Posts from July 2015

A Wonderful Lesson

July 24, 2015

Imam Yahya Davis transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member mosque that he was to be introduced as the head Imam at that morning. He walked around his soon to be mosque for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for jummah….only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food….NO ONE in the mosque gave him change. He went into the musallah to sit down in the front of the mosque and was asked if he would please sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the mosque, he listened to the mosque announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new Imam of the mosque to the congregation……..”We would like to introduce to you Imam Yahya Davis”….The jammat looked around filled with joy and anticipation…..The homeless man sitting in the back stood up…..and started walking down…..the happiness stopped with ALL eyes on him….he walked up the memba and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment….then he recited

“Verily, Allah will say to his slave when He will be taking account of him on the Day of Judgement, ‘O’ son of Adam, I was hungry and you did not feed me.’ He will answer: ‘How could I feed you? You are the Lord of the worlds!’ He will say: ‘Did you not know that my slave so and so who is the son of so and so felt hunger, and you’did not feed him. Alas, had you fed him you would have found that (i.e. reward) with Me.’ ‘O’ son of Adam, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink.’ He will reply: ‘How could I give You drink? You are the Lord of the worlds!’ He will say: ‘Did you not know that my slave so and so, the son of so and so felt thirsty and you did not give him drink. Alas, if you had given him, you would have found that (i.e. reward) with me.’ ‘O’ son of Adam, I became sick and you did not visit Me.’ He will answer: ‘How can I visit You? You are the Lord of the worlds!’ He will say: ‘Did you not know that my slave so and so, the son of so and so became sick and you did not visit him. Alas, had you visited him, you would have found Me with him.”

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning…many began to cry…. he then said….Today I see a gathering of people……not a community of Allah. The world has enough people, but not enough true Muslims…when will YOU decide to become Muslims? He then asked the Muadhan to call the iqamaat fro salat…

The Allure of Sufism

July 6, 2015

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Petra, Jordan

One of the things that drew me to Sufism was the notion that “the only one we take personally is God”. I began to realize the truth of this statement when studying Aqidah (Islamic belief system) but Sufism put it in to both words and practice. I think many of us are looking for a drug, an escape, to run away from our difficulties. We do this in a range of ways, some hazardous, some beneficial. What Sufism teaches us is that our entire life is a manifestation of our personal dealings with God. No one is independent of God. The hurt you feel, the pain you’re experiencing, the anger, whatever it is the reality is that any and every scenario God puts you in which conjures up that emotion isn’t “real”. We harbor hate at at so and so because of such and such, in reality their actions are only a manifestation of God’s will so we’re consistently left not asking ‘how to I react to Sally?’ but ‘how do I deal with God?’ And when we deal with God we are dealing with a wise and merciful being therefore we can never look towards God and claim He is unjust -how can He be unjust when everything belongs to Him and He is All Wise? We can only hope and pray to act in a manner that will bring us near to God. Seeing past the particularities of any given situation and seeing only the manifestation of God’s will.

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