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{ No soul knows what is kept hid for them of joy, as a reward for what they used to do. }
Quran 32-17

 When people are captivated by the life of this world and absorbed in it, they forget about God and the Life to come until sadness and despair will strike them.

This heavenly joy is kept for the faithful. Its indications are already seen in this life. The faithful are the people of serenity and spiritual tranquility (sakīna ), they are those who remember Allah constantly (may His Majesty be exalted) and are generous (wāsi'-l fikr ) towards their fellow human beings.

  As Allah says about those who do not enquire about their souls:
{ And be not like those who forgot Allah, and He caused them to forget their own selves. They are the transgressors.} Sura 59-19
It is therefore essential to know soul ( qalb, ruh, nafs, 'aql) and its attributes which is the root of religion.
Imam Al-Ghazali, Ihya, Book of Destructive Evils p.1

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True Happiness (Felicity) Can Be Found

Ask yourself: am i happy in my life?
+ What should I do if I want to be happy?

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 The post-modern idea of the self leading us to self-realization and therefore happiness is not working. Nafs (greed, egotism) is driving the show.
Siddiq Habib

Islam is worship of the Creator & showing compassion towards creation.

Living Islam: Following its authentic sources, the Quran & Sunnah for the maqásid: Shariah as a 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 scholars and saints 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.

How We Understand and Use the Word Tradition
Tradition means truths or principles of a divine origin revealed or unveiled to mankind.
In the case of Islam, tradition describes furthermore the words, sayings, and actions reported from Prophet Muhammad may Allah bless him and grant him peace, which have been recorded in the hadith collections together with the entire Islamic religion, such as the Islamic schools of law, spirituality, sanctity, etc.
(Imam Ahmad Vâlsan)

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

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

However ”Salafism” is not our way.

NB Is Truth Meaningless?
NB Postmodern Man Is Distracted From His Self / Soul

Three 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 He is not this.

2. Allah is never absent.
Repent, turn to Allah in order to clean your record.
When you need Allah, He is already there.

3. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is our leader and guide.
Allah says in the Holy Quran:

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About the function of the Prophet ﷺ

{O Prophet! surely We have sent you as a witness, and as a bearer of good news and as a warner.} 33-45

 

True Happiness Can Be Found

True felicity (sa'āda ) - which is more stable and more integrated that what is commonly understood as 'happiness' - can be gained by the sincere and consistent effort of the seeker of truth, which in turn is a function of Allah’s mercy and guidance.

Allah says in the Quran

{ 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

 On Recognizing the Alchemy of Felicity

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

Hearts are (potentially) places of intellect or ’intellectual intuition’, which is an understanding (maghrifa مَعرفَت ) beyond the confines of reason and sentiment. Pure intellect (`aql) transcends modern limited rationality while based on revelation (naql).

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 an understanding of the Real ( الحَقّ ), Allah, consider the following:

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).

[On the love of this world and following the ego → more to come, inshah Allah]

Al-Hambra

Serenity and beauty at the Al-Hambra

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Study the Quran Regularly

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

He also said:

Undoubtedly, the heart gets rusted like metal gets rusted when water goes over it. The People asked, "How can they [hearts] be cleaned."
The Prophet replied,
"To remember death in abundance and to recite the Holy Quran." (Mishkat)

Also on Living Islam - Islamic Tradition:

those who don’t know

Those who know ≠ those who don’t.

The Shariah as Mercy to Mankind

The Shariah (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.

 The Sacred Law - Sharia

The Postmodern World

[We are living in the era of postmodernity (or postmodernism) when] the fundamental, eternal truths of religion and divinely inspired traditions are regarded as mere man-made theories, or discarded altogether as futile illusions.* Absolute values are denied and relative values affirmed; nothing can be certain, except the certainty that nothing can be certain.

From Prolegomena; Sh Syed M Naqib al-Attas, p.87

*This is not new, it was already mentioned in the Quran:

{Or do they say, "He (Muhammad) invented it"? Rather, it is the truth from your Lord, that you may warn a people to whom no warner has come before you [so] perhaps they will be guided.}

 Postmodernism And Modernity

Quran: Race and Culture

{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: This verse indicates the difference between races and languages and that those differences are a blessing, not to be taken negatively, and that we are called to relate to and learn from each other, instead of isolating from each other or negative thinking about ’the other’.

This - in order to become truly human.

 On the Quran

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Beauties of Islam, Shaykh Yusuf Estes

About our relationship with Prophet Muhammad ( sallAllahu `aleihi wa sallam ):

  • About the beginning of the Revelation from God - Allah,
  • about his first marriage with Khadija رضي الله عنها
  • about his later marriage with Ayesha رضي الله عنها.

 Our Relationship to the Prophet Muhammad

Another viewpoint on 9/11 and Covid-19

The Corbett report (2020-09-11):

9/11 - The War on Terror Was a Power Grab.

check_ for a Corbett report transcript of the last 3 min of the video
 From the War on Terror to the Covid Scare (YouTube)

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