May 2, 2012

Purpose of knowledge

As Muslims, we are not worshipping Knowledge. We are using Knowledge to worship God. We are not following scholars: they are serving the community and should not be served by the community. Our teachers should be means for us to come close to God and our Knowledge should be also means for us to serve Him better and to serve the society.

We need to put a spiritual substance in what we know. We need to ask ourselves questions. What do we want to know? What are we going to do with what we know? But where does it come from? Anyone who is telling you that Knowlegde is an objective field where there is no ideology is lying. 

-Tariq Ramadan


Hijab is not there to protect men. If you think it is there to protect you as a man, we have turned an act to be done for Allah (swt), into an act to be done for us. It is there to protect women, so do not pervert the purpose of this command of God (swt). There is no doubt that we come across immodesty on TV, at school, work, and all over. We should not use the fact that a sister is dressed in a way that does not fit God’s commandments (or our personal interpretation of God’s commandments) into a reason for having bad manners, a lack of respect, and a lack of humility.

Abdul Sattar Ahmed (via thebeautyofislam)

(Source: tmihijabi, via thebeautyofislam)


Listen O Dearly Beloved

Listen, O dearly beloved

What follows is not a poem in the Arabic, but part of a chapter from the Kitab al-Tajalliyat. However, since it was translated in the form of a poem by Henry Corbin in Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn ‘Arabi, it has become deservedly famous.

Listen, O dearly beloved!
I am the reality of the world, the centre of the circumference,
I am the parts and the whole.
I am the will established between Heaven and Earth,
I have created perception in you only in order to be the
object of my perception.
If then you perceive me, you perceive yourself.
But you cannot perceive me through yourself,
It is through my eyes that you see me and see yourself,
Through your eyes you cannot see me.

Dearly beloved!
I have called you so often and you have not heard me
I have shown myself to you so often and you have not
seen me.
I have made myself fragrance so often, and you have
not smelled me.
Savorous food, and you have not tasted me.
Why can you not reach me through the object you touch
Or breathe me through sweet perfumes?
Why do you not see me? Why do you not hear me?
Why? Why? Why?


April 27, 2012

Many of us think we can live our lives however we want, and then at the time of death just say ‘la illaha illah Allah’. But at the time of death, the tongue cannot speak—except what the heart commands. Whatever is in the heart will come out. If that heart was full of only love of dunya, that will speak. If the heart was full of love of status, love of wealth, love of the creation over the Creator, it is that which will speak. If the heart was full of grudges, jealousy, hatred, that will speak. But if it was full of the love of Allah, that will speak. If in your life, your heart carried only ‘la illaha illa Allah’…that truly there is no refuge, no shelter, no deity worthy of worship but Him’—then, only then, will the tongue be given permission to say: “la illaha illah Allah, Muhammad rasool Allah.”

-Yasmin Mogahed 

(via madametoutnoire)

(Source: madametoutnnoire, via islamiswithme)


When I read this, I can’t help but say : Aww, that’s beautiful. God is closer to us than we realize and we are His treasure.

When I read this, I can’t help but say : Aww, that’s beautiful. God is closer to us than we realize and we are His treasure.


اللَّهُ يَبْسُطُ الرِّزْقَ لِمَنْ يَشَاءُ وَيَقْدِرُ ۚ وَفَرِحُوا بِالْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا فِي الْآخِرَةِ إِلَّا مَتَاعٌ
Allah extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]. And they rejoice in the worldly life, while the worldly life is not, compared to the Hereafter, except [brief] enjoyment.

Surat Ar-Rad (13:25)

(Source: poeticislam)


When I’m alone and need someone to support me, no one comes to help me except Allah. When I pretend to be strong, no one sees my hidden tears except Allah. When I’m sad and need a shoulder to cry on, no one supports me but Allah.

Pleasing a human is very difficult, pleasing Allah is the easiest. People sometimes punish me for mistakes I have not done. Allah ignores and excuses the ones that I did. This is Allah, The Greatest, The Most Almighty, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful, and all praise belongs to Him.

Tariq Ramadan (via iqballinnn)

(via kyahuateravada-deactivated20130)


One of the many beautiful Islamic handicrafts by Qashif Masud.

Qashif Masud is the brainchild of Bismillah Handcrafts, based in Bradford. His experience of Arabic calligraphy and traditional techniques in wood handcrafts has allowed him to bring a personal touch to contemporary Islamic art.
For more of his works go to : http://qashifmasud.co.uk

One of the many beautiful Islamic handicrafts by Qashif Masud.

Qashif Masud is the brainchild of Bismillah Handcrafts, based in Bradford. His experience of Arabic calligraphy and traditional techniques in wood handcrafts has allowed him to bring a personal touch to contemporary Islamic art.
For more of his works go to : http://qashifmasud.co.uk