Being Thought Full of God

January 5, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Thoughts that do not include God are thought less, for all thought arises in response to His world in His universe and in this life He has given you. Saying Bismillah (in the name of God), before eating or performing a task great or small; saying Inshallah (God willing), that His will be done in the future and not your own; saying Alhamdulillah (All praise is God’s alone), that one recognizes that all power and strength and goodness come from Him; all these bring God into our consciousness, into our thoughts and actions. And if these thoughts and actions are done for God’s sake and not our own, it makes of them a true blessing.

This is also the essence of adab, of courtesy and character and true modesty, that it is done for God’s sake, and not out of cultural habit or shame.

Verily, to surrender to God in thought and deed is the beauty and truth of Islam, and the goal of the Sufi path.

Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, and be thankful to Me, and do not be ungrateful to Me. (2:152)

Those are they on whom are blessings and mercy from their Lord, and those are the followers of the right course. (2:157)

 

Ya Haqq!


Virtues of the Prophet (pbuh)

October 6, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Once when the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him, was returning from battle, he told his companions: ‘Now we are returning from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad.’ ‘And what is the greater jihad?’ they asked. The Prophet answered: ‘The struggle against the self.’

                                                                – Prophetic Hadith

It has been said that ‘Islam is the meeting between God as such and man as such.’ For the nature of God, we have the first part of the shadaha: ‘I testify that there is no god but God.’ For the nature of man – for there can be no conception of Who God is without a corresponding idea of what man is – we have the second half: ‘And I testify that Muhammad is God’s Prophet.’ For Islam, the door to the true nature of man is the character of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. He is the Complete Man, al-Insan al-Kamil. He is the exemplar of our fitrah, of the human form in its original nature as God created it. The love Muslims feel for the person of the Prophet has to do with the fullness of his humanity – not in any sentimental sense, but rather because in him is revealed an unfailing and providential capacity to bring out the full humanity of any and every situation, and act upon it. Whichever way you turn, there is the face of God, says the Qur’an. But it would be almost equally true to say, ‘Whichever way you turn, there is the example of the Prophet.’

- From the Introduction to Virtues of the Prophet: A Young Muslim’s Guide to the Greater Jihad, the War against the Passions, by Charles Upton.

This is a wonderful book, with insightful writing into the Mercy, Spiritual Poverty, Detachment, Humility, Courtesy, Modesty, Discretion, Generosity, Hospitality, Trustworthiness, Veracity, Fear of God, Trust in God, Patience, Contentment, Courage, Justice, and Dignity which are the Synthesis of the blessed Prophet’s Virtues (pbuh).

These virtues are capitalized because they are the general chapter headings, each being a gem of understanding into the nature of the particular virtue as it is exemplified in the totality of the character of the Prophet (pbuh). It is an excellent book for a young Muslim man or woman. Inshallah, they will benefit from it.

Ya Haqq!


Muhammed Ali on Modesty – A Father/Daughter Talk

September 30, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The following true incident took place years ago, when former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammed Ali was visited by his daughters, who arrived at his home wearing clothes that were immodest. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:

“When we arrived, the chauffer escorted my youngest sister, Laila, and me to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. And we exchanged as many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.

“My father then took a good look at us. He sat me down in his lap and said something I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said: ‘Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down and in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get them.’

“He looked at me again with serious eyes and said, ‘Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.'”

Taken (and slightly edited) from Rohi Padela’s excellent Drunk on the Wine of the Beloved blog.

Note: It is worth noting that Muhammed Ali now follows the Sufi path of Hazrat Inayat Khan, according to Hana Yasmeen Ali. An interview with her, where she mentions that fact, can be found HERE.

Update Note: Because of the response in the comments, here are links to two previous posts on Hijab: Wearing Hijab – A Spiritual Concept and Wearing Hijab in Mecca.

The Prophet (pbuh) also said: “Faith is naked, but its clothes are modest.”

Ya Haqq!


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