“The Dajjal will only be king when only the blind are left in the valley.”
‘In the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is king’ is from Erasmus, Adagia.
The visually-impaired will mistake the Dajjal, the one-eyed ‘Antichrist’, for Christ returned. But the believer, complex or simple, will be spared this ironic myopia.
“Islam is the crown of the poor.”
“If their defences are strong, it is because you have not used the weapon of mercy.”
‘Were you rough and hard of heart they would have dispersed from round about you.’ (3:159) is the battlecry of Da’wa. ‘Allah gives through gentleness what He does not give through roughness’ (Hadith). The Holy Prophet ﷺ transformed his hard-hearted people in only twenty-three years. He took them from the many to the One, from vendetta to the Sacred Law, from despair over death to the certainty of eternal life. In this he was ‘sent only as a mercy to the worlds’ (21:107). But without his mercy this mercy would have been marked ‘Return to Sender’.Continue reading
“Nafs is a comedian. So enjoy your Sufism!”
Humour is a divine subtlety in man, rooted in the absurdity of the possibility of human disagreement with reality. Its absence from nature indicates that it is connected to the struggle of the spirit, which only man can know. Lying or mockery are forbidden by the Sunna; and yet three forms of humour will do us immeasurable service.Continue reading
“Maidens! Choose him that uses his ears more than his eyes.”
If he is even minimally smart he will know that what you say, and how you say it, reveals your worth more surely than your skin can.Continue reading
“If you have not seen the saint, you have not seen the Sunna.”
Most believers are superstitious. These are the ones who hang a miniature Fatiha from their rear-view mirror, before cursing their way through the traffic. They live their lives in the same fashion, seldom reflecting. The gears of their minds are not engaged with religion; they are conformists, the fog of their inner lives punctuated very occasionally by feelings of guilt or fear.Continue reading