Reflect on this. In the Qur’ān, Allāh jalla wa ‘alā says:
“They ask you about the crescent moons. Say…”
“They ask you what they should give. Say…”
“They ask you about fighting in the prohibited month. Say…”
“They ask you about intoxicants and gambling. Say…”
“They ask you about menstruation. Say…”
“They ask you what is lawful for them. Say…”
“They ask you about the Hour, ‘When will it happen?’ Say…”
“They ask you about it as if you were eager to find out. Say…”
“They ask you about the battle gains. Say…”
“People ask you about the Hour. Say…”
Every single non-repeated honest question in this form in the Qur’ān, is followed by the command from Allāh jalla wa ‘alā to: SAY…
Except for one verse.
Allāh jalla wa ‘alā said: “If My servants ask you about Me…I am near.”
Amazing. He never told the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) this time to, “Say…”
Why? Because this is about du‘ā. There are no intermediaries needed such as previously like the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam), when it comes to du‘ā.
This is about the slave of Allāh wanting to speak to his true Lord – a Lord who doesn’t need appointments, loves to be asked, loves those who make constant du‘ā to Him, loves those who don’t depend on anyone but Him, loves that there are no intermediaries between Him and His slave, and loves to respond directly when spoken to directly and sincerely.
Allāhu Akbar. This really is a breath-taking point to consider from the amazing splendours of the Qur’ān.
The most striking thing about the beauty of an authentic orthodox Islam as practised by the Salaf, is just this direct, pure and immediate access to Allāh when you want to speak to Him.
There are no Catholic Priests, or in a more orthodox Christian light the Son of God, or indeed various gods from a polytheistic angle such as Hinduism, or special intermediaries in Sufi mystic orders and tarīqahs, or certains Imāms with the Shī‘ah, and even the use of the Prophet within some Sunni Muslim sects, that are required to carry your message, plea or request to Allāh Almighty Himself.
No. It’s just you and Allāh. Speak to Him directly to your heart’s content. And now after realising just how easy Allāh makes this and wants you to come straight to Him, I hope you will do so even more now. Du‘ā truly is the weapon of the Believer. Don’t be stingy or delay using it ever.
Being different is not to disconnect from the world, but to connect. In better ways.
So blessed be the strangers.
We are not lonely. We are just withering within ourselves, exclusively ignorant in the face of reality. We choose to hide within ourselves under the guise of protection, but we are incapable.
Because only Allah is capable.
We are not our own.
I am not mine.
This poem is strong. It touched me.
Whoa. I actually wrote something almost exactly like this a while back, but it was more defined. It goes:
“A panopticon within a panopticon. What could we possibly gain from this thing we define as ‘freedom’? We are not our own.”
To explain this, a panopticon is defined as ‘A circular prison with cells arranged around a central well, from which prisoners could at all times be observed.’ As is most evident to most of us by now, we’re being imprisoned in a system that is proven to be 100% kaffir, where the word ‘tolerance’ is just another way to say that all religions are equally false. That makes Islam one of them. Where Muslims seem bashfully apologetic over the Truth when in the face of kaffir ruling.
Beyond this secularity, however, is a realm that transcends our human capability - and that is the will of Allah. Beneath His Throne, everything is but a subject. Even the current oppressive system we lay under. But is Allah’s qalam a prison? Well, His dunya is. Dunya is but a prison for the believers.
From our definition of freedom and liberty, which is more often based on the kaffir understanding of the world around them, do we think we are gaining true freedom? There is no freedom when we are still shackled by the chains of dunya. To think freedom can be achieved through superficial means like shopping or a going for a holiday or running away is juvenile. How much more can we reduce ourselves and our thinking capabilities?
We are not our own.
We belong to Allah.
And to Him we shall return.
ʿOmar b. ʿAbdul ʿAzīz.
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