“O [humankind], indeed we have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is knowing and acquainted.” Qur’an 49:13
Once there was a seed planted — a seed that would eventually grow all over the world. This seed was tenderly cared for by the Master Gardener such that it grew strong and healthy; reaching towards the skies, and unfolding its leaves in the sun. The unique thing about this…
Dark gray metal and bullet holes and you can’t walk on the streets, the wailing and moaning and the mothers cries, the soldiers laughter as they smoke another cigarette. And the rape and the slaughter just another day in a genocide. And why does the mournful mother cry? Her young son has too much bravado, and it will be just another bullet to the head. And see the broken bodies piled high just another day in a genocide. The blood soaked ground cries out its stench, life doesn’t matter just another day in a genocide. And the money…
The choosing of Muhammad to bring the Truth to the Arabs:
Sighing he sat down in the darkness of the cave waiting for the first glimmer of dawn’s early light wondering about the One True God spoken of by the Jews and the Christians. His heart stirred when as a child one of his male relatives recited from the Bible, “The Lord your God is One.” However, this particular morning his spirit was troubled as some of the teachings he had heard from the Christians and the Jews seemed contradictory. How can God have a son when their Scriptures taught…
Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Allah did not send any Prophet but that he cared for sheep” The companion asked, “And you as well?” “Yes, I was a shepherd with a modest wage on behalf of the people of Mecca.” Sahih al-Bukhari 2143
She sat in the cold car with seven blankets shivering to stay warm. It was a cold, starry night, and as usual she fell asleep gazing at the stars with tears falling down her face. …
Keeping watch with angels silence to reflect,
God whispers from Heaven’s deep silence, “Reflect.”
Dusty garments of humility bow down
in reverance for The One, oh reflect!
Immersed in distracting sound and light,
stumbling while entranced on lit screens, can’t reflect.
Seeking solitude, a Shepherd sought a cave,
Truth then revealed for his pure need to reflect.
Listen in silence, O hapless erred humans,
listen you must hear his voice--go and reflect.
His Mercy comes in silent gentle billows,
but you must see, hear, and realize to reflect.
“The time will come soon when the best property of a Muslim will be some sheep which he takes to the peaks of the mountains and to places where the rain falls in order to flee out of fear that his deen will be tempted.” (hadith)
A Muslim leader has the important responsibility to make sure Allah’s followers are provided spiritual Truth so that they will be protected from the dunya (temptations of the temporal world). This is exemplified in the above sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, blessings and peace upon him, by the use of metaphor. Mountain peaks are…
It is suffering that shoots streams of creativity out of my heart, and the brokenness of life that explodes my heart into its soul.