Monthly Archives: March 2014

Truthfulness to Allah

Salam Alaykum

Allah swt. knows. He knows everything about us. He knows the secrets that we covet, the feelings we hide, He knows us more intimately than anyone else ever will. With all of the sins that we have stacked up, He still lets us walk on this earth, breathe in the air, let it fill our nostrils and enjoy life, in His Mercy. The only thing He asks of us, is that we return to Him, that we are truthful to Him. Realising that He is the only One worthy of our worship, not our sticks that we carry with us.

In a Khutba Ustadh Mohamad Baajour, narrated the story of Musa as. in a way I never thought of before, focusing on his stick. In the Quran Allah swt. tells us that He asked Musa as. what was in his right hand, of course knowing what it is, having created it, the hand holding the stick, Musa as. and everything around him, but He draws attention to it.

Musa as. replies that,  this is my stick, the possessive adjective implying that it is important to him, that he uses it all the time, that he is “dependant” on it. That he leans on it, brings down leaves with it to feed his sheep, and many other things. Still Allah swt. asks him to throw it, to cast it away, the thing that he “depends” on so much and he does so without question, immediately.

He gave something dear to him up for Allah’s swt. sake trusting Him completely, what are we willing to give up for Allah swt.? Did he see the good that came out of throwing the stick immediately? No, it turned into a fast moving snake and Allah swt. asks him to pick it up. But this stick then defeats with Allah swt. permission, the snakes of Pharao’s magicians and brings forth twelve streams for the Sons of Israel.

What is done for Allah swt. will remain forever, everything else perishes, until we are truthful with Allah swt., we are truly lost.

Allah swt. says in the Quran:

Do people think they will be left alone after saying “We believe” without being put to the test? We tested those before them: God will certainly mark out which ones are truthful and which are lying.

[Quran The Spider 29:2-3]

The greatest action we can do is being truthful to Allah swt. and the worst we can do is to lie to Allah swt. to try to deceive the One who knows us better than we know  ourselves.

Allahumma  arina al-haqqa haqqan warzuqna ittiba’ah, wa arina al-batila batilan warzuqna ijtinabah

O Allah! Show us Truth as Truth and give us ability to follow it and show us Falsehood as Falsehood and give us the ability to avoid it.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Being true to yourself or The Moon

Sitting on the cold hard floor, the night welcoming free thought. Gone the bustle of the day, left is a cool breeze flowing lightly across my skin. The moon clearly visible, now leaning over the veranda’s railing, enraptured by its beauty.  A clear night stars illuminating the sky, a few lamps here and there, the streets quiet, my family sleeping.
An Ayah comes to my mind.

And He has subjected for you the night and day and the sun and moon, and the stars are subjected by His command. Indeed in that are signs for a people who reason.

[Quran The Bee 16:12]

The thing is, we are not taking the time to reason, to think, to let oneself go, free oneself from the worlds distraction. We are lured towards it, fed constant information with no time to process and are expected to have an opinion right now, on everything.

We live in a time of deception, fooling everyone including ourselves of our invincibility our unmeasurable strength and beauty. Like a portrait that is faked and sold at an extortionate price. The price of losing who we are, what we are and why we are. We have fallen to self-deception, one being true to him or herself has become a cop-out to do stupid things, to do whatever we want. Created out of our want to be accepted, to feel valued for being who we are, but being what we aren’t. Two-faced instead of multifaceted.

Looking at the bright moon, I see just one face. One face that takes its time to reveal as I get to know its phases and its full potential. Time that we do not take, to ponder, who we are. What our purpose is, are we just here to eat, poop and die? Being true to oneself is to realise that we are slaves, but to whom is the question. Are we enslaved to the capitalist market the want for more, our inner desires, our fake portraits or do we place our purpose higher?

Truthfulness is the conformity of the outer with the inner, speech with deed, and narrative with reality.

[Salîm al-Hilâlî, Bahjatu-n-Nâdhirîn]

Wa Salam,
Abdur-Rahman

Entry VII

Salam Alaykum,

finally done for the week, given in my coursework and had the final test for that particular module today. Think it could have been better, but…Alhamdulillah! Things can go back to normal, slightly, exam season is at the horizon.

We also had isoc elections on Wednesday, mashaAllah all candidates were brilliant and I’m pretty confident that with the new committee the isoc will be able to advance further. Now I need to focus on getting a place at a uni in Germany! Since everyone is under the impression that it’s all certain already, no idea who gave them that idea *sigh* please take me. Make dua’ for me 🙂

Finally a video to round off the week, since my list of videos this week was weak.

Videos? Love ’em “Coursework deadline edition I”

Salam Alaykum,

as the headline says I have a coursework deadline in about two days. I haven’t had much time to watch any videos except my bi-daily intake from Bayyinnah.tv . The talks at the Amazing Quran Event last year were amazing. I still owe you a post about the event I went to last month, called “Against All Odds” in Machester at the University of Salford.

I thought I’d share some of my video and audio footage, but realised that I may be infringing on Bayyinnah’s copyright, hard work etc. and after getting into contact with them, my fears were validated. They asked me not to share any recordings, so I thought I might write up what I got out of it and will do so as soon as I get more time on my hand.

So here are some videos I’ve watched this week.

Islam

Youtube

Motion Graphics

Say Kusmeh

Wa Salam,
Abdur-Rahman

Station

Sitting in a station

People pass, young and old

Some see their loved ones, full of elation

Some travelling, departing, not arriving, stories untold

I am forgotten, Dust on my name

Passing gravestone after gravestone

They say life is a Game

There are no things that I need to atone – for

For I am young now, let me live life

We do not understand, Age does not matter

99 year old doctor, grandfather

4 year old daughter

A few lines not telling their strife

Of broken bones and broken hearts

Of lost friends and abusive parents

Of a happy life, it felt like eons

Of  the Gold I filled in carts

Everything has left now, hear their steps echoing

The real test has started now

3 Questions deciding, the following

Who is your Lord?

What is your Religion?

Who is your Prophet?

This life like a stone, sticking out of it a sword

Your heart determines your condition

Let the water out and you are set

It is the weapon of Choice.

A letter A week?

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Salam Alaykum,

I have been practicing lettering more and more. It is something that has always interested me and I have been looking into the work of Sean McCabe lately. He is releasing a course on lettering on Monday and uploaded a free sneak peek in form of his second episode of the series Learning Lettering.

As a student, who does designing on the side, I don’t think I will be able to afford it at the moment, but I’ll have to see. He also runs a podcast on Creativity and Business which I hope to get into, listening regularly once I can fix up my lack of organisation at the moment.

I thought I might be able to upload some of my tries at lettering, calligraphy etc. once every week on this blog. Maybe with a few thoughts on the Quote? Let’s see, till next week inshaAllah!

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman