Author Archives: Muslimah

 

Do you know what the greatest kind of freedom is? That is when you do not allow anyone to invade your insides against your will. One may dominate your body, but your soul remains free, and your thought is still rebellious to be subjugated except to God.

Salman Bin Fahd al-O’da

 

More Awful than Sin

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What more awful than committing sin is when God deprives you of the grace of feeling its bitterness.
Shaikh Muhammad Mutwaly al-Sha’rawy

Islamic Fasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fasting is not just a matter of faith, not just a personal issue concerning the individual alone. It is rather a social commitment. This interpretation of fasting is not perceived in other religions. Islamic fasting is a unit which combines worship, happiness and enjoyment in certain cases. It is one of the most powerful and realistic educational methods. That is because fasting is performed in palaces of kings as well as in cottages of peasants, in a philosopher’s house and in a house of a worker.

Dr. Abdel-Wahab al-Messery

Types of Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know that beauty is two types: external and internal. Internal beauty is loved for itself; it is the beauty of knowledge, reason, generosity, chastity and courage. That inside beauty is what God looks at and loves in His servant. Moreover, inside beauty beautifies the external image even if it is not appealing, when the person is covered with reverence, sweetness and beautiful manners as much as his soul acquires of those features. A believer is granted reverence and beauty according to his faith, so he is revered by those who meet him and loved by those who deal with him. This is commonly observed as you can see the righteous, charitable and well-mannered man projecting the nicest impression even if he is plain in looks, especially when he has been blessed with keeping night prayers as they illuminate the face and beautify it.

Ibnul-Qayyem al-Jawzy

 

Proof of Progress

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yielding to emotion is a regression, not a sign of progress. The proof of progress is when our emotion is controlled by our minds; and our minds are subjugated to our will, and our will is led by our ideals.
Dr. Mustafa Mahmoud
 

Fasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fasting is an ancient ritual which is common in all religions. Those who like controversy always ask, “How come that God creates for us a mouth, teeth, pharynx and stomach to eat and then ask us to fast?! How come He creates beauty and lust then asks us to lower our gaze and be chaste? Is that reasonable?”
 I say to them it is the only reasonable thing. God gives you a horse to ride and not to be ridden by it. You are supposed to subjugate the horse and lead it, not to be led by it. Your body is your horse which is created for you to ride, control, lead and use for your own purpose. You are not supposed to be subjugated by your body or used to achieve its lusts and desires. Hence, controlling desire, steering whim and bridling stomach are the signs of man.
Dr. Mustafa Mahmoud

The Building in Paradise

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The palaces of paradise are built by zikr (the remembrance of Allah); the more you perform remembrance of Allah, the more the angels build for you. If the worshiper stops remembrance of Allah, the angels will stop building!
Ibn al-Qayyem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This worldly life is not everything. It cannot be everything while having all those pains and injustice. There must be another empyreal world where all rights will be rendered to those who deserve them, and every oppressor will be punished.

Dr. Mustafa Mahmoud

The Base of Virtue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To compel someone to adopt virtue never makes a virtuous man. Also forcing people to have faith never result in faithful hearts. It is freedom which is the base of virtue.

 

 Shaikh Muhammad El-Ghazali

 

 

 

 

Reality

Don’t look at expressions on faces. Don’t listen to what is said with tongues. Don’t let tears sway you. They are all but products of human skin. It changes everyday. Look instead for what is under the skin. Not the heart either, as it also fluctuates, nor the mind, as it changes its point of view whenever it changes its perspective. Moreover, the mind may accept at present what it denied in the past. Even scientists change their theories.

No, my son! If you want to understand a human, look at his or her action in a moment of free choice. Just then you will get very surprised as you may see a saint prostituting, and a whore praying! You may find a physician drinking poison, and you may get shocked by your friend stabbing your back, while your enemy saving you! You may see a servant who acts as noble as a master, and a master acts as despicable as the lowest servant! You may see kings taking bribes and wretches giving charity.

Look at man when there is no fear to stop him; when caution sleeps, desire gets satisfied and barriers fall. Just then you can see man’s reality: walking on four legs like an animal, or flying like an angel, or creeping like a snake, or eating mud like worms.

                                                                              

Dr. Mustapha Mahmoud

Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy