Archive for August, 2007

It’s All A Work In Progress

// August 31st, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

Not sure if anyone has noticed this in all the months that i've been blogging, but i have a terrible habit of correcting typos and doing general editing, after i've published the entry for all to see. I don't know why i don't notice the mistakes beforehand – even though i must read through the post a gazillion times before pressing the Publish button.

With poetry, it's not about mistakes so much, but rather trying to perfect the flow. So, after reading it a few times, i'll think: “Hmm, i think this word would sound better here”, or, “I've used that word twice – it's gotta go”, etc. Sort of a poetic nip n'tuck.

So, i suggest that if you ever want to see the “finished product”, as it were, leave at least a day before you click on my name in your feed reader. Or just check back every so often, and make it into a 'spot the difference' game.

I've been quite embarrassed about this odd behaviour, cos i'm sure i'm the only one who does it (at least, i haven't notice any other sufferers), so my crazy idea was to tell all my readers about it, in an attempt to destroy the stigma, at its root – or something.

Yeah, it makes no sense, i know. I'll be quiet now.

(& you just know i've done the same to this entry, right? Sigh)

I Write To No-One

// August 31st, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

I write to no-one.
This is not for you,
you (or even you).

I write to no-one.
So, don't go thinking you're special
(even if it's true).

I write to no-one.
I write to please myself
(to purge my mind of useless thought).

I write to no-one.
I do it cos i can
(whether i can or not).

I write to no-one.
But every word is recorded
(a thought that terrifies me).

I write to no-one.
But every word has consequence
(of which i'm reminded of daily).

I write to no-one.
No-one's asking you to read
(but thanks for lending me your sight).

I write to no-one.
(Yet, if there was truly no-one,
would i even write?)

What I Lack

// August 30th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

sabr_graffiti

Is What I Need

Commitment Issues

// August 29th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

I'm thinking of re-naming my blog to “100 reasons why I love Suhaib Webb, for the sake of Allāh”. But that would be taking things a tad too far, methinks. After all, he ain't no superstar. {grin}

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Waking Dreams

// August 27th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

Immersed in surrealism,
waiting for reality to hit.
Heart and mind in schism,
'tween joy and fear they do flit.

Dreaming with open eyes;
my sight tinged with pinkish hue.
And always do I find surprise,
when waking dreams continue.

If fantasy were placed in my grasp,
for this I would show gratitude.
But happiness is not built to last;
with contentment comes true beatitude.

Fortunately, fate, it does not lie
within these trembling hands;
it rests, alone, with One, Most High,
and to Him, alone, go all demands.

May Allāh grant us what is best for our deen and akhira, and make us content with His plan. Āmīn.

Acquire Knowledge

// August 24th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

“Acquire knowledge, it enables one to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven. It is our friend in the desert, our company in solitude and companion when friendless. It guides us to happiness, it sustains us in misery, and it is an ornament amongst friends and armor against enemies.”

I'm sure everyone is by now down with the whole Suhaib Webb vs… well, whomever, thing that is going on at the moment. He has published another entry, clarifying his stance. I don't really know the background to this saga – i stay away from the in-fighting as much as possible – and i am perturbed to see one of my favourite imams, tied up in it. Some of the words from this latest entry really touched me, and were an expression of what i was planning to write about myself [emphasis mine]:

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Naughty Him

// August 21st, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

This is truly a guy after my own heart! His answer wipes the floor with mine!! Māshā’Allāh :D

Disclaimer: The author is not married nor has he ever been married. Following his advice may lead to severe stomach and/or marital problems. These are just reflections and best guesses from watching the community and reading about the topic.

Naughty Me

// August 21st, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

Yeah, yeah, i know i'm meant to be MIA when it comes to commenting on other people's blogs… but i couldn't resist ranting away on this entry. C'mon guys, it's Suhaib Webb! He asked a question – i gotsa answer, yo! (That's my lame Suhaib Webb impression… hehe).

Question of the Week: Why is Divorce So High Amongst Young Muslim Couples?

Asalamu alaykum,

I'm struggling to deal with this one as it is almost at a chronic level. I'm thinking that an association towards the ease and sustainment of marriage should be established (at least on a local level). A course could be given over a two weekend period that covers the fiqh and social aspects of marriage. If one passes, I would marry him/her. If not, then let them try again. In addition, councilors, on a local level, or even mentors, could be assigned to couples to serve as their crutches through the first few years of their marriage. What are your thoughts and what can be done to help the problem?

Suhaib

My answer (which is currently awaiting moderation… humph):

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The Muslim Jesus

// August 20th, 2007 // 3 Comments » // Blog

One of the British terrestial channels, ITV1, broadcast a programme called “The Muslim Jesus”, last night. It contains interviews with lots of notables from the UK Muslim community, as well as Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. One of the few TV programmes i have watched about Islam that did not make me wince once! māshā’Allāh. Shame it was shown so late (11.15pm). The only “negative” was that it contains depictions of Jesus Christ and his blessed mother, Mary (peace be upon them both), but overall, it is an excellent production, and highly recommended viewing.

And some lovely person has already put it up on YouTube, so you haven't missed out:

The Muslim Jesus – Part 1

The Muslim Jesus – Part 2

The Muslim Jesus – Part 3

The Muslim Jesus – Part 4

The Muslim Jesus – Part 5

Update: the full-length version of The Muslim Jesus has been uploaded to Google Video – jazakallah Manas for the heads up.

I was amazed by one piece of information that i learnt through the film – that there is a space reserved next to the grave of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon, for the burial of Jesus Christ, when he eventually returns to Earth. That gave me goosebumps! Had no idea! It reminded me of how families and couples reserve plots of land so they can be buried side by side. Some would think this morbid, but to me, it is such a loving statement: I want to be near you in life and in death, and on the Day of Resurrection, yours is the first face i was to see. Alhamdulillah.

Abu Huraira reported from Allāh's Messenger (peace be upon him): I am most close to Jesus, son of Mary, among the whole of mankind, in this worldly life and the next life. They said: Allāh's Messenger, how is it? Thereupon he said: Prophets are brothers in faith, having different mothers. Their religion is, however, one, and there is no Apostle between us (between I and Jesus Christ). [Bukhari]

200

// August 20th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

The number of days i have worked in this year.
The number of tears i've cried in the last month.
The number of smiles i have cracked in the past week.
The number of times i change my mind in a day.
The number of words i wish i could write in a minute.
The number of blessings i have denied in the last second.

And as of this moment, the number of entries found on iMuslim.wordpress.com.

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