us take for granted the way we think and act, rarely paying attention to the reasons why. We casually assume every person to be the…

Freedom to criticise religion

I often hear the “right to criticize religion” as the reason for justifying things like the recent film which sparked the riots. The video itself wasn’t an “criticism of religion”, it was insult to an individual. Though we can NEVER justify violence, if we call someone’s mum a prostitute, most of us will expect to…