Living The Quran Taking A Stand Surah Al-Imran (The House of Imran) Chapter 3: Verse 139
"So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For you must gain mastery if you are true in Faith."
When a Muslim loses his physical power and is conquered, one's consciousness (taqwa) and faith (iman) does not depart from him. If one remains a Believer, he or she looks upon his or her conqueror from a superior position.
One remains certain that this is a temporary condition which will pass
away and that faith will turn the tide from which there is no escape.
Even if death is his portion, he will never bow his head.
It is the
wisdom of God that belief remains independent of the glitter and glamour
of worldly allurements, such as closeness to the ruler, favour from the
government, popularity among the people or the satisfaction of desire.
Indeed, the Believer does
not borrow his or her values, concepts and standards from people, but
takes them from the Sustainer of the people, God, and that is sufficient for the Believer.
person who takes a stand against the direction of the society - its
common mode, its values and standards, its ideas and concepts, its error
and deviations - will find himself or herself a stranger, as well as
helpless, unless his or her authority comes from a source which is more
powerful than the people, more permanent than the earth, and nobler than
life. Let falsehood have power, let it have its drums and
banners, and let it have its throngs and mobs; all this cannot change
anything of the truth. He or she is a Believer, and whatever be the
conditions and the situation, he or she cannot exchange error for the
truth. Indeed, God does not
leave the Believer alone in the face of oppression to whimper under its
weight, to suffer dejection and grief, but relieves him of all this with
the message: "So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For you must gain mastery if you are true in Faith."
"The Noble Quran" - Abdullah Yusuf Ali,
"Milestones" - Sayyid Qutb, pp. 274-279
Understanding the Prophet's Life Hygiene The practice of the Prophet (peace
and blessings be upon him) is to be always clean, wearing fresh and
neat-looking dress and having a pleasant fragrance. Imam al-Bukhari narrates the Prophet saying, "Allah
will forgive the sins of the previous week for a person, who on Friday
takes a bath, cleanses himself, puts on his [regular] perfume or any
perfume available in the house. Then, he goes out [to Friday Prayer] and
avoids separating two friends. Then he prayers wherever he can and
listens to [the sermon of] the Imam."
To take a bath on Friday is specifically required as
it is the 'weekly Eid' of Muslims and a time for gathering and joy for
the community in their homes and masjids. That of course does
not mean that one should bathe only on Fridays but as often as is
necessary for optimal health and hygiene. The Prophet did not set aside
any specific time for bathing and would do so whenever he wished to,
sometimes even in the middle of the night as Lady 'Aisha reported!
Do not forget to keep with you a small bottle of perfume and
to use it regularly to bring pleasure to yourself and those around you,
as the ahadith clearly recommend. It is loved by humans and angels
alike, and Allah loves what pleases His creation. Compiled From: "Islamic Manners" - Abdul Fattah Abu Ghudda
Blindspot! Paths to Peace
Only in the crucible of self-mastery can freedom be smelted. Far
from how others see us, far from our constant complaining, we all have a
deep need for silence and introspection: the silence of our conscience.
We need to listen to our hearts, to recognize our needs. Islam—like all
spiritual traditions—teaches that we can never fully realize
ourselves, never attain our freedom by acting against others, or in
relation to the judgments—founded or unfounded—of others. To be
means to return to our conscience, to our intelligence and our heart,
and to pledge, to the full extent of our abilities, to know and to
educate ourselves. Knowledge of God, the Qur’an reminds us, lies
“between man and his heart”: God invites us to know ourselves, to rely
upon our conscience, to seek responsibility. But above all God summons
us to understand our faith, our practice as believers and ourselves. The
Unique calls upon humans to become beings of conscience, to take
themselves fully in hand and to become—overcoming all obstacles—forces
for good, for human well-being and peace.
It is time to stop lamenting if
life fails to ease our suffering and our tears. Muslims must reconcile
themselves with the full force of this message. Must rediscover the
Divine One in intimate dialogue, and then, in confidence, find
themselves. Must become responsible: such is the first freedom. Never
lose hope: such is the ultimate message of Islam. To
be, to know one’s self, to be thankful and to serve in the deep belief
that peace lies in the intention and the meaning of all we do, and not
in the visibility of the result or the sound of applause. The
philosopher noticed: “What does not kill you makes you stronger”… life,
which by definition does not definitely kill us, must be the way that
strengthen us spiritually. Time, confidence and silence will be
required; we must learn to care for ourselves. Islam needs Muslims—women
and men—who understand its teachings, who attempt to live by them and
who bear witness before humanity and Nature of its simple, luminous and
yet demanding message: if you believe you seek; when you seek you love; if you love you serve; when you serve, you pray.
the empowerment of autonomy and freedom, can only come about through
the mediation of those around us, with their respect, and in their
service. Like the signs of the universe that remind us of the
signs of our deepest intimacy, like the order of the cosmos that
reflects peace of heart, we must learn, understand, step outside
ourselves. To love and to serve means to step outside ourselves: to step outside ourselves holds the promise of self-reconciliation. A paradox, and such a beautiful truth.