Month: March 2019

Introduction to Maerifah.org

Here is an introduction of a website of Islamic texts, www.Maerifah.org. Mr. Mohammad Ali has made a tremendous effort in presenting these works.My favorite feature of this website is that one can search by topic across the works presented. For example, you type in Fasting, and you get every mention of the word Fasting across all of the works.

Tazkeer Bil Quran – Riba / Usury

Riba/Usury is “unjust, exploitative gains made in trade or business under Islamic law.” Riba/Usury is strictly prohibited in Islam. Allah refers to those involved in practicing usury as “mad people”. For a transaction to be considered riba/usury, it must attest to the following conditions;Profit (Munafa)Specified (Mu’ayyun) andDemanded (Mutal’ba)On Debt (Qarz)Why is Riba Haram? Sourced from IslamMyFascinationRiba conflicts with the spirit of brotherhood and sympathy, and is based on greed, selfishness and hard heartedness.Riba is one of the major contributors towards inflation.Riba causes trauma and depression due to mounting debts.Riba creates a monopoly in society, where the rich are rewarded for being wealthy, while those who are not are forced to pay extra!

From Tragedy to Triumph – New Zealand

Today, marks the one week since Christchurch Terrorism. On March 15th, people all over the world woke up to the horrendous news of a man full of hate, walking into two mosques in Christchurch and massacring 50 people, wounding another 50 or so.In response, the New Zealanders came together as a people showed tremendous compassion towards a group hurting badly. The world has been in awe of the manner in which the Kiwis have expressed their sympathy towards Muslims. Case in point, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern. Very seldom does one see the kind of concern and sensitivity the PM exhibited. True leadership manifested.Earlier today, I heard the news that New Zealand aims to ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. I also watched today, the memorial Friday prayers held in Christchurch, and was moved with the show of solidarity by New Zealanders.

The Mercy of Allah

“Allah is the name without attributes. Allah reveals Himself through His attributes, and Ar-Rehman is the single most important attribute of Allah. What He is letting us know is that the essential nature of God is merciful, it’s not majestic. He is majestic and beautiful, but the quality He wants to reveal Himself to man is first and foremost is mercy. If you embrace that mercy, that’s what you get. If you reject that mercy, He reveals Himself with majesty. And that is why Allah SWT can be overwhelming, and He can be so overwhelming that people will reject Him.The Persian says “what does the ant know about the pattern on the Persian carpet. We’re like ants. All of us are like little significant ants in the big picture of the cosmos.”

Thinking, Reasoning & Reflecting are Acts of Worship

“The Quran has spoken about thinking, reasoning and knowledge nearly one thousand times. This is another indication that Islam is a firm and deep ideology, far from superstitions. Islam relies on thinking and reasoning. We do not find any phrase in the Quran supporting the use of force to gather followers.” – Excerpt from Onthesigns.com “One moment of Ma’rifah (mystical intuitive knowledge) is better than a lifetime of prayer.… Islam is about knowledge of Allah SWT, and the knowledge of Allah is not a set of arguments you read in a book.” – Sheikh Hamza Yusuf  I’ve collated some references from The Quran, about the importance of Thinking, Reasoning and Reflection in Islam.

Tazkeer Bil Quran – Blasphemy & The law

Blasphemy occurs in and against all religions. In a conservative society like Pakistan, the enactment of Blasphemy Law (Pakistan Penal Code 295-C) during the 1980s catapulted the country into a chaotic few decades. Pakistan is probably (I am not sure) the only country in the world, which has enacted such an extreme law.There are basically 2 schools of thought on this subject.

Tazkeer Bil Quran – Deen

Disclaimer: I attend a Tazkeer Bil Quran (Reminders from Quran) course at Al-Mawrid Institute Canada, and my instructor is Mr. Malik Faisal Aslam. I take notes in order to be able to remember important points from the lecture/discussions and decided to share the same in synoptic form here, as and when I am able to. My only objectives are …

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