Archive for the ‘Dawa’ Category

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Why Have I been Created? – Lecture – UWA – 12 Sep. – 3-5pm

September 12, 2009

As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum and peace be upon you,

Like countless millions before you, you must have asked yourself such
questions as: Who am I? Where do I come from? What am I doing in this
world? Where do I go from here, from this seemingly earth bound
existence, and what is my purpose, if any?

These are questions about life and about the meaning and purpose of life.
These are questions about the universe and our place in it.

The answers you give to these questions help to shape your worldview.
Your worldview is not only the way in which you see and explain the
world and your place in it, but it affects the way you think and the
way you act or behave. Your worldview shapes the quality of your life.

In the long history of mankind, there have been many different
attempts at explaining the purpose of humankind. As believers in God,
Muslims have suggested that the purpose of man is to worship Allah
(God) , as mentioned in the following verse:

“…I have created humankind …  that they may worship me….”
(51, 56)

…does it then suggest that the Almighty is in need of our worship.
This, though, would be an obvious contradiction of the Islamic belief
in Allah being absolutely Self-sufficient, Independent and
Transcendent.

If, on the contrary, the answer be no, then it would seem that mankind
serves no purpose at all.

What then is the purpose of the creation of man?

Furthermore, if man was created for worship then why was he granted
the freedom to choose not to do so, and even to deny the very
existence of Allah himself?

What then is the nature of humankind and what, if anything at all,
makes us so unique?

How also are we to understand the nature of the relationship between
humankind and Allah?

You are cordially invited to an open lecture to explore these
pertinent issues from an Islamic perspective on Saturday the 12th of
September at the UWA Geology and Geography Lecture Theatre 2. Time:
3-5pm

All of our previous lectures are up on the website, in high quality
MP3 format. www.perthmuslimyouthforum.com

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Knowledge and Desire

March 16, 2008

Following on from the beautiful story on “knowing what it is that you want“, there are two concepts that should not escape mention. They are balance and justice.

One cannot simply ask for whatever one’s heart desires and expect a response from Allah if one believes in Divinity, or Nature if one believes in the secular secrets such as the Law of Attraction as per the new-age materialisms. Granting of supplications and belief in positive thinking has to be tempered and balanced by knowledge and by the justice that is brought about by Love and Hate.

Every human being must understand his/her limitations. Love is a positive emotion and while it can make us feel good, it’s beneficial effect is dependant upon the thing that is cherished. Hate on the other hand is a negative emotion and while it may make us feel bad, it’s deleterious effect is also contingent upon the object of hatred.

Allah swt, says in His Holy Quraan, “It may be that you hate a thing and it is (actually) good for you. And it may be that you love a thing and it is (actually) bad for you. And Allah Knows and you do not know.” (Asaa an takrahu shayan. wa huwa khairul lakum. Wa asaa an tuhibbu shayan, wa huwa sharrul lakum. Wa Allahu ya’lamu wa antum la ta’lamoon [2,216])

to be continued…

Yunous Vagh

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Shawwal

November 3, 2007

SubhaanAllah, (Glory be to Allah), the month of Shawwal is nearing end. It is sincerely hoped that most of us have taken advantage of the benefits of this month. Specifically, the six fasts of Shawwal that are essential to balance after Ramadaan. The women in our midst have had to make up for the fasts missed in Ramadaan due to haidh (mentruation). Men, together with women are encouraged to fast these 6 days for which the reward is immense both physically, mentally, psychologically and spiritually.

Physically, our bodies get another chance to acclimatise to the rigours of uncontrolled digestive demands, before finally reaching the equilibrium that is established after this second adjustment. Mentally, we are strenthened by these fasts, as there are now no safety nets as in Ramadaan. Psychologically, we are given strength of resolve as these fasts are purely voluntary. Spiritually, we advance as it gives us connection to the Holy Months of Hajj wherein we undergo training of the nafs further in that there is no obscenity, no wickedness and no arguments with our fellows in the pilgrimage. (Wala rafasa, wala fusooka, wal jidaala fil Hajj [2,197]) And where we are taught to make provisions, the best of which is piety. (wa tazawwado, fa inna khaira zaadit taqwa[2,197])

The women are able to see that they are not alone in doing any make up fasts and that, in addition, they gain access to the same rewards and benefits. That is indeed the equality engendered by our Lord, Allah and that indeed is the measuring of The Mighty, The Knowing. (Zaalika taqdeerul azeezul Aleem[36,38])

Yunous Vagh

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Exams, Commitment and Success

October 19, 2007

Alhumdolillah. A short story about trials and commitment. Idries Shah, a celebrated Islamic Spiritual teacher and author of myriad of books narrates the parable of the two men in the desert. Both of them went their separate ways in search of water as they had become severely dehydrated.

The first man began digging holes in the sand. In his frantic search, he dug 200 one-foot holes…all to no avail. The other went about digging just one hole, but it was 200 feet deep. He found the water and achieved success. That was the trial of the desert and of steely will.

It is much the same with all the trials we face in life. Now most of you face examinations soon. Commit yourselves. Put in the hard work. Then put your trust in Allah and leave yourself in need of His blessing. Like Musa a.s. after the hard work, you are entitled to say,  Oh my Lord, I am need of whatever you send down (Rabbi inni lima anzalta ilayya min khairin faqeer[28,24]).

And when Allah begins to inspire you, be patient and  say oh my Lord, increase me in knowledge (Wa qul Rabbi zidni ilma[20,114]).

As a slave, one is entitled to everything from your Lord. So remember who you really are.

Yunous Vagh

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The Merciful Reminder

November 30, 2006

Have you seen those who enter (not) houses through their doors?(2,189).
Like thieves in the night, the man thief and the woman thief
Have they not been asked, “Do you not know, that Allah sees?(96,14)”

They speak of understanding and interpretation, yet their tongues lie.
“Or do they say about Allah that which they do not know”
(2,80.)?

Inventing lies about
Him. No success for them (16,116),  just a little enjoyment now.

They must be reminded, for a reminder benefits believers(51,55).
A word has to be said to them, that reaches within their souls(4,63),

They are to be told that Allah is He that provides Sustenance, Possessor of the Invincible Might (51,58).
  

Before they face the exemplary punishment from Allah(5,38).
Of being cut-off, both of them! the thief and the liar.
And Allah is All Exalted and Wise(
5,38).

Yunous Vagh

In dedication to sh Taj after reading his full lecture. 

 

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1001 Inventions By Muslims!

November 20, 2006

Please visit the following site and be proud of our Muslim inventions and inventors 🙂

http://www.1001inventions.com/

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The Road to Recovery

November 12, 2006

In these troubled times we trace,
Talk to each other we must, in grace.
Qawlan, Layyinan as Musa with Pharoah did, face to face.

The example of Muhammed, prophet of Allah.
Ruhama baynahum, Ashiddaa humal Kuffaar.
Take heed must we or with Allah to endure, no liqaa.
 

Mistakes we make, forgiveness we seek.
In our lives, week to week.
Day to day, the door of Allah is there to stay,
Forever open to all who pray.

Rabbigh firli warhamni.
In the footsteps of the prophets and the beloved Ummi.
Who told us that our Lord, Rabbi.
About Himself declared, Anni, anal Gafoor rur Raheem.
Wa anna Azaabi , huwal azaabul Aleem.

In this we see, that there is No God but He.
To Him we set course, no compulsion and cohersion free.
In all of this it is asked, what more could be given to Thee?
Greater than this road to recovery.

Yunous Vagh