Wednesday, March 31, 2010

We Are Alone...

We are alone in this world, even though we have people surrounding us. Yes, people share things with you, however in the beginning and in the end, it is only us and God. Nobody came with me when I was born and when I die, nobody will go with me. So, this brings us to an interesting point...what does the brotherhood of man and sisterhood of woman mean for a person and especially a Muslim who has submitted to Gods way?

There are certain things on this bridge of existence we call the world that can be shared like food, opinions, and thoughts. However, when somebody is in need, how do we give them companionship? This is where Islam teaches that as a friend, you should never go three days without keeping in touch with family and friends. We as Muslims are supposed to share our lives with others, instead of doing nothing but amassing wealth and judging others. Contrary to what people like Glenn Beck believe, life is all about social justice. Those who do not care about social justice are of the people of Pharoah. The type of people who persecuted the Jews, Christians, and Muslims through out history are part of this Pharoanic Priesthood of thought.

"What we do in life echoes an eternity", however what we hoard in life and the pursuit of material supremacy only leaves us alone. Many people who are billionares or are "successful" at their work end up being the loneliest people on earth, because they had to sacrifice their friends and family to be with all these dead things such as money, cars, and houses. I recommend seeing the movie "I Am Legend" to see how one man has the world to himself, but without people to share it with...it is like living in hell. People take each other for granted and do not appreciate each other as they should, however at some point in their life they will come to understand the true meaning of life, which is not found in some book of laws. It is about how you treated your friends, family, co-worker, animals, trees, plants, etc. It is how you put forth a positive intention in your life towards other sentient beings created by the One God. God is most great and knows best.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hearts, Minds, and Honor

"Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts; and He is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing." - Quran 2:225

It is interesting to note that people justify their actions and judge others based on intentions that are not pure and then accuse others of doing likewise. People who only see evil in others are most likely evil themselves, but they do not perceive it. There are times when people try to appear they are pious and well wishing, however they are hypocritical in that they do not see what is in their hearts and the hearts of others and follow rules without the spirit. Just by following the rules of faith does not make somebody more pious. Rules are made by the spirit, and it is the rules that submit to the spirit. The spirit should not submit to the rules. When a person gives an oath, they are held accountable only to God in the sense of what is truly in their hearts vs. the outcome. A person needs to have heart, mind, body, and spirit in tune in order to become a better servant of God.

Regardless of what religion one believes in, it is not the law itself but the spirit of the law that is more important. Legalism in faith has been abused by many through history, one recalls things like the Inquisition, Crusades, and puritanical so called Jihads. Today's world is full of people who think they are following the true religion, however they forget why the religion exists in the first place. It is not to pass judgement on others or to persecute them for not adhering to the law of the religion, but rather it is to teach people about the spirit of the law. The law itself is just a vehicle for transferring knowledge, but not meant for judgement.

Any strain of any religion that oversteps it's bounds in regards to the law of the religion generally becomes "batil" or false in the sense that it no longer represents the truth of the faith. Religion is not something that is only a bunch of rules that can be changed for the right amount of money. It is not to be bought and sold, this is why we as Muslims are not allowed to actually "sell" a Quran, but rather we "gift" it to others for a donation if necessary to pay for the printing of it. However, that does not mean that you set up a business of getting donations and forget why you are distributing the Quran itself. Which is a good analogy of the spirit of the law vs. the law in faith and religion. God knows best.

Hutaree: Christian Terrorists

Finally, what I have been saying for years has become manifest and clear, that the extreme right wing fundamentalist Christian groups (not to be mistaken with normal Christians) are the "Christian Al-Qaeda" in the making and that they are short of carrying guns...not anymore! Look at these Anti-American rebels:

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spiritually Asleep

Considering some changes that are happening in my life as we speak, I recalled this clip from my childhood memory about the fact that without changes in a person's life, we do not awaken to what our real purpose and goals are in life. Also, the new opportunities that lie ahead. This clip is from David Lynch's "Dune": If we do our best and then we are either rewarded or punished, there is a deeper wisdom to it...that is described in the Holy Qur'an: "...and Allah guides whom He wills to a way that is straight." - Al-Quran 24:46 meaning that sometimes what we may think is the right path, may in fact be the wrong path for us so God helps guide us in the correct path by putting choices in front of us that at the moment may appear either positive or negative. We must always do our best to do what is right by making decisions based on sound judgement, however when we are proven that something is meant to be...by the signs that God puts in front of us, then we must accept our fate and move on. Allaho A'lam. God knows best.

Monday, March 15, 2010

CAIR Columbus 13th Annual Fundraising Banquet 2010


Our CAIR-Columbus 13th Annual Fundraising Banquet featuring keynote speaker Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Muslim comedian Azhar Usman is at the North West Marriott in Dublin, Ohio (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cmhnw-columbus-marriott-northwest) on Saturday, March 20th at 6pm. Tickets are $30 a person and are currently available at the office. (call 614-451-3232 to order)

In addition, we are taking business and individual sponsorships for the banquet, which is a great opportunity to be recognized amongst the Muslims of Columbus, Ohio as well as Non-Muslims that will be attending the event inshallah. Whatever you have given in the past is much appreciated (Jazak Allah Khairan), however we are asking you to double what you gave last year to help us be able to keep pushing for Muslim Civil Rights & Advocacy in America.

Your help and cooperation is very important to us and it is much appreciated, without your help in the way of Allah (swt) we would not be here to serve you and the community. We as a community need to help each other so that we may become "like a mountain":

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If anyone gives in charity something equal to a date from his honestly earned money--for nothing ascends to God except good--then God will take it in His Right (Hand) and bring it up for its owner as anyone of you brings up a baby horse, until it becomes like a mountain...Nothing ascends to God except good." - Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Number 525B