lundi 31 décembre 2007
And from Nouakchot on the road that goes south to Senegal, after maybe 100 km, you have the mahdhara of Muhammad Hassan al Khadim, the grandson of Muhammad Mawlud, who wrote 'Purification of the heart' that Hamza Yusuf has translated. Muhammad Hassan al Khadim has also written an excellent sharh of that book, as well as most book of Muhammad Mawlud, all available in print, from UAE.
I had the chance to sit and study with that honourable shaykh who is the humblest shaykh I have ever seen. You would have to go to understand; words could not describe his station.
I don't need to add that he is one big cheaky monkey mashallah!
Above is a photo of some of the students in Tuemret. The second one from the left is Muhammad Yahya, a nice brother mashallah, and as the photo suggest, he is quite a character mashallah! Very funny brother, memorizing Qu'ran for the second time. The third from the left is brother Zidane (not the football player!); he memorised Qu'ran at the feet of a Tijjani shaykh, and came recently in Tuemret to learn fiqh. The rest in the photo study Qur'an.
On the way out from the mahdhara to the main road, we passed some beautiful palmgroves mashallah and some tiny villages with round huts made from mud and roofs from straws absolutely mind blowing!
dimanche 30 décembre 2007
samedi 29 décembre 2007
You see the restaurant appeared suddenly abit superficial, with all those people, showing up and showing off. Modernity has compelled us to go and eat outside on special occasions, as if the food from inside is only good enough for an ordinary day... So we were both seating in that restaurant, him from Hadramaut and me fromMauritania, semi-happy semi-deppressed, when a power cut occured! Subhanallah! I mean how are the chances to go out in England and you experience a powercut (very little!)?? Yet it happened. Bradford in a restaurant with no electricity! Of course it only happened to make us feel at home... ie in our adoptive countries, Mauritania and Yemen, where electricity is non-existent! God is Great! There were only the stars missing, and if you want to see the sky in UK as we both see it in our respective place of study, well, you need to go to the Planetarium near Tussaud's museum I'm afraid!This is the Milky-Way for real!!
Shortly after that photo, we headed for an extraordinary dinner meeting of some members of the United Nations and Arab League (from right to left: France, India, Egypt, Iraq and two delegates from the Pakistani comittee for intellectuals of Pakistan)
The mango milkshake was amazing!
vendredi 28 décembre 2007
As-Salam Aleikum wa Rahmatullah,
Once again the main pressure group that has compelled me to write articles and publish photos again (I apologize for those who thinks photographs is not right) is my mum. So if you like this blog and think it was worth it, please pray for her that God Almighty guide her to the path of rightousness (now my mum is thinking: 'what is he on about? I am happy as I am).
Well you see, Islam is something that is beyond that kind of thinking... It is about the Truth: throughout history, Almighty God has sent messengers to tell people how they should live their lives, centered around the worship of the one true God, the Truth, one of His 99 names in the Islamic tradition. Anyone who aspire to find eternal peace (ever heard of Paradise??) should follow the teachings of those messengers, or prophets.
Each prophet came with 2 things: a creed, and a law. The creed, as we muslims believe, has not changed at all: God is one with no partners, ever-living and almighty, ressembling nothing a mind could imagine. As for the law, it has been dictated to the prophets in accordance with the need of the people and the time it was revealed to.
The last prophet and messenger, Muhammad, the illiterate Arab prophet, has come with a final message to mankind before Judgement Day, calling people to worship the one true God, the God of Moses and Jesus. The Muhammadan law has obliterated the previous laws brought by previous prophets.But then again, this is beside the point, because my blog is not about preaching Islam.