March 24, 2009 § 3 Comments
April 25, 2008 § 6 Comments
What is chivalry? Today, we have a very narrow understanding of chivalry and what generally comes to the minds of most Americans when contemplating chivalry is: medieval knights, throwing your jacket over a puddle or some random act of kindness for a damsel in distress. All of which are about as likely to happen in today’s world as owls delivering acceptance letters to teenage children the world over, inviting them to attend the fabled and legendary school of magic.
In other words this kind of chivalry is not likely to happen. But real chivalry in today’s world means having honor and courtesy. But not the kind of courtesy we generally understand, this chivalry, Islamic chivalry has a depth that, when observed, one cannot help but to admire.
It is said that the one who exemplified Islamic chivalry in the way of the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) most perfectly was Hazreti Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra). There is a story of Hazreti Ali (ra) that gives us an idea of the spiritual power and sheer faith that it takes to embody Islamic chivalry,
“The perfect example of this level of control and chivalry is demonstrated by the conduct of Hadrat Ali ibn Abu Talib (RA) a companion of the Prophet (SAW) who once, in the midst of battle was about to slay his opponent. As he raised his sword to strike, his enemy spat in his face. Hadrat Ali immediately dropped his sword & refused to kill his opponent, “what is wrong with you, why do you not strike?” the man asked “because before you spat at me I was fighting you for the sake of Allah Almighty” Ali (RA) replied, “but after you spat I was fighting you because I was angry – and as a muslim I can only fight for Allah , never for my own Nafs. “Upon hearing this, Ali’s ( RA) opponent recongnized the nobility & truth of his words and immediately accepted Islam.” 
But is Islamic chivalry dead? I can, with a great deal of certainty, tell you that it is not. The essence of Islamic chivalry is found in the Tradition (sunnat) of the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). Therefore those who are holding tightly onto the Traditions of the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) and applying them to their lifestyle, they are the chevaliers.
April 17, 2008 § 1 Comment
During the month of Rabi al-Awwal, the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) received word that Bedouins of the Bali and Quda’a tribes were gathering and stealing the herds that belonged to the people of Medina in the Wadi al-Qura (area between Medina and Syria). The tribesmen were attempting to push back the growing population of Muslims. And in Rabi al-Thani 8 A.H., the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) designated Hazreti ‘Amr ibn al-‘As (ra), known to be a clever strategist; whose mother was of the tribe of Bali, to command an army of 300 men to defend the Muslims and their property, this would be later known as the ‘Expedition of the Well’ (Zhat-i Salasil).
Hazreti ‘Amr (ra) traveled and finally approached enemy lines. Observing them, he realized that they were more numerous than expected and he sent Hazreti Rafi’ (ra) back to Medina to inform the Holy Prophet (ra) of the situation and to request reinforcements. The Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) sent Hazreti Abu ‘Ubayda leading a group of 200 men, among the 200 men were the Holy Prophet’s closest companions, Hazreti Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (ra) and Hazreti ‘Umar al-Faruq (ra). When the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) sent the group off he said to them,
“I am sending you out as support troops in order to fend off the enemy attack and to punish these brigands, under the one condition that you do not break the unity of you ranks, and do not fall into dissension.”
The Holy Messenger of God (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) was warning the men of what was to come, “division and disunity among the ranks”. When the reinforcements led by Hazreti Abu ‘Ubayda (ra) arrived, Hazreti Abu ‘Ubayda wanted to be Imam and lead the prayers for the men. However, Hazret ‘Amr (ra) responded strongly saying,
“No! The command of this force is mine, you have command only of an auxiliary troop; therefore, it is for me to be the Imam!”
That is when Hazreti Abu Bakr, Hazreti ‘Umar and Hazreti Abu ‘Ubayda remembered the warning of the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). They went to Hazreti ‘Amr ibn al-‘As (ra) and agreed, keeping the ranks as the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) had ordered. The next day they launched their attack on the enemy and returned to Medina victorious.
March 15, 2008 § 12 Comments
If I were to ask you what are the five Holy Nights, what would come to your mind? Perhaps nothing or perhaps something. The fact of the matter is that the Holy Days and Nights are not discussed very often among religious people in America. But for Muslims in America there are evenings that should matter in our lives, they should not be ordinary nights that pass in an ordinary way. There are five Holy Nights that I am going to mention here and if these nights mean something in the Heavens, then they should mean something to Believers on Earth:
February 23, 2008 § 19 Comments
THE CHILDHOOD OF SAYYIDINA MEVLANA MUHAMMAD MUSTAFA
As a boy, Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) was cared for and suckled for seven days by Thuwaybah, the freed slave of Abu-Lahab-ibn-Abdul Muttalib, incidentally, Hazrat Hamza (R.A.) was also suckled by Thuwaybah. and because of this good fortune, Hazrart Hamza (R.A.) became Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) ‘s foster brother. Hazrat Abdul Muttalib was so overjoyed with the birth of his grandson that after seven days he offered an ‘Aqeeqah’, and invited all the people of Quraish for a feast. This tradition of the Aqeeqah’ was common among the Arabs since they believed that by this sacrifice, all the evil and other omens will keep away from the person in the name of whom the ‘Aqeeqah’ is offered.
On the eighth day after his birth , Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) was given in the care of Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A) lady of the Banu S’aad tribe. It was the practice of the Arabs to send their children away to the country-side so that they would grow up strong and healthy and learn the refined language of the Bedouin tribe which was considered superior to that of the city language. Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A) found that since Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) had joined her family, there was ‘barkat’ (blessing) and a great deal of prosperity in her home. Thus Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) grew up with the children of Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A), and he often went out with them to tend the sheep and goats.
After every six months, Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A.) brought Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) back to Makkah to his mother Hazrat Bibi Aaminah (R.A.) and to his grandfather Abdul Muttalib.
It was while Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) was in the care of Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A.) that her children reported to her one day that two persons, dressed in white, had taken Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) away. When Hazrat Bibi Halemah (R.A.) found him, he was pale and weak. He explained that the two persons had split open his chest and taken out something from his heart. On inspecting his body, Hazrat Bibi Haleemah (R.A.) found no signs of injury. This incident so upset her that she brought Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) back to Makkah to Bibi Aaminah (R.A.).
According to ‘Saheeh Muslim.’ Hazrat Anas-bin -Maalik (R.A.) reports that one day while Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) was playing with some boys, Hazrat Jibra’eel (A.S) appeared before Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) and split open his chest and removed a black spot from his heart and thereafter placed faith and wisdom in it. He then washed the heart in the water of ‘Zam Zam’ and replaced it in Rasulullah’s (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) chest.
When Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) was six years old, Hazrat Bibi Aaminah (R.A.) took him to her people in Madinah. On the return journey to Makkah, she was taken ill and passed away at Abwa. Hazrat Abdul Muttalib then took care of Rasulullah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) for two years. When Rasululaah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) was eight years old, Hazrat Abdul Muttalib also passed away. (Source)
*Rasulullah – refers to the Prophet Muhammad, it means the Messenger of Allah.
** Jibre’el – refers to the Angel Gabriel
*** The photograph is that of the Holy Prophet’s s.a.w.s. childhood home, Hazrat Bibi Haleemah’s (RA) home.
February 19, 2008 § 5 Comments
THE BIRTH OF SAYYIDINA MEVLANA MUHAMMAD MUSTAFA s.a.w.s.
The prophesies and divine events that were taking place in Arabia were sure signs of the coming of our Prophet Rasulullah The Christian priest according to their Gospel (Injeel) and the Jewish Rabbis according to their book (Tauraat) declared that ‘The last of all Nabees’ will be born in Arabia. Hazrat Ebrahim (A.S) had also asked Allah to raise a prophet among the Arabs.
Hazrat Abdul Muttalib and his son Hazrat Haarith (R.A) began a desperate search for the well of ‘Zam Zam’. There are two little hills, ‘Safa and Marwah’, now absorbed in the city of Makkah, and close to the well of ‘Zam Zam’. Here Hazrat Hajira (R.A), mother of the infant Hazrat Isma’eel(A.S.) prayed for water in the parched desert, and in her eager quest between these hills, she found her prayer answered and she saw the ‘Zam Zam‘ spring. She built walls round it to make it a well. In due course this well was covered up with silt and now, it was Hazrat Abdul Muttalib’s intention to uncover it.
Hazrat Abdul Muttalib, the care-taker of the Ka’bah had to also contend with the attack by Abrah-bin-Saba, the governor of Yemen who intended to destroy the Ka’bah. Abrah had an army of ‘The Elephants’. But Allah sent flights of birds which rained down stones on this army and destroyed the attackers and Abrah failed in his intention. The Quraan makes mention of this fact in Sura ‘Feel’ (The Elephants). This was the year that Rasulullah was born and it was called the ‘Year of the Elephants’.
After this event, when Hazrat Abdul Muttalib visited Zaid-bin-Zeeyazun, the then ruler of Yemen, he was told by his ruler that the prophet for whom the world was waiting will be born in the family of Hazrat Abdul Muttalib.
Just before the birth of Rasulullah , Hazrat Abdullah the father of Rasulullah was sent by Hazrat Abdul Muttalib on a trade mission to Syria (Shaam). On his return journey, Hazrat Abdullah fell ill and passed away at Madinah.
Thus Rasulullah was born on Monday 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal (April 570 CE) in the family of Banu Hashim. His mother Hazrat Bibi Aamina (R.A). was from Banu Zuhra family. The genealogy of this tribe shows that it is directly linked with Hazrat Isma’eel (A.S.)
When Rasulullah was born, many divine events took place. A bright star was seen by a Jew in Madinah. A sacred fire burning continuously for a thousand years in Persia (Iran) was extinguished. A bright light arose in Makkah and this was seen as far as Syria. An angel had appeared in the dream of Hazrat Bibi Aaminah(R.A.) and told her that the boy that was to be born to her should be named ‘Ahmed’ (The Praise One).
With great joy Hazrat Abdul Muttalib, the grandfather of Rasulullah took the infant Prophet to the Ka’bah and thanked Allah for giving him this Divine grandson. (source: inter-islam.org)
February 18, 2008 § 1 Comment
The Sirat an-Nabawiyya is the recorded history of the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). It is the biography of the Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) from which most historical information about his life and the early period of Islam is derived. I will be posting biographical excerpts as I find them on the Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him), his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them), the Successors (may Allah be pleased with them) and the Saints of Islam (may Allah keep their Secret) in a new category called “biographies“. The emphasis on these biographies will be on the unbroken Golden Chain of the 40 Grand Shaykhs of the Naks-i’bendi Sufi Order, from the present day Sultan Awliya, Shaykh Nazim al-Hakkani reaching all the way back to the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). There will also be a number of scholars and salihin that I will post on. So this is just an introduction to the new project. I pray that it is of benefit to us both for you and for me, inshaAllah.