Wishing everyone a Happy Eid al-Adha! May Allah SWT shower his blessings on you and your family today and for all eternity.
Shaykh Paul Salahuddin Armstrong and Shaykh Muhammad Amin-Evans on Faith Forum, Hidayat TV discussing ‘Love not Hate’ with Dr Talib Warsi (24.09.2013).
What is happening in Kenya is abhorrent, it goes without saying to be honest and I will say with full conviction and authority as a Muslim representative in UK that Islam and terrorism are not synonymous!
The growth of Islamist terrorist cells is down to one major factor; Modernist Salafist sectarianism home grown from the likes of Saudi Arabistan and Egypt not surprisingly with the helping hand of that old not forgotten relic the so called “British Empire”. None of these sectarian groups be it shabaab, hamas, hezbollah or taliban have ever represented true traditional Islamic teaching for they all reject it, down to the fact that the vast majority of major scholars in Islam were actually Sufis.
Sufism may I add is not a sect nor a private group of believers, Sufism [Tasawwuf] is the word given by the great scholars of Islam to describe that very science within Islam that deals with the deep spiritual aspects of ones life, plus it’s also a linage of teaching that goes back from teacher to teacher right back to the Messenger of Allah himself, peace be upon him, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah.
Want a stop to these freaks that are not only attacking none muslims, but also muslims? I suggest the key is Sufism! For with Sufism it teaches that we are all ONE, no matter what religion or sexuality we may be. All the freaking mentalist terrorist groups have none what so ever, devoid of any form of deep spirituality and their very actions are the manifestations of that!
The great Sufi teachers have always taught that one cannot reach a true spirituality without love and compassion and that one cannot ever reach enlightenment with any form of hate in the heart. When you change the heart of men you change the world!
Muhammad Hamzah (Celt Islam)
Cultural Director, The Association of British Muslims.
By Dr Talib Warsi
Director of Intrafaith Affairs, AOBM
It is now year 2013, in the Islamic Calendar 1434 AH. Over 1400 years ago a small group of followers of the Prophet of Islam, Mohammed Mustafa (PBUH), sat down to break their day’s fast in the holy month of Ramadan.
During the greater part his life, the great Prophet of Islam, the Messenger of God was harassed, condemned and even ridiculed by his fellow Arabs. But now we can say, ‘O Mohammed (PBUH), the message from God that you brought to the us has indeed reached the entire world,’ Labbaik (لبيك), congratulations to you. O Prophet of Allah, we now try our best to practice what you preached. Some of us reside far away from the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, in a different corners of the world, we live in England, UK is our home. A different continent, different time zone, different climate, different food and even different attire. But we follow your teachings, practice your faith Islam, as best as we can. Fortunately, O Prophet, we are able to do all this with great ease, comfort and freedom here in UK. This is perhaps beyond our belief and expectations when we compare our lives with the lives of fellow Muslims in other parts of the world. How wonderful it is to be living in this country.
In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful.
“Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an as a guide to mankind also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So everyone of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting but if anyone is ill or on a journey the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.”
~ Holy Qur’an 2:185 (A. Yusuf Ali)
The holy month of Ramadan is a special time to seek the blessings of Allah SWT for yourself and loved ones.
Ramadan is so blessed that the birds of the air, fish in the oceans, and animals on the land pray for the forgiveness of all those who fast. Moreover, when they break their fast at iftar, the angels say amin to their duas.
Those who are fortunate and wise enough to take advantage of the blessings of this month are honoured with special status, such as that of a friend (wali) and servant (abdal) of Allah.
As Muslims, this is a wonderful opportunity not to be wasted, to learn valuable lessons from our sheikhs and to regard each moment of this month as a precious gift from our Creator, to seek out His Divine Grace and to be showered by His Endless Blessings.
Salam and Happy Ramadan!