I have to strive to keep this one close to my own heart: قال الله تعالى في كتابه: الذين إذا أصابتهم مصيبة قالوا إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون ألوئك عليهم صلوات من ربهم و رحمة و أولئك هم المهتدون God’s the Almighty said in the Book: “Those who say when a misfortune befalls them: ‘Surely we belong to God and to God we are returning’, such are they on whom are blessings from...
Fatalism, Free-Will, Or Something in Between
The above is the title to a new webinar with Ustadh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali of Lamppost Productions. This lesson takes a fascinating look at selections on “Qadr”, or Divine decree, from the famed manual on Sunni theology composed by Imam Abu Ja’far al-Tahawi (d. 321 AH/933 CE): Aqidah Tahawiyya. The subject of Qadr has been a topic that has confused many Muslims leading to...
The moral quandry of Muslims today? Brother Abdur-Raazaq makes a critical point about the moral and ethical obligations that are part and parcel of Islam, obligations that brother Malcolm understood, but so few of his followers did. I see striking similarities today between those who want to admire Islam but not get down and dirty with their own moral shortcomings.
The Sounds of Shahadah. I have been teaching a...
Although He Belongs to the People of the Fire
إن العبد ليعمل عمل أهل النار و إنه من أهل الجنة و يعمل عمل أهل الجنة و إنه من أهل النار و إنما الإعمال بالخواتيم, روى سهل بن سعد في البخاري “A servant of God many be performing the very deeds that lead to the Fire, though he is of the people of Paradise and God’s servant may act as a person of Paradise though he is from the people of the Fire; ending actions are what truly...
A dealer auction. Nuts. Feel like I’m on a...
Nafs 'Ammārah - A Graphic Display
In this post, I talked about the commanding aspect of the soul, or nafs ‘ammārah, and used John Carpenter’s They Live! as a cinematic means of looking at this spiritual condition. In tonight’s Digital Mapping course, we looked at another film, Peter Foldes’ Hunger/La Faim. I feel the short film also shows the nature of nafs ‘ammārah, only this time in an animated,...
Tackling Religious Literacy: Lexical Empiricism
Religious literacy is not simply a new buzz word, a phrase to kick around to either feel good about or to feel intellectually superior, but it is a real need that embraces both the fard al-‘Ayn/فرض الكفاية as well as the fard al-Kifāyah/فرض العين: Individual as well as communal obligations. Religious literacy, like its secular counterpart, allows for functionality. It is also the engine that...
Da’wah & Fraternity in Islam →
Da’wah & Fraternity in Islam →
Religious literacy is a daunting challenge facing Muslims today. How can Muslims be successful at calling to God if there is no love, no fraternity between Muslims and their non-Muslim neighbors?
The Asian Horde
“The problem is these hordes of Asian people that U.C.L.A. accepts into our school every single year, which is fine,” Ms. Wallace said in the video. “But if you’re going to come to U.C.L.A., then use American manners.” I believe what Ms. Wallace meant was white. I would greatly appreciate it if Ms. Wallace would not lump all of us Americans into this same basket...
Epiphany of the Self-minded Soul →
The following is an article that I wrote back in 2007 that I shelved for one reason or another. I thought I would share these thoughts. They apply as well in 2011 as they did four years ago.
‘Unacceptable’? - By Victor Davis Hanson - The... →
Western leaders, and the United States especially, have developed a strange habit of ordering particular dictators to step down while declaring their resort to savage violence “unacceptable.” What does “unacceptable” mean — to whom and how exactly so? One did not hear Churchill ordering Hitler to step down in 1940, or Truman demanding that Kim Il Sung leave in 1950, apparently because they either...
The basic premise of this book is that both a developed country and a developed...– Eric Mark Kramer. The introduction to The Emerging Monoculture—Assimilation and the “Model Minority”.
Black people who is convertin’ is takin’ our place in the heaven.– My cab driver this afternoon, Philadelphia.
What Can You Do With A Man Who Has Been Guided?
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم من قال إذا خرج من بيته بسم الله توكلت على الله لا حول و لا قوة إلا بالله تعالى يقال له كفيت و وقيت و هديت و تنحى عنه الشيطان فيقول لشيطان آخر كيف لك برجل قد هدي و كفي و وقي The Messenger of God, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him, said: ‘He who says upon leaving his house —’In the name of God—, I have put my trust in God, there is no...
Setting the Record Straight on Sharia
An Interview With Intisar Rabb Sally Steenland: Sharia has been in the news these past few months as states like Oklahoma have passed laws banning Sharia and other states are proposing similar laws. Most people, however, don’t actually know what Sharia is. Can you tell us what Sharia is—and what it is not? Intisar Rabb: Sharia is the ideal law of God according to Islam. Muslims believe...
America Is Not Broke
The following was a speech delivered at Wisconsin Capitol in Madison, March 5, 2011, by film maker, Michael Moore. America is not broke. Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash....
Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution book and podcast...
Islam In Fact Does Do Race →
Why are we focusing on ‘African American’ contributions to Islam. Correct me if I am wrong, but there were no ‘African Americans’ during the time of the Prophet. They were all Arabs. Not American,…
Technologies are neither the naive product of disinterested science nor the...– Francois Fortier, “Virtuality Check”.
Ustadh Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali gives a straight...