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Islam is worship of the Creator and showing compassion towards creation.*

Living Islam: In accordance with its authentic sources, Quran & Sunnah for the maqásid: Shariah as mercy to humanity, a bastion and representative of moderate, mainstream Islam.

Islamic tradition: Rediscovering and re-deploying the partially forgotten, sometimes lost–original and authentic Way of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, confirmed and guarded by the saints and scholars of Islam for over 14 centuries up to today. Not in the meaning of ’going back’ to the customs and conventions of old, without context and understanding.

’To be traditional means to be part of a tradition, and traditions - by their nature - are moving through time and space.’ AHM

NB: It is Islam that reigns - today - until the last day.

* Devotion to the Creator and service to His creation, Imam F Razi

Quran:

{And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and hues. Lo! herein indeed are signs for men of knowledge.}
30-22

Comment: It indicates the difference between languages and races and it is a blessing, nothing negative and we are called to seek to learn from each other, not isolate from each other or having negative thoughts of the other.

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2 Essential Aspects of Islam

1. {There is nothing like Allah, and yet He is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.}
Whatever concept of God comes to the mind, know that God is not this.

2. Allah is always watching us
Everything we do is reported by the angels. Repent, turn to Allah i.o. to clean your record.
 About Allah


those who don’t know

Those who know ≠ those who don’t.

True happiness can be achieved by the greater mercy of God - Allah. { And be steadfast in patience, for indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good (of the righteous). } 11-115

The disbelievers claim that religious teachings only rest on 'man-made' ideas, having no relevance for human life. In truth it is {the revelation of the book (scripture) from Allah, the Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom.} 46 - 2 It is a revelation from Allah to open the heart to the light of divine guidance.

Hearts are places of intellect or ’intellectual intuition’, or understanding (maghrifa مَعرفَت ), not only of emotion. Pure intellect transcends reason and modern rationalism. Islam

Those who rely on their mental capacities (on reason) alone: Lâ ya`lamûn:
{ Allah has sealed their hearts so they do not know. }
9-93
 About the Heart

For those who yearn to come to a deeper understanding about the Real ( الحَقّ ), Allah, the advice is:

اقرءوا القرآن فإنه يأتي يوم القيامة شفيعًا لأصحابه

”Study the Quran (regularly), for it will act as an intercessor and entreat for its readers on the day of Judgement.”
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ also said:

موتوا قبل ان تموتوا

Or: “Die before you actually die.”
Choose to die spiritually from your physical desires, so that you live forever.
Shaykh Ahmed Saad

It is about the return to the Lord before actually returning and it refers to the subjugation of one's animal soul by one's rational soul.
Prolegomena; Sh Syed M Naqib al-Attas

Spiritual advancement is necessarily combined with knowledge of Allah سبحانه و تعالى : It will make the seeker of divine knowledge realise that he needs to wake up from his sleep of love of this world (dunyā) while following the ego (nafs).

Imam Ali (may Allah ennoble his face) said: ”People are asleep as long as they are alive, when they die they wake up.”

They are asleep to the infinite bounties of Allah, the All-Merciful, which they receive more or less every day - asleep to His blessings (barakah بركة‎ ) and unthankful, ignoring what their life could have been, had they taken heed.
 About Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Al-Hambra

Serenity and beauty at the Al-Hambra

The Shari`a as Mercy to Humanity

The Shari`a is compassion and justice, it is the basis for behaviour and it seeks the welfare of human beings. If its application leads to the opposite, then our understanding and interpretation needs to be re-evaluated in the light of the Texts.

Shari`a refers to wide-ranging moral and broad ethical principles drawn from the Quran and the practices and sayings (hadith) of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. (See link below: What Shari`a means)

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

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{We have established for you a code of conduct and a religion. Follow it, and follow not the whims of those who know not.}
45-18

Shari`a: It is a clear path (a code of conduct and a religion) by which Allah leads people to the truth, and by not going along with the caprices (hāwa) of the People of the Book. Following them or the disbelievers in their whims and caprices would empty the heart of the faithful and it would seal it up and cover his sight (45-23), and so blowing the soul into the abyss of hāwiyya (101-9)!

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