Uwais Al-Qarani

In a Hadith Qudsi recorded by the Companion Abu Hurayra, may Allah be pleased with him, the Prophet Muhammad (s) said speaking from his Lord:

Allah, Exalted and Mighty is He, loves of His creation the God-fearing, the pure in the heart, those who are hidden, and those who are innocent, whose face is dusty, whose hair is unkempt, whose stomach is empty, and who, if he asks permission to enter to the rulers, is not granted it, and if he were to ask for a gentle lady in marriage, he would be refused, and when he leaves the world it does not miss him, and if he goes out, his going out is not noticed, and if he falls sick, he is not attended to, and if he dies, he is not accompanied to his grave.

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Farewell Thoughts

I am counting down the number of days before my term as ABIM vice president ends on 1 August 2009. Reflecting upon the many years in this organization, right now I do not think I am capable of recognizing how much I have learned or grown in the past several years or how much of that is owed to ABIM. It may be some time before I do, but what has particularly struck me is the dedication of a few big-hearted individuals I have met in the ABIM network. I found much invaluable experience from my encounters with them.

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More Marriages Ending Foolishly

As reported in the Star newspaper for July 6, 2009, JAKIM is nowadays receiving dozens of calls from young couples who wish to divorce for such reasons as having their birthdays or wedding anniversaries forgotten, the husband coming home late, husband or wife sleeping late, the wife forgetting to add sugar to the coffee, one spouse forgetting to bring KFC for the other, or the husband forgetting to shop for his wife’s list.

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Speech at the Religions for Peace Summit in Kathmandu

Here, beneath one of our Creator’s mightiest creations, from the Everest to the Annapurna Mountain Peaks, we have gathered to contemplate the forces of war and mass murder that are rampant in the modern world. In the face of mankind’s tremendous technological progress, the young are still forced to think and think, how could conflict – conventional as well as nuclear – be eradicated forever on the face of this earth?

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The Uighur Massacre: We don’t need your solidarity Al-Qaeda!

The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia aligns itself with the rest of the world in condemning the recent unrest in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region caused by the Chinese Government’s mishandling of an alleged delicate internal matter. While we see that the root cause of this problem is simply human greed and arrogance, we strongly feel that there is no justification for the actions by the Chinese government in creating the conditions that caused the conflict and participating in fueling further the recent violence in Urumqi.

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Sufism: Lessons for our youth

I recently came across an interesting article describing neuro-theology, the purpose of which is to study the neurobiology of religion, to identify the brain’s spirituality circuits, and to explain how it is that some religious rituals have the power to move believers and non-believers alike. Islam has recently come into the purview of this new science.

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