Archive for January, 2009

Winter: The Best Season

Posted in Original & Misc. on January 30, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

It is said that winter is a time when people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as ‘the Winter Blues’ or winter depression. However, it is interesting to see how the early Muslims welcomed winter, as it is clear that they saw it in a totally different light.

Here are four ways that they would benefit from winter:

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“My loved ones, accept my greetings…”

Posted in Poetry & Anashid on January 29, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

LISTEN:

My loved ones, accept my greetings * Visiting over you like the clouds;

My soul awakens and sleeps with you * Accompanying you even if I am afar;

I fly with my aspirations and strengthen my resolve * The youth who lived in the shade of the Qur’an;

My concerns still stand over them * My youthfulness is still their subject of discussion and chat;

I love to travel with them when our destination is * The House of Allah, with amazing enthusiasm;

I love their weeping out of love for Him at the ends of the night * When the stars become concealed;

I love to see them in honor * Like the petals of a rose in the midst of uncultivated land;

I love their racing towards loftiness * I love their firmness despite the difficulties;

I love to see from them callers to Allah * Guiding lights for the youth;

Bringing life back to every heart * Drowning in the waves of misery;

Greetings from me, to the pillar of my heart * Like the blossoming flowers on the peaks of the mountains

My greetings, whenever a morning comes * Returning to me after its absence…

[Sung by Abu Rayyan]

…So, Do Not Fear Them!

Posted in Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Books & PDFs on January 25, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

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“…Would you fear a fly?”

– Ibn al-Qayyim

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After Gaza: How the Prophet Coped With Loss

Posted in Original & Misc. on January 21, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

In the Name of Allah, we invoke peace and blessings upon His Messenger.

Going back and thinking of the emotions felt over the last 25 days, one word which found a constant presence in our hearts was ‘helpless’ – the reality that we were helpless, and that we were silently witnessing a helpless people – our helpless people – trapped as Israeli killers patiently bombed them to bits while seated comfortably in the cockpits of American F-16s, as if to fulfill former IDF Chief of Staff Raphael Eitan’s April 1983 wish to see them “scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.”

The images of the charred bodies of infants, blood-soaked hijabs of sobbing mothers, mosques turned into rubble, stockpiles of food being fed to white phosphorous flames instead of the starving people they were meant for, fathers frantically and tearfully pulling corpses of family from the remains of bombed out homes – these images will forever remain in our conscience. From a material perspective, this was defeat and loss at its worst. What befell our brethren in Palestine has caused, and will continue to cause, much pain, anxiety, and sorrow in our hearts.

This reality mirrors one experienced by none other than the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and his Companions 1,427 years ago following their military defeat at Uhud. When reviewing the events surrounding this defeat, one cannot help but be affected by the helplessness felt by the Muslims the moment they realized just how deep their material loss was in this battle, just as we are feeling at this moment when reflecting on what was taken from us as a result of the Israeli attack on Gaza.

However, in reviewing these events, one can also not help but to take his feeling of helplessness and despair and transform it into firmness and strength.

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Expecting the Best from Allah

Posted in Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Books & PDFs on January 9, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

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“…In accordance with how good your expectations of and hope in Allah are and how truthful your reliance and trust are in Him, Allah will not betray your hopes in the least, as He does not betray the hopes of those who hope and does not cause any effort to go to waste…”

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Fundamentals Come First

Posted in Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi on January 8, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

“…It is a must to always strive to correct our fundamentals and principles and build our foundation on taqwa of Allah and His Pleasure. We were taught by our Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) to begin with issues in order of their importance.

So, there is nothing before or above calling to pure monotheism and the firm handhold of faith (disassociation from false gods), and warning against and working to demolish the ideas of polytheism. This is how the Prophet was when calling the people, and this is what he would send his ambassadors and messengers with in all corners of the Earth, and this is what he would open his letters to the kings of the world with.

Therefore, we should not argue with deviant groups regarding their corruption in some secondary matters without tying it in to the fundamentals, as we know that this corruption only stems from the corruption in their fundamentals, namely in their understanding the concepts of polytheism, monotheism and its firm handhold, disbelief, faith, and other fundamentals.

In fact, we should start with nothing but their fundamentals that are deviated from those of Ahl as-Sunnah. So, if they correct their fundamentals and are sincere towards Allah and build their foundation upon taqwa of Allah and His Pleasure, it becomes easy to discuss these secondary matters with them, and it becomes possible to correct them…”

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Their Kufr Is Worse than Their Bombing of Gaza!

Posted in Ibn al-Qayyim on January 6, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

In the Name of Allah, we praise Him and invoke peace and blessings upon His Messenger.

While we are all following the attacks on our brothers and sisters in Gaza in increasing anger, it is necessary to remember an essential theological concept with every dead woman or child we see on TV lying in a pile of rubble: our enmity towards this accursed nation should be first and foremost because of their kufr. Their offenses against Allah and His Prophets since the start of their existence far outweigh in evil and vileness all of the bombs, missiles, killing, starvation, and expulsion they have afflicted us with since 1948.

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