Keep me in your duaas my friends.

This week can possibly make or break me. 

You ever feel like your entire ribcage wants to collapse from how heavy your heart worries :(

Anonymous said: How do you pray istikhara? Everywhere on the Internet has a different explanation and I feel that I've done it wrong since I still don't feel clear on the decision I'm trying to make

My understanding of it is to read the “Duaa” of Istikhara, and then pray two units of Prayer right after. 

There’s not much more else to it. You won’t necessarily feel “clear” or get a dream, that’s not a guarantee, but if something is bad for you it will immediately manifest. 

Anonymous said: I'm going through a major change in my life and I am so terrified of it. I'm happy but I'm scared at the same time. I thought maybe it's just cold feet. But this seems more than just cold feet. I'm so scared of becoming a responsible person, someone who's in charge of a house and a whole other human being. I'm so scared of this new life ahead of me I can't function anymore thinking of how much I could suck at being this person who has all these responsibilities. Idk I probs make no sense. Sorry

Don’t be sorry, you make perfect sense. I know exactly how you feel because I’ve been feeling that way for a long time myself.

Transitioning into adulthood is terrifying, no doubt, and this unnatural and even rude awakening into that world is probably one of the biggest sources of my own personal identity crisis(es). 

That being said, the biggest thing about this, is this feeling is temporary, since once you’re over it, you’ll realize that you’re just going to still be yourself the entire time. You don’t have a “child” self, and an “adult” self, since you’re you the entire time; nothing about that will ever change.

Being an adult doesn’t mean you have to change into someone else or adopt a bunch of behaviorism’s associated with it. All it means, is you’ll become a contributing member of society, and that alone is something I’m sure you’ve been wanting for a long time. Embrace it. 

Plus, you’re not expected to be in charge of a whole house all at once. You’ll transition into that. You’ll transition into paying bills, taking care of your finances and doing it all on your own. 

And trust me, you might think you suck at being this person but there are literally shows out there that help people do basic finances, so just know that even adults in their Fourties don’t even have their lives together. 

You’ll be fine my friend :), just take it one day at a time. 

Anonymous said: I'm close to having a mental breakdown can I talk to you?

Of course you can, reveal yourself or shoot me an ask as to what’s wrong. 

More and more I realize that Free will is the biggest blessing and curse known to Man. 

Being responsible for every one of your actions, and determining your fate is… a hefty responsibility.

You don’t get the option of floating around like an obedient angel, nor are you freed from the intellect as the creatures are in the animal kingdom.

You have to live with every one of your dark, euphoric, or insane thoughts and the intellect and ration you are given that can be honed or suppressed to govern every one of your devious or righteous acts.

It’s no wonder, no entity in the universe accepted this responsibility but humankind. We have the light of our souls similar to the angels, we have the desires of lions and wolves, and we are made of the same elements as mountains and volcanoes. 

We are a mixture of Divine ingredients that can either be a catastrophic or a miraculous structure, and there’s billions of us…

Our immortality can be dominated with pain and agony or heavenly abodes…and it’s all up to us to determine which path we take. 

Anonymous said: im sorry, but I didnt condemn anyone to hell astaghfirullah, nor I was judging any1, nor I expressed my original opinion. I simply worded to u what I knew. The ayahs that u showed are all referring to the ppl b4 prophet PBUH. Totally make sense. I noticed one that refers to Christians, but Christians around prophet PBUH's time and the ones now are different. Back then they followed the Old Testament, now they don't.

What you should get out of the verses is that God doesn’t condemn Jews or Christians to hell because of that virtue alone, it is our responsibility as Muslims to present Islam in a very attractive manner and do our part.

If they do not choose to accept it, that ultimately lies on God to see their good deeds in this life, and gauge if they are going to heaven or not; there is no singular rule that condemns any person to hell. It is not up to us.

The Christians of today or yesterday are really not significantly different; that is a misconception brought upon by modern Muslims.

The Jews of Medinah may not have been Orthodox Jews or defined as Jews in the full sense by Modern Judaic standards, but that didn’t mean every religious group that ascribed to the “People of the Book” were a significantly different group then we see today.

The Quran is filled with verses that challenge the Trinity, the Crucifixion and other Christian doctrines that are still prevalent today in modern Christianity.

The Bible of today is a translated version of a combination of the Old Testament from Hebrew, and the New Testament in Greek. It really hasn’t changed too much nor are the Christians or Jews of today a different group of people than in the Prophet’s time. 

Anonymous said: do you believe that believing nothing but Allah and having jannah as your ultimate goal will remove stress and anxiety?

Believing in God should be the reference point of your life, it can ultimately remove the burden that you are responsible for every decision or incident that happens to you but there’s a reason God put you here, and you are responsible for improving the environment around you as a Muslim rather than take a passive approach. 

The most calamity laden lives were of the Prophets, and they were the closest to God and knew that they had a guaranteed place in heaven, but they never for one minute believed that this world was going to be easy. 

Faith alone won’t carry you through life, as the famous Sufi saying goes:

“Trust in God, but don’t forget to tie your camel”. 

Allow your faith to guide you and relieve your anxiety, but it won’t remove it ultimately. Anxiety and stress is a common factor to every human being. 

Anonymous said: I disagree with your sentence: "God grants several righteous individuals from several religious backgrounds to enter heaven due to their efforts". It's clear in the Qur'an that (unless you aren't exposed to Islam, for that wallahu 'alam) one is not to achieve heaven if he doesn't believe in Allah & His prophet PBUH (even though you're good as a person), as it's shirk. It's up to you if you believe it to be that way, but I'm pretty sure the Qur'an never said as such. You're a pluralist aren't you

It is clear that you have jumped to conclusions and have not given me the benefit of the doubt. Furthermore, taking the Quran in fragments and assuming the worst of your Muslim brother by derailing his credentials is absolutely disrespectful. 

The Qura’n is to be taken holistically, and should not be taken in pieces. As you could have read, I go out of my way to not only define Islamic terms like Shirk or Kufr in their puritanical Arabic sense, but also their reclaimed meanings as used by Muslims later on. Shirk literally means to willingly ascribe with God a partner, albeit knowing that Islam is the truth. From an extended sense, you can use this to anyone that ascribes with God a partner linguistically, but the meaning of the term is focused on the Polytheist Qurashites that denied Islam and made Kufr(Or as known in Arabic to bury the truth). 

You probably have to brush up more on the Quranic chapters as it reveals knowledge contradictory to your rhetoric that anyone that doesn’t believe in God will go to hell. 

As we see in the Quran:

1. إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالصَّابِئُونَ وَالنَّصَارَىٰ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Indeed, those who have believed [in Prophet Muhammad] and those [before Him] who were Jews or Sabeans or Christians - those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness - no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.[Quran 5:69]

2.

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالنَّصَارَىٰ وَالصَّابِئِينَ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] - those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness - will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve. [Quran 2:62]

3. لَتَجِدَنَّ أَشَدَّ النَّاسِ عَدَاوَةً لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا ۖ وَلَتَجِدَنَّ أَقْرَبَهُم مَّوَدَّةً لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الَّذِينَ قَالُوا إِنَّا نَصَارَىٰ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّ مِنْهُمْ قِسِّيسِينَ وَرُهْبَانًا وَأَنَّهُمْ لَا يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ

"You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers [to be] the Jews and those who associate others with Allah ; and you will find the nearest of them in affection to the believers those who say, "We are Christians." That is because among them are priests and monks and because they are not arrogant." [Quran 5:69]

4. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا أَنصَارَ اللَّهِ كَمَا قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ لِلْحَوَارِيِّينَ مَنْ أَنصَارِي إِلَى اللَّهِ ۖ قَالَ الْحَوَارِيُّونَ نَحْنُ أَنصَارُ اللَّهِ ۖ فَآمَنَت طَّائِفَةٌ مِّن بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ وَكَفَرَت طَّائِفَةٌ ۖ فَأَيَّدْنَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا عَلَىٰ عَدُوِّهِمْ فَأَصْبَحُوا ظَاهِرِينَ

O you who have believed, be supporters of Allah , as when Jesus, the son of Mary, said to the disciples, “Who are my supporters for Allah ?” The disciples said, “We are supporters of Allah .” And a faction of the Children of Israel believed and a faction disbelieved. So We supported those who believed against their enemy, and they became dominant. [Quran 61:14] 

Now you can obviously quote verses that explicitly condemn disbelievers to hell, but the context behind every verse is that the Disbelieving Christians or Jews or Polytheists at the time were well-aware of the Prophethood of Muhammad, had seen the miracles, and had willingly opposed him for their own hedonistic purposes, by which the verses are directed to them.

You cannot simply believe that someone that has a very vague idea of Islam is going to be thrown into hell because of their rudimentary image of it, while it requires people like you to go out of their way to actually educate them.

On the day of Judgement, people will latch onto you and lament about how you had given them a bad image of Islam and they had gotten a distorted image.

Ultimately, there are many Hadiths as well, that also indicate that God grants whomever he wills access to Heaven through his mercy, and that it is actually considered a minor Shirk to play the role of God in condemning peoples to hell. 

I would watch my words before condemning someone to hell if I were you.

Your body is made of the same elements that lionesses are built from. Three quarters of you is the same kind of water that beats rocks to rubble, wears stones away. Your DNA translates into the same twenty amino acids that wolf genes code for. When you look in the mirror and feel weak, remember, the air you breathe in fuels forest fires capable of destroying everything they touch. On the days you feel ugly, remember: diamonds are only carbon. You are so much more.

We’re never alone in anything:  

Anonymous said: The Maghrib athan was at 8:05 (Chicago time), it didnt even look like the correct time for Maghrib. And what about the verse in the Quran: "and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night), then complete your fast till the nightfall."

I think a lot of people mistake the idea of what the various Prayer times mean.

Fajr refers to the dawn before Sunrise, and this was distinguished by the Muetthin by differentiating the black thread from the white thread in the night(a varying definition of what stage the night was in), and this was merely a method used before the use of technology to see when Fajr came in. Obviously, this doesn’t mean that every person should take a white thread with a black thread, because that’s referring to a specific method in Arabia to differentiate between different shades of night.

Dhuhr refers to the time exactly when the Sun is in the middle of the Sky. And before scientific and astronomical measurements, this was done by a Sun-dial. 

Asr refers to the time when the sun has begun to set and is the time before the full sunset of Maghrib. Abu Hanifa disagreed with the 3 other Major Imams in that his definition of Asr was 30 minutes to an hour after what most Sheikhs referred to Asr as being the measurement when one’s shadow was as large as them. All Chicago Masjid(s) follow the Hanafi time in measurement. 

Maghrib doesn’t refer to night, it refers to the time when the entire disk of the sun has been gone, and although this might feel that one is still in the daytime it still refers to the “Sunset” or Maghrib in Arabic.

Isha’ is the time where the sun has been completely gone and it is complete darkness. 

One has to be very careful on the definitions of these prayer times my friend. 

Anonymous said: This is gonna sound like a stupid question but when are you supposed to open your fast. I was at an iftari yesterday and everybody started eating at 8pm because that's the time listed on the prayer time table. It was clearly light outside. They kept telling me to eat or my fast will be "makrooh".. Is there really a such thing?

You are supposed to break your fast immediately after the Maghrib athan begins. Just break your fast ceremonially with a date, even if you aren’t hungry. 

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Anonymous said: Hi. From my understanding, shirk is an unforgivable sin in Islam but doesn't the Quran also say that people who don't know Islam is the truth will be forgiven? Also whats the difference between a kuffar/nonbeliever (someone who knows Islam is true but chooses not to follow it) and a Muslim who doesn't practice all of islam( like doesnt wear hijab or dates etc but still believes in one god and the prophets)?

In Islam, the concept of belief or non-belief is a complex matter. We do not believe that being Muslim is the only method to go to heaven, nor is even being Muslim by itself a virtue that takes you to heaven in its sole meaning: Islam is a lifestyle that can enable one to better this earth and themselves by which they can be rewarded heaven by their righteous efforts in the this life. 

God grants several righteous individuals from several religious backgrounds to enter heaven due to their efforts; but Islam is seen as the most secure and perfect path by which one can achieve the height of spirituality and awareness of God. 

That being said, the “unforgivable sin of Shirk” is directed towards those who know Islam’s tenants inside and out, are presented it in a fair and balanced fashion, and yet for their own hedonistic purposes willingly leave Islam or associate with God a partner or deny his existence altogether. 

This doesn’t mean someone that was not exposed to Islam, or was raised in a hostile environment to Islamic ideals will be punished for denying God’s kingdom. Moreover, those who weren’t properly exposed to Islam can include born Muslims or non-Muslims; because both individuals could be presented Islam in the wrong fashion. I don’t believe a Muslim that commits Shirk or leaves Islam is to be punished if they were presented Islam in a very horrible manner; that responsibility lies on the educator they had that had pushed them away from it. 

Now a Kaafir/Kuffar, in its strictest meaning, refers to the Polytheists of Quraysh; the earliest opponents of Muhammad(S). A Kaafir in the Arabic language referred to the farmers or Bedouins that used to hide or bury something, and this was reclaimed by the Muslims to refer to the non-believing Qurashi Arabs that denied Muhammad’s message and tried to hide or bury it. The word non-Muslim or non-believer is the proper way to refer to anyone else that doesn’t believe in Islam; the word Kaafir is derogatory in a sense out of context since it claims that everyone is trying to bury the truth, which is not the case. 

Now as for a Muslim that doesn’t practice all of Islam, this includes literally every Muslim. No Muslim is perfect, nor is any Muslim a proper manifestation of all Islamic tenants; that can only be seen through the Prophet and his Companions, who do not live among us today. 

Furthermore, many Muslims believe in different theological points of view, schools of law, and other interpretations, so what could be forbidden to one person, could be lawful for the next. Islam has a massive academic rigor dedicated to it, to translate all of its principles to our day to day lives; so there is a wealth of information on how certain individuals interpret its tenants into their respective environments. 

قبلتها و رشفت خمرة ريـقـهـا فـوجـدت نـارَ صبابةٍ فـي كـوثـــر
Kissing her was like sipping the wine of her essence, and as I did, I found a burning passion in her soul, of much abundance.

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