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.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Quran 41: 34

Assalamu Alaykum,

Although I have overcome my illness a while ago after a doctor forced me to take antibiotics, I still have a lingering cough and an inability to speak more than a few sentences or recite the Quran without coughing. I dont know why this isn't going away. But thanks to Allah, my health is back to normal (and has been for a while but I haven't really felt like blogging, so I apologize for not replying to ppl's comments).

Well, before I get to 41:34, I would like to quote a group of verses from surah 41 that my cousin discussed with me today. He said he read them over his father while he was dying in the hospital, because they were read to the Caliph Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz (Umar II), may God be pleased with him, while he was dying and it is reported that he was visited by the Prophet and the four Caliphs when they were read out. Yes, the Prophet (pbuh) died from the material world but is alive in the spiritual world and it is possible to see him in the waking state if the veils are removed from one's eyes.

"And say not of those who are slain in the Way of Allah, 'They are dead'. Nay, they are living, though you perceive it not". (2:154)

"There where the world of bodies is, there also is the world of Spirits; there where the world of corruption is, there also is the world of purity; there where is the world of the kingdom (mulk), there also is the world of kingship (malakut); in the very place where the lower worlds are, there are to be found the higher worlds and the totality of worlds. "

"Of necessity, he can be seen in waking state only by one whose mind- or let us say, whose thoughts- have transported him from this corporeal world into the world of Spirits; there will he see the Prophet without the slightest doubt; there he will see all his friends.

-Shaykh ad-Darqawi

The great hadith master and scholar Jalal ad-Din al-Suyuti has written a book proving this, called "Tanweer al-Halak fee Jawaaz Ru'yat an-Nabi wal-Malak".

Anyway, here are the verses (30-34) which, when heard in Arabic, simply melt the heart:

Lo! those who say: Our Lord is Allah, and afterward are upright, the angels descend upon them, saying: Fear not nor grieve, but hear good tidings of the paradise which ye are promised. * We are your protecting friends in the life of the world and in the Hereafter. There ye will have all that your souls desire, and there ye will have all for which ye pray. * A gift of welcome from One Forgiving, Merciful. * And who is better in speech than him who prayeth unto his Lord and doeth right, and saith: Lo! I am of those who are muslims (surrender unto Him). * The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel [evil deeds] with that which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity will become as though he was a bosom friend.

Well, the last one, about repelling the good deed with one that is better, is the verse I want to talk about specifically. A few days ago I posted a questions on a bodybuilding forum asking if there are any Muslims around and what they will be doing for Ramadan in regards to training and nutrition. Well, I immediately got a bunch of hateful responses against Islam and myself. I didnt know how to respond, because I knew if I quoted verses from the Qur'an they wouldn't listen, and they'd find some Christian site which has a ready-made list of verses mistranslated or taken out of context to attack Islam. And I knew replying angrily was not the answer. So I decided to reply with a joke. No need to repeat all that I said, but I answered with a pretty funny joke in which I played along with them, and they found it to be hilarious and somehow they flipped. From attacking Islam, they switched to apologizing to me, telling me that what they said was uncalled for, and trying to help me out as much as possible in regards to planning the month of Ramadan for working out. The whole mood on the thread switched from a bunch of attacks to a bunch of people helping me out and wishing me a blessed Ramadan. I'm not just talking about one person here. Many people who didnt like me simply because I was Muslim and were always hating on me and anything I said on the forums were now offering to help me and acting really nice. All because I decided to act as if they were friends and reply with a funny joke. And it turned out they really are good people after all.

Subhan Allah! Repel the bad with that which is better, and he between whom and you was enmity would be as if he were a warm friend. Sadaq Allah al-Azeem.


Anonymous Frankish Infidel said...

I remember driving in southern France somewhere close to the Spanish border and i saw this Arab Muslim walking along the road, it was a sunny warm day.
He had his white clothes on with a trimmed brownish/black beard and skull cap, slippers the works. Like he just came crawling out of the desert.
His walk seemed a little slanted like he was pretty tired of walking.

And i wondered if he knew how much he was unwelcome and hated by the people in who's land he was now traveling.
And why on earth he was simply walking along the highway there.
There was no broken car or anything the guy was just walking along the road in the middle of no where.
Perhaps he knew he was hated because no one stopped even though hundreds of cars pass by there..he wasn't holding up his thumb or anything either.Perhaps he had given up on the kafirs half way through Spain.And was now simply muttering Arabic curses.

The vision of this Muslim walking a long that road still comes back to me at times. When i'm busy virtually frying your evil religion.
Because i realize the guy was most likely fully expecting people to see him, stop and give him a ride to wherever he wanted to go.
He wasn't carrying anything either,as far as i could see, not even a bottle of water.So he probably expected people to give him food and water as well.

I don't feel guilty about driving further as my small car was stacked with camping gear leaving barely enough room for me and my dame, so even if we wanted to , we would not have been able to offer him a ride.

But i do wonder what would have happened if he had seen this 6"1 infidel stop the car, grunt a salam aleikhum and offered him a ride.
Would he have become frightened?
Perhaps have objected to the smell of the infidel car? And say thanks but no thanks?
Or would he have actually accepted the ride?
And if so..would he have blown himself up?
Or cut my neck from behind while i was driving?

What on earth was the guy thinking?
Maybe he was simply confused.
Don't know exactly why i wrote this little experience but anyway.
Something in your little piece reminded me of this Muslim.
He seemed harmless and humble yet extremely arrogant.

October 11, 2006 at 10:05 AM

Blogger Silencer said...

is it arab muslims whose presence in your country is so hated or all muslims?

October 11, 2006 at 10:56 PM

Anonymous Frankish Infidel said...

No Islam is hated , the lands were once ravaged by Islamic armies and it's people's property was plundered and there woman and children taken as slaves.
All kinds of abuses happenend there.
Yet this Muslim was just walking around there.

In France there are some Muslims that mostly live in the slumbs surrounding Paris, poor backward immigrants that at times display violent riots.
Mostly North African.

October 12, 2006 at 4:03 AM

Anonymous Frankish Infidel said...

Muslims are a bit like this guy

You see how it's offensive?

October 12, 2006 at 4:19 AM

Blogger Silencer said...

You see, as a student of History, I dont really believe in these centuries-old hatreds. I think that this hatred is very modern and based on 19th and 20th century events, but projected back in time, as always happens.

I mean, you dont see Muslims and Arabs still hating the "Franj" for invading Muslim lands in the Crusades, raping and plundering and burning by the thousands. It's just not on any one's mind, unless there is a modern situation that is similar that makes it particularly useful to remember these things.

And since I'm currently living in Egypt, I'm quite shocked at how quickly the Egyptians forgot about the horrible offenses committed by Napoleon's men when they invaded the country.

It is because there is no French presence in the country at the moment, to the detriment or displeasure of one group of Egyptians or another, that these things have been forgotten and no one cares about them anymore. No one thinks they're still relevant. No one fears any modern French invasion because of what they did in the past.

Likewise, I dont think the French really hate the Muslims because of something that happened centuries ago. I believe it's because of immigrants now living there, threatening certain classes or groups in society, taking some of their jobs, refusing to integrate into society, and burning some Renault's every once in a while (the last, by the way, being a very acceptable reason for hatred, and is definitly an un-Islamic act but I'm sure you know that on some deep level). It is this modern presence that makes you hate the Muslims and project it back in time.

Historians of the Ottoman Empire, for example, are finding out that all the stories about the "Turkish savages" being cruel and evil to the Europeans are legends that were created in the 19th and 20th centuries, during the rise of Nationalist movements, and then projected back in time. Documents and histories were even forged to give legitimacy to whatever the nationalist movements needed to support. And now Western historians are discovering that all of that is non-sense. Relations used to be, generally, very good between the Europeans and their Muslim "neighbours".

And you know, you probably wouldn't have all these immigrants there if you didnt invade and colonize North African nations, turning their people into your slave-workers. But now they're there, and you hate that, and you think there's some age-old hatred between the "Franks" and the "Saracen".

October 12, 2006 at 5:33 AM

Anonymous Frankish infidel said...

Nothing was "forged" if so give me evidence.
The people suffered enormous persecution under the Muslims and there armies marching into non Muslim lands to get plunder and booty.

October 12, 2006 at 7:02 AM

Blogger Silencer said...

a lot of things get forged. See for example, "Foundation Myths of the Millet System" by Benjamin Braude, in

Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Empire: The Functioning of a Plural Society. Ed by Benjamin Braude and Bernard Lewis.

(altho this is not directly relevant. it is indirectly).

For evidence of forgery regarding the evils of the Ottomans and evidence of how well they got the non-Muslims got along with the Muslims inside the Ottoman Empire, see Chapter 9 of Donald Quataert's The Ottoman Empire: 1700-1922, which has ample evidence for you.

this is all about the ppl inside the empire. as for the armies and the fighting between the Ottomans and other empires or nations, that happens between all empires/nations, there's nothing special about the Ottomans in that regard.

anyway i dont like debates, as i have more important things to do with my time, especially since this is the month of Ramadan. i havent even been blogging as you can see. there's more important things to do.

so i hope this will end here.

October 13, 2006 at 2:09 PM

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October 15, 2006 at 8:20 AM


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