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What is Sufism? Shadhili Tariqa – Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

From Seeker’s Digest

Sufism is a knowledge through which one knows the states of the human soul, praiseworthy or blameworthy, how to
purify it from the blameworthy and ennoble it by acquiring the praiseworthy, and to journey and proceed to Allah Most High, fleeing unto Him. Its fruits are the heart’s development, knowledge of God through direct experience and ecstasy, salvation in the next world, triumph through gaining Allah’s pleasure, the attainment of eternal happiness, and illuminating and purifying the heart so that noble matters disclose themselves, extraordinary states are revealed,
and one perceives what the insight of others is blind to.

Muhammad Amin Kurdi

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A Common Word Between Us and You: Muslims Send Message of Peace to Christians

From The Official Website of A Common Word

To read the full version click here.

A Common Word between Us and You

(Summary and Abridgement)

Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.

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Notes from Sheikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller’s Suhba Part 2

From Al Miftah

Western “Apologetic Islam”

On the 17th of August a question was asked

“How should we treat non Muslims who are hostile or just ignorant and don’t treat us as they should, should we be confrontational and demand our rights etc”

The Shaykh responded, “No, demand Allah’s rights only.”, stating that we should not be demanding our own rights and whenever we could sacrifice our own prestige we should not hesitate to do so, but whenever something was for Allah swt we should stand up for it, as the Shaykh said
“this is the way”.

The Shaykh continued:
“Don’t compromise your deen, because of them (the non Muslims). Don’t do anything because of them and don’t. refrain from anything because of them, but just speak your truth”

He told the listeners to get over the idea that Islam needs people (in the form of new adherents) and so, Islam should be modified to be made more palatable for the non Muslims, he said

“Get over the idea that the truth needs people, So we have to water it down enough so everybody can accept it. Yeah .. Islam is really just flower power. Islam is really just a new health cereal like granola Islam is anything you want.”

The Shaykh said that whoever hears this from among the non Muslims will be disgusted with the Muslims and with Islam, rather Muslims should say:
“No, Islam is the haq. Islam is the truth, and this is the way it is. Like it. Don’t like it. Here it is.“

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Notes from Sheikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller’s Suhba

From Andalus

Bismillah

He said:

– that Allah disposes souls in such ways that some are repulsed by others and some are attracted by others

– if people are hurting one, offending one, etc, it is because Allah out of His mercy wants one to turn away from placing one’s hope in people to turning to Allah (those people are sent to you by Allah as a test, so don’t see the people, but see Allah instead)

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Concerning the Standard Explanation of the Verse of Hijab

From Sunnipath

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Assalamu alaikum,
I wanted to get clarification on the explanation Sh. Nuh gave on the evidence for hijab. This has been a topic of debate since the hijab ban discussion in France and I’m unclear now on where the requirement comes from.

Sh. Nuh writes:

‘There is no other lexical sense in which the word khimar may be construed. The wording of the command, however, and let them drape their headcoverings over their bosoms, sometimes confuses nonspecialists in the sciences of the Qur’an, and in truth, interpreting the Qur’an does sometimes require in-depth knowledge of the historical circumstances in which the various verses were revealed. In this instance, the elliptical form of the divine command is because women at the time of the revelation wore their headcovers tied back behind their necks, as some village women still do in Muslim countries, leaving the front of the neck bare, as well as the opening (Ar. singular jayb, plural juyub, translated as “bosoms” in the above verse) at the top of the dress. The Islamic revelation confirmed the practice of covering the head, understood from the use of the word khimar in the verse, but also explained that the custom of the time was not sufficient and that women were henceforth to tie the headcover in front and let it drape down to conceal the throat and the dress’s opening at the top.’

I’m a bit confused about how the wording used in these particular verses are considered to be a command. My earlier understanding of the evidence for hijab was that the specificity of the command came from the hadith in Abu Dawood about the Prophet (AS) pointing out to Asma that only the face and hands should be revealed. Can you please clarify what it is about the wording/grammar in the verses reference above that makes them the evidence for the fard status for hijab? I’m not clear how the word “khimar” in and of itself is used as evidence to say that hijab is required.

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