September 2014

Among the wrongs that have unwittingly been perpetrated against religion is its reduction to a political entity. There was a fear on the part of some that religion will become separated from politics so they inadvertently made it a part of politics and thus we now see religion used as a pawn in political play. Instead, the opposite should have happened and politics should have been made part of religion.

Religion is more expansive than the concept of a nation-state political system. Religion is involved in certain matters pertaining to the state – like addressing those in authority as to how they should conduct issues of statecraft – but it should not become an instrument in whose name ulterior motives are pursued.

In Surat Al Najm (53), Allah says that the final and ultimate destination lies with Him. Can you imagine reaching it and being in His presence? What would your emotions be? Would you laugh? Would you cry? Isn’t it breathtaking that He SWT says in the next ayah that He in fact is the one that makes you laugh and cry? And once you realize the value of that ultimate destination where you truly taste the sweetness of laughter of crying, then what is death to you except the next step towards being brought before Him. The next ayah says He gives death and He gives life!

In a subtle reflection on the virtues of the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, Hafiz Ibn Hajar says in his commentary Fath al-Bāri, “It appears that the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja are given distinction because the principle acts of worship – prayer, fasting, charity and hajj – are combined within them and this is not possible at any other time during the year.”

These days combine a range of different acts of worship which are impossible to combine during the rest of the year. Prayer, the recommendation to fast, increased charity giving including the distribution of sacrificial meat (udhiya) and hajj only take place in combination during these ten days.


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May Allah bless you all on the occasion of the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah and its first ten nights. As an indication of the exalted rank of these nights Allah took an oath by them when He said, “By the dawn and the ten nights.”

May Allah grant us the grace to reap the outpourings of His bounty in these ten nights, Ya Karim, Ya Jawaad.

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If wrongdoers inflict a temporary defeat on your wealth, person, and possessions, let not the day come when they defeat you in the heart. Giving victory to the truth and one’s honour begins in the heart. Let Allah succeed in the heart; if He does He will elect you to be among those who give success to the truth on earth.

What does it mean to be an united ummah? If you’re not praying Eid on the same day, it doesn’t mean we’re disunited. The sahaba went to cities near to them after celebrating Eid, and found people who were still fasting. Some differences are okay. A disunited ummah is one where the Muslims do not love and respect each other.

A battle always has two sides: a side that thinks they have a right to exert power and a side that sees truth itself as their right. Those from the first side see that as long as power is in their hands they possess all the rights, while the other side sees that their strength and their power lies in their standing with the truth.

The world in which we live is a stage for this battle. It is God’s custom that He confers custodianship of this earth upon those who side with the truth and see their right as truth itself.

“The scholars (ulama) recognise fitna (strife) as it approaches; the ignorant recognise fitna when it retreats.”
– Hasan al-Basri. Recorded in Bukhari’s Tarikh al-Kabir.

When fitna appears ordinary people are deceived and misled. Godly scholars – those who live the knowledge they possess – recognise it and warn people from falling into its trap but they seldom find people who will listen to them. As the fitna nears its end the general populace, even the ignorant, realise its reality after witnessing the destruction it leaves behind.