Was listening to a lecture and stumbled across this golden statement by the great 14th century Moroccan Islamic scholar named Sidi Ahmed Zarouqh (Rahimullah) so I had to write it down.

"Know, May Allah give you and I success and rectify our wordly and other wordly lives and grant us adherence to the way of the truth in our journeys but repentance is a key and Taqwa is vast and uprightness is the source of rectification. Furthermore a servant is never free from blunders and shortcomings or lassitude, therefore never be neglectful of Towbah and never turn away from the act of returning to Allah and never neglect acts that take you closer to Allah.

Indeed, every time one of these three occurs, repent and return. Every time you make a mistake listen and obey. Every time you display shortcomings or show lack of enthusiasm don’t desist on your efforts, let your main concern be to remove from your outer state anything that is displeasing and then maintain its outward state through continuous council and continue doing this until you find that you’re fleeing from anything outwardly displeasing as your second nature and your avoidance of your boundaries of prohibited things is as it acts as a protective net that is placed before you. At this point it is time to turn inward towards your hearts presence and to its reality with both reflection and remembrance.

Don’t hasten the end result before you’ve completed the beginning and likewise don’t begin without looking towards the end result. This is so because the one who seeks the outset at the end loses providential care and the one who seeks the end at the outset loses providential guidance.

Act in accordance to principles and the appropriate legal rulings and not in accordance with stories and fantasies, don’t even consider stories of how things went with others except as a tonic to strengthen your result. Certainly not as a reference based upon their outward forms or that they seem to be telling us. In all of this depend on a clear path you can refer to and a foundation you can depend upon on all of your states. The best of these is the path of Ibn A’atailah given that in it is a clear direction to Allah.

Do not take from others words unless it is in accordance with your own path but submit to their implications if you desire and do not add vain and foul speech to it. Put aside anything you cannot take its benefit immidiently. Beware of being extremely hard on yourself before you have obtained a mastery over it. But also beware of being to lacks with it in anything that concerns sacred rulings. It is constantly fleeing from moderation in everything and it inclines towards extremisms in both matters of deviancy and guidance. To repeat, this is so because it is constantly fleeing from moderation in everthing and it inclines towards extremism in both matters of deviancy and guidance.

Seek out a companion to help you out in your affairs and take his council in your inward and outward affairs, if you do indeed take his companionship then treat him in a manner that is benefiting to his state and give him your council based on his inabilities and abilities because the perfective friend is no longer to be found.”

The new cover on top of the Kabaah apparently cost 5.8 million dollars, 700kg of silk, 120kg of gold and silver wire

Umar ibn Al-Khattab (RA) was asked: “O Umar, why don’t you clothe the kaaba with silk?” He said: “The stomachs of Muslims are a priority.”

The new cover on top of the Kabaah apparently cost 5.8 million dollars, 700kg of silk, 120kg of gold and silver wire

Umar ibn Al-Khattab (RA) was asked: “O Umar, why don’t you clothe the kaaba with silk?” He said: “The stomachs of Muslims are a priority.”

Was Mohammad Salman Hamdan purposely forgotten?  

Mohammad Salman Hamdani was a Muslim American who died at the World Trade Center attacks, when he went there to offer rescue assistance.

Years later however, the 23 year old isn’t remembered at Ground Zero for his bravery as a first responder and budding police cadet.

To Hamdani’s mother, the connection between her son and the building that took his life is much bigger than that. “They do not want anyone with a Muslim name to be acknowledged at ground zero with such high honours,” 
Talat Hamdani, 60, told the New York Times. “They don’t want someone with the name Mohammad to be up there.”

Was Mohammad Salman Hamdan purposely forgotten?

Mohammad Salman Hamdani was a Muslim American who died at the World Trade Center attacks, when he went there to offer rescue assistance.

Years later however, the 23 year old isn’t remembered at Ground Zero for his bravery as a first responder and budding police cadet.

To Hamdani’s mother, the connection between her son and the building that took his life is much bigger than that. “They do not want anyone with a Muslim name to be acknowledged at ground zero with such high honours,”
Talat Hamdani, 60, told the New York Times. “They don’t want someone with the name Mohammad to be up there.”

Which Muslim group is correct?

"We must stop all of this arrogance & sectarianism amongst some of the community members that we have, who only have one way of doing things. One way, there’s only one way “my way or the high way” and that’s it. No, we have a religion that is deeply nuance, it has a broad usool, there are multiple interpretations for many of the rulings of Islam and beware of arrogating to yourself the role that Allah has given to his self alone and Allah knows his religion. Most of the Ijtihadat of our great scholars were done by signing their fatwas with “Allah knows best” in other words this is the best I can but Allah knows best.

We have to stop all of this madness where somebody says “Ya akhi haram” is that agreed upon? Have you studied these books? Have you studied the usool? Because there are some things that the ulema say there’s a difference of opinion, some of the ulema differ on certain things and you’ll have this. Some of the ulema will say “the Halal is clear, the Haram is clear and between them are grey areas” many people don’t know them, only the ulema are expertise in these and we are talking about the giant ulema, not people who have studied and done their nizami course or done their graduate from 4 years ar a Islamic university, no some of the teachers studied for 30 years at the hands of their teachers and they have have life long learners, Shaykh Abdullah Ibn Bayyah studied from the time he was about 4 years old until the time he was 21 everyday, 5-6 days a week, 10-15 hours a day pure study with his father and other teachers. He memorised 10 qiraats of the Quran, he memorised all of the dawaween of the pre-Islamic Arabs, he learned all of these texts in Arabic grammar, he studied the Mukhtasar Khalil, memorised the whole Mashoor of the madhab of Imam Malik and when you see him with his piety and the way he addresses these issues “Allah knows best, this is the best I can do” and then we have people saying “who is Shaikh Abdullah Ibn Bayyah? “ Who are these intellectual dwarves who limit their way of thinking. Allah gave you the ability to expand your mind, if your mind is not expanded, you’re to blame, but knowledge come with patience”

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Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Throughout history, philosophers have been preoccupied with the moral rights which human beings possess. However, the rights most observed by philosophers have been natural rights and human rights.

Others distinguish no…

You have to understand the level of the person you are speaking to, there are many people who have tape recorders and they have pre-recorded messages, that they are going to deliver. It doesn’t who you are, doesn’t matter what your level of education is, this person who is a Daae will come and click and turn on the cassette that’s in his brain and then the same thing comes out. Then he wonders why he keeps receiving the same response from people.



When you are dealing with a human being, you are dealing with a very complicated creature. Each human being is bringing with him/her an entire history. They’re bringing with them their childhood, their relationships with their parents (which is the first authoritarian experience and some people have very dramatic experiences with their parents. Which leads to a response to any type of authority that they see in the world). So each one of these human beings that you see out there has an entire biography and if you don’t take that into consideration when you’re looking at a person, that this is a unique human being, that has a unique experience of the world and while as human beings we have a common experience in the world in terms of being human. We have very particular experiences that give each one of us a different perspective on the world.

You have to understand the level of the person you are speaking to, there are many people who have tape recorders and they have pre-recorded messages, that they are going to deliver. It doesn’t who you are, doesn’t matter what your level of education is, this person who is a Daae will come and click and turn on the cassette that’s in his brain and then the same thing comes out. Then he wonders why he keeps receiving the same response from people.

When you are dealing with a human being, you are dealing with a very complicated creature. Each human being is bringing with him/her an entire history. They’re bringing with them their childhood, their relationships with their parents (which is the first authoritarian experience and some people have very dramatic experiences with their parents. Which leads to a response to any type of authority that they see in the world). So each one of these human beings that you see out there has an entire biography and if you don’t take that into consideration when you’re looking at a person, that this is a unique human being, that has a unique experience of the world and while as human beings we have a common experience in the world in terms of being human. We have very particular experiences that give each one of us a different perspective on the world.

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If we look at a traditional view of the muslim world from western scholars. You will often see the selectiveness of the information. An example: when ever they (orientalist) look at muslim narrative of how muslims view themselves, how they view their prophet, how they view their tradition. They will take those things that are flattering to the tradition and make remarks like “this is obviously a fabricated story” and not by 19th century orientalist I am talking about today. And when something is  unflattering they will transmit the narration without any critical remark. The good example is the age of his wife. This is always mentioned and its never looked critically at the differences of opinion that exist among muslim scholars about the age of Aisha. They will not look critically at the contextualisation of the age of a woman in that society and what that meant in terms of marrying older men. If you look at Washington Irvene in the 19th century he mentioned that story and he doesn’t bat an eyelid. He mentions how precocious Arabian girls were because in early 19th century America a 12 year old girl would marry and that was very common or even early and in the jewish tradition if you look at the Talmud, you will find that Rabbis actually sanctioned marriage at 7 years of age with adult males. This is in accepted rabbinical tradition. But when modern people look at these things they will highlight those things that they want to  and then they will set aside or ignore entirely those things that they don’t.

If we look at a traditional view of the muslim world from western scholars. You will often see the selectiveness of the information. An example: when ever they (orientalist) look at muslim narrative of how muslims view themselves, how they view their prophet, how they view their tradition. They will take those things that are flattering to the tradition and make remarks like “this is obviously a fabricated story” and not by 19th century orientalist I am talking about today. And when something is unflattering they will transmit the narration without any critical remark. The good example is the age of his wife. This is always mentioned and its never looked critically at the differences of opinion that exist among muslim scholars about the age of Aisha. They will not look critically at the contextualisation of the age of a woman in that society and what that meant in terms of marrying older men. If you look at Washington Irvene in the 19th century he mentioned that story and he doesn’t bat an eyelid. He mentions how precocious Arabian girls were because in early 19th century America a 12 year old girl would marry and that was very common or even early and in the jewish tradition if you look at the Talmud, you will find that Rabbis actually sanctioned marriage at 7 years of age with adult males. This is in accepted rabbinical tradition. But when modern people look at these things they will highlight those things that they want to and then they will set aside or ignore entirely those things that they don’t.

People fall into entrenched views.



What does the ‘the West’ mean, I don’t know what that means yet I use that term. Because I know when people in the streets of Cairo are shouting “down with America” or “down with the West” what do they mean by that. Do they mean down with the Florida school teacher in her 60s who flew to Baghdad to be a human shield against American bombardment. If you asked them they would say no and the same is said for those who talk about the muslim world. Like Bernard Lewis said that “they hate us” I mean have you done a poll on 1.8 billion people and asked them all how they really feel about YOU and who is the you, you are talking about

People fall into entrenched views.

What does the ‘the West’ mean, I don’t know what that means yet I use that term. Because I know when people in the streets of Cairo are shouting “down with America” or “down with the West” what do they mean by that. Do they mean down with the Florida school teacher in her 60s who flew to Baghdad to be a human shield against American bombardment. If you asked them they would say no and the same is said for those who talk about the muslim world. Like Bernard Lewis said that “they hate us” I mean have you done a poll on 1.8 billion people and asked them all how they really feel about YOU and who is the you, you are talking about

We have an obligation to every last victim of this illegal aggression, because all of this carnage has been done in our name.

Since World War II, 90 percent of the casualties of war are unarmed civilians, a third of them children. Our victims have done nothing to us. From Palestine to Afghanistan to Iraq to Somalia to wherever our next target may be, their murders are not collateral damage. They are the nature of modern warfare.

They don’t hate us because of our freedoms. They hate us because every day, we are funding and committing crimes against humanity.

The so-called war on terror is a cover for our military aggression to gain control of the resources of Western nations. This is sending the poor of this country to kill the poor of those Muslim countries. This is trading blood for oil. This is genocide, and to most of the world, we are the terrorists.

In these times, remaining silent about our responsibility to the world and its future is criminal, and in light of our complicity in the supreme crimes against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan and ongoing violations of the UN charter and international law, how dare any American criticize the actions of legitimate resistance to illegal occupation? How dare we condemn anyone else’s violence?

Our so-called enemies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and our other colonies around the world, and our inner cities here at home are struggling against the oppressive hand of empire, demanding respect for their humanity. They are labeled insurgents or terrorists for resisting rape and pillage by the white establishment, but they are our brothers and sisters in the struggle for justice.

The civilians at the other end of our weapons don’t have a choice. But American soldiers have choices, and while there may have been some doubt five years ago, today, we know the truth. Our soldiers don’t sacrifice for duty, honor and country. They sacrifice for Kellogg, Brown and Root. They don’t fight for America—they fight for their lives and their buddies beside them because we put them in a war zone.

They’re not defending our freedoms—they are laying the foundations for 14 permanent military bases to defend the freedoms of ExxonMobil and British Petroleum. They’re not establishing democracy, they’re establishing the basis for an economic occupation to continue after the military occupation has ended.

Iraqi society today, thanks to American help, is defined by house raids, death squads, checkpoints, detentions, curfews, blood in the streets and constant violence. We must dare to speak out in support of the Iraqi people, who resist and endure the horrific existence we brought upon them through our bloodthirsty imperial crusade.

We must dare to speak out in support of the American war resisters—the real military heroes, who uphold their oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, including those terrorist cells in Washington, D.C., more commonly known as the legislative, executive and judicial branches.

I close with a quote from Frederick Douglass, but if you want more information, please visit my Web site at liberatethis.com.

Frederick Douglass said: “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its mighty waters.

"The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will."

Every one of us must keep demanding, keep fighting, keep thundering, keep plowing, keep speaking and keep struggling until justice is served. No justice, no peace.

We have an obligation to every last victim of this illegal aggression, because all of this carnage has been done in our name.

Since World War II, 90 percent of the casualties of war are unarmed civilians, a third of them children. Our victims have done nothing to us. From Palestine to Afghanistan to Iraq to Somalia to wherever our next target may be, their murders are not collateral damage. They are the nature of modern warfare.

They don’t hate us because of our freedoms. They hate us because every day, we are funding and committing crimes against humanity.

The so-called war on terror is a cover for our military aggression to gain control of the resources of Western nations. This is sending the poor of this country to kill the poor of those Muslim countries. This is trading blood for oil. This is genocide, and to most of the world, we are the terrorists.

In these times, remaining silent about our responsibility to the world and its future is criminal, and in light of our complicity in the supreme crimes against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan and ongoing violations of the UN charter and international law, how dare any American criticize the actions of legitimate resistance to illegal occupation? How dare we condemn anyone else’s violence?

Our so-called enemies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and our other colonies around the world, and our inner cities here at home are struggling against the oppressive hand of empire, demanding respect for their humanity. They are labeled insurgents or terrorists for resisting rape and pillage by the white establishment, but they are our brothers and sisters in the struggle for justice.

The civilians at the other end of our weapons don’t have a choice. But American soldiers have choices, and while there may have been some doubt five years ago, today, we know the truth. Our soldiers don’t sacrifice for duty, honor and country. They sacrifice for Kellogg, Brown and Root. They don’t fight for America—they fight for their lives and their buddies beside them because we put them in a war zone.

They’re not defending our freedoms—they are laying the foundations for 14 permanent military bases to defend the freedoms of ExxonMobil and British Petroleum. They’re not establishing democracy, they’re establishing the basis for an economic occupation to continue after the military occupation has ended.

Iraqi society today, thanks to American help, is defined by house raids, death squads, checkpoints, detentions, curfews, blood in the streets and constant violence. We must dare to speak out in support of the Iraqi people, who resist and endure the horrific existence we brought upon them through our bloodthirsty imperial crusade.

We must dare to speak out in support of the American war resisters—the real military heroes, who uphold their oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, including those terrorist cells in Washington, D.C., more commonly known as the legislative, executive and judicial branches.

I close with a quote from Frederick Douglass, but if you want more information, please visit my Web site at liberatethis.com.

Frederick Douglass said: “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its mighty waters.

"The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will."

Every one of us must keep demanding, keep fighting, keep thundering, keep plowing, keep speaking and keep struggling until justice is served. No justice, no peace.

Elements of Success By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

The essence of failure is summed up in the Qur’an as:

- Disobeying Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala,
- Disobeying His Messenger sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, and,
- Disputation amongst each other.

For our current situation to be reversed, there are many methods, and ways to go
about things. Obviously holding firmly to the Qur’an and the Sunnah is the
first. But, there are elements that we need to implement in our lives that will
bring to life the Islam that was lived not so long ago by our predecessors,
InshaAllah.

Ten Qualities That Lead to Success

1. Every successful person has a strong sense of purpose. What greater sense of
purpose than to know that your goal is Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala.

2. Seek out role models or mentors. These mentors instill in them a sense of
possibility. What better role model than Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa
sallam?

3. Strength of visualizing the goal. Rasulullah sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam had
the strongest visualization of any human. We are people of `success’ and this
Deen is not a Religion of `failure’, but a Religion of SUCCESS!

Michael Hart, the historian who wrote the 100 most influencial personalities in
history, placed Muhammad sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam as number 1.

The greatest witness is what your own enemies show witness to. Our example is
the best example, for verily Rasulullah sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam was
`Uswatun Hasanah’, the Best example; he is the model and mentor of success for
all of mankind.

4. Positive sensory orientation. That you dwell on your successes, not dwelling
on your failures. Remember your past successes when you were weak, and Allah
subhaanahu wa ta’ala will give you victory, look at Badr.

5. Self assurance. They know that they can succeed. `La tahinuu, wa laa tahzanuu
wa antum la’nawla in kuntum mu’mineen’ � `Do not be weak, and do not grieve,
and you are the uppermost, if you are Believers’.

Our afflictions are expiations for us. Remember at `Uhud, Rasulullah sallallahu
`alaihi wa sallam said: `Your dead are in the Hell fire, our dead are in
Jannah’.

6. They plan and organize. They know how to prioritize. Look at the most
important things and take that. We have people now that argue over where you
put your hands in the prayer, where your feet should be, etc.

These things are known in the books of Fiqh, we don’t need to argue over them.
You ask any scholar of any worth and they tell you very clearly. There’s
different ways to do it, because we’re not supposed to get caught up in the
trivial matters, because this is the Talmudic (Jewish) mind that asks `what
kind of cow, what color cow’ etc. All triviality.

Even in the West, they say that the `devil’s in the details’ (proverb). What’s
important is to ask `where’s your heart?’ Where is your heart in the Salaat?
People watching others pray during Salaat, finding mistakes with the Imaam etc.
Where is our heart in the Salaat?

We plan to corrupt each other, organizations are successful, because they plan
and organize each other. We are good planners when it comes to Walimah’s. For
instance, how many sheep will we have, how many belly dancers etc. Allahu
Akbar, Takbeer, what type of takbeer? Takbeer of Salatul Janaazah, 4 of them!

7. The ability to acquire the necessary skills to succeed. We need to produce
male and female scholars. Why don’t we want to be from those people? The people
of knowledge? Make your children people of Akhirah, not Dunya!

8. Patience. Be patient and enjoin others to patience. We have two lessons that
Muslims have to learn, most of our tribulations are coming from: o Kibr, and, o
Lack of patience.

Saying La ilaha Illallah does not make us special, because a Munafiq says La
ilaha illallah, and yet they are lower than the Kaafir.

And remember that if you feel safe from Nifaaq, then according to Hasan al Basri
rahimahullah, you are a Munafiq! The only one who feels safe from nifaaq is the
munafiq.

`Umar ibn Khattaab radi’Allahu anhu went to Huthaifah ibn Yaman and asked him
`Do you see in me what you see in them? Tell me by Allah, I want to know if
`Umar is a Munafiq?’ Huthaifah radi’Allahu anhu replied, `I don’t see in you
what I see in them’.

The qualities of a Munafiq (some of them include):

- They oscillate
- They remember Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala little,
- They say on their tongues what’s not in their hearts,
- They pray lazily, etc and so forth.

9. Perseverance. Be persevering. No one will have except that what he endeavors
for’.

10. To love what one is doing. Radi’Allahu `anhum wa Radu `anh’ � `They love
Allah, and Allah is pleased with them’.

Loving Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala and His Messenger! Spending what we love and
giving from it freely. You don’t reach righteousness (Birr) until you give out
that which you love.

"When perfection is reached then it has to diminish, So once something is called
perfect, expect it to perish.”

Never judge a book by its cover and never judge people by their appearances. Allah chooses whoose heart he wishes to guide - not us.

Never judge a book by its cover and never judge people by their appearances. Allah chooses whoose heart he wishes to guide - not us.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman, ‘The mother of Yemen’s revolution,’ when asked about her Hijab by journalists and how it is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education, she replied:
“Man in early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is a regression back to the ancient times.”
What and inspiration… I know of no one who could have said it better!

Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman, ‘The mother of Yemen’s revolution,’ when asked about her Hijab by journalists and how it is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education, she replied:

“Man in early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is a regression back to the ancient times.”

What and inspiration… I know of no one who could have said it better!

"They say New York city never sleeps, have they seen Makkah?"

"They say New York city never sleeps, have they seen Makkah?"

"Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is."

Mahatma Gandhi

"You tell me what kind of country this is. Why should we do the dirtiest jobs for the lowest pay? Why should we do the hardest work for the lowest pay? Why should we pay the most money for the worst kind of food and the most money for the worst kind of place to live in? I’m telling you we do it because we live in one of the rottenest countries that has ever existed on this earth. It’s the system that is rotten… It’s a system of exploitation, a political and economic system of exploitation, of outright humiliation, degradation, discrimination-all of the negative things that you can run into … under this system that disguises itself as a democracy …And you run around here getting ready to get drafted and go someplace and defend it. Someone needs to crack you up ‘side your head."

— Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (Pages 47-48)