Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Matter of the HEART : My Magic Bullet

The magic bullet that pierced my Qalb.
It must have been 1984
Field of Arafah
Maghrib time,
Our imam was rendering a very short surah, Surah Al Asr,

Surah Al-Asr

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

By the declining day, (1) 

Lo! man is a state of loss, (2) 

Save those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance. (3)

[ pickthal's translation ]

Our only way to salvation, to Jannah: 
A firm belief in the al Ghaiba
following  the ways of Muhammad
& exhorting one another to truth and sabr

......translated the last prerequirement  for jannah
means exhorting our wife or wives, and children, friends;
 Lim  Ah Cheng and Ramasamy, our next door neighbours; Paul and Anthony,
in America and Italy;.... Ahmad and Faridah and Zarinah, our fellow 'so-called'
Muslims who despite their Cambridge  and Harvard education still seemed lost
in their futile dreams ; Muthusamy, the friendly newspaper vendor;.....all of them to Islam.
Doing away with political 'correctness'.
Can disregard people like Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hithens types who think they are too clever.
In fact, more clever than god.
There are enough of the clever Ahmads, Faridahs and Zarinahs, running around here, for us to work on, to waste our much limited  breath on Richards and Christophers.....

....translated it means daawah, at all level.
To do daawah means arming oneself with ilm, ilm, ilm, and ilm.
Responsibility of all Muslims.

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