Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
While reading 'Rethinking Islam & The West' I came across a passage
(Link to the book by Ahmed Keeler - geni.us/yFHXK )
He was speaking about the Islamic view of the merchant, and how pious traders were a huge cause in the spread of Islam worldwide. The pious merchant was a cornerstone of civilization. Business was a collaborative (instead of competitive) endeavour.
In the marketplace, traders who had already made sales would help drive customers to fellow traders who had yet to make sales. If one's business suffered, others in his industry would band together to help him back on his feet.
These guilds help to set prices to be fair, arbitrated disputes, trained newcomers in ethics/morals of the profession - and due to the emphasis of Islam on charity, worked to establish endowments (waqf).
The catalyst separating that system and the modern American capitalist one was the legalization of usury (interest) - this was a breakthrough for capitalism and the enabling of exploitative behaviors to make money, and viewing people as commodities
Without a larger moral compass - which comes from a Divine accountability - there is no driving force to create that sense of community seen in the merchants of old. What, exactly, would make we want to sacrifice my own comfort for the well-being of my neighbor?
In the absence of some type of stronger bond (e.g. religious community, or family), and a relentless emphasis on the individual, and pursuit of one's own happiness above all else, it would be near impossible to establish - and that's exactly what we see playing out now.
Monday, May 18, 2020
1) Sayyiduna Hudhayfah ibn Yaman (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said to me:
“The reward of knowledge supersedes the reward of worship”
(Al Mu’jamul Awsat of Imam Tabarani -rahimahullah-, Hadith: 3960)
Hafiz Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has classified the above Hadith as sound (hasan).
(At Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 93)
2) Sayyiduna Abu Dharr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said to me:
“O Abu Dharr! Learning one verse of the Holy Quran is better than performing one hundred rakats of (optional) Salah, and learning one chapter of knowledge is better than performing one thousand rakats of (optional) Salah, irrespective of whether that knowledge is practiced upon or not”.
(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 219)
Hafiz Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has graded the above Hadith as sound (hasan).
(At Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 97)
3) Sayyiduna Abu Dardaa (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, "The superiority of the scholar over the worshiper is like the superiority of the moon over the rest of the celestial bodies. Indeed the scholars are the heirs of the Prophets."
(Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2682)
4) It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbas said:
“The messenger of Allah ﷺ said: ‘One Faqih (knowledgeable man) is more formidable against the Shaitan than one thousand devoted worshipers.’”
(Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 222)
Saturday, April 18, 2020
God has chosen to create in certain men and women a type of intelligence which, by inner necessity, asks far-reaching questions about the nature of reality. This is a divine gift, though not without its dangers, as is the case with all gifts; it has, therefore, certain rights, including the right to receive answers to the questions which arise spontaneously within it.
In a sense these questions are posed by God Himself so that He may answer them and thereby enrich our understanding, and we are assured that He never gives us a genuine need without providing for its satisfaction.
Questioning minds may always and everywhere be in a mirtonity, but it is
precisely these- the questioners- who are the ultimate formers of opinion.
What the intellectuals doubt today will eventually be doubted by simple
Ideas which, on their first appearance, seem most abstract and farthest removed from the affairs of ordinary men and women have a way of percolating through the whole fabric of society, though they often suffer distortion in the process.
Given the very nature of modern civilization (and the nature of its origins), the ideas current in our time are destructive of
religious faith unless this faith is protected by an intellectual armour- and intellectual weapons suited to the conditions of the late twéntieth century.
The traditional arguments in support of faith are no longer entirely effective, and it no longer seems 'natural' to believe in God and to believe in states of being beyond this present life.
Since the Quran addresses itself specifically to 'those who think' and who 'meditate' and, in effect, commands us to make full use of our mental faculties, Muslims are under an obligation to deepen and develop the intellectual bases of their faith and have no excuse for relying on unthinking obedience and emotional fervour to protect it against the searching questions of our time.
Charles Le Gai Eaton in 'Islam and the Destiny of Man'.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Western researchers are wondering why the divorce rate is high for the career-woman.
“Promotion to a top job in politics increases the divorce rate of women but not for men, and women who become CEOs divorce faster than men who become CEOs,” summarises Johanna Rickne, a professor at Stockholm University and co-author of the research, which was published earlier this month in American Economic Journal.
The paper, which looked at the lives of heterosexual men and women working for private companies with 100 or more employees, found that married women were twice as likely to be divorced three years after their promotion to CEO level compared to their male counterparts. In the public sector, using three decades’ worth of records, women mayors and parliamentarians promoted after an election doubled their chances of splitting from their partners; 75% were still married eight years after the vote compared with 85% of those who didn’t get promoted, while there was no evidence of a similar effect for men. Female medical doctors, police officers and priests who progressed in their careers also followed the trend.
Rickne argues that although Sweden has provided the legislation and societal structures to create “the expectation that you shouldn’t need to choose between family and career”, the research reveals that what happens to families when women progress up the career ladder is often a different story.
Many couples experience “stress and friction” when there are changes in the division of their economic and social roles, for example due to the impact on the amount of leisure time they can spend together or how they divide up household tasks. But this, the research team argues, is often amplified when it is the woman who is promoted, because it creates more of a mismatch of expectations.
Junaid S. Hayat (@JunaidSHayat) nicely put it in his comments on this:
"Wonder why Allah has Commanded man to be the provider and woman to be provided for?! When this Divine Order is disturbed, of course, the consequences will be dangerous.
Some will say: "But what about Khadija (RA)" Well, a few facts:
She never stepped foot outside her house, 9-5 daily.
All her trade was done by men.
She had inherited everything from her previous husband after his death.
And by the way, Muhammad ﷺ was not her "employee", it was a Mudaraba setup, meaning capital was invested by her and business was conducted by him, and profits were split between them.
And lastly, to do great things, a woman does not have to mimic the man. Her value is in her own role as a woman, a nurture and homemaker, who is the base for family and human civilization."