"O Allah! We seek goodness from Your Knowledge and with Your Power (and Might) We seek strength, and We ask from You Your Great Blessings, because You have the Power and We do not have the power. You Know everything and I do not know, and You have knowledge of the unseen. Oh Allah! If in Your Knowledge this action (We are about to take) is better for my religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then make it destined for us and make it easy for us and then add blessings [baraka'] in it, for us. O Allah! In Your Knowledge if this action is bad for us, bad for our religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then turn it away from us and turn us away from it and whatever is better for us, ordain [destine] that for us and then make us satisfied with it."
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Importance of a good shaykh by Shaykh Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi Allahu anhu
Al Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh Sayyad Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi 'Allahu anhu said: You must work hard to ensure that your hearts are not locked out of the door of His nearness. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must seek the company of a Shaykh who is learned in the law [hukm] and knowledge ['ilm] of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), and who will show you the way toward Him. Without seeing the successful [muflih], one cannot succeed. If a person does not seek the company of scholars who put their knowledge into practice ['ulama 'ummal], he is a chicken from an egg abandoned by the rooster and the mother hen.
Seek the fellowship of those who enjoy fellowship with the Lord of Truth (Almighty and Glorious is He). What each of you should do, when the night has grown dark and people have gone to bed and their voices are silent, is get up, take an ablution [yatawadda'], perform two cycles of ritual prayer [yusalli rak'atain] and say: "O my Lord, guide me to one of Your righteous servants near to You, so that he may guide me toward You and make me familiar with Your path." The instrument [sabab] is necessary. Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) was quite capable of guiding [His servants] to Him without the Prophets [anbiya']. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must awaken from your heedless folly. As the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: If someone relies entirely on his own subjective judgement, he will go astray. Try to find someone who will be a mirror for the face of your religion [din], just as you look in the mirror to check the appearance of your outer face, your turban and your hair. Be sensible! What is this crazy foolishness? You say, "I don't need anyone to teach me," and yet the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: The believer is the believer's mirror [al-mu'minu mir'atu 'l-mu'min].
When the believer's faith is sound, he comes to be a mirror for all creatures. They behold their religious faces [wujuh adyanihim] reflected in the mirror of his speech, every time they see him and get close to him. What is this craziness? Not a moment goes by without your begging Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) to provide you with more than you already have to eat, to drink, and to wear, with more sexual opportunities and more income. These are not things that could increase or decrease, even if you were to be joined in your plea by every supplicant whose prayers are answered [da 'in mujab].
Supplication [da 'wa] will neither increase one's sustenance by so much as an atom, nor reduce it by an atom. This is a foregone conclusion [mafrugh minhu]. You must devote your attention to doing what you have been commanded to do, and to avoiding what you have been forbidden to do. You should not worry about that which is bound to come your way, because He guarantees that it will come to you. Allotted shares [aqsam] arrive at their appointed times, whether they be sweet or bitter, whether you like them or dislike them.
The people [of the Way] attain to a condition in which they no longer have any prayer of supplication [du'a] or request [su'al] to make. They do not beg [in their prayers] to gain advantages, nor to get rid of disadvantages. Their supplication comes to be a matter concerning their hearts, sometimes for their own sake and sometimes for the sake of all creatures, so they utter the prayer of supplication without conscious premeditation [fi ghaiba].
"O '' Allah, endow us with good behaviour in Your company under all circumstances!
[When the believer's faith is sound], fasting [sawm], prayer [salat], remembrance [dhikr] and all acts of obedience [ta 'at] become second nature to him, mingled with his flesh and blood. Then he receives protection from Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) under all circumstances. The restraint of the law [hukm] does not desert him, not for an instant, while he is on this course. The law comes to be like the vessel in which he sits, as he travels over the ocean of the power [qudra] of his Lord (Almighty and Glorious is He). He goes on traveling over it until he arrives at the shore of the hereafter, at the shore of the ocean of grace and the hand of nearness. Thus he is sometimes in the company of creatures and at certain times in the company of the Creator. His work and toil are with creatures, while his relaxation is with the Creator.
From Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, "The Sublime Revelation (Al-Fath ar-Rabbani)," translated by Muhtar Holland (Al-Baz Publishing, Houston, 1992), p. 426-8.
Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him. (It was related by al-Bukhari)
“Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.”
Sunday, December 2, 2007
This is going to be a little bit offtopic.
Reading these comments of yours triggers one thought in my mind...the way of thinking or rather : Perspective
As you have adequately put, we have heard of the splendid achievements of 'ancient'/past Muslims Scholars in the diverse- fields of science, technology, maths, medicine etc. - you name it.
We have lauded and talked proudly of these exemplary figures even holding debates and conferences based on their thinking.
Our aspiration is so high that we should relive all these 'technologies' of the past so that we will return to the Islamic Renaissance.
Some quarters even go further saying that Einstein was one of the 'stealers' by creating his 'relativity' or e=mc2 or the word "Algebra" has been coined by the nickname "Al-Jabbar".
The irony of these 'claimants' when queried, is that they have never read history of :
a) how these formulas/discoveries ended up with Einstein,
b) Or how the terminologies or history have never been changed except to facilitate pronounciation, or
c) how some western scholars came to see the Muslim Scientists seeking knowledge from them - in short becoming their students
But yet, the reality is that our 'basic' science and maths are still BASED on the western scientist/mathematician hypotheses despite the arguments.
You can only see Khawarizmi's or Ibnu Sina's names being mentioned many times by Muslim scholars but only ended up as 'part of great history of the Muslims' or 'Muslim legends' - no more than that. (fullstop)
Despite I have seen efforts being put to relive their researches even having institutions or NGOs, yet the actual application is so scarce! or the actual Walk the Talk is much easier said than done.
My 1st Question : We are so proud of these names, when they are not even Malays? Why do we forget our race whenever we talk about them?
(Yes some would say, they are Muslims and so are we...isn't that funny? We tend to forget our race at that time?)
(It's just like when Non-Malay shuttlers won the World-Class Badminton Championship and we refer them as 'Malaysians'..huh no race or religion?)
My 2nd Question : Why do we still having the inevitable tendency of justifying, benchmarking and basing our researches on the Ancient Muslim Scientists discovery yet still comparing notes and quoting western scientists/scholars works & hypotheses?
My last question : Why 'some' of us Muslims claim that whatever their 'new' findings or inventions are based on the Ancient Muslim Scientists works but yet the mechanism of such invention can be easily found in western science books? (even with formulas)
What is my point..really?
I'm not saying that the mechanism or formulas do not exist in our Holy Qur'an but imagine, how pointless it would be to spend so much time seeking the secrets of Al-Qur'anul Kariem or Al-Hadis in order to discover certain formulas for certain 'inventions' but in the end, we couldn't prove that our final findings are really from the Al-Qur'an.
(now don't you think that it's an indirect 'mockery' of the holy Qur'an if we are being asked to justify certain technical findings by a Non-Muslim and we can't provide the correct answer?
If this scenario not being handled carefully and professionally, it will also be a big embarassment to our religion)
I feel a bit awkward whenever somebody walk up to me and say that solar energy is originally Islamic Technology but the invention we see TODAY, undoubtedly originated from the Non-Islamic sources.
While I'm writing this comment, I'm fully aware of the other fields of Islamic remarkable discoveries such as the fields of astrology, astrophysics, quantum physics/temporal theories, obsterics and gynacology etc.
So, I'm really talking about Islam as the real 'a way of life' not pathetically claiming what comes from others should be justified and matched to the Islamic teachings.
Believe me, I've seen a foreign standard/codes of practice with 'Nas' being mixed together to justify that 'this is ours'. To me, this is VERY unreal.
It's like a 'new faction of religious politics' forming up.
My suggestion would be simple :
Let's talk what can we do in the future rather than what have been done in the past. Let bygone be bygone.
I'm just afraid of the fact that while we are busy arguing about the past, others have gone further ahead and leaving us behind lamenting the past.
This is what happen when Muslims :
a) are trying to justify something of 'dunia'-oriented with Islamic teachings, (or intepreting certain 'firmans' literally. (terjemahan secara harfiah)
b) are attempting to relate a non-'syariat' elements (but serve only to beautify/justify the syariat and not vice versa) by generally 'Islamizing' them without proper backup of ijtihad or blind 'taklid' (which is extremely dangerous)
c) and by not having proper religious background or guides from Gurus/Ulamas, you can see many Muslims are simply mixing Usuluddin and Feqah or Feqah being mixed up with Tauhid or Tasauf - like nobody's business,
d) or by simply quoting the ancient discoveries during the age of ancient religions/Samawi teachings of the Prophets prior to Rasulullah S.A.W. as MUSLIMS and overlooking the words 'Nasrani', 'Hunafa' etc.
Of course here I'm not implying that EVERYTHING must have a 'nas' in order to ensure implementation of something - that will be too rigid.
Yet as I speak; ironically; there are STILL Muslims who have this narrow kind of thinking...on one side they appear to be professing the true teachings but on the other side, they themselves fail to justify with good reasons of why they are also using technology/knowledge of Non-Muslim origin.
Or at one side, they loudly proclaim that Islam is not limited to rituals but it also a way of life but they themselves are too 'ritualistic'.
(I don't blame them - Perhaps because they unaware of the 'ijtihad' process and the 'nas' function)
Islam is a raceless and colourless religion - it doesn't belong to any race (not even Arabs) or any skin colour - It's not a caste (kasta) oriented teachings.
There are too many Muslims in Malaysia and all over the world that are Non-Malays....yet they are Muslims.
Thus, we can still teach Silat to Non-Muslim/Non-Malay or Muslim/Non-Malay. Just go back to the basics of our very own school system...
Pengajian Moral for Non-Muslims
Pengajian Agama Islam for Muslims
Is that so hard to do?