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مجيدة: Don’t look at facial expressions. Don’t listen to what is said by…


Don’t look at facial expressions. Don’t listen to what is said by tongue. Don’t let tears sway you. They are all but products of human skin. It changes everyday. Instead look for what is under the skin. Not the heart neither, as it fluctuates. Neither the mind, as it changes its point of view whenever it changes its perspective. Also, the mind may accept something in the present that it once denied in the past. Even scientists change their theories.

No, my son, if you want to understand a human, look at his or her action in a moment of free choice. You may be taken by surprise and see a saint prostituting, and a whore praying. You may be stabbed in the back by your friend while having your enemy save/help you. You may see a servant who acts as noble as a master, and a master acts as despicable as the lowest servant! You may see kings taking bribes and wretches giving charity.

Look at man when there is no fear to stop him; when caution sleeps, desire gets satisfied and barriers fall. Just then you can see man’s reality: walking on four legs like an animal, or flying like an angel, or creeping like a snake, or eating mud like worms. 

-Dr. Mustafa Mahmoud

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Contemplating on the Complementary

“But everything that you and I know, everything in this domain, everything that you and I participate in, everything that you and I know and talk about and live and eat and breathe and all of our life – it’s creation through and through, top to bottom, left and right.

And every single one of those things, every one of them, even [down] to the atom, even down to the quark inside of the atom, Allah said that ‘There’s nothing that We haven’t created but we created it in pairs.’

You don’t know black unless you’ve seen white; you don’t right unless you’ve seen wrong; you don’t know up until you’ve been down. You don’t happiness until you’ve had a little bit of grief; you don’t know grief until you’ve tasted happiness.

Allah creates everything in pairs – ‘la3lakom tadhakkaroon’ – so that you might be a people of remembrance, that you might be a people who contemplate, that you be a people that reflect, that you be a people who mention – that you reflect, that you mention, that you contemplate, that you remember the blessings of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala upon you.

Because if you do not have the opposite of something, you do not know what it is that you have.”

- Imam Abdul Latif Finch, on the wisdom of contemplating on the complementary, remembering and thus turning from the creation to the Creator.

The above is a small excerpt of a Friday sermon delivered by Imam Abdul Latif Finch. Now, I ain’t American but give love where love is due. A review? It’s positive, ya Sidi - 110%.

Here is wisdom crystallised - relevant to our times (masha’Allah, I loved how the examples of the Prophet were linked to our own situations). And a joke here and there always sweetens the message. :)

It was great so no need for nerves (‘chill out’) - may Allah protect and preserve him and all of our teachers - ameen!

Allahumma salli ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammad, al fatihi lima ughliqa, wal khatimi lima sabaq, nasiril haqqi bil Haqq, wal hadi ila siratik al mustaqeem, wa ‘ala aalihi, haqqa qadrihi wa miqdarihil adheem.

NB: This talk is available to download here.

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Rumi - like Ghazali - is what I call a transhistorical figure, because they speak across centuries. Some people speak to their time and their place but these people speak to every time and every place… And that’s why when we read them, they affect our hearts.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, on the critical importance of Al-Ghazali in our times

(Source: vimeo.com)

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Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
Hal Borland, American author

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