Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Great Limiting Factor

Jarir ibn Abdullah reported:
Umar ibn al-Khattab came to the Prophet s.a.w. with a copy of the Torah he obtained from the people of the Scripture. He read it to the Prophet but he became angry, and he said;

"Are we playing in it, O son of al-Khattab?
By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, I have come to you with a pure scripture so do not ask them about anything because they might narrate something truthful and you disbelieve in it, or they narrate something false and you believe in it.
By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, were Moses alive today, he would have no choice but to follow me"
(ibn Kathir)

From this incident we may observe how the Prophet s.a.w. deliberately prohibited a great companion Umar al-Khattab from taking lessons from the scriptures before him, as in the Torah or the Bible, due to the probable alterations and modifications made by the people of the scripture, that lead to the publications of new scriptures such as the Talmud, the King James version of the Bible, etc. 

It is with this limit, that the Prophet s.a.w. was able to produce the greatest generation of muslims, namely the Sahabah or The Companions. 
They were pure of any input from man-made ideologies nor were they willing to create their own, due to their pure and strong belief that Allah has sent His Messenger upon them to teach mankind the true way of life, thus there is no need to absorb other theologies or ideologies, for the Book of Allah the Quran and examples from the last messenger are all that is required to guide their way in this life towards their true happiness in the hereafter.

It is with this limit, that the great companions of the Prophet s.a.w. were able to accomplish unbelievable achievements in life, such as obtaining the title and prayer "may Allah be pleased with them", their harmony between clans and tribes, their success in bringing down prominent empires such as the Persians and the Romans, and many more personal achievements they have accomplished.



Needless to say, there is no need for the input of ideologies from books other than Quranic and Sunnah-based publications, for the Prophet s.a.w. has warned, that they might narrate something false, and we would believe in it.

I'm just saying. You don't have to agree. I'm not your father.
Allah Knows Best. لبيك اللهم لبيك

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dedication

I went to Cambodia back in June, on holiday with my mom and my brother's young family.
As we may know, the main attraction of Cambodia is the famous Angkor Wat, a Hindu-Buddhist temple, known for being the largest religious complex in the world.


As you may have guessed, the lady in the hat above hijab is my mom. And yes, the actual Angkor Wat temple is that far away from the entrance (a bridge crossing the river surrounding the temple compound, followed by a temple gate). When we got in the temple, I'm quite surprised at how big it is. Hallways and doorways, with idols along the side of the hallways (mostly without heads. real tomb raider stuff), it is really remarkable how people a thousand years ago in the middle of the forest can build such a thing.


So this picture above is like the middle complex inside the temple. Quite huge, right? You might think this is the main temple in the region, so everyone would come here like muslims go to Mecca.

Wrong. Angkor Wat isn't the only temple around.


Can you see the little temple at the bottom left of the map? That is Angkor Wat. There are hundreds of temples in the region, the map only shows the ones included within the tourism map. As we can see, as small as we are compared to Angkor Wat, there are many more just like it. Including Ta Phrom, a famous site for the filming of Tomb Raider.

One question I would like to ask is;
WHY?
why would they build such monstrous buildings?
Only one word can answer it completely.

DEDICATION

Dedication to their deity, their religion, their way of life.


This is actually a question I'd rather ask myself.
How far would we go to uphold our deen? Not as in building structures to represent it, but rather how do we practice and preach through our actions and behaviour.

Or have we not thought of it at all?
Just imagine how disappointed Muhammad s.a.w. would be if we disregard our religion he was sent with. All of his hardships, his responsibility..being put aside. sigh

It's all upon our shoulders now. Unless you wanna put it aside and disappoint him too.

Allah bless you.