Imam Zaid Shakir spot on about those who turn a blind eye to oppression due to their hatred of certain groups
By: Imam Zaid Shakir
“Do not allow your hatred for a people move you to be unjust…” Qur’an 5:8
One of the sad realities of our age is the way some Muslims are allowing their hatred of the Muslim Brotherhood to justify atrocities to be committed against innocent people. We saw this during the massacres in the aftermath of the disposal of Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, when innocent people were shot in the streets like rabid dogs. Many of those killed at that time were not members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Some were defenders of the democratic process, some desired to be witnesses to the history of that moment, some were women and children who were there in support of their menfolk. In the eyes of some they were all guilty, deserving of death.
The reality of evil-eye:
This very moment right now in 2014, we are so blessed we can’t even fully comprehend it. Our lungs breathe for us subconsciously, our heart pumps our blood throughout our body at worp speed, our kidneys flush out the toxins, our body maintains our nutrition, our immune system keeps us healthy, our eyes are reading this status & our brain is processing it, etc! Subhan’Allah, so amazing!
“And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them” [see 16:18]
Whoa, so cool isn’t it, ma’sha’Allah! (a reminder to myself first and foremost, in’sha’Allah)
Subhan’Allah, do you know what this is picture of? It is a man leading prayer reading a Quran based off of braille for those that are blind! Indeed, some people may not be able to see with their eyes, but how many of us are blind when it comes to our hearts! This is truly a man who can see, ma’sha’Allah!
[And for those who are quick to complain, let us respect the fact that there may be a difference of opinion amongst the scholars when it comes to reading out of the Quran when it comes to non-obligatory prayers (like the Taraweeh) and remember, “Let him who believes in Allah and the Last Day speak good, or keep silent.”]
May Allah open and soften our hearts, Ameen!
There are more than 60 different species of eagle. Eagles have unusual eyes. They are very large in proportion to their heads and have extremely large pupils. Eagles’ eyes have a million light-sensitive cells per square mm of retina, five times more that a human’s 200,000. While humans see just three basic colours, eagles see five. These adaptations gives eagles extremely keen eyesight and enable them to spot even well-camouflaged potential prey from a very long distance. In fact the eagles’ vision is among the sharpest of any animal and studies suggest that some eagles can spot an animal the size of a rabbit up to two miles away!
By: Jinan Bastaki
“The eyes surely tear,
and the heart is surely in pain,
but (with my tongue) I will only say that which is pleasing to Allah,
and we are indeed sad at being separated from you, O Ibrahim.”
—Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him), upon losing his child Ibrahim at 2 years old
Al-Muhye, Al-Mumeet: The Life-Giver, the Life-Taker
These two names often come together, but I will be brief on al-Muhye, as I want to elaborate on it further in a separate article, and focus more on al-Mumeet here. These names are not mentioned in this exact form in the Qur’an, but their meaning is conveyed in numerous places. Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala(exalted is He) says:
“He gives life and causes death (yuhyee wa yumeet), and to Him you will be returned,” [Qur’an, 10:56]
Al-Ghazali explains these two names, stating that “none is the creator of life and death but God—may He be praised and exalted, and so there is no life-giver or slayer but God—Great and Glorious.”
Allah gives life to things that are dead. We all witness the death of nature around us; a seed—a lifeless thing—is planted and given nourishment, and grows into a tall sturdy tree that gives us flowers and fruits. Then in autumn, the leaves fall, and the trees stand inanimate through the winter. But come spring, the flowers bloom again. Indeed he is al-Muhye: He gives life. And perhaps the greatest manifestation is our own life: the growth of a human being, with a soul, from a sperm and an egg. Indeed, these are signs for people who reflect:
“He brings the living out of the dead and brings the dead out of the living and brings to life the earth after its lifelessness. And thus will you be brought out.” (Qur’an, 30:19)
Open your eyes and you will make it out alive.
Abre los ojos y te hacer salir con vida.
Open je ogen en je zult het er levend maken.
Ouvrez vos yeux et vous en sortir vivant.
Öffnen Sie Ihre Augen und Sie machen es lebendig.
Dǎkāi nǐ de yǎnjīng, nǐ huì huózhe chūlái.
Öppna dina ögon och du kommer att göra det ut levande.
Otkroyte glaza i vy budete delat’ yego zhivym.
Gözlerinizi açın ve dışarı hayatta yapacaktır.
Aprite gli occhi e si farà uscire vivo.
Buka mata Anda dan Anda akan bisa keluar hidup-hidup.