Alafasy showcases Imam Al Shafie’s(RA) lines:

Here is a harmonious blending of beautiful meaning with lovely vocals. Noted Arab singer Mashari Al Afasy sings the lines written by Imam Shafi’e (RA) that advocate patience against provocation.

قالوا سكت وقد خوصمت قلت لهم ان الجواب لباب الشر مفتاح
والصمت عن جاهل او احمق شرف وفيه ايضا لصون العرض اصلاح
اما ترى الاسد تخشى وهي صامتة والكلب يخسى لعمري وهي نباح
Translation
They said: “you are silent though accused”
“To Answer is key to disasters”, I said
Silence towards Stupid is Dignity
It keeps one’s esteemed personality
Lions look dreadful while they’re silent
But Dogs bark as they’re driven out
Imam Shafiee (R.A)

Conference on Sufism: Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmad Speaks

Here is the remarkable speech by Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmad, A veteran Islamic scholar from India. He is the General Secretary of the organization of Ahlussunna scholars in India and the patron of Jamia Markaz Saqafathi Sunniyya at Kozhikkode. His stands on various social, religious issues are widely discussed in Indian media and even in political circles as his mass support makes them anxious. Here we see him talking to world Muslim scholars and dignitaries in the Conference on Sufism in Cairo.

In the Name of Allah – the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. Peace and Blessings be upon the leader of Prophets and upon his family and companions as well.
Respected dignitaries and audience, Even though I brought here detailed essays on the subject, i.e. Sufism: an authentic way of personal and social reform I would like to summarize it as I am late to attend this conference. As I am also coming from India, representing Jamia Markaz Saqafathi Sunniyya al Islamiyya where some twenty thousand male and female students get their education. I don’t want to elaborate on Indian state of affairs since you heard it from our brother a short while ago.
Dear brothers and respected scholars, these days we are astonished to hear some people lashing out at Sufism and insulting Sufi scholars. They say “He is a Sufi” scornfully as if he were a heretic or a polytheistic. By God, We cannot understand how they can reject Sufism. If they do so because of some pseudo Sufis, likewise, Musailama, the Liar has falsely claimed prophet hood, can they reject our prophet because of that? There are genuine and counterfeit in everything, we take the original and throw the fake away. The same is true to Sufism also. This great way of life, Sufism, that we are talking about is the path where the great pious pioneers have stepped in. Imam abul Qasim al Junaidi, Supreme leader of the Sufis once answered to a question on Sufism (Tasawuf). He said it is the purification of heart. All Sufi scholars described Sufism in the same terms. Tasawuf we follow is what Our Messenger has pointed to by the word ‘Ihsan’and described it as to worship Allah as if you see Him, although you don’t see Him, He does see you.
So purification of mind from all bad characters such as Polytheism, heresy, arrogance, greed for fame and Hypocrisy is called Taswuf (Sufism) Almighty Allah indicated this in the holy Quran as He says: “Indeed Allah conferred a great favour on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from among themselves, reciting unto them His Verses, and purifying them, ….
Look at the verses of almighty Allah. Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) supplicated Allah to teach the people first and then to purify. “Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own who shall recite unto them Your Verses and instruct them the Book and the Wisdom and purify them.” In these verses and other verses as well, Almighty Allah emphasizes Purification of Heart because the main purpose of sending prophets and messengers is to cleanse and sanctify people from all bad characters. Allah mentioned this in many verses and so the prophet (PBUH) in many hadiths
Dear scholars, We need to differentiate between the truth and the falsehood. We cannot accept a way that contradicts religious principles. See what Shaikh Abdul Khadir al Jeelani has said. He said in his Book Futuh Al Ghaib , Chapter One The Essentials of a Believer – Accept Allah’s Orders and Content with His judgments: He sets obeying religious Do’s and Don’ts as a precondition for entering into the Sufi Order. Shaikh Zainuddin Makhdum al Malaibari said in his book that all Sufi orders require complete compliance with the Quran and Sunnah.
The real Sufi Tariqah is stemmed from the Holy Quran and Sunnah so it can never contradict any Sharia rule. If somebody claims affiliation with Sufism, at the same time acts against Sharia rules and permits what is prohibited like alcohol, he has nothing to do with the Sufism. Sufism that we follow is what our Messenger (PBUH) has taught us. All though the term Sufism was formed many years later like all other technical terms, it has been firmly rooted in Quran and Hadith. The real Sufi, I don’t say Islamic Sufi, is the one who follows the footprint of the Prophetic way by Practicing all what is ordered and avoiding all that is forbidden. Moreover, he cleanses his heart form all rusts and dusts. Quran says: “No. In fact what they have been doing has rusted on their hearts.” Human hearts get rusted and become dirty so that we need to clean them and keep them stainless.
We seek help from Allah and all praise is due to Him.

Imam Shafiee (RA) on Friendship

This morning I have tried to translate one of the wonderful poems of the great scholar Al Imam Al Shafiee (May Allah Bless him). Imam was a great miracle in the history as revealed through his works, writings and legends.I like to post a bit details on this great personality sometimes later. His poems convey a great deal of unmatched wisdom and eternal moral values. Please check this out!

If the person is not caring, but disturbing rather اذا المرء لا يرعاك الا تكلفا
Just Leave him, and don’t be sad about it ever فدعه ولا تكثر عليه التاسفا
There are substitutes in the people, it is relief to avoid ففي الناس ابدال وفي الترك راحة
despite his rudeness have patience for the loved وفي القلب صبر للحبيب ولو جفا
All you love deeply do not love you back truly فما كل من تهواه يهواك قلبه
And not all you prefer most prefer you reciprocally ولا كل من صافيته لك قد صفا
If the essence of love is not pretty natural اذا لم يكن صفو الوداد طبيعة
No good in an affection which is artificial فلا خير في ود يجيء تكلفا
There is no good in a friend who is deceiving ولا خير في خل يخون خليله
And treats harshly just after being loving ويلقاه من بعد المودة بالجفا
Who denies too the life previously accepted وينكر عيشا قد تقادم عهده
Disclosing secrets kept yesterday enclosed ويظهر سرا كان بالامس قد خفا
Good bye to the world, if there is no one سلام على الدنيا إذا لم يكن بها
As a true good friend who is just and open صديق صدوق صادق الوعد منصفا

Is Arabic Language Under Threat?

Publishers worry Arabic is under threat  – Gulf News
A debate in Sharjah dealt with the threat that Arabic faces today as a mother tongue.

It is meaningless to be stubborn about the language. Although it is quite natural to love ones’ mother tongue, it needs to be reasonable and restrained. Language should not cause riot but rapport among people. In Islamic perspective all languages are gifts from the God as Adam(PBUH), the first man on earth, was taught all the languages by the Almighty Allah. No language will die as long as it avails for easy and effective communication and it should die otherwise. Survival of the Fittest!
As for Arabic language, it has stood the test of time and will last until a single Muslim remains on earth. Islam uses Arabic as its language for rites and rituals and Friday sermons all over the world are delivered in Arabic since the prophet’s days except a few isolated instances of recent times . The only exception was in Turkey at the time of Turkish nationalization by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Traditionally Muslims consider Arabic as an integral part of their religion and that is why she remains active and alive today unlike her good old sisters.

On the other hand, the beloved messenger (PBUH)has already prophesied that the last day will not come untill a single man can correctly utter the word ‘Allah!’ An international conspiracy is very much suspected to eradicate this language with support from some anti-Islamic media corporations. Muslims who support these movements out of their own erratic conclusions like who call for performing rituals in local languages should eventually stand guilty for their negligence. Some people in the Arab world went to the extreme to prefer English and other foreign languages for Friday sermons saying that they follow sermons delivered in these languages better. It calls for reviewing and renewing their  loyalty to the religion of Islam.
We Hope the recent campaigns across the Arab world will boost the language and will help it maintain its esteemed historical status among world languages.