My greatest hope is that they begin from where I leave off, because no human has a complete and final answer. To rely on someone’s past insights is the gravest error, for our knowledge grows with time, and to dogmatize an opinion is to stop our progress towards the truth and to make way for atrophy and decay.

From “Even Angels Ask” , by Jeffrey Lang

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فلسفة “الأنا في النحن” و الصمغ الاجتماعي، تتجسد أكثر ما تتجسد في صلاة الجماعة؛ حيث يتساوى الجميع في شعيرة تذيب الفوارق و تلغي الطبقات. حيث يقف كتفاً بكتف، قدماً بقدم الوزير و الفقير، و أولئك الذين فوق و أولئك الذين تحت، الكل في صف واحد في رمز لما يجب أن يتحقق خارج الأوقات الخمسة عبر تحقيق “القيام” الاجتماعي .. بكل معاني العدالة المتضمنة فيه…

من كتاب كيمياء الصلاة (الجزء الرابع) لأحمد خيري العمري

مولاي – مأمون المليجي

مولاى ..
انى ببابك قد بسطت يدى
……. من لى ألوذ به .. الاك يا سندى

(الامام الشافعي)

ولَّما قسا قلبي، وضاقت مذاهبي ….. جَعَلْتُ الرَّجَا مِنِّي لِعَفْوِكَ سُلّمَا

تعاظمني ذنبي فلَّما قرنتهُ …..  بعفوكَ ربي كانَ عفودكَ أعظما

(رابعة العدوية)

أحبك حبين حب الهوى….وحــبــــا لأنـك أهل لـذاك
فأما الذى هو حب الهوى…. فشغلي بذكرك عمن سواك
وأما الذى أنت أهل له …. فكشفك لي الحجب حتي أراك
فلا الفضل في ذا ولاذاك لي ….ولكن لك الفضل في ذا وذاك

Fiter Bajramit in Tirana

How I miss Cairo in El Eid ! Waking up very early in the morning, going with my brother to the prayer open area, listening to the people chanting in the streets, praying with hundreds of people, just feeling happiness roaming the air. Blissful moments!

That’s why I was very excited to go to the Eid prayer this time. Last time I did it was a couple of years ago, when Skanderbej square was open, and not going through reconstruction. It was a great day, and the number of people was unbelievable. I was deeply touched with the older women sitting next to me, sharing with me her little prayer so I don’t kneel on the rough asphalt, and how later on she gave me a hug, through which I felt such a motherly warmth…

This year however, I decided to go a bit early with my camera, and try to capture few moments of this blessed day. I didn’t expect it would take me this long to find a parking space. The main streets were full, I had to run around, reaching Coin, and still to no avail. And at last I found a spot, and almost ran to the park to join the festivities.

 

I was deeply impressed with the number of people who were there. I don’t know how do we count the number of such masses, and I would say it was by thousands. Old people, youngsters, kids,,,, With every old face I see, I wonder how does he / she feels now that he praying el Eid, while having spent years and years deprived of any religious activity. Elhamdlelah.

 

The Eid speech was delivered in Albanian of course, with some verses of Qoran. The Imam was standing on a stage with a big screen behind him (just like concerts)!

 

Then after the prayer was finished, I suddenly noticed that they released some balloons in the air, with banners saying Bajram 2011. It was very pretty.

Then the firework started. I have no idea why it is always used on every occasion, it was in the morning and firework will only result in lots of noise and smoke, and you definitely won’t enjoy the sparks!

I left the prayer area with a big smile on my face, and a content heart. Surely happiness is contagious! I can’t wait for the Kurban Bajramit on 6th of November.

P.S. The photos from the previous post were also taken during that day 🙂

قيم من التراث – زكي نجيب محمود

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حين نتصور محاكاة الأواخر للأوائل، على نحو يجعلها محاكاة في الاتجاه لا في خطوات السير، محاكاة في الموقف لا مادة المشكلات و أساليب حلها، محاكاة في النظرة لا في تفصيلات ما يقع عليه البصر، محاكاة في أن يكون العربي الجديد مبدعا لما هو أصيل، كما كان أصلافه يبدعون، دون أن تكون  الثمرة المستحدثة على يدي العربي الجديد هي نفسها الثمرة التي استحدثها العربي القديم، محاكاة في القبم  التي يقاس عليها ما يصح و ما لا يصح، كما يأخذ زيد من خالد مسطرته ليقيس عليها قطعة من قماش، بعد أن كان خالد لا يقيس عليها إلا خطوطاً على ورق؛ المسطرة واحدة، أما مواد المقيسة فمختلفات؛ و هكذا تكون حالنا إذا ما استعرنا من الأقدمين قيمة عاشوا بها، و نريد اليوم أن نعيش بها مثلهم، و لكن الذي نختلف فيه و إياهم، هو المجال الذي ندير عليه تلك القيمة المستعارة
مراتب القدرات الإدراكية:ـ
(نقلا عن ابن رشد)
إذ الناس على ثلاثة مراتب في قدراتهم الإدراكية، فمرتية منها هي أولئك العلماء (أصحاب النظر البرهاني)، و مرتبة  ثانية هي صنف من الناس مدى قدرته هو أن يستخدموا القياس الجدلي دون القياس البرهاني و الفرق الجوهري بينهما هو أنه بينما البرهاني يبنى على مقدمات يقينية، يكتفي القياس الجدلي  بأن تكون المقدمات مشهورة بين الناس، سواء أكانت يقينية في ذاتها أم لم تكن؛ و كذلك في الناس صنف ثالث، لا يتجاوز في قدراته حدود القياس الخطابي، أعني أن يساق لهم القول على نحو يستريحون إليه و لا عليهم بعد ذلك أن يكون مستدلاً من مقدماته استدلالاً برهانياً أو جدلياً – فمن هذه الجماعات الثلاث، لا يجوز التأويل إلا لجماعة القياس البرهاني.
نقطة مهمة جداً اتذكرها عندما اقراً مقالات الرأي أو أشاهد البرامج الحوارية، أجد نفسي فاقدة للاهتمام بمجرد احساسي أن الكاتب يريد أن يزرع توجه أو احساس بمجرد اختياره لأسانيد لفظية مزوقة. حتى لو لم يكن لي خلفية حول الموضوع المطروح أحس أن هناك خديعة ما، و أن  الكاتب / المحاور هو مجرد
دارس لألاعيب نفسية و لفظية يستخدمها في التأثير على المتلقين دون أن يكون على حق، و قد يزداد الطين بلة حينما يكون هو شخصياً غير مقتنع بما ينقله , أن تكون كلماته جوفاء مزخرفة يريد بها التأثير على العامة لكسب الرزق

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

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Few months ago, I travelled to London in a business trip, and we were lucky to have a small tour in The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.
 
The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies provides a meeting point between the Islamic and Western worlds of learning. Through good scholarship it promotes a more informed understanding of Islam – its culture and civilisation.
This is the center’s message on its homepage: http://www.oxcis.ac.uk/
 
It was  established in 1985 to encourage the scholarly study of Islam and the Islamic world. Worth noting that The Prince of Wales is the Patron of the Centre…
You can browse its programs and you’ll see a large number of publications, lectures, seminars,,, etc
 

What interested me the most during my visit is the new building. It was designed to merge the traditional Islamic architecture and the modern utilities in a fine mixture that shows beauty and simplicity. It also aimed at revoking the old styles of teaching in Islamic universities which emphasizes the relationship between the professor and the student, that is the most critical part of the learning process.
 
I remember that the architect was an Egyptian engineer, but unfortunately I don’t recall his name. I hope that Egyptian universities would learn from this example that studied the Islamic heritage and brought it forward with all that the new tech offered.

The Sabeans

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالنَّصَارَى وَالصَّابِئِينَ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Those who beleive (in that which is revealed unto thee, Muhamman), and those who are Jews, Christians and Sabeans whoever beleiveth in Allah and the Lat Day and doeth right surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.
Al-Baqarah 2:62 

I was reading this verse, and it caught my attention. Sabeans are totally different from the Abrahamic religious. So,,, who are the Sabeans? I found an article about them in Wikipedia, it was informative, but I felt it was a bit complicated for me. Here is the part I was able to digest well, and hopefully I will have time to find more info from other sources about them and their book The Zabuur…

Sabians (Arabic: صابئين, Greek: σεβεοι/σεβομενοι, Yiddish: תושבים) are adherents of religions derived from the beliefs of a community which was based in the area of ancient SubarTu…. The Sabian faith is also known as Seboghatullah, meaning “submersion in the divine mystery”.

The Sabians existed before Muhammad, and are said to have read from a book called the Zabuur (i.e. the Psalms)….

Under sharia, the Sabians form a protected religious group (along with Christians and Jews).

Many Islamic writers from the period of about 650 CE onward gave further descriptions of the Sabians. They wrote that the Sabians lived in Iraq around Sawad, Kutha and Mosul and they “wash themselves with water” and had “long hair” and “white gowns”. They had a monotheistic faith with religious literature (the Zabuur) and acknowledged the prophets. Their theology resembled that of Judaism and Christianity yet were neither, nor were they Magians.

According to Islamic scholars,[1] they did not reject the Prophets of Islam but neither did they regard it as obligatory to follow them. According to the Hanif Sabians, whoever followed (the Prophets) may be blessed and saved, but whoever follows a path similar to that of the Prophets by virtue of one’s own reasoning is also blessed and saved, even if one did not follow the Prophets in specific terms. In their view the call of the Prophets was true but there was no one specific route to salvation.

(I tried to find any picture of them but wasn’t successful 😦 )