Things You Should Know About Allah, by Imam Luqman Ahmad

If a snowflake falls in Antarctica, if a rose petal blooms in Stone Mountain Georgia, or if a spoonful of sugar is sprinkled into a cup of coffee in New York City, then be assured that Allah be He Exalted and Glorified, is aware of its shape, its size, its weight and volume. If an autumn leaf falls to the ground in New Hampshire, then Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala is aware of the speed by which it spirals to the ground, its exact color and the detail of its specifications.

There is no knowledge that is more precious, or more valuable than the knowledge of Allah, and the He is The One and Only True God. To know this fact, is a gift that Allah, by His mercy, goodness, and generosity, bestows upon His servants as He pleases. Allah is Complete, Perfect, and free of any blemish, and He is not in need of any of His creation. His Glory, majesty, and grandeur would not diminish by even the slightest measure, if all of humanity, and all manners of life ceased to exist. No one can behold the full splendor, glory, and magnificence of Allah be He Exalted and Glorified, far beyond what they ascribe to Him. Not even the beloved Prophets who are the most knowledgeable human beings with regards to Allah, can behold Allah in His fullness, for He has no limits. For He cannot be confined by the vastness of any vessel, ocean, heart or imagination. He is Allah, and by His mercy, He exposes Himself to His creation as He pleases, and every time we are fortunate enough to see, understand, or behold something about Him that we did not know before. We are fortunate, graced and thankful.

Know Beloved that Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala is the One and Only True God. He has always Existed, He shall never cease to Exist, and nothing comes into being except by His Divine will, for Allah does whatever He pleases. Nothing exists or ceases to exist except by His desire, for He is Allah, the Living and the Self-Subsisting.  The creation of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them came about because of His will, and none of this required any effort on the part of Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala, because He, and He Alone, is in complete control of all there is and all that there will ever be.  When He wants something to exist, He simply says ‘be’ and it becomes. That is Allah; there is no god besides Him.

There is nothing that goes on in any of the millions of galaxies that are known about, and that are not known about, except that Allah is aware of it happening, before it happens, after it happens and while it is happening. If a snowflake falls in Antarctica, if a rose petal blooms in Stone Mountain Georgia, or if a spoonful of sugar is sprinkled into a cup of coffee in New York City, then be assured that Allah be He Exalted and Glorified, is aware of its shape, its size, its weight and volume. If an autumn leaf falls to the ground in New Hampshire, then Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala is aware of the speed by which it spirals to the ground, its exact color and the detail of its specifications.

Every attribute of Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala is an attribute of completion and perfection. Even the sound of His Holy Name; Allah, stirs the soul, and bends the heart like no other can. Allah is deserving of worship; it is His right, and His right Alone, for He is Allah, the Holy One.

So know without a doubt beloved, that Allah has knowledge of the unborn before they are born, that He fashions every fetus while it is in the womb of its mother, He is aware of its perfections and deformities, and He knows every creature by name. That is Allah; He knows your fears, your wants, your hidden secrets, and your every thought, and He is closer to any one of us than our jugular vein. That’s Allah. Be aware beloved that Allah knows your blood pressure, your pulse, your sugar level and your heartbeat with direct measure, and there is nothing like Him, nor is there anyone or anything that can overtake Him. The blood that flows through my veins, and the heart that beats in my breast  is by His command, for He is Allah, the Sustainer. There is no illness except that Allah can heal it, there is no pain except that Allah can relieve it, and there is no problem faced by any human being except that Allah has the ability to solve it according to His will. Know beloved Muslim, that Allah has no partners, he has no son, no boss, no master and no equal or peer. Allah submits to no one, and everything submits to Him. He hears the one who thanks Him and to Him is all praise, for He is the Master of the Day of Judgment and everything that precedes it. Know also that the most beloved human beings to Allah are His Prophets, and that Ibrahim (AS) was His Khalil. And know also, that Allah is Good and He only accepts good, and He has commanded that none is to be worshipped except Him.

Everything that Allah does is for a purpose and done in truth. The planet earth spins and orbits it course by Allah’s command and there is nothing in the heavens and upon the earth except that it will come to Allah in submission, either willingly or unwillingly. It is a fact that Allah shall inherit the earth and everything that is upon it, so be advised beloved that Allah knows the seen as well as the unseen, and He, Allahu sub’haanahu wa ta’ala is not limited by time, space, or epoch, for he is the Perfect One, and is free of every defect or shortcoming. That is Allah, He is the Lord!

Therefore, know  that Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’a is not limited in His will, for He wills what He wants. Nor is He limited in His power, for He takes what He wants, nor is He limited in His knowledge, for He teaches whom He wants, nor is He is not limited in His mercy, for He forgives whomever He pleases, for He is Allah, the Victorious, and the Sustainer. He has it written across His throne that His mercy precedes His anger, so know that Allah has power over all things. Bear witness that Allah has created the heavens and the earth in six days, and His Throne was upon water. Everything upon the planet shall eventually perish, and the only thing that will remain is the Face of Allah the Mighty and Glorious God. So bear in mind beloved that were Allah to call people into account for their transgressions, then there would be nothing left on the face of the earth except beasts, but He postpones our demise until an appointed time, and when that times comes, we cannot delay it for not even one iota of time, nor can we hasten it, because He is Allah, the Giver of Life, The  Causer of death, and the One to Whom we shall all return. That is because Allah is the Beginning and He is the End and He has full command of all creation. I urge anyone reading this to remember well that Allah is the Truth, He speaks the truth, He guides to the Truth, He judges in truth, He created everything by truth, and He is Guardian over all that there is.

Allah cannot be defeated, no force can stop Him, no challenger can best Him, no opponent can oust Him, and no champion can subdue Him, for He is Allah the Originator of the heavens and the earth. Look around you beloved, and you will clearly see that Allah brings the day into the night and He brings the night into the day. He punishes whomever He pleases, and takes revenge upon whomever He pleases, for He is the Strong and the Capable. He is Allah, there in nothing like unto Him. You cannot hide from Allah, you can’t duck Him, you can’t bribe Him, and you cannot speak in His presence on the Day of Judgment except with His permission for He is Allah, the Almighty God. There is no refuge from Allah except to Him, and no one can withhold what He decides to grant or grant what He decides to withhold for He is the Subtle, and the Apparent. Be aware beloved that Allah be He Exalted and Glorified is Far Above what they ascribe to Him, He never fails, He never falters, He never misses the mark when He aims, and He never over steps past what He intended, for He is the Irresistible and the Wise.

He never weakens, He never gets tired, sleepiness never approaches Him, and there is none that can overpower Him. He needs no rest, no sleep, no food or drink, and He is free of all needs. He is Allah, the winds and the waters of the earth are under His command, and there is no god besides Him. He is a Lord upon Whom if you depend upon Him, it is sufficient for you, if you answer His call, you will be uplifted and if you humble yourself to Him, He will raise you in degrees, for He is Allah. It is He that knows the whispers that you have with your own self, and if there are three people in a private meeting, He is the fourth, and if there are five, He is the sixth and if there are less than that, or more than that, then He is with them no matter where they are. That is Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala; He is the Giving and the Eternal.

He is the witness of every word and every occurrence, and if you called upon Him in the pitch of night, He has the ability to respond; for He hears every cry, every supplication, and every praise; and whether you call Him Allah or call Him al-Rah’maan, to Him belongs the beautiful names. Know beloved, that Allah guides who He pleases, and He leads astray who He pleases, and that no one has a monopoly on His guidance; no scholar, no Imam, no group, no country, no ethnicity, no prince and no pauper, for guidance is His, and His Alone; for He is Allah, the Guider and the Magnificent.  If you support Allah He will support you, and make your feet firm. Therefore, be certain that Allah is a Just Lord, He is the Fairest and Most Judicious of Judges, and He wrongs not a single soul and no one can deliver mercy like Him for He is the All Knowing and All Seeing. Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala does not love the wicked or deceitful, nor does He burden the slave with more than He can bear for He is Allah, the Rightly Guided.

He comprehends sight, yet sight cannot comprehend Him, He is the Light of the heavens and the earth, and to whomever Allah does not extend to him light, then he shall have no light, because that is Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala, the Avenger and the Patient. Allah loves the righteous, He loves those who repent and those who purify themselves, and in His hand is all good.  He does not love the crooked, nor the ungrateful, nor does He love every arrogant boaster for He is the Holy and Sublime.   Allah favors the righteous over the wicked but Allah’s mercy extends to both the righteous and the wicked. Allah feeds the righteous and the wicked, Allah allows both the righteous and the wicked to partake of His bountry. Allah will often render the wicked into being righteous and render the righteous into being wicked because no man or woman, stays the same throughout their lives.

Allah performs miracles for whoever He wants, wicked or righteous. That is because no one owns Allah. No one controls Him, no one tell Him what to do, tells Him who He can extend His mercy to, dictates for Him how he distributes His sustenance [rizq] upon the earth. That is why He is the Only God, that’s why he is Allah. Allah performing miracles has nothing to do with the slave or the wicked; it has to do with Allah, and Allah always does as He pleases. Without fail. is Generous Lord, He is Kind; and He gives sustenance to whoever He pleases without measure, for Allah is a Lord Who keeps every promise, fulfills every contract according to His will, and He does not renege on His word, not ever, for He is Allah, the Most High, He is my Lord, your Lord, the Lord of Ibrahim, Moses, Jesus, and Noah, and Muhammad Ibn Abdullah is His Messenger (SAWS).

This post is dedicated to Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala Imam Luqman Ahmad salafi book cover amazonNew book available by Imam Luqman Ahmad: “The Devil’s Deception of the Modern day Salafi Sect”, A detailed analysis of the Modern day Salafiyyah Sect, their beliefs, practices, and influences upon the religious landscape of Muslim America. In particular, the indigenous American Muslim population. Available @Amazon.com You can reach Imam Luqman Ahmad @ imamluqman@icdph.org.

Advertisements

The Tale of The Two Muslim Americas By Shaykh Luqman Ahmad

By all credible accounts, indigenous African-American and convert Muslims have been relegated to a second class and sometimes even third class status in modern-day Muslim America.

Scripturally speaking, at our core, all Muslims are a single brotherhood. Why? because Allah says so that’s why. [“Verily the believers are but a single brotherhood“]. – 49:10.  This is true  whether or not we believe it, or practice it. However, in the United States of America, in our communal and social assignment as a Muslim American demographic, we are still brothers and sisters in Islam but, there are two Muslim Americas; and it’s not just a tale; it is a reality.

Go to any major American Metropolis where there are a sizable number of Muslims; Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Kansas City, Cleveland, and Buffalo, the Carolinas, and and anywhere and everywhere else and you’ll find almost without exception, two distinctly different versions there are Muslims and you will find; in one corner, multi-million dollar Masaajid that are well-funded, and made up of very affluent professionals and their families, and in the other corner you will find a small nondescript Masjid, usually a storefront, or a converted building, that is struggling in many cases to keep its doors open, pay its bills, and fund programs. In the former, there will be a largely immigrant Muslim community, and in the latter, there will be indigenous Muslim American converts, made up of mostly African-Americans. This is the case in virtually every major city in America where there are Muslims; a tale of two Muslim Americas.

“By all credible accounts, indigenous African-American and convert Muslims have been relegated to a second class and sometimes even third class status in modern-day Muslim America.”

African American and converts Muslims are largely invisible in television coverage, in the national news, and in ridiculous Muslim reality shows on television. Whenever there is mention of American Muslims in the media, the reference is made to immigrant Muslim communities, indigenous American Muslims are almost completely ignored. More often than not, the people and organizational leadership, who illegitimately claim to speak on behalf of all American Muslims, who determine domestic Muslim priorities and who define which issues are deemed most important, are political leaders, and board members of national Muslim political and advocacy organizations, not imams, clerics, or leaders of actual religious congregations, and these spokespeople and policy makers are almost always immigrant Muslims. Subsequently, many Muslim Americans find themselves thinking and confronting challenges politically, not morally, which is why the topic of the two Muslim Americas is never mentioned.

Traditionally, converts, imams, and more spiritually oriented Muslims of all backgrounds tend to look at things from a moral perspective, not a political one. Conversion to the faith itself is a moral decision; there’s nothing political about it, and there is nothing to gain except guidance. Thus, many converts, every day Muslims, and those concerned primarily with salvation become confused when the so-called Muslim leadership become almost obsessed with status, power, and controlling the message of Islam and the trajectory of American Muslims, even at the expense of our own moral values. It is unlikely that the Prophet (SAWS) would have sanctioned the war against islamophobia, especially in light of the verse;

لَتُبْلَوُنَّ فِي أَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنفُسِكُمْ وَلَتَسْمَعُنَّ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُواْ أَذًى كَثِيرًا وَإِن تَصْبِرُواْ وَتَتَّقُواْ فَإِنَّ ذَلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الأُمُورِ  (Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves; and ye shall certainly Hear much that will grieve you, from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if ye persevere patiently, and guard against evil,-then that will be a determining factor in all affairs.) 3:186. It is also unlikely that the Prophet (SAWS) would have sanctioned  that we as American Muslims would characterize ourselves as oppressed, given the tremendous amount of material wealth, access to food, housing and physical resources that we here in the United States. Nor would the Prophet (SAWS) have sanctioned Muslim imagery and public relations over moral substance when it was he who said; “verily Allah does not look at your outer shapes or your bodies, but He looks at your hearts”.[1]

In the past thirty years, billions of dollars have been put into building masaajid, and Islamic Centers, setting up schools, propping up political and advocacy organizations and educational endowments in the name of Islam and in the name of furthering the cause of Islam in America. However, only a very small percentage of that funding goes towards masaajid and institutions that serve the needs of indigenous American Muslims in the cities of America. Subsequently what we have seen over time is the establishment of two distinctly separate Muslim Americas. This reality, arguably more than anything else, defines who we are as an American Muslim community, and shapes in large part, our moral reality, and our civilizational trajectory.  It sort of resembles ‘Jim Crow’ Muslim American style.

The debate about the two Muslim Americas is an ongoing one and there are varying opinions about whether it is a problem at all. African-American, Latino and even Caucasian Muslims will tell story after story about being marginalized and disrespected by their immigrant counterparts, about being in the mall giving salaams and not having the greeting returned to you, or having an immigrant Muslim question your Islam. Recently an African American Muslim woman in her sixties, who converted to Islam in the 1970s, related the story to me about how she, wearing full hijab, was questioned whether or not she was a Muslim by an immigrant Muslim store owner. Such accounts are plentiful.

After more than forty years of direct observation, and hundreds, of source testimonials, it is clear that it is very unlikely that American Muslim converts can successfully integrate into immigrant masjid communities or to ever be accepted as equal in a practical sense. The level of denial and taboo about dealing with the race issue is too great, and there are too many differences in goals, priorities, and objectives.

American Muslims constantly relate stories of how they are disparaged and marginalized by the immigrant community. People are quick to relate to you the ‘Bilal story’, and swear that there is no racism in Islam. However, the reality on the ground is that we are an ummah where people are frequently judged by their race, and their ethnicity.  If you are an African American Muslim, you are expected to assume the subordinate position.  If you ask African-American Muslims about their experiences, you will hear story after story after story after story of indignation, hurt, disappointment,  when made to feel like you are less than.  Of course there are those who say it is only imagined, but I believe that after 400 years, African-Americans have come to know a little something about racial prejudice.

This is the tale of the two Muslim Americas, on the one side, are a people who according to a CAIR / Pew study, have the highest per capita income of all Americans, the highest percentage of people with post-graduate degrees, the highest percentage of businessmen, the highest percentage of home ownership, while on the other side of the coin are indigenous African-American Muslims who are dead last on virtually every socio-economic barometer that measures well-being; employment, education, health care, disease, home ownership, single parent households, and so on. They are two separate American Muslim communities with minor areas of overlap here and there. Nevertheless, this has become the reality of Muslim America.

How these two Muslim Americas interact and address this chasm says a lot about who we are since the fundamental message of the Prophet (SAWS) from the beginning to the end of prophetic period was the integration of all people into one community under faith. Many Muslim Americans, both immigrant and indigenous, are not happy at all with this divide and are diligently working to bridge the gap, but so far it is an uphill battle.  The power elite of Muslim America are made up of only a small percentage of American Muslims; however, using money and politics, they are bent on controlling the debate, the issues and the path that we take as a Muslim people in America.

As American Muslims we owe it to ourselves to address the indigenous – immigrant and the racial-ethnic divide and the unchecked authority of our political, lobbying and advocacy organizations, head on; especially since it speaks to our moral worth and credibility as a religious people. Our religion requires that our spirituality and character are not overthrown by perceived political expediency and imagery.

The great thing about Muslims is that we respond to reminders; [ وَذَكِّرْ فَإِنَّ الذِّكْرَى تَنفَعُ الْمُؤْمِنِين ] “yet go on reminding [all who would listen]: for, verily, such a reminder will profit the believers” َ 51:55.  I believe in sha Allah that as people become more aware of the two Muslim Americas, the prevailing attitudes that keep us separated will change. It may take a generation, and it may even take a revolution within the Muslim community to see the change. I do not believe that in the long run, righteous and conscious Muslim Americans who will accept this great divide between immigrants and indigenous American Muslims, because it is hurting us and will continue to hurt all of us. I suspect that future generations of enlightened and free Muslims will not accept for any group, a second or third class status in our own faith. I believe that we can write a better narrative because at the end of the day, despite our faults and shortcomings, we are a believing people.

Shaykh Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

 

Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad is the Imam and Executive Director of the Lotus Tree Institute, an American Muslim Think tank based in California U.S.A., and the author of the book’ ‘The Devil’s deception of the Modern Day Sect”, available on Amazon.com. You may contact him @ imamluqman@icdph. com

Share this:


[1] Collected by Muslim