Planting the seeds of awe and fear of Allah in children is far more important than them memorising the Qur’an when they are young. However, memorising the Qur’an is praiseworthy.
Oleh: M. Indra Kurniawan
Allah Ta’ala adalah Al-Khaliq. Dia Pencipta seluruh makhluk-Nya, Yang mengadakan seluruh makhluk dari tiada menjadi ada, Yang membentuk makhluk sesuai dengan tugas dan sifatnya masing-masing.هُوَ اللَّهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ لَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَى يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
“Dialah Allah Yang Menciptakan, Yang Mengadakan, Yang Membentuk Rupa, Yang Mempunyai Asmaaul Husna. Bertasbih kepadaNya apa yang di langit dan bumi. Dan Dialah Yang Maha Perkasa lagi Maha Bijaksana.” (QS. Al-Hasyr, 59: 24)
Oleh karena itu, Dialah satu-satunya Al-‘Alim; Yang Maha Mengetahui, Yang Paling Tahu, Yang Paling Mengerti, Yang Paling Memahami tentang hakikat segala apa yang ada di alam semesta raya ini, yang ghaib maupun yang nyata,هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ هُوَ الرَّحْمَنُ الرَّحِيمُ
“Dialah Allah Yang tiada Tuhan selain Dia, Yang Mengetahui yang ghaib dan yang nyata, Dia-lah Yang Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Penyayang.” (QS. Al-Hasyr, 59: 22)
Ilmu Allah Ta’ala amat luas, tidak terjangkau oleh akal pikiran manusia yang sangat terbatas. Dia berfirman,وَلَوْ أَنَّمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ مِنْ شَجَرَةٍ أَقْلَامٌ وَالْبَحْرُ يَمُدُّهُ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ سَبْعَةُ أَبْحُرٍ مَا نَفِدَتْ كَلِمَاتُ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ
“Dan seandainya pohon-pohon di bumi menjadi pena, dan laut (menjadi tinta), ditambahkan kepadanya tujuh laut (lagi) sesudah (kering)nya, niscaya tidak akan habis-habisnya dituliskan kalimat Allah. Sesungguhnya Allah Maha Perkasa lagi Maha Bijaksana.” (QS. Luqman, 31: 27)
Pengetahuan Allah Ta’ala tentang makhluk-Nya sangat dalam dan detail, semuanya tercatat di Lauhul Mahfudz,وَعِنْدَهُ مَفَاتِحُ الْغَيْبِ لَا يَعْلَمُهَا إِلَّا هُوَ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ وَمَا تَسْقُطُ مِنْ وَرَقَةٍ إِلَّا يَعْلَمُهَا وَلَا حَبَّةٍ فِي ظُلُمَاتِ الْأَرْضِ وَلَا رَطْبٍ وَلَا يَابِسٍ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مُبِينٍ
“Dan pada sisi Allah-lah kunci-kunci semua yang ghaib; tidak ada yang mengetahuinya kecuali Dia sendiri, dan Dia mengetahui apa yang di daratan dan di lautan, dan tiada sehelai daun pun yang gugur melainkan Dia mengetahuinya (pula), dan tidak jatuh sebutir biji-pun dalam kegelapan bumi, dan tidak sesuatu yang basah atau yang kering, melainkan tertulis dalam kitab yang nyata (Lauh Mahfudz)” (QS. Al-An’am, 6: 59)
Rasulullah shallallahu’alaihi wa sallam bersabda,كَانَ اللَّهُ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ شَيْءٌ قَبْلَهُ، وَكَانَ عَرْشُهُ عَلَى المَاءِ، ثُمَّ خَلَقَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ، وَكَتَبَ فِي الذِّكْرِ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ
“Dahulu hanya ada Allah dan tidak ada sesuatu apa pun sebelum-Nya, dan ‘arsy-Nya di atas air, kemudian Dia menciptakan langit dan bumi, dan Dia menulis segala sesuatu dalam adz-dzikr (al-lauhul mahfuzh).” (HR. Al-Bukhari dari ‘Imron bin Hushain radhiyallahu’anhu).
Ringkasnya, tidak ada sesuatu apa pun yang terembunyi dari pengetahuan Allah Ta’ala. Hal ini disebutkan di dalam nasihat Luqman kepada anaknya yang dimuat di dalam Al-Qur’an.يَا بُنَيَّ إِنَّهَا إِنْ تَكُ مِثْقَالَ حَبَّةٍ مِنْ خَرْدَلٍ فَتَكُنْ فِي صَخْرَةٍ أَوْ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ أَوْ فِي الْأَرْضِ يَأْتِ بِهَا اللَّهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَطِيفٌ خَبِيرٌ
“(Luqman berkata): ‘Hai anakku, sesungguhnya jika ada (sesuatu perbuatan) seberat biji sawi, dan berada dalam batu atau di langit atau di dalam bumi, niscaya Allah akan mendatangkannya (membalasinya). Sesungguhnya Allah Maha Halus lagi Maha Mengetahui.” (QS. Luqman, 31: 16)
Ilmu Allah Ta’ala ini disampaikan kepada manusia melalui dua pendekatan: Pertama, at-thariqatur rasmiyyah (pendekatan ‘resmi/formal’) dan Kedua, at-thariqatu ghairur rasmiyyah (pendekatan ‘tidak resmi/tidak formal’).
Yang dimaksud at-thariqatur rasmiyyah (pendekatan ‘resmi/formal’) adalah penyampaian ilmu melalui jalur al-wahyu (wahyu) kepada ar-rasul (perantara/Rasul), yakni berupa pengetahuan al-ayatul qauliyyah (ayat-ayat qauliyah [firman Allah Ta’ala dalam kitab-Nya]).
Allah Ta’ala berfirman,وَمَا كَانَ لِبَشَرٍ أَنْ يُكَلِّمَهُ اللَّهُ إِلَّا وَحْيًا أَوْ مِنْ وَرَاءِ حِجَابٍ أَوْ يُرْسِلَ رَسُولًا فَيُوحِيَ بِإِذْنِهِ مَا يَشَاءُ إِنَّهُ عَلِيٌّ حَكِيمٌ
“Dan tidak mungkin bagi seorang manusiapun bahwa Allah berkata-kata dengan dia kecuali dengan perantaraan wahyu atau dibelakang tabir atau dengan mengutus seorang utusan (malaikat) lalu diwahyukan kepadanya dengan seizin-Nya apa yang Dia kehendaki. Sesungguhnya Dia Maha Tinggi lagi Maha Bijaksana.” (QS. Asy-Syura, 42: 51)وَكَذَلِكَ أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ رُوحًا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا مَا كُنْتَ تَدْرِي مَا الْكِتَابُ وَلَا الْإِيمَانُ وَلَكِنْ جَعَلْنَاهُ نُورًا نَهْدِي بِهِ مَنْ نَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِنَا وَإِنَّكَ لَتَهْدِي إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ صِرَاطِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ أَلَا إِلَى اللَّهِ تَصِيرُ الْأُمُورُ
“Dan demikianlah Kami wahyukan kepadamu wahyu (Al Qur’an) dengan perintah Kami. Sebelumnya kamu tidaklah mengetahui apakah Al Kitab (Al Qur’an) dan tidak pula mengetahui apakah iman itu, tetapi Kami menjadikan Al Qur’an itu cahaya, yang Kami tunjuki dengan dia siapa yang kami kehendaki di antara hamba-hamba Kami. Dan sesungguhnya kamu benar- benar memberi petunjuk kepada jalan yang lurus. (Yaitu) jalan Allah yang kepunyaan-Nya segala apa yang ada di langit dan apa yang ada di bumi. Ingatlah, bahwa kepada Allah-lah kembali semua urusan.” (QS. Asy-Syura, 42: 52)
Sedangkan yang dimaksud at-thariqatu ghairur rasmiyyah (pendekatan ‘tidak resmi/tidak formal’) adalah penyampaian ilmu melalui jalur al-ilham (ilham/inspirasi) secara mubasyaratan (langsung tanpa perantara Rasul) berupa pengetahuan al-ayatul kauniyyah (ayat-ayat kauniyyah).
Manusia mendapatkan ilham tersebut melalui proses penelaahan dan penelitian terhadap alam semesta. Allah Ta’ala mengisyaratkan hal ini dengan firman-Nya,اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ خَلَقَ الْإِنْسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ اقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ الْأَكْرَمُ الَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ عَلَّمَ الْإِنْسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ
“Bacalah dengan (menyebut) nama Tuhanmu yang telah menciptakan. Dia telah menciptakan manusia dari segumpal darah. Bacalah, dan Tuhanmu adalah Maha Pemurah. Yang mengajar (manusia) dengan perantaran qalam (alat tulis). Dia mengajarkan kepada manusia apa yang tidak diketahuinya.” (QS. Al-Alaq, 96: 1 – 5)
Dengan demikian dapat kita simpulkan bahwa ayat-ayat qauliyyah tidak akan mungkin bertentangan dengan ayat-ayat kauniyyah, karena keduanya berasal dari sumber yang sama. Bahkan ayat-ayat qauliyah sesungguhnya memberikan al-isyarah (sinyal/isyarat) tentang ayat-ayat kauniyyah. Perhatikan ayat-ayat berikut ini,وَهُوَ الَّذِي مَدَّ الْأَرْضَ وَجَعَلَ فِيهَا رَوَاسِيَ وَأَنْهَارًا وَمِنْ كُلِّ الثَّمَرَاتِ جَعَلَ فِيهَا زَوْجَيْنِ اثْنَيْنِ يُغْشِي اللَّيْلَ النَّهَارَ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
“Dan Dia-lah Tuhan yang membentangkan bumi dan menjadikan gunung-gunung dan sungai-sungai padanya. Dan menjadikan padanya semua buah-buahan berpasang-pasangan, Allah menutupkan malam kepada siang. Sesungguhnya pada yang demikian itu terdapat tanda-tanda (kebesaran Allah) bagi kaum yang memikirkan.” (QS. Ar-Ra’du, 13: 3)وَفِي الْأَرْضِ قِطَعٌ مُتَجَاوِرَاتٌ وَجَنَّاتٌ مِنْ أَعْنَابٍ وَزَرْعٌ وَنَخِيلٌ صِنْوَانٌ وَغَيْرُ صِنْوَانٍ يُسْقَى بِمَاءٍ وَاحِدٍ وَنُفَضِّلُ بَعْضَهَا عَلَى بَعْضٍ فِي الْأُكُلِ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ
“Dan di bumi ini terdapat bagian-bagian yang berdampingan, dan kebun-kebun anggur, tanaman-tanaman dan pohon korma yang bercabang dan yang tidak bercabang, disirami dengan air yang sama. Kami melebihkan sebahagian tanam-tanaman itu atas sebahagian yang lain tentang rasanya. Sesungguhnya pada yang demikian itu terdapat tanda-tanda (kebesaran Allah) bagi kaum yang berfikir.” (QS. Ar-Ra’du, 13: 4)
Silahkan simak pula ayat-ayat lainnya: Al-Qur’an surat Fathir, 35: 27-28 yang menyebutkan anjuran kepada manusia untuk memperhatikan hujan yang menumbuhkan aneka buah-buahan, memperhatikan gunung-gunung dengan aneka bebatuannya, memperhatikan macam-macam jenis binatang; dan surat Yasin, 36: 71-73 yang menganjurkan manusia untuk memperhatikan binatang ternak yang ditundukkan kepada mereka sehingga dapat dimanfaatkan sebagai tunggangan, sumber makanan atau minuman.
Ayat-ayat qauliyyah dan ayat-ayat kauniyyah saling menguatkan. Ayat-ayat qauliyyah menunjukkan minhajul hayah (pedoman hidup), sedangkan ayat-ayat kauniyyah menunjukkan wasailul hayah (sarana-sarana kehidupan), sekaligus menjadi al-burhan (bukti, petunjuk, dan dalil) tentang kebenaran ayat-ayat qauliyyah.
Allah Ta’ala berfirman,سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ ۗأَوَلَمْ يَكْفِ بِرَبِّكَ أَنَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ
“Kami akan memperlihatkan kepada mereka tanda-tanda (kekuasaan) Kami di segala wilayah bumi dan pada diri mereka sendiri, hingga jelas bagi mereka bahwa Al Quraan itu adalah benar. Tiadakah cukup bahwa sesungguhnya Tuhanmu menjadi saksi atas segala sesuatu?” (QS. Al-Fushilat, 41: 53)
Ilmu Allah Ta’ala ini diturunkan kepada al-insan (manusia) sebagai penerang di perjalanan agar mereka selamat di dunia dan akhirat.
One of the people of the past said, the righteous and intelligent person is the one who perfects his faraaid and a jaahil is the one who gives precedence to the optional actions and fadaail over the obligatory actions.
For example, a person prays a very long qiyam al layl and misses the Fajr prayer or prays his Fajr at home even though he lives close to the Musjid.
Fifty generations of divinely encouraged Muslim incest has created a raft of retarded Jihadi truck drivers, too dumb to use firearms, who favor Islamic Frogger over the traditional cargo of explosives.
The tried and true method of mayhem, where a young Muslim loser loads a vehicle full of explosives and detonates it in a crowd, seems to have fallen out of fashion in Europe. The current trend is much more personal in that it involves mowing victims down in the name of Allah instead of smiting them with concussive force and shrapnel.
Despite a few close calls, I’ve never run over someone with a vehicle of any sort. However, I suspect it takes a special kind of zealotry to bear down on another human being in a Kenworth.
Maybe it’s the continent’s strict gun control that pushes Muhammed toward a Mack truck instead of a Mac-10 to punish infidels. Despite an instance or two in the beginning of the decade, America’s Islamic terrorists still seem to prefer firearms and the occasional homemade explosive device.
American terrorists at least have the stones to risk a gunfight.
This past November, one of the many ISIS media publications Rumiyah, extolled would-be lone wolves to plow into crowds with large vehicles. The bigger the vehicle the better.
Rumiyah seems to be a mixture of People Magazine and Mother Earth News for Muslim terrorists. It features martyr profiles, how-to tips and tricks, and what can only be described as Jihad of Dummies articles.
ISIS is known for its media savvy and ability to disseminate its message. Starbucks and Nike are second to the Islamic State in this ability. Coca-Cola would sell John Pemberton’s remains for the ability to filch a Pepsi die-hard as easily as ISIS radicalizes middle-class Muslim kids.
Europe is lost to ISIS and should be abandoned, in the absence of a second Reconquista to push them back into the Mediterranean.
A huge part of the Islamic State message is to kill infidels, but where does a socially awkward, Muslim Millennial from the suburbs learn the trade-craft necessary to create orphans and earn his place in the Virgin Valhalla?
Before the internet, anyone interested in subversive mayhem creation had to skulk around gun shows, pay cash to a sketchy, one-armed Vietnam veteran wearing mirrored Aviator-style sunglasses for a tattered copy of The Anarchist Cookbook, and risk several fingers in experimentation, as about half the stuff in the book was complete bullshit.
…Or, so I’ve heard. I wouldn’t know.
Much was made a few years ago that human intelligence across the board was in decline, losing just shy of two points each generation since the Victorian era. In true Leftist fashion, much of the decline was attributed to smarter women figuring out ways to have fewer children. Nobody came out and said it like that, but that was definitely the message between the lines.
So, in my left handed way of looking at the world, a whole bunch of studies in the last decade discovered three things:
Clearly, feminism brings the highly entertaining movie Idocracy into reality.
Every once in a while, one of my children will miss turning in a school assignment, usually through forgetting it at home or something equally absentminded. More often, the teacher flubs it and doesn’t enter the score in the school’s fancy, automated grade ciphering web portal, so I get an e-mail advising me of the fact.
I’m looking directly at you, Miss Sullivan. Maybe you should pay more attention to detail instead of regaling the class with photos of your trip to the Jack Daniels distillery, so I would not have to call you at home over the weekend for such silliness. Waste my off time because of your incompetence, and I’ll be sure to waste yours.
I’m not terribly bright. Why in the name of all that is holy am I the smartest person sitting around the table at a parent-teacher conference? Oh, yeah. That’s exactly why I’m not a public school teacher.
My disdain for public school teachers aside, the effect of “zero” on an average is catastrophic. Even a below-average score thrown in seems to have a larger negative effect than an above-average score has on improving the average. At least, it always seemed that way in school.
Edit: It seems facts don’t care about my feelings. I just spent twenty minutes proving to myself the above perception is completely divorced from the reality of mathematics. That’s what happens when you walk your daughter to school because you’re both in the same grade.
Since intelligence is heritable and smart people are having fewer children, it does stand to reason that the remaining children bring down the average. So, exactly what sane nation would import people who further tamp down their average?
On average, Muslim nations are dumb, but still smart enough not to exacerbate the situation with bad immigration policies.
All the research I can find shows the average intelligence (as measured by IQ tests) of Muslim-majority countries to hover right around eighty. When the Muslim immigrant populations in the West are separated out, the average IQ score isn’t much better, at about eighty-six.
At best, that’s a full standard deviation below the mean of 100. My friends who took statistics in college tell me that is significant. This isn’t quite Forrest Gump levels of “special” (he clocked in with an IQ of seventy-five; a shade above being technically retarded and what used to be designated a moron), but with the general two point per generation decline doubled by the tendency for close parental kinship, the average Muslim is no more than three generations from being officially retarded.
Judging by the trail of evidence left behind by these geniuses and the level of assistance they need from the likes of Rumiyah to pull off their attacks, the current crop of Jihadis are at the crest of the retardation wave.
As a Portagee who makes his home in the Tennessee Valley, I have two strikes against me when it comes to the cousin-marrying stereotype. However, the last time that occurred in my family was my parents’ generation, and even then, it was an uncommon enough occurrence to be thoroughly scandalous.
Think of it like speeding tickets. Once in a great while isn’t too big of a problem for your insurance rates, but do it consistently, and trouble comes your way pretty fast.
Believe it or not, there is actually a formula for writing a joke. It consists of starting with a realistic premise, known as “the set up,” and progressing to the absurd, the “punchline.”
Q: What’s the most common thing said during sex in Tennessee?
A: “Get off me, Dad. You’re crushing my cigarettes.”
That fits the definition of a joke, and is generally considered humorous, because the punchline is so wildly unreasonable to the average listener as to be inconceivable. It may also be in bad taste, offensive, or shocking to the conscious, which elevates it to the level of hilarious. Protests to the contrary are both irrelevant and proof of concept.
The Aristocrats is the funniest joke ever told, but requires a degree of abstract thought less common further down the IQ scale.
Despite the self-deprecating nature of Southern humor, the scenario implied by the answer is universally frowned upon and generally considered justification for a beating, as long as it does not result in death.
Muhammed, the prophet, pedophile, and perfect man according to Islam, most likely would not see the humor, since the answer does not reach his threshold for unrealistic, a tenet of absurdity.
The hypothetical of whether Muhammed would have sex with his daughter, and would therefore be acceptable behavior for a Muslim based on the “Muhammed as paragon of male behavior” theory, is not supported by the Koran. However, the revelation that Allah said it was okay-fine for Muhammed to marry his daughter-in-law, along with a whole bunch of other oddly convenient revelations in Muhammed’s favor, make Muslim mores seem quite malleable.
Allah either loved him some Muhammed, or this guy was a sex fiend masquerading as a religious prophet.
What is most definitely condoned by the Koran, in addition to child marriage, genocide, rape, slave taking/owning/trading, and wife beating, is inbreeding.
I will be the first to admit that the Old Testament has its share of practices found abhorrent in modern culture. The difference between Islam and the rest of the civilized world is Christianity went through a reformation where the most unsavory aspects of the religion were purged. Mainstream Islam behaves as if we are still wandering the desert and talking to burning bushes.
Much like the Pharos, who incidentally were Greek (Black Lives Matter hates when I point that out), and European royalty until fairly recently, there is a price to pay when the family tree does not branch.
Despite fondly recalling the eighth grade as “my senior year,” I have continued to learn. As a farmer, I have a practical understanding of how genetics work, both good and bad.
Believe it or not, intentionally breeding related animals is a technique of selective breeding to accentuate and solidify desired traits in an animal. The downside is that it also accentuates and brings out undesirable recessive traits. The running joke among animal breeders is bringing forward the desired trait is called the respectable sounding “line-breeding,” but a screw-up that creates an undesirable trait is the dreaded “inbreeding.”
This is why different breeds of animals have specific looks, exhibit specific behavior, and display specific temperaments. This is also why the ailments of many purebred dogs are predictable; the undesirable recessive gene has been cemented in the breed’s DNA.
Of course, the answer to these genetic goofs is to cull ruthlessly. The dirty secret of animal breeders of all stripes is that we kill a lot of baby animals for no better reason than they do not look or behave the way we expected. “Keep the best and eat the rest” is my mantra…Then again, I don’t breed dogs, so this might not exactly apply to other people.
Puppies wag their tails because we kill the ones that don’t.
A civilized people does not cull defective human beings, whether still in the womb or not. There are notable exceptions, but the reason we remember them is because of their barbarity. With enough barbeque sauce and a lack of cellphone cameras, you could probably convince me and most of my buddies to try eating puppy-kabob, but none of us would snuff an Autistic because he’s a pain in the ass to take care of.
Likely as not, he’d probably wind up the designated driver. Those young men with Downs Syndrome always strike me as the responsible sort to ride herd over a gaggle of drunks. It must have something to do with the neutral expression and stern, even delivery of a rebuke.
I was only kidding. The degenerates I associate with would insist cell phones were recording while chowing down on a bowl of Sum Young Dog.
Fourteen hundred years of Mohammed-sanctioned and Allah-approved consanguineous marriage, and downright incestuous extramarital sex with virtually whomever or whatever the man desires (because the Koran says he can), has created an entire religion whose average adherent is violent, prone to mental disorders, and borderline retarded.
Is it any wonder why the United States and rest of the civilized world doesn’t want them to have access to nuclear weapons?
And the fun doesn’t end when they escape the septic tanks from which they spawned. Every European nation desiring large amounts of unskilled labor, needing a wide tax base to support their social welfare programs, or gripped by a guilt complex over endorsing Hitler has imported these half-wits on the hope that, as a group, they possess the mental wherewithal to join the modern world.
Large numbers of them clearly don’t.
And if Muslim behavior, as seen in footage of street harassment of non-Muslims in no-go zones, riots in refugee camps over lack of cash payments for pocket money, and the oh, so cerebral, enlightened pastime of a rape game called “taharrush gamea,” is any indication of what they tolerate, the only conclusion is these countries have a collective cultural death wish.
At least, Rome put up a fight to keep the invading hordes out.
After literally creating modern civilization, if not the very concept itself, Europe has allowed the utter destruction of civilization to begin by inviting the barbarians behind the city walls.
Well over half of Pakastani immigrants in England are married to their first cousins. Over forty percent of the patients in Denmark‘s biggest ward for clinically insane criminals are Muslim. Back home in the United States, the Somali population in Minnesota, which to no one’s surprise is exclusively Muslim, suffers from significantly higher rates of Autism, physical consanguinity-caused birth defects, and IQs below seventy.
Literal morons, by the eschewed medical terminology.
Europe is the harbinger of America. It’s only a matter of time before our Muslim terrorists find firearms too complex to operate and cars become the go-to weapon for striking down us infidels. Maybe it has something to do with the prevalence of Muslims in the transportation industries?
What We Learn from These Stories:
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Warning: This article might cause headaches. (Knowledge of cosmology might lessen the headaches.)
Context (Al Big Bang)
The Big Bang Theory puts forward that 13.7 BILLION years ago, all the matter in the universe (watch the video) was concentrated into a single INCREDIBLY TINY point. This began to enlarge rapidly in a hot explosion, and it is still expanding today.
Also, when watching the video, notice that there’s an edge (boundary) to the expanding universe. Whether we can observe it or not, there’s going to be an edge to the universe (because it’s finite).
Here’s the question, though. “Where was this blob of matter in/on before Al Big Bang?”
Space and Time
So, there’s thing concept of space and time (space-time). For us to say that, the book is on the table means, among many things, that there is something beyond the thing called the book, and that it is currently there (i.e., present tense) = space and time.
Okay, close your eyes and imagine what this ‘space’ or ‘time’ is beyond our universe. Imagine that you’re at the borders of this universe (which is continually expanding). Like on the tip of the waves of a sea that is expanding. Now, picture what you see beyond this universe (whats the sea expanding onto?). Can you?
What images you end up imaging will most probably be a result of what you know and have experienced in your life AND WHAT YOUR BIOLOGY ALLOWS YOU TO IMAGINE.
No Space No Time
All of us can entertain the possibility of ‘no space’ and ‘no time’, but what that will ‘look’ like is something beyond our comprehension/capacity.
So, when people ask questions like, “Who created God” or ‘Who created Allah” they are only using cognitive capacities limited by our biology.
It’s impossible to ‘imagine’ a situation where (or how?) time doesn’t exist.
“Nor There is to Him any equivalent” (Holy Quran 112:4)
So, the answer to the question, ‘Who created Allah,” is that the question, in itself, is invalid.
Allah SWT has no end and no beginning, since, He is the creator of all things, including time. For lack of better words, he is without (as opposed to ‘within’) time.
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Allah is Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem.
Have you ever wondered what the wisdom is behind certain things being Wajib/Fard (obligatory) in Islam? For example, why are the five times prayers wajib? Or why is it obligatory to fast in Ramadhan?
Note: What is a wajib? Wajib/Fard is any action that you are rewarded for performing, and punished for abstaining from. i.e., obligatory.
There are many benefits to performing obligatory acts, and they fall under spiritual and material categories. But why make some things obligatory over others?
The answer is connected to the first line in this post. It’s because, Allah (SWT) is Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem.
Allah loves these actions so much, He wants every Muslim to perform it, to the extent that He has made it a point of disbelief if anyone was to deny it (a Fard). What this means is that, performing fard acts draws a believer close to Allah (SWT). Isn’t this a blessing? On the other hand, to deny an obligatory act is just plain spiteful, arrogant and shows ingratitude. Hence, it being a point of disbelief.
The All Mighty loves us so much that, He has made it the bare minimum that we, as believers, get on his good side by performing acts that he loves A LOT! If you, O believer, wish to reciprocate that love (which is impossible, but it’s the intention that matters), then the mustahab/sunnah is the way to go to make Him love you even more.
So my brothers and sisters in Islam, the next time you stand for a Fard salat (prayer), fast in Ramadhan, tell the truth, obey your parents, earn honestly, lower your gaze and guard your chastity, give charity, or perform Hajj, give thanks to Allah (SWT) for making these obligatory on you in His infinite mercy (*hint: Sajdah Shukr).
Many actions earn us rewards as Muslims: fasting, prayers, giving obligatory charity, and other required and voluntary acts of worship. Even though these duties get a lot of attention from us, they are not the only means of gaining numerous rewards. Many other day-to-day actions can also be a means towards the same. I share five as a reminder:
Taking care of animals
A man once went to a well to drink some water. On his way back, he saw a thirsty dog licking mud while panting due to thirst. As narrated by Abu Hurairah from the Prophet (sa), the man used his shoe to fetch water for the dog. Because of this single act of kindness to the animal, Allah (swt) forgave him. People in the gathering asked the Prophet (sa) if there was a reward for serving animals, and his reply was affirmative. (Bukhari)
Another narration by Abu Hurairah tells the story of a woman who gave water to a dog and also earned Allah’s forgiveness. (Bukhari)
This good deed is relatively easy to perform. People with pets feed and take care of their animals, but even those who do not keep pets can earn good deeds by being kind to animals, feeding them where allowed, or donating towards a cause that cares for them.
Providing water for the people
Providing water for people in need (for example, digging a well) is a good deed that can earn us great rewards, not just in this life but even after we die.
You may not have the resources to provide people with water yourself, but you can still donate to charities that provide for the needy.
Teaching people knowledge
The Prophet (sa) said: “The superiority of the learned over the devout worshipper is like my superiority over the most inferior amongst you (in good deeds).” He went on to say: “Allah, His angels, the dwellers of the heavens and the earth, and even the ant in its hole and the fish (in water) supplicate in favour of those who teach people knowledge.” (at-Tirmidhi; reliable)
There are many different ways of sharing what you have learned. You can share nuggets from what you have read and pass on the knowledge of Islam to other people. Allah willing, you will be rewarded even when people are guided from the way you act upon what you know, and they then implement in their lives what they have learned from you.
Removing harmful objects from thoroughfares
This is a good social deed that is often associated with the peaceful nature of Islam. We say that a person earns reward for removing harmful objects from the path of other people, but the size of the reward tells you that this is not a small deed after all.
A man was admitted in Jannah (paradise) simply because he saw a stick on the road and removed it so that others were not harmed or inconvenienced. (Muslim)
This tells us that watching out for other people even in the seemingly smallest of ways, or removing harmful objects from their path, can lead us to the best reward a Muslim can hope for.
Remembering Allah throughout the day
Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: “…Nothing brings more salvation from the punishment of Allah than the remembrance of Allah.” (at-Tirmidhi; authentic)
In another narration by Abu Hurairah, the Prophet (sa) said that the people who constantly remembered Allah (swt) will have their heavy burdens removed till they come on Judgement Day with light burdens. (at-Tirmidhi; reliable but odd)
Every time our tongue becomes moist with the remembrance of Allah (swt), we are rewarded. We can earn many blessings by remembering Allah (swt) as we go about our daily activities – waking up, getting dressed, doing chores, during commute, and so on.
If you are wondering how best to remember Allah (swt) as you go about your day, Prophet Muhammad (sa) told us: “The best remembrance is: There is none worthy of worship except Allah (La ilaha illa Allah) and the best supplication is: All praise is for Allah (Alhamdulillah).” (at-Tirmidhi; reliable but odd)
May Allah (swt) increase our good deeds. Ameen.
Amina Salau is a freelance writer who is passionate about women’s issues in Islam
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Our bodies are from this realm, The Material World, and we satisfy it with food, passion, entertainment…and we go so far in consuming these as to stuff’em into that void. But that void…is in our soul..and our souls are from another realm. No amount of stuffing is going to satiate it. It needs food too, the food of revelation…contemplation…and that of gratitude and of repentance. How starved are you?..