“‘Christianity is about love.’
“How many times do we hear Christians say Christianity is all about love?
“But, what happens when somebody Bob mistakenly thinks is a Christian, when in fact he’s a Muslim… What was Bob’s response? When a Christian comes and says, ‘Look, this is not Christianity, you know it should be about love.’:
“‘Oh you’re a weak Christian.’
“What did he mean?”
The SHORT ANSWER:
Sometimes, bad things happen to you. And in your opinion, they aren’t good. AT ALL. But your opinion is mortal, limited, finite. And ALLAH Knows Best (for He is immortal, unlimited, infinite).
Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, who completed a monumental 57-volume work on the lives of female scholars of Hadith in Islamic History (May 2010) explains that there was, once upon a time, over 9,000 female scholars across the length and breadth of an enlightened Muslim civilisation.
This pro-active approach to knowledge, he explains, was a direct result of Prophet Muhammad’s efforts [peace be upon him]. Continue reading
Jesus was known to have said, “Virtuous action does not consist in doing good to someone who has done good to you—that is merely returning a favor. Virtuous action consists in doing good to those who have wronged you.”
(A h m a d )
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!)
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
“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)
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).
“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)
‘Ala Bi Dhikrika’ (‘Your Remembrance’) by Sami Yusuf is poetic in nature. I have deliberately opted for this piece of his to share (instead of others of his that sound like songs and look more like music videos) as this one reads and sounds more like (spoken word? Dramatic?) poetry – albeit in Arabic with an English translation. I am aware of the disapproval of music in Islamic discourse (See ‘On Music’ – a pending post). Continue reading