Sunday, November 30, 2008

Money Crisis


Salamun alaikum

Crisis, what crisis, an album from a band called Supertramp had a song called Poor Boy, and it seems fitting these days. Here are the lyrics;

Can you believe me when I say, "There's nothin' I like better"
Than just to sit here and talk with you
Although I'll rant and I'll rave about one thing and another
The beauty of it is so pure to me, though
I'm a poor boy
I can still be happy as long as I can feel free

So many people I know, get old way too early
(Well are you feelin' kind of weary?)
Just to impress you with the money they've made
(You better, you better, you better change your theory)
One drop of rain, they complain
It's the same about the ways they're earning

Well, that is not the way I'm gonna be
Don't mind the rain, don't mind snow, don't mind nothin'
If I know, you will be right here with me

We'll let her stay, don't mind a point of view
How can we all afford to live like you?
This simply life is simply not enough
We have no grievances, we must be tough

(Poor boy)
If that's the way it's gonna be
(Poor boy)
It's you for you and me for me
(Poor boy)

I've tried all I can, understanding, all the fools and all their money
When half of what they've got, you know they never will use
Enough to get by, suits me fine, I don't care if they think I'm funny
I'm never gonna change my point of view

Don't mind the rain, don't mind snow, don't mind nothin'
If I know, you will be right here with me, all the way
Na na na
Don't mind the rain, don't mind snow, dont' mind nothin'
If I know, you will be right here with me

once there were a song with these words.

Today there is a world wide economic crisis and I do not pretend in any way to understand it or have any solution. I will just ask you to read this article first, “An article on banking”. It is found on;

http://www.box.net/shared/jwchv9z400

There you download and read the file “Anarticleonbanking.doc” There are other books there to read for free also, but this time I ask you to read the article on banking and money creation.

As you can see on this article and the links found therein, the creation of money is come to be a way for enslavement instead a blessing. Linked to the modern money system are interests and shares.

The Holy Quran tell us to earn our money on work, trade or investment, not earning from money (like having money in the bank and earn interest = usury).

Quran 2:275. Those who consume usury do not rise except as one being influenced by the devil’s touch. That is because they have said: “Trade is the same as usury.”

While God has made trade lawful, and He has forbidden usury. Whoever has received understanding from His Lord and ceases, then he will be forgiven for what was before this and his case will be with God. But whoever returns, then they are the people of the Fire, in it they will abide eternally.

Quran 2:276. God condemns usury, and He grants growth to the charities. And God does not like any wicked sinner.

Quran 2:277. Those who believe and do good works, and honor the affirmation, and contribute towards betterment; they will have their rewards with their Lord and there is no fear over them nor will they grieve.

Quran 2:278. O you who believe, be aware of God and give up what is left from usury, if you are truly believers.

Quran 2:279. And if you will not do this, then take notice of a war from God and His messenger; but if you repent, then you will have back your principal money, you will not be wronged nor will you wrong.

Quran 4:161. And for their taking of usury, while they were told not to do so, and for them consuming peoples money unjustly. We have prepared for the disbelievers amongst them a painful retribution.

There are other verses about how to earn our money and about usury. I hope more clever people than me will study this and come up with an economic system along the guidelines of Allah. This is needed in this world as the system of today with its cyclic crashes that harms so many people.

I know many Muslims today seem to think that normal bank-interest is OK, and living in this world it seem to be the only way to get your own home by borrowing money from the bank. We had to borrow money in the bank for steep interest, and every month we pay mostly interest and a small down payment.

This can not be right, and according to the Holy Quran it is NOT right. So my question to you all is; “What can we do?”

Many of the companies going broke today have a board of directors earning millions of dollars yearly. And these days they ask for government help, our help, and still they give themselves big bonuses; Greed, plain greed.

Since people without fear of Allah and judgment have no boundaries for their materialistic greed, so society needs to have laws and regulations to balance this behavior.

Many scream socialism and any –ism when there is talk about tax and regulations, but the reality is that we all need laws and the laws need to be aligned to Truth.

We as Muslims know this, we believe in the greatest law-giver of all, Allah the Exalted. So we Muslims should develop a new politic, free for tribalism, greed, fear and a system where those in power are truly the peoples servants. I do believe we need this now, and we all know what we don’t want as well as much of what we do want.

So brother and sister, go into politic, hold dear to the principles found in the Holy Quran and change the world. Make sure when seeking guidance you use the only fully detailed book on these matters, namely the Holy Quran.

May Allah bless us all.

PS. This article was written by Bahr.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fasting


Salamun alaikum

Today I will share my new found thoughts on fasting ("asshiyaamu"). As you may have understood I do not follow the majority of Muslims. I have rather distanced myself from their erroneous beliefs. There are many persons and groups I have been guided by; links are given on my site. I do follow the Quran and truly believe it to be FULLY detailed as Allah state there.

We Muslims have just finished fasting in the month of Ramadan; ie. not eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset for 30 days. This is what the majority understand as fasting. So what does the Holy Quran say about fasting:

2:183. O you who believe, fasting ("asshiyaamu") has been decreed for you as it was decreed for those before you, perhaps you may be righteous.

2:184. A few number of days; however, if any of you is ill or traveling, then the same number from different days; and as for those who can do so but with difficulty, they may redeem by feeding the needy. And whoever does good voluntarily, then it is better for him. And if you fast it is better for you if you knew.

2:185. A month, Ramadhan (marked by heat), in which the Quran was revealed; as a guide to the people and a clarification of the guidance and the criterion. Therefore, whoever of you witnesses the month, then let him fast therein. And whoever is ill or traveling, then the same number from different days. God wants to bring you ease and not to bring you hardship; and so that you may complete the count, and glorify God for what He has guided you, that you may be thankful.

2:186. And if My servants ask you about Me, I am near answering the calls of those who call to Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me that they may be guided.

2:187. It has been made lawful for you during the night of fasting ("assiyaami") to approach your women sexually. They are a garment for you and you are a garment for them. God knows that you used to betray your souls so He has accepted your repentance, and forgiven you; now you may approach them and seek what God has written for you. And you may eat and drink until the white thread is distinct from the black thread of dawn; then you shall complete the fast ("assiyaama") to the night; and do not approach them while you are devoted in the temples. These are God’s boundaries, so do not transgress them. It is thus that God makes His revelations clear to the people that they may be righteous.

  • Why do we fast? To celebrate that Allah sent the Holy Quran to Mohammed, peace and blessings be upon him.
  • Ramadan; the word means early autumn 2:185.
  • So the fast should be inside a month in early autumn. The Quran surah 17:12 tells us about the day and night and the sun as timing devices. That means the calendar system according to Allah’s deen is a solar one. Therefore the Ramadan should be at the same time every year. A year is defined as the Earth rotating around the sun one full circle. A day is defined as the earth rotating around itself in relation to the sun one circle.
  • How long should we fast, 2:184 say clearly a few numbered days, and one night (2:186).

So my conclusion is that fasting is two days with the night in between.

But dear reader does it really say “Do not eat during the day”? Is it not a serious business if Allah commands us to do or not to do anything? The whole Quran is full of no-nonsense commands and guidance in clear language. So does "asshiyaamu" really mean fasting (not to eat and drink during the day)?

19:26 So savour* it, and relax, and when you see anyone, then say, "I have pledged to the Almighty a "syauman"; therefore I shall not converse, today to anyone.'"

From the above verses it is easy to figure out what Mary was saying, and what her actions were in keeping with her pledge. Was she 'fasting' in the ordinary way? By Aidid Safar (http://aididsafar.com/fast.html)

Below are the other verses mentioning fast.

4:92. And it is not for a believer to kill another believer except by accident. And whoever kills a believer by accident, then he shall set free a believing slave, and give compensation to the family; except if they remit it. If he was from a people who are enemies to you, and he was a believer, then you shall set free a believing slave. And if he was from a people between whom you had a covenant, then a compensation to his family, and set free a believing slave.Whoever does not find, then the fasting of two months sequentially as a repentance from God; God is Knowledgeable, Wise.

5:89. God will not hold you for your unintentional oaths, but He will hold you for what oaths you have made binding; its cancellation shall be the feeding of ten poor from the average of what you feed your family, or that you clothe them, or that you free a slave; whoever cannot find shall fast for three days; this is a cancellation for making your oaths when you swear. And be careful from making oaths. It is such that God clarifies for you His revelations that you may be thankful.

33:35. Surely, the submitting men, and the submitting women, the believing men, and the believing women, the obedient men, and the obedient women, the truthful men, and the truthful women, the patient men, and the patient women, the humble men, and the humble women, the charitable men, and the charitable women, the fasting men, and the fasting women, the men who keep covered their private parts, and the women who similarly keep covered, and the men who commemorate God frequently, and the commemorating women; God has prepared for them a forgiveness and a great recompense.

58:4. If he cannot find any, then he shall fast two consecutive months before any sexual contact between them. If he cannot, then he shall feed sixty poor people. That is so you would believe in God and His messenger. And these are the limits set by God. The disbelievers have incurred a painful retribution.

Can you find the command not to eat and drink during the day here? I can not.

So is fasting rather to withdraw to your sanctuary or temple for two days, not to idle talk, but to pray, read the Quran and draw close to Allah? I leave this to you my dear reader to answer, but make sure when seeking guidance you use the only fully detailed book on these matters, namely the Holy Quran

Monday, October 13, 2008

Why Do Muslims Lose?


Salamun alaikum friends,

Some have commented to me saying that Muslims do not lose due to the fact that many westerners convert to Islam. Their argument seems to be a bit off. The reason westerners convert to Islam is that they read the Quran, and despite of how the Muslims manage their countries, the westerners still are led to Islam by Allah.

This is not due to work by the Muslims themselves in general.

Look at the so called Muslim countries; full of corruption, tax evasion, prostitution, poverty, illiteracy, pollution, and any vice you may care to think of. Is this a model of society, a model for others to look at and to be impressed by the love, care and intelligence their countries are governed?

Are you impressed?

I am not. Look at our beloved prophet, pbuh, he made a model country while alive in the framework of what was possible at the time. Think of what he would have done for Indonesia or any Muslim country today. If you think the society of Taliban is the peak of achievement then I have to disagree. I also believe the reason they lost were because it was not according to Allah’s Deen. A society TRULY governed by Allah’s Deen is invincible. To say that Taliban lost due to the need to experience hardship according to Allah’s plan is to confuse what happen to individuals and countries. The countries that are governed in a just manner will be blessed. Allah love justice. An individual may suffer hardship due to Allah’s plan with that person and who he interact with. This is very different to what happen to a country.

We seem so proud to be a Muslim, I see very little to be proud of, BUT we born as Muslims should be VERY humble and grateful that we were born in a Muslim family. I am very sure that many of us would not seek the knowledge and have such an open heart that Allah would lead us to Islam if we were born in an infidel family.

My article was about why we Muslim loose, why our societies are not the kind other societies look at for inspiration. We are Muslims in name and in ritual observances, but we do not live and organize ourselves according to Allah’s Deen found solely in the Holy Quran.

So let us all try to be proud of what we can achieve as Muslims, to live according to the examples given in the Quran. I am sure that if enough of us do that in ANY country a change will come.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Islam of Today


The Islam of today is not the Islam of Muhammad, Abraham, Moses or Jesus. Allah forbids idol worship, whilst today’s Moslem promotes it. Allah warns mankind against preachers/imams/religious scholars in the Quran, but today’s Moslem ignore this. There are no holy places in the Quran, or houses of worship. You can communicate with Allah anywhere, anytime and in any direction.
Today’s Moslem wasting time and money building mosque and spending their time in it.

Islamic preachers dare not debate openly on Islam as it is full of hypocrisy. Allah calls mankind not to submit themselves to religion, but to serve Allah by doing good deeds, be righteous, virtuous and to distance themselves from evil deeds. It is a simple set of instructions which only those truly guided can understand.


Only those who follow the Quran and research the meaning of the words can see the evil that permeates through these institutions.

Friday, September 26, 2008

In Your Mind


Salamun alaikum my friends,

What is in your mind?

It seems that we Muslims often take a very passive approach to what happen to us in our daily life. Many Muslims seems to be under the impression that as long as we do our duty to Allah things will be OK. That life is preordained and frankly there is little we can do to change the outcome of any event.

Is this so I ask?

Like when a person want to quit smoking or stop any other vice, if he constantly think of not doing it, that person fills his mind with the object he is trying to avoid, so in reality he brings that object to himself. There are many cases of this and I am sure you can see some of it in your own life also.

A person were asked to join an anti war group, but refused and replied that a pro peace group he would gladly join. So will a mindset of positive person change the outcome of events?

We all have met very pessimistic people that argue from their point of view and by listening to them they seem right, bad things pile up on these people. And on meeting very optimistic people, although their physical situation may differ little, seem to be more fully alive and be in a state of gratitude to Allah for their situation.

Both types may call themselves Muslim, but the difference is obvious. The one has lost hope and the other is full of gratitude and faith.

Quran 2:284 “To God is what is in the heavens and in Earth, and if you declare what is in your souls or hide it, God will call you to account for it. He will forgive whom He wishes, and punish whom He wishes, and God is capable of all things.”

Both the pessimist and the optimist may say they believe in Allah and His deen Islam, but I would say only one of them manifest faith. So what is faith and can it be achieved through personal effort?

Yes I will say, faith grow by surrender to Allah and looking at anything in our life as an opportunity to learn and grow as a person and in faith.

To truly believe is to believe as if we have achieved anything that we pray for, to live in the state of mind of knowing it will truly come into our life.

Quran 5:7 “Recall God's blessings over you and His covenant that He has bound you with, for which you have said, "We hear and obey," and be aware of God; for God knows what is inside the chests.”

You may argue that how long to wait for the things you pray for, or maybe some of them will never come into your life? Does it really matter?

New things come, and being aware of the opportunities Allah presents may lead our lives to even better states. So a positive attitude that can grasp opportunity and a faith that can hold it together for a period of time seems to be called for.

“Love, Faith, Action, Knowledge” are words to think about when it comes to try to reprogram the way you think about life and yourself.

Muslim means submission, to submit to Allah, in; “Love, Faith, Action, and Knowledge”.

Allah truly knows best.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Love of Islam


There is so much talk about love of Islam and to defend Islam among those that call themselves Muslims, also to fill our mind with Islam. But do you all know what this really means? To me this sound likes relating to Islam as one of the worlds religions.

Allah has made this really very simple and it needs not many words, I will try my best to list the concepts according to importance (and my limited understanding):

  • Allah is God, the only one, our creator, our judge and forgiver.
  • Islam is the guidelines Allah gave us to live by according to His will.
  • These guidelines are called Allah’s Deen. Allah’s Deen is not any religion with many rituals (only magic has rituals).
  • Allah’s Deen is FULLY described in the Holy Quran.
  • A person that lives according to the Holy Quran may call himself a Muslim.
  • ONLY the things described in the Quran must be lived by, living by any other source is shirk (ie. taking other sources as guidance than the Holy Quran). Allah say repeatedly in the Holy Quran that IT is FULLY DETAILED.

So who to love and cherish?

Only ONE, Allah the merciful one. He is the One to fill our heart and our mind and to keep in our thoughts at all times.

As for behavior, Allah tells us in this the Holy Quran:

  • To submit to Him, Allah, the only God.
  • To be grateful to Allah for our life.
  • To educate ourselves, to be industrious, to seek knowledge from everywhere.
  • To live and dress modest.
  • To share our wealth.
  • To say the truth and not talk bad about people.
  • To protect the weak, care for our parents and don’t accept injustice.
  • To protect and care for the environment and all living things.
  • To do good deeds.
  • To invite people to Allah and Islam.

So to those that find most of their guidance among the “so-called Deen” of Islam, the Hadith, I can only repeat what Allah say in the Quran:

The Quran reports that the messenger himself will complain to God about his so called followers abandoning the Quran:

"And the messenger says, "O my Lord, my OWN people have forsaken the Quran." (Quran 25:30)

According to the Quran, division into sects is the work of evil, and is the result of following man made ideas like the Hadith (Quran 23:52-56 and 6:159). Division into sects can never be a mercy as claimed by some schools of thought.

The Quran claims to be the best Hadith (Ahsan ul hadeeth 39:23), and states that after Allah and his ayat (verses) no other Hadith is to be followed (Quran 45:6). The Quran also states that people have fabricated Hadith to mislead from the way of Allah (Quran 31:6 Lahwal Hadith).

The Quran challenges people to produce a "Hadith" like the Quran (Quran 52:34) if they are truthful. The difference in language, style and content between the Quran and the other "Hadith" has been evident and is not denied even by those who believe in the Hadith as being genuine.

"These are the verses of Allah (God) which we rehearse to you with truth. Then in what Hadith will they believe after Allah and His verses? (Quran 45:6)."

The Quran's Verdict:

"And the messenger says, "O my Lord, my OWN people have forsaken the Quran." (Quran 25:30)

So dear friends, if you want to call yourself a Muslim you have no choice but to follow the Holy Quran and only this (and please research the meaning of the words, not all translations are true). To those offended by this statement, I can only say this; Read Allah’s word in the Quran, it should guide you to a true understanding. If it does not, it is because your heart is hardened and Allah has described these people also.

Allah truly knows best.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Culture Mixed with Religion


Salamun alaikum

Culture as such is the way we as a group of people do things, our parties, celebrations and events. This can be good or it can be bad, sometimes in line with our Holy Quran and sometimes not. What is dangerous is when we mix culture and our Deen.

Allah have given us the Holy Quran as guidance for our spiritual and mundane life, He has clearly stated in the Quran that It is fully detailed and that anything we need to achieve a life as Allah want us to live is found there.

So if you add all kind of practices to the simple way of life outlined in the Quran, you are doing shirk, plain and simple. This is because you add to Allahs Deen. So all practices in connection to our Deen MUST be found in the Holy Quran, if not it has NOTHING to do with our Deen.

You may argue that how shall we perform all our Muslim practices and rituals that we do as Muslims if they are not found in the Quran? The answer is very simple, we do not do them!

The above statement will freak out the majority of todays Muslims. Why?? Because their RELIGION has endless practices not found in the Quran. So where do they find the basis for all these practices? They find them in the practices of their family, tribe or religion. Many of these practices are also found in the Hadith collections.

39:23 “Allah has sent down the best narration, a Scripture that is similar with two paths. The skins of those who reverence their Lord shiver from it, then their skins and their hearts soften up to the remembrance of Allah. Such is Allah’s guidance; He guides with it whoever He wills. And for whomever Allah misguides, then none can guide him”.

So, if you want to live as Allah wants you, please try to study the Quran. Unfortunatly so many translations are biased towards cultural input and Hadiths, so it is not easy to find a translation pure and correct. Still I hope in time more people will translate the Quran correct and also that all that call themselves Muslims will belong to the Deen of Allah, not continue being Sunni Muslims, Shiah Muslims, and any of the sects created.

Allah urges us to read, to study and verify everything for ourselves, not blindly following our parents, groups, imams and Hadith collections.

17:36 “And do not uphold what you have no knowledge of. For the hearing, eye-sight, and mind, all these you are responsible for”.

2:170 “And if they are told: “Follow what Allah has sent down, “they say: “No, we will follow what we found our fathers doing!” What if their fathers did not understand anything and were not guided?”

3:138 “This is a clarification for the people and a reminder for the righteous”.

Wassalam

Monday, August 04, 2008

Cutting my Hair, or not


Salamun alaikum dear readers,

My hubby got a mail from a local imam about the sinfulness of a woman cutting her hair. He sent me the mail and here are some excerpts of it;

In general, the major classical Hanafi Fiqh books prohibit the cutting of hair for women. This is also affirmed by many Indian Subcontinent scholars. However, some scholars of the Arab world have permitted it conditionally.

In a Hadith, "the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) forbade women from shaving their hair." (Sunan Tirmidhi, 2/246 & Sunan Nasa'i, 5/407)

Imam al-Haskafi (Allah has mercy on him) mentions in his famous book in Hanafi Fiqh:

"If a woman cuts her hair, she will be sinful and cursed. In al-Bazzaziyya it is added: "Even with the permission of the husband, as there is no obedience to the creation in disobeying the Creator." (See: Radd al-Muhtar with the Durr of al-Haskafi, kitab al-hazr wal-ibaha, 5/261)

The main two reasons given by scholars for the impermissibility of women cutting their hair are:

a) Imitation of the Kuffar (non-Muslims),
b) Imitation of men,

both of which have been clearly prohibited in Shariah.

In Wikipedia it is written: The longest head of hair belonged to Xie Qiuping of China and measured 5.627 metres (18 feet 5.54 inches) on 8 May 2004.

Wow, so according to the above a woman in some cases would have to drag around up to 3-5 m long hair, what a burden, if not self chosen. If this was the case, that it is Haram for women to cut their hair, would it not be stated in the Quran?

Since Allah say in the Quran that it is fully detailed, all sinful practices are stated there. And guess what, no forbidding of cutting the women’s hair are stated.

Again we are left with two conflicting views, on one side a fully detailed Quran as God has said, and on the other side various Hadiths with dubious origin that state another view.

As we Muslims often end our discussions, Allah knows best.

Wassalam

PS. My dear hubby don’t care as long as my hair is shoulder length as he likes it like this ;- )

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Win and Loosing in Games


Salamun alaikum avid readers, today I will write about our family’s new toy and insights I have had.

My husband has bought a Nintendo Wii for the family and along it some games and specially Wii Fit. This article may sound as an ad in a Newspaper, but I do not have any interests as such in the company.

As a couch potato with very little interest in training, except walking and being normally active, I would never believe that I would do exercises nearly every day at home. But this is what has happened.

I did have misgivings when my husband brought it home (another toy, money wasted and such), but he happily plugged it in and the first evening placed himself in front of the TV and started doing all kinds of strange things. And it looked fun…..

I could not help myself, I had to register myself into the program and do it also. And here comes my first insight, I am a poor looser. The exercises are made as a competition with yourself (and in my case also with my husband, as the movements are using only yourself and your own abilities and weight, no extra weight added, so competition is fair). So if he managed to do to a certain level, I also wanted to do at least as good. I also realized I mostly could, and in some times even go past him. But when he beat me, I sulked, my mouth turned down and I became the most un-fun person around. My husband threatened to refuse to train with me, he said there is a Norwegian saying “Tap og vinn med samme sinn”, loosely translated as “Loose or win with same mind”, and I should aim for that.

Did I like to realize I was a poor looser, no, definitely not! At the same time I really liked this game, this training of body, it was really addictive, I even trained sometimes in the daytime when I was alone, unbelievable.

My husband, he laughed and smiled and sometimes even did a victory dance if he beat himself or me, and when I beat him he smiled and were just as happy, no faking it. When he could not do something, he just did it again, enjoying it, and again.

Of course he was right, I had to change, and I am slowly doing it, but then he bought another game, “Big Brain Academy” where there is competitions, like both competing at same time, and as you truly understand, I failed miserably. Not that I was not as good as my husband, but when he won, I looked sour and sulked. Terrible, terrible, terrible.

Again my husband had to remind me that this is a game, for fun, for education, but NOT for becoming what I became. Did I agree with him; yes, will I change; YES.

So for two weeks now, I do have changed a little, I have to remind myself many times what this is, and my husband has not recently threatened to not play with me, so I know I am improving. So this is my own lesson for now, if you can learn something from it, well, that is why I wrote it.

And by the way, I have lost 2 kg and my husband 1,5 kg by just doing something we find to be fun (most of the time, ha ha).

Monday, July 14, 2008

Human Communication


Salamun alaikum avid readers, today I will write about communication.

I have thought a lot about communication lately, and tried to understand it. I have tried to see the steps humankind have taken until now, and as I understand it they are:

  • Speech
  • Pictures
  • Music
  • Games
  • Writing
  • Books
  • Paintings
  • Photos
  • Films
  • Interactive Games
  • Internet
  • Virtual Worlds

I can not claim that these are the correct sequence or all human endeavours, but it is a start.

From the Quran we learn that Adam was given the names of things and I assume the understanding to work with concepts. We are also told to “read” in the Quran, and to me it is just wonderful that a person can spend a long time researching and writing a book, and we the readers can go through it in a short time and gain a whole new experience.

The same can be said about films; in just over an hour we can look into a completely new world and gain an insight into something that may not even exist anywhere.

I am ever grateful that I live in a time where I can read and see films on a regularly basis and I feel blessed for all the experiences I can have through these media.

When I hear people saying about a book or a film that it is not real, that it is just fantasy, I really do pity them. It seems for them that fantasy is something bad, something to be avoided!? I ask myself why, why is it that some people have this narrow look at what experience they want to enjoy?

Many of the things we take for granted these days where just fantasy at some time, and many people ridiculed those that where searching or inventing some things not yet developed.

In groups in Islam and also in groups in other religions there are those that shun fantasy and want to limit human experience to what they see as the righteous life and experience. To me they paint a grey and limited world. I could ask then, is Allah without fantasy? Looking at His glorious creation I would say He truly has a magnificent fantasy and creativity unsurpassed. Just look at the multiple appearances of animals, plants, insects and all growing things. Even us humans with all our racial traits, just look at any race how wonderful different we all look.

I know these days we have put a very narrow standard to what we consider beautiful, and some will do anything to fall into this limited standard, but if we free our self of this trained way of looking at human beauty there is endless beauty to be found.

Back to my list of communicative expression, we see that there is a wealth of possibility to communicate just about anything, for good or for bad. I for one hope and truly believe that these means will be mostly used in ways that will make this world better for us all.

Wassalam

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Change


Salamun alaikum avid readers, today I will write about change.

In my last musing I wrote about mood swings and feelings and that they need to be looked at and somewhat controlled. I firmly believe that to be in the sway of ones feelings is a mental state that needs to be addressed. Re-read it, to see the background for today’s writing.

So if one has a situation, where ones emotion put one in a certain mood and you express this mood loud, hateful, and crying or whiningly, are you then in a position to clearly express what change you want? Is it not a kind of blackmail to use those emotions, and if you get your way, will you not continue using those emotion? The person receiving that outburst will he or she pity you or hate you for it? Both emotions do not build a balanced partnership, do they?

Life is change. Seasons come and go, people change and grow old, interests come and go and whatever you once had will somehow change.

This frightens many people, that whatever they had changes, but they do not realise that they too change – but slowly over time.

So is change bad? If our mind did not get bored or were searching ever for new experiences we would never go forward. Looking at our friends and family we can see that some embrace change and some shun it, some even fear change, but we as Muslims should not afraid. We Muslims should fear to sin, we should fear not to behave as Allah has guided us, but we should not fear change. As we all know there are those Muslims that want to live in the past, they dress in old time’s clothes, and they do not embrace technology and so on. That is their choice and I see no problem as such, but they seem to fear society and that is wrong. Society is not to be feared; Muslims are to be strong and by example should change it for the better for all.

So what have this to do with emotions?

I try to point you to the idea that to be a participant in positive changes and that goes for any change of any situation that YOU have to be calm and to know what changes you want. That you need to express the words in a way that there can be dialogue and both sides can be heard in a calm and friendly way.

This is not an easy task, I do not for a moment pretend to be the most calm and thoughtful woman out there, especially when my husband irritate me. But my reflections on this subject are something I do work on, and I truly believe we all have to still our minds and in calmness address our grievances.

Control of our mind is to control the influences done by Satan also, so again think about the words; positive, optimist, faithful, strong, happy, giving, mental discipline and love.

Wassalam.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Mood Swings


Salamun alaikum avid readers, today I will write about mood swings.

What do I mean by this? Well as we all know and especially us women (but applies to most men also), we change moods, sometimes rather unexpected and fast. A mood is usually a result of a feeling or a situation we feel “pisses us off”. Most of us are very righteous in whatever we feel, like our feelings are true and we are in our right to feel whatever we feel at any given point.

But is it true? Let us look beyond ourselves for a moment. Our mood certainly will influence those around us, that is true, but does that alleviate our own “suffering”? Sometimes it does; ie. if I feel bad then you should feel bad also.

A question that needs to be asked is; do we have the right to feel the way we feel and to express whatever we feel? Most people answer YES to this. But if we generate MORE misery around us by expressing our feelings, is it not something we should really look at and maybe in many cases CONTROL?

Is it not a sign of weakness to give in to any mood or feeling coming our way?

Think about the words; positive, optimist, faithful, strong, happy, giving, mental discipline and love.

Do those words ring a bell? Do we actually have a choice here? Do we?

Who is the master hypnotist? Who is it that wants to drag us down, to loose hope, to see every situation in the worst light? Who?

Satan of course.

Do we actually have a choice of what to feel and what mood we are to have? Most people say NO, I say YES. We do have a choice, and Allah is our guide and strength in this.

Does this mean we should blindly feel good about everything and do not change a situation that needs to be changed? NO, and I will try God willing to write about this in my next musing.

A good article can be found by this link:

http://www.free-minds.org/articles/satan/satan.htm

Wassalam.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Why do we pollute?


Salamun alaikum avid readers, lately I have thought a lot about why we Muslims so easily pollute. We all know that this world belong to Allah and as such we are just visitors in His garden. But can we say that we behave as visitors in Allah’s beautiful garden? I think not.

“And God created every moving creature from water. So some of them move on their bellies, and some walk on two legs, and some walk on four. God creates whatever He wills. God is capable of all things.” (24:45)

In so called Muslim countries, mostly in Asia I see garbage everywhere and rivers full of debris and filled with untreated sewer.

"And when they are told, "Do not spoil the Earth." They said, "Truly, we're only entrepreneurs (reformers)." (2:12)

“And wrong not men of their things (or rights), and act not corruptly in the earth, making mischief.” (26: 181-183)

So being a Muslim should we not become gardeners of the earth? Should not we as Muslims, due to our belief in Allah, be people looked at as caretakers?

Sometimes we are so afraid of becoming dirty that we neglect taking part in cleaning and restoring our environment. I truly believe a person cleaning a public toilet or picking garbage will be blessed on Judgement day.

“Pollution has appeared in the land and the sea by the hands of the people for what they earned. He will make them taste some of what they have done, perhaps they will revert.” (30:41)

These days with earthquakes, strong winds and landslides, sometimes due to our own action, maybe we should reflect on the above verse and see what we can do to help?

My suggestion is that after every Friday prayer we should go out in groups and pick garbage for an hour. This I think will achieve many benefits like;

  • Raising our own awareness of pollution.
  • Make our neighborhood cleaner.
  • Show that we care.
  • Lead to bigger projects where we as Muslims partake in positive actions for our environment.
  • Blessings for us all.

Wassalam

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Regarding Happiness

Salamun alaikum dear readers

To further elaborate about happiness, some might argue that it is no sin to be rich in Islam, to that I totally agree, provided the money is earned in a good way without exploitation of people and environment and no Haram items are sold or produced.

But if you read my article again, you will see that it is about how a rich person lives and most of all use the wealth. Hoarding resources for oneself and his or her family and tribe is to me a sin. Everything is from Allah and He will judge us how we live our life and spend our resources.

And can a person truly be happy living in fear of others, that thieves will rob and government will overtax ones fortune? Maybe not?

From the example of our beloved prophet and the prophets before him, most lived in poverty or in a situation not envied by anybody. So as Muslims and believers should we not also follow their example and live without excess?

So now I ask you again; how rich do you need to be, to be happy?

Most people today live in fear, fear of disease, lack of money, not being loved, being ugly and the list goes on and on. Fear is what mostly keeps us in unhappiness, but the opposite of fear is Love.

Most people seem to think that to feel love, one need to be loved, not so. If you wait for someone to love you, you may wait for a long time, but the true object of all love being Allah (God) and loving Him and filling your heart with love and gratitude for whatever we have been granted, will make you a loving person that will attract love into your life.

So dear readers I hope we all can do good deeds and have a loving heart. This truly will change the world I truly believe.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Happiness

Salamun alaikum dear readers.

Today I will muse a bit about happiness. The Media today is full of stories where Wealth equal Happiness. Is this True?

So now I ask; how rich do you need to be to be happy?

Basically one need roof over ones head, food, water and clothing. These are basic needs, and for most of the worlds population these needs are met (yes I know that there are people on the streets in America, Asia and Africa, but if they are alive these basic needs are to some extent met).

But from having ones basic needs covered, to be able to call oneself rich is a big gap. There is a program on MTV that is called Cribs that I have seen a few times, it is the rich people showing off their wealth (their house, cars and so on). And I feel disgusted seeing it, and actually I feel disgusted about any person hoarding that much. What are the possible needs for such big house, so many cars and so on?

The same can be said about physical appearance these days. When is a person good looking enough? Many people have bodies that they need to exercise 2 hours every day, they need a special diet, they need injections and operations and all these recourses are spent just to look a little better.

I am NOT speaking about people born with a defect or having had an accident that an operation will help them. No I talk about the beauty industry.

Then there is the extravaganza of the fashion industry and the luxury industry. Its ads say that your happiness depends upon having 50 (or more) pairs of shoes, brand jewelry and watches, and clothing from the well known brands.

So now I ask again; how rich do you need to be to be happy?

By now I am sure you see where I am going? And many will by now branded me as a communist or worse. Could all these recourses and people spent in the industry I have talked about, could these resources be better spent on the betterment for all? I would personally put the perverse spending in the world’s arms races into the same “box”.

Many of the worlds rich when they become old, become philanthropists, giving off a part of their wealth to some useful course. Why, I believe it is guilt, but they still dress and live the same way mostly, so the “giveaway” does not hurt them much.

The so-called “filthy rich” are also populating the poorer countries in the world. It seem the poorer the country the richer the rulers. Ironic?

For me as a Muslim and see how the rich Arabs and rulers in most the Muslim countries built their mansions and filled their homes with poor servants from Asia mostly, is a perversion. Many of the imported labor are Muslims as themselves, but are treated worse than slaves.

So now I ask again; how rich do you need to be to be happy?

I firmly believe that when you become a slave to the outward appearance there will NEVER be enough. Never. There will ALWAYS be a need for another pair of shoes, another garment, another look and another item.

There was a survey done in England and I am sure it applies to everywhere; where most said they rather go shopping than having sex. Sex should be the top of the list of an expression of happiness, intimacy and love, but it is not, shopping is.

Everybody know the sensation of getting something new, something you have wanted, but then you have it and its gloss leave it fast. It is like drugs, more beget more…

So now I ask again; how rich do you need to be to be happy?

Or is it really true that wealth begets happiness? I firmly believe not. Those people I have met that seem happy are those with a purpose in life. People with a faith in what they do, like artists, religious people and even politicians, where their work seem more important to them than themselves, they seem to be on the road to fulfillment. So therein lay the answer or at least an important observation. To find happiness you can never gain it by fulfilling your needs, the needs multiply and grow always faster than how you try to meet them. It is ALWAYS a loosing battle. But by simplifying your own needs and help fulfilling others need, you get the reward from God, a full heart.

So the secret to happiness is to have few or no needs and a life in or partly in service of others, will gain you more fulfillment and happiness. Many want a job well paid helping others and hope/think that this will do the trick, sorry in most cases it don’t, it is what you do outside work, in your “free” time that help. God rewards gifts you give, if you are paid – you are already paid.

There is abundance in this world if it is shared, let us all be instruments for God in making this a reality. I will also recommend the film; “Pay it Forward”, is one of those revolutionary ideas. I will not go into details; it will spoil the film, but do see it.