‘I Love Islam’

By Wael Abdelgawad | IslamicSunrays.com Filed under Allah, Converting to Islam by Wael on March 27, 2012 at 12:51 am “What am I going to do? Why is my life so messed up

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 Behold and see! In Ind’s domain
Thou shalt not find the like again,
That, though a Brahman’s son I be,
Tabriz and Rum stand wide to me.”
→ Allama Muhammad Iqbal (RahmatUllah `alayh), translated Shaykh AHM

BismiLlahir-Rahmanir-Raheem. Praise be to Allah, and Salawat (Blessings) and Salaam (Peace) be upon the Messenger of Allah, the Prophet of the Gentiles, the Prophet of all nations, and upon His House and Companions, eternally, forever; multiplied by the number of all things in Allah’s knowledge. Ameen.

We have 2 Schools of Aqidah (Ash’ari, Maturidi) in Islam, 4 Schools of Law (Shaf’i’, Hanafi, Hanbali & Maliki), many Schools of Spirituality (Silsilas).

The Elders of our Ummah include Lord Bilal the African, Lord Suhayb the Roman, Lord Salman the Persian… the Mothers of the Faithful, the Consorts of the Prophet of Islam ﷺ, include Mother Umm Ibrahim Maria the Copt, and Mother Safiyyah and Mother Rayhanah the Israelites… radhiAllahu `anhum ajma`een.

Not to mention Islamic history has been enriched with Saints and Heroes of all ethnicities, whether they be Arab, Persian, Turk, Kurd, Chinese, Subcontinental (Indo-Pak) or Indonesian…

Islam has always taught us Unity in Diversity:

“And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your languages and your colors. Indeed in that are signs for those of knowledge.” [Qur’an 30:22)

The fundamental difference between the Pax Islamica that has dominated the global stage from the time of the Prophet til the Ottoman decline, and the Pax Britannica and Pax Americana that have dominated since, is just that. The European powers have always promoted a sort of racist supremism. Britain during the Colonial era primarily sought to turn the whole world into Englishmen, and deemed all the local cultures and beliefs to be primitive and inferior. Their haughty attitudes are still echoed in modern America and Europe, where many believe that the world can never truly be free without the adoption of Western values. This leads to a clash of cultures that is the root cause of much of the violence in the world today.

Compare the half-Millenium of Ottoman rule to the Western monochrome. It is startling that the Ottoman Empire extended from Iraq to Vienna and Algeria, encompassing hundreds if not thousands of different ethnicities. Yet, one does not find a ‘Turk supremism’ imposed upon the local populace. Such sentiments did not even exist until well towards the final days of the Empire, and that too because of Western influence. Was not the Holiest Site in Islam, the Sacred Chamber in Medina containing the Blessed Grave of the Prophet Himself ﷺ, guarded by Africans since the 12th century?

Was not Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent’s mother, the Valide Sultan, the most powerful woman on the planet, a Russian? (And yes, being the Sultan’s mother she was, in fact the most powerful person on the planet – despite being, ironically as it were, a Muslim woman). Even his grandmother was Russian, and so was his wife Hurrem who became the next Valide Sultan. How long did it take for the Americans to elect a Black President? Just some three hundred years?

Islam is like a blessed rain that, when it falls it brings dead culture to life. Whether it be the Muslims of China or Crimea, of Morocco or Indonesia, the arrival of Islam caused their national and cultural identities to blossom. To this day, their diverse ethnic and cultural identities are preserved in complete harmony with their shared Faith.

The Ummah can be likened, therefore, to a flower garden – Arab Muslims roses, Persians tulips, Indians, Bengalis and Pakistanis sunflowers, Africans violets, Turks daffodils, Indonesians water lilies, Circassians can be petunias, inter alia. Each with its own beauty and fragrance.

Yet, we are all one, of the same garden under the care of the same Loving Gardener. We are united in our diversity. This the complete opposite of the Western monoculture. We are people with the same beliefs, but everything else is harmoniously, exquisitely and oh-so-beautifully different.

This is the essence of Islam. It is the Message of the Creator for all His created communities, nations, tribes, ethnicities, colors, for speakers of all languages, for all cultures, islands, for the lands and the seas… for the Semites and the Gentiles… for the Ahmar and the Aswad:

The Prophet ﷺ said, “I was sent to the Fairest and the Blackest (referring to skin color).”

«بُعِثْتُ إِلَى الْأَحْمَرِ وَالْأَسْوَد»

We are all Ummatis of Allah’s Beloved ﷺ. We all belong to the Prophetic Community, our different colors being a beautiful sign of Prophetic Love being for all. Who was dearer to the Prophet ﷺ than Sayyiduna Bilal, the Negro who stood atop the Kaaba itself and called men to prayer – and yes, because called Negro or AlHabshi is an honor for any Muslim. Who was dearer to the Arab Prophet ﷺ than Salman the Aryan, who the Prophet declared to be a part of His Own Family, Ahl al-Bayt?


We are just different colors of the same rainbow, or different flowers of the same garden.

… Though a Kshatriya’s son I be,

Tabriz and Rum stand wide to me!

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Mawlaya Salli wa Sallim da`iman `abadan `ala HabeebiKa Khayr il-Khalqi Kullihimi. ﷺ

Salli `ala

Salli `ala

O Allah, bless our Guardian-Lord Muhammad and the House of our Guardian-Lord Muhammad, as You blessed our Guardian-Lord Abraham and the House of our Guardian-Lord Abraham – for You are Praiseworthy, Glorious.

O Allah, sanctify our Guardian-Lord Muhammad and the House of our Guardian-Lord Muhammad, as You sanctified our Guardian-Lord Abraham and the House of our Guardian-Lord Abraham – for You are Praiseworthy, Glorious.

Allahumma Salli `ala Mawlana Muhammad, wa `ala Aali Mawlana Muhammad; kama SallaiTa `ala Mawlana Ibraheema wa `ala Aali Mawlana Ibraheema – innaKa Hameedum Majeed.

Allahumma Barik `ala Mawlana Muhammad, wa `ala Aali Mawlana Muhammad; kama BaarakTa `ala Mawlana Ibraheema wa `ala Aali Mawlana Ibraheema – innaKa Hameedum Majeed.

Causality

AodhubiLlahi min ash-shaytanir-rajeem. BismiLlahir-Rahmanir-Raheem
AlHamduLillah was-Salaatu was-Salaamu ‘alaa Rasul Allah

“Wonder is the first passion.” – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Tim Winter), Contentions 1:94

Wonder.

Cause and effect. It just makes you wonder.

How perfect is Allah’s creation, the order He has originated and maintained. The sequence of causes and effects that He creates. It brings tears to one’s eyes just thinking about it. Imagine how 13.7 billion years ago, a number too large for our minds to even grasp, He created the entire cosmos out of nothing. From a state of non-existence, everything comes into being, and a chain of events is initiated that leads to the formation of the first electrons and other sub-atomic particles.

Then these come together to form the first atoms – all of the atoms that we would ever need, formed eons ago in an age of uninhabitable, unfathomable heat. All the atoms that make up my body, and your body. When there’s nothing in the Universe except trillions of degrees of heat and energy. All of the atoms – the carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, sulfur – that would make us, all the animals, the Sun, the stars, the beautiful Night Sky. Everything is made up of those atoms, that came into being so many billions of years ago.

Then these atoms come together. God is Creator of both cause and effect. The gravity He created becomes the cause of atoms coming together. Then growing larger and larger… becoming supercharged… and stars are born.

“The doctrine of ‘ ada demands the existence of a defensible secular explanation of nature. Such an explanation thus becomes a mercy. Without it, there is only anomie and alienation.” — Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Tim Winters), Contentions 1:65

As brother Dawud Israel writes, quoting the Shaykh AHM himself, in explanation of the above Contention:

Ada is God’s custom, sometimes known as Sunnat Allah. It refers to the normal sequence of ‘cause and effect’ –  a sword causes a wound. The reality is that God Alone is the efficient cause. Hence miracles are possible; and in a sense everything is equally a miracle, since He is not bound by ‘physical laws’. Still, His custom creates the impression that causality is real, rather as quantum mechanics denies natural causality, but produces a universe in which its appearance is solid. Without the ‘user-interface’ of an apparently real causality, our minds cannot operate. Hence it is a mercy. – Dawud Israel (https://muslimology.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/shaykh-abdal-hakim-murads-commentary-on-difficult-contentions/)

The gravity of these Stars causes dust to gather around them. One Star is Chosen, our Al-Shams, our Sun, Sol. It gathers the dust around it, trapping it within its gravitational field. The particles of dust clump together to form chunks.

Just look at how Allah causes the growth of what He wills. From molecules of dust, they become chunks, then rocks, then cliffs, then mountains, then gigantic meteors, then condense into spherical shapes and keep growing until they form planets. The apparently real cause: Gravity; the Absolutely Real Cause: Allah.

One of these planets is chosen – at the right distance from the Sun, with all the right concentrations of those very same elements and atoms created eons ago. Water, land, then plants are created, they trap energy from the same Sun that formed the planet they grow on. This energy is transferred to the animals by the process of feeding;  an entire Ecosystem is formed – the balance of which, more delicate than a rose’s petals.

{ إِنَّ رَبَّكُمُ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِي خَلَقَ ٱلسَمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلأَرْضَ فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ ثُمَّ ٱسْتَوَىٰ عَلَى ٱلْعَرْشِ يُغْشِي ٱلَّيلَ ٱلنَّهَارَ يَطْلُبُهُ حَثِيثاً وَٱلشَّمْسَ وَٱلْقَمَرَ وَٱلنُّجُومَ مُسَخَّرَاتٍ بِأَمْرِهِ أَلاَ لَهُ ٱلْخَلْقُ وَٱلأَمْرُ تَبَارَكَ ٱللَّهُ رَبُّ ٱلْعَالَمِينَ }
Your Guardian-Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and is firmly established on the throne (of authority): He draweth the night as a veil o’er the day, each seeking the other in rapid succession: He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, (all) governed by laws under His command. Is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed be Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds!

[Qur’an 7:54  intepretation of the meaning, Yusuf Ali]

From the complex metabolic reactions within a single cell to the coordination of the physiological systems – how eating too much sugar, causes the presence of sugar in the blood, which causes the production of Insulin to send those sugars into cells, and when the sugars are sent into cells, their blood concentration falls, and so the ‘button’ pressing Insulin is turned off and its secretion decreases, maintaining the sugar concentration at a steady state; sugar too much -> more Insulin -> sugar becomes less -> less Insulin … one of the hundreds of millions of miracles, Divinely-orchestrated causes and effects – that simultaneously sustain a single Human, out of the billions of Humans and mammals alive today; for a single moment. And on and on… until an appointed term.

A Universe up there, and a Universe within us… all of it, working perfectly, at the same time… such beautiful harmony, such unimaginable symphony…

{ سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي ٱلآفَاقِ وَفِيۤ أَنفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ ٱلْحَقُّ أَوَلَمْ يَكْفِ بِرَبِّكَ أَنَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ }

We shall show them Our signs in the horizons, in all the regions of the heavens and the earth, in the way of the luminous celestial bodies, the varieties of vegetation and trees, and in their own souls, in the way of the exquisite craftsmanship and unique wisdom [inherent in their creation], until it becomes clear to them that it, namely, the Qur’ān and the Prophet ﷺ, is the truth, revealed by God, informing of the Resurrection, the Reckoning and the Punishment, so that they [realise that they] will be punished for their disbelief in it and in the one who has come with it... But is it not sufficient concerning Your ﷺ Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?

[Qur’an 41:53 – interpretation of the meaning Tafsir al-Jalalayn and Yusuf Ali]

And may Allah’s blessings (salawat) and peace (salam) be upon the Source of Beauty, the Last of the Anbiya, the Noblest of the Messengers, our Liegelord Muhammad , the Best of Creation; and upon His Pure House and Guided Companions, permanently, increasing, eternally, forever. Allahumma Ameen.

Mawlaya Salli wa Sallim da’iman ‘abadan ‘alaa Habeebika Khayr il-Khalqi Kullihimi.

The Companions …

The Companions of the Prophet, God bless Him and grant Him peace, were almost all converts, and not all of them were Arab. Salman was Aryan (now called Iranian), Bilal was Black, and Suhaib was an Arab raised among the Byzantines. Our Prophet (sallAllahu alayHi wasallam) also dressed in a variety of styles; He wore Ethiopian shirts, Yemeni cloaks, Arabian lungis, and Byzantine garments. The Prophet (sallAllahu alayHi wasallam) was already practicing global culture in the seventh century, knowing that His religion would be embraced by many cultures, just as He predicted.

– Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson

Memory lessons from a forgetful brain

Scientists have just begun probing the preserved tissue from a man who, following brain surgery, suffered memory problems for the rest of his life

by Laura Sanders
8:35am, February 3, 2014
https://student.societyforscience.org/article/memory-lessons-forgetful-brain

Mawlaya salli wa sallim da’iman ‘abadan ‘alaa Habeebika Khayr il-Khalqi Kullihimi (My God, bless and salute, always forever: Your Beloved, the Best of the Entire Creation).

“We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?” [Qur’an 41:53]

Amazing. The hippocampus, the ‘organ’ which is is involved with memories, is there. The rest of the brain is there too. Only that one small link, that one tiny ‘wire’, between the hippocampus and the rest of the brain, goes missing. Suddenly, a 27-year-old can never form new memories.

 

Goes to show how every tiny thing is so significant.

“You do not see in the creation of the Most Merciful any inconsistency. So return [your] vision; do you see any breaks? Then return [your] vision twice again. [Your] vision will return to you humbled while it is fatigued.” [Qur’an 67:4]

 
Mawlaya salli wa sallim da’iman ‘abadan ‘alaa Habeebika Khayr il-Khalqi Kullihimi.
Ya Rabbi salli wa sallim da’iman ‘abadan ‘alan-Nabiyyi wa Ahlil-Bayti Kullihimi.