Challenging Times Demand Resilience

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By Imam Yahya

Dear brothers and sisters, we always begin with praise, praise and gratitude is a natural inclined lifestyle for the one who recognize the multiple favors and blessings that we have been given by the One that brought us into existence. We begin our days with praise. We begin our speech with praise. We are always in a state of gratitude. Now, no matter what happens, you should not allow that standard of the bliss, and mercy, and favors that surround the vast majority of us every day that we would put that aside, all the bad things are happening. Depression and anxiety is not the way of the believer. Right now we find ourselves in a climate in a time where people are looking at Islam and Muslims, and they do not have a good view. They’re saying that Muslims represent something destructive to the world, even though and while Islam means to live for the will of the Creator of the world, right? The creative force that made this beautiful place that we’re all part of. Right now we see that they have made various policies and legislation that put all Muslims as suspects the way people are treated when they fly. There is all kinds of unfortunate circumstances surrounding us as believers right now.

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Divine Will and Decree

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By Imam Yahya

Perhaps one of the most challenging subjects that believers deal with, and theologians have attempted to talk about is the issue of divine will and decree. I’ve had, I’m going to say dozens of people come to me, “Imam, I’m just having a hard time with something, and I need your help to understand something.” After we sit down, “What about predestination, and faith, and it seems like our belief says that, you know, He knows and this and that,” and they’re getting into philosophizing of it. There’s no room in Islamic theology from a creed standpoint to philosophize, we don’t have that. One of the great notions that a final messengership carries is that there is absolute clarity. There are Muhkamath¬†and there are Muth As-shabihath in the Qur’an. There are clear, decisive teachings which will Shaf-i it will give you comfort, you will understand. There are things that it seems like it’s hard to grasp, a little bit, ambiguous, or allegorical perhaps, and so in this subject, both of those are there. The scholar said, “We take thee ayah or the hadith that seems to be problematic, or unclear, or allegorical, and we understand it under the understanding of the clear, decisive teachings of Islam.

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My Intellectual Reversion

My Intellectual Reversion

By Isa Hodge

You may be asking yourself why I choose the word reversion over conversion in the title. It is because we know we are reverting back to our original intended state, the nature of our creation; that is, as a Muslim (one who submits to the will of Allah). Most of us are taken from this form to an altered state because of society or family. This unnatural state violates the intention of our creation. For some, like myself, we feel this unnatural state and seek something else.

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