Monday, September 25, 2006

Ramadaan Has cometh


Peace be upon you

Its that time of year again, where you update your ipod playlist - In with the Yusuf Islam and Out with the James Blunt ( well, unless, like me you have a bond with food and then the words "goodbye my Lover" has a special meaning). time to pack away the PS2, and open the Quran again. Sadly, I fear that we are quickly turning into a 'Yaseen' generation in that we have abondoned the Quran in its entirety and rather decided to only read one Surah, namely, Surah Yaseen. In this sense, the rest of the Quran is being lost. Don't get me wrong- Reading Surah Yaseen is very beneficial, but not when it replaces the Quran. This brings me to my rant about Sawaab. Are we only doing things in order to build mansions in heaven? Have we lost the plot somewhere. I recall a friend telling me that I should read Surah Iklaas as I would get the reward of A Hajj. While, i'm not questioning God's bounty, are we not being caught up in this treasure hunt of Sawaab so much so that we lost the essence of actually doing good deeds, i.e, for the pleasure of Allah. Reminds me of the incident regarding Rabia Basri ( R.A) who said "O Lord!If I worship you from fear of Hell, cast me into Hell.If I worship you from desire for Paradise, deny me Paradise

While the promises of virgins in Heaven does well to fuel my heterosexual and carnal desires ( yes, Angelina Jolie for breakfast, Salma Hayek after lunch etc) Should this be my only motivation to do good deeds and to be a good human. I dont want to forget that being a good Muslim is to serve humanity.

8 comments:

M Junaid said...

yeah - i guess childbirth invalidates virginity somewhat .. damn Shylo! guess i'l have to settle for someone else ;)

M Junaid said...

Trying to think of any hot virgins worth dying for ... the pool is drying up quit a bit hey

Fatima said...

hehe!
good one!
my iPod is going through the same phase!

Muhammad said...

slms Junaid :) yup the ipod is set to Tariq Ramadaan - the last one i listened to anyway... but then again, I believe it depends on the message ...anyway.. another discussion, another blog maybe.

thoughts of hot virgins shouldnt be occupying you right now.

I agree with the rant on Surah Yaseen though, we're losing all contact with what Islam really means.

thing is... what are we doing about it?

Salaams :)

M.

queen_Lestat said...

This is why I should not follow backlinks on blogs...

Although her name might sound quite Angelic I think in some instances media fodder served on a tasty bed of Tabloid might be quite truthful in it's estimations of some peoples private lives.
:p

Nice one, although I wonder at times if the whole heavenly virgins thing is even true or OR if it's MEN at work again...

M Junaid said...

Hey Brother M - good discussion this afternoon - I found that Hadith about Hair - Its in Bhukari - Book 72. As for the other stuff - i'l bring it up when i fight with the directors this week. hmm - as for what i'm doing about - i'm on my virtual soapbox. as for queen L - good point

M Junaid said...

Just a quick shout to queen lestat- In Surah Rehmaan, the tafsir states that there will be men feeding the ladies pomegranates and dates etc- so i huess the virgins thing works two ways

M Junaid said...

i byhearted surah waqia this week* :)

only by listening to it in my car every day travelling to and from work.

The surah has a perfect rhythm to it. highs and lows are in the right place.

and Muhammad H. al-Asi's tafseer is just mesmerising.

by this week I mean from last wednesday till today.