Of Divine Knowledge

What is the origin or source of a sense of “universal goodness” or “universal truth” in an individual? If it is true that God created human beings with an innate sense of right and wrong, it is also true that the Quran and the Sunnah teach that this inner sense can be corrupted by persisting in sin and that one can easily be led astray by one’s selfish desires. It is for this reason that revelation is a theological necessity – to help guide us back to what is right. But how do we attain a true understanding of revelation if we are already emotionally and spiritually wounded people?

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The Curse of Homosexuality

Not one single Muslim who prays for the soul of the Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.) and his progeny every day can possibly be anything OTHER than a “homophobe”. “Phobia” means an aversion or fear of something. It was the homosexuals that the Angels of Allah swt were going to warn, when they stopped at the abode of Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.) in disguise. Ibn Arabi explains their disguise to us, calling them “theophonic angels” – angels carrying messages to humans by being disguised as humans themselves. They stopped at the abode of Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.) to give him the news that he would soon be blessed with two sons who would become the spiritual exemplars and prophets of all future generations, Ishmael and Ishak.

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Lessons for Living: Expressing Grief

Sometimes in our life we come across valleys that we feel are too deep for our grief-stricken self to find relief. It seems, at that point, there is no reason for us to go on. We face uphill tasks at work, encounter difficult individuals, or face life’s big and tough questions, or experience traumatic loss of our family members and friends; these are just some of the situations, and how so often we feel that we run out of places to look to find relief. It’s then that our thoughts play tricks on us, leading us to believe that not even God cares. The following story, compiled from “In the Footsteps of the Prophet” by Tariq Ramadan (pp. 191, 192), shows us how this is not true. The story serves as a meaningful lesson on Prophet Muhammad’s exemplary character in expressing grief.

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