The Rivalry in Worldly Increase (Qur’an: 102)

Wake-Up

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The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things),

Until ye visit the graves.

But nay, ye soon shall know (the reality).

Again, ye soon shall know!

Nay, were ye to know with certainty of mind, (ye would beware!)

Ye shall certainly see Hell-Fire!

Again, ye shall see it with certainty of sight!

Then, shall ye be questioned that Day about the joy (ye indulged in!)

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This is such a brilliant – arresting – gripping verse (above)! The interjections and exclamations are deliberate! Like if you saw someone sleep-walking towards the fire, you would try to grab them in a jolt. Because you care. Wake up! Continue reading

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God-focussed or Self-focussed

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“And He has subjected for you the night and day and the sun and moon, and the stars are subjected by His command. Indeed in that are signs for a people who reason.” Qur’an (16:12)

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When the God-focussed people observe phenomena, God’s integral role as its Master/Controller1 (in recognition of His mighty handiwork) is evidential-clear even via our man-made (finite) parameters of Science – to be confirmed (in either case) by revelation2 (which are His words about Himself to us).

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When the Self-focussed people observe phenomena (impressed by the ‘might’ of their personal conjectures – and some possible angst), God’s apparent absence is presumed, assumed and “deduced” by implication – to be confirmed by what our man-made (finite) parameters of Science can ever possibly reveal about The Infinite via such interpretation.

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WHY?

BECAUSE*

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To the question ‘why?’ we might answer with ‘because’ – that is to say, ‘just because’ or ‘it is just so’. Such an answer – if the ‘why?’ question was indeed a deeper philosophical/ existential/ scientific/ religious question – could be regarded as loaded with the atheist’s inference – that ‘life just simply “is”’; that it might have ‘come from nothing’ – and there’s nothing unusual about that.

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But… Continue reading

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Belief or Non Belief?

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Did You Know?

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If You

Believe in God

(One God, an All-Powerful god (not two, three or many);

Not a man or woman in the sky;

Not a spirit of the woods or lakes;

Not a manufactured idol;

But an Awesome, Loving, Majestic, Merciful Power

– Real – for all people, Ever-present and forever);

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If You

Believe in revelation

(Or sacred dispensations sent to humankind over the ages to guide us to God

– Whose pristine message might have, from time to time, become lost by the people themselves

– Whose pristine message is now stored within a ‘sacred book’,

Or in some capacity across ‘sacred books’);

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If You

Believe in the possibility of angels;

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If You

Believe in the Prophets

(Who are respectful, humble, good men (but not divine)

– Who have been chosen by God to relay His message to every generation, to every nation to every tribe;

Who are the transmitters of the said revelation

Who come to remind and renew this message

After the previous one becomes corrupted or lost, over time);

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If You

Believe in some kind of divine destiny

– Fate? Freedom?

But that overall: ‘God knows Best’;

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If You

Believe in the concept of a Judgement Day

So those who’d tried to outwit, cheat, murder, rape, exploit, torture

And thought they’d got away with it

– Haven’t.

That you’re convinced in your heart-of-hearts that Justice WILL prevail

– In the end…

That the good, earnest, patient, faithful and the struggling-for-good ones might find their difficult but worthwhile way to heaven

- Thank God!

And the evil-doers, the mischief-makers, the smug-psychopathic types, haters all – are finally recompensed in hell…

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Then did you KNOW…:

You’re probably in fact

- A muslim.

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It is as simple as that.

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PS:

(‘Muslim’ literally means

– The one who is in peace, who submits/ surrenders to God for the sake of God (The Peaceful One (one of the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Name of God)) to demonstrate peace on Earth, peace for each other, and peace for oneself.

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The list, above, is by and large what a Muslim believes.

No funny business.

No mumbo-Jumbo.

No heeby-jeebies.

No hocus pocus.

No hullabaloo.

Simple.

Straight forward.

Straight-talking.

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Only You, dear reader, and God knows what is in your heart…

(Forget all the rest and their opinions

And their prejudices and their pressures for you to go this way or that.)

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In fact, there’s only your conscience,

Your actions made throughout your life

And the deadline of your death.

And in that time

– There is the ticking away of your breath

– A space of opportunity to gracefully acknowledge the truth of You, of what IS and what’s WHAT.

To bear witness

– To affirm, in words and in deed

– What you already know:

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That there is no God But God and so who must be the messengers of God?

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Who is the Last Messenger?

What was his Last message?

Don’t be a sheep and follow what others tell you he said,

Trying to discourage you from seeking it out for yourself.

What did he actually, truly say?

Find out yourself.

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Please consider the Last message – the Last revelation – the Last Testament to mankind:

The Qur’an (The Recitation)

Whose other names include ‘The Healing’,

And ‘The Criterion’ – to judge all the other traditions and competing versions of truth by.

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YOU decide.

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AFTER THOUGHTS:

“There is no compulsion in Religion” (Qur’an, 2:256)

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“Verily, Allah sends astray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills.” (Qur’an, 35:8) – but this is at the ultimate level – once we’re dead can we then see what Allah ‘decided’ for us. In the meantime – while we’re alive, we are none-the-wiser about our ‘destiny’. We have only an open road ahead of us and our gift of free will. How will we use this? For God – the one who created us to see how we use this? Or use it to spite God. The choice is yours…:

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“So whosoever receives guidance, he does so for the good of his own self, and whosoever goes astray, he does so to his own loss.” (Qur’an, 10:108)

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That is to say, we choose to go astray. So why not choose not to (without blaming God, as you’ve not yet died to presume to know your ultimate destiny)?

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What you MUST do is to ASK God for guidance first. Seek his guidance with this one line prayer:

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O Allah: “Guide us along the straight path [to You]

not the path of those who you’re angered (with) nor of those who are astray.” (Qur’an, 1:6-7)

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The Prophet (pbuh) is recorded to have said: “Allah says, ‘I am as my servant expects Me to be, and I am with him when he remembers me. If he thinks of Me, I think of him. If he mentions Me in company, I mention him in an even better company. When he comes closer to Me by a hand-span, I come closer to him an arm’s length. If he draws closer to Me by an arm’s length, I draw closer by a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him. If my servant comes to Me walking, I go to him running.” (Al-Bukhari)

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Ultimately:

“To him we all belong and to Him we will all return” (Qur’an, 2:156)

But there is an interesting parallel in this… CLICK HERE.

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Muhammad Tim Humble: Journey to Islam

This 30 minute autobiographical account charts how Tim Humble went from rebellious schoolchild of modernity to a seeker of (eternal) knowledge. He ends up studying at the Islamic University of Medina.

At 19:01: he talks about if God revealed a book – it would probably look and sound like the Qur’an.

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The Destiny-Freewill Paradox

“The “Destiny-Freewill paradox”…  which basically goes like this:

[1] Factual observation: “Life is choice.” Death is the end of choice. Thus…
[2] Conclusion: Without choice there is no (meaningful) life. Making us “robots”.

[3] FALSE Assumption: Destiny and Choice are mutually exclusive (only one can exist)
[4] Fact/Definition: Islam requires the belief in Destiny. Thus…
[5] = [3]+[4] Conclusion based on FALSE Assumption [3]: “Islam rejects Choice”.

[6] = [5]+[2] Misguided Conclusion: “Belief in Islam necessitates the rejection of Choice and therefore the belief in “Fatalism” (that humans are mere robots).”

Note that the whole conclusion [6] rests on the false assumption that Destiny and Choice are mutually exclusive, which is incorrect.

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All Your Questions Will Be Answered On The Judgement Day

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“And We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth. To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ.” (Qur’an 5:48)

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So we should not waste our time with selfishness – but vie with one another to “race to [all that is] good” for the sake of high Truth/high Love/high Peace/high Justice/God (for in reality they are One and the same).

Afterthought:

“So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it [on the Judgement Day],

And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it [on the Judgement Day].” (Qur’an 99: 7-8)

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Rules of Inter-Communication 3

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“The rules for having a productive and insightful conversation across religious and cultural lines are not all that different than the rules for having meaningful interpersonal relationships.”1

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I stand on one side of the space

– This “great divide” –

From the other, where stand you…

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I, a part of my culture,

You a part of yours.

You see how representing our own we only ever appear

Apart. Continue reading

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What’s the Social-ution?

Isolated 1

PART 1

Society is remote.

Where the robots live

Estranged

In cell to cell,

Padded walls,

Talking sideways through the wire or the wave,

Satellite inn, alone.

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LITTLE BLACK FLY ON THE WALL

Originally posted on Ecstatic Exchange / Poetry of Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore:

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The little black fly on the wall doesn’t stop to
think what he knows, those
multiple eyes are enough. God’s
sight through them shows him the world.

Birds don’t think, “Fly or soar as I
      might, I’m only a bird in a
         bird’s world, one
      eye on each side of my head, my
            limited universe not
                 enough!”

The worm in the sod blind as
death, pushing through darkness it may not
see, does it think
“I wish I could stand
on two legs in a drawing room and sip
tea as I listen to someone
     at a spinet play Mozart”?

Enclosed in the world, we enclose the world, and
it’s enclosed inside us until
we open. We’ll bump into
every wall until we

go…

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