Ibrahim Ibn Adham (R.A.)-The Friend Of Allah


It all boils down to service now. Again. InsyaAllah, may we become the friends to the Friends to the Friends  of Allah swt. What was that famous poem that some English poet wrote it too? Describing who?

Ibrahim ibn Adham, big King size Wali. And in that poem, in that story that is written by a British, English poet, saying Ibrahim ibn Adham was sleeping one night, and he hears something happening. He opens his eyes and he sees an Angel writing on a book. He approach the Angel and saying, ‘O great one, what are you writing in that book? So beautiful, you are writing in golden letters.’

And the Angel says, ‘don’t you know, these are the names of the Friends of Allah.’

Ibrahim ibn Adham, his heart started beating very fast and he’s saying, ‘O Holy one, please look in that list to see if my name is there.’

The Angel says, ‘your name is not here.’

Ibrahim ibn Adham got sad a little bit, then he says, ‘if I’m not in the list of the Friends of Allah, then maybe I can be on the list of those who love them.’

The Angel acknowledged him. The vision ended. The next night, he woke up again seeing a bright light and the Angel writing. He’s asking the angel, ‘O Holy ones, what are you writing today?’

The Angel is saying, ‘I’m writing the list of the Friends of Allah, of the ones who love Allah and Allah loves them, who knows Allah and Allah knows them.’ And then the Angel showed him the book and Ibrahim ibn Adham’s name was the top. Why?

Because, he’s not like so many foolish people in Tarikat to say, ‘Oh, I want to be a Saint. How can I be a Saint?’  He is saying, ‘No, I want to be those ones who love them. Those ones who serve them. Those ones who submit to them.’

May we be those ones. InsyaAllah. That is enough for us.

-Sheykh Lokman Effendi Hz

Understanding the different sects of Islam

Muslims are not merely divided into liberal, secular, conservative, hard-liner, Islamist, and extremist, nor are they simply just Shiite or Sunni. There are also very different schools of thought and their views on issues from women’s rights to apostasy vary immensely from one another. I just want to focus on the major ones, to give people a better understanding of how diverse the Muslim world is.

Hanafi (Sunni) Muslims - The largest number of Sunni Muslims belong to the Hanafi school of thought. It is the major school of Islamic thought for most of the Muslims in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the former Soviet countries, as well as significant number of Muslims in India, China, Iraq, Russia, and the Caucasus.

Hanabali (Sunni) Muslims - Considered by many Muslims as the most extremist form of thought, Hanabali is the forerunner for the Wahabbi-Salafi extremist ideology in Saudi Arabia. Hanabali school of thought is found primarily in Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, with smaller numbers scattered around the world.

Maliki (Sunni) Muslims - The Maliki is the main school of thought in Africa, including North Africa. It is also very significant in the United Arab Emirates, and to a lesser extent parts of other Arab Gulf countries.

Shafai’i (Sunni) Muslims - This school of thought is followed mainly by Muslims in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and other parts of Southeast Asia. It is also, to a smaller extent, followed in East Africa, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, by the Kurds, small parts of Egypt and Yemen.

Zahiri (Sunni) Muslims - A very tiny group within the Sunni schools of thought, Zahiris make up a small minority communities in Morocco and Pakistan.

Twelver (Shiite) Muslims - Often referred to just as Shiite, the twelvers are by far the largest group of Shiite Muslims in the world making up over 90% of all Shiite Muslims. They believe in “12 Imams” having succeeded Muhammad, with the 12th Imam expected to appear on judgement day with Jesus. Known as the Mahdi, he is said to bring peace to earth with Jesus. According to Shiite beliefs, the Mahdi will be looked upon to prepare for the reign of Jesus who will rule for a time after. The twelvers make up the majority of Muslims in in Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Bahrain, with lesser, but very significant populations in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Kuwait and the heavily persecuted community in Eastern province of Saudi Arabia.

Alawites (Shiite) Muslims - As a branch of the Twelver Shiites, they are a group of Muslims who incorporate many Christian and Gnostic elements in their beliefs, and seen as very secular. Historically they have been heavily persecuted and resorted to concealing their beliefs in Sunni ruled regions. They number around 3-5 million people scattered mainly in Syria, Turkey, and Lebanon. 

Alevi (Shiite) Muslims -  As a branch of the Twelver Shiites, they mainly focus on philosophy and tradition. They are also widely secular and they incorporate many sufi and non-Islamic elements in their customs. There are around 24 million Alevis worldwide, with the majority in Turkey, and the rest mainly in the Balkans, Albania, Azerbaijan, Iran and Syria.

Ismaili (Shiite) Muslims - The Ismailis and Twelver Shiites both accept the same initial Imams and share a lot in common. However, they disagree on the succession of the Sixth Imam. Most Ismaelis originate from the Indian subcontinent and many later migrated to Africa. Their population is around 15 million worldwide, and they are scattered in different parts of the world.

Druze (Shiite) Muslims - A very small number, branching from the Ismaili sect of Shiite Islam. They are one of the small groups of Muslim sects that do not accept converts. Some Druze do not even consider themselves as Muslims. There are currently around 2 million Druze in the world, with the majority in Syria, and smaller but very significant populations in Lebanon and Israel. 

Zaidi (Shiite) Muslims - The Zaidis, similar to the Ismaeilis, share a great deal with the Twelver Shiite Muslims, as they all accept the same initial Imams. However, the Zaidis disagree on the succession of the 4th Imam, as to who should have been the 5th Imam, and hence they are sometimes referred to as “Fivers”. Their only major concentration is in Yemen, where they make up about 40% of the total Muslim population. 

Sufi Muslims - Considered to the spiritualist mystical Muslims, the Sufis have been persecuted in many countries. Historically Turkey and Iran were the two major centres for the Sufis. In recent years Sufism has spread to several other countries, despite being persecuted, it is celebrated as a spiritual mystical form of Islam.

Ibadi Muslims - The only country where Ibadi Muslims have a significant following is Oman, with a significant number in Zanzibar as well. They are neither considered to be Sunni or Shiite.

Ahmadi Muslims - The Ahmadiyya community is a minority Muslim sect in every country of the world. There is no country that even comes close to being Ahmadiyya in its school of thought. Pakistan has the largest population of Ahmadi Muslims. 

Note 1: The Jafari Shiite school of thought is the jurisprudence of most Shiite Muslims, followed by Twelvers, Alevis and Ismailis, as well as many of the Zaidis.

Note 2: There are many other smaller groups within Islam, and also several Islamic schools of thought which have gone extinct.


Islamic UNITY

Week of Islamic Unity in Iran. Shia and Sunni Scholars praying together on the birthday anniversary of the mercy to mankind, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), in Iran to show the importance of the unity within the Islamic Ummah (society).


Sunni And Shiite British Imams Denounce ISIS Together In New Video

Sunni and Shiite Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom have come together to denounce the Islamic militant group ISIS in a video posted by a group called Imams Online, reports the BBC.

A statement on the Imams Online website says, “Senior British imams have come together to emphasize the importance of unity in the UK and to decree ISIS as an illegitimate, vicious group who do not represent Islam in any way.”

They hope the four-minute film will serve to counter the “digital propaganda” disseminated by ISIS, which has been noted for its heavy use of social media. Specifically, their goal is to strongly urge young Britons from traveling to Iraq and Syria to take part in the conflict. They also denounced Sunni-Shiite sectarianism, as earlier this week ISIS destroyed Shiite mosques and shrines.

“We are Muslims united against ISIS, against terrorism, against atrocity, against pain and suffering,” says Sayed Ali Rizvi, head of the Majlis Ulama-e-Shia group, in the video.

statement from ISIS exhorted Muslims worldwide to join them upon their declaration of an Islamic Caliphate led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “It is incumbent upon all Muslims to pledge allegiance to (him) and support him,” it said.

The Imams Online video quotes the Quran to emphasize the importance of Islamic unity despite the sectarian nature of the conflict in the Middle East. From Surah Al-Imran:

And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favour of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by his favour, brothers.

“As a Sunni Muslim, I do not accept the Caliphate of ISIS, I consider ISIS as a terrorist organization,” said Maulana Shahid Raza, of Leicester Central Mosque.

Abu Muntasir, chief executive of the charity organiztion JIMAS, said, “Brothers and sisters, if I could tell you in one sentence about ISIS I would tell you that they are evil, they are corrupt, they are self-seeking, self-centered, vicious people. Don’t get mixed up with them.”

anonymous asked:

Do you support the shia? I see you rebloged a pictures about muharam and I was wondering.

I absolutely support the Shia. Are they not my brothers and sisters, after all? 

This is a stupid question and it makes me angry and sad that you need to ask. 

Muharram is a holy month in Islam, is it not? Was it not mentioned in the Qur’an? Is it not a month that we should ALL observe? It is beautiful to witness. 

It’s our obligation to support our brothers and sisters. I will do so happily. 

I honestly believe that our Prophet (saws) would weep if he saw the way we treat each other. It makes my stomach hurt. 

Yes, I support Shia. I always have and always will. 

May Allah swt make our ummah whole again. May He protect our Shia brothers and sisters from hateful people who claim to be Muslim, but who we know really are not. May He remind us of our humanity, and teach us to love each other again. Ameen.


Journalist James Foley

Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn’t matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he’d cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.

Foley was snatched again in Syria in November 2012 when the car he was riding in was stopped by four militants in a battle zone that Sunni rebel fighters and government forces were trying to control. A video posted Tuesday purportedly showed his execution, but officials in Washington were still working to verify its authenticity. (AP)

Find more news related pictures on our photo galleries page.

Rayhna Jabbary, a 26 year old Iranian, Muslim girl, who got executed yesterday in Iran, after being detained for 7 years!
The reason she got executed was that because she killed a cop while defending herself from being raped at the age of 17 by him!!
My message to all the Muslims: How long will you keep hiding at homes eventhough you’re completely aware of the oppression happening against all Muslims (especially Sunni’s) in the whole world?
How long will you keep passive? How long will you keep shutting your mouthes up?!!
How many more martyrs must keep falling from us, girls being raped, Masjids being burnt, Youth getting detained for you to speak up?!!
How long and How many more for you to wake up?!!

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎

It has just been confirmed that Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Wahhāb Al Wasābee (rahimahullāh) has passed away. The Salātul Janazah will take place today Wednesday, April 29th following Isha Salāh at Masjid Imām Ad Dawah in Naseem, Riyadh KSA.

تَدْمَعُ الْعَيْنُ وَيَحْزَنُ الْقَلْبُ وَلاَ نَقُولُ إِلاَّ مَا يَرْضَى رَبُّنَا وَاللَّهِ

“Our eyes shed tears and the hearts are filled with grief, but we do not say anything except that by which our Lord is pleased.”

May Allāh have mercy upon the Shaykh, may He expand his grave, and may He grant him the highest of Jannah, Allāhumma Ameen.

il-machia-in-paradise asked:

Hi dear mods, and especially Yasmin! Do you have any recommendations of Arab/Sunni political philosophers? This is a characterization question, not a strictly academic one; i.e. if my Lebanese-American protag grew up with Plato's philosopher-kings and Machiavelli's prince who loved his country more than his own soul, who might her Qatari LI have read and taken influence from?

Arab Philosophers


I’m so glad you asked, because I hate how little appreciation Arab philosophers get. Also, since Qatar was only officially founded in 1971, you’ll do better off looking up Arab philosophers in general.

Ibn Khaldun I love particularly for his thoughts on a political economy. And let’s not forget Abdulrahman Alkawakby, who spoke publicly against despotism and opened a law office to depend the people against the government. He wrote a well-known book titled “The Nature of Despotism.” There’s also Al-Kindi and hundreds of other philosophers. 

While the ones I mentioned are my personal favourites, I don’t know what kind of ideology your character follows, so I can’t offer a specific philosopher. I’d suggest doing some research on Arab philosophers and finding which one’s beliefs align most closely with your character’s.

-Mod Yasmin