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Tuesday, September 13, 2005  

In response to Brother's post

There will be many more evidences in Islam on the exquisiteness of expression and appreciation of the beauty of women. This is due to the fact that it inspires remembrance of Allah as the Creator, He who is Beautiful and Creates beauty. The photo depicts a woman wearing a veil, in total accordance to the Quran and Sunnah. The veil is a very real and proper representation of women in Islam, especially in these modern times where the beauty of women is represented immorally.

This picture will be perceived differently by different people according to their state of mind. Beauty will be awe inspiring of the Greatness of Allah to those whose minds will instantly relate it to the Creator and not the created. The beauty of the woman is secondary to the greater truth, which is, Allah is Perfect in His Beauty. To create something of such beauty will reflect that Allah, as the Creator, is infinitely more Beautiful than His creation. The only reason that may explain that a person might be disturbed by the depiction is because the person is assailed by problems of a sexual nature.

It is not the responsibility of Thoughts & Readings but in fact the responsibility of the person/s in question to find the cure to that ailment. In conclusion, this picture would not be a permanent graphic on this website. The look and feel of Thoughts & Readings will change constantly to help alleviate the boredom that some of the visitors to this site might experience. We thank everyone who were kind enough to give their sincere, honest opinions about this site to help us assure that is productive and beneficial.

Below are various things to ponder upon:

From 'Abdullaah Ibn Mas'ood (r.a.) who said that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, "No one will enter Paradise who has an atom's weight of pride in his heart." A man said, "What if a man likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?" He said, "Allah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on people."

Ibnu Qayyim - may Allah bless him- said, commenting upon this hadith: ''The phrase 'Allah is beautiful and loves beauty,' includes the beautiful clothing which was asked about in the same hadeeth. It is included by way of generalisation, meaning that beauty in all things is what is meant here. In Sahih Muslim, it says: "Allah is good and only accepts that which is good." In Sunan Tirmidzi it says: "Allah loves to see the effects of His blessing on His slave.'' It was reported that Abul-Ahwas al-Jashami said: The Prophet (s.a.w.) saw me wearing old, tattered clothes, and asked me, "Do you have any wealth?" I said, "Yes." He said, "What kind of wealth?" I said, "All that Allah has given me of camels and sheep." He said, "Then show the generous blessings that He has given you." Allah, may He be glorified, loves the effects of His blessings to His slave to be made manifest, for this is part of the beauty that He loves, and that is part of the gratitude for His blessings which forms an inner beauty (beauty of character). Allah loves to see the external beauty of His slaves which reflects His blessings on them, and the inner beauty of their gratitude to Him for those blessings. Because He loves beauty, He sends down on His slaves clothes and adornments with which they may make their outward appearance beautiful and He gives them taqwa which makes their inner characters beautiful.

Rumi often speaks beautifully of the feminine, presenting woman as the most perfect example of God's creative power on earth. As he says in the Mathnawi, "Woman is a ray of God. She is not just the earthly beloved; she is creative, not created."

There was a great Sûfî Saint who was born in 1165 C.E. Besides Shi’a Muslims, numberless Sunni Ulemas called him “The Greatest Sheikh” (al-Shaykh al-Akbar).[18] His name was Muyiddin ibn al-‘Arabî. He said, “To know woman is to know oneself,” and “Whoso knoweth his self, knoweth his Lord.” Ibn al-’Arabî wrote a collection of poems entitled The Tarjumân al-ashwâq. These are love poems that he composed after meeting the learned and beautiful Persian woman Nizam in Makkah. The poems are filled with images pointing to the Divine Feminine. His book Fusûs al-hikam, in the last chapter, relates that man’s supreme witnessing of Allah is in the form of the woman during the act of sexual union. He writes, “The contemplation of Allah in woman is the highest form of contemplation possible: As the Divine Reality is inaccessible in respect of the Essence, and there is contemplation only in a substance, the contemplation of God in women is the most intense and the most perfect; and the union which is the most intense (in the sensible order, which serves as support for this contemplation) is the conjugal act.” Allâh as the Beloved in Sûfî literature, the ma‘shûq, is always depicted with female iconography.



posted by Rayyan | 9/13/2005 07:53:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
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The ego is worse than seventy devils.
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