Living Islam Islamic Tradition

Islam is a worldview, a best practice, the answer sought for – from the super-human, the divine level: for normal humanity.

وَأَنزَلَ اللَّه عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَعَلَّمَكَ مَا لَمْ تَكُن تَعْلَمُ وَكَانَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكَ عَظِيمً

{Allah has sent down to you the Book and wisdom, and He has taught you what you did not know, and great is Allah’s grace upon you.}
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Islam is a proven way to God and godliness, and piety ( تقوى‎ taqwā ). It is not a made-up system of human thought, although human thought (intellect عقل ) is necessary, and every generation has to rediscover the true prophetic message and to discard what is false: the misrepresentations, lies, and innovations.

The message of Islam is exemplified by the extraordinary person of Prophet Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, (the blessings and peace of Allah upon him) who realised the perfect human being in all its aspects.

His shining light { قَدْ جَاءَكُم مِّنَ اللَّهِ نُورٌ وَكِتَابٌ مُّبِين }* enables us - rather feeble human beings - to live according to the Will of Allah (Islam) the way our Prophet ﷺ has taught his companions (ṣaḥābah ), and how generations of Muslim scholars and saints have guarded and actualized those teachings over the centuries.
*33-46, 5-15

Islam steers towards love and knowledge of God (´ilm, maghrīfa ) while instilling mercy and compassion (raḥma) in the world. Therefore it is a struggle against injustice, indifference and the ongoing curtailment of mercy.

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True Happiness (Felicity) Can Be Found

Ask yourself: am i happy in my life?
+ What should I do if I want to be happy?

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The post-modern idea of the self leading us to self-realization and therefore happiness is not working. Nafs (greed, egotism) is driving the show.
Siddiq Habib

We Condemn the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine - day-in and day-out…
…and the evil actions of the racist supremacists of the Zionist settler regime against the Palestinian indigenous inhabitants of the land!
G-d's / God's / Allah's promise is not for Zionists to misuse the Bible and turn it into a land registry!
Ya Rabb! Oh Allah! Give Your support and peace to the Muslims (and other downtrodden people) of Yemen, Palestine, Kashmir, India, China, Syria, Lybia, Central African Republic (CAR), Nigeria and the Philippines!

Islam Is Worship of the Creator & Compassion Towards Creation.

 Living Islam: Following its authentic sources, the Quran & Sunnah for the maqāṣid (the purpose of the law): Shariah as a mercy and guidance for humanity, defending the five essentials of human well-being (religion, life, intellect, lineage, and property), representating moderate, mainstream Islam.

  Islamic tradition: Rediscovering and re-deploying the partially forgotten, sometimes lost–original and authentic Way of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, confirmed and guarded by the scholars and saints of Islam for over 14 centuries up to today. Not in the meaning of ’going back’ to the customs and conventions of old, without context and understanding.

 How We Understand and Use the Word Tradition
Tradition means truths or principles of a divine origin revealed or unveiled to mankind.
In the case of Islam, tradition describes furthermore the words, sayings, and actions reported from Prophet Muhammad may Allah bless him and grant him peace, which have been recorded in the hadith collections together with the entire Islamic religion, such as the Islamic schools of law, spirituality, sanctity, etc.
(Imam Ahmad Vālsan)

NB: It is Islam that reigns - today - until the last day.

’To be traditional means to be part of a tradition, and traditions - by their nature - are moving through time and space.’ Sh A H Murad

 More on Tradition

 In Islam, however, it is understood that it is man who is veiled from God. The Divine Being is not veiled from us, we are veiled from Him and it is for us to try to rend this veil asunder, to try to know God. Our intelligence is not a Luciferian faculty but a God-given instrument whose ultimate object is God Himself.

 Man Is Veiled From God - Allah, S H Nasr

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On the Function of the Prophet ﷺ

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ إِنَّا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ شَاهِدًا وَمُبَشِّرًا وَنَذِيرً

{O Prophet! Surely We have sent you as a witness, and as a bearer of good news and as a warner, and one who invites to Allah, by His permission, and an illuminating lamp.} 33-45/46

Meaning: {Lo! We have sent you (Muhammad ﷺ) as a witness} that you have conveyed the message to your nation {and a bearer good tidings} i.e. Paradise to whoever believes in Allah {and as a warner} against the Fire for those who disbelieve in Him.
Tafsir Ibn 'Abbas, trans. Mokrane Guezzou

He (the Prophet) was named a luminous lamp because of the clarity of his case [the proclamation of the Oneness of Allah] and the fact that his prophecy was made manifest, and also because of the illumination of the hearts of the believers and the knowers of Allah with what he brought.
Qadi 'Iyād, Shift I.iii.14 (p.296)
quoted in The Muhammadan Light, Sh. Gibril F Haddad, p.43

Three Essential Aspects of Islam

1. There is nothing like Allah, and yet He is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.
Whatever concept of God comes to the mind, know that He is not this.

2. Allah is never absent.
Repent, turn to Allah in order to clean your record.
When you need Allah, He is already there.

3. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is our leader and guide.
- He is the first of Muslims on the Day of Promises
- I was the first of the Prophetscreated and thelast to be sent. (hadith)
- Allah has made me the Opener and the Seal. (hadith)
- Behold, I am the Beloved of Allah. (hadith)
- His face was like the sun and the moon.L2

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