January262013
January252013
“Islam is about you and God. Scholarship is important, but it has to be actual scholarship. Not empowered idiocy, which most extremism is” Haroon Moghul’s Twitter Status

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9AM
“To Muslims unschooled in the faith: Have confidence in your moral common sense. Just because he’s got a beard doesn’t mean he’s right” Haroon Moghul’s twitter status

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January242013
“The modern age prides itself on its progress in knowledge and its matchless scientific development. No doubt, the pride is justified…. But in spite of all these developments, tyranny of imperialism struts abroad, covering its face in the masks of Democracy, Nationalism, Communism, Fascism, and heavens know what else besides. Under these masks, in every corner of the earth, the spirit of freedom and the dignity of man are being trampled underfoot in a way of which not even the darkest period of human history presents a parallel.”

Muhammad Iqbal

Reading about Iqbal’s perspective on ‘The End of History.’ (Disclaimer: This is not the most well-written or well-researched article out there) He doesn’t believe in the Djaal, the Mahdi, or the return of Prophet Jesus (AS).

What is interesting, he is one of the few scholars that believe that Yajuj and Majuj have already been released and are amongst us right now. I once asked my Imam if that’s a possibility, since we already have water shortages and are experiencing massive destruction of the earth’s resources mainly due to mankind, and most of us remain intentionally ignorant/apathetic about the issue. I asked him, “What if WE are the Yajuj and Majuj?” He seemed to be of the opinion that they would actually come from some sort of barrier, and that there have been environmental crises before, it is possible that we will get through this. (I know that that sentence makes him sound like he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, but he’s probably the most intelligent man I know, MashaAllah. I can’t remember the details of his response, but it was very well thought out and backed up)

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3PM
“But how easy those acts of drawing near God are via which your self satisfies some passion. And how difficult those are in which there is no satisfaction. For example, you might perform a supererogatory pilgrimage. But if it is said to you, “make a charitable donation of equal worth,” this well weigh heavily upon you. This is because pilgrimage is seen among men, and thus the self has a share in it. Charitable donations, on the other hand, are quickly devoted and forgotten. Likewise is your pursuit of knowledge for other than God’s sake. You stay up all night studying, and your self is content. But if it is said to you, “Pray two units,” this will weigh heavily upon you. This is because the two units of prayer are between you and God and the self had no share in them. Reading and studying, on the other hand, offer the self pleasure of communing with others. For this reason, it is light on the self.” Ibn Ata’Allah translated by Dr. Sherman Jackson

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3PM
“Verily God has purchased from the believers their souls and their possessions in exchange for Paradise” Qur`an 9:111

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2PM
“On the authority of Shaykh Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili: “Once I spent three days in the desert, unable to find my way to any provisions. Some Christians passed by and saw me in repose and said, ‘This is a holy man from among the Muslims.’ Then they placed some food near my head and left. I said, ‘How strange it is that I should be provided for at the hands of adversaries while I was not provided by loved ones.’ It was said, ‘The true man is not one who is provided for by loved ones; the true man is one who is provided for by adversaries.’”” Ibn Ata’Allah as translated by Dr. Sherman Jackson

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1PM
“The Pious Ancestors of old used to ask a person about how they were doing in order to elicit their expressions of thanks to God. Today, however, people should not ask others how they are doing. For if you ask, you will only elicit their complaints” Ibn Ata’Allah translated by Dr. Sherman Jackson

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January192013
“If you want to gauge a man’s intellect, observe him when you mention others to him. If you find him indulging every evil construction to the point that he says, “Forget so and so; he has committed such and such evil deeds,” know that his inner being is desolate and that he is devoid of knowledge. But if you see that he mentions people favorably or that he refers to their condemnable acts by putting favorable constructions on them, saying things like, “Maybe they had a lapse or a valid excuse,” and similar exculpations, know that his inner being is filled with life. For the believer proceeds on the assumption that his fellow Muslims are honorable people.”

Ibn Ata’Allah

Translated by Dr. Sherman Jackson

2PM
“What a difference there is between the people of felicity and the people of misery. When people of felicity see a person engaged in disobedience to God they outwardly rebuke him while inwardly pray for him. People of misery, on the other hand, rebuke him publicly in pursuit of self-gratification, and they may even impugn his character. The believer is one who is sincere to his fellows in private and seeks to cover their faults in public. People of misery, however, are the opposite: when they see a person engaged in disobedience, they slam the door of repentance in his face and scandalize him. Such people’s inner vision is unlit, and they are far removed from God.” Ibn Ata’allah translated by Dr. Sherman Jackson

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January142013
“One of them went forty years without attending a single religious gathering because of the putridness of the hearts of the headless attendees he used to smell. How knowledgable you are concerning the interests of this world! But how ignorant you are concerning the interests of your Afterlife!” Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah via Sufism for non-Sufis

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January112013
January12013
6PM
“Islamophobia privileges the point of view of the allegedly objective outsider, who believes he knows Muslims better than they themselves do. Whether because of race, or because it’s transcended race; whether because of religion, or because it has transcended religion; in all these scenarios, the West always knows best.”

Haroon Moghul in an article where he absolutely decimates the rhetoric of Islamophobes

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6PM
“In France, Muslims in public schools are forbidden to wear the hijab—overtly religious symbols are seen as threatening of a uniform French identity that is, by the way, more of a project of flattening France into homogeneity than reflecting France’s demographic reality. Meanwhile all women are forbidden to cover their faces in public spaces. This is so that Islam does not appear in public France.

The state does this to “reclaim” public space for secularity; in France, though, secularism is not neutrality. The culturally secular majority champions a statist secularism the effect of which is to restrict the visibility of a religiously defined minority. This is not racism per se, but I hope you can see the problematic overlap: most French Muslims come from France’s former colonies.

And the colonial mindset continues to pertain. Islamophobia privileges the point of view of the allegedly objective outsider, who believes he knows Muslims better than they themselves do. Whether because of race, or because it’s transcended race; whether because of religion, or because it has transcended religion; in all these scenarios, the West always knows best.

Indeed, the West may know best because the West can change. Islam, on the other hand, is frozen, stuck in what Dipesh Chakrabarty called the “waiting room of history.” This is not, by the way, an exclusively French dynamic—the simple and inaccurate binary of a dynamic West and a static Islam, mired in the seventh century or a “medieval mindset” is stunningly common. And equally inaccurate.

Conclusions: The Islamophobe likes to speak on behalf of Muslims, and appoints himself judge, jury, and even executioner. This may be because while the Islamophobe believes he represents a dynamic civilization, the Islam he speaks for is assumed to represent a static and unchanging force.”

Haroon Moghul in an article where he absolutely decimates the rhetoric of Islamophobes

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