We sent it down on the night of destiny
And what can tell you of the night of destiny?
The night of destiny is better than a thousand months
The angels come down—the spirit upon her—by permission of their lord from every order
Peace she is until the rise of dawn
The Messenger of Allah (ص) said, “Verily, when light enters the heart, it expands and opens up”
Someone asked, “How will we recognize when this happens?”
The Messenger of Allah (ص) replied, “By the rejection of the abode of illusion, turning to the abode of eternity, and preparing yourself for death before you die”
-Minhaj al-Abideen ila Jannati Rabb al-Alameen
Be not delighted in the paths of the wicked, neither let the way of evil men please thee.
Flee from it, pass not by it: go aside, and forsake it.
For they sleep not, except they have done evil: and their sleep is taken away unless they have made some to fall.
They eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of iniquity.
But the path of the just, as a shining light, goeth forwards, and increaseth even to perfect day.
The way of the wicked is darksome: they know not where they fall.
"In the modern world, the veil has become a symbol not only of the objectification of Muslim women, but also the wide chasm of values and mores that many insist separates Islam and the West. Hence, the recently enacted laws prohibiting Muslim women from donning certain versions of the hijab in France and in other parts of Europe. Supporters of such bans argue that the veil is an affront to the Enlightenment principles upon which Europe was founded. They claim the veil is, by definition, anathema to the concept of women’s liberation. As the French president Nicolas Sarkozy said in signing the ban into law, "In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of identity." Of course, at the heart of this argument is the profoundly misogynistic belief that no Muslim woman would freely choose to wear the veil, that she must be forced into her hijab by her husband or her father or by the societal restrictions placed on her by her religion—that, in fact, Muslim women are incapable of deciding for themselves what they should or should not wear, so it must fall to the state to decide for them.”
"The truth is that the traditional image of the veiled Muslim woman as the sheltered and docile sexual property of her husband is just as misleading and simpleminded as the postmodernist image of the veil as the emblem of female freedom and empowerment from Western cultural hegemony. The veil may be neither or both of these things, but that is solely up to the Muslim woman to decide for themselves. Whatever sartorial choices a woman makes are hers and hers alone. It is neither a man’s nor the state’s place to define proper “womanhood” in Islam. Those who treat the Muslim woman not as an individual but as a symbol either of Islamic chastity or secular liberalism are guilty of the same sin: the objectification of women.”
- Reza Aslan on the Hijab in “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam”, 2011.
Anonymous said: How is your Islamic journey? (If that or curiosity)
Complex, confusing, enlightening… Coming from being completely atheist and anti-religious my entire life to winding up where I am now, which is essentially having accepted the core beliefs of Islam (particularly la ilaha ill-allah) as my framework for truth and a way for me to strive toward being the best version of myself I can be isn’t exactly something that’s very easy to explain.
I can tell you that I pretty much owe it to studying occultism and the writings of Crowley though, as bizarre as that might seem; that was the starting point for most of the ideas which eventually led me to where I currently am.
If you have other questions I’ll answer them more personally in private conversation.