Hamza Yusuf on Terrorism

http://www.uga.edu/islam/hamza.html

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God’s Wiki-Leaks – Ready or Not, All Secrets will be Revealed.

To God belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and the day on which the end of time will happen, a day on which prattlers will lose out. And you will see every people kneeling; every people will be summoned to its record: “Today you are being repaid for what you used to do. This record of Ours speaks about you in truth; for We have been transcribing what you have been doing.” As for those who believed and did good works, their Lord will admit them into divine mercy. That is the evident success. And as for those who scoffed, were not My signs recited to you, yet you were arrogant, and were sinning people? And when it has been said that the promise of God is true, and there is no doubt about the end of time, you have said, “We do not understand what the end of time is; we suppose it merely speculation, and we cannot be sure.” And the evils they did will be manifest to them, and what they used to sneer at will have surrounded them.
– Qur’an, 45:27-33

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s blog post on “transparency” and the Day of Reckoning.

Eid Khutba

Women in Islam – Hamza Yusuf

The first part gives a good general overview of Shariah law.

Does God Love War?

Two Paths to God

Two paths to God exist for the people of this world, the path of salvation and the path of sanctification. For those who seek more than the average man, who want and yearn for intimate knowledge of their source and ultimate destiny, sanctification allows them that possibility.

The Prophets are sanctified souls that are specially prepared by their Lord, not only as a vessel of divine knowledge but also as the means of conveying it to others. For the men and women who come after them heeding their call, it is through the path of sanctification that the prophetic path is continued on this world for others to walk the path of salvation.

For those who the saints call, sanctification is a process that contiues throughout one’s life on earth and is finalised with a purified soul that is content and ready to return to God in a sanctified state. These souls are then able to act as milestones for those on the path of salvation. They inspire us and direct us to strive on and keep the goal of God’s presence in our hearts.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf in the foreward to “Sufi Sage of Arabia” translated by Mostafa Badawi.

God & The Qur’an

The Qur’an is not a book of theology, and the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ was not a theologian. The Qur’an does not dogmatically explain what people should or should not think about God. Instead, it reveals itself as the Word of God. It is God speaking. And if one is listening to God, one has no need for someone who will tell him about God. God reveals Himself to the attentive listener:

“And if the Qur’an is recited to you, then listen to it attentively and be silent, that you may be shown mercy.” (7:204)

While we find in the Qur’an arguments for the unity of God, we find no attempt to prove the existence of God. The Qur’an reminds us that oneness of the Divine is reflected everywhere by the manifest presence of equilibrium and the absence of chaos in the cosmos.

“If you ask them who created the heavens and the earth, they invariably reply, ‘God'” (Qur’an, 29:61)

The Qur’anic arguments, instead, dispel the misconceptions of God, whether embodied in polytheism, trinitarianism, animism, nihilism, or anthropomorphism. All are refuted in the Qur’an, leaving only a powerfully transcendent and unitarian vision of God’s essence. Regarding any questioning of the sustaining power and presence of God in the world, the Qur’an asks, “And is there doubt about God?” (Qur’an, 14:10). Concerning God’s immanence, Ibn ‘Ata’Allah states, “When did He disappear that He needed to be indicated?” 

From the Introduction to “The Creed of Imam Al-Tahawi” translated by Hamza Yusuf.

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