Friday, May 27, 2011

S. E. Jihad Levine, Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved

Masha Allaah!  I love this time of the year!

Hope you all and your families are well.  I've been sooo busy the past few weeks.

The garden is finally in.  Now I weed and wait.

Our masjid's weekend school graduation is this Sunday; the kids have been practicing real hard and they're very excited.  Insha Allaah I'll have some nice pictures for your next week.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Nakba 63

May 15, 2011: 63 years of Palestinian occupation and oppression.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tears ...

Tears ..., originally uploaded by Shaalom2Salaam (Safiyyah).

Abu Hurayrah (ra) stated that once the Prophet (saw) met a group of his companions who were conversing together laughing. He (saw) remarked, "By Him Who has my life in His power, if you were to know what I knew then you would laugh little and weep much." He (saw) then went away from while they wept.

(Copyright 2011, S.E. Jihad Levine, All Rights Reserved)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The Assassination of OBL

The other night I fell asleep with the TV on and woke up a few hours later.  My bleary eyes caught CNN's "Breaking News" banner and I was stunned to see "Osama bin Laden Dead."

It was like one or two in the morning, can't remember, but then I was even more stunned to see students from George Washington University running to the gates of the White House, screaming, yelling, celebrating, chanting "USA!" ...

Then an impromptu crowd grew in New York City ...

I'm telling you - nothing short of a fire or some other emergency could get me into the streets at that hour at my age, lol.

Anyhow, in the few days since the assassination of OBL, there has been much celebration in America and some other places.  And once again, everyone dredges up a very detailed list of OBL's character defects.

Inititally, I thought I was alone in feeling a bit sad about OBL's death.  Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly no fan of OBL and don't agree with his interpretation of Islaam. 

But I'm not going to make takfir on him, or be glad that he is dead.

It was the same with me when Saadam Hussein was executed.  I felt shame at the way the executioners taunted and humiliated him before they hung him.  I even felt shame at watching the video.

Some call it justice.

I call it vengeance and revenge. 

Most major religions make general caution against these emotional states. 

"Vengeance is Mine," Christians are told in the book of Romans.

"Do not speak ill of the dead, for they have seen the result of their past deeds," Muslims are reminded in Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 4, Number 76.

Jewish law also warns about lashon hara (evil speech) against the dead. 

I emphasize "general" caution because, like everything else, one can never generalize when it comes to religion. 

But I think Martin Luther King, Jr., put it into words best:

"I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

Do we really think the world will be cured of its hate and darkness now that OBL is gone?

I don't think so.