Monday, February 27, 2006

Nice...

O Allah, touch my lyre,
With true poetic fire,
That I in rhythmic swell,
May Islam's glories tell.

( Yahya Parkinson, Lays of Love and War)

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Adab is nothing but a preparation for prayer.

If there is no dhikr , there is no self-restraint. If there is no self-restraint, there is no beauty. If there is no beauty, there is no dhikr .

The reading of Scripture is sufficient; but we are not sufficient readers.

Extremism has no enemy save those it claims to defend.

The purpose of society is to produce saints.

Faith is a tender shoot; water it with works, parch it with apathy.

Contentions: Shaykh Abdal Hakim

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

A Wise Young Boy

A Wise Young Boy

Many years ago, during the time of the Taabi'een (the generation of Muslims after the Sahabah), Baghdad was a great city of Islam. In fact, it was the capital of the Islamic Empire and because of the great number of scholars who lived there, it was the centre of Islamic knowledge. One day, the ruler of Rome at that time sent an envoy to Baghdad with three challenges for the Muslims. When the messenger reached the city, he informed the Khalifah that he had three questions which he challenged the Muslims to answer.The Khalifah gathered together all the scholars of the city and the Roman messenger climbed upon a high platform and said, "I have come with three questions. If you answer them, then I will leave with you a great amount of wealth which I have brought from the king of Rome.
As for the questions, they were:'What was there before Allah?''In which direction does Allah face?''What is Allah engaged in at this moment?'"
The great assembly of people were silent. (Can you think of answers to these questions?) In the midst of these brilliant scholars and students of Islam, there was a man looking on with his young son. "O my dear father! I will answer him and silence him!" said the youth.So the boy sought the permission of the Khalifah to give the answers and he was given the permission to do so.
The Roman addressed the young Muslim and repeated his first question, "What was there before Allah?" The boy asked, "Do you know how to count?" "Yes," said the man."Then count down from ten!" So the Roman counted down, "ten, nine, eight, ..." until he reached "one" and he stopped counting.
"But what comes before 'one'?" asked the boy. "There is nothing before one- that is it!" said the man. "Well then, if there obviously is nothing before the arithmetic 'one', then how do you expect that there should be anything before the 'One' who is Absolute truth, All-Eternal, Everlasting the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden?"
Now the man was surprised by this direct answer which he could not dispute.
So he asked, "Then tell me, in which direction is Allah facing?" "Bring a candle and light it," said the boy, "and tell me in which direction the flame is facing."
"But the flame is just light- it spreads in each of the four directions, North, South, East and West. It does not face any one direction only," said the man in wonderment.
The boy cried, "Then if this physical light spreads in all four directions such that you cannot tell me which way it faces, then what do you expect of the Nur-us-Samawati-wal-'Ard: Allah - the Light of the Heavens and the Earth!? Light upon Light, Allah faces all directions at all times."
The Roman was stupefied and astounded that here was a young child answering his challenges in such a way that he could not argue against the proofs.
So, he desperately wanted to try his final question. But before doing so, the boy said, "Wait! You are the one who is asking the questions and I am the one who is giving the answers to these challenges. It is only fair that you should come down to where I am standing and that I should go up where you are right now, in order that the answers may be heard as clearly as the questions.
"This seemed reasonable to the Roman, so he came down from where he was standing and the boy ascended the platform. Then the man repeated his final challenge, "Tell me, what is Allah doing at this moment?" The boy proudly answered, "At this moment, when Allah found upon this high platform a liar and mocker of Islam, He caused him to descend and brought him low. And as for the one who believed in the Oneness of Allah, He raised him up and established the Truth. Every day He exercises (universal) power (Surah 55 ar-Rahman, Verse 29)."
The Roman had nothing to say except to leave and return back to his country, defeated. Meanwhile, this young boy grew up to become one of the most famous scholars of Islam. Allah, the Exalted, blessed him with special wisdom and knowledge of the Deen (religion). His name was Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayhi- May Allah have mercy on him) and he is known today as Imam Abu Hanifah (Imam-e-Azam), the Great Imam and scholar of Islam
By: Imam Muwaffaq Ibn Ahmad al-Makki

Earthquake

An article in point follwing the recent earthquake in Pakistan.

https://www.masud.co.uk/ISLAM/ahm/requital.htm

Dalailul Khayrat

Friday, May 20, 2005

Words of Wisdom

Shaykh Abdal Qadir al Jilani says:Do not despair of the mercy of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) because of any sin you have committed, but wash away the dirt from the garment of your religion [din] with the water of repentance [tawba], of sustained and sincere repentance. Then perfume and disinfect that garment with the fragrance of direct experience [ma'rifa]. [The Sublime Revelation, Tr. Muhtar Holland]

Saturday, May 14, 2005

BBC Thought of the day

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad thought of the day on the New Pope:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/programmes/thought/documents/t20050428.shtml

Words of Wisdom

Shaykh Abdal Qadir al Jilani says:It is useless to have a learned tongue but an ignorant heart. [The Sublime Revelation, Tr. Muhtar Holland]

Shaykh Martin Lings passes away

This is what sunni sister wrote:

http://www.sunnisisters.com/sunnisister/?p=423

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Wisdom of the day

Hasan al Basri says:Sell this present world of yours for the next world and you will gain both in entirety, but do not sell the next world for this world, for so you shall lose the two together.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Sunnipath Update

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