In response to the recent commotion about Pamela Gellar’s hate ads placed in the NY Subway, the Muslim Student Association at Washington University in St. Louis joined CAIR Chicago’s campaign to call out what both sides of the debate seem to be missing, namely the blatant misuse of Jihad as if it were synonymous with terrorism.
WUSTL MSA believes the best response to a hateful ad campaign is to convert it into an opportunity to promote awareness and mutual understanding on our campus. An opportunity to take back jihad from anti-Muslim and Muslim extremists one hashtag at a time.
For more about the inspiration behind this campaign visit here.
So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me [2:152]
He also tells us the story of what happens to those who turn away from remembering Allah (swt): not only will he have a depressed life in this world, but they will also be rendered blind on the Day of Judgment.
He will say, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?” [Allah] will say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten.” [20:125-126)
Oftentimes when life gets tough and it starts to seem that Allah (swt) must have forgotten about us, we are overwhelmed with feelings of weakness, helplessness, and unworthiness. The truth of the matter is, the power to change our situation is in our very hand. How?, you ask. By doing exactly what the Quran tells us we should do: that is, remembering Allah (swt) and thanking Him for the blessings He has bestowed on us. It’s very simple; just like we are more likely to remember and cherish those friends who make an effort to remember and keep in touch with us, Allah (swt) has honoured our remembering of Him by returning the favour.
But what happens when we pray and make dhikr, yet we still seem to get no answer? On the one hand, you can think of this as a test. Allah (swt) is testing your faith and patience to see how loyal you are to Him just like he tested Prophet Ayyub (Job) and Prophet Yunus (Jonah). On the other hand, maybe you’re just not listening clearly enough. Consider this beautiful poem by Persian poet Rumi:
All night, a man called “Allah” Until his lips were bleeding. Then the Devil said, “Hey! Mr Gullible! How comes you’ve been calling all night And never once heard Allah say, “Here, I am”? You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what? I’ll tell you what. Nothing!”
The man suddenly felt empty and abandoned. Depressed, he threw himself on the ground And fell into a deep sleep. In a dream, he met Abraham, who asked, “Why are you regretting praising Allah?”
The man said, “I called and called But Allah never replied, “Here I am.” Abraham explained, “Allah has said, “Your calling my name is My reply. Your longing for Me is My message to you. All your attempts to reach Me Are in reality My attempts to reach you. Your fear and love are a noose to catch Me. In the silence surrounding every call of “Allah” Waits a thousand replies of “Here I am.”
So the next time you feel abandoned by your faith (which is very likely, since you are human and imperfect, as we all are) take a moment to remember Allah (swt) and be sure that He will do the same for you.
Every year, between the the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, more than 3 million Muslims make the journey to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, or “pilgrimage.” All able-bodied Muslims who can afford to make the journey must do so once in their lifetime.
The Ka’aba, which translates to “The Cube,” is the most sacred site in Islam, and during the Hajj, it is circled counter-clockwise seven times.
Sarah Attar became Saudi Arabia’s first female track and field athlete at the Olympic Games when she competed in the women’s 800m. She finished last in her heat but received a standing ovation.
“This is such a huge honor and an amazing experience, just to be representing the women,” Attar said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I know that this can make a huge difference.”
The 19-year-old Attar ran 800 meters in 2 minutes, 44.95 seconds. To her, the time wasn’t the point. Attar wanted to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympics as a way of inspiring women.
“For women in Saudi Arabia, I think this can really spark something to get more involved in sports, to become more athletic,” she said. “Maybe in the next Olympics, we can have a very strong team to come.” Photo: Getty Images