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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

Excerpt of Today’s Khutba I

…When a person is sent somewhere he is sent for a reason. However when a person decides on his own accord to go somewhere, he may go wherever he wants to, do whatever he wants to and to come back whenever he wants to. When we entered this life however, we did not decide when we were born, where we were born or whom we were born to. This was Allah swt. decision, and so the time for our return is also in His Hands. So we were sent, who where we sent for? Ourselves? No, we were sent for the whole of mankind.

We are here not just for ourselves, for our families and friends but for humanity. Can you imagine the outlook that a person has who has this view of his purpose? Our pious predecessors (Salaf-us-Salih) were selfless while we today are selfish. They wanted to benefit everybody and the last person on their mind was themselves. On the deathbed of a Sahabi, a companion of the Prophet saw., water was brought to him instead of drinking it himself he turned to another, saying that he is thirstier than I am.  At the time of death they were more worried about others. When the Sahabah were selfless Allah swt. gave them the world, today we are selfish and have lost  the world. So let us change our view our outlook..on why we are here…  I am in this world for the world…To be an asset to the whole Ummah. (Nation)

(Slightly restructured)

Entry VI

Salam Alaykum,

sorry the last few weeks have been quite hectic, a lot has happened in a short amount of time, so that I don’t find enough time to write properly. So that these entries have been becoming more frequent, than proper thought out posts.

This month’s theme is “Being more truthful“, I will inshaAllah be uploading the first post on Wednesday. I hope that this month is going to be a little bit quieter, University wise though probably not, the elections are going to consume some time. Hustings start tomorrow apparently, so I need to get my designing hat on asap.

This evening I’ve been chilling with some of my brothers from the iSoc, I seriously love these guys for Allah swt. . Sitting and listening to them, just makes me be grateful for Allah swt. giving me the opportunity to be with these people. I ask you to make dua’ for those people that bring you closer to Allah swt. .

 

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman