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Great People come from Great Moments

by | Feb 21, 2021

We’ve all had these great coincidental moments where you say: “what are the odds of that happening.” Like meeting a long time school friend on a plane or, finding a candy ring in a Crackerjack box on the day you finally propose to your significant other, etcetera, etcetera. These moments might pass as interesting and even intriguing, but they lack in significance and greatness.

But when it comes to great people who have positively impacted history, coincidences suddenly become determining moments of their lives or their becoming.

For instance the story of the parents of Salah Ad-Din (Saladin) ibn Ayyub.

Saladin’s father, Najm Ad-Din Ayyub, the Emir of Tikrit (modern-day Iraq), only got married at around 30. This is something unusual, especially for the time and his rank.

Concerned, his brother Shirkuh asked him: O brother! Why do not you get married?

Najm Ad-Din replied: I did not find a suitable wife!

Shirkuh said: Let me ask for a woman’s hand in marriage on your behalf.

Najm Ad-Din asked: Who is she?

Shirkuh said: She is either the daughter of the Seljuk Sultan or the daughter of Wazir Al-Mulk (Grand Vizier).

Najm Ad-Din said: They are not suitable for me.

Shirkuh asked: And who is suitable for you?

Najm Ad-Din replied: A righteous woman who would help me enter Heaven; one who will bear a child who she would educate properly until he becomes a great knight who will restore Jerusalem to the Muslims!

After a while, Najm Ad-Din was speaking to an Imam in the mosque when a young lady came in and called upon the Imam. The Imam asked for Najm Ad-Din’s leave to attend to her and Najm Ad-Din heard the following dialogue between the Imam and the young lady:

The Imam asked: Why did you not accept the man I sent to your house to propose to you?

The young lady replied: He is a man of excellent qualities and rank; however, he is not what I am looking for!

The Imam asked: What are you looking for then?

She replied: I only want a righteous man who would help me enter Heaven; to bear a child of his who I would educate properly until he becomes a great knight who will restore Jerusalem to the Muslims!

After hearing this conversation, Najm Ad-Din spoke to the Imam and proposed to her in marriage.

The Imam remarked: She is only a common poor young woman!

Najm Ad-Din said: That is the woman I am looking for!

They both refused rank, wealth, and beauty to seek something greater, The Satisfaction of Allah. And we all know that that same child ended up liberating Jerusalem, one of the three holy cities for Muslims, from the grasps of the crusaders. You see, when people search for their soulmate, significant other, marriage partner… in order to please Allah, Allah often blesses their descendance.

There are many stories like this: Joseph, son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham; the marriage of the parents of Abd Allah ibn Al-Mubarak; the marriage of the grandparents of Umar ibn Abdulaziz; the marriage of the parents of Abu Hanifa ibn An-No’man; the list goes on.

All this to say, that events that might seem coincidental at the time, end up being meaningful in hindsight. Why? Because events are not coincidental, they happen by the will of Allah. They are not some random sequence of events, but a series of orchestrated occurrences that lead to a defined finality.

So when something happens, either perceived good or bad, coincidental in nature; we should remind ourselves that:

Say, “Never will we be struck except by what Allah has decreed for us; He is our protector.” And upon Allah let the believers rely.

Surah At-Tawbah (9 – 51)

Now, Jerusalem is occupied by Zionists, protected by modern-day Crusaders who allied themselves with hypocritic Arab heads of state. Jerusalem has always been a sacred place and will always be, regardless of who protects it from among the Muslims or desecrates it from among the nonbelievers. Jerusalem was the first Qibla (direction of prayer) for Muslims, the place that Allah has decreed the ascension (Mi’raj) of his last Prophet to Heaven and made it the land of resurrection and gathering (Ard Al-Mahshar). It is not a regular piece of land and is only comparable to Mecca and Medina. Jerusalem is not a Palestinian question, an Arab cause, or a land issue; it is an integral part of Islam, and diminishing its significance is an insult to Allah. It is therefore the duty of every Muslim parent to teach his children of the importance of Jerusalem in Islam and to implore that our descendance is worthy of our heroes; past, present, and future.

Omar ibn Al-Khattab conquered it.

Salah Ad-Din liberated it.

Now, who is up to it?

Our generation In Sha Allah.

Is there Anything Bad in the Quran? – Existential Questions

Is there Anything Bad in the Quran? – Existential Questions

When I mean bad, I mean something that everyone will agree to as fundamentally wrong. I don’t mean what is acceptable to modern standards, but fundamentally evil. Not only there is no evil within what is ordained, but it can only be depicted as righteous and good when looked at as a whole. Here are some Islamic principles that are listed in the Quran:

Say, “Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited to you. [He commands] that you not associate anything with Him, and to parents, good treatment, and do not kill your children out of poverty; We will provide for you and them. And do not approach immoralities – what is apparent of them and what is concealed. And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right. This has He instructed you that you may use reason.”

And do not approach the orphan’s property except in a way that is best until he reaches maturity. And give full measure and weight in justice. We do not charge any soul except [with that within] its capacity. And when you testify, be just, even if [it concerns] a near relative. And the covenant of Allah fulfill. This has He instructed you that you may remember.

And, [moreover], this is My path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you that you may become righteous.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 151-153)

Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.

Surah An-Nahl (16 – 90)

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.

And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.”

Your Lord is most knowing of what is within yourselves. If you should be righteous [in intention] – then indeed He is ever, to the often returning [to Him], Forgiving.

And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully.

Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.

And if you [must] turn away from the needy awaiting mercy from your Lord which you expect, then speak to them a gentle word.

And do not make your hand [as] chained to your neck or extend it completely and [thereby] become blamed and insolvent.

Indeed, your Lord extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]. Indeed He is ever, concerning His servants, Acquainted and Seeing.

And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin.

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.

And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly – We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law].

And do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity. And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned.

And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in result.

And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned.

And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.

All that – its evil is ever, in the sight of your Lord, detested.

That is from what your Lord has revealed to you, [O Muhammad], of wisdom. And, [O mankind], do not make [as equal] with Allah another deity, lest you be thrown into Hell, blamed and banished.

Surah Al-Isra (17 – 23-39)

Most of the accusations come from people who do not agree with the standard of morality or virtue that is ordained in Islam. For instance, the Hijab for women; not being allowed to have a sip of wine or not even having a girlfriend… These practices have become customary in “modern” civilizations, yet they are considered illicit in Islam. Society is always faced with dumbing down standards and laws to curtail the desires of the majority. But the fundamental question remains; what makes it right now but made it wrong before (and vice versa)? This type of thinking induces decadence. Virtues and morals become trivial, unattainable utopias, unrealistic… mockeries.

This was the same discourse used by the people of Lot thousands of years ago when they wanted him and his family out of their city.

But the answer of his people was only that they said, “Evict them from your city! Indeed, they are men who keep themselves pure.”

Surah Al-Aaraf (7 – 82)

Wow! Accused of being too pure… It’s like someone who says: “Ah! He gets on my nerves because he is too polite.” or: “look at her; she thinks she is so superior! She doesn’t even want to dress like us.” and the classic: “Look at that geek; he thinks that his A+ is going to stop him from that face pounding.” What is it that makes that person’s conduct wrong in the first place; what did he do to deserve this reprimand? Is it high self-esteem (or lack of it)? Is it because a person is different (where his difference is not accepted)? Is it because of jealousy (or more likely envy)?

It is sad to see that we have reached a point where righteous conduct is ridiculed and marginalized. Someone who gives his seat on the bus is looked at awkwardly; a student who says Mam and Sir is called a suck-up; a 16-year-old virgin is made fun of. But, as we have seen, this attitude has been present for millennia, all depending on the context and stage in which a society is to be found.

But in the end…

And it will be said to those who feared Allah, “What did your Lord send down?” They will say, “[That which is] good.” For those who do good in this world is good; and the home of the Hereafter is better. And how excellent is the home of the righteous –

Surah An-Nahl (16 – 30)

Faith

the process of belief