Islam and Spiritualism
The act for
which we perform Taubah and Istighfar is not necessarily a sin, or an act of
disobedience to Allah; it also includes our shortcomings. As we realise Allah’s
immense favours to us, all of our thankfulness and devotion clearly appears to
be inadequate. As we realise the grandeur of Allah, Most High, our acts of
worship and obedience clearly are seen to be insufficient. The higher a person
is on the scale of Taqwa, piety and God consciousness, the greater is this
sense of inadequacy....
saying of the Prophet, Zainal reminded Muslim parents that hitting children
below the age of 10 would be against a religious prohibition. Even with a child
older than 10, he said, parents should punish him only to educate him and never
use him as a punching bag to vent out their frustrations....
I can’t stress
this enough. Would you be a relationship with someone you never talk to? No. So
how do you expect to have a relationship with God when you never talk to Him?
Yes, prayer is key, but your Dua’ is where your personal relationship with God
lives. After prayer, just talk to Him. Tell Him what’s on your mind. Tell Him
you’re frustrated at home. You’re unhappy with school. Give thanks for His
blessings. Ask for forgiveness for your wrongs. Tell Him you’re sorry. Tell Him
you’re working on being a better Muslim. Talk as if He’s standing right in
front of you, essentially, He is....
beggar and I are both dependent on one Sustainer. We both supplicate,
consciously or unconsciously, to the Most Generous and are looked after by Him.
What I give to the needy is not from me but from Him, for none of what I posses
is mine, and I, too, am equally in need of my Guardian’s blessings. These
verses resonate with me, but I struggle to understand why….
Our greatest or most beautiful buildings are
mosques/temples/cathedral or tombs and all are modelled on the other world or
seek to evoke that. Taj Mahal’s design is copied from Quranic description and
Ibn Arabi’s diagrams of heaven. Our houses, the sciences of Vastu and its
counterpart in Islamic tradition inform us, should be consecrated to God and be
places where Heaven is felt. Heaven is a space to be cultivated – “Ad-Dunya
Mazra’atul Aakhira” – and unfortunately few succeed in the job. Every small act
of gratitude and love and attention to beauty is nurturing this space....
And when I turned back overlooking the icy valley which I had just
crossed, I heard the sound of keen-sighted birds, soaring towards the setting
sun. And as I gazed towards their hovering life, wanting to catch a reflection
of the dying sun’s rays on their striking feathers, a silhouette of their flock
was now peacefully floating over the sun’s horizon such that their flapping
wings kept bringing me from darkness to light....
In contrast, Islam banned alcohol 14 centuries ago among people whose
love for alcohol was second to none. In three simple steps, spanning only a few
years, alcohol was banished from the Muslim world. Today, despite small areas
of infraction, a map of the dry world coincides with the map of the Muslim
world. Islam has declared alcohol to be Ummul-Khabais (the root of all evil)
and no power on earth can change that designation....
Narrated Aisha: I asked Allah’s Messenger about the plague. He said,
“That was a means of torture which Allah used to send upon whom-so-ever He
wished, but He made it a source of mercy for the believers, for anyone who is
residing in a town in which this disease is present, and remains there and does
not leave that town, but has patience and hopes for Allah’s reward, and knows
that nothing will befall him except what Allah has written for him, then he
will get such reward as that of a martyr.”....
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
The phrase “God is Great” enjoys the status of a master-stroke in a
person’s life. If you truly discover God you will experience the most enormous
possible positive earthquake in your life. You will be transformed into a
completely new person. God will become the only focus of your thinking. Your
life will become a truly God-centred one. God will become your sole concern....
I was so depressed and ready to give up and my prayer was answered with
a test. If I had given into the common Arab/Muslim mentality that all Jews are
bad, I would have lost this opportunity. She opened doors for me that I didn’t
even know existed. However, the greatest gift she gave me was a renewed sense
of hope and the knowledge that I was not alone. I only need to ask, with an
open heart and mind, and help would be sent....
...however whoever intends to do a good deed then does not do it, Allah
will write it down as one complete good deed; if he intends to do it then he
does it, then Allah will write it down as between ten and seven hundred good
deeds, or more. Whoever intends to do a bad deed, and then he does not do it,
Allah will write it down as one complete good deed; if he intends to do it then
he does it, Allah will write it down as one bad deed. One whose good deeds
are multiplied is indeed successful.....
Mohammad Ali Shomali
Piety, or Taqwa, is one of the highest qualities a person can achieve;
the pious believe in the hidden as well the revelations of Prophet Muhammad and
the prophets before him, establish prayer, and give alms. Those who have it are
to be grateful, and those who do not must endeavour to attain it as it pleases
God, earns His support, and results in the acceptance of one’s deeds....
For those who strive to perfect themselves, good nature, or Husn
al-Khulq, tends to be at the top of their list during the spiritual journey.
Indeed, good-naturedness has been emphasized in the Qur’an and Hadiths, as
God’s prophets possessed the highest level of it as they touched everyone’s
hearts with their warm-heartedness, mercy, and kindness....
So in times of hardships and difficulties when you think all is lost
and there is no hope, remember to have patience. In due time Allah سبحانه و تعالى will relieve you
of all worries, and you will receive rewards a million in multitude for bearing
it with patience....
What about outcomes that this worldly life considers to be failures.
What if you lose your livelihood, or your spouse? What if you are not
recognised as the good person you are striving to be. None of this has the
least bit of influence on whether or not you are ultimately successful. What is
taken into account is how you react and how you face life’s challenges. A
person is successful and on the road to the ultimate success because of his
attitude, his intention, and his ability to trust Allah’s promise....
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that
one should seek knowledge even if for that one has to go to China. Islam was
born in Arabia, and if the intent behind this statement was that one can only
gain knowledge from one’s own sacred books, the Prophet would not have talked
about travelling all the way to China—a very distant land with no connection to
Islam during that time—in order to gain knowledge....
We have all been in situations where we have been wronged, but do we
hold grudges with others, or do we forgive and forget? We ask for forgiveness
from Allah (swt), but if can’t even forgive Allah’s creation, how do we expect
to be forgiven by the Creator? Take time to truly reflect on how to forgive a
person, and actively seek to liberate yourself from that which is keeping you
from forgiving them and elevating yourself in the process....
Happiness is attained by being content with what Allah has chosen for
you. Knowing that despite your struggles this year and the hardships you have
faced, you will overcome them. By believing that your plans are not being
ignored, but adjusted to make you stronger, grounded in your values and beliefs
and more humble and by understanding that there is a beautiful equation written
for all of us, a balance between the good and the bad days....
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
If people were to really seriously reflect on the phenomenon of a child
emerging from a woman’s womb, they would discover the existence of the Creator.
When they see and deeply reflect on a living human being born, a being that can
move, see, hear and make sounds, they would realise that every human being is a
mobile sign of the Creator’s existence. Every human being would seem a living
introduction to the Creator....
Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) has said: “The reward of every
good action that a person with true faith performs has been mentioned in the
Quran, except for Salatul Layl, since due to the importance (and high status)
of it, Allah (SWT) has not explicitly mentioned it and has only said the
following (in regards to it): “Those who forsake their beds to cry unto their
Lord in fear and hope, and spend out of that which We have bestowed upon them.”
Surah as-Sajdah (32:16)....
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
A person with this sort of personality uses his intellect to discover
Truth. In the midst of a jungle of doubts he stands on certainty. He has made
God his sole concern. Overcoming the love for one’s self, he has adopted the
path of devotion to God. Surrounded by negative conditions, he is able to
maintain his positive thinking. Instead of becoming a desire-oriented person,
he has become a God-centred person....
Sheima Salam Sumer
However, you can always feel content if you master
yourself, if you make a strong decision to choose contentment over all the
negative feelings; if you make the decision to focus on what you want and on
the solution rather than the problem….
persecution patiently and God punishes his oppressor. He is hard to himself and
very lenient to others. He bears hardships in this life to attain eternal
comfort and peace. He never wrongs a fellow being. If he avoids anybody it is
to retain his piety and uprightness. If he forms contract with anybody it is on
account of his kindness and clemency....
prayer is different from Du’a in that Du’a is a general and encompassing term
which literally means “to call upon [someone]”. It can be recited in a multiple
of ways: from far away or close by, loudly or quietly, from a known person or a
stranger – all of these kinds of sounds can be referred to as a Du’a. In the
Islamic tradition, such an appeal forms an inner connection between the finite
and the Infinite – the servant and Allah, the Most High....
remember that Prophet Mohammad, called us to moderation often repeated warnings
of extremism, He said, “beware of extremism, for it was extremism that
destroyed the communities before you”. He also said, “Moderation. Moderation!
Moderation. For only with moderation will you succeed”. The “middle way” of the
Prophet must be restored, one that defines Islam as an authentic summon to
cultural and spiritual renewal...