Back to the Basics

Last night, I felt a struggle within myself that I haven’t felt in some time. Unlike previous struggles with my soul, I actually had some idea as to what was causing the struggle. I fought within myself, a battle of words and not swords. I tried to convince my soul, the purpose of my blog was not necessarily to entertain but to bring to light some issues that may be facing the Ummah. I recall the first day I sat in front of my computer and as I was about to write the very first sentence in my blog, I made myself a promise. I promised myself I wouldn’t make this blog all about me. I would try to offer it’s readers something different. A chance to learn our Islamic history and the personalities within. A chance to use our imagination and enter periods of time that seem foreign to us. Instead I feel somewhat ashamed to admit that I spent way too much time entertaining my readers on topics such as marriage. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with talking about marriage and it could even be entertaining if the writer could find the words and speak about situations that are relevant to the people of that period of time. However…life is greater than spending a large period of time on one topic.

Life is about learning. It is about making decisions and again, learning. Through this learning process we would be able to improve ourselves in becoming better servants and slaves to Allah.

Remember the ayaat in Surah Al-Hashr, where Allah, the Majestic and Great mentions if we forget Him (for even a moment), He will cause us to forget our own souls. And If we forget ourselves in the process of forgetting Allah, we will indeed be doomed. We will have no protectors. We will have no intercessors. We will fail and join the ranks of the wrong doers. It’s a heavy price to pay with our souls if we forget Allah so therefore let us work together in taking the steps that will prevent us from entering into such an evil state (Allah forbid).

So I’ve made a decision. I never wanted my blog to be about myself. Being a Muslim man, I’m apart of the Muslim body. Depending on your status before Allah and your level of iman, you may find yourself taking a position within that body that is close to the heart. While other Muslims amongst us who are too occupied with the matters of this worldly life, may find their position within the body near the nail that is connected to the toe. Regardless of your position within the body, the mere fact that you have occupied a space within, is a blessing from Allah.

More often then not, we forget since the Messenger of Allah (saw) stated this Ummah constitutes one body, we are not only responsible for our own selves but for the situation and well being of every single Muslim within that body.

It is a well known fact that knowledge leads to the increase of iman and iman is a product of good manners and good manners is half of knowledge. They’re all connected and one can not shine bright with out it’s fellow brothers standing to it’s side.

Therefore for myself, I need to get back to the basics. I want my blog to be a means of proof for me of the Day I will need the most assistance. I want it to be a means of good pleasure from Allah and not a path in which I will earn His anger.

Now my proposal. We help each other learn. We learn about anything and everything regarding Islam. Each and everyone of us is unique and we hold passions that are different within the fold of Islam. If we can direct that passion to a channel that will better prepare ourselves for the day we shall meet Allah, than we have taken one of a million steps to earning Allah’s protection. On the other hand, we should be able to discuss real concrete issues that are facing us as believers of Allah. So I just want to make it clear to the readers that this blog is not mine but it is ours. You can be a guest writer if you so wish. You can bring your style of writing and knowledge to share with the Internet world because I would rather stop writing if it’s just gonna be me entertaining you. I want it to be more than that.

As for my part, inshAllah I’m going to take a path which will allow me to research and share stories about the men (and women) who lived righteous lives before us. In our period of time, we are desperately lacking role models for the youth and by inquiring the knowledge of such righteous men, we will be able to use their lives as bright lamps on the dark road to meet Allah, the Majestic and Most-High.

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7 Responses

  1. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

    Akhee…everyone speaks regarding the knowledge they have and the expereinces they have gotten througought their life. That is simply how they perceive things. If one was to put himself in the shoe of the Nabi (s.a.w.) of Allah, he shouldbe able to be God Conscious every second by building his sincerity with his lord, that way he would have the actions of the nabi of Allah, fromt here this person would be able to work withing his home (on his family) and then his sourroundings (with his community) by the will of Allah (s.w.t.) but when It comes to such topis that really are not of any benfit to us now, it leads to people wanting to express their feelings, emotions and their say which is acceptable. I suggest that you have some sort of guidelines on your blog, such as some rules and reuglations because your going to have all kinds of people come from different angles (knowledge level, how they perceive things (western minded or easter minded) and how they perceive things. I personally belive that picutres and sometimes words can mean a thousand things…so if you want to please your lord, i strongly suggest that topics that would benefit the community should arise and such debates of irrelevant issues should be stayed away from…especially into deep posts on the blog because it’s only going to lead to regret because shaitan will use ways of tricking one’s mind without even him nowing that he is being led up a ladder that will lead him to destruction.

    Taking pictures of animate beings such as humans, birds and animals, and putting them in forums or keeping them for memory’s sake, is not permissible, because of the general meaning of the evidence that image-making is haraam, and the fact that the one who does that is cursed. See the answer to question no. 22660 and 8954.

    No exception is made from that except cases of necessity or urgent needs, such as ID pictures and the like.

    Secondly:

    The prohibition on picture making also applies to drawing cartoons or distorted images of animate beings, because of the report narrated by Muslim (2107) from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came from a journey, and I had hung over my door a curtain on which there were images of winged horses, and he told me to take it down.

    This hadeeth indicates that making images of animate beings is haraam, even if they are imaginary and do not actually exist, because there are no real horses with wings.

    It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (1/479): What makes images forbidden is the fact that they are images of animate beings, whether they are sculptures, or drawings on walls or fabric or paper, or they are woven, and whether they are done with a quill, a pen, or a machine, and whether they represent something real or something imaginary, whether they are small or large, beautified or distorted, or drawn in the form of lines representing a skeleton. What makes them forbidden is that fact that they depict animate beings, even if they are imaginary like pictures of ancient people, Pharaohs, or leaders and soldiers of the Crusades, or like the pictures of ‘Eesa (Jesus) and Maryam (Mary) that are kept in churches, etc., because of the general meaning of the texts, and because that is competing with the creation of Allaah, and because it is a means that leads to shirk. End quote.

    Thirdly:

    Putting pictures of women in forums is a reprehensible action, because it is using haraam images and because it may cause temptation and provoke desires. You have done well to erase all the images, because denouncing and removing evil is a duty upon everyone who is able to do that.

    Every Muslim has to fear Allaah and realize that he will be asked on the Day of Resurrection about everything that he writes and publishes. He should not take any haraam matter lightly; a huge fire can start from a little spark.

    We ask Allaah to help us all to do that which He loves and which pleases Him.

    And Allaah knows best.

    One should take part only as much as is necessary, so he/she may put her question or say what she has to say, then leave, and she should not comment except as is essential, because the basic principle is that he/she should refrain from speaking with men and mixing with them.

    His/Her speech should not include anything that may provoke fitnah, such as jokes, soft speech or laughter, such as writing “hahahahaha” as mentioned in the most of the forums and blogs, or using emoticons to represent smiles, because that may lead to the one in whose heart is a disease being moved with desire, as in the verse (interpretation of the meaning):

    “O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other women. If you keep your duty (to Allaah), then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honourable manner”

    [al-Ahzaab 33:32].

    He/She should avoid giving her e-mail address or corresponding privately with any of the men/women, even if that is by seeking help, because such correspondence usually leads to emotional attachment and provocation of fitnah.

    It is better for a woman to take part only in forums for women. This is safer for her. There are many such forums and there is a lot of good in them. If she needs to take part in public forums then it is better for her to choose a username that does not show that she is female.

  2. Allah Knows Best!

  3. Assalaamu alaykum br Ameen,

    Maa sha allah I’ve watched your blog blossom over the past month or so and I love coming back to read your new posts. Yes, your blog has been entertaining these past few days maa sha allah but even then, insha allah you’ll get the reward of putting smiles on our faces. Getting back to the basics is a good move because what gripped me to your blog at the start were those very first posts. ‘My letter to the Angel of Death’ has got to be one of my favourites.

    I just want to say keep up the good work and I pray Allaah make’s this blog as a means of sadaqah jaariyah for you insha allah.

    Looking forward to reading more inspiring posts insha allah.

    Take care

  4. Assalam alaikum Bint Ibrahim, welcome to the blog.

    Alhamdulilah that this blog has been a means of benefit for you and inshAllah for others also.
    InshAllah I’m going to try to get back to discussing issues and writing letters and poems to characters such as the angel of death. If not him than maybe some others…And Allah knows best

  5. Glad to see you back on track : )

    The thing that had intrigued me about this blog was the fact that it was a bit different than your average rant-about-your-life typa blogs, but instead focused on deep thoughts and issues, the reality of life, and stuff that relates to a lot of us young muslims in the west….and all of that with a poetic twist to it….masha’Allah.

    Then I felt the topics deviating back to the cliché blog stuff…..but alhamdulillah, now you’ll continue on as before insha’Allah.

    BarakAllahu feekum.

  6. Assalam FearAllah,

    Sometimes its not a bad idea to mix topics up but I never intended to talk about issues from “only” my prespective but rather look around and gather ideas on how to present a topic with maybe a few lines of poetry. I wanna try something different. Then I kind of felt like…I was spending way too much time talking about “U know” kinda of stuff and alhamdulilah I wanna get back to covering topics such as love-hate, victory-defeat, joy-saddness, life and the events after death. I wanna research sensitive topics and I wanna present them in words that we can all relate to.

    Alhamdulilah I dont have to worry about some forum moderator editing my post, instead I got to conscious about Allah and His good pleasure.

    Stay tuned though inshAllah…and we both shall wait to see what Poetic Justice reveals to us.

    Im just as much of a reader as you are…

  7. This may sound retarded but honest i’ve fallen inlove with your writting! *yes that may be weird to some..but really thats only cuz you’re putting a limit on love!* so um felt i should mention that..

    Your blog is a much needed reflection, i come in read a few entries *wherever i left off* and i end up leaving feeling pretty low. But alhamdulilah i’m able to see where it is i need to work on and make an effort to change so thats great!

    Why am i going off on here like this? um…i dont know really, just felt like putting it out there that whether you’re returning to basics or talking bout yourself…some of us are benefiting. keep on writing!

    god bless!

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