Monday, 30 December 2013

WE CANNOT PURSUE HAPPINESS

WE CANNOT PURSUE HAPPINESS
Kate Bates (Kaamilah bint Qadar)
From “Refinement of the Heart”  
by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Mark Hanson



In the Islamic Traditions, happiness – SA’ADA - is not a state.  You cannot BE happy at any point of your life, but you can FEEL happy.  Happiness is the sum total, the result of your life, whether you lived a happy or a miserable life based what you did in your life.

  Ghaguib Isfahani, a great ethicist, a mufassir, one of the great Ulama of Islam (and Imâm al-Ghazaali) said: the whole purpose of life is happiness.

There is no SA’ADA in the Dunya (material world).  The prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was commanded by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to be humble.

The beginning of humility is to force your Self (Nafs) and the Holy Qur’ân mentions  

NAFS AL AMMÂRH = ANIMALISTIC COMMANDING SELF
NAFS AL LAWWAMA = THE REPROACHFUL NAFS
NAFS AL MUTMA’INNA = THE NAFS AT PEACE


See Tazkiah – term alluding to "tazkiyah al-nafs" meaning "purification of the self".

Wikipedia

Egocentricity makes life miserable for everybody.  Sayyidina Umar (RA), may Allah be pleased of him: Be tough on yourself because blessing does not last. The real happiness is on serving others.  ETHAAR = to begin to prefer other people.  ‘Giving charity’ makes us feel good.  It fires off all the pleasure centres of the brain when people give charity, according to a recent study. This is how Paradise on Earth can be built. 

This is the (compassionate) way we are designed, but, the Nafs is here to prevent this from happening.  Nafs, Shaytaan, Hawa and Dunya are the enemies of the human.  The Qur’ânic Science of Tassawuf – Gharbat un Nafs - is destined to overcome the Self


Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
I did not see any evil, but I warned you about it.  And I did not see any good but I guided you to it.

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
None of you will enter Paradise until you believe, and none of you will believe until you love one another.

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
Can I tell you something that if you do it love will begin to grow amongst you?

The Companions answered: Yes, indeed, ya Rassuul Allah.

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
Spread peace amongst you. 

The primary meaning of that is give the greeting of peace, but it also means what it says: SPREAD PEACE!

The Prophet, peace be upon him, came with such principles to help people help themselves, navigate the world in a way that makes it much easier to bear because it is already difficult.  The world is difficult.  It is a test, an IBTILA'A.

Our problems come from egocentricism when we think we are the sun and everything else should revolve around us; when we think money is more important than the family.  The Nafs likes things that are delightful = LAZZAT. 

The  crisis of this Ummah (of Muhammad) is ADAB. 

Adab is proper behaviour, etiquette, “refinement, good manners, morals, decorum, decency, humaneness.”

Akhlaaq is getting our character aligned with the character of the Prophet, peace be upon him.  One aspect of his character is smiling.  The Prophet was constantly smiling.  He always smiled when he saw people.  In all states (ahwaal, singular haal), he remembered Allah.  He did constant Zikr (dhikr), remembrance of Allah.  Tassawuf, the Qur’ânic science of Sufism, revolves around SINCERITY. 

But, Muslims blame their QADAR for their own ineptitude.  They say Allah decreed it (their fate or destiny).

QADAR is rendered as FATE and is the good and the bad thereof which are from Allah, and one of the six articles of faith.  “Imaan e Mufassal”.

Belief in Allah
Belief in the Angels
Belief in the Revealed Books
Belief in the Messengers
Belief in Qadr
Belief in the Last Day

But, we can say QADAR ALLAH only when we have done everything in our power and according to our means to make things better.  But, in Islam there is no such thing as fatalism.  It is only a disease of humans to complain when they do not do the works (Jihaad).

Finally, in Sheikh Hamza Yusuf’s lecture on “Articles of Faith”, he relates a Greek story.
 Articles of Faith Part 1 of 2

Prometheus gives man fire, that is, knowledge. 
Prometheus is cursed by the Gods as they do not want man to have knowledge because man would compete with the Gods.
When Prometheus was asked what he gave to man, he said:
I gave him the fire and I taught him the crafts.
Then, he was asked: What else?
Prometheus answered:
I gave him FAITH.

Meaning, without faith the human being is in a hopeless state.  Humans need faith.  Without faith we are in a state of despair.  With faith, we have HOPE.

Caution when reading words translated from Arabic.  Allahu ‘alam (Allah knows best)

Kate Bates
Monday 30th of December 2013

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSAN AND MUHAMMAD ALI'S ADVICE OF MODESTY TO HIS DAUGHTERS


 

Happy Birthday Susan!



I was listening to this exquisite singer thinking of you, my faraway daughter.



Take a couple of minutes and listen to this girl sing.  I never heard of her; just tripped over her on UTube.


May you be well in health and spirit and nurture your good and loving qualities, and stay on the straight path…it is so much easier, and stay productive.

Love
Mumm and Basheer

 
Muhammad Ali's advice to his daughters...
Muhammad Ali's advice to his daughters...Powerful!

An incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing.

Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:
“When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchangedmany hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.

My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to.

Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected.
Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.
Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to them.”

He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

From the book: More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali's Life Lessons Through His Daughter's Eyes.

“Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.

  "THE HUMAN BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF CHRIST!"
Quoted by Kaamilah Bint Qadar

 Urszula Maria Pickford shared Dr. Farrah Gray's photo.
 Powerful!

An incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing.

Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:
“When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchangedmany hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.

My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to.

Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected.

Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.

Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to them.”

He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

From the book:
More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali's Life Lessons Through His Daughter's Eyes.
 

Happy Birthday Susan!



I was listening to this exquisite singer thinking of you, my faraway daughter.



Take a couple of minutes and listen to this girl sing.  I never heard of her; just tripped over her on UTube.


May you be well in health and spirit and nurture your good and loving qualities, and stay on the straight path…it is so much easier, and stay productive.

Love
Mumm and Basheer
  





Photos Of The Day: Malcolm X’s Iconic Friendship With Muhammad Ali

Malcolm X Ali
A crowd gathers around Muhammad Ali at diner where he’s celebrating his victory over Sonny Liston earlier than evening. The onlookers are eager to just catch a glimpse of the boxer eating, while Malcolm X looks playfully over his shoulder. 
Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

History remembers Malcolm X as a militant revolutionary who fought relentlessly for the rights of African-Americans. Though he was often at odds with Martin Luther King’s nonviolent approach (?)* to change, and hounded by controversy most of his life, in these photos Malcolm X shares lighthearted moments with Muhammad Ali, with whom he shared a tumultuous friendship.


Malcolm X Photographer
Malcolm X takes a photo of his elated friend from behind the diner’s counter. 
Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

Ali Malcolm X
Ali roars At Malcolm X, who pretends to calm him down. The two had a falling out and Malcolm X was assassinated before Ali could apologize. Ali later said one his life’s biggest regrets was “turning his back” on Malcolm. 
Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images


Next read Malcolm X’s most profound quotes. Then, watch Muhammad’s Ali’s most awe-inspiring knockouts.
 

(?)*Martin Luther King’s nonviolent approach (?)* 
Michael King alias Martin Luther King Jr was a pervert, a racist, a collaborating Zionist, an Uncle Tom, a plagiarist, a lover of homosexuals, Judaics, Socialists, Marxists and Israel!  He changed only in his last days just before he was murdered.  He hated Malcom X and Islam.  (BAFS)

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Monday, 21 October 2013

REVIVING THE HEART - YA HAYYU YA QAYYUM, LA ILAHA ILLA ANTA



REVIVING THE HEART - YA HAYYU YA QAYYUM, LA ILAHA ILLA ANTA
Grandad with Baby Layana
 Dad with her Big Baby Sarah Amanda
 
DHIKR or THIKR (sometimes written ZIKR) pronounced as TH in English THE.
(ZIKR is remembrance of Allah)
 "A saying of Ahmad b. Taymiyya which his student Muhammad b. al-Qayyim (Allah have mercy on both of them) relates in two of his books: Madarij al-Salikin and Tariq al-Hijratayn, in which he says that reciting Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum, la ilaha illa antevery day 40 times after praying the Sunnah of Fajr and before the Fardrevives the heart” and “has an astonishing effect respectively."


See also: http://duasalawat.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/prophetic-supplication-for-difficulties.html
 
N.B. Please, FORGET about (or do not pay too much attention to) the number of times indicated above (40) or the time of the obligatory morning act of worship - Salaat ul Fajr - or the time indicated after the Sunnah of Fajr or before the fard (obligatory part of the Salaat).  It must only be understood that we can repeat the 'formula' as many times as necessary for us to feel comfortable as long as we feel it sink right inside our heart and soul and making us a lot stronger in both faith and action.  
And, there can be no specific time of the day or night to make that remembrance of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala called DHIKR in Arabic.  It can be made at all time and in all circumstances as long as we feel comfortable with it.  As a matter of fact, there is no magic in this formula itself although the 'magic' can be felt by all true Muslims and humans searching for the Truth and the Supreme Being because anybody can remember Allah or GOD (or the Gods like in Vedantism or Hinduism and even Buddha) in whatever language they know and understand and the effect will always be the same as long as they are sincere in both faith (all humans have a faith!) and action and have pure hearts, even by people who  ignorantly claim that they do not believe in God or in any Gods.   
The power of autosuggestion is real whether we believe in God or not and whether there is GOD or not.  Science is proving more and more that our universe did not come about by accident and has a Supreme Intelligence behind its creation.  GOD IS A REALITY!

Having said that the Classical Qur'aanic Arabic is indeed "MAGIC" and when a Muslim does not know Arabic, he misses out most of what is really good and sublime in Islam.
 I learned this DHIKR for the first time from a talk by our most beloved Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Mark Hanson, and I have never stopped reciting it day and night and everywhere.
 YA HAYYU YA QAYYUM = O YOU THE EVER LIVING, THE SELF EXISTING ONE

"The Living (al-Hayy) is the One who alone has absolute, independent life. The Sustaining (al-Qayyum) is the One who alone needs none to sustain Him, and who sustains all things at all times, in every way." 

 LA ILAHA ILLA ANT THERE IS NO GOD EXCEPT YOU ALLAH



Hamza Yusuf - Jewels & Pearls (Al-Ghazali Lecture in Turkey)


Published on 2 Jan 2012
For more lectures by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, see below:
Hamza Yusuf - Various Lectures (Video)
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...
Hamza Yusuf - Various Lectures (Audio Only)
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...
Hamza Yusuf - Qurrat al-Absar
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...
Hamza Yusuf - IslamOnDemand Lecture Series
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...
Hamza Yusuf - Rihla 2004 (USA)
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...


 "MUSLIMS ARE ASLEEP WHILE THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS OF THIS WORLD ARE SPREADING THEIR SHAR (EVIL) AROUND"
Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Mark Hanson 

 Youtube Uploaded on 22 Apr 2010

World Population Hibernation/Dumbing Down Of The World.
"Shaykh Hamza was born in Washington State to a Catholic father, a university professor of Humanities, and a Greek Orthodox mother, a graduate from the University of California at Berkeley and was raised in Northern California. In 1977, he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. A. E., (occupied) Arabia, as well as North and West Africa. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several well-known scholars in various countries. After ten years of studies abroad, he returned to the USA and earned degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. He also founded Zaytuna Institute which has established an international reputation for presenting a classical picture of Islam in the West and which is dedicated to the revival of traditional study methods and the sciences of Islam. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's prestigious and oldest University, the Qarawiyin in Fes. In addition, he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children."

A LESSON FOR MUSLIMS!

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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Hazir Nazir Aqida


To enter into direct Communion with Allah, Surah Al-Faatihah.
  

 

Surah Al-Fatiha, Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq, An-Nas, Ayat Al-Kursi & Du'a

Marwa G. Ali
Published on 2 Dec 2012
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Recite Surah Al-Ikhlas and the two last Surahs of the Qur'an (Al-Falaq and An-Nas), in the morning and evening three times, and it will suffice you for everything . [Abu Dawood and al-Tirmizi]

Abu Umaamah (RA) narrated that:
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
"Whoever reads "Ayatul-Kursi" [Qur'an 2:255], after every obligatory prayer, nothing prevents him from entering Paradise except death (i.e. that he is still alive)."
(An-Nasaa'ee, Ibn Hibbaan -- Sahih)

Link for the du'a:
https://soundcloud.com/muslimaah92/du...

Download complete Quran recited by Sheikh Maher Al-Muaiqly:
http://www.tvquran.com/en/maher_d.htm

Duaa translated to English:

O Allah! we testify that none has the right to be worshipped except You

The One and Only Deity and Lord,

The Unequalled, The Eternal.

He who begets not, nor is He begotten,

and there is none like unto Him.

There is no god except Allah, The Magnificent, The Most Serene.

There is no god except Allah, the Lord of the Great Throne.

There is no god except Allah, the Lord of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of the Great Throne.

O Ever-Living One, O Self-Existing One,

O Lord of Majesty and Generosity

O Incomparable Creator of the Heavens and the Earth,

O Allah! You hear us and You see us.

and you are aware of what we do secretly and openly.

O our Lord, our protector, and our Master,

Honoured is he who is in Your Protection, Your Praise-worthiness is Most Exalted
(Grand be Your praise) and Sacred be Your names,

and there is no god but You.

O Fulfiller/answerer of prayers,

O Fulfiller of wishes,

O our Saviour in times of grief,

O Allah! we beseech You by Your beautiful Names and magnificent Attributes,

O Allah! we beseech you by the Greatest of Your names,

by which you respond to the one who calls upon You,

and grant them what they ask for.

O Allah! Let our bodies be prohibited to the Fire (of hell).

O Allah! save us from the fire.

O Allah! Let our bodies be prohibited to the Fire

with Your mercy, O Most Merciful!

O Allah! We ask You for Paradise and what brings us close to it from speech or deeds,

and we seek refuge with You from the Fire and what brings us
close to it from speech or deeds

with Your mercy, Your benevolence, Your generosity, and Your bounty.

O Openhanded one, O Most Generous!

O Allah! O hearer of prayers!

O possessor of grace and bounty!

O Allah! let not any of our sins go unforgiven, nor an illness unhealed, or a handicapped without relief.

We ask You to guide those who are confused and have
gone astray.

O Allah! make marrige easy for those who are unmarried.

O Allah, have mercy on our dead.

O Allah by Your mercy! Make things easy for us and help
us do anything that pleases You and is good for us in
this world and the hereafter, O the most Merciful.

O Turner of the Hearts, keep our Hearts firm on Your Religion,
O openhanded one, O Most generous.

Oh Allah, you are the best forgiver, beneficent and merciful.
You love forgiveness so forgive us.

O Allah, accept our fasting, and accept our worship (prayers).

O Allah, forgive our shortcomings, by your mercy, O Most Merciful!

O Lord of Jibreel, Mikaeel and Israfeel.

O Creator of the heavens and the earth,
Knower of the unseen and the seen.

You are the Judge of the matters in which Your servants differ.

Guide us with regard to disputed matters of Truth by Your permission, for You guide whomever You will to the Straight Path.

Oh Allah, we are Your servants, the sons of Your servants,
the sons of Your maid-servants,

You hold us by our forelocks. Your Decree is what controls us,
and Your Commands to us are just.

We beseech You by every one of Your Names, those which You use to refer to Yourself, or have revealed in Your Book,

or have taught to any one of Your creation, or have chosen to keep hidden with You in the Unseen,

to make the Noble Qur’an the springtime of our hearts, the light within our chests, and the vanishing of our affliction and our sorrow.
And admit us to Your gardens, the gardens of bliss (Paradise).

O Allah, make it an argument for us (The Qur'an) on the Day of judgement, by your mercy, O Most Merciful!

O Allah! We ask You everything that is good, in this world and the Hereafter, whether we Know it or not;

and we seek your protection from everything that is bad, in this world and the Hereafter, whether we Know it or not.

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REVIVING THE HEART - YA HAYYU YA QAYYUM, LA ILAHA ILLA ANTA

http://bafremauxsoormally.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/reviving-heart-ya-hayyu-ya-qayyum-la.html

Monday, 21 October 2013

Hamza Yusuf - Jewels & Pearls (Al-Ghazali Lecture in Turkey)

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Published on 2 Jan 2012
For more lectures by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, see below:
Hamza Yusuf - Various Lectures (Video)
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...
Hamza Yusuf - Various Lectures (Audio Only)
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...
Hamza Yusuf - Qurrat al-Absar
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...
Hamza Yusuf - IslamOnDemand Lecture Series
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...
Hamza Yusuf - Rihla 2004 (USA)
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...

Wake Up Stop Sleeping - Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (MUST SEE!!)

Muhammad S
Uploaded on 22 Apr 2010
World Population Hibernation/Dumbing Down Of The World.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson:
Shaykh Hamza was born in Washington State to a Catholic father, a university professor of Humanities, and a Greek Orthodox mother, a graduate from the University of California at Berkeley and was raised in Northern California. In 1977, he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. A. E., Saudi Arabia, as well as North and West Africa. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several well-known scholars in various countries. After ten years of studies abroad, he returned to the USA and earned degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. He also founded Zaytuna Institute which has established an international reputation for presenting a classical picture of Islam in the West and which is dedicated to the revival of traditional study methods and the sciences of Islam. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's prestigious and oldest University, the Qarawiyin in Fes. In addition, he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Hazir Nazir Aqida

Published on 6 Jun 2013