August 2015

Of all the barriers that keep us from connecting to our hearts and to Allah, there is one I find most often: the masks of false images which society or family or self pressure command us to wear. We can never reclaim our hearts until we put these masks away. We cannot really connect to Allah or to people, until we connect to our true selves. Without masks. Until we can be honest and real. And there’s nothing more beautiful than a person who has the courage to be real.

One day…I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen — the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives, — I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, “Thieves, thieves, the curséd thieves.” Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me. And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house-top cried, “He is a madman.” I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, “Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks.”

– Khalil Gibran


Extrait: Invocations / du’as du Pr Tariq Ramadan en fin de conférence le 25/08/2015. Les vidéos des 5 conférences publiques données à Niamey (Niger) sont disponibles ici: http://www.cilecenter.org/fr/news/videos-universite-dete-cimef-cile-2015-les-5-conferences-publiques/.

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This video of a man doing tawaf on a Segway is going viral on Facebook.

Of course our scholars have already discussed these types of issues in classical fiqh works. The Hanafis do not allow tawaf to be done by the one who is physically fit except while walking. Most of the Shafi’is and Hanbalis allow riding/sitting/being pushed even if the person is physically fit (since it is authentically narrated that the Prophet (SAW) did tawaf on his camel once). And the Malikis say that for an obligatory tawaf, the one physically fit must walk, while for a nafl tawaf, s/he may ride or be pushed.

Of course, ALL agree that the one who is weak or otherwise unable to walk may instead ride or be pushed in a wheelchair.

Regardless of the fiqh involved, I’m sure the guy got a quick, easy tawaf done and had plenty of comments/stares along the way!

And the main point of this post? Well…there is none. Its a cool video, so enjoy!

Compliments of my mate Ustadh Yahya Ibrahim: https://www.facebook.com/yahya.adel.ibrahim/videos/913816168672317/

My friend just sent me this from #Makkah… Check out this #Tawaf!
What do you think, would you give it a try?
#hajj2015
PS – Since uploading a few hours ago, 1000s have commented on this issue without knowledge – for and against. Whatever your feelings are, remember not to place yourself as judge over others when Allah Alone knows the reality. Allah accept from the brother his tawaf ya Rabb and forgive us our sins.


Is this an innovation? Lol.

May Allah accept his intention . Ameen

Islamic Awakening – Conversation with Tariq Ramadan: Differentiating culture from religion

Islamic Awakening – Conversation with Tariq Ramadan: Differentiating culture from religion

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Journalistes de France : conscience professionnelle ou instinct grégaire?

Quand j’étais jeune, vous me décriviez comme “le petit-fils de…”, “fils de…”, “frère de…” et tout à l’avenant. Je n’avais pas de cerveau, pas d’histoire personnelle, pas d’autonomie et ma pensée passait par mon sang. Voilà qu’ayant atteint l’âge de la sagesse socratique, ce sont mes frères qui deviennent “frère de Tariq”. Etant le cadet, cela voudrait dire que ma pensée si “sulfureuse” défie la génétique et remonte du descendant à l’ascendant. Ils sont forts les Arabes et les musulmans non?! Ils pensent primitivement en tribus et défient en même temps les connaissances scientifiques les plus modernes. Double face, double discours et sciences duelles. “La toutale, mon frère…” (sic)

A moins que ce soit la preuve d’une régression maladive qui vous colonise dès que vous pensez aux Arabo-musulmans : à force de croire que ces derniers ne pensent qu’en “tribu familiale” ou “communautariste”, vous avez fini par développer le virus de la pensée du troupeau. Combien de journalistes, en France, confondent désormais, quand il s’agit de l’islam et des Arabes, la conscience professionnelle et l’instinct grégaire?

Selon les consignes de la corporation, demandez la réponse à vos con-frères… 😉

Another image, another day in the life of an Israeli soldier going about his daily duties!

(Some claim this footage to be fake. But we do understand regardless, this is a reality for Palestinians on a daily basis)
Like and share?

Click on the link below to make this viral and let millions see it on international media pages.
Let’s help shame Israeli oppression.

(Please do not say things in anger. Some of the comments are out of hand.)

http://metro.co.uk/2015/08/31/see-footage-of-an-israeli-soldier-putting-boy-in-a-headlock-that-has-rocked-the-world-5368446/?ito=facebook

See footage of an Israeli soldier putting boy in a headlock that has rocked the world

WARNING: Video which some readers may find upsetting.

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Terrorism!

May Allah protect us.

Gun violence in the United States results in thousands of deaths and thousands more injuries annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 firearms caused 84,258 nonfatal injuries (26.65 per 100,000 U.S. citizens) [2] and 11,208 deaths by homicide (3.5 per 100,000),[3] 21,175 by suicide with a firearm,[4] 505 deaths due to accidental discharge of a firearm,[4] and 281 deaths due to firearms with “undetermined intent”[5] for a total of 33,169 deaths related to firearms.

Spreading Peace to the World

The Prophet’s companion Ammar ibn Yasir, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “Three traits, whoever embodies them has indeed embodied true faith:

(1) giving others the rights they are due from you;
(2) spreading peace to the world;
(3 ) giving during times of straitened circumstances
(the meaning here is to spend on the needy even though one may be in need themselves, out of trust in Allah and preference for others over yourself) [Bukhari and others]

Notice his words “to the world” and not just Muslims or one’s group, sect or affiliation.

This!
“Often these are established patterns- some of us tend to either chase or flee in every relationship- but not always, as many of us have fears in both directions (the fear of abandonment, and the fear of engulfment) and live out both patterns at various times. As we heal our wounds, we shed these patterns, and get more comfortable with being only with those that meet us on equal footing- eye to eye, heart to heart. That’s when the real vulnerability begins.” –Jeff Brown