Interpreting the Hobbies of ‘Shirk’ and ‘Kufr’

Sawt al-Ummah, Issue #100 October 28, 2002 Islam came to the desert Arabs to proclaim a nation of tolerance and understanding in the face of tribal hatred, ugliness and narrow-mindedness. With Islam, the Arabs established a nation of compassion after the failure of the age of ignorance to establish a similar nation if only the […]

The Clerics and the Laymen

Sawt Al-Umma, Issue #99 October 21st  2002 Three Muslim clerics were sailing in a small boat which belonged to a poor and humble fisherman. As they sailed peacefully through the gentle and calm waters the first cleric asked the fisherman if he was knowledgeable about religious law (Ar: sharia’h] The fisherman said he wasn’t,

Is there an intermediary between Allah and His slaves?

Sawt Al-Umma, Issue #98 October 14th, 2002 If the question is wrong, then so too is the answer If we ask the question ‘Who made us? The mother or the father?’ it is not possible to receive a correct answer. If we say the mother only or the father only, the answer is wrong. The […]

The ’learned’ are the ‘inheritors of the prophets’ but not the ‘learned’ we know!

[Al-u’lama warathat al-anbiya walakinhum laysa al-u’lama alladheena na’arafhum] Sawt Al-Umma Issue 97 October 7th, 2002 Property markets collapse … Financial resources go to waste … The social fabric comes apart … Good health is displaced by sickness … Intellect weakens … Only our spiritual wealth remains…a wealth that nourishes our feelings with the taste of […]

The heart, the tongue and the hand

[Al-qalb wal-lisan wal-yad] Sawt Al-Umma, Issue 96 September 30th, 2002 A good word is one that enters peoples’ blood where it begins to reproduce and copy itself. The seed becomes a tree and the tree becomes a forest. A drop of water becomes a river and the river becomes an ocean. Light becomes a star […]

When are the ‘Image-Makers’ in Hell?!

Meta Yakoun al-Musawirun fil-Nar?! Sawt Al-Umma, Issue 95 September 23rd, 2002 In the beginning there was the word. Allah created it as light and with it was faith. Allah created it as a letter and it was literature and poetry. Allah created it as rhythm and it was music. Allah created it as color and […]

Innovation and Illusion (Al-Bida’a wa Al-Khida’a)

Sawt Al-Umma Issue no. 94 September 16th, 2002 When I felt the urge to write; I considered language as something akin to a piano recital one might enjoy for its own sake. I focused on the interplay of letters and words in an effort to maintain balance and rhythm.

The Effulgence of the Merciful, Humanity’s Suffering and the Compassion of the Quran

(Fayd al-Rahman wa A’dhab al-Insan wa Rahmat al-Quran) Sawt Al-Umma, Issue 92 September 2nd, 2002 The orb of the sun pierced the veil of the sea as it made its way to sleep on the bed of a sea nymph after a scorching hot day which had turned its countenance a fiery red and overwhelmed […]