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Readers’ Opinions is a new kind of post on Muslim Matters where an author puts up a topic that’s important to them, or a question that’s on their mind. You get to have your say, whatever comes to mind. The idea is to talk, and to keep talking! It’s totally off-the-record and casual. Come on in and share what you think about today’s question.

Narrated Abu Huraira: Once the Prophet was narrating (a story), while a bedouin was sitting with him. “One of the inhabitants of Paradise will ask Allah to allow him to cultivate the land. Allah will ask him, ‘Are you not living in the pleasures you like?’ He will say, ‘Yes, but I like to cultivate the land.‘ ” The Prophet added, “When the man (will be permitted he) will sow the seeds and the plants will grow up and get ripe, ready for reaping and so on till it will be as huge as mountains within a wink. Allah will then say to him, ‘O son of Adam! Take here you are, gather (the yield); nothing satisfies you.’ ” On that, the bedouin said, “The man must be either from Quraish (i.e. an emigrant) or an Ansari, for they are farmers, whereas we are not farmers.” The Prophet smiled (at this). [Bukhari]


Years ago, I had a friend at university who was obsessed with owning a farm – even though she was working in a laboratory at the time! When I came across the above narration, I quickly made sure to reassure her that her dream will come true one day, insha’Allah.

When this hadith came to mind again recently, something clicked inside my head: Jannah isn’t just a place of beauty and marvel, where we’ll sit about lounging on silk cushions all day, drinking and dining (which is not a bad image, admittedly). It’s actually a place where we’ll get to converse with our Lord, subhanahu wa ta’ala! We’ll get to ask of him directly, and hear his response immediately – something that none of us will ever experience in dunya. A mind blowing, and exciting realisation!

So, my question to you is:

What would you ask from your Lord in Jannah?

To start things off, I will give my answer – which will not surprise anyone who knows me.

I would ask for a Science lesson.

Honestly, I love Science so much. I am so CURIOUS as to how Allah created the universe and everything in it! Studying Biology and watching Astronomy programs is a taste of Jannah for me. How does LIFE work? All these crazily complex biochemical reactions leading to consciousness and thought… I can’t even begin to dissect them! Only Al Khaliq knows, subhanahu wa ta’ala. And I can’t wait to ask Him, insha’Allah.

Dr Mehzabeen b. Ibrahim joined MuslimMatters as a blogger in late 2007 under the handle 'iMuslim', whilst still a struggling grad student. Since then, she has attained a PhD in Molecular Biology and a subsequent Masters in Bioinformatics, and now works as a specialist in this field for a well-known British, medical charity, masha'Allah. Somewhere in between she found the time to get married, alhamdulillah. She likes to dabble in photo and videography, a sample of which can be found on her personal blog: iMuslim.tv.

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    Bushra

    March 31, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    I was gonna say ‘OMG, YOU GEEK!!!’ but in all honesty, I am guilty of a similar charge. I love love love LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE books and reading, but really don’t get enough time to read due to other responsibilities, so I would ask for all my favourite books in a huge pile next to me.

    And I love desserts. All the fattening, creamy ones. Cakes, ice creams, pastries…you get the idea. But for the sake of avoiding Islamic gluttony and heart disease, I refrain from them with an imaginary 10-foot bargepole. Sooooo…I would ask for all of them but without getting fat or ill.

    Actually, here’s a nice idea…how about…I’m sitting and reading all my favourite books whilst eating my yummy, slimming but delectably delicious desserts.
    A tempting image.

    But as we all know…Jannah is expensive. So we better spend a lot on it!

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      iMuslim

      March 31, 2011 at 6:19 AM

      Jannah is expensive. So we better spend a lot on it!

      +1 :)

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      nayma

      March 31, 2011 at 7:38 PM

      I have to second this one Busra! I love reading too!

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        Nur

        March 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM

        I’d ask Allah for so many things in Jannah!

        I’d be surrounded by my books.

        I’d have my own super special cozy bed with a warm heater as warm as my little sister when she is sleeping and me wearing my favorite clothes (my sleeping robe). I’d also have a special thing in front of me to hold my book for me so that i can keep my hands and arms under the blanket and it would turn the page whenever I’m finished reading one.

        And while I read, I’d be served with all my favorite foods, especially desserts like magic cookie bars, all types of cake, sugar cookies, etc. And I wouldnt have to worry about crumbs or getting a tummyache.

        And I would like to sit with everyone in my family and knowing that my siblings wouldn’t fight with each other in Jannah, I would talk with them as much as I want to.

        Then we’d all go and visit the prophets and sahabah and all the other Muslims we had heard about and admired in the dunya but couldn’t get the chance to see them.

        We would also watch movies with someone else to set them up instead of me doing it and the movies wouldnt have any inappropriate parts.

        My eyes would never bother me when I read books or stare at something too long or glance at a light. And I would never have a headache.

        Insha Allah that will all come true.

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          Rafa

          April 1, 2011 at 7:19 PM

          Masha Allah, you’re so sweet. :) Insha Allah it will!

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    Ismail Kamdar

    March 31, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    I wrote an article on my Top Ten things I love about Jannah, which can be viewed here.

    At the top of my list of things I want is meeting all the prophets and learning about their names and life stories. (I love history!), but of course, I also want a batmobile and a river of Coca-Cola!

    I also have a list of Aqeedah questions I’d like to discuss with Allah directly in Jannah, especially on issues of Qadar.

    As I usually tell my Aqeedah students: Lets focus on pleasing Allah rather than questioning Him which we have no right to do, so that we can earn His eternal pleasure, then in Jannah we can ask Him all our questions directly.

    And there are many other things I want in Paradise, some of which I can’t mention in public! :D

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      Bushra

      March 31, 2011 at 6:29 AM

      ‘And there are many other things I want in Paradise, some of which I can’t mention in public! ‘

      Oh no…polygamy again.
      :D

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        iMuslim

        March 31, 2011 at 6:33 AM

        Bushra, you had to go drop the P-bomb. It’s not like you were the only one thinking it! ;)

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          Bushra

          March 31, 2011 at 6:36 AM

          You know me…I love a bit of controversy! :P

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            Ismail Kamdar

            March 31, 2011 at 7:57 AM

            Allah Al-Musta’an! Don’t mention the ‘P’ word publicly!

            Well I know women also tend to have hectic ideas for Paradise!

            Classic Example:

            In an Aqeedah class about Paradise, when I described the slaveboys of everlasting youth who resemble scattered pearls (76:19), a sister raised her hand and asked, “But can we enjoy them the way men will enjoy the Hoor?”

            I had no answer except blushing cheeks and a lowered gaze.

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        DiscoMaulvi

        March 31, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        Great… now this thread is gonna go a whole different direction!! :)

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      iMuslim

      March 31, 2011 at 6:31 AM

      Lets focus on pleasing Allah rather than questioning Him which we have no right to do, so that we can earn His eternal pleasure, then in Jannah we can ask Him all our questions directly.

      Great advice for your Aqeedah students, masha’Allah. Sometimes my head buzzes with questions on all sorts of things, and relief only comes when I remind myself that one day I’ll either get my answers, insha’Allah. Or that I simply won’t care about those questions anymore upon meeting my Lord – everything will just make sense in His awesome presence. :)

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    Yousuf Tafhim

    March 31, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    – Just be able to see Allah, whenever I think about it, it feels so good.
    – Roaming around with the Prophets and the Sahabah and they calling me like best buddies :)
    – Hiking on Jannah maybe

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    Ali Colak

    March 31, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Seeing and listening to history from thhe begning to the end and then getting the commentaries of allah and the people involved. I realised I could have asked people what happened, but their is nothing like experiencing it yourself.

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    isam

    March 31, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    i would ask how & what I can I do to make my ex-husband return to the fold of Islam again.

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      Cartoon M

      April 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      May Allah make it easier for you and return him to Islam.

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    Siraaj

    March 31, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    1. Would ask to know the correct answer in all matters of religion that have a diff of opinion
    2. Would like to know in certain parts if my life, what if at a certain place, I had chosen differently.

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    amad

    March 31, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    I’d like to chill out with the Prophet (S), and Abu Bakr (RD) just for a bit… if Umar (RD) was there, i may be too intimidated to talk :) May Allah grant us a spot there…

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    Faiza

    March 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Seeing Allah Subhaana wata’aala the most beautiful gift. Collecting different kinds of fruits of jannah and presenting to it to the Prophet Muhammad PBUH :) meeting his wives and spending long time with them. To listen our Prophet PBUH reciting Qur’an everyday in his beautiful voice :) The one thing which I really like about jannah is there will be no health problems,Alhamdulillaah. We can eat so many chocolates without spending money. We don’t need to clean our house. Don’t need cook the food :P

    May Allah help us to work hard for jannah. May Allah grant us the highest ranks of Jannatul firdaus,Aameen!!

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    life is a test

    March 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh!!

    This is sooo beautiful to imagine! :’)

    May Allah the Most Compassionate One make our entry into His jannah easy for us all!

    1. Nothing can compare to the gift of meeting our Creator! SubhanAllahi wabihamdih!

    2. I would love to see everything like a movie…. especially Musa (peace be on him) thrown in river nile and the whole story!!

    3. Ofcourse i would love to meet all the Prophets (peace be on them all), the righteous people and our father and mother Adam and Hawwa (peace be on them both)!

    4. Ohh yes!!! i would love to speak to the angels!! esp Jibreel (peace be on him)

    5. I also hope that i will be with my family and beloved ones talking about our time in this dunya and say from the depths of our heart…”Alhamdulillahi katheeran tayyibban mubaarakan”

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    Abu Ibrahim

    March 31, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    In the name of Allah, the most merciful and gracious. Praise be to Allah, and peace be upon him the Messenger of Allah, and upon his family, companions, and those that follow him.

    Asalamu Aleikoum Wa Rahmatolah wa Barakatoho!

    My greatest wish is to be blessed by Allah to achieve martyrdom in the name of Islam and
    Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)…… Insha Allah …..

    JazakAllahu khayran,

    Abu Ibrahim

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    F

    March 31, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    1. Have the pleasure of meeting and talking directly to Allah (swt)!
    2. Ask all the Prophets about their lives in detail and hear from them first hand!
    3. Find out all the mysteries of the world and their answers.

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    Amman AA

    March 31, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Amazing Article Masha’Allah…

    If possible, I would want to know WHY? I would want to talk to Allah (SWT) for infinite number of hours and ask him every detail about his creation. Why the earth, not mars? Some others could be found in the Qur’an, but ofcourse as human beings we are limited by our finite minds. I would love to know WHY?

    ofcourse

    Sister Bushra mentioned polygyny and Brother Ismail Kamdar mentioned verse 76.19; I want to give my 2 cents:

    In paradise, insha’allah we will have whatever we want and take whatever we want. I think this idea is hard to comprehend. Gravity, pain, heat, cold, happiness, etc…We are limited by the “RULES” of this dunya. Allah (swt) gives us glimpses of Jannah in the Qur’an and hadith. I remember Abur Raheem Greene was taking about his conversion and he said “You can’t keep the cake and eat it at the same.” (or Something like that). In paradise insha’Allah that won’t be the problem. Men and Women will have what they’ve always desired and more. I hope I made sense…

    We Could Only Imagine…

    Allah Knows Best

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    Taj

    March 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    I would want to be the RED POWER RANGER!

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      Cartoon M

      April 2, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      I’ll be the original and you can be one of the later ones haha

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    Amatullah

    March 31, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    For all those who said they want to accompany the Prophet (alayhi afdhal as-salatu wa at-tasleem), start making that duaa now :) http://muslimmatters.org/2010/05/04/the-supplication-series-strong-faith-eternal-bliss-and-the-prophets-companionship/ and if you want the pleasure of gazing upon Allah azza wa jal, learn this duaa: http://muslimmatters.org/2009/08/27/ramadan-duaa-series-the-greatest-delight/

    This is a great question, i’m not ready to answer yet :)

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      Siraaj

      March 31, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      You still owe us an answer to the last question.

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        Amatullah

        March 31, 2011 at 4:08 PM

        LOL ok then…

        may Allah ta’ala grant us Firdaws al-A’laa with His Prophet.

        I want to have tea with Maryam alayha salaam.

        I want to see my parents relax and enjoy the luxuries of Jannah. They worked very hard for my siblings and I, and to see the fruits of their labor would be amazing.

        I love flowers, a lot. I want my own personal garden filled with flowers. Within this garden, I want a pomegranate tree, bananas and pineapples.

        My paternal and maternal grandparents passed away before I was able to meet them as an adult (may Allah have mercy on them and all the deceased Muslims), so I would like to meet them in Jannah.

        I want to meet Imam al-Bukhari, ibn Taymiyyah, ibn al-Qayyim, ibn Uthaymeen and ask them some questions that I have from their opinions and works.

        I love sour candy but I do my best to avoid it because it’s bad for my teeth and it’s too much sugar. I want a mountain of sour candy.

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    The Shardul of Allah

    March 31, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Well, I first of all pray to Allah that He does not reckon me for my deeds on the Day of Judgment, and simply forgive me, and enter me in His Mercy. Inshallah when Allah will enter me in His Garden, obviously the two greatest blessing will be seeing the Face of our Lord, and the companionship of the Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Peace and Greetings be upon Him). Aside from these two incomparable blessings, I will ask for the following things from my Lord:

    01. Many pet animals who should be able to talk with me, like we see in the cartoon. I will want a cat, a Bengal Tiger, a cow a camel, a giraffe, and many different types of birds, and all of them should be able to talk with me.

    02. Play cricket for fun. Most balls that I will hit there will go for six for sure.

    03. A plane like Air-Force One. Of course my plane in Jannah will be zillion times better than this Air Force one. That plane will be so big and so luxurious that human minds can’t imagine. When on board, the plane should be able to open the roof so that if I want I can busk in the heavenly sun or go though the heavenly clouds.

    04. A luxurious sea-vessel (Titanic ;)). Like my plane, the luxury and vastness of this ship can’t be comprehended in this duniya. With this ship, I will go into romantic cruise. I will have dinner with my beloved ones in the most beautiful romantic setting on the sea of Jannah.

    05. A sports car. I will take my partner, and will drive that car so fast and so terribly that she will enjoy but scream, “Stop! Stop!! Stop!!!”. I will say, “Ralax! There is no fear of death or injury in Jannah.”

    06. A roller coaster.

    07. Beaches, water falls, mountains (like Himalayans).

    08. Rain and snow.

    09. Food, food, and more food. No worries of about weight gain.

    10. Hoor Al Ayn, Hoor Al Ayn, and more Hoor Al Ayn. And both my ship and plane should be able to accommodate all of them whenever I set out in a cruise (I am not married yet, and the probability that my future wife would find this comment out is very low. I hope to have a monogamous relationship in this duniya, but when it comes to Jannah, why place limit? ;))

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      Ibn Abu Abee Darda

      April 1, 2011 at 10:32 AM

      “02. Play cricket for fun. Most balls that I will hit there will go for six for sure.”

      LOL. This just cracked me up!

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    The Shardul of Allah

    March 31, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    I do not know if the following hadith is authentic or not, but it makes sense. There are blessings in Jannah that are better than Jannah itself:

    The Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s peace and greetings be upon him) said, “There are four things in Paradise that are better than Paradise itself – remaining eternally in Paradise is better than Paradise; being served by the angels in paradise is better than Paradise; being in the company of the Prophets in Paradise is better than Paradise; and gaining Allah’s pleasures in Paradise is better than Paradise itself. There are four things in Hell that are worse than Hell itself – remaining eternally in Hell is worse than Hell; the reproaching of the unbelievers by the angels in Hell is worse than Hell; being in the company of Satan in Hell is worse than Hell; and Allah’s wrath in Hell is worse than Hell itself.”

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    Mohammad

    March 31, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    EVERYTHING! :)

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    Sabeen Mansoori

    March 31, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    1. To see Allah (swt) inshallah and be with the Prophets and the Sahabah and Sahabiyaat.
    2. To have my family with me…especially my parents.
    3. To paint the wonderous fruits and flowers and the beautiful people of Jannah :)

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    Syma Kashif

    March 31, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    I pray to Allah that he rewards us with jannatul Firdaus.
    What do i want in Jannah From Allah ?!?

    The greatest blessing of the Jannah is going to be the pleasure of meeting our lord and then the company of our prophets and the pious.

    According to what i know that once we are in Jannah Allah will bless us with what ever we want there and the blessings of jannah will be far more better than the blessings of this world. So…. i won’t ask my lord for the worldy blessings in Jannah as he has a better plan for the momineens.
    But i pray that he gives me the company of my Husband , my parents, my children and my loved ones in jannatul Firdaus.

    (Need to work hard and pray alot for it)

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    Abu Aaliyah

    March 31, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Asalaamu Alaikum

    Best reward to see Allah Al-Jameel.

    1. I love documentaries, so to chill back on the amazing couch being served pure drink with my wife (maybe, she might wanna go outside and shop :) ) and watch an authentic life history, all the way from Prophet Adam till the Prophet Muhammad (s).
    2. Video of my childhood, which I don’t remember at all.
    3. Drive a lamborghini in the huge real estate without any speed limit. WOW.
    4. Ofcourse, have a cup of coffee with the beloved Messenger of Allah and his companions.
    ” You will be with those whom you love”

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    Ameera Khan

    March 31, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    I SO love this question, Masha’Allah! Okay, so what I’d ask for in Jannah (may we all be admitted to Jannah by His Mercy, ameen!) is a VERY long list… and Allah Knows Best about that. :D

    However, here’s a few things:

    – my very own stream, with cool grass on either side, shade from lush green trees from above where I’d laze about… watching the crystal clear water flow by.

    – no need to wear Hijab!

    – wings to fly!

    – calorie-less , yummilicious food (like Bushra’s asked for above, ditto!)

    – my family all close to me (so this should have been up top! :S)

    – a home made of glass with fountains everywhere!

    – a trip of the heavens, first-class, front-row seats! ;)

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      Ameera Khan

      March 31, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      In case y’all think me shallow… know these things are all AFTER wanting to see Allah(swt), being near the Prophet(saw) and meeting the pious predecessors!

      May Allah grant us all the pleasures of Jannah that our hearts desire on earth, while believing in the unseen… ameen.

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    Ameera Khan

    March 31, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    I think I missed the point of this question… re-reading the post made me realize my mistake. And now, I’ll go with Amatullah… I honestly feel overawed by the question… what could I possibly ask Allah(Swt)?

    Okay, let me try…

    One thing, I now remember, that I always wondered about what was… what nations and living creatures existed before our Universe was created? Were there any at all?

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    Humble Muslim

    March 31, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Salam

    1. Meet Allah SWT, and ask Him all the things we never got answers to in this life (who really did 9/11?),
    2. Meet the Prophet(SAW), and chill out with him!
    3. Play cricket, and be able to bat like Don Bradman.
    4. Get on the Enterprise (the one in Star Trek) and explore the universe… get close up to the Orion Nebula!

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    ChasingPurity

    March 31, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    -Hear all the Prophets in a Qur’an competition. (:
    -I wanna chill with the Prophets, drink wine & have scrumptious food with them while they tell me how they kicked kaafir butt.
    -I wanna run in the meadows with my hair flowing and a pretty dress on, like in the movies. But of course, meaodws in Jannah will be AWESOME.
    -I wanna be able to talk to Allah, don’t kno if I could say anything, or juss remain speechless, but being in his presence..sighh.
    -lastly, FOOOD. xD

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      Humble Muslim

      March 31, 2011 at 6:41 PM

      “I wanna chill with the Prophets, drink wine & have scrumptious food with them while they tell me how they kicked kaafir butt.”

      I would prefer to hear about how they handled themselves in situations like this one:

      http://www.islamawareness.net/Children/story20.html

      These are the kinds of things that make the Prophets who they are, not the ‘might is right’ mentality.

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      Humble Muslim

      March 31, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      “I wanna chill with the Prophets, drink wine & have scrumptious food with them while they tell me how they kicked kaafir butt.”

      I would prefer to hear first hand the story of incidents like this one, which show what the difference is between a Prophet and a bully.

      It was mentioned in the seerah narrations that there was once an elderly woman who fled Makkah with a heavy load of her things because of the befalling tribulation that, in her mind, was the work of Muhammad sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam. An honorable man saw her with the heavy load and offered to help. She was very grateful but made a condition:

      “Don’t talk to me about Muhammad and we will get along just fine. Because of him there is no peace and there is trouble in my mind.”

      They traveled together. As the time passed she spoke to her companion about the evil that Muhammad had brought. “He’s misleading all the weak ones, and the poor ones, and the slaves. They think they’ve all found wealth and freedom following his ways.”

      When they arrived at their destination, she thanked her companion and realized that she had not asked his name.

      “What’s that? Pardon my hearing but it’s funny … I thought I heard you say your name was Muhammad.”

      “Ash hadu an laa ilaaha illa Allah, wa ash hadu anna Muhammadan RasulAllah! If you are Muhammad then take me take me back, for it is in you that I can only hope for peace.”

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        iMuslim

        April 1, 2011 at 9:34 AM

        JazakumAllah khair for reminding us of this beautiful incident.

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        Bushra

        April 1, 2011 at 9:39 AM

        I looooooove that story. Dawud Wharnsby Ali made a nasheed about that. It’s so beautiful, masha’Allah.

        Jazakallahu khair for sharing that story with us.

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          Ameera Khan

          April 1, 2011 at 4:53 PM

          It is really a beautiful nasheed! Masha’Allah! :)

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    ahlam

    March 31, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    L hawla wala quwata illa billah, the question’s great but….let me think of how to get there in the first place! :(

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    abu khadijah

    March 31, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Aside from all the obvious stuff that we all want as belivers,

    1. I would like to know why He (SWT)made the universe so vast and expansive as we only occupy less than a hear breath of space in our Galaxy never mind the universe. and was thier in other sentient life forms out there, was prophets sent to them etc etc ?

    2. Again why such variety in creation of animals and plants in oceans such as those weired albino type creatures living in the depth of the oceans etc because we human and jinns the only ones with free will and accountability ?

    I ask these questions because the sheer scale and majesty of it all just makes your brain melt trying to work out how these things are all interlinked to us all through Allah(SWT) natural laws.

    wasalam.

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    Umar

    March 31, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    1. Infinite gullab jamans.

    Infinite gullab jamans with a couple of ladoos and a single jelebi. Maybe I’m limiting myself lol but when you eat mitai you sometimes get this out of the world sensation. Maybe it’s just me?
    Then an Ambala box, at a discounted price!! They’re really getting expensive nowadays, agree?

    2. I’ve always tried imagining a new colour – and failed. There are new colours in Jannah and again I’m trying to imagine the new colour to give my thoughts on the them… But I can’t see the colours yet :/

    3. Meet some people. People we all know but have never seen. Then chat and relax with them.

    Wow this is such a deep profound post. Everyone thinks of it, but rarely do we talk of it.

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      Bushra

      April 1, 2011 at 9:48 AM

      Ambala is the BEST!!!

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    SA

    March 31, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    This is about as dumb as it gets but I would want to ask Allah(sw)

    > If true love and soul mates truly exist or if it was a figment of the human imagination?
    > How much of the folklore and history really the truth?
    > If an atom really exists?

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    Sadaf

    April 1, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    It’s actually a place where we’ll get to converse with our Lord, subhanahu wa ta’ala! We’ll get to ask of him directly, and hear his response immediately – something that none of us will ever experience in dunya. A mind blowing, and exciting realization!

    And one that brings tears of joy to my eyes. May Allah reward you for this post, which brought to me with a new intensity the immense desire to go to Jannah and to converse with our Lord and His Prophets in their company! Sometimes one wonders if there could be any greater joy than being able to see and talk to Allah and those people whom He loves?

    All I want to do is get there, then perhaps I would like to do all those things that I enjoy or want to try, but for which I do not get the time or opportunity in this duniya, such as paint (oil on canvas) sceneries up somewhere in the mountains with a breathtaking view all around me, or go for Bungee jumping in the fresh-water rivers, or maybe fly around like a bird (sky gliding)..or go wild water rafting just for the thrill of it. :) I would also like to ski on huge, snow-laden slopes – there’ll be no fear of falling or breaking something! :)

    اللهم إني أسألك الجنة وما قرب إليها من قول أو عمل وأعوذ بك من النار وما قرب إليها من قول أو عمل وأسألك أن تجعل كل قضاء قضيته لي خيرا

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    Hana

    April 1, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    The hadith you mentioned…could u please give me the hadith number?

  32. Yahya Ibrahim

    Yahya Ibrahim

    April 1, 2011 at 5:27 AM

    Bismillah,

    I desire to have a look at ALL of my ancestors before me and those stemming from me from Adam (s) till end of time. To see all their lives

    I want to worship Allah directly.

    I also want to see moments in history…badr and death of rasool ullah…fath of mecca… Esa being saved and musa crossing the sea.

    I desire Muhammed’s company and the Face of the Merciful above all else.

    Yahya Ibrahim
    http://www.facebook.com/yahya.adel.ibrahim

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    DiscoMaulvi

    April 1, 2011 at 7:16 AM

    That is a great question; one that frankly I had never ever thought of. And maybe it is because do not think about it that we do not align our actions in the quest of it. For were we to realize we could have a chance to converse directly with our Lord (may He be glorified and praised), we would never ever do a single deed that would take us away from this reward.

    Once in Jannah (may Allah forgive us and have mercy on us to enable us to enter Jannah), I think all of us would take a countless number of years just looking around us and wonder just where to start. Above and beyond that I believe we will take numerous years just hanking Allah (SWT) for having been granted access to Jannah. I think that one would fall into a multi-year Sajdah before his Lord for being blessed to even look at the treasures of Jannah, let alone to be able to see his Creator directly.

    It would be everyone’s desire to meet and converse with Allah (SWT), Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the other Prophets. And the desire to be re-united with your loved ones would be there. For some, the attraction of the Hoors will be there, for some the abundance of wine, and for some calorie-less goodies.

    When I first read this, I wondered just what I would ask for. Other than the obvious options above, nothing in particular came to mind. Then I put forward the same question to my wife and she immediately came up with an answer:

    I would like to be on a tropical island and have a vacation, get to travel around without worrying about booking hotels, paying for expenses, etc.

    Well since I haven’t made up my mind yet, I hope she has room in her plane for one more passenger! :)

    -Aly

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    Sa`id

    April 1, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    I would love to see “videos” of certain battles that took place. Like a movie that was recorded of the all the famous battles and I could see all the famous personalities that I read about.

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    Furkan Kose

    April 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    In Jannah there are a thousand of things I would ask for. These are some of them:

    1. To be able to spend all my time with my family and friends

    2. To know all the answers to the questions I have and to have hikmah

    3. To have a tv with no inappropriate material and only commercials that I like; home alone 5-1000, Kung Fu Panda 10000000, unlimited Starwars films with no inappropriate stuff, (this is just the tip of the iceberg)

    4. To have an xbox, ps3, xbox connect, an iphone 9000, my own computer

    5. my own hide and seek terrain along with other games and sports

    6. unlimited Deltora Quest books(these are the best books I have ever read) unlimited books that I love with no inappropriate stuff

    7. Yummy Turkish food, never feel sick, all foods I like

    8.Last but not least get to see all of the Prophets and sahabahs

    Those are some of the things I would ask for in Jannah. I really really really hope that I can actually enter Jannah.

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    hannah

    April 1, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    I would ask about the fate of those loved ones who raised me and taught me but never uttered the shahada.

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    Rafa

    April 1, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    “You will be with those you love.”

    That pretty much covers it. To be with the Prophets (AS), Sahabah (RA), family, friends. My grandfather, who was a close friend to me, passed away a few months back. Seeing him again would be such a blessing I can’t even explain.

    But nothing would beat getting to talk and talk and talk and talk in an everlasting conversation with Allah SWT. :)

    Insha Allah.

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    ymr

    April 2, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    I would ask allah to create another earth so that we can play a real life version of the game Risk

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    AnonyMouse

    April 3, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    Man… my answer is so childish :/

    But I’ll be honest: I would indulge my childhood (and teenagehood, and adulthood…) fantasies of fairy tale creatures and classical myths.

    I want to see a unicorn, and fairies, and dragons, and minotaurs…

    And I want to be able to ride a bike, and run around in big huge fields without having to wear hijaab, and have a massive pillow fight with all my best friends, and snuggle in piles of lovely white downy duvets with all my favourite books

    And the most delicious chocolates to ever exist, and they won’t make me feel nauseous even after I’ve even a hundred of them in one go :D

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    hamid

    April 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    salamunalaikum!

    I will definitely ask something strange…..

    I want to take personal revenge from all those arrogant’ s, oppressors, murderers etc etc… who made my brothers and sisters – orphans, who dishonored them, who destroyed their homes and families and upsured their wealth and lands.

    I will line up, all of them whom I’ve seen with my little eyes, on the edge of the hell…then offer them few tightest slaps and a powerful kick and laugh at them as they used to laugh on us here.

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    S

    May 1, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Now this seems to be very interesting post in the form of the questions from the author. jazaki Allah khayr.

    Subahan Allaah!! after reading so many sincere accounts from so many people I know and I don’t know, I could totally relate from where they are coming from. O Allaah please increase all of us here in goodness, Ameen.

    0. after listening Qur’aan from Him, Ta’la Iff I woke up from after constantly gazing at Allaah, saying Salam to Allaah and if He allows to tell in a manner that suits to His majesty, how is it being so eternally Compassionate, Merciful and constantly & lovingly forgiving, for us so much disobeying to Him.
    1. I would like to worship Allaah praying behind the prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam with all my progeny, and parents and praise and thank Allaah for his magnificence majesty.
    2. Since it will be 33 the age at which all Muslims would look like in jannah, or a totally new creation, I would want to look my best at 33 in khulq and akhlaq insh Allaah. Working on cultivating that hayaa and ikhlas..
    3. Being naive and sometimes stupid did help to certain extent, but would like to ask so many curious questions I contemplate and people who may know the answer may not be able to do it because of lack of time etc.
    4. I would ask Him to allow me to have the one I wanted to and stay married in this world with contentment.
    5. I would want to know if I did B instead of A, what would be the outcome at a certain event and How Qadr works in general.

    Its surreal and endless.. I would ask Allaah just like I did not know what to ask for in this world to give me the best in akhirah, in akhirah would ask for what I should ask for.. Thank you for reminding about jannaah in such a beautiful perspective. Its time to strive for it.. :) Insh Allaah..

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Do You Know Why Uzma Was Killed?

#JusticeForUzma is a campaign that highlights the many terrible ways household help is treated in places around the world. Here, Fatima Asad writes about how she is raising her children to be the change they want to see in their society. 

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Last week, Pakistani society was struggling with the story of the horrific murder of Uzma, a teenager, who worked as a house maid in the city of Lahore. The 16-year-old was allegedly tortured for months and then murdered by the woman she worked for…for taking a bite from the daughter’s plate. #JusticeForUzma is a campaign that highlights the many terrible ways household help is treated in places around the world. Here, Fatima Asad writes about how she is raising her children to be the change they want to see in their society. 

By Fatima Asad

Living in Pakistan, my children realize that within the gates of our neighborhood, they will see no littering, they will not experience water or electricity shortages and certainly, no one will be knocking on the door begging for food or money. The reason they have this realization is because I make it the day’s mission to let them know about their privilege, about the ways they have been blessed in comparison to the other, very real, living, breathing little girls and boys outside those gates. Alas, my children come face to face with those very real people as soon as the gates close behind us.

“Why are there so many poor people in Pakistan, Mommy?” they ask, quite regularly now, unsatisfied with the answers I’ve provided so far. The question perpetually makes me nervous, uncomfortable, and I hastily make a lesson plan in my mind to gradually expose this world’s truths to them… ahista, ahista…(slow and steady).

But on days like these, when we find out about the death of yet another underprivilged young girl (they’re becoming redundant, aren’t they?), on days like these, I want to hold them, shake them, scream at them to wake up!

Wake up, my child! Beta jaag jao.

Do you know why that little girl we see outside, always has dirt on her face and her hair is in visible knots?

It is because, there are too many people who can take a shower anytime they want, who have maids to oil, brush and style their hair.

Do you know why there are children with no clothes on their backs?

It is because, there are too many of us with too many on ours. There are too many of us with walk-in closets for mothers and matching wardrobes for their infant daughters. We obsess about tailors, brands, this collection, last season. How often do we hear or say “can’t repeat that one”, “this one is just not my thing anymore…”

Do you know why there are children with their cheeks sunk deep in their skulls, scraping for our leftovers in our trashcans?

Because there are too many of us, who are overstuffed with biryani, burgers, food deliveries, dinner parties, chai get-togethers, themed birthday cupcakes, and bursting appetites for more, more, more, and different, different, different.

There are too many of us craving the exotic and the western, hoping to impress the next guest that comes to lunch with our useless knowledge of foods that should not be our pride, like lasagna, nuggets, cinnamon rolls, banana bread, pizza, minestrone soup, etc.

There are too many of us who do not want to partake from our outdated, simple traditional cuisines… that is, unless we can put a “cool” twist on them.

Do you know why there are children begging on the streets with their parents? Because there are too many of us driving in luxury cars to our favorite staycation spots, rolling up the windows in the beggars’ faces.

We are rather spent our money of watching the latest movies for family nights, handing out cash allowances to our own kids so they won’t feel left out when going out.

Do you know why there are mothers working during the days and sacrificing their nights sewing clothes for meager coins? Why there are fathers, who sacrifice their sleep and energy to guard empty mansions at the cost of their self-respect? Because there are too many of us attending dance rehearsals for weddings of the friends we backstab and envy. Because there are too many of us binge-watching the latest hot shows on Netflix, hosting ghazal nights to pay tribute to dead musicians and our never-ending devotion for them, and many more of us viciously shaking our heads when the political analyst on TV delivers a breaking report on a millionaire’s private assets.

Do you know why there are people who will never hold a book in their hands or learn to write their own names? Do you know why there will never be proof that some people lived, breathed, smiled, or cried? Because there are too many of us who are given the best education money can buy, yet only end up using that education to improve our own selves – and only our own selves. There are too many of us who wear suits and ties, entrusted with building the country, yet too many of our leaders and politicians just use that opportunity to build their own legacies or secret, off shore accounts.

Do you know why children, yes children, are ripped apart from their parents, forced to provide their bodies and energies so that a stranger’s family can raise their kids? Because, there are too many of us who need a separate maid for each child we birth. Because, there are too many of us who have given the verdict that our children are worth more than others’.

Because, there are too many of us who need a maid to prove to frenemies our monetary worth and showcase a higher social class.

Because, there are too many of us who enslave humans, thinking we cannot possibly spoil our youth, energy and time on our own needs, our own tasks, our own lives.

Because, there are too many of us who need to be comfortable, indulged, privileged, spoiled, educated, satisfied, excited, entertained and happy at the expense of other living souls.

And we do all this, thinking—fooling ourselves into believing— that our comforts are actually a way of providing income for another human being. Too many of us think that by indulging in our self-centered lifestyles, we are providing an ongoing charity for society’s neediest.

Too many of us are sinking into a quicksand that is quite literally killing us. This needs to stop immediately. This accelerating trend of possessing and displaying more isn’t going to slow down on its own- in fact, it’s become deadly. Too many of our hearts have hardened, burnt to char.

More of us need to sacrifice our comforts, our desires, our nafs so others can have basic human rights fulfilled. More of us must say no to blind consumerism, envious materialistic competition and the need for instant gratification so others can live. We may have the potential to turn into monsters, but we have exceedingly greater potential to be empathetic, selfless revolutionaries. Too many of us have been living for the here and now, but more of us need to actively start thinking about the future.

Do we want to raise generations that will break bread with the less fortunate or do we want to end up with vicious monsters who starve and murder those they deem unworthy? The monsters who continue to believe that they have been blessed with more, so others can be given less than they are entitled to.

It is time for change andthe change has to start from within these gates.

#justiceforuzma #justiceformaids

 

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OpEd: Breaking Leases Into Pieces

Abu Awad

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Ali ibn Talib raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him)once said, “Know the truth and you’ll know who’s speaking the truth.” 

I am based in Canada and was recently having coffee with friends. In the course of the conversation, a friend (who I consider knowledgeable) said that it’s okay to pay interest on a leased car because interest doesn’t apply to lease contracts. This completely caught me off guard, because it made no logical sense that interest would become halal based solely on the nature of the contract.

I asked him how this can be true and his response was that the lease contract is signed with the dealer and the interest transaction is between the dealer and the financing company so it has nothing to do with the buyer. Again, this baffled me because I regularly lease cars and this is an incorrect statement: The lease agreement is signed with a third party financing company who is charging you directly for the interest they pay the car dealership. Therefore, any lease contract that has interest associated with it is haram. This is the same as saying your landlord can charge you interest for his mortgage on a rental contract and this would make it halal. I tried to argue this case and explain to my friend that what he was saying was found on false assumptions and one should seriously look into this matter before treating riba in such a light manner.

Upon going home that night, I pulled out all my lease contracts (negotiated to 0% mind you) and sent them over to my friend. They clearly showed that a bill of sale is signed with the dealer, which is an initial commitment to purchase but the actual lease agreement is signed with a third party financing company which is charging you interest directly. If this interest rate is anything above zero it is haram (anything which is haram in a large quantity is also haram in a small quantity).

To my dismay, instead of acknowledging his mistake, my friend played the “Fatwa Card” and sent me a fatwa from a very large fatwa body in North America, which was also basing their argument on this false assumption. Fortunately for me, my friend pointed out the hotline number and the day and time the mufti who gave the fatwa would be available to answer questions.

I got in touch with the scholar and over a series of text messages proceeded to explain to him that his fatwa was based on a wrong assumption and for this reason people would be misled into leasing cars on interest and signing agreements with financing companies which are haram.
He was nice enough to hear my arguments, but still insisted that “maybe things were different in Canada.” Again this disappointed me because giving fatwa is a big responsibility – by saying “maybe” he was implying that full research has not been done and a blanket fatwa has been given for all of North America.

It also meant that if my point was true (for both Canada and the United States) dozens of Muslims maybe engaging in riba due to this fatwa.

The next week I proceeded to call two large dealerships (Honda and Toyota) in the very city where the Fatwa body is registered in the US and asked them about paperwork related to leasing. They both confirmed that when leasing a new vehicle, the lease contract is signed with a third party financing company which has the lien on the vehicle and the dealer is acting on the financing company’s behalf.

It is only when a vehicle is purchased in cash that a contract is signed with the dealer. This proved my point that both in the US and Canada car lease contracts are signed with the financing company and the interest obligations are directly with the consumer, therefore if the interest rate is anything above 0% it is haram. I sent a final text to the mufti and my friend sharing what I had found and letting him know that it was now between them and Allah.

1. As we will stand in front of Allah alone on Yaum al Qiyamah, in many ways we also stand alone in dunya. You would think that world renowned scholars and an entire institution would be basing their fatwas on fact-checked assumptions but this is not the case. You would also think that friends who you deem knowledgable and you trust would also use logic and critical thinking, but many times judgment is clouded for reasons unbeknownst to us. We must not take things at face value. We must do our research and get to the bottom of the truth. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says to stand up for truth and justice even if it be against our ourselves; although it is difficult to do so in front of friends and scholars who you respect, it is the only way.

2. There are too many discussions, debates and arguments that never reach closure or get resolved. It is important to follow up with each other on proofs and facts to bring things to closure, otherwise our deen will slowly be reduced to a swath of grey areas. Alhamdulillah, I now know enough about this subject to provide a 360 degree view and can share this with others. It is critical to bring these discussions to a close whether the result is for you or against you.

3. Many times we have a very pessimistic and half hearted view towards access to information. When I was calling the dealerships from Canada in the US,  part of me said: Why would these guys give me the information? But if you say Bismillah and have your intentions in the right place Allah makes the path easy. One of the sales managers said “I can see you’re calling from Toronto, are you sure you have the right place?” I replied, “I need the information and if you can’t give it to me I don’t mind hanging up.” He was nice enough to provide me with the detailed process and paperwork that goes into leasing a car.

Finally, I haven’t mentioned any names in this opinion and I want to make clear that I am not doubting the intentions of those who I spoke to; I still respect and admire them greatly in their other works. We have to be able to separate individual cases and actions from the overall person.

May Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) guide us to the truth and rid of us any weaknesses or arrogance during the process.

Aameen.

Ed’s Note: The writer is not a religious scholar and is offering his opinion based on his research on leasing contracts in North America.

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Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah: A Genuine Muslim Voice for Peace

Mufti Mustafa Ceric

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By Mufti Mustafa Ceric, Ph.D,

Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia

The essence of the faith of Islam comes from two primary sources: the Qur’an, which is God’s revelation, and the Sunnah, which is the teachings, traditions, and attributes of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. But the nature of Muslims come from their many peoples and tribes:

“O men, God has created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes so that you may know one another. But, indeed, the most noble of you is the most morally correct among you. God knows and is well informed about everything.” (Qur’an, 49:13).

Thus, the experience of the faith of Muslims is as diverse as the nature of their national and tribal backgrounds. Therefore, both a specific God-given nature and a specific societal experience of Muslims must be recognized and appreciated within a global Islamic civilization, as long as the principle of tawḥīd (oneness of God), as is expressed in Lā il ā ha illa Allah, and the principle of an ultimate nubuwwah (prophethood of Muhammad, peace be upon him) are properly upheld. This diversity in the unity of the faith of Islam is a blessing for our ummah. Hence, Muslims must see the various natures and experiences of their fellow Muslims as a blessing from God that enriches an overall Islamic culture and civilization in the world.

Inspired by the reality of this blessing, I would like to share with you my perspective which stems from my God-given nature, my war and peace experience as a Muslim in Bosnia and a genocide survivor in Europe, and how I also see myself as belonging to the universal Muslim community today. Indeed, I would like to tell you why I believe that the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies in Abu Dhabi, UAE, led by the esteemed Muslim scholar Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, is a right path of Islam and a good program of peace for Muslims around the world.

My testimony is based on my personal nature and my own first-hand experience of war and peace in Bosnia without a need of apology to anyone. It starts from the fact that, during the war and postwar time in Bosnia, it was hard to find a peace initiative from a credible Muslim group or institution to help me engage in dialogue and trust building with others. All the peace initiatives were coming from Christian groups or institutions that, by this very fact, had an advantage in presenting their case. So, when a major Muslim peace initiative was introduced by Sheikh Bin Bayyah in 2014 in Abu Dhabi, I was delighted to be invited to join it. Indeed, I was praying for its success and continuity because rarely do genuine Muslim ideas survive the tremendous pressure of staunch opponents who oppose such initiatives if they are not in— if it’s not their own idea. Fortunately, it seemed that the Forum for Promoting Peace in Abu Dhabi was spared this destiny—until the last, and in my opinion, the best of all Forums so far—the Fifth Forum of 2018. We know from the Qur’an and Sunnah that right and constructive critique is an important aspect of the nature of Islam, but the recent hate-speech and false accusations against the Forum are not in accordance with the nature of Islam and as such are not of an Islamicʼ adab (ethics) and ʼakhlāq (morality).

Let me say that neither the esteemed Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah nor Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is in need of my defense. They are capable and upright people; their lifelong dedication to Islamic work speaks for itself. I feel the need to raise my voice clearly and loudly in defense of the importance of promoting peace, and the work of both esteemed scholars towards that goal. I humbly claim to be aligned with them in this purpose. And we should be grateful to the government of the UAE for supporting this project that has already engaged prominent religious, academic, cultural, and political leaders from around the world and earned their respect and commitment to this cause of peace.

First, no one has a monopoly on peace, but everyone has a duty to promote peace in their own way because, by its very definition, “Islam” is the concept of peace, and thus a “Muslim” is also by definition a peaceful man or woman. Therefore, the Forum for Promoting Peace is an application of this unique and powerful concept of Islam, namely the concept of peace.

Second, no one has a monopoly on tolerance, but everyone has an obligation to learn and teach tolerance in his or her neighborhood and surroundings because Islam is the faith of tolerance, made clear in the Qur’anic injunction: “there is no compulsion in religion” ( lā ikrā h a fī l-dī n) .

Third, no one has a monopoly on dignity, but everyone is entitled to enjoy the right of life (al-nafs), faith (al-dī n), freedom (al-ʿaql), property (al-māl), and dignity (al-ʿirḍ) because Muslim scholars defined these peace-oriented principles, and they did this long before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These principles are based on the letter and spirit of the Qur’an and the Sunnah as an amānah (trust) of the entire Muslim ummah, not just a part of it.

Fourth, no one has a monopoly on alliance, but everyone has the right to seek alliance with peace-loving persons and nations based on the example of the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), who participated in an alliance prior to Islam, known as the ḥilf al-fu ḍūl (the Alliance of Virtues) that he also approved in Islam.

Fifth, no one has a monopoly on democracy, but everyone has the right to speak about democracy, even if they believe it can sometimes lead to tyranny. The Greek philosopher Socrates had that right as well. He used to say that oligarchies become democracies for predictable reasons: “Democracy comes into power,” Socrates says, “when the poor are the victors, killing some and exiling some, and giving equal shares in the government to all the rest.” It’s an “agreeable form of anarchy,” Socrates tells us and adds that “the insatiable desire for freedom occasions a demand for tyranny.”

Sixth, no one has a monopoly on moral preaching, but everyone has a duty to improve his own morality before preaching to others. Islam teaches us that a right moral praxis is better than empty preaching.

And finally, no one has a monopoly on Islam, but everyone has the duty of farḍ ʿayn (personal responsibility) and far ḍkif ā yah (collective responsibility) to behave in such a way that does not corrupt the moral teachings of Islam and does not compromise the right image of Islam and Muslims in the world for the sake of personal gains. The work of Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is their due of farḍ ʿayn and farḍ kifāyah for repairing a damaged picture of Islam and Muslims in the world, due to some irresponsible and militant groups who have claimed to act on behalf of Islam. Those who don’t understand the importance of the message of these scholars are out of touch with reality, and thus, cannot claim to be the right guide for the Muslims, especially in the West. Those among the Muslims, wherever they are, who still support a catastrophic regicide that has happened recently in some major Muslim countries ought to be advised that suicide, individual or collective, is not part of the nature of Islam. Indeed, Islam has never been a religion of destruction. Islam has always been a religion of constructive and inclusive culture and civilization.

Let me say that no Muslim with a good heart and sound mind can be indifferent to what is happening in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Myanmar (Burma), and elsewhere, where our Muslim brothers and sisters suffer. But this pain will not be removed by additional destructive ideas that would cripple the rest of the Muslim countries just because some others are in an internal or external conflict. On the contrary, our duty is to do whatever we can to prevent further destruction of the Muslim states and societies. The Muslims today don’t need more Palestines. They need more hearts and minds like Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. Indeed, they need more countries and societies like the UAE to support the promotion of peace and security among Muslim societies and others in the world.

And my final note to my Muslim brothers and sisters in the West is not to make a hasty judgment that is instigated by some people (and institutions) who do not have sympathy for Muslims who are suffering. If you cannot help the plight of Muslims today, then at least don’t make the Muslim situation worse than it is. Those who have not tasted the bitterness of war cannot fully appreciate the sweet taste of peace. I have tasted both. Therefore, my dear Muslim brothers, sisters, and friends, wherever you are, pray for peace and support those who work for peace, whoever they may be.

Mustafa Ceric, Ph.D.
Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia

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