“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.” Rumi

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Islamic extremism..let's tackle the causes of the virus, not the symptoms..

I understand that when it comes to Muslims, media is bias.
I understand that all these "terrorists" that flourish like mushrooms are usually sick and deranged young men and women.
I understand that many secret services may take advantage of these young lunatics and easily "convince" them to plot against their host/birth country in the name of Islam.
I understand that the vast majority of the terrorists' victims are actually Muslim people.
I understand that Islam has nothing to do with what these killers claim.
Let's not forget that there is indeed an interpretation of Islam that radicalizes young people and transforms them into killers..
hundreds of young men and women from the north of Morocco are being recruited to join Daesh. They believe they're being good Muslims. 
We can't keep saying "well they are not Muslims, they don't represent Islam"..Remember that that's what we do every time "a terrorist act"happens. We start focusing on how unfair the media is to Muslims, on how the same thing happens daily in Iraq, Syria, Palestine while the media doesn't really care..
And we forget that the extremists are taking advantage of our approach. 
I think that we should change our approach. 
Our audience should be our own compatriots or coreligionists.
We have to make them understand that we refuse the radical interpretation of Islam. Our concern should not be what the western media think but how to immune our young men and women from the virus of extremism.
We should not wait for terrorist acts to happen for us to start dissociating ourselves from these extremists, as if all we care about is the non Muslims 'opinion of Islam..
we should instead spend every day that God makes to find ways and convince/force the elected politicians in the Islamic countries to do their job and start reforming the education system as a first and crucial step to challenge the obscurantism...

But that's just my opinion..

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Remain Muslim or..Die?

Sahih International
He said, "O my people have you considered: if I should be upon clear evidence from my Lord while He has given me mercy from Himself but it has been made unapparent to you, should we force it upon you while you are averse to it?

"The apostasy law" is based on a single Hadith that was never endorsed by all Muslim clerics.
Killing a Muslim who decides to leave Islam is in discordance with the Muslim sacred book. Islam clearly grants one's right to decide for her/his own belief. Quran indeed says
"And say: "The truth [has now come] from your Sustainer: let, then, him who wills, believe in it, and let him who wills, reject " al kahf (The cave):verse 29
Muslim Scholars explain the non relevancy of the apostasy law:
Dr.Tareq Mohammed Al-Suwaidan, Kuwaiti leader of the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood : The law of apostasy is political and has nothing to do with the religion of Islam."
Dr.Saadeddin Al-Hilali, a professor of Islamic jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University : The concept of killing an apostate is indeed widespread among some Muslim communities but it is not the norm.
Dr.Adnan Ibrahim, president 
of the Intercultural Dialog Association in Vienna, Austria and a Muslim thinker and speaker: The apostasy law is not mentioned in the Muslim sacred book.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Find the divine around you, in you....

I felt so serene while watching this video. The apparent sincerity in the host's voice is so soothing and of course the message he conveys is very inspiring. While I was watching, I wondered why isn't this message clear and present in the minds of many Muslims I know. Why didn't most of us grasp this same message while reading our holy book Qur'an. Why didn't we do our best to showcase this other yet forgotten aspect of our holy book: beautiful verses inciting believers to seek for knowledge, to learn from the beauty of nature, to be present and do not worry about what went or what is yet t o come. Why do we only see Qur'an as a book of DO and Do not, heaven and hell? while it is a beautiful inspiring piece of wisdom and art.
I do not want to go through any socio-political explanation here..All I want to say is that Qur'an is worth reading and rereading. It calls for love of nature, love of life, love of humans, love of knowledge, love of God, love...simply love.
But then again, some hearts do indeed need to find the secret code of their locks, to unchain and appreciate the beauty of the words of God.      
"أَفَلا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ أَمْ عَلَى قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَا"

"Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?"

Surat Muĥammad :24


Here, some verses that hopefully can help you decide to give yourself another chance, and explore the Qur'an with wondering eyes, without prejudgment.
Then do they not look at the camels - how they are created? And at the sky - how it is raised?And at the mountains - how they are erected?

Surat Al-Ghāshiyah (The Overwhelming) :17. 18. 19

No disaster strikes upon the earth or among yourselves except that it is in a register before We bring it into being - indeed that, for Allah , is easy -
In order that you not despair over what has eluded you and not exult [in pride] over what He has given you. And Allah does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful -

Surat Al-Ĥadīd (The Iron) : 22. 23

So remind
 you are only a reminder.
You are not over them a controller.

Surat Al-Ghāshiyah (The Overwhelming) : 21. 22


And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein

Surat Qāf (The Letter "Qaf") : 16

And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.

Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) : 186

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

And We will surely test you ...

"The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out your attachment, your clinging, to pleasure, to pain, to fear to all of it. And as long as there is a place where you’re vulnerable, the universe will find a way to confront you with it."
RAM DASSIt reminds me of this verse:

"And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, "Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return."Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided."
AlBaqarah: 155/156/157

وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ بِشَيْءٍ مِنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنْفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ * الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُمْ مُصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ أُولَئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ) (البقرة: 155/ 156 /157)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Psychological impact of Qur'an...on me!

Qur'an started meaning more than just verses read in funerals when I turned 20. I started feeling its psychological effect on me. Since then, my religious journey transformed into a spiritual and richer one.. Of course, there were ups and downs, nevertheless, Qur'an never ceased to empower me. 
This particular verse has a tremendous effect on me, it always gives me hope:)

In the name of God , the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
By the morning brightness, And [by] the night when it covers with darkness, Your Lord has not taken leave of you, or has He detested [you].And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life].And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied.Did He not find you an orphan and give [you] refuge?And He found you lost and guided [you],And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient.So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him].And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him].But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it].

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Forgiving ..Letting go ..from different perspectives

"And march forth in the way to forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the righteous; those who spend in prosperity and in adversity, repress anger, and pardon men. Verily, Allah loves the good-doers."
[Sourate N°3 The Family of Imran Al 'Imran Aya n°134] 

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: "He is not strong and powerful, who throws people down, but he is strong who withholds himself from anger."

"The Messenger of Allah passed by some people who were wrestling. He asked: "What is this?" They said: "So-and-so is the strongest; he can beat anybody." The Messenger of Allah then said: "Shall I not tell you who is even stronger then him? The man who, when he is mistreated by another, controls his anger, has defeated his own devil and the devil of the one who made him angry."

['Fath al-Bari'; 10/519]

Imam Ali (as) said: "The most powerful person is the one who is victorious over his anger with his forbearance."

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others' faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”

"Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on."
- Eckhart Tolle

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Verily, along with every hardship is relief....Verily, along with hardship is relief

Whenever I feel that my life situation is taking over my awareness, my inner space, my inner peace...whenever I start complaining and thinking about what doesn't work and why it didn't work and what I should have done...I read this verse and reread it..I meditate while repeating each and every word and gradually I restart enjoying the basics of my life..not taking anything for granted.
It is my secret weapon, my psychological tiramisu..:)
I am sharing it with you:)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
أَلَمۡ نَشۡرَحۡ لَكَ صَدۡرَكَ (١) وَوَضَعۡنَا عَنكَ وِزۡرَكَ (٢) ٱلَّذِىٓ أَنقَضَ ظَهۡرَكَ (٣) وَرَفَعۡنَا لَكَ ذِكۡرَكَ (٤) فَإِنَّ مَعَ ٱلۡعُسۡرِ يُسۡرًا (٥) إِنَّ مَعَ ٱلۡعُسۡرِ يُسۡرً۬ا (٦) فَإِذَا فَرَغۡتَ فَٱنصَبۡ (٧) وَإِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ فَٱرۡغَب (٨)

Surah Ash-Sharh
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Have We not caused thy bosom to dilate, (1) And eased thee of the burden (2) Which weighed down thy back; (3) And exalted thy fame? (4) But lo! with hardship goeth ease, (5) Lo! with hardship goeth ease; (6) So when thou art relieved, still toil (7) And strive to please thy Lord. (8)