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Videos? Love ’em! XXXVI

Peace,

due to my exams this is going to be a shorter post.

The first video is the trailer of a Film, which I am looking forward to see. It tells the story of the novelist, essayist and activist James Baldwin as narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

Another recent important video, staying on the topic of identity, was the Black Muslims Matter webinar in reaction to Shaykh Yusuf Hanson’s comments at RIS at the end of December hosted by Boona Mohammed.

I have already mentioned this next video in a previous post (currently private), it made quite some waves in the political sphere in the UK but unfortunately not quite enough. The Investigative Unit of Al Jazeera revealed the machinations of an Israeli Embassy official in a 4 part documentary called The Lobby.

One of the reasons for me, as a Muslim, to get involved in my community and getting more involved in politics is the want to make society better for everyone. Not just for me and my family, my brothers and sisters in Islam but for everyone, as the Prophet (saw.) was a Mercy to mankind.

This excerpt of a show by the satirist and comedian Serdar Somuncu has blown up recently in Germany, unfortunately there aren’t any subtitles. In it he attacks our indifference to the suffering of others, the inexplicable fear of our wellbeing and our luxury being threatened by a migrant just breathing in our air.

*TW*

Mental Health is something that I have over the last year gotten quite a lot more interested in. Having family and friends go through difficult times has an impact on everyone in that nucleus. This short film beautifully captures the feelings of someone who has gone through depression and tried to commit suicide.

This post was quite a bit more serious than planned, but that’s cool. Here, to finish this list off, something fun. The new Zelda title looks absolutely amazing. Why can’t I play it on the Wii?

#videolovin’

Love of Islam

Salam Alaykum,

Last week I wrote a post about my love for the mosque and the film unmosqued. The film is about people that are disconnected from their local mosques and Muslim communities. I recounted how in my childhood by the will of Allah I had the blessings of a good community, of uncles and aunts in the community as well as brothers, who certainly shaped my perspective on Islam and also what an ideal community to me may look like. We were a colourful mix of different people, languages, ethnicities and origin, but what bound us was Islam and the German language.

I love them, even though, as to my utter sadness, I hear that in the last few years it has been getting less diverse and participation is waning, with a number of families such as mine moving away and other families retreating into their shells. My feelings haven’t changed and I miss them and pray that Allah returns the old vibe to the community. I pray that everyone could experience such a community, as I had.

They and most importantly my parents fed my love for Islam, as I saw it in their actions but with age that love matures. When you’re young, you try to imitate all that your parents do you follow the motions of prayer, imitate the recitation of the Qur’an etc. it all affects you. But what do you do, when you are suddenly on your own? When you decide what you want to do and not your parents? When you are miles away at university? When you are asked out by your classmate? When you are invited to go clubbing, to a party or the pub?

Your parents aren’t there to guide or force you. No one needs to tell you that it is haram you most likely already know that, so what would prevent you from doing the above mentioned, if not the love for God and the way of life (Deen) that He (swt.) gifted you with?

I personally can not express how much I love Islam. I’m often asked about Islam, most of the people that I know, know that I’m Muslim. They notice that whenever there are girls or alcohol  involved in a party that I’m usually not available. So whenever something happens that had some Muslims involved they talk to me. We do have discussions, sometimes we agree with each other, sometimes we agree to disagree.

In an online discussion on the caricatures of our Prophet Muhammad saw. I was once asked what it was that attracts me so much to Islam. Back then I answered that the way I was brought up certainly had a big role to play, but above all it was the Qur’an, its meaning and its recitation draws me nearer. Today, older hopefully wiser, that is truer than ever. With my continued study of Arabic and the resources that are available today, my loving the Qur’an and the depth in it, is increasing daily. With every single action I learn of the Prophet saw. I get to know him and love him more. Knowing that he cried for me in the darkness of the night, worried that I may not make it to Jannah. I love him.

Every single lecture I attend, every single seminary, every single video and every single book, every single morsel of knowledge causes me to understand more and more and love more and more. My love for Islam has matured, it isn’t based any more on my love for my parents, or my love of the community. It is based on my own love for God and His prophets.

This love will, God willing, continue to mature and evolve, as this life is a journey and with every leg of the journey, the experience of it will shape and increase my understanding. InshaAllah. This journey will be filled with setbacks, I will fall (into sin) and hope and pray (for forgiveness) and stand up and return to Him and inshaAllah draw nearer to Him than before I fell.

Abu Huraira (ra.) reported that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that Allah (glorified and exalted be He), the Exalted and Glorious said, “I am near to the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My heart, and if he remembers Me in assembly I remember him in assembly, better than his (remembrance), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by the cubit, and if he draws near me by the cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two hands. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him.”

[Sahih Muslim]

May Allah cause every pitfall, every slip up every setback that we may have to be a means to draw closer to Him, to repent to Him. May He help us increase our love for Islam, our thirst of knowledge as the Prophet saw. said that: “The seeking knowledge is the obligation of every Muslim.” [At-Tirmidhi] May Allah (swt.) increase our beneficial knowledge. Amin.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Love for Allah

Salam Alaykum,

This month being about being more loving, it is therefore logical for me to start with loving the entity from where everything is sourced. The One who created us, and deserves our love like no other being. As Muslims we do not say that God is love, however we say that He is the Loving (Al-Wadud) it is an aspect of Him, in His absolute perfection.

We all love, whether it is our parents in particular our family generally, a pet, our house, cars, our hobbies etc. we all have things that we love. It is a natural love for the things that make us happy, that give us tranquillity.There is a problem however if the love that we have for other than God (swt.) is weightier than for Him. Allah (swt.) warns us about the one who , “has taken his own desires as a god” it is the ultimate form of oppression of the self.

Ibn Taymiyyah rah. said:”The heart will not find complete happiness except by loving Allah and by striving towards what is dear to Him.” Tranquillity and serenity will follow if we truly love Allah instead of paying lip service. We all say that we love Allah swt. I say that I love Allah (swt.), but how often do I feel the tranquillity, the khushu in Salah when I’m closest to Him?

If we want to talk about love as something that emanates from how someone makes us feel, loving us and caring for us. Then what can one say about the love that we should have for God (swt.), who gave us our life, gave us our parents, our family. He has showered us with blessings after blessings, with favours upon favours. From the a single breath or gulp of water to the ceiling above our head, He has given us abundantly.

Allah swt. said in the Quran: “And if you should count the favours of Allah you could not enumerate them.” He wants the best for us always, and even if He has not granted us something, He did so in His unlimited love. With the foreknowledge, as the All-Knowing, that it would not do us any good. He wants the best for us. He is the One who says “…is there anyone who is calling on Me, so I may answer his prayer? Is there anyone who is asking of Me, so I may grant his request? Is there anyone who is seeking forgiveness, so that I may forgive him? (Muslim)

We show love to someone by doing things for them, by giving them our all, by appreciating them. We show love by action, and that is why He has called Himself Al-Wadud. Al-Wadud is the type of love that is shown by action, as opposed to hubb which is just the feeling inside of us. Similarly is we truly love Allah swt. then we should try and dedicate all of our actions to Him. To try and worship Him, as He deserves to be worshipped and have love for that worship. Our 5 daily prayers, were a gift to mankind, given directly to the Prophet (saw.) on the Isra wa al Mi’raj. What would you think of a person who you give a gift to, and it is not appreciated worse even he throws it away carelessly. My little sister served as a reminder of this, taking away my playing rights to a little chocolate egg car that she gifted me, giving me an ear lashing about how I’ve been careless with it. What am I doing with the gift that Allah swt. in His infinite Mercy has granted me? Am I distracted by the love of this world? Allah swt says: “But those who believe, love Allah more.” [2:165] I want to be amongst those who are talked about here by Allah (swt.).

Finally,

Ibn Taymiyyah (rah.) says: “There cannot be clearer recognition of mahabbah than this, and this recognition in itself increases love for Allah. And people have discussed (at lengths) about mahabbah – its causes, its signs, its fruits, its supports and its rulings. The most comprehensive of what has been said about this is what Abu Bakr al-Katani relates from al-Junayd (d.297H):

Abu Bakr al-Katani said: A discussion about mahabbah took place in Makkah, during pilgrimage season. The Shaykhs who were present spoke about this topic, and al-Junayd being the youngest of them. They said to him: What do you say, O ’Iraqi? So al-Junayd lowered his head and tears were gushing from his eyes, then he said:

“A servant should overcome his soul,
And be continuous in the remembrance of his Lord,
Establishing the rights of his Lord,
Focusing upon Him with his heart,
The light of fear setting ablaze his heart,
Whilst drinking from the vessel of pure love,
And certain hidden realities being unveiled for him.
So when he talks, it is due to Allah,
When he speaks, it is from Allah,
When he moves, it is by the Command of Allah,
And when he is serene, then it is from Allah,
He belongs to Allah, is for Allah and is with Allah.”

Upon hearing, the Shaykhs all started weeping, and they said: There is nothing left to add to that, may Allah reward you O Crown of the Knowledgeable Ones.”

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Further read and sources:

Foundations of true faith | Love is in Giving

PS: It’s past midnight and I’ve missed the post for yesterday. My laptop crashed on me, then decided it needed an update :/

Über die Liebe und ihrer Defintionen

Salam Alaikum,

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Das Binärsystem könnte schon bald eine neue liebes Sprache werden, in unserer Technologisch fortgeschrittenen Welt. Unsere Smartphones werden öfters gestreichelt als unsere Kinder oder unsere Tiere. Familien sitzen längst nicht mehr nur noch vor dem Fernsehr um Zeit miteinander zu verbringen sondern vor mobilen Bildschirmen, von denen jeder in der Familie mindestens eins hat, auch der 3-Jährige, der mit dem IPad besser umgehen kann als sein Großvater.

Die Welt ist kälter geworden, es fehlt an Mitgefühl, Liebe. Haben die Zahlen 1 und 0 unsere Welt erobert, sei es nun auf dem Bildschirm oder auf unseren Geldscheinen. Al-Miqdam ibn Ma’dikarib berichtete dass der Prophet saw. gesagt hat: „Wenn ein Mann seinen Bruder liebt, sollte er ihm sagen, dass er ihn liebt.” [Sahih, Abu Dawud]

Wann haben wir zum letzten mal unseren Mitmenschen gesagt oder gezeigt dass wir sie schätzen, geschweige denn unseren Eltern, Kinder oder Geschwister, dass wir sie lieben? Diesen Monat werde ich mich daher dem Thema der Liebe hinwenden. Es wird sich darum drehen, mehr liebevoll zu sein und werden. Es geht hier allerdings und  dass will ich nochmal betonen nicht speziell um die Liebe im romantischem Sinn, sondern vielmehr zu der der Menschheit gegenüber. Sowie Reehab Ramadan dies in ihrem Beitrag Love it’s what’s missing  vermisst, vermisse ich auch es in unserem Alltäglichen Leben und Verhalten.  Wie sie, frage ich mich auch warum die einzige Art der Liebe die anscheinend jeden Tag  annonciert wird, die der romantischen und sexuellen ist. Wieso Liebe und Mitgefühl für die Menschheit nicht im Mittelpunkt steht. Ist es so weil es einfacher zu lieben ist, wenn für einen auch etwas raus springt? So wie es bei der romantischen art der Liebe der Fall ist. Wenn was einen verbindet, sowie Blut oder Kameradschaft? Was ist dann  mit den Menschen die wir nicht kennen, die Meilen weit entfernt von uns sind. Die anders sind, anders aussehen, anders leben, anders glauben und  anders denken? Sind diese uns egal?

So will ich in diesem und den nächsten Beiträgen, so Gott will, darauf eingehen, was Liebe eigentlich bedeutet linguistisch gesehen. Dann  werde ich darauf eingehen wieso es uns gut liegt Allah lieben zu lernen. In einem weiteren Beitrag werde ein bisschen darauf eingehen, was ich persönlich an dieser Religion so liebe. Die Liebe zur Familie insbesondere der Mutter wird, so Gott will, weiterer Bestandteil eines Posts sein und letztens die Liebe zur Gemeinschaft und Menschheit allgemein.

Liebe, strikt nach dem Duden ist:

  • ein starkes Gefühl des Hingezogenseins; starke, im Gefühl begründete Zuneigung zu einem [nahestehenden] Menschen
  • auf starker körperlicher, geistiger, seelischer Anziehung beruhende Bindung an einen bestimmten Menschen [des anderen Geschlechts], verbunden mit dem Wunsch nach Zusammensein, Hingabe o. Ä.
  • sexueller Kontakt, Verkehr
  • gefühlsbetonte Beziehung zu einer Sache, Idee o. Ä. in »mit Liebe«
  • Gefälligkeit; freundschaftlicher Dienst
  • (umgangssprachlich) geliebter Mensch

Das Wort Liebe ist von dem Ur-indogermanischem Wort fürs Genießen und Ersehnen abgeleitet. Im Alt-Hoch Deutsch kommen die Bedeutungen Glück, Gesundheitlich, Annehmlich und Freude dazu. Im Arabischen gibt es, wie so oft, viele Wörter die mit der Liebe und Art der Liebe zu tun haben. Hubb und Mawaddah sind zwei bekannte Wörter, die auch im Quran vorkommen. Unter anderem gibt es aber auch die Wörter Ishq, welches mit der Leidenschaft zu tun hat. Shaghaf auch, aber dies ist liebe die einen konsumiert, dessen adjektiv Form als verknallt sein übersetzt werden kann. Shaghaf ist aber auch eine Herz Krankheit. Dieses Wort kommt auch im Quran vor und beschrieb die Liebe, die die Frau von Al-Aziz zu Joseph (Yusuf as.) fühlte. Hawa ist mehr oder weniger Liebe, die dir die Füße weg fegt und Walah ist Liebe die einen verrückt macht. Es gibt etliche mehr und da meint man Französisch wäre die Sprache der Liebe.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman