Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ask for forgiveness immediately

قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّى ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِى فَٱغْفِرْ لِى فَغَفَرَ لَهُۥٓ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ ٱلْغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ

He said: "My Lord! Verily, I have wronged myself, so forgive me." Then He forgave him. Verily, He is the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. 28:16 Qasas

So Musa kills a man and asks for forgiveness immediately and gets it. Proof that Allah is ever with the believers and a thorough explanation of how to deal with sin.

1. Make tauba Immediately.
2. Do not return to the action and change your behavior/attitude.
3. Realize that Shaitan is going to get in your face to invoke despair. He will cause you to fear the creation (the economy, the law, your job, a person,etc...) more than Allah.
4. Remove yourself from the situation.
5. Submit completely to the help and mercy of Allah, and pray.

Use this formula and succeed in this world and the next.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

In Islam the Minimum wives recommended is two?

I was talking with a brother who explained the verse in Sura Nisaa. Where Allah Commands to marry two, three or four in the case of being fair to orphans. He explained to me that two is the minimum. I had never looked at the verse this way. Ever.

He stated that it is the only verse in the Quran that commands marriage and that marriage to one is the last resort if you are unable to be fair. Of course my first thought was complete disbelief. No, well how could this be. Marriage is talked about several times in the Quran however this is the only verse commanding it. With a number?

The verse which is the nightmare of most sisters is this, everyone knows it.

YUSUFALI: If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice.

So using this logic the verse goes like this. Marry women of your choice Two or Three or Four. Where the Order from Allah is on the Man to take wives starting at two minimum. He didn't say get married and then you can marry up to four. No the number of marriage starts at two. This is where the logic of my brother begins. It ends with One being the Last Resort. So I pondered this and said Hmm. Ok the brother does have a valid point. The verse is a Command and the number that is started out with is Two. This is true. However there is also the issue of the orphans which is used as a criteria in the number of wives. However orphans are not a rule considered in marriage under normal circumstances at all. So the issue of the orphans rests squarely upon itself and the issue of marriage is a separate issue. No where else in the Quran is marriage ordered.

Everything about marriage is discussed. When to marry, who to marry, who not to marry, what to give as dowry, It is of utmost piety not to take back any dowry, etcetera. However it remains that the only command about marriage when marriage is ordered consists with the minimum number of two. Followed by the verse who states that you will never be able to do justice between your wives.

I AM NO SCHOLAR. I am only repeating this here out of reflection and my thought process in it. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BULLETS in your thought process please defer to someone knowledgeable in these matters.

I think that if brothers took this to heart we would be doomed, but looking at things realistically polygyny makes a lot of sense. It explains many statements of the Prophet SAW. Such as marry young women, Have many children to outnumber the Kuffar. And so on. All of this wisdom is geared to realizing the time that we are in where Predator Drones comb the skies and kill off Muslims in droves. You would think that Muslims would be out there procreating like mad.

Well it is late and all of my thoughts aren't really together, but as I went over the compilation of marriage verses I realize that the goal of marriage in Islam is to purify the community and leave no one struggling in their nafs.

I'll leave this off here. If you plan on taking my post and running to your wife with it bring your gloves because it is going to be a fight.


Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Drift towards P

So this weekend the P monster came to visit. It was strange and although I have been on my Deen it was really weird. I have been married a year now and have not thought of P seriously, but this weekend it all came rushing back in a cloud of hopelessness. It was a most incredible feeling of despair. My wonderful wife got up and went to religious services and for some reason my world caved in. It was as if I was all alone in the universe. I went into a tailspin and looked for my only way out. P.

Maybe it was dhikr or prayer or both but I decided to do something that I hadn't ever decided to do. Talk about it. It was therapeutic and assuaged my fears of doing this Deen alone. However before my recovery I had went to a marriage site, texted a possible and looked at another during a meeting. I regained my senses and remembered my pain and I realized that I don't really think that I can do it. If I could then I possibly would have done it by now.

Today I made my rounds on the blogs of the former P vanguards and seen the fallen. Safa gave me words of wisdom and for that I thank her. She is a beautiful person. I still think she's cuter in hijab. LOL. So I read, I read the pain and remembered. I thought that I could do it differently, but now that I'm in a relationship that I'm actually talking and working things out in. I can see that it is practically impossible. I've reached a point in my life where I just want peace and P has too much drama for that. I say that even though I know that my heart would feel compassion for the right circumstance and I would have to talk myself out of it and remove myself from the situation in order to keep peace.

For those contemplating or struggling in P my prayers are with you. May you be blessed.

Is the Beast in the Quran Google?

۞ وَإِذَا وَقَعَ ٱلْقَوْلُ عَلَيْهِمْ أَخْرَجْنَا لَهُمْ دَآبَّةً مِّنَ ٱلْأَرْضِ تُكَلِّمُهُمْ أَنَّ ٱلنَّاسَ كَانُوا۟ بِـَٔايَٰتِنَا لَا يُوقِنُونَ

And when the Word (of torment) is fulfilled against them, We shall bring out from the earth a beast to them, which will speak to them because mankind believed not with certainty in Our Ayat (Verses of the Quran and Prophet Muhammad SAW).

Ok third time writing this. I have now found out that if my phone goes to sleep while I am writing then everything that I have written vanishes into the cloud. So we are now on the third revision of this document from scratch. I have a meeting to go to in 15 minutes so there may be a couple of additions to this post because this time I will SAVE frequently. Grrr!

I have often pondered this verse and wondered what in our modern day world could this possibly be? I have come up with nothing other than Google or more lovingly the Cloud. The Cloud has evolved as an entity that was obscure to the masses and now it is hurdling towards world wide acceptance and implementation. It is true that many in the world do not have internet. However most of the developed world is completely connected.

In the Hadith it is explained that the Beast travels throughout the world and tells souls that they are believers or disbelievers. It is covered with hair and unintelligible which is the head or the tail. This beast is capable of great speeds in its duty of notifying the world of its kufr or belief kind of like a Santa Clause of Kufr notification. So I thought what could reasonably do this and in my reflection I could only come up with the Cloud.

The Cloud is true and unbiased in its reporting about you the believer. It repeats what it is that you truly believe in. What are your likes and dislikes, your dreams and aspirations, your fears, your concerns. How much of a believer you are or are not. Who are you fooling and who you really are. When asked the Cloud can provide a complete psychological profile of everyone connected to it. It can update this profile on demand. Analyze the different variables and within a couple of degrees accurately peg you as sincere or lying.

Think about it you tell the Cloud everything directly. Through your Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn accounts you divulge your every whim. Your email and search histories are cataloged and filed. Your IP addresses are tracked when you go into stealth mode. Your phone calls are tracked and your movements from tower to tower, triangulated and pinpointed. Your apps give away your location and this is cool?

This is then corroborated with the external Cloud which is not necessarily connected to you. The cameras on you at the bank, the checkout counter, ATM are constantly identifying you. The channels you watch on television, Who you email, Who you don't. Where are you driving your car? At so many points of connection the Cloud knows exactly where you are and what you're doing. And who you're talking to. It's implementation is not complete and it is not Allah, but it is the closest that Shaitan has come in a long time to being 2 to 3 steps ahead of the game. The Shayateen can't listen in the stars but they can listen to you.

What then is our plight when everything about us is known in an instant? Where we shop, where we travel what we buy and what we think about? In this ever increasing Satanic world? Allah tells us do not fear their plots for He is with us.

The speed of data collection is overwhelming and the expense made to trivialize its collection is ever expanding. More and more apps ask for access. Games and sketchpads constantly asking for contact logs, phone records, location habits why? The noose is tightening on the free world. In a minute the second someone steals your phone you will be able to have them picked up with complete biometrics. In a moment they will know exactly who you are. The question is do you know who you are. If you don't know the Cloud can tell you.

There have been changes recently in the way that the internet works. There was never any real privacy and now internet privacy is becoming more and more trivialized. There are so many cameras everywhere that you no longer think anything of them. Cameras being linked together in seconds. Burglar alarms with cameras everywhere. In more and more homes under the concept of personal home monitoring. However all hardware can be bypassed. The Cloud has the ability to see into people's homes in realtime. Big Brother has been invited to dinner and no body cares. Cellphones, tablets and computers are constant eyes and ears to those who wish to listen. All constantly feeding the Cloud.

Legislation has passed to make legal activities that have been going on all along. CISPA, Patriot Act, and activities of the DOJ and the NSA and recently the IRS have been trivialized to a point of collective apathy. We are now monitored openly, vigorously and constantly. Is it now even possible to fall off the grid?

So who will the Cloud tell you that you are, and will you agree?