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The Purple book of generalities
By Arfan Shah (Sheikhy Notes)
© Arfan Shah 2004
First edition 2012
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Introduction Chapter one: Food Chapter two: Blessings Chapter three: Ponder Chapter four: Calling Chapter five: Basics Chapter six: Help Chapter seven: Arguing Chapter eight: Funeral Chapter Nine: Ocean Chapter ten: Dhikr Chapter eleven: Square Chapter thirteen: Questioned Chapter fourteen: Beginnings Chapter fifteen: Decree and the day Chapter sixteen: Good manners Chapter seventeen: Tables Chapter eighteen: TV and music Chapter nineteen: Gates Chapter twenty: Knowledge Chapter twenty one: Talk Chapter twenty two: Friends Chapter twenty three: Building Chapter twenty four: Age Chapter twenty five: True Chapter twenty six: Time Chapter twenty seven: Visits and paths
Chapter twenty eight: Wrong Chapter twenty nine: Truth Chapter thirty: Media Chapter thirty one: Possessions
In the name of Allah, the all merciful, the most beneficent We have given the following title to this work The Purple book of generalities. We aim to explain generalities that Muslims face and what their reaction could be. We wish to write this book as a general guide to Muslims about their life as a Muslim. I have added certain stories that are relevant. It was called the Purple book of Generalities because it was written in a purple book and it contains general advices.
Food One of our most frequent acts that we perform regularly is eating. We eat things in abundance without realising the blessing that Allah (the Exalted) has given us. So many people have so much. We on the other hand have given little thanks for the food that we partake. The least we can do is thank Allah (the Exalted) before we eat by saying bismillah, it is the least we can do. Or if we forget ‘Bismillah awalu wa ikhiru’ suffices. Eat as much as you need but not too much as sweet food will make you lazy and greedy. Eat the fruits mentioned in the Quran: figs, olive, banana, pomegranate etc. For it is necessary to remind the heart, ears and body where your food comes from. Allah (the Exalted) is the best of providers. He gives you the roof you sleep under, the clothes you wear, the job you have, your families and so many other things and if I was to write a list of them then I would not be able to complete it. I would have to start now and continue until the day I die and that would not be sufficient to record the blessings of one day. I may have only addressed a few! The only thing we can say is Alhamdulillah, because truly praise does belong to Allah the Exalted. We must do as much as we can to remind ourselves of this. Anyone can become forgetful and may not fully appropriate the blessings that we
are submerged in, which we have been given, especially in the West. I entered a shop and began to put food into my trolley then I stopped, Allah (the Exalted) woke me up. How many people can do what I can do? How many people do not have a choice? How many people do with what they have? I am able to choose from a great multitude of things, wherever I go. I can choose, most people in the world do not have a choice. They do not complain about the same types of food again and again because they simply do not have another choice. I have a choice and yet I complain about the food that I am given like an ungrateful spoilt child. What kind of delusion have I got myself into? Saying bismillah when eating helps the food to be digested. There is no blessing in any food that you eat without pronouncing the name of your Lord. So know dear reader that all I wish to do is remind my sick heart. I truly hope you can improve yourself from my failures. Overeating is one of our major problems which lead to other health issues. The diet must be balanced depending on your area. The miswak is something that promotes the health of the teeth. If you go to someone’s house then eat the food given as it is the height of good manners. If someone comes to your house and does not eat; be gracious to your host and try to make
things easy for them and if you feel that your presence is a problem then leave graciously. The provision is all from Allah (the Exalted) and do you wish to reject that hospitality? If you get a little food be happy and if you get a lot be happy. Never allow your host to realise that you do not like the food. Do not make unreasonable requests like specific foods or that the food does not taste like what you would get elsewhere. Do not outstay your welcome because your host will have other things to do and you need to go at the right time. If your host hints at something then you outstayed your welcome. The Prophet (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) would look at the door if guests had outstayed their welcome.
Blessings How is it that we do not realise the blessings that we are constantly in? If I have a glass of water in my hand; I can only put it into my mouth because my arm is working correctly. All the ligaments, muscles and all those other things that we do not know are working correctly. I sit in a room with heating and a light so I can write, how many do we have so far? We live a life of total heedlessness. I have carpet, wallpaper, food, cupboards to put food in, rich foods, sweet foods, fruit and all other ingredients that I can make things with. I can only drink and eat by myself because I can touch and taste. I can tell the difference between hot and cold. If I did not then I would freeze or I would burn. Are these all not blessings? What is wrong with us? Are we asleep but our eyes are open. We are stuck in a deep sleep of the world. Yet, I too am consumed in thoughts that I am not able to appreciate the blessings of Allah (the Exalted) as I sit and drink clean water. Did I mention the water?
Ponder Is it not amazing that we do something for Allah (the Exalted), an act of worship, and he helps us. If when asks He makes things easy for us. We are fulfilling our duties to him; yet he helps us and rewards us for it. Not just in this life but in the next. Truly think about you are asking for even though we get so much we have the gall to ask for more. It’s like you are working for someone and he has set tasks for you. Yet, if you ask for help you get it. Then he pays you more than you earned. You even get promotions without being aware of it! We do not fully realise the blessings of the state of the mercy that we are in. It’s like the waves of the ocean, do they ever stop? The waves and the water keep coming. Allah’s (the Exalted) blessings aimed at you are never ending.
Calling There are two ways to call someone to Islam. By providing them with information and answering their questions in way that they can easily understand. The second, is the most effective way, is by calling someone to Islam by your example. This is effect is greater than anything you could say. But if you call someone to Islam and you are still infected by the world then what does your words mean, very little. They need to see that you have something that they do not. This will make them think and ponder. If you have peace of mind and they do not, this makes them reconsider their position. Ibn Kathir states that after the treaty of Huddayybiah more people came into Islam than at any time previously. Purely because they saw transformed human beings in the companions. For the first time they were able to converse them and they saw something they did not have. This lead to thousands becoming Muslim. Is it any wonder that when the conquest of Mecca occurred there was very little resistance? This is the most successful method. We can boast about Islam is and what Islam is not but until they see it in practice only then will they realise what it is. A popular saying in English comes to mind, ‘actions speak louder than words.’ The action can speak volumes about a person that words
cannot. Our efforts may never be fruitful but that does not mean they we do not try.
Basics I see people talk Islamic, dress Islamic and speak Islamic but sometimes people don’t act Islamic. So many people do not pray and those who do, do not pray correctly as it is only the few who are present in their prayers. Many of us are neglectful and heedless in and about our prayers. The more you pray the better it is for you. If you do not pray then start with the fard/obligatory prayers, start with one then when you are ready add another and another until you have five. These are your first steps as it may be too difficult for you to start with five prayers straight away. Eventually you shall experience the hidden blessings in prayer. It never impresses me how much knowledge someone has but it does impress what someone does with that knowledge. When you witness great scholars who say they are servants of the sacred knowledge then you’ll realise. About dress, we don’t have a specific Islamic dress instead we have modes of dress that fulfil the purpose of lawfulness and not unlawful.
Help Try to help anyone that you can. If you see someone in need then try to assist them. Forget about who they are or what they are. If it is safe for you to help someone then do it for the sake of Allah (the Exalted). This also is a good way of breaking down the barriers in society that they have inadvertently placed us in. This is something that I am trying desperately to address with myself. I am aware of these issues and I am concerned about the ones that I have no knowledge of it. Sometimes words that are uttered are so difficult to practice.
Arguing I would like to remind ourselves about arguing. Seriously this is a major issue that needs to be addressed. People are needlessly arguing over complex religious matters that should not be argued over. This is a major issue especially those who have a lot of time on their hands like students in universities and other facilities of education. Mostly it’s about people or groups that we claim to belong. We want to make sure about this brother's beliefs before I pray with him. Allah (the Exalted) does not task you to find out about their faith neither should you pry by asking questions. Debating issues of belief is something that the average person should not be doing. We are unaware of the damage being done and unaware of the harm being caused. Satan loves to make the Muslims argue and if you do then you are pleasing satan so beware of your actions. Is not the whole point of our existence, to please Allah? Give and return greetings and do not look at them in evil manner. Have good opinion of your brother or sister. Yet at the same time clarification is sometimes needed but only the one who knows his speech is better than his silence. The truth is such a rare commodity in our time. Just because someone is part of a group does not mean that they fit the stereotype that you have made up in your mind.
Give them a chance and do not let your prejudices get the better of you. Avoid talking about matters that could cause fallout and talk about matters that bring you together. You are all from the same family, you are from the same group, and you are all Muslims from a shared father.
Funeral Coming back from a funeral I noticed my shoes were muddy and they needed to be cleaned. Then a thought occurred to me one day maybe I will not be able to clean the mud from myself. As I will go to where hence I came. The soil is my future home. The soil was home to part of this body and it shall be my future home. The remembrance of Allah (The Exalted) is something that can benefit you deep down in the mud as your actions are given a life. This keeps the heart alive and if you left your heart die then it will kill everything else. So even here where you least expect it the remembrance comes to help you.
Ocean When I reached the age of twenty five I came to the realisation that I had wasted my life in needless pursuits that dulled my senses. I had finally reached the big ocean up until then I had been swimming in rivers but the river was not very deep so I swam to the ocean. I didn’t know what to do. I saw most people on the shore. I saw others on boats of different kinds. I saw some people sink into the depths of the ocean. The closest boat to me had two people in it. I knew them a little so I went with them. Their boat had holes all over the place and water was coming through them though some of them did not care. The boat was slowly sinking until suddenly we heard a voice, ‘Your boat is sinking.’ It seemed like we recognised the voice but now it seemed to mean so much more. We realised what was happening the boat was sinking. Amazingly we had the tools on the boat to fix it. When we did this the boat moved forward better than before. I can still hear the people on the shore who were left behind, we tried to call them but they did not hear or respond. And the others who heard us did not know what we said. Sometimes the journey is rough and other times it is smooth. I know now where I am going and where I am going.
The sea represents life, the boat is the religion, and the tools are the Quran. We have everything that we need to fix our lives but we choose not to listen and we choose to let our boats sink. It’s time to wake up and if we sink in this life into the deaths of the ocean. Into the depths of the Dunya what have we achieved anyway? You cannot buy your way out of trouble on the day of judgement. After this period does permanace begins and it never ends. If we don’t give up everything in this world we are not going to get anything in the afterlife. Note that everything in this world will perish and it will not last. What will we given in the afterlife if we have not worked for it? That fact woke me up. Was I working for permanence or temporary?
Dhikr The heart pumps the blood around the body, the blood takes oxygen from the lungs; this process continues with the minimal amount of fuss and notice from our side. So why is the heart so important and why does it need to be reminded of Allah? If you remember Allah (the Exalted), your tongue does as well and the air you breathe is different. Then the heart moves and with this air breathed with the dhikr of Allah (the Exalted) then it spreads it around the body. All around the human system this dhikr affects the body. Allah (the Exalted) sends down tranquillity. The body moves differently not as it moved before. Finally, the scent of the reward is wafted in their direction. Do you need another reason to remember Allah?
Square In England we have a saying that you do not put square pegs in round holes. For very young children there is a game in which you put different shaped pegs into different shaped holes. The point being that you have to realise that things fit in some place but not others. Squares for squares, rectangles for rectangles, triangles for triangles and holes for balls. These pieces are pushed into a flat piece of wood. We are square pegs being forced into round holes. The child keeps pushing and it keeps going but it does not realise what it is doing. We realise that we have to do something else and some cannot figure out why it won’t fit. Some of us have tried to fit into this hole but cutting out from our deen what they thought was wrong. Why is our religion so important because Allah (the Exalted) is important to us? We can fit into round holes but if you force it, it won’t look right but if we put ourselves into the hole that we belong. Then we will put it into its rightful place. The definition of oppression is put something in its wrongful place. We are putting our religion into the wrong place. We oppress ourselves and are unaware of the harm that we cause ourselves.
Questioned The Quran teaches us that Allah (the Exalted) is not asked about what he does rather we are asked what we do. If this whole universe belongs to him he can do anything that he wants with it. If you have a pencil you can write anywhere and everywhere with it. That is your right as it is your pen. You can do whatever you wish to whatever you own and no one can tell you any different. Allah (the Exalted) is never unjust to his creations even though we are unjust to ourselves. So if Allah (the Exalted) sends someone to hell for eternity it is not injustice because we belong to him and he can do what he likes with us. We must stop ourselves and question why people are entering into Islam every day? And when they pray and fast, they do it well. As for those who are born Muslim go astray and do stupid things. Are we aware of the blessings of being born Muslim, we do not need to look any further. Yet we do not follow it. What is it about Islam that we do not follow? What is it about Islam that we do not understand? I am including myself in this list. What is it that we do not see that they do? Why do we always fall short? Those who have converted and removed the ills of this society from themselves are very special. Yet, those born into
the religion are some of the worst when it comes to adopt the worse ills of this society. If we are going to copy what they do it could at least be the good not the evil. Muslim morals must be lofty but now they are so low that people think what we have is worse than they have. Like the children born with wealth they do not appreciate the value of money and like those who are born Muslim do not appreciate the value of Islam. As for those who have come into the religion they realise the value of being a Muslim. This is my silver spoon theory.
Eyes Be careful what you let your eyes see and what you let your ears hear, as both of these will be taken into account on the day of judgement. When something occurs or you see an opportunity to do something good and do not hesitate. Help those you know and those who you do not.
Beginnings Allow someone time to express themselves and do not make them feel guilty. Give people who are coming slowly back to Islam need time to rectify themselves. Let them breathe, allow them to grow slowly and do not suffocate them. Keep yourself clean and trim the beard neatly, do not over do it or under dress. Be aware of the weather than you are in and dress appropriately. Keep company with those who raise your state as they say. Keep far away from the sins of people and places that sin is committed often. At the same time do not care what bad people think about you only be concerned what Allah (the Exalted) thinks about you. Do not listen to back biting of anyone and leave a group who slanders other Muslims. Give and return salaams and do be affected by prejudice. Don’t hold grudges against anyone. Clear your heart from this debris and pray for them and the negativitly in your heart will be removed. When wronged take stock of the situation and make sure of the facts before acting. As making statements that you may have to retract is harder than staying silent.
Always turn to Allah (the Exalted) the healer of ills, for help, truly He can help you. Learn to pray, learn what to say, when to say it and how this fits into your life. Use the prophetic narrations and their supplications when you need to. Learn things slowly or quickly and memorise what you need then learn how to read Arabic. Know that when you learn something it is now incumbent on you to pass it on. Act upon what you know and refrain from unlawfulness. Know that there is ease in your deen but your Dunya is hard. It takes hard work to chase the Dunya and yet it’s so easy to go to the deen. Do not admonish people for what you do yourself. Some people will always reject Islam no matter how you present it. What is clear to you is veiled from them. Allah (the Exalted) is now as he was before he created anything. Allah is not subject to change. Allah (the Exalted) sustains whatever he wills for however long he likes. We are just grains of sand that will be blown away one day. Prefer others over yourself and kill the nafs slowly by reining it in. Do the opposite of what it tells you. Do good if it commands to evil but not make a fool of yourself and do not humiliate yourself in front of people who do not understand.
Think deeply about every event in your life and learn from it but beware of reading too much in things, there is a balance in this matter. Learning from someone else’s mistakes is wisdom. Sleep and wake at regular times especially if you want to get up for fajr. You have to get at least five hours before this prayer. Set as many clocks as you need to get up. Keep developing yourselves, keep growing and do this slowly, in stages. Yet do not leave a stage until you have mastered it. Do not become its slave because you are unable to control it. Don’t make a nuisance of yourself by demanding things that you have no right to. Those who believe in Allah (the Exalted), fear him and ask for his forgiveness are the successful ones. The ones who are truly lost are those who associate partners to Allah (the Exalted) who have exchanged mercy for punishment. Do not fear Allah (the Exalted) too much that you cannot live your life and you lose hope. Keep your hope balanced and keep true. If someone dies, who know or do not, take it as major reminder of where we’ll all end up, the grave. When you hear something that you do not understand then research about it. This allows you to find answers as
sometimes its our understanding that is wrong not the speakers. When you listen to lectures take notes and take your note book whenever you go to a lecture. Whatever thought you have in your head write it down. Do not expect more from people that is realistic and do not look at what others have. Be content with what you have and be happy with what you have. He who knows contentment is rich. Study the sacred law to make your actions valid. Know what is obligatory upon you and what is recommended. Start with wudhu as this and prayer are your most repeated actions. You have to study it several times. Never think that you have no blessings. The person who disbelieves in Allah (the Exalted) is being fed and provided for; so what about you who believe in him? Just being a Muslim is such an amazing blessing. Never think that you are unblessed. We are all blessed and do not allow satan to make you think that you are otherwise.
Decree and the day Showing mercy to people and avoid being harsh. Do not be upset about the events which happen to you and do not dwell on them. Everything that happens to you is because of the decree of Allah (the Exalted). The good and the bad but when we see the evil we must see it from ourselves. So what is happening to us is really purification. Truly one day we shall stand before our Lord, Allah (the Exalted) and judged for our actions and reactions. So please act carefully for your own sake. Every small thing, every little thing is clarified. What you felt inside and what you did externally. Prepare yourself for this moment by begging Allah (the Exalted) for forgiveness. Realise what is written for you will, without doubt, come to you and what is not written for you will never reach you, you have to learn to accept this. Allah (the Exalted) has put wisdom in this. So much so they were may not see exactly how much. Know that every moment of your life that you haven’t remembered Allah (the Exalted) in is a wasted one. We won’t realise the true effect of the loss of time in this world. Know that Allah (the Exalted) will give victory to the most just. Muslims need to be with the just with each other and ourselves.
The world and all of its trappings are made for you to lose hope, in everything. So disconnect yourself from as much as you can. Yet know that you have to live in the world to earn a living. You cannot live off fresh air. Never be happy with what you think you have achieved. As it can be taken from you as easily as it was given. So take heed of the world and its semi –permanent friends. It is part of being human, to make mistakes but know that you always have a way back. Open your heart to your Creator, display your worries, all your feelings and you will see the reward of this. Keep up your daily prayers. Pray when you can or when you are able to. Plan your prayers when you are travelling and your journey will be easy. Hard work now will pay off later so keep at it!
Good manners If you wish to acquire good manners then realise it is not easy. As for knowledge there is many pitfalls, secret traps lay in wait for those who use ignorance then wrapped it in knowledge. How does that benefit anyone? Reflect on your blessings that you receive without deserving of them.
Tables Recognise a table as a table, a chair as a chair, a sin as a sin and do not think that it is okay for you to do. There are genuine times when a smaller sin is better than a bigger sin. Like choosing a lesser evil. Yet, even in these cases one should try to avoid doing something that causes regret. The route of patience is not easy but it’s the best policy for all. Small things can build into large things. A small argument can turn into a large scale brawl. If this happens then it is best to leave that place because things could get even worse if you stay. If it is in your thoughts then think about something else. By doing this you help yourself by not thinking about what you desire to do. The Prophet (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) advised us to seek refuge from satan. Satan is always ready and waiting for you to slip up. So do not give him that satisfaction. The best way is show Allah (the Exalted) that you are grateful in times of plenty for all those blessings He has given you. Avoidance of is a type of gratitude.
TV and Music Television is the open channel to sin in your home. Remove it, save money and save your mind from being bombarded by thoughts that are like arrows. Save money on that useless television licence. If you can use it sparingly then keep it and do not use it all the time. Watch something useful on it and when you are finished watching then turn it off. One of the worst things that you can do is sit there and watch without purpose. Try to watch religious material and this is better that being subject to someone else’s choice which is what television is. The choice of those who follow their passions. Avoid playing music and participating in music as this one of the tricks of satan. It is a slippery slope which makes you think its okay then when you wake up you won’t realise the distance you have slipped. The singing that is allowed is the singing of religious material without accompanying instruments with the exception of a small drum known as a duff. There are a lot of differing opinions on this but the best way is avoid singing, listening or watching. A simple rule is what you cannot do, you cannot watch.
Gates I was waiting outside the house of a friend and looking at his gate. It was brand new only a few weeks ago. Yet today I saw some rust on one of its hinges. This is a reminder that everything in the world has a lifetime, an age. It lasts a certain length of time and then it is over, it is no longer of use. This reminder is simply about death, everything has a lifespan and then dies. No matter how big or small it is, or we are, everything will all end one day. We must take heed and know that only thing that does not rust in this world is our good actions. Right now you have plenty of seeds, seeds of prayer, seeds of Zakah and so forth. And if you sow them then you’ll reap the crops on the day of judgement but you must be ready to do hard work. Fields need to be ploughed before they can be sown. The soil must be prepared correctly, ready for that day. Understand that soon your life will be over and you won’t be able to go back. Yet you can ask for mercy from Allah (the Exalted) until the soul leaves the body. Know that after the performance of a good action you shall receive reward from Allah (the Exalted). Most of the time the rewards are delayed so might not see the benefits straight away. We should be wary of doing things for good feelings as
this could mean that you like the feeling more than doing the act for Allah (the Exalted). So ignore any feeling and make your intention for the pleasure of Allah (the Exalted).
Knowledge Know that knowledge should make you humble and not arrogant. The more knowledge that you have the more humble you should be. But what we see now is arrogance in those who have titles and lack practice. We have people who read a book or two and think they have made it. They instantly reject anything that comes from anyone from anyone else. This is one of the forms of arrogance that is the worst. None of us are scholars so we should leave this job to them to teach us. The Prophet (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said, “Scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets.” (Muslim) The prophets do not have wealth that someone inherits but their inheritance is knowledge. The knowledge is the inheritance and is passed from generation to generation. That is how inheritance is passed on from person to person. Not that it is read in books by someone who then they become a scholar. Reading assists you but it is the sitting before those who are scholars which will make you a scholar. If you think by reading that you’ll become a scholar then this is a disaster and is the major reason why we do not see scholars anymore. As the educational system is not theirs anymore and we are unable to produce people that we should be producing. So what are these generations doing now? Most of these groups who say this have not changed
their stance for years and nor have produced anything substantial. We need to get back to this inheritance and only then can we re-introduce this to our generation by leaving the cold and coming out into the sun. We cannot be that naive to think that someone can graduate from a university with an Islamic studies degree and that they have made it! Many of those teaching Islam in universities have hidden agendas and then place these fallacies before the students. This is a disaster and these students should supplement their studies with other programs in order to defeat these fallacies. Our age old system of education needs remodelling and then applying again. Scholars study from six to ten years or even more. A few years at university means nothing but a start.
Chapter twenty one
Talk So many people think that they can talk to a person about Islam and they will accept it. In the time of the Prophet (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) people had sealed hearts so even seeing him did not benefit them. To make the seed of faith grow in someone’s heart is not up to you or me, only Allah (the Exalted) guides hearts. I am not saying that we do not deliver message, no. Delivering the message is necessary but we need to look at how we deliver it. If we find methods that are more successful than others then we must use them. If we have good friends who are not Muslims then we must speak gently to them. But we have to be careful of sounding like a preacher. We must not ruin the friendship as there are many people who help Muslims are not Muslim. If they do not accept then do not leave them as they may become Muslim later or they may not. We are responsible for delivering the message not for what they do when they receive it. If we get a chance to speak to people then speak in a way that is open and honest. But do not attack their beliefs or practices as this is counterproductive and does more harm than good. As people have to see what they like about Islam and if they see your prejudice then you are to blame.
When you act in a good manner people respond to it so use this method as the way in which Islam is delivered and spread.
Chapter twenty two
Friends Be careful of the friends that you choose. The best friends are those who inspire you to do good actions. Avoid friends who talk of good actions and are lax in performing them. It would be better to have a friend who stays quiet and does not act much. You can observe them to see how they act but be warned that company that does not benefit you harms you. Most people need others to encourage them but some people are strong on their own. Avoid people with bad reputations and know that speaking to people can help them. So do not neglect those who are not as religious as you. Good friends help not hinder your path to Paradise. Bad friends open the door to hell and encourage you to jump in claiming that they are right behind you. Do not be surprised when they are not.
Chapter twenty three
Building Know that we are all in one big building and that this building shall be burnt down one day. There are some exits that lead to steps that lead to safety. The people who know call them and have descended down the stairs. They are moving further away from the building. Some are on the top of stairs and need to come down. Some of the people are in the house thinking that they’ll live forever and making plans to stay in there forever. Others know that they’ll be there for a while and make the appropriate preparations. Know that you need to be as far away from the building as possible before it burns down. Because it will burn down whether we like it not. The house is the world and the stairs are the way to paradise. We have to leave the building and follow the stairs to the eternal abode of paradise. Because if we stay in the house we might find a way out or we might not. But those who stay in there are going to burn forever because of their belief that they were meant to stay there.
Chapter twenty four
Age We look at our age of great technolgical advancements in all fields which have helped us and hindered us in our lives. Yet ask yourself one question; have all these advancements come from throwing out everything and starting a fresh with our generation. Or is it because we used all these knowledge of the ancients to our advantage and built up them? The answer is simple we have built upon these sciences and that is why we have been so successful but has anyone realised the debt the world owes Islam? So why in our religion do we have people who want to drop the schools of Fiqh and doctrine? If the success of the worldly knowledge is built on the past then why isn’t Islamic knowledge the same? Isn’t more vital that we get this knowledge from trusted sources instead of make it up? Instead what we do have a chorus of fools who say the same things all the time. They repeat the same nonsense that Islam needs some sort of reformation. Can you read the Quran with all its rules without studying the rules of tajweed? If you do then you risk making a mockery of the articulation points of the letters as well as the pronouncement of the words. So if you cannot innovate and throw out the system of teaching the Quranic recitation, which is one, the basic things, then how can we do this in more complicated sciences. The answer is that we cannot and if we do then it is nothing but a disaster and a trick to water down our religion. Many us read
translations and think we know it all! How can we understand when the source texts that are in another language! If someone is lazy or cannot be bothered to follow a school of jurisprudence then we are not concerned with this. We must humble ourselves and start to learn these schools before we die and none of our prayers are correct.
Chapter twenty five
True A gay gentleman once said that he must be true to ‘himself’ and went on to say that he was living his true ‘lifestyle.’ I just want to pause for a moment and look at the word ‘myself.’ If you translate this word into Arabic we have the word ‘nafsi’ which also refers to ones desires that are the inner self, the naafs. To be an active gay person means to procreate with the same sex. They ignore rational means of procreation with members of the opposite gender (in marriage) which results in offspring. In the case of a gay couple it is about their desires. So when they say that they are being true to themselves, they really mean that they are being true to their own desires which are their naafs. At the same time we should not tease them or call someone names if they are gay. We should treat them as any member of the society. What they do in the privacy of their own homes is between them and Allah not us. The truth is clear this is a sin but not an act of disbelief unless they consider it lawful. A person who feels inclined to this way should repress their emotions until they are under control. Like an alcoholic who
has to ignore his desire until he is free from destroying himself. Islam like all other religions forbids procreation with members of the same sex. And if they ask us we should advise them to leave this behaviour. How strange is it that they used to get electric shock treatment and filled with drugs many years ago? Now they fill themselves with drugs and alcohol, so either way they are controlled by drugs! Except one is better for the taxpayer!
Chapter twenty six
Time What is time for us? Time is something that carries on with or without us knowing or whatever we do. Some people rule over it and some let it ruin themselves. Use your time wisely before it runs out. The most important factor about time is that is for creation and Creator is not subject to it. Like the television cannot understand the man who made it likewise man will never understand Allah. Man is limited within time and space but the one who created these is not. The television programmes programme whoever watches them. The program images to feed the desires of the individual making him a slave to what he does not understand, leading to his inevitable downfall. Time is creation in which man has to use wisely otherwise he attains regret as a friend. Time can make you experience things that others cannot. Sometimes time means so much more when you are happy and when you are sad it means something else. You emotions make time seem something different.
Chapter twenty seven
Visits and paths One must visit the masjid at least once a week or once a day, as this is a practice for your death. As one day you’ll have to leave your family and everything behind so you can go to Allah (the Exalted). So now you are in training so you can get used to leaving things as one day you’ll leave it all. This is the path that we all walk whether we like it or not. The Sirat is a path over hell that leads to paradise. Surah fatiah says, “Guide us on a straight path.” It reminds me of this path over hell because if we slip up here our abode shall be the hellfire. You’ll walk this path like you walk in this life and you’ll slip with your sins. If you followed Allah (the Exalted) and his Messenger (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) by following the practices shown to you then you’ll be firm. If you did well then you’ll be firm but it you slipped up then you’ll slip. You do not want to slip on the left or the right, “guide us on the straight path.” If your path was straight in the world then your path will be straight here as well. You actions will help you here but your faith will make you slip into hell. So put yourself onto the straight path and if you fall, get up with repentance. Stick to the straight path and once you have got onto it never leave it.
Chapter twenty eight
Wrong We have to look at ourselves and ask the question, am I doing this for the right reasons? Am I the one who is wrong? Because if we do not at least consider that we might be wrong means that we have fallen into the trap of satan. As its part of his plan to look outward only and ignore the inward. So if someone wishes to correct you and you refute them straight away without questioning yourself then satan has you. As he refuses to see his problem in anything and he blames everyone even though he does the whispering, he blames you for it! He finds a way to attack others, in any way that he can. He normally strikes all of a sudden as the constant thoughts are from the nafs. Question yourself and look deeply before answering any question. See what you find when you ask difficult questions and then remove the filth that you hate about yourself. If you find good then thank Allah (the Exalted). Look at your intentions and examine your actions and defeat satan or he’ll surely defeat you. Pride is his trap and it can come all of a sudden and it can cause great grief. When you are displeased with yourself Allah (the Exalted) is pleased with you.
Chapter twenty nine
Truth Make your speech truthful and say what you mean, do not pretend to be something that you are not. Sometimes pretending is good if you are a guest. In that case as long as it is halal then eat it. In other situations in which your opinion is sought then use your intelligence. Be straight in your words and truthful, being straight to the point is the best way but avoid bluntness. If you have been wronged then showing displeasure is okay but not to excess. Remain calm and do not get overly angry as you will commit sins that you will regret in leisure. Never twist the religion to suit your purposes.
Media Be sceptical about all you hear about Islam from the many sources of media. Sometimes, what the head does not hear the heart accepts. So if you hear something that does not make sense then look deeply into the matter or ask someone. Know the facts as most of them are distorted at this present time. Reading should be your prioity and this should be encouraged with your children. Read religious literature to expand your knowledge and fiction to expand your vocab. Remember that just because something is in print does not mean it is true, especially if it is about a religious topic. There are many good things that you can learn and much knowledge that can harm you. Do not instantly reject knowledge that comes to your from someone that you do not like, as it might be lies but there might be some truth so tread carefully. This is not about media but about information as Al-Farabi said, “Nothing should be deaf to the seeker of truth, than the truth itself.” Most of all your religion should be firm and it should help you but do not ever think that Allah (the Exalted) has turned away from you. Only you turn away from Him so bear that in mind. Beware of complaining, if you feel something then let it pass before saying something that you later regret. As satan could be behind this thought and this could lead to
embrassment. Satan loves an ungrateful person so realise that your complaint has no basis before Allah (the Exalted). So be grateful and you are promised an increase. I was once in a power cut during the night, everyone was panicking. Then it brought it home to me that something like light was something that we took for granted and it was something that we were going to be asked about on the day of judgement. I had to be careful because the people around me we complaining about the inconvenience. In times when you have no choice you have to carry on and do the best that you can. Think of it this way, no work, no reward so put the patience in now and get the reward later.
Chapter thirty one
Possessions Be careful how you look at other peoples possessions because you can cause them to lose blessings. Because envy is something that can hurt them as much as it hurts you. Desire in your heart for what someone else has damages you both. In some cases, like mine, disliking the fact that others have what you have and that you should be in the one and only. Learn that Allah (The Exalted) has divided things up with people in his infinite wisdom. You may wish to have wealth but if you had it you may squander it. You may wish to have a little but then you might not be good with a lot. So be happy with what you have and you can never lose. Say ma sha Allah and destroy the envy by praying for that person you envy. Be happy about other people’s blessings is good because if you are not happy then this can lead to other sins. As you rebelling against the decree of Allah (The Exalted); so be happy. When evil befalls you be grateful and realise that it is not as bad as it seems. It might have come to remove your sins or even raise your rank. Be happy tread the path to paradise with careful steps and you’ll reach your desired destination. To be under the flag of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him).
We hope that this work benefits those who read it. All praise belongs to Allah and may endless salutations encompass the grave of our master Muhammad.