My thoughts on ISNA Detroit - please preface with a big #nobodycares

Though I wasn’t able to attend this year, I was in touch with ISNA Detroit 2014 through my family, friends, mentors and teachers who attended. It also helped that people were tweeting and updating with tons of quotes and pictures/videos. Things looked absolutely incredible. The way that the organizers and volunteers planned things so well, hosted thousands of people from across the country - the sacrificing of their summer, if not their entire year - to put this on…simply amazing. I am so grateful and indebted to them, even though I wasn’t able to attend. Because these people did work for the sake of Allah, work for deen. That is admirable to the highest degree.

As with any endeavor for the sake of Allah, there is room for improvement - that’s why, after we complete a prayer during our day, the first thing we say after our conclusion is “astaghfirullah (I seek forgiveness from Allah)” 3 times. Were mistakes made? Yup. Could things have gone better, smoother? Yup. Absolutely.

And would’e been the same had any of us organized it. Probably much worse.

Mistakes and hiccups included (me not being able to go being on of them, sorry MYNA/MSA #sadface), I am so proud of each and every person involved. May Allah reward you an infinite amount for every second you dedicated for the sake of deen, and may He reward you with that which you wouldn’t even dream of. You’ve done something huge for Islam and Muslims this past weekend, don’t ever feel different.

At your service,
arm

Comfort isn’t always a good thing.

When we’re struggling with a difficult time in our life, it’s common for us to attribute it to a test or trial from Allah - and we get the thought that perhaps Allah is upset with us. However, when things are going well, we often times attribute that to Allah being pleased with us, and we would never consider this time of ease as a test. The Quranic Narrative, as well as the life of the Prophet [saw] teach us a very important life principle - the event itself isn’t the end of the test, just the beginning…whether it’s good or bad.

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ ۗ وَنَبْلُوكُم بِالشَّرِّ وَالْخَيْرِ فِتْنَةً ۖ وَإِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ

"Every soul will taste death. And We test you with evil and with good as trial; and to Us you will be returned." Quran 21:35

Most people quote the first part of this verse, but the rest of it is just as profound and powerful. Allah tells us that tests will seem both good and evil at their onset. That is something that is beyond our control. What we are held accountable for is how we respond to those tests.

Tests in difficulty are actually a lot easier; most people turn back to Allah when a perceived evil hits them. The hardest tests are when things are going well. Do we remember Allah then? Are we as punctual with our prayers? Do we abstain from sins as much? Or do we feel that the blessings we’re receiving give us a cushion in our book of deeds?

Ease and perceived good are of the most difficult tests. Don’t let these things jade you. Don’t let comfort cause a spiritual laziness.

Anonymous asked:

Salam! I was very lucky alhamdulilah a while back to attend a couple of your lectures at Myna in michigan (2010). I benefited a lot from them and subhanallah, a couple friends and I were just talking about how jealous we are of the youth in the Roots Program. Would you ever consider maybe opening up a short program for youth from all over the country? We also were wondering if the halaqas you hold online are open to everyone? Jazaks!

Wasalam,

I would actually consider myself lucky and blessed to have been there! I love MYNA camps mA, would love to go to another, such energy and sincerity there alhamdulilah.

And definitely would consider doing some online stuff. And, don’t tell anyone, but I’m actually going to be doing a one-day traveling class that I did at Roots called The Good Life - it focuses on practical purification of the heart and soul. Really awesome topic mA.

Keep an eye out for a Roots retreat next summer iA :) for more deets, you can e-mail me iA at my (firstnamelastname) at gmail dot com.

Your brother,
arm

Anonymous asked:

Assalamu Alaykum, I know you're super busy and probably don't have time for your tumblr ask box but I just wanted to ask for any books on seera that you recommend. I'm starting college next week after going to Islamic school my whole life and want to maintain some kind of Islamic studies on the side. Jazak Allah Khair Walaykum Asalam.

Walaykum Assalam!

Seerah resources, love the question mA :)

1 Seerah Podcast Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda is doing, perhaps, the most in-depth audio seerah study that’s available for download in the English language. I’ve personally been there when he’s preparing - he uses numerous classical seerah sources, has all of the books out, and is providing a comprehensive study from a lens that emphasizes spiritual self-development, family, and community. You can find the first session on the bottom of the page here, there are over 100 hours recorded to this point, and they’re still going.

2 Muhammad: Man and Prophet by Adil Salahi - probably the best English seerah book resource I’ve read. While most other biographies of the Prophet [saw] function more like an encyclopedia, this text has a narrative flow to it, telling more like a story, briefly pausing to highlight points of benefit.

3 In The Footsteps of The Messenger by Dr. Tariq Ramadan - a great primer on seerah, provides great insight and details into the life of the Prophet [saw] even though it’s more on the beginner side.

For the most advanced readers…

4 Zaad ul Ma’ad by Ibnul Qayyim (r) (d. 751H/1350AD) - Written on his journey to Hajj from Damascus to Makkah (all from memory!), this text is a wonderful example of how classical scholars viewed the seerah. There are numerous rulings extrapolated from it, but if you’re just looking for virtues and benefit without law (for whatever reason), then you can also find the nuanced stories and reflections IQ shares here to be amazing.

Seerah Ibn Ishaq by Ibn Ishaq (r) (d. 150-159H) - having lived so closely to the time of the Prophet [saw], and being from the earliest generations to follow. Ibn Ishaq (r) produced a work of biography on the Prophet [saw] that has been referenced classically by scholars throughout time in their development of their own writings on Seerah.

May Allah increase our desire to learn and emulate the Prophet [saw] and our love for him. Ameen!

Your brother,
arm

Anonymous asked:

Assalamo alaykum ya Waliullah, beautiful answers... maybe if you were not as blinded by fame you could see abu eesa said unforgivable things, I know three sisters who left Islam for it?

Walaykum Assalam,

May Allah grant us all proximity to Him! And lol at fame. I’m not famous. But also I detect sarcasm. Well-played.

First - wow, unforgivable? Is that your final answer? http://quran.com/39/53 read the Quran, my brother/sister. How can you deem something unforgivable when Allah hasn’t deemed it as such? Are we in a higher position of honor and authority that we can be so haughty so as to write someone off? May Allah protect us!

Secondly, if those sisters need to talk and have questions, I’m free to have a conversation with them regarding their thoughts iA. Iman is a precious and fragile thing, sometimes.

arm

Anonymous asked:

Masha Allah for speaking up against feminist bull crap! :-) love you brother !

Salaams,

I love you too, but this is wrong as well! There are very legitimate and serious structural problems with the way our community and ummah, and humanity at large, views and treats the our female counterparts on this earth. Feminism has many shades - to categorically deny it being a real response to sexism and abuse and marginalization of women for centuries is just as elementary as the initial attack! As Muslims, we are taught that men and women are, indeed, equal in the sight of God. We may have different responsibilities to Him, and different protocols for certain responsibilities, but men do not have a “step-up” on women. This is flawed, ignorant thinking, and should not be tolerated.

Does that mean I blindly accept every critical theory proposed from scholars of feminism? Not necessarily. But, if you ask whether I agree with feminism in so much that it is “a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment,” then my answer is yes.

And, after attending class with Shaykh Akram Nadwi, author of a 53 volume encyclopedia on the scholars who were female in our faith tradition, I believe that it is our duty as Muslims to restore an atmosphere that is Prophetic in nature, that gives back the rights, honor, and dignity to women that Allah bestowed on them, inalienably.

Love you for the sake of Allah,
arm