Allahu Akbar (Takbir) - الله أَكْبَر

Subhan'Allah (Tasbih) - سبحان الله 

Alhamdulillah (Tahmid) - الحمد لله 

La ilaha ilallah (Tahlil) - لا إله إلا الله 

La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (Hawqala) - لا حول ولاقوة إلا بالله

I was in my youth and my family was striving hard to convince me to marry but I refused. A woman came to me and said: ‘O Abū Uthmān, indeed I am infatuated with you. I ask you, by Allāh, to marry me.’ So I went to her father, who was poor, and he married her to me and he was very happy with that. When she entered upon me I saw her and she was cross-eyed, cripple, and deformed. Due to her love for me she would prevent me from going out so I would sit with her to soothe her heart and I didn’t display to her any aversion, yet it was as if I was burning due to the aversion which I had for her. I remained like this for fifteen years until she passed away. There is none of my actions that I hope to preserve more than my (action of) preservation of her heart.

Abū Uthmān Sa’îd bin Ismâ’îl An-Naysabūrī (d. 290 AH)

Sayd Al-Khātir pg. 132
Translated by Raha ibn Donald Batts

anonymous asked:

I'm trying to fight islamaphobia in the indian community but I get hit with the mughals were imperialistic and brutally ruled over and oppressed minority indigenous Indian religions and made them feel savage like for more free thought and expression. Also, that in Bangladesh and Pakistan, the atrocities and laws against Hindus are much worse. What is your advice?

The thing is, even waY before the Mughals, South Asian religious groups were always fighting against each other. You had Vaishnavite rulers grind Jains who refused to convert alive in oil mills; Saint Ramanuja was exiled from Chola Nadu for refusing to comply with the caste system and Shaivite Brahminism, and many Iyengars who stayed in Chola Nadu were then brutally executed. You’ve got the Mahabharatha that talks about a great war that killed thousands of people–though the most of the intricacies and specific characters of the story may not be true, the war it mentions was very likely real (though again, probably not in the way the epic mentions it). King Thirumangai was an anti-Buddhist iconoclast before he reformed; one example is of how he sacked a Buddhist temple and smelted its icons and idols to rebuild a wall in the temple of Sri Rangam. The Gupta period in South Asia was famous for its further stratification and enforcement of the caste system. 

History books quite obviously don’t mention all of these; instead, they focus on “blah blah the Mughal Empire was bad, forced conversions, yada yada” and totally disregard that literally every empire and every kingdom everywhere did incredibly shitty things, often with religion as an excuse. 

Also, as for atrocities against Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan, yeah, it is a big problem in those regions; however, you have many, MANY cases of Islamophobia in India as well, so hatred between religious groups (which again, has plainly always been a thing in South Asia wHICH SUCKS OFC) shouldn’t be an excuse to be Islamophobic (or Hinduphobic…lookin’ at those South Asians who don’t care about the anti-Hindu violence in Pakistan and Bangladesh). 

I hope that helped! Tldr; there’s always a percentage of people in every community who are extremists, but that shouldn’t be an excuse for discrimination.