Age of Jahiliyah

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Archive for the day “October 11, 2006”

Broadening the Scope of the Pope by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

Mashallah, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, may Allah bless him, answers the recent inaccurate comments of the Pope. Sheikh Yusuf has thoroughly researched using Christian sources to refute the accusations against our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Some points Sheikh Hamza Yusuf brings out are the following:

St. Thomas Aquinas, who is referred to in the Pope’s speech, was greatly influenced by Ibn Rushd, a Muslim philosopher.

There are no early Muslim communities that have remained in the Christian world, while Christian communities since the beginning of Christ have continued in the Muslim world.

The reaction of Muslims to the Pope’s comments, has tended to be exaggerated in most media, since only a few ‘hooligans’ reacted violently to the comments. Most Muslims have not reacted in a reactionary way but we as Muslims should be allowed to express disagreement against what the Pope said.

Watch as Sheikh Hamza Yusuf addresses the Pope in an intelligent manner using sources from Christian writers to refute the Pope’s erroneous statements.

Shaykh Tablawi Recites the Quran in Masjid Azhar

Shaykh Hajjaj Hindawi Recites the Quran

DESERT ROSE by Lena Winfrey Seder

I began my journey the day I was born.
My name told my destiny.
Yet, it remained hidden for me to discover.
I traveled a long time to get to this moment.
So many cactuses I stumbled over in the dark.
No star lighted my path– I was not yet awake.
Naivety guided me into sandstorms that made wounds in my soul.
Ignorance blinded me as the cactus’ thorns scratched me.
However, these wounds propelled me forward and kept me on
a certain path.
One day, when I looked ahead, I saw an oasis.
A mirage, I thought, so I slowly walked towards it– expecting
to be fooled again.
When I reached the mirage, I found a rose.
I touched it and found it was no dream.
Entranced by this rose, I placed it in the vase of my heart.
As it took root, it became a part of me.
My blindness lifted, for I could see the true Light.
Faith rested in my heart.
My desert rose led me to this destiny.
When I stray– its paper thorns remind me to come back to
the straight path.
Each day it continues growing, it strengthens my heart and
my soul.
I water it with my prayers, my charity, my fasting.
This rose is here to stay–
It guides me to an eternal Garden.
My thoughts, my goals, my actions are preparing my place in
that Garden.
That is where I will rest my roots–
As long as this rose remains in my heart.

Quotations: We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom


The Enlightenment has always aimed at liberating men from fear and establishing their sovereignty. Yet the fully enlightened earth radiates disaster triumphant.  – Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno

 

I am convinced that the world is not a mere bog in which men and women trample themselves in the mire and die. Something magnificent is taking place here amid the cruelties and tragedies, and the supreme challenge to intelligence is that of making the noblest and best in our curious heritage prevail.  – Charles Austin Beard

 

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.  – Stephen Vincent Benet

Ayah and Hadith of the Day

… The noblest among you in Allah’s sight is the most righteous. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.
(Surat al-Hujurat: 13)

Muslims are brothers to one another. They should neither cheat, lie, nor humiliate each other.
(Tirmidhi)

Mawlana Jalal Al-Din Rumi and Islamic Spirituality

From Islamica Magazine

Photo from Heiligeteksten.nl

By Muhammad Isa Waley

In ecstasy but with perfect control, the dervishes in their white tunics and tall felt hats spin round and round in an ageless ritual dance. A sudden flash of brilliant white light is followed by a moment of total annihilation. Darkness. The Java applet has run its course, and the home page returns to the screen …Far away, in the plains of central Turkey, there is a conical turquoise dome, unique in its form and beauty. Beneath it lies a medieval refugee from Central Asia. He is reported to be the best-selling poet in North America. He is widely regarded as a leading representative of the acceptable face of Islam. He is claimed as their fellow-countryman by admirers in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and especially Turkey. And he is also regarded by many as the forerunner, centuries in advance, of a New Age. He is the Majesty of the Faith, Muhammad son of Muhammad, of Asia Minor by residence. He is Jalal al-Din Rumi.

Search for “the name “Rumi” on the Worldwide Web and you get, as of early 2005, 822,000 “hits”. There are books light and heavy including several novels, articles, websites, calendars, paintings, exhibitions, recordings, videos, drama and ballet performances, fan clubs, and even restaurants connected in some way with him — or, at least, with his name. He has been represented as a quasi-contemporary poetic voice; as a sage tranquilly dispensing messages of love and universal tolerance; as a love poet totally out of control; and so on.

How far do the authentic voice, personality, and teachings of this remarkable man differ from the misrepresentations? What does the real Rumi have to tell us today, given that so many different ideas and viewpoints have been attributed to him? Read more…

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