Mar 15 2008, 08:56 PM
this is already an existing thread but definately wanted to share with you all
Bismillah."Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to being something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers."
What is the meaning of "strangeness"?
Who are the strangers?
Why have they been called strangers?
The various types of strangeness?
InshaAllah I hope to share that information with you all through the works of Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah.
READ! The Meaning of "Strangeness"
Many times in many situations the people that follow the religion of Allah feel a sense of not belonging, of being out of place, of not fitting in, and, in other words, of being strange. This feeling could occur in a gathering of non-Muslims, but, unfortunately, this feeling sometimes also occurs when one is with his fellow Muslims. A person sees his brothers and sisters doing acts that are contrary to Islam, or taking part in innovations that sometimes even border on kufr (apostasy), yet he feels that he does not have enough power or courage to stop them in these acts. Some brothers and sisters, especially if they do not have enough taqwa or Islamic knowledge, sometimes buckle under the pressure of their peers and join in these acts, knowing that this is not what Allah wants them to do. However, feeling helpless, since it seems that they are alone in their ideas and without any support to help them do what is right, they succumb to such pressures.
These brothers and sisters, may Allah have mercy on them, should take consolation in the verses of the Qur'an and the many statements of the Prophet (peace be upon him) describing this very situation of strangeness that they feel.
to be continued.....
Mar 15 2008, 08:57 PM
Why Have They Been Called "Strangers"?
Allah says in the Qur’an, "If only there had been, in the generations preceding you, people having wisdom, prohibiting others from evil in the earth; except a few of those whom we have saved from among them." (Hud 116).
This verse speaks of the few people on earth, the "strangers", who prohibit mankind from evil. These are the same people the Prophet (peace be upon him) spoke about when he said, "Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to being something strange, so give glad tidings [ar. Tooba. This is a tree in Paradise. So the Prophet (peace be upon him) is giving the good news of Paradise to these strangers.] to the strangers." It was asked, "Who are those strangers, O Messenger of Allah?" He replied, "Those that correct the people when they become corrupt." [Reported by Abu Amr al-Dani, from the hadith of ibn Masoud. It is authentic according to al-Albani. Another narration says, "Those that correct my sunnah which has been corrupted by the people after me."] In another narration he said in response to the same question, "They are a small group of people among a large evil population. Those who oppose them are more than those who follow them." [Reported by ibn Asaakir. It is authentic according to al-Albani.]
These praiseworthy people are called strangers since they are a small minority among mankind. Thus, Muslims are strangers among mankind; the true believers are strangers among Muslims; and the scholars are strangers among the true believers. And the followers of the Sunnah, those that clear themselves from all peoples of innovation, are likewise strangers.
Mar 15 2008, 09:02 PM
i was going to post that..
is that all you do sis
are you in charge of flooding the bandwidth and this forum with videos haha
i got a better one for youSTRANGERS BY KHAILD YASIN
^AMAZING VIDEO YOU HAVE TO WATCH INSHALLAH
Mar 15 2008, 09:04 PM
oops sorry, brother khalid yasin is awesome!! MashAllah!!