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Contentions May 22, 2007

Filed under: Abdal Hakim Murad,Contentions,Islam — musaafir @ 7:23 pm

By Abdal-Hakim Murad

—-> Note: Any comments are just thoughts that went through my head and definitely not a qualified commentary. And some of this goes way beyond the superficial first glance and really makes you ponder. SubhanAllah.

1. Activism will only succeed when it remembers that history is in good hands.

–> So true! History is something that has happened in the past. We cannot alter it not solely rely on it to propel us forward. Allah has decreed what has happened and the status of a people will not change until they change themselves. We have a great legacy and of course there are periods in time where people will criticize the Muslims. But we should not make the same mistakes that others did, nor can we dwell on them. We must move forward and create new projects and endeavors to build on that history and not depend solely on the acts of our predecessors.

2 We must not overestimate the calamities of our age. A misplaced rigorism is less dangerous than an improper liberalism.

3. This sin of the Muslim world: menefregismo.

4. In senescence, religions have two possibilities: Alzheimers (the amnesiac option of the secular elites) and manic-depressive (the false Salafism).

5. Aid for ‘moderate’ Middle Eastern regimes is meals on wheels, because it does not expect to rejuvenate.

6. Postmodernism is Jahiliyya. Each tribe has its own story.

7. The modern West shows that without a Shari‘a there can only be scattered hunafa’.

8. ‘There is no God at all, and Atatürk is His prophet.”

—> Secularism is often seen as man’s created religion. Often it abandons the existence of God or at least takes a more Deist perspective. Regardless, Ataturk was the father of secularism in Turkey. He spread the outward abandonment of Islam at least in terms of banning hijabs and now we can see how deep seated this secularism is with the controversy brewing in Turkey right now.

9. The Umma without its Law is like a man without his Prayer.

10. The East is content without form; the West is form without content.

See Sidi Yursil’s personal commentary on them.

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3 Responses to “Contentions”

  1. Yursil Says:

    BismillahirRamanirRaheem

    as-salamu’alaikum,

    MashaAllah a very noble effort!

    Actually I commented on 51 contentions, you have to click on the link on the bottom for the other entries 🙂

  2. Wa Alaikum as Salaam..

    The effort was yours. I unfortunately do not have the fine tune understanding of all of his words so I only take a little portion of what he has to write.

    Your effort in understanding them is admirable masha’Allah. And I’m sorry I didn’t realize. Of course- I was googling for menefrigismo.. and your blog entries came up.. at which point I was like wow. Sidi Yursil actually wrote reflections on them!

    JazakAllah Khair!

  3. shaen Says:

    as salamu’alykum, nice blog and points to,just stumbled upon it.
    Fortunately, alhamdullilah.
    Bro, likewise as the last brother mentioned, i find the Sheikh’s lectures (Contentions) like many others are somewhat hard to understand for many people I want to refrain from using the word ‘uneducated’ or those who don’t read much!!
    But nevertheless however many the points/lessons which one comes away with, they are profound.
    I think for me personally if one simply continues listening and reading his material, one can increase ones knowledge and understanding of issues which are seldom mentioned in the community(firstly)and also increase ones vocabulary, greatly!!!

    JazakAllah Khaiyra.
    Do dua for me.


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