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.