Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Beloved's Call

The Beloved's Call

Should the colour of our skin determine how we are treated?
Does being of another, mean that we are easy game?

That our capabilities are less?
That we cannot be as nuanced of another's cultural vibes?

Could Bilal (ra) pronounce the Arabic call to prayer perfectly?
Did that make his adhan any less beloved?

And on the last Arafat,
We heard his Messenger's (saw) call.

That all men are equal,
Not some more than others.


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Location:Arafat

Saturday, 23 July 2016

One - Eighty Souls

One- Eighty Souls

One- eighty souls on board this ship
That plies above the patchwork quilt
Of someone else's land and sea

The straight and narrow
Man-made furrows
That hint at hidden industry

Not lost upon our Alien
Who could not guess our misery
Lest he walks among men as a man.

Then he would cry aloud from pain
And wonder how one heart
....
Could house another.

END
Written whilst flying above Europe en route to Mombasa, via Istanbul.
An alien descending on us from above would see evidence of civilisation, and yet when he comes to live among us then he will know the hatred and contempt that one has for another. And then he will question what we espouse, the love of all. And then he will question how one heart could house both love and hate?


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Location:Europe

Saturday, 9 July 2016

War and Peace/ general and specific

As a book, the Qur'an stands out by the shear amount of self-referential passages that are contained within it. This is one of its modern miracles.

For the Qu'an does talk both about war and peace. And some may argue more of war than peace.

But then every rationalist when he approaches a document should always approach it at face value.
And Qur'an says of itself:
S4, v82: "Do they not then consider the Quran carefully? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much contradictions."

Therefore the need for interpretation can be deduced. But once again, to leave you in no doubt about it's logical source of clarity, the Qur'an makes explicit what is already implied.

S39, v18:
"Those who listen to the Word (the Qur'an), and follow the best (meaning) in it: those are the ones whom Allah has guided, and those are the ones endued with understanding."

So if we take the Qur'an at face value, which we should do if we claim unbiased rationality, would mean that the Qur'an cannot be an advocate of both war and peace.

And then as the exegetes (interpreters) from before said in relation to interpretation that significant question to ask of revelation is it's occasion, whether it is of the Meccan or Medinan period, and also whether it is specific or general in its application.

The one verse that comes to mind that relates to version of Islam that advocates peace is

"Thus, have We made of you a Nation justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves;"

This verse does not advocate war, but advocates tolerance between Nations and the ways of Nations.

How can this verse not be taken except in a general and universal manner.

I knew of this verse before I looked for it to both verify and then copy and paste it here.

On finding it I was awed by it's position in the Qur'an, for it is found in S Baqara. This chapter is the largest in the Qur'an and is also the first. The virtues of reciting in your home are well documented.

Essentially S. Baqara lays the foundations of an Islamic society and a Nation.

So that the verses of war contained in it are in response to specific situations and the default position is peace and security.

Shafees


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Monday, 11 April 2016

Northern

Northern.

They chant it in rhyme at Nursery,
But when they picked it up,
They transported it, every brick
To the new country.

Then how could I change there
How could I return home?

I passed an Angel
But has anyone ever been to Morden and come back to tell the tale?

At Moorgate
Every tin has a silver lining
And the sweet clothed sardines
After a hard days work

Mixed with the bitter tar
Reminiscent of cold September days on the way to school

We banked on that
That smells carry emotion
Like when you smell bleach it takes you way back
To swimming pools.

Funny thing is you never realise the connection
You just think happy thoughts

Until
Sharded like wool
We disembarked
And discarded

Our train of thought.
Each one to his own way.
Oblivious that we had shared.

END
A POEM FOR LONDON UNDERGROUND.
written as spoken between an Angel and New Cross.


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Location:A tunnel.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

First Dream

First Dream

Eyes slid shut
Encased in my own dream
I felt weightless
May be I was lost in space

My hand floated involuntarily in front of me
As if I had to learn again what they had once known.
I curled my legs
A topsy tervy question

And suddenly flip
Like the spin off a trampoline
Head over heels
Then heels over head
I didn't know which

I was bunny hopping
Without the luxury of friction
Not even noting my breath on my visor
Not even having a breath to notice

Then tug
The pull of the life cord
Woke me with a start

My webbed hands made a chance grab
My foot lashed out
"Boom, Boom"

"Go on son"

Reverberated around
I noticed shadows in the darkness
And I heard the chant of soothing prayer

That had set me off on my first adventure.
"Go to sleep my little darling..."
A cavern so dark
And a voice so sweet and loving

My head dozed
And i curled again on my amniotic bed.

END

Location:Amnesia

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Advice for the Hujjaj, and those intending Umrah

Advice for the Hujjaj, or those making Umrah.

The haram are places of small miracles, but don't let those go to your head, instead be humbled by them and let them help you to do good to your fellow Muslims by helping them in the small things- like carrying a stool for an elderly person.

And every trial that you face, face it as a trial of Sabr- with patience- and accept it with grace. Things will work out in the end.

And whilst entering Mecca do so with utmost humility both physical and spiritual. Lower your head, and slump your shoulders and enter the haram with a pilgrim's gait.

Remember how Muhammad (saw) entered Mecca as a conquering hero, with head bowed on his camel Qaswa.

The pilgrim's garb has a reason to it.
It is meant to be uncomfortable and to be a trial. So eschew all garb that is elasticised or has button glued on, though not stitched.

Likewise the pilgrims mental state should be one of being away from the World, and it is only one of the times that Islam asks of you this. The other time is at itikaaf.

The stark nature of this is complemented by it being recommended that before you adorn yourself with the pilgrim garb that you take full advantage of the World-
Cleanse yourself and then to perfume yourself exquisitely.

And so in accordance with this being away from the World, eschew everything from this World except the necessary. Refrain from taking pictures or even using your mobile phone for anything other than the necessary. And it is better for you if you leave it aside, and forget the World.

Islam is a social religion, but at this time keep yourself solely in the presence of Allah t'ala with his remembrance and the Talbiyya-
Labayk Allahuma Labayk.

When starting the ritual Tawaf of Umrah men are to uncover your right shoulder but only do so at that point. The first two- or three rounds (I cannot remember which, so please consult a book on this) are to be done as Raml for men. Imagine yourself as the first Muslims who made Tawaf whilst surrounded by Quraish who were distant but who looked on them - in accordance with the treaty of Huddabiyyah.

The Raml is a jog with bent arm movements that swing back and forth as if you are in an army and are displaying your strength to the onlooking Quraish.

If you are stationary then jog on the spot. Do not try to push past people even whilst in or out of Raml.
Raml is peculiar to Umrah, and once out of Ihram the other Tawafs do not include it.

Also at the start of the Tawaf or just before it say in dua the words that Ibrahim and Ismail (as) said whilst building it, in English they are
"O Allah accept this from us, and make it acceptable to you" (S. Bakarah).
This is not in Hadith, but I have found it beneficial as a prelude to the Tawaf.

In the Tawaf do not turn your body at any point towards the Kaba,
Always keeping your left shoulder towards it.

The Prophet (saw) taught us the dua that commences from the Yemeni corner that precedes the Black Stone, Rabbana Atayna ...
By this he clarified for us that the best time to make dua for yourself or any others is at the end of a process of worship.

So do not be ashamed to make dua for yourself and others at that point and even in the last round of the Kaba of your Tawaf.

As you pass the Black Stone, raise your right hand and point it to it, Palm towards it and say Bismillah Allahu Akbar. A green light marks the point of starting and the finishing of each round.

Set out a plan of what you will do in each round as a means of keeping track, for me

1- SubanAllahi WA Bihamdi- "words which are easy on the tongue but heavy on the scale", and then from the Yemeni corner I asked Allah to bless me with His Worship that I might enjoy it and be blessed with doing it abundantly.

2- start with SubhanAllah and then move on to Istighfar- and make dua for that forgiveness at the end

3- start with SubhanAllah, then Istighfar and then send salutations upon Muhammad (as).
And respond to Muhammad's (saw) question on the farewell pilgrimage, after all he was talking to us all there -
say "O Allah t'ala indeed I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) has fulfilled his trust that You burdened him with, and that we have believed in You because of him, so reward him in abundance. Ameen"
This is a like manner to what Saad bin Abi Waqqas (as) said.

4- for the 4th I added supplication for my parents

5th onwards I did other supplications

On the 6th round starting make your way to the outer edges of the Tawaf, so that on the 7th your dua for yourself and those you love can be prolonged.
Also walk slower in this last round that you might prolong your opportunity.

After the Tawaf it is customary to perform 2 cycles of Nafl Salaat near the Station of Ibrahim, this is mentioned in the Qur'an : "And take the station of Ibrahim as a place of worship."

For these it is often better to go past the station of Ibrahim before looking for a place to pray, as the space between the Black Stone, where the Tawaf ends, and the Station of Ibrahim is usually more crowded.

For this prayer do not prolong it nor any dua after it as many of your fellow brothers and sisters will likewise be waiting to complete their obligation.
But after it nothing should stop you from making further worship or supplications elsewhere in the haram.

After this to Safa and the Sai'. To once again remember the struggles and tribulations of the first Muslim family.

Then to the honour of those shaven heads relinquishing their manes of glory for HIS greater glory.

And the remembrance Hudabiyyah of how precious that shaven head is, and to the remembrance of Khalid (as) as he caught up with his army in Sham, as they beheld in wonder his shaven head.










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Location:Meqaat

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Lessen Learned

Lessen Learned

School is where we go to learn
Kos we couldn't spell before
Until they taught us well, with
Lashings that curbed every
freedom's true bell.
"Enough enough, I can't receive no more."

Rules that cause us to bend and sway.
Unruly though we were before
Learned we then bureaucracy
Engine's oil to monster industry
Stopped or flowed with every tap twist.

Only afterwards did we desist
Kept closed, against their will

Not to submit, nor to desist
Only for truth shall we fight
Truth, truth in that we delight.

Ended.




Location:Naughty Chair.