Living Islam Islamic Tradition

Islam is a worldview, it is a best practice, and it is the answer sought for -
from the super-human (the divine) level: for normal humanity.

The extraordinary person of Muhammad, the prophet of Allah, (the blessings and peace of Allah upon him) exemplifies the message of Islam in his life and so realises the perfect human being in all its aspects.

The best idea is to live Islam according to its authentic teachings from the Islamic tradition in the way our prophet taught us, and how generations of Muslim scholars and saints have interpreted those teachings over the centuries.

Islam is not a made-up system of human thought, or of ideologies, and every generation has the task to rediscover the true prophetic message and to discard what is false: the misrepresentations, lies, and innovations, and at the same time struggle against indifference and the ongoing curtailment of mercy.

Islam teaches the love and knowledge of God (´ilm, maghrīfa), through His messenger, and instils mercy/ compassion (raḥma) for the world.L1

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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?


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

We Condemn the Evil Actions of the Racists,
…of the Zionist settler regime against the Palestinian indigenous inhabitants of the land! Violence will be useless!
Land theft will not be accepted! God's / G-d's / Allah's promise is not for Zionists who turned the Bible into a land registry!

Islam Is Worship of the Creator & Compassion Towards Creation.

 Living Islam: Following its authentic sources, the Quran & Sunnah for the maqāsid: 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 Vālsan)

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

 More on Tradition

 In Islam, however, it is understood that it is man who is veiled from God. The Divine Being is not veiled from us, we are veiled from Him and it is for us to try to rend this veil asunder, to try to know God. Our intelligence is not a Luciferian faculty but a God-given instrument whose ultimate object is God Himself.

 Man Is Veiled From God - Allah, S H Nasr

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On the Function of the Prophet ﷺ

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ إِنَّا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ شَاهِدًا وَمُبَشِّرًا وَنَذِيرً

{O Prophet! Surely We have sent you as a witness, and as a bearer of good news and as a warner, and one who invites to Allah, by His permission, and an illuminating lamp.} 33-45/46

Meaning: {Lo! We have sent you (Muhammad ﷺ) as a witness} that you have conveyed the message to your nation {and a bearer good tidings} i.e. Paradise to whoever believes in Allah {and as a warner} against the Fire for those who disbelieve in Him.
Tafsir Ibn 'Abbas, trans. Mokrane Guezzou

He (the Prophet) was named a luminous lamp because of the clarity of his case [the proclamation of the Oneness of Allah] and the fact that his prophecy was made manifest, and also because of the illumination of the hearts of the believers and the knowers of Allah with what he brought.
Qadi 'Iyād, Shift I.iii.14 (p.296)
quoted in The Muhammadan Light, Sh. Gibril F Haddad, p.43

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.
- He is the first of Muslims on the Day of Promises
- I was the first of the Prophetscreated and thelast to be sent. (hadith)
- Allah has made me the Opener and the Seal. (hadith)
- Behold, I am the Beloved of Allah. (hadith)
- His face was like the sun and the moon.L2

Enquire About Your Soul!

  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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قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الَّذِينَ يَعْلَمُونَ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُولُو الْأَلْبَاب

{Say, "Are equal those who know and those who (do) not know?" Only will take heed those of understanding.} 39-9

The role of reason and intellect in Islam

No soul knows

Allah says:

فَلَا تَعْلَمُ نَفْسٌ مَّا أُخْفِيَ لَهُم مِّن قُرَّةِ أَعْيُنٍ جَزَاءً بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُون

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

What they used to do: It is said 'what they used to do were their prayers by night,' it is also said: 'it was their fasting.'
'Awaarif al-ma'aarif; As-Suhrawardi

 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.


    True Happiness Can Be Found

    True felicity (saʿāda ) - which is more stable and more integrated (made whole) than 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

    سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ

    { Soon We will show them Our Signs in the horizons and in themselves until becomes clear to them, that it (is) the truth. } 41-53

    It is {the revelation of the book (scripture) from Allah, the Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom.} 46 - 2

    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.

    { 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

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

    → The ideal rational faculty is that which accepts from God the knowledge of Him that He gives to it and does not try to go beyond its own limitations by reflecting upon Him.

    Those who rely on their mental capacities (on reason) alone: Lā yaʿlamūn:
    { Allah has sealed their hearts so they do not know. }

    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 Recognizing the Alchemy of Felicity
     About the Heart

  • 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."

  • The Shariah as Mercy to Mankind

    The Shariah (Shari`a) is compassion and justice, it is the basis for correct and benevolent 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

  • Quran on Race and Culture

    وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ خَلْقُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافُ أَلْسِنَتِكُمْ وَأَلْوَانِكُمْ

    { 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

  • 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 mentioned in the Quran:

    أَمْ يَقُولُونَ افْتَرَاهُ بَلْ هُوَ الْحَقُّ مِن رَّبِّكَ لِتُنذِرَ قَوْمًا مَّا أَتَاهُم مِّن نَّذِيرٍ مِّن قَبْلِكَ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَهْتَدُون

    { 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. } 32-3

     Postmodernism And Modernity
     Postmodern Man Is Distracted From His Self / Soul


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