Posts tagged islam.
"I try not to cry in front of the children, but when they’re gone - I go to the rooftop terrace and I weep. What else can I do? I feel so alone.
It takes time to build a life, but it takes moments to destroy it. I wish my pain on no one. The pain in my heart is unbearable.
- An Afghan Widow.
The moon has been sighted here in Toronto, and so tomorrow will be the beautiful and joyous day of Eid. But before God blesses us with the peace and happiness of tomorrow, I want to take time and reflect on the words of this widow, who represents the thousands of men, women and children who are caught in war zones and conflicts around the world.
The past few months have seen a gross amount of injustice. Sacrilegious activity has become common place. The sanctity of humanity has been utterly tarnished and in some places, very ancient cultures and traditions have been uprooted and destroyed.
I never want to look into the eyes of any of these men, women or children - I wouldn’t know what to say or how to counsel them. No one deserves their homes destroyed, their livelihood devastated, and their loved ones killed. It is a gross violation. A crime of immeasurable repercussions. I will say for the millionth time, and will continue to say so till God takes my breath away - all life is sacred and holy. It must be protected. It must be respected. Women and Children and Men of all ages, ethnicity, religions, cultures, languages and whatever else you can come up with deserve and are entitled to peace.
I am afraid and quite frankly ashamed. I do not know how I will face my Lord on the last day. We are responsible for the well-being of each other. We are responsible for taking care of this beautiful Earth and living in equity with all her children. And it’s sad that the bounty of this planet and the sanctity of her people have been desecrated.
When we live our daily lives, we must remember. Remember the widows, the orphans and the freedom fighters. Tyrants are few, oppressors even are very little in number - it is the silence of the masses that forms the knife that kills.
When we celebrate Eid tomorrow, do so with great joy. Meet your families, your friends, your loved ones. But give thanks that you do so in peace. There are many out there who are suffering and who’s hearts are bleeding. Think of them. Pray for them. Act for them.
God forgive us all.
The Qurān says, ‘speak good to people’ - it doesn’t say ‘speak good only to Muslims’.
For, [true] servants of the Most Gracious are [only] they who walk gently on earth..
I think it’s worthy to note, that before God lists anything else off as a descriptor of a true believer; He says it is they who walk gently upon the Earth.
When Allah said “اقرأ”, He also meant reading the world, not just books, and that is done through reading people.
There’s something so beautiful I read, and I can’t remember where.
But it talked of the value of the Holy Mosque and the Kaa’ba in Mecca, compared to a human life. Every Muslim reveres the House of God; every Muslim would value the dignity and sanctity of the Holy House over their own life. But what’s funny is, when you really contemplate, what worth is the Holy House? It is stone and cement, and it in itself holds no value. We acknowledge that it is not really the Abode of God, rather a representation, a direction to which we pray which symbolizes our unity. The bricks nor the wood it is built with are holy. The dark black covering is not divine. So why then are we so ready to defend the House, when we would not otherwise defend a human?
Think about it. We would defend the sanctity of a building, but pay no respect to the sanctity of a human life. Try as hard as you must, even if the whole world could come together and attempt to bring a dead man back to life, you would fail. But, time has proven again and again, the Kaa’ba has been damaged, destroyed, and rebuilt by human hands. It is but a building. The blood of a human is worth much more. Think about that next time you have an excess of wealth or time - what are you doing with each? Where do your priorities lie? and where do you chose to show respect?
It’s odd how uncomfortable people get when I try to talk about this. We’re so used to revering a building, that we get confused when we realized that even saving a single life would be greater than the worth of the entire mosque. The sanctity of life is holy, the gift of breath is God’s alone. Remember that.
P.S. By no means am I saying that the Kaa’ba and the holy mosque are no longer holy, nor that reverence of them is incorrect. I just wanted to point out that respect should be given where respect is due, in ALL cases.
"He creates you in the wombs of your mothers, creation after creation, within three darknesses. That is Allah, your Lord; to Him belongs dominion. There is no deity except Him, so how are you turned away?" (Qur’an 39:6)
اللَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّوم ُ لَا تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلَّا بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِوَالْأَرْضَ وَلَا يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُGod: There is no god besides Him, the Everliving, the Self-subsisting by Whom all subsist; slumber does not overtake Him nor sleep; whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His; who is he that can intercede with Him but by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they cannot comprehend anything out of His knowledge except what He pleases, His knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of them both tires Him not, and He is the Most High, the Great. (Quran 2:255)
This has gotten me through everything… In my most lyrical voice, I recite this verse every morning before I leave my house. Before every test. After submitting every test. And assignment. Before every interview. Before traveling long distances or even short ones. I bless my friends and family with this for safety - and strangers who look like they need a prayer. When I’m sad I recite to sooth my self. When I’m angry I recite to keep my ego in check, to give myself self-awareness and serenity. When I’m panicking or worried I recite this to still my senses. And when I am enshrouded with feelings of happiness and love, I recite this to praise the Being who gave me everything I have.