Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Benim olduktan sonra... Once it is mine...

***English translation below***

Gece ayi goruyorsam, ay benimdir, benim icin yaratilmistir.

Yildizlari temasa ediyorsam, onlar benim icin gokyuzune takilmis her an degisip duran bir sahnedeki sus lambalaridir.

Cicek bahcemde olmasa ne yazar, tum gordugum cicekler benimdir, Cemil'in Sonsuz Cemali'nin gozumu oksayan kucuk pariltilaridir.

Okyanusun dibinden cekilmis fotograflardaki rengarenk baliklar, iste onlarin da hepsi benimdir, benim icin yaratilmistir.

Suriye'de olen bebek, benden dogmasa ne olur. O da kalbimi kanatiyorsa, benim bebegimdir. Benim zulme bugzetmem icin, benim dua etmem icin benim icin yaratilmistir.

En guzel yemekler, benim bogazimdan gecmese ne olur. Sevdiklerimin aldigi lezzet beni de sevindiriyorsa, o yemek benimdir. Benim Rezzak'i anmam icin benim icin yaratilmistir.

En guzel pastayi ben degil arkadasim yapsa ne olur. Pastadaki guzelligi sanati lezzeti gorebiliyorsam, Rabbim o pastayi bana vermistir. Benim icin yaratmistir. Insanogluna verdigi yetenegi gorup Rabbime hayran kalmam icin.




If I can see the moonlight at night, the moon is mine, it is created for me.

If I can contemplate the stars, they are decorating lamps hung up for me in an ever-changing stage.

If the flower isn't in my garden, who cares? All the flowers I see are mine, they are tiny glitters of the Infinite Beauty of the Most Beautiful that caresses my vision.

The colourful fish in the pictures taken at the bottom of oceans where I have never been, those too are all mine, are created for me. 

What if the baby who dies in Syria isn't born of me? If he too bleeds my heart, he is my baby. He is created for me so that I may spite injustice and that I may pray for the oppressed.

What if the most delicious foods aren't passing through my throat? If the taste my loved ones get out of them delight me, those foods are mine. They have been created for me to remember the All-Provider.

Who cares if it is my friend and not me who makes the prettiest cake? If I can observe the beauty, art and taste of the cake, my Sustainer Lord has gifted this cake to me. It has created it for me. So that I may see the abilities given to humankind and be filled with loving admiration of my Sustainer Lord.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Health Care or Lying&Cheating&Robbing?

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/build-federally-funded-mental-healthcare-system-united-states-offers-treatment-education-and/kb63nFrz
The stigma against psychological and mental disorders needs to end and this starts with a change in public opinions and attitudes which requires education first and foremost as evidenced by research. (my u.grad honors research was about reducing public stigmatization of depression.) the brain is an organ like the heart and others. mental healthcare is healthcare, i don't even know why it's separated out when our minds and bodies are intertwined and interact with each other. one cannot be healthy without the other. a holistic prevention approach needs to replace the current hegemony of capitalist pharmaceutical and medical companies (who don't give a damn about our health and all they want is more $$$) in healthcare. For ex in Cuba where they practice preventive and FREE healthcare, apparently there are no people with cholesterol diseases-it simply doesn't exist. there are so many psychological and physical (often linked) conditions that can be prevented with healthy diets and supplements, it's a crime against humanity that people are deprived of proper health education, are taught a bunch of lies and that grocery stores are 90% junk&poison mix instead of real food, not to mention the ban on therapeutic, cancer curing and dietary essential herb, all the while tobacco, alcohol are legal and carcinogenic chemical crap is allowed in all sorts of foods and products! Simply taking a glance at the food pyramid shows us how badly we're being lied to, cheated and robbed; observe that grains are suggested at the bottom of the pyramid, as the primary food source, whereas the gluten grains contain causes a number of illnesses and we have absolutely no need for grains. gluten causes or worsens autism, depression, weight gain, diabetes, etc. grain is bird food, not mammal food. but of course there are so many junk food companies who would not like that info to get out, just like they don't want people to know high fructose corn syrup they put in a plethora of drinks and foods causes diabetes and that the aspartame poison in supposedly healthy diet foods is worse for you than sugar is. My conclusion: NEVER TRUST THE GOVERNMENT MAFIA, unfortunately today, democracy is a big brain-washing lie 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Our Metamorphosis with Death

Most people are familiar with the butterfly's life cycle. It's born a caterpillar, it then goes to sleep inside a cocoon and when it wakes up days later it now is a butterfly. When we die, our soul separates from our body. The grave is our cocoon where we will be free of our bodies or of time. This is similar to not having a good sense of the time passing when you're sleeping or unconscious. 3 years can feel like 3 minutes, remember the "seven sleepers" (ashab-i kehf)? Our ancestors who died a million years ago will not feel they're "sleeping" longer than we will after we die. Finally, on the Judgment Day, our bodies will be recreated in a completely new form. Just like by looking at the crawling caterpillar one cannot possibly imagine it will turn into a flying butterfly, or by examining a seed it is impossible to imagine it will turn into a tree let alone to know what kind of tree, had we not seen these unbelievable changes happen before; in the same way we cannot possibly imagine what our bodies might look like in the next world. Nor can we imagine what the next world would look like, if this world is a seed, the next world is an orange tree!


Answer to 1st comment: 

There is a saying "sleep is death's little brother"; meaning just like when we sleep we experience an altered world/existence/perception of time & space, when we die we will experience a different life form. Just like the Ashab-i Kahf (Seven Sleepers) slept for 3 centuries thinking it was a day or two, people who die will not perceive time in the same way we do with our Earthly bodies. Our experience of time and space is specific to our earthly bodies and earthly lives. The spirit's perception of time & space is different, so too will the perception of our Heavenly bodies be different. We can only make inferences and guesses based on such parables and what the revelation teaches us.
Also this verse from Aşık Veysel Şatiroglu: 
"The path is one minute long, I keep on going day and night"
reminded me of this Qur'anic verse: 
79:46 (Asad) On the Day when they behold it, [it will seem to them] as if they had tarried [in this world] no longer than one evening or [one night, ending with] its morn! [19] 
Note 19 (Quran Ref: 79:46 ) (note by translator Asad)
As in many other places in the Qur’an (e.g., in 2:259, 17:52, 18:19, 20:103-104, 23:112-113, 30:55 etc.), this is a subtle indication of the illusory, earthbound nature of man's concept of "time" - a concept which, we are told, will lose all its meaning in the context of the ultimate reality comprised in the term "hereafter" (al-akhirah).(Quran Ref: 79:46 )

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Denge

Soğuk ısınırken sıcak soğuyor. Herşey bir dengeye yürüyor. Suyu çok olanın suyu azalıyor, az olanın çoğalıyor. Bir imparatorluk inerken diğeri çıkıyor. Biri iflas ederken diğerine piyango vuruyor. Bir yıldız ölürken bir insan doğuyor. Okyanus çöl oluyor, dağ bir vadiye karışıyor. Dünüm biterken yarınım başlıyor. Hepimiz bir dengeye yürüyoruz. Aynı dengeye. Bu dünyadan ölmeye. Hepimiz aynı noktada buluşacağız. Geleceğimizin geçmişine varacağı noktada. Geçmişinle istemesen de sınanacağın noktada. Bu varlık aleminin diğer aleme kavuştuğu noktada. Orda kıyametler kopuyor. Orda zaman yok. Mekan yok. Orası mahşer yeri. Orası ruhlar toplantısı. Ordan kaçış yok. Orda son buluyor kavgalar, orda alınıyor haklar, adalet işte sadece orada. Orda sağlanıyor mutlak denge, denge dinginliğe yürüyor. Cennet huzuruna. Çünkü kötülük ve yalan Cehennem çukurlarına gömülmüş. Artık hiç bir bedene, hiç bir varlığa, nefes alsa da almasa da hiç bir ruh ve meleğe zarar veremeyecek. Hafızaların tutsaklığında değil artık, kanayıp durmayacak artık kalbinin derinliklerinden akan bir yara. Kendini tekrarlayan, tekrarladıkça bir değil bin kere acıtan, adaleti Rabbinde değil de kendinde ararsan intikam alevlerinde yakan, öç alırken vicdanını ufalayan, düşündükçe devam edip büyüyen, üstüne gittikçe canavarlaşan kötülük artık hapis, artık masumlara yaklaşamayacak. Rahmet ve sadece Mutlak Rahmetin huzurundasındır artık çünkü.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Khutbah: THE NATURE AND HIERARCHY OF LIFE

The full khutbah is below this summary:
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SUMMARY of “The nature and hierarchy of life”:


We have a tendency of defining life as strictly material and then hierarchizing the different life forms. Sometimes we even make dietary choices based on moral values based on this hierarchy.

From a rational view there is nothing within the material essence of any creature that makes it intrinsically superior or subordinate to any other, nor is there any indication of what is moral in our dietary preferences. We are in need of guidance from the Creator of the Universe who is the only One capable of supplying us with a complete and truthful handbook of the existence as well as providing us with a moral compass to match our conscience.



Allah teaches us that our intention in our choices and actions should be that we keep our choices within the limits of what is permitted to us by our Creator and we do so in the name of God.
While the Biology textbook claims the mystery surrounding the nature of life has been lifted away by the discovery of cells, the Quran and hadith portray a different imagery. In these quotes everything has been given life by the Source of Life al-Hayy. The entire universe extols God’s limitless glory and praise. Not only the entire universe is brought to life but we’re told of unseen beings, the jinns and the angels. We’re introduced to a new of way looking at the world where everything is an act of God through angels. We’re connected to every being and their accompanying angels with love. We’re united with the whole universe in sending praises to Our One and Common Creator to heavens in a chorus of “subhanAllah”.

We observe on earth that everything eventually recycles into everything else through dietary consumption, decomposition after death, photosynthesis in green plants etc. In parallel with this cycle of life, Qur’an makes all beings equal within their interconnectedness in that they’re all fulfilling the reason for their existence by praising their Creator. All beings, except some humans who choose not to.
When we humans do not attain to faith and do good works then we actually become lowest of the low, lower than the rest of the creation who all extol God’s limitless glory.But why do we feel that we’re unique among the rest of creation, what makes us feel superior if the case is that if anything, we can become lower than a rock who falls dawn in awe of God?

We have been created with God’s spirit and we have been given the ability to understand God is closer to us than our very selves. It is our potential in knowing all of Asma-ul Husna, God’s names and attributes, that makes us humans potentially greater than other beings, other forms of life.
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One should offer four (or two) Raka'at of Sunnah Prayer before the Friday congregational Prayer. The two Raka'at of Sunnah Prayer to be offered before the Fardh are compulsory and are not dropped even during a journey.


The first Athan is recited when the sun begins to decline and the second is recited just before the imam stands up before the congregation to deliver her/his sermon.

 Assalamu 'Alaikum (Peace be upon you)
أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
"A'uzu Bilahi Minash-Shaitanir Rajeem”
"I seek refuge with Allah from the satan, the accursed" 
"Bismil Lahir Rahmanir Raheem"
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
"Al Hamdu Lillahi Rabbil 'Alameen." All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds
"Wassalatu Wassalamu 'Ala Muhammad wa 'Ala Alihi Wa Sahbihi wa Sallim."
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُواْ رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالاً كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاء وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءلُونَ بِهِ وَالأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا (4:1) 
Basit - Hussari Minshawi   

Ya ayyuha alnnasu ittaqoo rabbakumu allathee khalaqakum min nafsin wahidatin wakhalaqa minha zawjaha wabaththa minhuma rijalan katheeran wanisaan waittaqoo Allaha allathee tasaaloona bihi waalarhama inna Allaha kana AAalaykum raqeeban
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Day of judgment] [Man:creation of] [Mothers] [Wombs]
·  4:1 (Leopold Weiss Muhammad Asad) O MANKIND! Be conscious of your Sustainer, who has created you out of one living entity, and out of it created its mate, and out of the two spread abroad a multitude of men and women. [1] And remain conscious of God, in whose name you demand [your rights] from one another, and of these ties of kinship. Verily, God is ever watchful over you! -    

Ya ayyuhallathina amanuttaqullaha wa quuluu qawlan sadeeda yuslih lakum a’maalakum wa yaghfir lakum thunuubakum wa mayyuti’illaha wa rasuulahu fekad faaza fawzan adhimaa

"Alhamdu Lillahi Wassalatu 'Ala Rasulillahi Wa 'Ala Alihi Wa Sahbihi Wa Man Wala."

Al-Hamdu Lillahi Thumma Alhamdu Lillah
Al-Hamdu Lillahi Alzi Hadana Lihaza wama Kunna Lanahtadiya Law’la Ann Hadana Allah.
Al-Hamdu Lillahi Ghafiriz Zunibi Jamee’ihaa Illa Shirka Bih,
Wasalatu wasalamu ala rasulil’ahh
Praise is due to Allah,
Praise is due to Allah who guided us to the righteous path, and indeed we wouldn’t have attained this state of guidance without Allah,
Praise is due to Allah who forgives all sins and misdeeds except associating others with It.

 Amma Ba’d

THE NATURE AND HIERARCHY OF LIFE  
Today I want to talk about the nature and hierarchy of life. I will first read a quote from the introduction of a book titled “Molecular Biology of the Cell” by Alberts and Johnson.

“The surface of our planet is populated by living things—curious, intricately organized chemical factories that take in matter from their surroundings and use these raw materials to generate copies of themselves. The living organisms appear extraordinarily diverse in almost every way. What could be more different than a tiger and a piece of seaweed, or a bacterium and a tree? Yet our ancestors, knowing nothing of cells or DNA, saw that all these things had something in common. They called that something “life,” marveled at it, struggled to define it, and despaired of explaining what it was or how it worked in terms that relate to nonliving matter.
The discoveries of the twentieth century have not diminished the marvel—quite the contrary. But they have lifted away the mystery surrounding the nature of life. We can now see that all living things are made of cells, and that these units of living matter all share the same machinery for their most basic functions.”

In our current culture we have a tendency of defining life as strictly material 96% of it made of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. We then classify life forms into animals, plants, fungi, bacteria etc. We also hierarchize them. Animals are superior to plants. We then give value to their respectable lives. A mammal’s life is more worthy than a fish and a fish’s life is more valuable than that of a plant. Many of us even make dietary choices based on this hierarchy between forms of life and become vegetarian because we feel it’s evil to kill an animal but not necessarily a plant. We consider ourselves at the top of the pyramid of life and consider ourselves the rightful judges of who to take life from and who not to take it based on this hierarchical understanding.
Historically, this view had some interesting rivals. Some cultures were vegetarian because they thought of animals as being too sacred and superior to humans to be consumed by humans, while others ate meat because they wanted to infuse themselves with the spirits of these superior beings.

From a purely rational point of view all of these views are probable and there is nothing within the material essence of any creature that makes it intrinsically superior or subordinate to any other, nor is there any indication of what is moral in our dietary preferences. Our mind is simply too limited in finding the real meaning behind existence however it is completely capable of reasoning to understand and evaluate a guidance it receives. Our very abilities and shortcomings suggest we are in need of guidance from the Creator of the Universe who is the only One capable of supplying us with a complete and truthful handbook of the existence as well as providing us with a moral compass to match our conscience.
When it comes to dietary preferences, here is what the Qur’an teaches us.
إِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ عَلَيْكُمُ الْمَيْتَةَ وَالْدَّمَ وَلَحْمَ الْخَنزِيرِ وَمَآ أُهِلَّ لِغَيْرِ اللّهِ بِهِ فَمَنِ اضْطُرَّ غَيْرَ بَاغٍ وَلاَ عَادٍ فَإِنَّ اللّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ (16:115) 
Basit - Hussari Minshawi   
Innama harrama AAalaykumu almaytata waalddama walahma alkhinzeeri wamaohilla lighayri Allahi bihi famani idturra ghayra baghin wala AAadin fainna Allaha ghafoorun raheemun
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Allah's attributes:Most Merciful] [Allah's attributes:Oft_Forgiving] [Food:lawful and forbidden]
·  16:115 (Asad) He has forbidden to you only carrion, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that over which any name other than God's has been invoked; but if one is driven [to it] by necessity - neither coveting it nor exceeding his immediate need -verily, God is much forgiving, a dispenser of grace. [140]    

We are by design dependent on a plant and/or animal life form for our survival in this world. Allah teaches us the boundaries of what is ok to eat and not to eat it and gives us –in my opinion-the most important clue to our guidance in the matter. What matters more than the specifics of what is eaten is the intention with which we kill and consume another form of life and that intention is that we kill and eat what is permitted to us by our Creator and by the Creator of our food and we do so in the name of God, our Creator. In fact this approach can be applied to any of our choices in life, as taught by the Qur’an.

Now I would like to refer to a few more verses from the Quran as well as a hadith.

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Thumma qasat quloobukum min baAAdi thalika fahiya kaalhijarati aw ashaddu qaswatan wainna mina alhijarati lama yatafajjaru minhu alanharu wainna minhalama yashshaqqaqu fayakhruju minhu almao wainna minha lama yahbitu min khashyati Allahi wama Allahu bighafilin AAamma taAAmaloona
·  2:74 (Asad) And yet, after all this, your hearts hardened and became like rocks, or even harder: for, behold, there are rocks from which streams gush forth; and, behold, there are some from which, when they are cleft, water issues; and, behold, there are some that fall down for awe of God [59] And God is not unmindful of what you do!    
تُسَبِّحُ لَهُ السَّمَاوَاتُ السَّبْعُ وَالأَرْضُ وَمَن فِيهِنَّ وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلاَّ يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدَهِ وَلَـكِن لاَّ تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ حَلِيمًا غَفُورًا (17:44) 
Basit - Hussari Minshawi   
Tusabbihu lahu alssamawatu alssabAAu waalardu waman feehinna wain min shayin illa yusabbihu bihamdihi walakin la tafqahoona tasbeehahum innahu kanahaleeman ghafooran
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Allah:all beings in the heavens and earth declare His glory] [Allah:Glory be to Him] [Allah's attributes:Forbearing] [Allah's attributes:Oft_Forgiving] [Heavens:seven in number]
·  17:44 (Asad) The seven heavens [52] extol His limitless glory, and the earth, and all that they contain; and there is not a single thing but extols His limitless glory and praise: but you [O people] fail to grasp the manner of their glorifying Him! [53] Verily, He is forbearing, much-forgiving!    
يُسَبِّحُ لِلَّهِ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ (64:1) 
Basit - Hussari Minshawi   
Yusabbihu lillahi ma fee alssamawati wama fee alardi lahu almulku walahu alhamdu wahuwa AAala kulli shayin qadeerun
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Allah:all beings in the heavens and earth declare His glory] [Allah:Praise be to Him] [Allah:to Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth]
·  64:1 (Asad) ALL THAT IS in the heavens and all that is on earth extols God's limitless glory: His is all dominion, and to Him all praise is due; and He has the power to will anything.    

Sahih Muslim
Chapter 89 : UHUD IS A MOUNTAIN: IT LOVES US AND WE LOVE IT

Book7,3208.
Anas b. Malik (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Ohud is a mountain which loves us and which we love. This hadith is narrated by Anas b. Malik (Allah be pleased with him) with another chain of transmitters (and the words are):" AIlah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) cast a glance at Ubud and said: Ubud is a mountain which loves us and we love it."

Al-Jinn (The Jinn)
Qul oohiya ilayya annahu istamaAAa nafarun mina aljinni faqaloo inna samiAAnaquranan AAajaban
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Jinn:message preached to] [Qur'an:heard by jinn]
·  72:1 (Asad) SAY: "It has been revealed to me that some of the unseen beings gave ear [to this divine writ], [1] and thereupon said [unto their fellow-beings]: "'Verily, we have heard a wondrous discourse,    
وَيُسَبِّحُ الرَّعْدُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَالْمَلاَئِكَةُ مِنْ خِيفَتِهِ وَيُرْسِلُ الصَّوَاعِقَ فَيُصِيبُ بِهَا مَن يَشَاء وَهُمْ يُجَادِلُونَ فِي اللّهِ وَهُوَ شَدِيدُ الْمِحَالِ (13:13) 
Basit - Hussari Minshawi   
Wayusabbihu alrraAAdu bihamdihi waalmalaikatu min kheefatihi wayursilu alssawaAAiqa fayuseebu biha man yashao wahum yujadiloona fee Allahi wahuwa shadeedu almihali
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Angels:serve and worship Allah] [Lightning:fear and hope] [Thunder]
·  13:13 (Asad) and the thunder extols His limitless glory and praises Him, and [so do] the angels, in awe of Him; and He [it is who] lets loose the thunderbolts and strikes with them whom He wills. And yet, they stubbornly argue about God, [28] notwithstanding [all evidence] that He alone has the power to contrive whatever His unfathomable wisdom wills![29]    

While the Biology textbook claims the mystery surrounding the nature of life has been lifted away by the discovery of cells, the Quran and hadith portray a different imagery. By comparing the textbook and the Qur’an I only mean to look at the fascinating information science teaches through the lenses of the spiritual guidance the Qur’an provides for us. In the verses I just quoted, everything has been given life by the Source of Life al-Hayy. Rocks are in awe of God and the mountain Uhud loves Prophet Mohammad (asm). The entire universe extols God’s limitless glory and praise. Not only the entire universe is brought to life but we’re told of unseen beings, the jinns who listen to the Quran and the angels who in awe of God extol Its limitless glory and praise It. We’re introduced to a new of way looking at the world where the thunder isn’t an inanimate phenomenon but an act of God through the angels. The Qur’an offers us a universe where the void of space is no longer empty, but filled with angels dancing in praise of God and jinns listening to the sound of Quran that dissipates in the heavens. We’re connected to mountains and their accompanying angels with love. We’re united with the whole universe in sending praises to Our One and Common Creator to heavens in a chorus of “subhanAllah”.


While we may have the illusion of understanding the nature of life better than our ancestors, we may have in fact lost the broad scope of life and its consciousness and its love and we narrowed life to only refer to beings with cells.
Is the Milky Way superior to me or am I superior to the lettuce? The Sun’s energy is captured by Divine Will in the green leaves which turn into me when I eat my salad. Then, when I die al-Bariu al-Musawwiru (the Maker who shapes all forms and appearances) turns my material flesh into bacteria and nutrients for the earth. Then from this dust al-Jameel (the Source of beauty) creates a flower, then a rabbit chews on the leaves of this plant and my material being continues its life in the form of a rabbit until I then become part of a coyote. In parallel with this cycle of life we observe on earth, the Qur’an makes all beings equal within their interconnectedness in that they’re all fulfilling the reason for their existence by praising their One Creator. All beings, except some humans who choose not to.
 
·  At-Tin (The Fig)







 

Laqad khalaqna alinsana fee ahsani taqweemin
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Man:created in the best of moulds]
·  95:4 (Asad) Verily, We create man in the best conformation; [2]    








 
Thumma radadnahu asfala safileena
·  95:5 (Asad) and thereafter We reduce him to the lowest of low [3]    








 
Illa allatheena amanoo waAAamiloo alssalihati falahum ajrun ghayru mamnoonin
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Believers:rewarded]
·  95:6 (Asad) excepting only such as attain to faith and do good works: and theirs shall be a reward unending!    








 
Fama yukaththibuka baAAdu bialddeeni
·  95:7 (Asad) What, then, [O human,] could henceforth cause thee to give the lie to this moral law? [4]    








 
Alaysa Allahu biahkami alhakimeena
·  95:8 (Asad) Is not God the most just of judges?    
 

When we humans do not attain to faith and do good works then we actually become lowest of the low, lower than the rest of the creation who all extol God’s limitless glory.  But why do we feel that we’re unique among the rest of the creation, what makes us feel superior if the case is that, if anything we can become lower than a rock who falls dawn in awe of God?
Faitha sawwaytuhu wanafakhtu feehi min roohee faqaAAoo lahu sajideena
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Adam:angels prostrated to him] [Adam:creation of] [Allah:gives you shape and makes your shapes beautiful] [Angels:and Adam] [Man:creation of] [Spirit the]
·  38:72 (Asad) and when I have formed him fully and breathed into him of My spirit, fall you down before him in prostration!” [56] -    








Fasajada almalaikatu kulluhum ajmaAAoona
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Adam:angels prostrated to him] [Angels:and Adam]
·  38:73 (Asad) Thereupon the angels prostrated themselves, all of them together, -    








Illa ibleesa istakbara wakana mina alkafireena
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[lblis ( Satan ):refused to prostrate]
·  38:74 (Asad) save Iblis: he gloried in his arrogance, and [thus] became one of those who deny the truth. [57] -    








Qala ya ibleesu ma manaAAaka an tasjuda lima khalaqtu biyadayya astakbarta am kunta mina alAAaleena
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[lblis ( Satan ):refused to prostrate]
·  38:75 (Asad) Said He: “O Iblis! What has kept thee from prostrating thyself before that [being] which I have created with My hands? [58] Art thou too proud [to bow down before another created being], or art thou of those who think [only] of themselves as high?” [59] -    
قَالَ أَنَا خَيْرٌ مِّنْهُ خَلَقْتَنِي مِن نَّارٍ وَخَلَقْتَهُ مِن طِينٍ
(38:76) 
Basit - Hussari - Minshawi   - 
Qala ana khayrun minhu khalaqtanee min narin wakhalaqtahu min teenin
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Jinn:creation of] [lblis ( Satan ):refused to prostrate]
·  38:76 (Asad) Answered [Iblis]: “I am better than he: Thou hast created me out of fire, [60] whereas him Thou hast created out of clay.” -    


Walaqad khalaqna alinsana wanaAAlamu ma tuwaswisu bihi nafsuhu wanahnu aqrabu ilayhi min habli alwareedi
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Allah:knows the secrets of hearts] [Allah:nearness to Him] [Allah's knowledge] [Creation:new][Man:Allah is nearer than his jugular vein] [Man:creation of]
·  50:16 (Asad) NOW, VERILY, it is We who have created man, and We know what his innermost self whispers within him: for We are closer to him than his neck-vein.    

We have been created with God’s spirit, God breathed into us of Its spirit and we have been given the ability to understand God is closer to us than our very selves.

Waith qala rabbuka lilmalaikati innee jaAAilun fee alardi khaleefatan qaloo atajAAalu feeha man yufsidu feeha wayasfiku alddimaa wanahnu nusabbihu bihamdika wanuqaddisu laka qala innee aAAlamu ma la taAAlamoona
·  2:30 (Asad) AND LO! [21] Thy Sustainer said unto the angels: "Behold, I am about to establish upon earth one who shall inherit it." [22] They said: "Wilt Thou place on it such as will spread corruption thereon and shed blood -whereas it is we who extol Thy limitless glory, and praise Thee, and hallow Thy name?" [God] answered: "Verily, I know that which you do not know." 








WaAAallama adama alasmaa kullaha thumma AAaradahum AAala almalaikati faqala anbioonee biasmai haolai in kuntum sadiqeena
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Adam:taught the names of things] [Allah:taught man]
·  2:31 (Asad) And He imparted unto Adam all the names[23]then He brought them within the ken of the angels and said: "Declare unto Me these names, if what you say is true." [24]    








Qaloo subhanaka la AAilma lana illa ma AAallamtana innaka anta alAAaleemu alhakeemu
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Allah:Glory be to Him] [Allah's attributes:Wise]
·  2:32 (Asad) They replied: "Limitless art Thou in Thy glory! No knowledge have we save that which Thou hast imparted unto us. Verily, Thou alone art all-knowing, truly wise."    

It is our potential in knowing all of Asma-ul Husna, God’s names and attributes and our potential in knowing God more than any other being can, that makes us humans potentially greater than other beings, other forms of life.
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Akuulu kawlii hathaa, wastaghfirullaha liya wa lakum wa lisaairi lmuslimeen, fastaghfiruuhu, innahu huwa lghafuuru rraheem.
"Id’oo Allaha Yaghfir Lakum Zunubakum"
Make a supplication to Allah, It will answer your prayers & forgive your sins.

After delivering the first part of the sermon, the imam sits down for a short while, everyone makes istighfar, then imam stands up again and starts with the second part:

Bismillah, walhamdu lillah, wa ssalaatu wa ssalaamu ala rasuuli llah, salla llahu alayhi wa salam.

Alhamdu lillahi nahmaduhu wa nasta 'inuhu wa nastaghfiruhu wa nu' minu bihi wa natawakkalu 'alaih. Wa na 'uThu Billahi min shururi anfusina wamin sayy 'ati a 'malina. Man yahdihillahu fala mudhilla lahu wa man yudlilhu fala hadiya lah. Wa nash-hadu alla ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lahu wa nash-hadu anna Muhmmadan 'abduhu wa Rasuluh. Ibadallah rahima-kumullah. Innallaha ya'muru bil 'adli wal-ihsani wa itai Thil-qurba. wa yanha 'anil fahshai wal- munkari wal-baghyi, Ya 'izhkum la 'allakum taThakkarun. UThkurrullah yaTh-kur-kum wad 'uhu yastajib lakum. Wala Thikrullahi akbar.
Translation:
All praise is due to Allah. We laud Him, we beseech help from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him, we trust Him alone and we seek protection against the evils and mischief of our souls and from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the right path, none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled, none can guide him onto the right path. And we bear witness that none deserves to be worshipped except Allah. He is alone and has no partner. We bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah! May Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with justice, to confer benefits upon each other and to do good to others as one does to one 's kindred and forbids evil which pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and prohibits revolts against a lawful authority.
He warns you against being unmindful. You remember Allah; He too will remember you; call Him and He will make a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance is the highest virtue.
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SUMMARY of “The nature and hierarchy of life”:

We have a tendency of defining life as strictly material and then hierarchizing the different life forms. Sometimes we even make dietary choices based on moral values based on this hierarchy.
From a rational view there is nothing within the material essence of any creature that makes it intrinsically superior or subordinate to any other, nor is there any indication of what is moral in our dietary preferences. We are in need of guidance from the Creator of the Universe who is the only One capable of supplying us with a complete and truthful handbook of the existence as well as providing us with a moral compass to match our conscience.

Allah teaches us that our intention in our choices and actions should be that we keep our choices within the limits of what is permitted to us by our Creator and we do so in the name of God.
While the Biology textbook claims the mystery surrounding the nature of life has been lifted away by the discovery of cells, the Quran and hadith portray a different imagery. In these quotes everything has been given life by the Source of Life al-Hayy. The entire universe extols God’s limitless glory and praise. Not only the entire universe is brought to life but we’re told of unseen beings, the jinns and the angels. We’re introduced to a new of way looking at the world where everything is an act of God through angels. We’re connected to every being and their accompanying angels with love. We’re united with the whole universe in sending praises to Our One and Common Creator to heavens in a chorus of “subhanAllah”.

We observe on earth that everything eventually recycles into everything else through dietary consumption, decomposition after death, photosynthesis in green plants etc. In parallel with this cycle of life, Qur’an makes all beings equal within their interconnectedness in that they’re all fulfilling the reason for their existence by praising their Creator. All beings, except some humans who choose not to.
When we humans do not attain to faith and do good works then we actually become lowest of the low, lower than the rest of the creation who all extol God’s limitless glory.  But why do we feel that we’re unique among the rest of creation, what makes us feel superior if the case is that if anything, we can become lower than a rock who falls dawn in awe of God?

We have been created with God’s spirit and we have been given the ability to understand God is closer to us than our very selves. It is our potential in knowing all of Asma-ul Husna, God’s names and attributes, that makes us humans potentially greater than other beings, other forms of life.
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From Surah Al-Ahzab (The Confederates):

Inna Allaha wamalaikatahu yusalloona AAala alnnabiyyi ya ayyuha allatheenaamanoo salloo AAalayhi wasallimoo tasleeman
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Angels:send blessing on the Prophet] [Greeting] [Muhammad:blessings and peace upon him][Muhammad:speak to him with respect]
·  33:56 (Asad) Verily, God and His angels bless the Prophet: [hence,] O you who have attained to faith, bless him and give yourselves up [to his guidance] in utter self-surrender! - 

"Allahuma Salla 'Ala Muhammadin Wa 'Ala Ali Muhammadin, Kama Sallaita 'Ala Ibrahima Wa 'Ala Ali Ibrahim, Allahuma Barik 'Ala Muhammadin Wa 'Ala Ali Muhammad, Kama Barakta 'Ala Ibrahima Wa 'Ala Ali Ibrahim. Fil 'Alameena Inaka Hameedun Mujeed."
"O Allah! Greet Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you greeted Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim."
"O Allah! Bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you blessed Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim."
"Indeed You are (Ya Allah) Ever-Praised and Ever-Exalted in the universe!"

" Allahuma’ Eghfir Lil’ Muslimeena wal Muslimat…”
Almighty God, forgive the muslim men and women
The congregation says AAMEEN
" Wal Moumineena wal Mouminaat…”
Forgive the believing men and women. Congregation: aameen
" Al-Ahya’ee minhum wal amwat…”
Those who are alive and those who died. Congregation: aameen
"Innaka samee’un mujibul dawat… "
You are indeed the One who listens and answers all supplications. Congregation: aameen
Waminhum man yaqoolu rabbana atina fee alddunya hasanatan wafee alakhiratihasanatan waqina AAathaba alnnari
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Hereafter:better than worldly life] [Hereafter] [Pilgrimage] [Worldly life]
  2:201 (Asad) But there are among them such as pray, "O our Sustainer! Grant us good in this world and good in the life to come, and keep us safe from suffering through the fire": -    

Walamma barazoo lijaloota wajunoodihi qaloo rabbana afrigh AAalayna sabran wathabbit aqdamana waonsurna AAala alqawmi alkafireena
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Children of Israel] [Goliath]
  2:250 (Asad) And when they came face to face with Goliath and his forces, they prayed: "O our Sustainer! Shower us with patience in adversity, and make firm our steps, and succour us against the people who deny the truth!"    

La yukallifu Allahu nafsan illa wusAAaha laha ma kasabat waAAalayha maiktasabat rabbana la tuakhithna in naseena aw akhtana rabbana wala tahmil AAalayna isran kama hamaltahu AAala allatheena min qablina rabbana walatuhammilna ma la taqata lana bihi waoAAfu AAanna waighfir lana wairhamna anta mawlana faonsurna AAala alqawmi alkafireena
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Allah:seek His forgiveness] [Allah's attributes:Protector] [Burdens:Allah does not burden a soul more than it can bear] [Earnings] [Forgiveness]
·  2:286 (Asad) God does not burden any human being with more than he is well able to bear: in his favour shall be whatever good he does, and against him whatever evil he does. O our Sustainer! Take us not to task if we forget or unwittingly do wrong! "O our Sustainer! Lay not upon us a burden such as Thou didst lay upon those who lived before us! [278] O our Sustainer! Make us not bear burdens which we have no strength to bear! "And efface Thou our sins, and grant us forgiveness, and bestow Thy mercy upon us! Thou art our Lord Sustainer Supreme: succour us, then, against people who deny the truth!" -    
قَالاَ رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ (7:23) 
Basit - Hussari Minshawi   
Qala rabbana thalamna anfusana wain lam taghfir lana watarhamna lanakoonanna mina alkhasireena
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Adam:Fall of] [Adam:repentance of] [Allah's mercy] [Repentance:of Adam and Eve]
  7:23 (Asad) The two replied: "O our Sustainer! We have sinned against ourselves -and unless Thou grant us forgiveness and bestow Thy mercy upon us, we shall most certainly be lost!" -    

Waitha surifat absaruhum tilqaa ashabi alnnari qaloo rabbana la tajAAalnamaAAa alqawmi alththalimeena
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Heights ( the ) ]
  7:47 (Asad) And whenever their eyes are turned towards the inmates of the fire, they will cry: "O our Sustainer! Place us not among the people who have been guilty of evildoing!" -    

Watha alnnooni ith thahaba mughadiban fathanna an lan naqdira AAalayhi fanadafee alththulumati an la ilaha illa anta subhanaka innee kuntu mina alththalimeena
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Allah:Glory be to Him] [Allah:no god but He] [Dhu al Nun] [Jonah]
  21:87 (Asad) AND [remember] him of the great fish [82] when he went off in wrath, thinking that We had no power over him! [83] But then heeded out in the deep darkness [of his distress]: “There is no deity save Thee! Limit­less art Thou in Thy glory! Verily, I have done wrong!” [84] - 

Waayyooba ith nada rabbahu annee massaniya alddurru waanta arhamu alrrahimeena
Topics discussed in this Verse: 
[Allah's attributes:Best of those who show mercy] [Allah's attributes:Most Merciful of those who show mercy] [Job]
·  21:83 (Asad) AND [remember] Job, when he cried out to his Sus­tainer, “Affliction has befallen me: but Thou art the most merciful of the merciful!” [78] -    

Subhana rabbika rabbi alAAizzati AAamma yasifoona
·  37:180 (Asad) LIMITLESS in His glory is thy Sustainer, the Lord of almightiness, [exalted] above anything that men may devise by way of definition! -    
 
وَسَلَامٌ عَلَى الْمُرْسَلِينَ (37:181) Wasalamun AAala almursaleena
·  37:181 (Asad) And peace be upon all His message-bearers!    







 

·  37:182 (Asad) And all praise is due to God alone, the Sus­tainer of all the worlds! -    

Ibada Allah:
Inna Allaha ya-muru bialAAadli waalihsani waeetai thee alqurba wayanha AAani alfahshai waalmunkari waalbaghyi yaAAithukum laAAallakum tathakkaroona
Uthkurullaha ladhima yathkurkum wa shkuruuhu yazidkum wa staghfiruuhu yaghfir lakum wa ttakuuhu yaj’al lakum min amrikum makhrajaa.
16:90 (Asad) BEHOLD, God enjoins justice, and the doing of good, and generosity towards [one's] fellow-men; [108] and He forbids all that is shameful and all that runs counter to reason, [109] as well as envy; [and] He exhorts you [repeatedly] so that you might bear [all this] in mind. -   

·  29:45 (Asad) CONVEY [unto others] whatever of this divine writ has been revealed unto thee, [40] and be constant in prayer: for, behold, prayer restrains [man] from loathsome deeds and from all that runs counter to reason; [41] and remembrance of God is indeed the greatest [good]. And God knows all that you do. 

Imam says to the mu’azzin so s/he can call for iqamah (establishing prayers):
Aqimi Salah.
After the iqamah is recited, the imam leads the congregational two Raka'at of Jummah Prayer conducted vocally.  Four Raka'at ofSunnah after the congregational Jummah Prayer, but two Raka'at of Sunnah after the congregational Jummah Prayer are also allowed instead of four.