Monthly Archives: November 2013

Allein und Einsam

Salam,

als Student, so denke ich, weiß ich etwas über dass Allein sein. Das mit sich selbst sprechen und die skurrilen Dinge die man sich aneignet, aber nur zum Vorschein kommen wenn man wirklich allein ist, oder sich eine Kamera vor die Nase setzt wie viele YouTuber es machen.

Es gibt sicherlich einige Momente in denen ich mir wünschte jemand wäre auch noch hier, ich mein ich hab es eigentlich noch gut auf einer Etage mit zig anderen Studenten. Doch die kleine Sehnsucht nach Gesellschaft ist da.

Das Allein sein und die Einsamkeit war heutiges Thema der Bambule Sendung. Schon von Anfang an wurde zwischen der Einsamkeit, einem Gefühl und dem Alleinsein, einem Zustand differenziert. Man kann in einer Menschenmasse Einsam sein aber auch alleine gut Pferde stehlen.

Es wird erwähnt, dass Heilige sich, in der Geschichte der Zeit, öfters zurückgezogen haben und darauf will ich in diesem Post, aus Islamischer Perspektive ein bisschen eingehen.

Einer der Dinge die mich am Islam so fasziniert ist die Balance, Muslime werden im Quran als Nation der Mitte erwähnt. Alles ist auf Balance, auf Gerechtigkeit ausgerichtet.

Wenn es um Askese geht, sagt Imam Hasan Al-Basri (rah) “Az-Zuhd (die Askese) in dieser Dunya (Diesseits) ist nicht dadurch errungen, das Erlaubte zu verbieten, und auch nicht dadurch Geld zu verschwenden. Vielmehr beinhaltet es deine Gewissheit, dass das was in Allahs Händen ist, besser ist als das in deiner Hand. ” Auf einer Seite sollen wir uns nicht von allem und jedem isolieren auf der anderen Seite ist es nicht erwünscht verschwenderisch und voll im Leben, wie man so schön sagt, zu sein.

Hasan Al-Basri sagte auch, “Die Dunya (Diesseits) lenkt ab und beschäftigt das Herz und dem Körper, Zuhd (Askese, den weltlichen Dingen keine Wichtigkeit geben) gibt dem Herz und dem Körper Ruhe. Wahrlich, Allah wird uns über die erlaubten (Halal) Dinge befragen was also mit den verbotenen. (Haram)” So ist das sich zurückziehen (im Rahmen des erlaubten) von der Welt der Dinge, des Materialismus vorzüglich und fordert die Seele, das Herz und den Körper.

Dennoch, gibt es im Islam die Pflicht einmal in der Woche zum Freitagsgebet zu kommen. Ein Event, dass die ganze Community in einem Platz versammelt. Es ist bevorzugt jedes der 5 Pflichtgebete am Tag in der Gemeinschaft zu beten.

Von ibn ‘Umar:  Allahs Gesandter, Allahs Segen und Frieden auf ihm, hat gesagt:
“Das Gemeinschaftsgebet ist 27 mal besser als das allein verrichtete Gebet. ”
[Al-Bukhari]

Bei Sunnan (freiwilligen) Gebeten ist es aber besser diese zu Hause zu beten.

Zaid bin Thabit Radiallahu Anhu berichtet: Der Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salam) sagte, “O ihr Menschen! Verrichtet eure freiwilligen Gebete in euren Häusern, denn das beste Gebet einer Person ist das welches man zu Hause verrichtet, außer der Pflichtgebete.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Die Hajj ist noch ein solches Ereignis in dem es fast unmöglich ist allein zu sein, unter den millionen von Menschen. Das Fasten aber ist etwas, dass man alleine macht.

Abu Huraira berichtet:

Allah’s Gesandter sagte, “Allah sagte,  ‘Alle Taten die die Kinder Adams vollbringen sind für sie, außer dem Fasten, dieses ist für Mich, und Ich werde die Belohnung dafür geben. ‘… ” [Al-Bukhari]

Niemand weiß wirklich ob du fastest oder nicht, dies ist zwischen dir und Gott allein. Diese Dualität des Alleine seins und in der Gemeinschaft sein spiegelt ,so finde ich, unsere Natur wieder.  Wir brauchen beides. Das Eine um zu uns zu finden, um uns im Klaren zu sein wer wir sind. Das Andere um um uns darin zu stärken.

In einem Hadith, welches ich sehr mag, heißt es ungefähr:

“Seelen sind wie eingezogene Soldaten; die die sie wiedererkennen, mit denen vertragen sie sich und diejenigen die sie nicht wiedererkennen werden sich nicht vertragen.” Sahih Muslim

Als Muslime glauben wir, dass wir niemals wirklich alleine sind, Allah swt. ist immer da. Unser Link als Muslime, als Brüder und Schwestern sollte der Einsamkeit Einhalt geben. Im Quran 57:1 heißt es, “Alles was in den Himmeln und auf Erden ist lobpreist Allah, Er ist der Allmächtige, der Weise. ”

Du magst vielleicht der Einzige Muslim in deinem Dorf, in deiner Stadt sein; wisse aber dass Ameisen, Fische, Vögel, Pflanzen etc. alle nur den Einen lobpreisen.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman


Videos? Love em’ V

Salam,

here we are a new post of the weekly (though delayed) series “Videos? Love em'”. In this post I will be introducing a couple of new categories, to make things a bit harder for myself.

In the Islam Category there will be two sub-categories, under ten minutes and over ten minutes. This I think will distinct those videos that are short reminders from those, that are of the lecture type.

In addition to that,  I’ve added a few other categories. Namely, Motion Graphics, Short-film, Youtube and Parkour. This will hopefully keep things more ordered, and keep me from selecting a Motion Graphics video every single week.

Now if I’m honest I thought of adding these categories just yesterday morning, so many of these videos were selected over a very short period of time.

Without further ado, here are my faves of this “week”.

Islam

Under 10 minutes:

This short video I think is quite relevant to us in today’s capitalistic and materialistic world. Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan here challenges the celebration of extravagance in our society.

Over 10 minutes:

In this video, again a talk by Nouman Ali Khan, our debates with non-Muslims especially  with Atheists are taken under the microscope. We are taken to task about not having proper conversations about why we personally believe in the message of Islam, instead having debates just trying to one up the other.

Motion Graphics: 

This is quite amazing, and if I might also point out that the artist   is just 16 years old. My hat’s of to him.

My close second if I might squeeze that in is a video commissioned by the Gates Foundation on Family Planning. The Animation is something to see.

 

Youtube / Short-Film:  

Here I’m cheating a little, as I said I just thought of these categories yesterday. This video is from the end of October. Something more light-heartening, strange, macabre, weird and whatever other adjective you’d use to describe this. From the wonderful, creative mind of PJ Liguori.

Parkour:

Have I also mentioned that I recently accidentally deleted my (pk) Youtube Account, yes well it happened. I’m going to have to painstakingly go and subscribe to every athlete again.

This video I found a few days ago, all I know about this place is that it is somewhere in the suburbs of my home town Berlin. Yes, I probably did chose it for being shot in Berlin. But it is amazing anyway, the use of the colours gave it a nice touch.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Argh! Choose man!

I’m frustrated at myself. Can you tell? Just had a hand in getting a friend of mine locked out of his house. The fault of my damn indecision. Let me back of a little.

I am short on money at the moment, not to say I’m completely broke. My friend has been asking the last few days for me to come play football. I haven’t been feeling well the last few days, sleeping a lot, so I missed the games. Turns out quite a few of them were cancelled.

Well today I gave in and said yes, but also said that I’m short on money, he said okay just bring some money for the game, we’ll sort the taxi. He moved on to another topic, before I got a chance to say, I’m broke man. He hung up. I turned my room upside down to find enough money. No such luck.

In the end I managed to scratch up £1.70 out of the £4 it costs. As the time of the game comes nearer my stomach starts hurting I’ve got a slight headache. I spend some time in the bathroom. Thinking of telling him that I’m not coming. Only ten minutes left till I’m supposed to be there, I can’t call it off any more. I don’t think he has enough time to get another player to play.

So I walk down. Making it there I listen to the conversations around me they somehow got a player extra they’re thinking of telling him that he won’t be able to play. I speak up telling them that I’ll stay if you’ve got a player extra, I’m not feeling well. They ask me if I’m sure, I return, if you’ve got a player extra and can’t fit another one into the cars, I’ll stay.

He says to make myself comfortable then, I won’t make you walk through the cold again now that you’re here. They ask me again if I’m sure, I might fit into the car. I hesitate. It’s your choice they say. Without saying anything else and without me noticing they’re of in the car that just arrived. I’m torn.

As the second car arrives, the driver tells me to jump in, I tell him that I’m ill it’s better if I stay; now even more unsure of whether I should stay or not. I give in as the driver offers me to get in a second time.

One of the guys goes up to the door, I thought then that he was closing it.

We drive off.

Arriving that friend asks if we closed the door, and where the key is. I turn to the guy that I thought closed it. He said he didn’t close it. Now I start to feel bad. What if someone were to rob him blind, it would have been my fault.

On my way home I get a missed call, I call back but it doesn’t connect for some reason. On the Whatsapp group I discover, that the door is locked and that no one has the key.

I walk back to his house, meeting them half way, they ask me if I have the key I answer in the negative. I ask where they are going. They reply the prayer room.

They tell me to call the guy that I thought closed the door, I relay the message on the WhatsApp group that he just sent. The other begins to rant, that I should have stayed at the house;that it was my responsibility to at least lock the door and take the key with me. He is right. I don’t reply.

 

I offer my friend to stay at mine, he refuses. I try to get the number of my accommodation to ask whether he could stay at the emergency room that they have. The other then calls home and offers for him to stay at his, he accepts.

We say Salam and I apologize, both return that it isn’t my fault and I shouldn’t worry about it…

I do though.

 

I should have, could have, would have done thing’s differently but I didn’t. I let my indecisiveness run amok once again, and that is something I need to change about myself. May Allah swt. give him Jannat-ul-Fridaws.

Say Amin!

Amin.

Due to this happening the “Videos? Love em'” post will be uploaded tomorow.

 

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Land of Confusion –
Daily Post

Do you mind if I smoke? Ehm no. Looking at the open window and his position next to it. I continue asking him about his day. Pertaining in some small talk, as some of my other room mates enter the kitchen.

A box filled with beer, a vodka bottle, and a bottle of Pepsi, enters with them. 

More conversations spring up, about random stuff, as they gradually begin to drink.

My room mates now laughing loudly. Can of beer in one hand, as he makes a joke about some girl. Another voices his opinion, that most girls just use you. I shake my head. Thanking God, he saved me from this.

How am I going to, as politely as possible, excuse myself from this? I ask myself…

Hoping the water cooker hurries up and the eggs fry themselves quicker, so I can get out of there, I’ve got an essay to write, don’t I?  Inconspicuously trying to smell my T-shirt, I sigh as my nose detects the stench of cigarettes on it. I hate cigarettes.

The guys now talking about some party in the past few weeks, where one of them was so drunk he started a fight with someone else, he lost.

Tea and egg finished cooking, I give my excuses, saying I’ll see them later.

Suddenly waking up, I look at my alarm clock, 3am. Someone was screaming, was I still dreaming? There it is again, this time coupled with laughter. I stand up, walk over to my basin I sprinkle water in my face, trying to clear my head. I step out of my room, one of my room mates and a girl are in front of the fire door, opposite of my room. “You guys are crazy”, I say and carry on to the toilet. Back in my room, I make ablution (wudhu), taking out my Quran and pray Tahajjud (voluntary night prayer) till Fajr (dawn prayer).

Sometimes, sometimes  I just feel totally out of place. Mostly it’s when I’m among people of my age. I do not take part in the “dating scene” for obvious reasons. Often though that and similar things is quite prevalent in the minds of those my age, “Which gal is hot?”.

Whereas the injunction from the Quran is:

“Tell believing men to lower their eyes and guard their private parts: that is purer for them. God is well aware of everything they do.”

Quran [24:30]

I’ve taken to not leaving my room, except when absolutely necessary, on Friday or Wednesday nights.  I feel out of place on a weekly occurrence at least.

Thank You Daily Post.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

5 Broken Cameras

5_Broken_Cameras

I finally watched it, I am ashamed to say, with all the opportunities I have had.
Muslims wherever they are, whether in the Philippines or in Palestine are close to my heart. So I ask myself if I am truly truthful, what have I done for them?

As Muslims we are told to be like a singular body, the Prophet saw. said:

“The similitude of a believer in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of a body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.”

So what if you were able to remove the pain somehow, or at least help to lessen it, wouldn’t you do whatever is necessary to relieve yourself of the pain? Wouldn’t you do whatever comes to your mind, even old house remedies, to reduce the sleeplessness and fever?

I ask myself, what have I done to relieve the aches in any of my limbs ? At this moment in time I’m asleep, I have forgotten the pain. I let it become worse and didn’t seek out any help, even though it was offered to me.

I have seen many clips and documentaries on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict before, but 5 broken cameras is different. Different in that it gives us a view of the normal life of a family in Bil’in. We witness how the son (Gibreel) of the film-maker (Emad Burnat ) grows up, one of his first words being “wall” and “army”.

One of the most saddening parts of the film is when Gibreel (4 at the time) asks, “Daddy, why don’t you kill the soldiers with a knife?”. Emad tells us, “We all lose our childhood at one point.” We gain an insight into life in the village and their struggle through his lenses.

These are my brothers and sisters in Islam, Jibreel is just around a year older than my own little sister. I felt like crying at the loss of his innocence. I can’t imagine how hard it must be as a father to live through that and teach your child what it means to live and die.

Imagine your own brother, your sister, someone you feel close to, only know the inside of a cage. A cage which over the years continues to shrink more and more.

Whereas seeing the sea, is nothing special for us. Freedom, something we take for granted. We are not being killed or shot at by soldiers for trying to lay a claim on what is ours. We aren’t beaten up by settlers taking our land.

“Clinging to non-violent ideals is not easy, when death is all around you”, Emad tells us in his monotone voice, “When someone dies anger grows”. Especially when that someone is close to you, like Bessam Abu Rahmeh was to him.

“So I film to heal…It helps me to confront life.”

The film won a Sundance film festival award and was also nominated for an Oscar (Mar 2013).  I have a lot of respect for him and the Palestinian people in general. 

May Allah swt. give them strength,  an end to this struggle and Jannatul Firdaws to the martyrs.

May Allah swt. give me the strength and courage to stop being just a once in a while slacktivist and do something for change however small it is.

Amin.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Videos? Love ’em IV

It’s back on again folks!

The “Videos? Love em'” series, is back every week inshaAllah. This weeks decision was once again a hard one. With my being occupied with university, the number of videos I’ve been watching decreased rapidly. Meaning, I just got around to watching the many good videos, that were uploaded weeks ago.

This edition is going to be laden with motion-graphics and it has absolutely nothing to do with my being in love with the art. (ha) So without further ado, I give you my favourite clips this week.

The first video in the Category Islamic, is a promo for an event. It is going to take place at the end of December and is organised by Alkauthar and Mercy Mission. (ado, ado, ado…)

I must say I’m quite jealous that I won’t be able to hear Amal Ahmad Albaz. She is one of the first Muslim slam poets I encountered on my search, after getting interested in Slam Poetry. Here is one of her videos.

I like the tranquillity exhumed by the video, the smooth transitions with the nicely chosen audio. Overall a good experience, and I hope the ladies have fun inshaAllah.

The second video, I watched a little over a week ago. Ten minutes before Fajr, a small cut out of a talk by Sheikh Saad Tasleem. I truly love him for the sake of Allah. He’s a cool cat. MashaAllah.

The talk was exactly what I needed when I first heard it. Strengthening my resolve to make better use of my nights, instead of reading Fan-fiction the whole night.

In the non-Islamic category, again two motion graphic shows.

First up, is NBC’s The Blacklist “Classified” trailer by Patrick Clair who produces absolutely brilliant content. The stuxnet video I featured in “Internet Security or Videos? Love em’ III” is also one of his creations.

I’ve got no words to describe it, everything just fits together. I think I might check out the Series, the 8th episode was just aired shouldn’t be too  hard to get caught up.

The second video is somewhat related to the recent NSA scandals. It tries to highlight the contradiction in our demanding transparency from organizations, such as Google, in the way our privacy is ensured. With us being our worst enemies in keeping information, about ourselves private on services such as Facebook.

 

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman