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Can I Eat Halal Meat Cooked by a Christian? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

Question: Assalam alaykum,

I got this question from a christian friend of mine whose family on principle do not consume alcohol nor pork. If they cook halal meat and invite Muslims over, can the Muslims parttake of the food? What is the ruling on food in general in this case?

Answer: Wa alaykum al-Salam

JazakaLlah khayr for your question.

There are two aspects that requires consideration regarding your question. The first is the food of non-Muslims and the second is their utensils.

It is permissible to consume food prepared by non-Muslims, people of the book or otherwise, as long as the food prepared is halal in itself and not contaminated with haram. Regarding the people of the book, Jews and Christians, Allah said in the Quran, “And the food of those who were given the scripture is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them.” RasuluLlah sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam was once hosted by a Jew and he partook of the food which in this instance was bread and some spread. The only difference between the people of the book and other non-Muslims in relation to food, is that the slaughtered meat of the people of the book is halal [footnote: However, there are a number of conditions that have to be met before we consider a Jew or Christian to be from the people of the book.], contrary to others.

The second consideration are their utensils. Imam al-Nawawi in his commentary on Sahih Muslim divided the utensils of disbelievers in two; utensils that were used for consumption of haram or impure foods and utensils which were not. As for such utensils which were not used for impure substances, they are permissible to use; utensils that were used for impure substances, may be used after being washed, however, it would be disliked [makruh], especially when other utensils are available.

In conclusion, it is permissible for you to accept the invite and partake of the food if it is halal in itself and not contaminated with haram. In addition, the discussion regarding their utensils above should be considered.

And Allah knows best

Wassalam
[Shaykh] Abdurragmaan Khan

Shaykh Abdurragmaan
received ijazah ’ammah from various luminaries, including but not restricted to: Habib Umar ibn Hafiz—a personality who affected him greatly and who has changed his relationship with Allah, Maulana Yusuf Karaan—the former Mufti of Cape Town; Habib ‘Ali al-Mashhur—the current Mufti of Tarim; Habib ‘Umar al-Jaylani—the Shafi‘i Mufti of Makkah; Sayyid Ahmad bin Abi Bakr al-Hibshi; Habib Kadhim as-Saqqaf; Shaykh Mahmud Sa’id Mamduh; Maulana Abdul Hafiz al-Makki; Shaykh Ala ad-Din al-Afghani; Maulana Fazlur Rahman al-Azami and Shaykh Yahya al-Gawthani amongst others.

Can I Attend My Muslim Cousin’s Marriage to a Christian Man? (Video)

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Can I attend my Muslim cousin’s marriage to a Christian man?

Answer:  Wa’leykum Salam,

Here is a video answer by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani to this question:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).

Muslim Convert: Would My Family Be Okay With Islam?

Do you think about converting to Islam, but have obstacles that hold you back? Petra, a Muslim convert from the Czech Republic, was once in the same position and we hope that hearing from a Muslim convert inspires you to push forward in your conversion to Islam.

Before every flight…

Growing up as a Christian in a Communist country, Petra’s had little exposure to religion. But when she became a flight attendant in a Middle Eastern airline, the prayers she heard before every flight impacted her heart. Watch on to see how God guided her to Islam and helped her overcome any concerns she might have had.

If you have concerns or confusions that are keeping you back from converting to Islam, email Overcome TV or send a YouTube message.

Resources for Seekers

Muslim Convert: What would people think of me?

Mohammed from the Philippines used to be a Christian. Friends talked to him about Islam, but his mind and heart were locked. However, after reading books about Islam something within him opened. He eventually converted to Islam when he was 33 years old and left the crazy lifestyle he had led. Watch on to learn more about Mohammed’s conversion to Islam.


If you have concerns or confusions that are keeping you back from converting to Islam, email Overcome TV or send a YouTube message.
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Muslim Convert: Why didn’t I know the Bible the way Muslims know the Qur’an?

Ameena from Belarus used to be a Christian. But after meeting a Muslim from Tajikistan who had an in depth knowledge of the Quran, she began to question why Christians didn’t know the Bible in the same way. She eventually converted to Islam when she was 23 years old and found peace in her life. Watch on to learn more about Ameena’s conversion to Islam…


If you have concerns or confusions that are keeping you back from converting to Islam, email Overcome TV or send a YouTube message.
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Where Is Jesus?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalaamu alaikum,
Is Jesus in Heaven waiting to be sent back to Earth to defeat the Anti-Christ, or is he somewhere else?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Yes, the Noble Prophet Jesus (Allah bless him and give him peace) was raised to heaven. [Sabuni, al-Nubuwwa wa al-Anbiya’; Sumayt, Bahjat al-Talibin fi Muhimmat Usul al-Din]
It is mass transmitted (mutawatir), and a point of belief, as recorded in the Tahawiyya and elsewhere, that he will descend from Heaven at the end of times. This, as Shaykh Gibril Haddad points out, can only be so if he was raised up in the first place.
Therefore, it is obligatory to believe that Allah saved him and then raised him, with body and spirit, to the heavens. As such, he is alive, not crucified nor dead. Allah Most High says, “They certainly did not kill him– God raised him up to Himself…” [4.157-158]
Habib `Ali writes, “Just as the Antichrist orders the righteous man to be killed he will hear a voice crying out: “The Spirit from God, Jesus, has descended!” When the Antichrist hears the name of our liege-lord ‘Isa he will shake and tremble with fear. He will rush to Palestine. There, the army of our liege-lord Jesus and our liege-lord al-Mahdi will meet the army of the Antichrist at the gate of Ludd. When the Antichrist looks and sees our liege-lord Jesus, upon him peace, surrounded with a halo of light, the Antichrist will melt – as mentioned in the hadith – just as salt melts in water. Our liege-lord Jesus will approach him and so will our liege-lord al-Mahdi. They will strike him down with their swords.”
Please also see: Crucifixion of Christ – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and: Habib Ali al-Jifri – Jesus Christ the Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother – Book in PDF
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Crucifixion of Christ – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah


By Sidi Aashif Sacha
Click here for original link
This khutba was given by Dr Umar in Georgetown, Guyana.
Given that it was ‘Good Friday’ he delivered a powerful sermon detailing the Islamic perspective on the Crucifixion of Christ.
[Islamic Perspective on the Crucifixion of Christ]

The Muslim belief about Jesus (may peace be upon him) is the authentic belief of the earliest Christians. It is a teaching that was first there and was displaced, then replaced, then was largely forgotten.
The Quranic revelation corrected the beliefs of people who came before, and clarified what they were disagreeing about. This is the case regarding the apparent crucifixion of the Messiah Jesus (may peace be upon him). Part of a sermon given by Dr Umar Abd-Allah in Georgetown, Guyana.
[Early Opinions on the Crucifixion]
God, Exalted is He, tells us in the Quran: “That they said (in boast), ‘We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of God.’ – but they killed him not, nor crucified him. Only a likeness of that was shown to them. And those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not.” (Quran, 4:157)
Historically, the very first item of faith that Christians disagreed about was this issue. Was the man who was crucified, Jesus, or was it not Jesus?
St Jerome, a Church father who believed in the Crucifixion, wrote over 1700 years ago: “The blood of Christ had not dried on the earth of Judaea.” (ie. the earth of Jerusalem) The man who was crucified was still bleeding, and his blood was falling on the soil while he was on the cross. People said “It’s not him, but its one who looks like him”.
In earliest Christianity many Christians were docetic. The word is taken from the Greek word Docaeen, meaning Shubbiha (in Arabic): to appear. Docetics were those early Christians who believed that the man crucified was not Jesus but it was one who looked like him, who was made to appear like him.
In the Quranic Tafsir we have a number of accounts. One of them is that when the Jews condemned Jesus to be crucified and sent the Romans to get Jesus, when they came to him when he was with his disciples, God as a miracle put the face and the upper body of Jesus upon all of his disciples so that every one of them looked like him.
Then when the Romans came they didn’t know which one was Jesus, although they had all seen Jesus, but everyone looked like Jesus!
So they said, “Either Jesus turns himself over to us, or we will crucify you all.” According to this account, one of the disciples decided to be a shaheed, a martyr. He said “I am Jesus” and he had permission to say that.
Why?
Because in the belief of the People of the Book, the Messiah must be delivered; the Messiah cannot be crucified. They believed that if he is crucified he is not the Messiah.
That’s why in the Quran Allah, the Exalted, tells us of the Jews who would mock Jesus and say “We crucified the Messiah the son of Mary”
Because the Messiah cannot be crucified, the Messiah cannot be harmed. The Messiah must be delivered, the Messiah is a conqueror, the Messiah is a king, the Messiah is a ruler, the Messiah is a deliverer.
This is the belief of the People of the Book.
If you look in the Gospels, Satan comes to Jesus to tempt him, saying “Go up on the temple and throw yourself down.”
Why?
Because (the Satan effectively said, if you really are the Messiah then) no harm will come to you, because the angels will pick you up. Because it is written, the Messiah will not even stumble on a stone but the angels will take him.
[What the Apocrypha Books of the New Testament Say]
The Bible that we have today is made up of the Canonical Books.
The Canonical Books are the books that the Church accepted. It was a Church that was already Trinitarian and already believed in the Crucifixion. That church says ‘these’ books are acceptable and others are not.
The books that are not acceptable are known as Apocrypha – hidden books. In the apocrypha we have acts of the apostles that are not in the Bible. They are called “the Apocryphal Acts.” Among them was the docetic teaching – that the crucifixion of Christ was only that of appearance.
Jesus had around him disciples, and some were very close to him – Peter, James, John and Andrew. They were like the four great Sahabah who were around the Beloved Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him); Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali (may God be pleased with them).
In the Apocryphal Acts of John it says “John was on the Mt of Olives, and he was crying because there was the crucifixion. Jesus came to him on the Mt of Olives and he comforted him and said to him “Don’t worry, I am Jesus, I am the Messiah, and the one crucified is another one.”
Our Islamic teaching matches this. It is the original teaching.
[The Islamic Rationale]
In Islam we have Usool ul Fiqh which is the basic principles of jurisprudence; how we understand Quran, how we understand Hadith and how we interpret them. One of the matters in Usool ul Fiqh that is absolutely essential is the distinction between proofs of the Quran and the Hadiths that are definitive (qat’i) – with just one opinion about the matter.
They are Usool ul Deen. They are the foundations of religion. – and (on the other hand) other proofs in the Quran and the Hadith that are open to interpretation (than’ni).
In these, for example, Imam Abu Hanifa has an opinion and Imam Malik has an opinion and they’re both correct. Imam Shafi’i has a third opinion which is also correct and Ahmad ibn Hanbal has a forth opinion which is also correct.
The latter is part of our religion because of the fact that we have to think. We have to exercise legal judgement. Not everything is black and white. There are many things in the law that are open to interpretation. Thus in Islam we always identify what is based on conjectural evidence (than’ni) and we accept differences of opinion. If we don’t, what kind of Muslims are we? We will become ignorant Muslims, rigid and fanatic.
When it comes to Belief (Aqeedah) – what I must believe and you must believe – then that has to be certain. That must be based on definitive evidence (qat’i). For example, the belief that God is one, Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) is the last prophet, you must pray 5 times a day, you must fast Ramadan, and so on.
On the other hand, looking at a question like: When is the time of Asr? Is it when the shadow is at one length or two lengths? There are different ahadith on that, so we have different opinions, and that’s okay. Muslims have lived like that for the last 1400 years and we will continue to live like that.
This is the Mercy from Allah, Exalted is He.
[What the Quran Says]
When Allah, Glorified is He, talks about the Christians and the crucifixion He says ‘they don’t have knowledge’. What that means is the evidence they have of the crucifixion is not adequate.
Why?
Because no one saw the crucifixion, none of the disciples saw it. They could not be there, because if they were there they would be apprehended by the romans and either killed or crucified themselves. That’s why John was sitting up on the Mt of Olives.
The gospel story tells us that the one carrying the cross fell. Jesus (may peace be upon him) would never fall or stumble because the prophets and messengers were perfect human beings.
Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) is the best of creation. Who dares differ on that? Who comes after that? Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Noah and the Prophets and Messengers. Great people, beautiful people, handsome people.
Prophet Muhammad, if you looked at him you would be astonished. He was so beautiful, he was so powerful, his enemies were in awe of him. Those who loved him, melted in the love of him. Jesus was like this too. He was a perfect human being, a created human being, a prophet, a messenger, a messiah. Jesus would not have fallen under a cross.
Imam Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), took the gates of Khaybar and he carried them on his back. He was not a prophet but he was a blessed Sahabi and one of the best of all human beings who ever lived. So do you think Jesus would stumble under a cross? Jesus could carry the gates of Khaybar. Jesus is strong, intelligent and beautiful.
That’s why the people said it was not Jesus. It looks like him on the upper body, but the lower body doesn’t look like him.
[What a Muslim Concludes]
Whenever there is doubt there is no Aqeedah. The belief you must believe in can never be based on doubtful issues. Our Deen must be based on definitive evidence.
Allah, the Exalted, says “He is God, the One who sent down the Book. Of it there are verses of unequivocal meaning (definitive)… and there are other verses that are open to interpretation…” (Quran 3:7)
The above verse was revealed about the Christians of the Nejran (Southern Arabia) who came to the Prophet and tried to use the Quran by saying the Quran believed in the Trinity because God says “We”. So Allah corrected this.
There are verses that are clear and are not open to interpretation. That’s what you follow if you want the truth. And there are other ones that are non definitive. Those verses you leave to God or people who are steeped in knowledge. This is a basic fundamental of Islam that is extremely important. Having a good opinion of your brothers and your sisters is an act of worship. We have to watch our hearts and be with each other, love each other and work with each other.
Our teaching is a teaching that is very ancient. It is the original teaching – it is the true teaching. We are the followers of Christ as the Messiah.
We believe that the Messiah Jesus was not crucified, but that it was only made to appear so. This is definitive in the Quran (4:157). How that appearance was carried out is a matter that was non definitive and we respect the varying opinions.
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SeekersGuidance related course:
The Bible Through a Muslim Lens with Ustadh Ali Ataie
The Interfaith Master – Ustadh Ali Ataie – Seekers Highlight
Relevant resources:
Walk on Water: The Wisdom of Jesus from Traditional Islamic Sources – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
Habib Ali al-Jifri – Jesus Christ the Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother – Book in PDF
Reflections of MicroMolvi: My First Interfaith Dialogue
Answers:
Jesus’s Role as Messiah and Savior According to Islam, Christianity, and Judaism
Allah Breathing His Spirit Into Jesus? The Possible Meanings of this Verse & The Approach of Sunni Islam Towards Ambiguous Texts
Did Jesus Claim to Be God?
The Purpose of Our Lives and the Prophet Jesus
What Is the Islamic Understanding of Maryam, the Mother of Prophet ‘Isa, Being Married?
Are `Isa And Yahya (Allah be well please with them) Considered Cousins In Islam?
What is the Islamic View on the Gospel of Barnabas?

Islam and the Other by Mohamed Ghilan

By Mohamed Ghilan
threefaithrsContrary to popular approach, the way Islam should be viewed in relation to Christianity, Judaism, or any other religious tradition for that matter is not as an opposing religion to all others. When engaged in interfaith dialogues and debates, there’s a strong tendency for many Muslims to refute the validity of beliefs upheld by non-Muslims. However, neither does the Quran nor the Sunnah of the Beloved, peace and blessings be upon, him support such an approach.
After the Opening Surah of the Quran where it ends with the request for guidance, the second Surah (The Cow) begins by describing the qualities of the believers. One of those qualities is that they believe in what was sent before what was revealed in the Quran [2:4]. This affirmation of the previous Revelation is not an affirmation of relative truths. Although God further confirms in the beginning of the third Surah (The Family of ‘Imran) that He’s the One who has revealed the Torah and the Gospel [3:3], in the Fifth Surah (The Feast) Allah qualifies this confirmation:

وأنزلنا إليك الكتب بالحق مصدقا لما بين يديه من الكتب ومهيمنا عليه فاحكم بينهم بما أنزل الله

We sent to you the Scripture with the Truth, confirming the Scriptures that came before it, and with final authority over them: so judge between them according to what God has sent down. – [The Feast 5:48]

According to the Quran, Islam begins by first confirming that which came before it. At the same time it acknowledges the presence of differences that can’t be reconciled, in which circumstance for a Muslim – the final judge is the Quran. This is highly significant from a psychological perspective. People don’t respond very well to being told they’re wrong, especially when their “wrong” is actually partly right. This is why the command in the Quran to Muslims when speaking with Christians or Jews is:

قل يأهل الكتب تعالوا إلى كلمة سواء بيننا وبينكم ألا نعبد إلا الله ولا نشرك به شيئا ولا يتخذ بعضنا بعضا أربابا من دون الله

Say, ‘People of the Book, let us arrive at a statement that is common to us all: we worship God and none of us takes others beside God as lords.’ – [The Family of ‘Imran 3:64]

The Arabic word used in this verse for arriving at a common statement literally means “elevate.” It’s an invitation to the higher calling. In fact, when calling to Islam, the command in the Quran given to Muslims is:

ادع إلى سبيل ربك بالحكمة والموعظة الحسنة وجدلهم بالتي هي أحسن إن ربك هو أعلم بمن ضل عن سبيله وهو أعلم بالمهتدين

Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good teaching. Argue with them in the most courteous way, for your Lord knows best who has strayed from His way and who is rightly guided. – [The Bee 16:125]

Although many of these verses seem to speak about People of the Book, this is not to be understood as an exclusive address. It’s clarified in the Quran that not all Messengers have been mentioned [Ghafir 40:78]. Hence, the approach to non-Muslims that’s prescribed in the Quran is actually an approach to not just People of the Book, but to all people. It’s an approach that fulfills the command:

ولا تبخسوا الناس أشياءهم

Do not withhold from people things that are rightly theirs. – [Hud 11:85]

Similar to the Quran, the Sunnah is teaching the same message. The Beloved, peace and blessings be upon him, gave an analogy for how he should be viewed in relation to other Prophets:

مثلي ومثل الأنبياء من قبلي كمثل رجل ابتنى بيوتا، فأحسنها وأجملها وأكملها، إلا موضع لبنة من زاوية من زواياها، فجعل الناس يطوفون ويعجبهم البنيان، فيقولون: ألا وضعت هاهنا لبنة فتم بناؤه، فقال محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم: فأنا اللبنة

My likeness and the likeness of the Prophets that have come before me is the likeness of a man who built homes and beautified and adorned them, except for a spot missing a brick in one of the the corners. As people went around and admired the building they continued to say, “You should put a brick here to complete building it.” Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him said, “I am that brick.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

The approach Muslims are commanded to observe with regards to other traditions is an inclusive one. A Muslim is not ordered to respond to the claim that Jesus peace be upon him was the Messiah, Son of God by dismissively saying, “No! Jesus was just a Prophet.” Notwithstanding the disrespectful tone this reply carries, Jesus peace be upon him was not “just a Prophet.” He was more than that. He was Christ. The Messiah. Son of the Virgin Mary, peace be upon her. The same Virgin Mary who has a whole Surah in the Quran named after her. One could easily point to many qualities that set Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, apart from other Prophets and other human beings, while still maintaining his human nature. There’s no need to diminish his status or lower his rank because Christians elevate him beyond what Islam deems acceptable.
The Beloved, peace and blessings be upon him, said that every human being is born upon the Fitrah. We all share in a common innate dispensation towards the Truth. If a system of belief was wholly false it wouldn’t survive a generation, let alone thousands of years. Our Fitrah wouldn’t allow it. The Islamic perspective of other traditions is to acknowledge what’s consistent with Islamic teachings before pointing to the disagreements. Once that is done, the command in the Quran is not to continue arguing and debating about who’s right, but to let actions speak louder than words:

ولو شاء الله لجعلكم أمة واحدة ولكن ليبلوكم في ما ءاتىكم فاستبقوا الخيرات إلى الله مرجعكم جميعا فينبئكم بما كنتم فيه تختلفون

If God so willed, He would have made you one community, but He wanted to test you through that which He has given you, so race to do good: you will all return to God and He will make clear to you the matters you differed about. – [The Feast 5:48]

Imagine what kind of a world we would live in if instead of focusing on winning a debate about which religion is right, we focused on winning a competition of who educated and fed the most people. This, while at the same time acknowledging where we agree, accepting our theological disagreements, and leaving it all up to God to judge as He decreed. That’s the Islamic view of the other. It’s time to make it the Muslims’.
Mohamed Ghilan is a Canadian Muslim originally born in Saudi Arabia. In 2007 he began his full time studies in the Islamic Tradition and has been consistently traveling to study various aspects of the Islamic sciences. He has given lectures and taught courses on a variety of topics, including Maliki jurisprudence and Islamic theology (‘Aqeedah). He is currently pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Victoria.

Reflections of MicroMolvi: My First Interfaith Dialogue

By Yousaf Seyal
Today is a big day for me. I have left my home to fly out for the journey of a lifetime; headed towards America’s first Muslim Liberal Arts School, Zaytuna College. When flying, I usually try to sit beside an elderly person to enjoy a conversation to entertain me throughout my trip. This time I found myself sitting next to Timothy and Dorothy, a Christian couple, who are travelling to visit their granddaughter in Texas for her fourth birthday. They are a couple who both take religion very seriously and try to integrate it in every aspect of their lives. In fact, both of them teach religion at their local Church’s Sunday School. My conversation with Timothy began when he asked me if I was Sikh. I informed him that I was Muslim and we began to speak about Islam.
Sometimes we (Muslims) tend to believe that Islam is the ‘only’ scriptural based religion and often forget, if not neglect, very two important religions: Judaism and Christianity, who both received a complete revelation from God. In fact, God addresses these two religions in the Quran as “ahlul-kitab”or “the people of the book”. More so, God commands His Prophet Muhammad ﷺ‎ to bond with the people of the book and says

“Say: O People of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you…” (3:64).

Therefore, before engaging in conversation, we both agreed to disagree, and made it clear to one another that we would respect each other firstly as brothers; brothers in humanity. Timothy began this conversation with introducing himself, and emphasized on the fact that he puts his full trust in the Christ alone. I told him that Muslims shared a similar concept of trust, but instead trusting in the One God (Allah) alone. I shared our perspective with him as Muslims; explaining to him that Jesus was a Prophet of God and how the Quran itself has a full chapter dedicated to Mary and the birth of Jesus. We also touched upon some very essential concepts of religion and spirituality such as sincerity and intention. Timothy personally does not like using the term ‘religion’ because he feels religion itself can become a mechanism or a habitual practice deploying the worshipper from the greater realities of prayer. In Timothy’s words, ‘Good works is out of a heart for God’.
Shared Ideas
I shared our understanding of worshipping God with him; to worship Him because God deserves to be worshipped. We continued to talk for nearly two and a half hours and shared stories of the Prophets such as the story of Prophet Yusuf and Abraham. Topics such as trust in God, pre-eternal destiny, and individual choice were also discussed thoroughly. Interestingly enough, we also had a brief conversation on culture and arranged marriages in the Muslim world! At this point, I am flying over Lovington, New Mexico. The very obvious term that sticks out here is love. Love as we all know is very subtle but it does not need to be limited to one specific community, gender, race, color, or religion. It is a universal which should be shared by all of its particulars. It is both a superior and inferior; sent from God Himself and revolving around all of creation. Love was never meant to be some accident, but a necessary property existing in every genus of the worlds. We are all the creation of God. God is our King and we live together under His rule. Therefore, let us learn to share this kingdom of His, spread peace throughout it, and spread joy within it. Show this world that love still exists. For most people a smile can express love. Otherwise when the sun rises to its peak, we will all drown in the selfish materialistic chocolate palaces created by our own fantasies and fallacies.

Let us strive to establish, build, and polish our palaces together with perfection in every aspect of our dealings, starting with a solid foundation of love for God and His creation. This is what it means to be God’s vicegerent on earth.

Specifically addressing the Muslim community: It is our duty to spread the lights of Islam here in the West. This is no part-time job or something left for the Turks, Arabs or Pakistanis. The bare minimum upon us is to be exemplifiers of good character. The uniqueness of our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ‎ was that he was just not a prophet to those who believed in him, but a universal Prophet sent as a mercy to all of the worlds. He was a manifestation of the attribute ’rahmah’ mercy from the ‘ar-Rahman’ the all-Merciful and manifested it in his interactions with everyone. So let be among those who continue to spread this mercy; offering it to even those who reject it. As Timothy himself put it, “God didn’t say that I did not see that coming!”. He was referring to our ‘coincidental’ meeting. I also do truly feel that our meeting was no coincidence. This was the first conversation I had embarking on this new path of mine. It made me realize that the task of conveying God’s word and exemplifying good character was not to wait till I started studying formally at school, but it had already started from the moment I had stepped out of my door, to travel on this path of knowledge, earlier this morning. I felt as if God was indicating a responsibility that lays ahead of me in my upcoming journey of knowledge, action, and service.

The MicroMolvi,
Yousaf Seyal