Muslims in Search of a Name! [Quote – 874]
Huwa Sammakum Al-Muslimeen
“It was he who gave you the name ‘Muslims.’”
Some may say it means Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam. But the general intent is the same. Regardless of whether it is Allah or Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, the official title conferred upon us is: Muslims.
And now Muslims of America and Europe have found all kinds of names for themselves, and for their wards through whom many make their living.
Some of those names include: Reverts; Chaplains; Imams; and what have you.
Fellows even use the title: “His Eminence” for people they think occupy an especially exalted position in some kind of an Islamic “Religious” hierarchy. Little do they seem to know or care that Islam came into this world to sweep it clean of all artificial human distinctions and hierarchies whether secular or religious.
How can “His Holiness” be far behind then — after “His Eminence,” right? After all, we have “Holy Book.” And “Holy Prophet.” And “Holy” everything else. So, should we all then get ready for the arrival of a “Muslim Pope”?
Of course, the title “His Majesty” used to be a common one. But for some reason it seems to have faded just a trifle.
In English it may not sound so terrible, this Majesty thing. But try it in original Arabic, as in Jalaalatul Malik, and then, if your soul does not quake to the core upon hearing it, maybe you should order a brand new soul for yourself — and for all those within earshot of that vile and banal expression when applied to humans.
For Allah Almighty, that expression Al-Malik (Jalla Jalaaluhu) is apt and right. But for humans? It is nothing but the stench of a rancid and corrupt soul and a decaying slave society.
But “Royal Highness” is well and alive. Basically, Muslims are grateful for whatever Shaitan supplies and they take it and run with it.
I ask myself: What is next for Muslims?
And then why do Muslims complain when Allah’s wrath descends on them from every direction?
Three Kinds of Unity that Life Requires —
And Islam Provides [Quote – 873]
What you may call a Perfect Life requires a unified, coherent and harmonious approach to living. It requires Perfect Unity at three most important levels of human existence — here and in the hereafter.
And that means when you become a Muslim — no matter how that happens, whether by birth or by conversion — you acquire three kinds of Unity.
Or you must.
Cognitive or Conceptual Unity;
Affective or Emotional Unity;
Behavioral or Operational Unity.
Cognitive is how you acquire and structure your knowledge and your thought.
Affective is how you generate and manage your emotions and feelings.
Behavioral is how you act and do things in this world on a day-to-day basis.
Laa Ilaaha Illallah provides the perfect organizing principle for the first two.
Muhammad Rasulullah, in addition, provides the framework for everyday practical life.
Taken together, Laa Ilaaha Illallah, Muhammad Rasulullah provides a formula for living a life of perfect Cognitive-Affective-Behavioral harmony, richness and success in this world as well as in the next.
A Thing Called Istiqaamat!
It Makes All the Difference! [Quote – 872]
In Islam, there is a concept called Istiqaamat. It is actually directly from the Qur’an. The Qur’an says:
Wa Lidhaalika Fastaqim Kamaa Umirta!
“And that is why stand firm, and be steadfast, as you have been told to do.”
Without the will to stay put, and without the commitment to go on while no one else would appear to, is the essence of Istiqaamat.
In Badr, Istiqaamat carried the day for Muslims.
In Uhad, Istiqaamat of a critical group of Muslims faltered and the day was lost.
The lesson continues to our day. And it will continue for as long as the world lasts.
Wa Laa Tajidu Li-Sunnatillahi Tabdeelaa!
“Allah’s ways do not change.”
Simple to understand. Allah works from Eternity to Eternity. Allah’s work is not controlled by a calendar or a clock on the wall!
Islam’s Core Message Is:
Education. Education. Education [Quote – 871]
Education. Education. Education.
That is the key to rebuilding the nation. Any nation or society.
Both Muslim and non-Muslim.
Islam started the drive to Education 1400 years ago. In a place where most people did not even know what Education was.
In today’s world, Non-Muslims embraced the call of Islam to Education. And Muslims, in many ways and at many levels, turned their back on it.
The results are obvious.
Some Perceptive Comments by a Muslim Writer [Quote – 870]
From time to time, I do take a sneak peek at some of what Muslims have to say.
Below is an observation that one Muslim writer made recently. It deserves serious reading and reflection on the part of all of us:
“Muslim countries own a significant portion of the world’s natural resources including oil, gas, minerals and forestry. …
Muslims make up 21 percent of the world’s population (1.5 billion) but account for only 5 percent of the global GDP (a little less than $5 trillion). The average GDP per capita is around $5,000, which is three times less than the global average of around $13,000. Only a few Muslim countries have a sustainable model of development and show signs of success for alleviating poverty and for the equal distribution of wealth. Only a handful of universities in Muslim countries make it to the world’s top one or five hundred list. The number of scholarly and scientific output in these universities and research institutes is negligible.”
Well, what do you all think?
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