The Beauty of Islam: A Message of Mercy

If you had to summarize Islam with one word, what word would that be? What word can express for you the beauty of Islam and the comfort it brings to your heart?

For many, perhaps, that word is peace (salam). This is due, in part, to the peace in our heart that we are seeking as Muslims, but also to the fact that both islam and salam share the same Arabic tri-literal root (S-L-M).

For those who don’t know, most classical Arabic words are composed of three root letters from which we derive the primary meaning of the word. Because the words Islam and Salam are composed of a seen (S), lam (L) and meem (M), many draw a linguistic connection and say: “Islam is peace,” or “Islam means peace.” For this reason, peace (salam) may have been your chosen word. But, despite these reasons, peace is not the quality I find most striking about our faith.

When I read the ayat of the Glorious Qur’an something else stands out to me. It is something I also see when I read about the life of our Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Companions. It is something I also think about when I hear stories about the righteous women and men of Islam and when I interact with pious men and women within our community. This quality is mercy (rahma).

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Who Do You Love? (And Have You Told Them?)

Who do you love?

Who does the heart within your chest pull you in the direction of? And by this I do not mean a “love for their good looks” or any other type of worldly love; this love is way beneath the type of love I am talking about here.

Who does your heart long to be around because when you are in their company they remind you of who you truly want to be in life and who delights you with encouraging words about what you are doing well right now?

Who do you have around you that you long to be around because you enjoy their good character? Or, you enjoy the way they treat you and how they make you feel?

Maybe they have recently reminded you of something that you are good at, or of something you care about.

Who is it that, were you to be in distress, you would want their company? Who is it that, were you to say something that hurt them it would also cause you deep pain and remorse?

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam:  Who do you love?

And have you told them?

Saying “I love you”

Saying “I love you for the sake of Allah” is no small thing. And when we hear it our hearts feel touched; often times growing in love and appreciation for the person who said it to us.

And, yet it is not always easy to express our love to people. In fact, sometimes we may even express things that hurt the feelings of those we love. Just because we love someone does not mean that we will always say the right thing, or that “they will understand.” When we love someone, we need to love them the way that they want to be loved and cared for.

We all desire to be loved and cared for in particular ways. These little ways are like signals that we are, indeed, loved.

Whether that means receiving a little text message every now and again from someone checking in on us, perhaps from a parent, spouse, or friend; or for someone to call us out of the blue for no other reason but they have missed us, or thought about us and wanted to say “salams;” or perhaps upon walking into our kitchen we see that our favourite breakfast, lunch or dinner is being prepared by someone who just wanted to put a smile on our face, alhumdulillah.

Did Our Prophet Teach Us to Love?

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Embracing the Prophet ﷺ After Embracing Islam: A Converts Reflection

We were sitting together in a circle in the masjid and today’s talk was about the Prophet Muhammadﷺ. Young men and women, many of whom not born Muslim, moved to sit with us after performing the ‘asr prayer. We had come together to speak about the man whose life was dedicated to teaching us our religion.

One of the young men among us, Jacob, had only embraced Islam a few months earlier and had become immediately passionate about his new faith. As we all sat together Jacob revealed a secret: “I remember when I first embraced Islam,” he said, “I didn’t know that much at all about the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. And, I would see all these people around me just in love with him… I loved Islam… but I did not know why people were so obsessed with him?”…

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Meeting Our Beloved Prophet ﷺ

Photo by Amine Hambaba

While visiting Sacramento for Ramadan, I was asked to participate in our imam’s series of lectures on the “Journey to the Hereafter.” The series delves into the journey of the soul from this world into the next, and looks at each step of the soul’s migration until it reaches its final destination. I was so happy to be able to speak about the period of the journey when those blessed will meet the Prophet ﷺ at the Basin (Hawd).

The talk also includes some of the Prophet’s ﷺ blessed descriptions and characteristics.

This was recorded and is posted here for those who wish to listen.

Ramadan Mubarak.