Travelers on the Path of Knowledge

Knowledge is an ocean and a few drops just aren’t enough. -Unknown

Is Robert Spencer a scholar? August 14, 2010

Filed under: Random — musaafir @ 10:52 am

A few years ago, Islamofacism Awareness Week came to our university. Robert Spencer, one of the huge anti-Islam critics out there was invited to speak and of course the MSA was not too thrilled. We felt like his invitation was an attempt at bringing bias to our campus and that it was a mockery of intellectualism and scholarship. Spencer was not open to the idea of having a dialogue with the Muslim students and security was posted at the doors as if the Muslim students posed a threat. The fact that they all left at prayer time was marketed as them walking out on the event and protest and it really was entirely silly. We met with the campus administration and explained to them that especially on topics that are bound to irritate certain groups on campus we should be more careful to screen the speakers or talk to the group we might possibly offend. I remember students saying that Spencer was not a scholar of anything remotely Islamic and was not an authority at all.

When browsing the net today, I found an article that spells out clearly how Spencer likes to be called a scholar without any credentials to back it up. “Spencer does not even possess a Master’s Degree in anything related to Islam, let alone a Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellowship. Spencer does have in M.A. in the field of early Christian studies; does that make him a scholar of Christianity? If not, then why is he considered a scholar of Islam without even an M.A. in Islamic studies?”

Interesting article and site:


Side Note: May 6, 2010

Filed under: Random — Lena @ 3:30 pm

Your thoughts, comments, and insights are always welcome and much appreciated.


My heart May 4, 2010

Filed under: Random,Reflections — Lena @ 5:27 pm

longs, deeply, for the company of the righteous.


Relying on Allah Alone

Filed under: Gems,Islam,Random,Reflections — Lena @ 1:11 pm

Allah ta’ala does not like to find us becoming dependent on other than Him. We become dependent on our money and we will find we are tested with it being taken from us. We become dependent on people, and He ta’ala will have them disappoint us, let us down. This is all Allah ta’ala calling us back to Him, showing us that we should never come to rely or depend on other than Him–Our Sustainer, Our Provider, the Ever-Lasting, the Ever-Appreciative, The Protector, The Merciful, The King.


Gem! April 29, 2010

Filed under: Random — Lena @ 6:31 pm

Sh. Faraz, as related by a friend:

Whenever He inspires your tongue to ask or seek, know that He wishes to grant.

SubhanAllah wAlhamdulillah. Allahumma salli ‘ala sayyiddna Muhammad wa ‘ala aalihi wa sahbihi wa salimu tasleema.


Repetition December 2, 2009

Filed under: Random — Lena @ 3:59 pm

I have found repetition is the best form of learning–repetition in listening/reading about a topic and most importantly repeatedly putting it into practice. There is a hadith of the Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, that states that a person becomes patient by practicing patience. Pretend to be patient and inshaAllah it will become natural. May Allah ta’ala make us among the patient and forbearant

“Our inability to comprehend Him is our comprehending Him.”


Each Moment has its Right October 8, 2009

Filed under: Random — Lena @ 6:18 pm


Alhamdulillah I was listening to a lecture of Sh. Faraz Rabbani (may Allah ta’ala preserve him, increase him, and allow us to benefit from him. Ameen) the other day, from a Seekers Guidance course (which you should look into if you have not yet) and he made one point among many amazing points that really struck me.  He mentioned essentially that each moment has its Right.  That is, that as each moment comes upon us, regardless of what we would like to be doing in that moment it has a certain act that might be best for it.

I have found this to come up time and time again.  For instance, I might be about to sit down to read some Qur’an and in that there is of course immense good, inshaAllah, but then if my mother were to call on me to ask for something then I should realize that at that moment it would be better for me to respond rather than make her wait on me, and then to sit down to read–plus this would allow for greater peace of mind in reading.  This is due to the great weight Allah ta’ala places on respect and obeying one’s parents.

This reminds me of something we read in a text “On the Rights of Parents” by Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud al-Musawi al-Ya’qubi.  He states, that according to the Maliki opinion, if one is praying a non-obligatory prayer his father taught him:

If a father calls upon his son, expecting an answer, the son should hasten to finish his prayer and exit from it.  But he should quickly respond to his mother with a tasbih whenever she calls him and also quickly finish his prayer in the same manner.  This is, of course, with the understanding the son’s parents are neither deaf nor blind; if that is the case, then he should abandon his prayer.

It’s written in poem form in Rajaz meter and translated by Sh. Hamza Yusuf.

Allah ta’ala alone knows best. 

Any errors are only my own and I ask for your forgiveness and His.