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In True Islam Life IS Sacred!!

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful!  

“You shall not kill any person,
for God has made life sacred!”
(Sura al-Isra 17:33)

masood_islamic_crescentOn this blog I have written many times before as to how the Holy Qur’an forbids Muslims from killing another human being save in the course of justice (capital punishment ordered by a court).  Once again I feel the need to write about this subject again and reference some MAJOR teaching in the Qur’an which forbid murder and which condone fighting in self-defense ONLY.

Sura al-Isra is the 17th chapter in the Qur’an and in this case I am sighting verse 33 which makes it clearer than clear that murder is wrong and a SIN.  How much more plain can it be that murder is wrong and sinful?  Life is sacred! The reason life is sacred is because God (Allah) has created all life and everything that Allah has created is sacred to the True Muslim, True Christian, True Jew, True Buddhist, and others!

Sadly today we see those who have hijacked Islam and who commit atrocities in Allah’s Name killing innocent people be it by terror attacks or suicide bombers (suicide is also a sin strongly condemned by the Qur’an).  Taking ANY human life except in the course of justice (capital punishment by a court) if absolutely FORBIDDEN in the teachings of the Qur’an!  It is for this very reason that those who commit acts of terrorism are clearly NOT True Muslims but are EVIL PEOPLE who are attempting to justify their own hatred and actions by using God’s Name (which in itself is yet another sin, frankly).  Even in the course of justice capital punishment is discouraged by the Qur’an!  As True Muslims we should use capital punishment as a last resort.  Sadly, what we are seeing today being committed by evil people in the Name of Islam and Allah is just the OPPOSITE of what the Qur’an teaches and of what True Muslims believe!  ANYONE can commit ANY ACT in the name of God by whatever name they call Him.  BUT that does NOT make that person a True Muslim or a True anything else!!

Contrary to popular MIS-conception Islam does NOT teach violence, murder, or suicide!  In FACT, the Qur’an forbids aggression!  In the Quranic teachings fighting is ONLY permitted in SELF-DEFENSE.  God (Allah) does NOT love the aggressor and the Qur’an makes this too absolutely clear in several Suras.  Over and over again God repeats in the Qur’an that He does NOT love the aggressors and that we are NOT to be aggressors!  ONLY is a True Muslim is attacked by an aggressor are we allowed to fight back in self-defense.  Further, if the enemy offers peace we are commanded by Allah in the Qur’an to STOP fighting.

All aggressors have evil selfish goals and they will do anything to achieve those goals EVEN using the name of God to Carnation-China-Rosejustify their horrors and sins!  But, just because they use the name of Allah to commit their terror acts does NOT make them True Muslims.  In fact, it doesn’t make them Muslims at all period!  What it makes them is hypocrites and Allah detests the hypocrites more than any others.  The fact is people who are aggressors and who engage in terror acts are EVIL people who have lost The Way and The Path.  They are blindly following Iblis (Satan) and they don’t even know it.  Satan will do anything to turn people away from the True Path of God.  ANYTHING!  Think about how many people the terrorists have turned away from God by their own actions already and how many more they will turn away from God by their continued actions.  And you don’t think they aren’t going to be held accountable for their terror acts and turning away people from Allah on the Judgment Day?  Think again!

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Tough Times for Muslims

Islam symbolWith the Paris terrorist bombings and now with the mass shootings in San Barnardino, Calif atop other acts of terror carried out by extremists (I won’t call the Muslims because they are NOT!) it is rough being a Muslim in America, Europe, and even the rest of the world.  But we must not give into this hate or be a part of it because that is the absolute worst thing we could do.  In fact, giving into the hate is the worst thing anyone of any religion could do!  We must also not give into fear because that is exactly what the terrorists want us to do no matter what our chosen faith is or anything else.  That being said, today’s passage from the Holy Qur’an says,

“You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern of conduct for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of God.”  (Sura 33:21)

The example we find and which we as Muslims are to emulate in our own lives of the Prophet (pbuh) is one of compassion, mercy, tolerance, forgiveness, endurance, hope, strength, and intelligence.  These are NOT the values being emulated by the extremists of today sadly.  In fact, these extremists are emulating the exact opposite of these things.  In our lives as True Muslims ALL who claim to be Muslims MUST follow and emulate the pattern of conduct that was displayed by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and if we do not then we are in sin and this passage makes that clear from the Holy Qur’an.

“Islam” means “submission to God” but it also means peace, security, dignity, and honor.  Muslims are called to be ambassadors to wherever they happen to live.  Ambassadors of PEACE not war, not hatred, and most certainly not terrorism!  Our main responsibility in life is to live our faith daily moment to moment and to be true examples as servants of Allah in every aspect of our behavior, thoughts, and talk.  We are suppose to open channels of communications with those we live around and with and tell them about Islam and invite them to join our faith BUT without compulsion.  You cannot force anyone to become a Muslim!  You should not force anyone to become a Muslim!  The Qur’an clearly teaches that “there is to be no compulsion in religion.”  Our only obligation as Muslims is to tell people about Islam and allow them to decide if they wish to become a Muslim or not.  If they choose to do so then great!  If they choose not to do so then it becomes a matter between them and Allah and we are to leave them alone.  We are not to molest, torture, or kill them.  We are to leave them alone and let them go on their way.  Islam is the ONLY religion without forced compulsion for whoever desires to seek and find the ultimate Divine Truth.

As True Muslims we are obliged to tell people that our faith is one that esteems human life, human dignity, and human honor and respect.  Respect for fellow Muslims who are all brothers and sisters as the Prophet (pbuh) taught in his final sermon and also respect for ALL PEOPLE of ALL FAITHS.  Every person created no matter who or what they are or have been is ENTITLED to basic human respect and human rights!  Our faith grants the universal right for all to exist in peace, in safety, and in security!  Our faith does NOT teach us that we are to maim and kill.  Our faith does NOT condone acts of terror nor extremism!  Rather, our faith condones peaceful coexistence and tolerance not only for our fellow Muslims but also for ALL other people of all other faiths, cultures, and races.

Islam teaches that murder and suicide are both GREAT SINS.  In the eyes of Allah if you kill a person then it is as if you have killed the entire human race!  But, our faith also teaches that if you help to save a persons soul then it is as if you have saved the soul of the entirety of humanity!

Since Islam is a faith of security and peace it stands against all forms of aggression and oppression.  As true Muslims we are suppose to act with humbleness and we are not to oppress others be they fellow Muslims or not.  We are not to engage in acts of transgression (sin) or mischief.  We are not to engage in injustice or criminal acts such as thievery.  We are suppose to be living examples of a truly faithful people for all to see and hopefully people will be inspired by our own personal examples to submit themselves voluntarily to Allah.

As true Muslims we are forbidden from spreading or helping to spread corruption of any kind.  Allah wants us to be the best and most intelligent community of believers (Ummah).  He wants us to shine by our faith in Him for all the world to not only see but esteem.  He does not want us to wear our faith on our shirt sleeves but to LIVE it daily at all times and in everything we do.  He wants us to be thankful, merciful, forgiving, and compassionate towards others no matter what their religion, their skin color, their race, or anything else because He created ALL PEOPLE.

Muslims are suppose to forbid evil in any form.  We are suppose to correct wrongs using the means available to us and do so peacefully.  We must discharge our obligations with truthfulness, honesty, compassion, and wisdom (intelligence).  And we are to love Allah with our entire being and with all sincerity because in Him is our Hope and in Him the Faithful must put their trust because He is the sustainer and the only Hope.  Humans will always disappoint us one way or the other but Allah will not.

Muslims must realize that EVERYTHING we do is seen by Allah and that He holds us accountable for all that we do be it in public or private.  There is nothing we can hide from Allah.  There is nowhere we can go to hide from Allah. Look under a rock and He is there.  Gaze into the stars and He is there.  He is everywhere and sees and knows all things even those things we do in private or fail to do.  In worshiping Allah we form a relationship with Him, our God and our Maker.  This is why it is so important that once we establish that relationship with Him by submitting ourselves to Him that we maintain that relationship.  This works to improve our spiritual lives but it also works to improve our thinking and our social behavior.  God works on us from the inside out most often times and it is seen in our daily lives, or at least, it SHOULD be.

As Muslims we have obligations given to us by Allah.  One of those obligations is respecting and honoring our parents and doing what they way instead of fighting against them.  We must be nice and kind to our parents, to the people we live with, to our relatives, and to the people in the communities that live around us.  We must especially do so when it comes to widows, orphans, the disadvantaged, and the disabled.  And we must do so when it comes to those who live in our households.  These are all obligations of the True Muslim and if you are not doing these things then something is wrong with your faith and you need to make some corrections!  If you are filled with violence, hate, and aggression and you claim to be a Muslim then there is something wrong with you and your faith because those are the very things that Allah condemns and forbids of us!  And you need to make some corrections immediately before you find yourself burning in the fires of Hell instead of residing in Paradise!

As True Muslims we are suppose to be men and women and even children of HONOR and DIGNITY.  In everything we do and say we are to act with dignity and honor.  And we are to act with wisdom and intelligence as well.  We are ambassadors of Allah the Most Magnificent and Most High and we must always keep this in the front of our minds and act with dignity and honor not dishonor!

Allah wants us to be educated!  Not simply in the Qur’an and Hadiths but also in academics and all other areas.  He does not want His faithful to be stupid or to be idiots!  He wants us to work to improve the condition of humanity not only ourselves or those whom we care about but ALL of humanity!  We are not to mock each other nor be sarcastic with others.  And most especially we are not suppose to hate!!  Anyone! For ANY reason!!

A true Islamic society is NOT based on ruthlessness, oppression, or terror.  It is based on mutual love and respect! That is most important to keep in mind because some people including the extremists think just the opposite. Muslims are NOT to terrorize people be they fellow Muslims or non-Muslims!  We are to respect life especially human life.  We are to foster peace, peaceful coexistence, compassion, wisdom, intelligence, and humbleness.  WE are to avoid engaging in sinful things and shameful deeds.  We are to THINK before we speak and simply not rattle on!

When it comes to women in a truly Islamic society women are to be respected and honored.  They are NOT to be treated as slaves or sex slaves!  The Qur’an makes this clear over and over again.  We are to protect their rights and ensure their safety and security.  We are to protect them and act justly towards them.  And, YES, we are suppose to give them the honor of listening to them also!  We are to realize that women play a vital role in society and that they ARE important because they ARE!  Our family lives must be peaceful, respectful, and responsible.  Our family lives must be based on LOVE, understanding, dignity, and honor for EVERYONE in our family just not some!!

Fellow Muslims are obliged to treat other Muslims as brothers and sisters.  The Prophet (pbuh) made this perfectly clear in his final sermon before he passed!!  We must recognize our personal responsibility in all things and be accountable.  We are obliged by Allah to strengthen mutual love, mutual respect, and brotherhood/sisterhood in the community of believers.  We are NOT to be people who seek to create division and strife! Allah loves justice and those who act justly.  He loves those who act with fairness and equality.

Muslims must live the example set by the Prophet (pbuh).  We must live morally and ethically.  We must each the Qur’an and the Sunnah (practice) of the Prophet (pbuh) and we must seek to be perfect living examples of excellent moral behavior.  We are to show true courtesy to both Muslims and non-Muslims and we are to practice peace and tolerance in EVERYTHING that we do!  In doing all of these things Muslims will bring people to Allah and to Islam (submission to God).

We should NOT be ashamed of being Muslims!  We should NOT be afraid of being Muslims!  We should not water down our faith as Muslims!  We should feel proud to be Muslims and proud to serve Allah!  In all that we do we must NOT be ashamed or fearful that we are true representatives of the Faith of Allah.  The faith of PEACE, DIGNITY, HONOR, WISDOM, AND COMPASSION!!

These things are things that ALL MUSLIMS are obliged to do as taught in the Holy Qur’an and by the Prophet (pbuh).  If you are not doing these things then your are NOT a True Muslim and you need to make corrections in yourself, in your behavior, and in your thinking immediately!  If you don’t then you risk burning in Hell when you pass from this world and on the Day of Judgment.  Allah is very clear about what He demands of His servants.  Islam is not a complicated faith.  It is a simple faith!  Islam is not some mysterious faith riddled with uncertainty and confusion.  True Islam is a faith that is certain and very definite in what Allah expects from the True Believer in everything and every matter.

We live in very sad times.  Times in which many atrocities are being carried out in the name of religion including Islam.  Most people on this planet today have turned away from God in favor of materialism and their own egotism. All of the things of darkness and evil are esteemed while the things of light and good are detested.  As Muslims we are called to stand apart from this fallen and often evil world!  The same is so for Christians and Jews!  Did you know that?  Members of all three Faiths are called to stand apart from the evil in this world!  When we start to conform to this world we start to walk away from Allah!  This is why it is so important for the Believer not to give into the evil and horrible things we see in this world today!

Evil is running its course right now but it will not last forever because NOTHING in this world is forever!  Evil men are doing things in the name of our faith and other faiths and they will one day answer to Allah for all that they have done and of this we can be assured because Allah tells us so in his revelations and teachings to humanity.  I understand that MOST MUSLIMS are very angry by what the extremists are doing in the name of Islam today and justifiably so.  But, again, we must not give into that anger and hate!  We need to teach those who have gone astray! We need to help them make corrections.  WE must speak out and we must show people that True Muslims do not engage in nor condone the horrible things we see the extremists doing today!!  And we must be proud not ashamed in our Faith nor fearful!  Allah is our sole Sustainer and Protector!  He never charges us with more than we can handle or endure!  Right now He has charged True Believers with showing the world that the extremists DO NOT represent us!  In Allah alone, let the Truly Faithful put their Trust!!

Salaam

 

 

 

 

The Muslim is Suppose to Live Islam not pay it lip service!

by Dr Anwar Abbas El-Hadiz,  Imam Masjid Rincon

art1This now past week Muslims around the world commemorated the birthday of the founder and prophet of Islam, Muhammad (pbuh).  Muslims from around the world began flocking to Meccas on holy pilgrimage as the Hajj began as well.  This week has been a time for Muslims to reflect and to strengthen their faith in God.  It’s also been a time for us to examine our own lives and evaluate honestly if we are taking on the life of the Prophet as our own personal pattern and example to be emulated in our lives.  For, in the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Allah has given us a beautiful pattern of conduct and example to follow and emulate as taught in Sura 33 of the Holy Qur’an.

“You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah
a beautiful pattern of conduct
for anyone whose hope is God and the final day.”
Sura Al-Ahzab  33:21

Muslims should not only examine themselves on the Prophet’s birthday but every day.  We should evaluate our conduct and see if we truly are living the high standards and values of the Qur’an and if we are not then we must begin to live them.

One thing about the Prophet Muhammad that I want to focus on in this post today is the way he treated the Christians, Jews, and other minority religions.  For one thing he did not impose Muslim law (Sharia) on them but Christians and Jews were judged by the standards set in their respective faiths.  Judgments were handed down to them in accordance with the punishments outlined in their own faiths.  Sharia law did not apply to them and Muhammad (pbuh) certainly did not impose it on them and this is historical fact. Continue reading

A Disease Called Hate!

“O you who believe!  Stand out firmly for Allah as bearers of justice,
and let not hatred of others incite you to act wrongly or depart from justice.
Be just, that is next to piety and fear Allah,
for Allah is aware of all that you do.”
Sura  Ma’ida  5:8

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Far too often we let hatred get the best of us and we end up doing things that we later regret and wish he had not done.  Hatred is a horrible thing and it can quickly spin out of control if we are not careful.  People who have allowed their hatred to get the best of them have done some horrible things in the world and people have even killed each other because of their hate for one another and they still do today.

From the above teaching in the Holy Qu’ran we see clearly that God does not want Muslims to let hatred incite them to commit acts of wrong (sin) nor allow hate to detour us from being just to others.  Over and over again in the Qur’an, Allah admonishes Muslims to be just and merciful, to be people who are bearers of justice and mercy.  In short, Allah want us to be self disciplined and NOT controlled by our emotions.  Emotional people tend to react without thinking and end up doing things they later regret and wish they had not done.  Allah knows this and to avoid this He wants the Faithful to be self disciplined in body, thought, and in spirit.

The Gospels call upon the faithful to be “humble” and, sadly, some people do not even really know the meaning of that word.  They equate the word with being weak but that is not what being humble is.  Being humble, in fact, is strength, being strong!  Humble means to be self disciplined and not allow yourself to be ruled by your emotions.  Being humble is NOT being a wimp but it is being strong and self disciplined in body, mind, and spirit.

Allah does not want us to hate!  He wants the faithful to act with mercy, compassion, and INTELLIGENCE.  He wants us to act with SELF CONTROL and not be ruled by our emotions which often get us into trouble that we later regret.  He doesn’t want us adding to the hatred in the world but wants each of us to be beacons of compassion!  How many of us can say we are that?  If we cannot say that we are beacons of compassion then it’s time for us to start being so for this is the Will of Allah! Continue reading

Who Is Your Pattern and Ideal?

“God commands you to repay pledges to the people due them; and to judge with justice when you judge between people. Excellent is what God instructs you; for God is all-knowing, all-seeing.”
 [Sura an-Nisa’ 4: 58]

“You have indeed in the Messenger (Muhammad) of Allah a beautiful pattern of conduct for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah.”
(Sura Al-Ahzab  33:21)

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As Muslims were are admonished by Sharia (the Law of God) to repay our debts to those whom we owe be they monetary debts or debts of favor.  Further, as Muslims we are also admonished by Allah to judge others justly with fairness and with compassion not with injustice and anger.  Among true Muslims there is a long, long tradition of justice and fairness mixed with mercy and compassion.  Sadly, in today’s world we seem to see little of those things not just among Muslims but among Christians, Jews, and all others as well.  For, it seems we live in a lost world today that is guided by egotism, greed, selfishness, injustice, and a gross lack of mercy and forgiveness.  These are NOT the things God wants us to be engaging in, however!  The Prophet Issa (Jesus) (pbuh) taught that even though we are IN the world, we are not OF the world.  Thus, we must NOT conform ourselves to the world but to God’s Will and Law if we are true believers.  In the Holy Qur’an Allah admonishes us to repay our debts and owe no one anything and He admonishes us in our dealings with others to be just, compassionate, and forgiving and this is exactly what we will do IF we are True Believers in God and the Last Day.

The Prophet Muhammd (pbuh) was such a man.  He was a man who was guided by justice, fairness, forgiveness, and mercy along with compassion.  Yes, he was also a soldier but more than that he was a true Warrior for in battle he could be ruthless but off the battlefield he proved to be a man of compassion, justice, and intelligence.  This is the mark of the true Warrior!  Those who slaughter and who have no compassion or justice are nothing but killers.  They are not true Warriors nor are they guided by the code of Warriors.

The Gospels encourage Christians to pattern and emulate their lives after Issa (Jesus) (pbuh) and Muslims are encouraged to pattern and emulate their lives after the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).  Both of these men were prophets of Allah and both of them were warriors.  Jesus was more a spiritual warrior while Muhammad was more a warrior on the field of battle but the fact remains that both were true warriors and both lived by the code of warriors which is compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and intelligence.  Both were men of justice who sought to treat others justly and in both we all have examples by which we can, and should, pattern and emulate in our own lives.

An ideal is something we hold high and dear.  It is something that we aspire to become like.  In the case of Muslims and Christians our ideal should be the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Prophet Issa (pbuh).  We should use them as a pattern and example for our own personal lives as men and as women with our goal being to become like them in their compassion, in their forgiveness, in their justice, and in their intellect.  Both men were wise men.  Both men were intelligent men.  We too must be wise and intelligent becasue God does NOT want us to be ignorant of anything.  And in our dealing with other people we must always strive to be just and fair and avoid being ruthless and unjust.  The wise and intelligent man forgives.  The ignorant and foolish man does not!

Prophet Issa (Jesus) (pbuh) taught, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”  In our ponderings concerning justice we need to really consider this teaching.  Can you cast the first stone?  Can I?  Most certainly not!  None of us are without sin and error on this world and it is only in the next world that we might achieve perfection.  This is a lost and often ruthless and cruel world marked by injustice and unfairness BUT we don’t have to be like others in this world who are unbelievers.  God has given us a different Way, His Way.  His Way is NOT the way of the world but, most often, is exactly opposite from the ways of this lost and dark world of men and jinn.  Each of us must choose which way we will follow and pattern our lives after.  We have the choice of emulating the two Prophets OR we have the choice of simply following the world into the abyss of darkness.  The choice is ours as Allah always gives us choices and forces us to do nothing.  What choice have you made?  What choice will you make?  As for me and my house we have chosen the Way of Allah and forsaken the ways of the world, the fallen and evil ways of both man and jinn.

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We Are All Caliphs of Allah–Part 2 !!

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In November of 2012 I published a post entitled, “Kalifs! That’s what we are suppose to be!”.  You can find that post at:

https://azurshah.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/khalifs-thats-what-we-are-suppose-to-be/

This morning during my daily prayers and study I was reading the second Sura entitled al-Baqara and once again paid particular attention to verse 30 which I included in my earlier post.  Here’s what it says:

“Behold!  The Lord said to the angels, “I will create a Viceregent (Caliph) on Earth.”  They (the angels) said, “Will you place on the Earth one who will make mischief and shed blood?  While we do celebrate your praises and glorify your Holy Name?”  Allah said, “I know what you do not know.”
(Sura al-Baqara 2:30)

Another translation of this same passage says:

“And when your Lord said to the angels, “I am going to place in the Earth a Khalif,”  the angels said, “What!  Will you place in it such as shall make mischief in it and shed blood, while we celebrate your praise and extol your Holiness?”  He said, I know what you do not know.”
(Sura 2:30)

As I mentioned in the previous post the Bible says the same thing.  2 Corinthians 5:20 says that true Christians are suppose to be “Ambassadors for Christ.”  Like a Caliph an Ambassador is a representative or a viceregent for a great and powerful Sultan (King) and in this case that great King is none other than Allah Himself.

A Caliph was a head of state ruling over a Caliphate but the title also referred to the ruler of the Islamic Ummah (community of the faithful).  That community of believers was under Shariah Law which is the Islamic Holy Law.  The wife of a Caliph held the title of Calipha.

A Caliph was also a Lieutenant or, in Islam, the successor of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh).  The term also refers to a deputy or representative  in this case of God.  In the Holy Qur’an it is used to establish Adam’s role as the representative of God on Earth.  It is also used to point out clearly that man’s role in the earth and his real and true nature is as a Khalif or Viceroy of Allah.

A Caliph is historically and traditionally the Islamic leader of the Ummah (community of the faithful).  Therefore, a Caliph was the Grand Imam (prayer leader, clergyman).  As such he was also known as the Amir al Mu’minin or Miramolin in Spanish.  This title was typically translated as Leader or Commander of the Faithful.  It also literally means “Prince of Believers.”

We need to think about the role Allah has handed to mankind and womankind in the earth because this role of Caliph or Ambassador is VERY important.  It is something we must take seriously and be ever so aware of in our daily lives.  Consider that when Allah created man and woman that he told the angels he was creating a Viceregent on the earth.  The Gospels say the SAME thing when they speak of Christians being coheirs with Christ.  Thus, the truly faithful among the People of the Book MUST be evermindful of this role given them by Allah Himself and it is a role to be taken very seriously.  Yes, the angels questioned God over this role and creation of humankind as the angels said man would create mischief and shed blood on the earth and, indeed, many have.  But, Allah simply responded by saying that He knew what the angels did not know when it comes to humans.  So what did Allah know?  I think that it is this.  That in the end the truly faithful WILL TRIUMPH over evil and fully assume our place as Caliphs/Ambassadors!

Al-Ghazali was an Islamic commentator and scholar.  He was an Islamic Persian Philosopher as well.  He offered some pointers for leaders in his book entitled “Nashihat al-Muluk” (Advice for Kings).  Here’s some of that advice he gave.

He adviced that a rule (Caliph, Prince) should understand both the importance and dangers of authority entrusted to him.  He pointed out that in authority there is great blessing because he who exercises it wisely and righteously can obtain unsurpassed happiness.  But, the prince who fails to understand this incurs torment in the afterlife surpassed only by torment for unbelief.  In other words, Allah has given humans great authority and power as Caliphs and He expects us to understand that authority and use it wisely and rightly so that we will have great blessings upon us.  But those who fail to understand and use authority properly due to their unbelief in God do so at their own peril and risk eternal damnation in the  Hell fires.  With authority comes great responsibilty and in this cae that responsibility is great as it is bestowed upon us by Allah Himself.

Al-Ghazali also advices that the Caliph should always desire to meet with devout religious scholars and seek their advise and guidance in his decision making.  God makes some men wiser than others.  He makes some men more knowledgeable than others.  Thus, we should seek out these wise and learned men who know much about the ways of Allah and seek their advice and guidance in our lives in order that we might draw closer to God.  Al-Ghazali also advices that the ruler (Caliph) should understand that he must not covet things or people especially the wives of other men.  Further, that he must be content with personally reframing from injustice and discipline those who serve under him by never tolerating unjust conduct from them or from himself.  Al-Ghazali also points out that in the afterlife on our Judgement Day we WILL be held to account and questioned by Allah about our unjust deeds and those people who served under us.  In other words we as Caliphs are responsible for our families, friends, and coworkers.  We are responsible for enlightening and educating them by teaching them the ways of Allah and making them wise.  If we fail then we shall answer for it.  Similarly, the Gospels teach that a pastor is responsible for his flock of the faithful and he too will answer for his unjust deeds and failure to educate his flock in the ways of God through Jesus Christ.  I don’t know about you but I want to act justly and taking Al-Ghazali’s advice into account it makes me want to be even more just because I do not want to answer to Allah for my unjust deeds even though I am not a saint as none of us are.

Al-Ghazali also advices that the prince should NOT be dominated by self pride.  That means we should not allow our egos to rule over us!  Egotism and arrogance are SINS shown first by none other than Satan (Iblis) himself before God and God detests human arrogance and egotism.  Pride gives rise to anger, as al-Ghazali points out, and anger causes feelings for revenge against others.  He says, “Anger is the evil genius and blight of the intellect.”  He advices that if anger dominates the ruler then the ruler must begin to make a habit of generosity and move in the direction of forgiveness and forbearance UNLESS the man desires to be like a wild beast.  Yes, anger can make you crazy.  Crazy with rage!  In the end some men become so angry and crazed that they are like wild beasts with rabies.  They will answer for this before Allah on Judgement Day even though they do not think so.

Al-Ghazali advices also that in EVERY situation the prince (Caliph) he should figure that he is the subject and the other person is the holder of authority.  In other words, we are to be self disciplined and act with HUMBLENESS not arrogance and pride.  Further, we should NOT sanction for others ANYTHING that we would not sanction for ourselves!  For, if we do sanction for others what we do not for our own selves then we are acting unjustly and unrighteously and we betray the authority Allah has entrusted to every true believer.  Further, when people come to us for help or guidance we should not ignore them or disregard them but, instead, as True Muslims we should enlighten them, help them, and aid believers in settling their arguements and disagreements.

Al-Ghazali says that the Caliph (Believer) should not make a habit of indulging in their passions.  That we must be content with what we have in life because by being content it is the only way we can act justly and rightly.  If we are not content with what we have then just conduct will NOT be possible.  We must not want as many people today want for everything but, instead, we must give thanks to Allah for what we have and be content with what He has given us.  We must be grateful not ungrateful.  Further, the prince should make the utmost effort to behave gently and avoid being harsh.

Al-Ghazali also advices that the prince should endeavor to keep all of his subjects pleased with him.  In other words, we must work to keep our families, friends, and coworkers happy with us and avoid confrontation.  We should not be deluded by praise others give us and we must also realize that not all people will always be happy with us.  We must learn from our faults and mistakes and we must take the constructive criticism of others into account and correct our behavior in life as well.

Finally, al-Ghazali advices that the prince should NOT give satisfaction to ANY person who seeks to undercut Shaira (God’s Law) and he assure us that no real harm can come to us from such a person (infidel) as Allah already is standing against them.  We must be wise and not taken in or conned by those who are unbelievers.  As the Gospels teach, we must use our gift of DISCERNMENT especially when it comes to dealing with the unbelievers.  God does not want us to be fools or idiots.  He wants us to be wise and knowledgeable.  Although al-Ghazali’s advice is written for rulers it also is applicable to us as CALIPHS as Allah has made EVERY believer a Viceregent and this is a divinely given duty and responsibility that we CANNOT and MUST NOT ignore or take lightly.

Sa’laam

For Part 1 see the following link:

https://azurshah.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/khalifs-thats-what-we-are-suppose-to-be/

 

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God wants the believer to be strong.  Strong in body, in mind, and in spirit.  But God especially wants the believer to be strong in faith too.  To be strong in body means exercising the body and eating healthy foods to stay fit.  It also means disciplining the Islam symbolbody to keep it strong and away from things that may harm one’s health.  To be strong in mind means to discipline the mind, to practice good values, and to educate the mind in all things.  It means acting with dignity and respect.  It means controlling your behaviors, emotions, and thoughts as well as your words.  Words are powerful and the believer must speak wisely and not be quick to speak like fools do.  To be strong in spirit means to educate yourself in God’s Wisdom and to have a strong faith in God.  It means disciplining yourself in the ways of Allah and doing as Allah truly wants you to do.  It means living by His laws and controlling our selfish desires and wants.  It means acting wisely and being humble.  Like the ancient Chinese proverb says: Continue reading