riyada in arabic means "training" or "discipline". It was used by the arabs in relation to horse taming. Sufis refer to their discipline as "riyadat an-nafs": disciplining the soul / training the ego. Today, the word riyada has come to mean "sports". There is an Arabic proverb that says: "The purpose of sports (riyada) is not to win cups, but to discipline the soul". This blog is here to help me discipline my soul and train my body.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Hot Coals

"There will be a time when your religion will be like a hot piece of coal in the palm of your hand; you will not be able to hold it". The Prophet of Islam was gazing into the future while he talked to his followers early in the 7th century in Arabia. "Would this mean there would be very few Muslims?" someone asked. "No," replied the Prophet, "They will be large in numbers, more than ever before, but powerless like the foam on the ocean waves."

In the past two months I have read about at least 5 terrorist plots that were thwarted by intelligence agencies across the world. From Australia to Canada, America to England, and now most recently the plot to destroy airplanes in the air.... Time and time again, these terrorists try. The question is: how long will the intelligence agencies be able to stop them? How long before these terrorists actually succeed? I'm so worried about the number of attemps and their scale. It's... scary. What if they succeed? More than once? All over the world?

I know what... Islam will become hated all over the world. Blamed for the actions of these terrorists, who have nothing to do with Islam.

In their hearts is a disease, and Allah increaseth their disease. A painful doom is theirs because they lie. And when it is said to them:'Cause not corruption [or mischief] in the land', they say: 'We are nothing if not reformers (innama nahnu muslihoona).' Nay, unknown to themselves they are workers of corruption [or mischief]. (Qur'an 2:11-12)

And what do the millions of Muslims do? They are as numerous and powerless as the foams in the sea. They sit by while their religion is corrupted by those who think they are setting things right in the world (muslihoon). They sit by, unable to do anything about these people, while the image of their religion becomes so ruined, that holding on to it will be as holding coals in the palm of one hand.

But insha'Allah, even if everyone in the world turned against Islam, and even if we became the most persecuted and hated and misunderstood people on the earth, insha'Allah I will hold on to Islam, no matter how painful that will be. Everyone will look at Islam and perceive it as fire, when it is nothing but cool water. But hopefully, hopefully that time is yet far away, and hopefully God will send those who will raise Islam to glory, and destroy the workers of mischief and corruption.

The Prophet (pbuh) said about Ad-Dajjal[1] that he would have water and fire with him: his fire would (in truth) be cold water and his water would (actually) be fire.

[Sahih Al-Bukhari, 9.244]

He also said, "Then the Dajjal will come forth accompanied by a river and fire. He who falls into his fire will certainly receive his reward, and have his load taken off him, but he who falls into his river will have his load retained and his reward taken from him." Someone asked: "What will come next?" He said: "The Last Hour will come."

[Sunan of Abu Dawud #4232]

[update]: regarding the arrests made in England of the Pakistanis who attempted to blow up planes in the air, it seems that the arrests were made thanks to tip offs from the Muslim community in England. According to a British intelligence official, the original information about the plot came from a tip from the Muslim community in Britain, by persons concerned about the activities of their acquaintances. This is one thing we Muslims can do. We still have some power and ability to do something.

1. The word ad-Dajjal means "the one who deceives and misguides".


Blogger Elizabeth said...

Partially apropos, I have just written a "short history of monotheism" on my blog. Feel free to critique it if you want.

August 13, 2006 at 12:33 AM


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