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"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].
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"O '' Allah, endow us with good behaviour in Your company under all circumstances!
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[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.
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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.
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On the authority of Abu Hurayrah r.a., who said that Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. said: Allah SWT said:

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)
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“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 27, 2015

IMAM MAHDI - THE PARADOX

Assalaamu'alaikum wbr.

If you google the keyword "Imam Mahdi", you will bump into countless versions popping out. Reading most of the articles, comments, forums, watching youtube, facebook profiles/notes etc - only a handful of such materials are very scholastic and able to debate/elaborate on the issue clearly. 

While most of the articles/writeups are ironically "nostradamical" (a term I coined based on "self-prophecy" and so-called "analysis" without being substantiated by solid evidence except for some poor interpretations of the relevant Quranic verses and Hadiths). Most of these articles have the tendency towards pathetically attempting (or rather competing with other write-ups) at their level best to ensure that "their predictions are the right ones".

The most typical and 'hillarious' facts are : Imam Mahdi is emerging "this and that year" - (since the late 90s - I've been monitoring that many of these bloggers are the same persons and always 'quietly 'moving the schedule' one or two years ahead of the 'original schedule of the supposed to be "the emergence year" - that they have "predicted") 

It seems as if these bloggers (or book authors) are almost trying to make money (via click ads affiliationships) by gaining 'cheap publicity' and 'sympathy'. Some even manage to attract thousands of followers and the fanatic ones "will plea" to meet the authors and bloggers to know more "secrets". Many people have devoted themselves on this "holy mission" (to seek the Mahdi) but ending up with nothing except wasting their resources, time, money etc.

There are others who even go much 'deeper' (crazier) on some adventure of "delusions of grandeur" by symbolically or directly giving some "secret codes" and "hints" to portray themselves either they are 'the promised one' or 'have got something to do with the Great Imam'. Alhamdulillah, most of them are being caught and punished by the authorities everywhere in the world especially in the Holy Land of Mecca and Medinah. 

Personally, I can understand why 'Mahdi impostors' starting to come out - one after another. It's always about wars, oppression, tyranny and annihilation against Islam around the world.

Surprisingly, most of these impostors; initially; did not mean to proclaim or giving hints leading to the people calling them "The Imam Mahdi". But as the numbers of followers grow, somehow, it gave the 'impostors' some "feeling of superiority and security" (I called it "Narcissistic Personality Disorder" (NPD).

They will start to "connect themselves to some Quranic verses and the Hadiths that are related to the emergence of the Mahdi", speaking of "the 'coincidental' signs in the surroundings and make-believe that only "they can save this world". To worsen things, they will grant any of the followers 'special privileges' including themselves to "drop the practice of Syaria". Ultimately, leading to the births of Cults Movement or Deviationist Teachings!

Those who fall under the trap that I sympathize the most. The modus-operandi is very much the same from one movement to another or from one impostor to another.

The 'followers' somehow will 'close their minds' and 
blindly listen and follow (even swearing allegiance to) 'these lunatics' merely after briefly witnessing :

a) some 'magic tricks' or 'hypnotic spells' or
b) 'fascinated by some Quranic and Hadiths being mentioned'
c) what is merely a great brainwashing technique,
d) without realizing that the possibility of using the "jinns" servicing them (followers failed to see unless those with true faith embedded in them) and

ultimately to complete the circle, the followers will end up being members of a cult. (too late to turn back)

The rest is history : Followers giving away 'alms' under the pretext of some 'jihad contributions' to support the move till they themselves become poor and jobless "in the name of Allah" (so sad seeing their wives, children and family who followed them blindly - may Allah SWT pardon them and show them the right path)

Believe me, the ending of most fanatic cults are never without "bloodshed"! 

Now I am neither going to write about the great Imam Mahdi nor reject him.

As a Muslim, I believe firmly in the forthcoming emergence of Imam Mahdi, restoring peace and order to the world but I do not know the exact day, date and time. What I do also know that Prophet Muhammad pbuh is not a soothsayer (na'uudzubillah), thus whatever the Prophet SAW have said that "tells the future" will always bear symbolic meanings behind them (not literal)

Only when the right time comes, can only Muslims understand clearly what are the real meanings behind such holy words and phrases. The correct interpretation will be revealed by Imam Mahdi's true key followers. (possibly without any instruction from Imam Mahdi himself - just spiritually motivated)

That being said; so far; I'm sticking to becoming a 'normal Muslim' (nothing superior) and not be easily influenced by 'literal interpretation' of some 'so-called Islamic' societies, religious groups, fortune tellers or non-governmental organizations with "black flags" or "blue turbans".

I maybe wrong but I sincerely do not believe that the Imam Mahdi is racial, fight only for a single gender (man's club only), madly murdering peaceful non-Muslims, launching anti-Semitic campaigns against the Jews or he is the head of terrorism.

But I have a humble hunch, he is in fact a gifted and selected by Allah SWT to "make things right" (Yes, it is not like it's going to be 'a perfect world' but good will prevail upon evil)

For now, let's pray that Allah SWT show us the true signs to recognize Imam Mahdi and if we are still alive during that time of the great emergence: that we will become his followers and not his rejectors. Amin

Remember, since he is the progeny of Prophet Muhammad pbuh, Imam Mahdi will be likely boycotted and rejected; the chances are; by the majority misunderstood 'pious Muslims' themselves but Allah SWT will help and guide him through. A fearless man and the greatest diplomatic leader ever born as well.

Most important..'Join Me' in moving on with life as usual according to the Syaria.

Wassalaamu'alai kum wbr.

Pok Nik