Hasad or malicious envy is a psychological state in which a person wishes for the deprivation of a blessing, talent, or merit possessed by another person (the mahsud). Islamic ethical teachings shed light on the causes and motives of hasad and its harmful spiritual, moral and social effects, and offer practical solutions for combating this spiritual disease.
The Causes and Motives of Hasad
Qualities in others such as certain intellectual, spiritual, and moral merits, or good and pious deeds, or outward factors such as honour, prestige and wealth can cause hasad. Also, immoral or negative traits that are imagined to be merits can be a cause of hasad. Almost all of the causes of hasad are the products of a feeling of inferiority and dejectedness. When a person perceives others to be more perfect than himself, a feeling of inferiority seizes him, which, with the help of external factors and inner propensities, generates the feeling of envy in his heart. Continue reading “DISEASES OF THE SOUL – ENVY (HASAD)”
Allah (SWT) says:
“And hold fast to the rope of Allah, altogether, and do not become divided. And remember Allah’s blessings upon you; how you were enemies, and He reconciled your hearts, and by His grace you became brethren. And you were on the brink of a pit of fire, and He saved you from it. Allah thus clarifies His revelations for you, so that you may be guided.” (Surah aal-Imraan : 103) Continue reading “ONE ISLAM – ONE ALLAH, ONE PROPHET, AND ONE QUR’AN”
To understand and identify the foundations of human rights in Islam, one need to carefully study the history of Islam during the age when Islam appeared. As a consequence we will briefly examine the conditions during the time of the advent of Islam.
Conditions During the Time of the Advent of Islam
Islam dawned in land which was the driest and warmest in the world, and despite the fact that it was surrounded by seas from east and west since these seas were relatively narrow they cannot change the climate of the Saudi Peninsula.
The people in Saudi Peninsula who were Bedouin desert settlers did not obey any discipline and did not submit or obey any power and lived in a tribal hierarchy and treated others in the same way that radical nationalists and racists do with other tribes and nations. They thought it was lawful to plunder, steal, commit rape, lye to others and behave treacherously. Continue reading “THE FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN ISLAM”
The issue of human rights, for being an inherent one, has a history as old as human age on the earth. The subject was born when mankind came into existence on the Earth. The bigger the human society and the population grew the vaster the human rights issue was expanded. It has always been the source of freedom-seeking and freedom-fighting movements and it remained the eternal and perpetual ideal of mankind.
The historians have unearthed documents in their studies and researches that indicative of the fact that mankind stressed its natural rights and basic freedom and liberty 2000 years before BC.
O mankind, indeed we have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. (Quran, 49:13)
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Anger is a psychological state that results from inner agitation and desire for revenge. And when this agitation becomes more violent, it intensifies the fire of anger. A violent commotion engulfs ones brain on account of which the mind and the intellect lose control and become powerless. At that time, the inner state of a person resembles a cave where fire has broken out, filling it with flames and suffocating clouds of smoke that leap out of its mouth with intense heat and a fiery howl.
When that happens, it becomes extremely difficult to pacify such a person and to extinguish the fire of his wrath; whatever is thrown in it to cool it down becomes a part of it, adding to its intensity. It is for this reason that such a person becomes blind and deaf to guidance and good etiquettes. In such a condition, all such efforts as counsel, advice, and exhortation fail to appease the person. The more one tries to pacify it through humble requests and efforts, the more violent it becomes until the angry person physically harms someone or seeks revenge. Continue reading “DISEASE OF THE SOUL: ANGER”
One of the cordial disciplines of the worships and the spiritual duties of the traveler along the path to the Hereafter is paying attention to the Might of the Lord and to the humility of servitude. It is one of the important stages for the salik (traveler). The strength of everybody’s suluk (journey) is in proportion to the strength of this attention, or rather the perfection or the imperfection of humanity is connected to the perfection or imperfection of this matter.
The more one is overwhelmed by egoism, egotism, self-conceit and selfishness, the farther he will be from the human perfection and from the nearness of the presence of Allah. The veil of self-conceit and egotism is thicker and darker than all other veils. To tear open this veil is more difficult than tearing all other veils, and tearing it is a preparatory step to tearing other veils. In fact, tearing off this veil is the master key for the invisible, the visible and the great door of the ascent to the perfect spirituality. Continue reading “THE DISCIPLINES OF THE PRAYER: CORDIAL DISCIPLINES”
Islam as a universal religion is the religion practiced by all the true Prophets and Messengers sent by Allah with the core principle of monotheism (the belief in a single deity/ worshiping only one and true God). That is why after Allah gave a detailed story of the various prophets, He concluded it with the saying “Surely this Islam is your religion, one religion (only) and I am your lord, therefore serve Me.” (Q; 21:92)
In Qur’an 23:52, Allah says “And verily! This your religion (Islamic monotheism) is one religion and I am your Lord, so keep your duty to Me.” As a complete and perfected religion of Allah (Q; 5:3), nothing was left unexplained. Allah says in Qur’an 6:38 “…. We have not neglected anything in the Book (Qur’an) ….” Thus, Islam is more than just a religion but rather a way of life, it regulates every sphere of the individual’s life ranging from economic, social, spiritual, and political among others. Broadly speaking, Islam can be zero down to two concepts, namely Ibadat (Man to Allah relationship) and Muamalat (Human to Human relationship). Continue reading “PEACE: A HALLMARK OF A TRUE MUSLIM”
Sheikh Mohammed Salis Shaban the founder of Sheikh Salis Shaban Foundation will be holding their 51st Annual Maulid Commemoration in honour of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass (rta) on 15th April, 2017 at the Kawukudi-Park (Accra) around 9:00pm prompt.
Sheikh Salis Shaban is a renowned Islamic scholar, one of the khalifa of Baye Niass and a revered Tijaniyya Sufi cleric in Ghana. He was admired by Sheikh Ibrahim Niass for his zeal in learning. He had the privilege to grow in the house of Baye Niass, learning and serving him in most affairs. He was exposed to the direct guidance and nurturing of Sheikhul Islam Alhaj Ibrahim Niass himself. At night, Sheikh Shaban will spend the night with Baye Niass in complete servitude. Sometimes he will graciously hold the lamp in the night for Sheikh Ibrahim Niass to write many pages of DIWAN, anthologies of praises for the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA). Continue reading “51ST ANNUAL MAULID COMMEMORATION OF SHEIKH IBRAHIM NIASS (RTA)”
“And put thy trust in God; and enough is God as a disposer of affairs”. (Qur’an 4 :81)
The word used in Qur’an is “Tawakkal”, which is derived from “Tawakkul”. This is not an excuse for idleness. “Tawakkul means that you should bind the camel with its rope, then say that you have trust in God that He will protect your camel. You should not have confidence in the rope only, because many a camel has been stolen together with its rope; and, likewise, you should not neglect the rope, because binding with the rope is a part of Tawakkul”.
So this is the spirit of Tawakkul. We are to try our best; and then we should have trust in the God that He will make our work succeed. Continue reading “TRUST IN GOD”
“In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful”.
This phrase occurs at the beginning of every Chapter of the Qur’an, except one. It is used by Muslims before starting every work – before reading, before eating, before starting their work, before sleeping. Islam teaches man to start every good effort with the Holy name of God Who is beneficent and merciful, invoking His mercy to bless his efforts with success.
The goal of Islam is to make a man “God -minded”; it wants him to realize that he, himself, is nothing, that all his efforts are fruitless unless rewarded by God with success. And that realization is combined with the satisfaction that God is beneficent and merciful, who will not disappoint him in his hope and belief. Continue reading “GOD – MINDEDNESS”