The First of Sha’baan

August 17, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

On the first of Sha’baan, the Commander of the Faithful (as) passed by a group of a people who were seated in a mosque discussing the subject of destiny. Their voices were raised, as the arguments were heated and the contentions severe. The Commander of the Faithful (as) stopped and greeted them with Peace. They replied, rose in deference to him and requested him to join them. Without heeding their request, he addressed them:

“O people, do not indulge in discussions not beneficial to you. Are you not aware that there are creatures of Allah who, though not dumb or incapacitated, are dumbfounded out of their fear? Whenever they think of the greatness of Allah, their tongues become tied and their hearts feeble, they lose their senses and become confounded by His glory, majesty and magnificence. When they recover from this state, they revert to Allah, regarding themselves sinful though they are distant from sin and error. They are not content with their ordinary labors for Allah, nor do they regard their enormous deeds as plentiful, and constantly engage themselves in efforts for the pleasure of Allah. Whenever you see them in prayer, you will notice them fearful and anxious. How do you compare with them, you the beginners? Are you not aware that the wisest of men are the most quiet and the most ignorant are the most vocal? O people, today is the first of the honored Sha’baan. Allah has so named it as good things (khayraat) are disbursed in this month.”

Ya Haqq!


The Countenance of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

August 15, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Muhammad, the Prophet of God (pbuh) was said to have possessed an exceptionally beautiful countenance, and this is certainly inherent in the nobility of his impeccable honesty and intelligence, as well as the adab, the courtesy and manners of his actions and speech in everyday life. His features have been described by several of the companions, such as Ali ibn Abi Talib, his cousin and son-in-law, with whom he was brought up and who knew him intimately. Ali describes the Prophet (pbuh) in these words:

He was neither tall and lanky nor short and stocky, but of medium height. His hair was neither curled nor straight, but moderately wavy. He was not overweight and his face was not plump. He had a round face. His complexion was white, tinged with reddishness. He had big black eyes with long lashes. His bones were heavy and his shoulders broad. He had soft skin, with fine hair covering the line from mid-chest to navel. The palms of his hands and the soles of his feet were firmly padded. He walked with a firm gait, as if striding downhill. On his back between his shoulders lay the Seal of Prophethood, for he was the last of the prophets.

He was the most generous of men in feeling, the most truthful in speech, the gentlest in disposition, and the noblest in lineage. At first encounter, people were awestruck by him, but on closer acquaintance they would come to love him. One who sought to describe him could only say, “Neither before him nor after him did I ever see the like of him.”

From Islamic Spirituality, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Ya Haqq!


The Truths of Love

August 11, 2007

Before the quill of Love was set in motion,
Our lives were spent in paperwork.

Page after page turned black,
Like separation’s somber night, from time’s events,

And still the Book of Love did not reach its end,
Though a hundred thousand pages were covered.

Measured by the Lover’s worth, paper’s value
Seemed insignificant, like so many leaves in the wind.

When love made clear
The quill’s weakness,
In jealousy it washed away
Whatever had been written.

- by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, from The Truths of Love: Sufi Poetry

Ya Haqq!


Carnival of Islam in the West – 12th Edition

August 10, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Our Sister Samaha is hosting the 12th Edition of the Carnival of Islam in the West, which gives a voice to Muslim bloggers living in and writing about the West. Please go read the excellent entries HERE.

Ya Haqq!


The Conditions of La ilaha ill Allah!

August 9, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

La ilaha ill Allah has seven conditions. The testification does not benefit those, who (merely) utter the testification, unless he or she fulfills all seven conditions;

1. Knowledge that negates ignorance
2. Certainty that negates doubt
3. Acceptance that negates rejection
4. Submission that negates abandonment
5. Sincerity that negates Shirk (associating partners with Allah)
6. Truthfulness that negates Falsehood (meaning hypocrisy)
7. Love that negates its opposite, which is hatred

The detailed explanation of these seven conditions is as follows:

The First Condition: Al-Ilm – Knowledge: Knowledge of the meaning of the testification and its intent, for example, what the testimony negates and what it affirms – a knowledge that negates ignorance. Allah says, ‘except those who bear witness to the truth, and they know…’ [Soorah az-Zukhruf (43): 86]

‘those who bear witness,’ means they witness, ‘La ilaha illAllah,’ ‘and they know,’ by their hearts what they witnessed by their tongues. So, he who utters it but does not have the knowledge of it, then the testimony will not benefit him, because he did not believe in the intent of testification.

The Second Condition: Al-Yaqeen – Certainty: The testifier should be certain of its meaning, for if he doubts in it then the testimony will not benefit him. Allah says, ‘Only those are the believers who have believed in Allah and His Messenger, and afterward doubt not…’ [Soorah al-Hujurat (49): 15]

Allah’s Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said, ‘Whoever you meet behind this wall testifying ‘La ilaha illAllah,’ with certainty in his heart, then give him the glad tiding of Jannah.’ [Saheeh al-Bukharee]

The Third Condition: Al-Qubool – Acceptance: Acceptance of what the testimony necessitate, like worshiping Allah alone, and abandoning the worship of other than him. Because he who utters the testimony but does not accept it and does not adhere to it, then he is from among those regarding whom Allah says, ‘Truly, when it was said to them, ‘La ilaha ill-Allah’, they puffed themselves up with pride (i.e. denied it). And (they) said, ‘Are we going to abandon our aaliha (gods) for the sake of a mad poet? [Soorah as-Saaffaat (37): 35-36]

The Fourth Condition: Al-Inqiyad – Submission: Submitting to what the testimony indicates. Allah says, ‘And whosoever submits his face (himself) to Allah, while he is a Muhsin (doer of good) then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold…’ [Soorah Luqmaan (31):22]

The most trustworthy handhold is, ‘La ilaha illAllah,’ and the meaning of, ‘submits his face,’ is sincere submission to Allah.

The Fifth Condition: As-Sidq – Truthfulness: To witness the testimony with truthfulness in one’s heart. He who utters the testimony while his heart is not certain about its truthfulness, then he is lying to himself and to God. Allah says, ‘And of mankind, there are some who say, ‘We believe in Allah and the Last Day’ while in fact, they believe not…’ [(2): 8-10]

The Sixth Condition: Ikhlas – Sincerity: It is purification of the action from all blemishes of Shirk, such that one does not utter it for the pleasures of the world, riyaa (showing off), or fame as is known from the authentic Hadeeth, ‘Allah has prohibited the Fire for the one, who says, ‘La ilaha illAllah,’ seeking by it the face of Allah.’

The Seventh Condition: Muhabbah – Love: Love for the testimony, its intent and those who act upon its prerequisites. Allah says, ‘And of mankind are some who take (for worship) others besides Allah as rivals (to Allah). They love them as they love Allah. But those who believe love Allah more (than anything else)’ [Soorah al-Baqarah (2):165] So, the people of ‘La ilaha illAllah’ love Allah with sincere love while the people of Shirk love Him and others besides Him and this negates the prerequisites of La ilaha illAllah.

The Conditions of, ‘Muhammadar-Rasoolullah’

1. Affirming his (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) Prophet-hood and having faith in it inwardly within the heart.
2. Verbally declaring it and affirming it outwardly through the tongue.
3. Following him by acting upon the truth he came with, and refraining from the evil that he has forbidden.
4. Believing in what he has informed about – from the unseen of the past and the future.
5. Loving him more than oneself, wealth, children, parents and the whole of humanity..
6. Giving precedence to his saying over everybody, and acting upon his Sunnah.

The Prerequisites of the Shahadatain

The Prerequisite of ‘La ilaha illAllah’ is to abandon the worship of all other deities other than Allah, as we say in our testimony, ‘La ilaha,’ and worshiping Allah alone as we say in our testimony, ‘illAllah.’

The Prerequisite of ‘Muhammadar-Rasoolullah’ is to follow him, believe in him, refrain from that which he has forbidden, restrict one’s actions to his Sunnah and leave that which contradicts it.

Adapted from the Al-Sunnah newsletter at http://www.qsep.com/

Ya Haqq!


Very Funny Muslim Video, and…OOPS!

August 8, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

You must check out the video Prayer…The Lost Rakahs on Jamil Aslam, Tokeer Tufail and Mas’ud Ahmed Khan’s Faithtube.com. This very funny video was produced by the Muslim Students Association at the University of Toronto’s Erindale campus. It is a testament to the humor and artistic talent of our young brothers in Canada! Click HERE to view it.

And please add Faithtube to your links. It is growing and proving to be a real addition to Muslims online.

Did I say it was very funny!

And…OOPS!

I accidentally deleted Sister Suroor’s lovely review of Master of the Jinn. You can read it HERE.

My apologies to those that commented. I must have had a senior moment :)

Ya Haqq!


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