are we listening?

According to Abu Dharr (ra), the Prophet (saws),  said, reporting the words of Allah (swt)

O My servants, I have forbidden injustice to Myself and I havemade it forbidden amongst you. So be not unjust to one another.

O My servants, all of you go astray except the one whom I guide.
Ask guidance of Me, and I shall guide you.

O My servants, all of you go hungry except the one whom I feed.  Ask Me for food, and I shall feed you.

O My servants, all of you go naked except the one whom I clothe.  Ask Me for clothing, and I shall clothe you.

O My servants, you transgress by day and night, but I forgive all misdeeds. Ask forgiveness of Me, and I shall forgive you.

O My servants, harming Me is beyond you, so you cannot harm Me; and benefiting Me is beyond you, so you cannot benefit Me.

O My servants, if all of you – first and last, man and jinn – were like the one among you with the most devout heart, that would add nothing to My kingdom.

O My servants, if all of you – first and last, man and jinn – were like the one among you with the most ungodly heart, that would take nothing away from My kingdom.

O My servants, if all of you – first and last, man and jinn – were to stand on the same level and address Me with your requests, and if I were to give each one what he had requested, that would not
diminish what is with Me, any more than a needle diminishes the sea when it enters it.

O My servants, it is solely your deeds that I take account of, and it is by virtue of them that I will repay you. So let him who finds good, praise God, and let him who finds other than that, hold none but
himself to blame.

Recorded in ibn ‘Arabi’s Mishkat al-Anwar and in the Sahih Hadith collection of Muslim

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13 thoughts on “are we listening?

  1. I was having a rough day today, brought on by laa-madhabis, and kinda got really depressed. I was thinking about emailing u b/c I think you are the only one I follow regularly who is not laa-madhabi in one sense or another. But it would be just a bunch of random mumblings I didn’t want to subject you to. Lol. I guess I just wanted to say hey. Sorry this had nothing to do w/this post whatsoever.

  2. In general, yes, but not exclusively. I wouldn’t consider AbuS a salafi – when I was introducing him to the landscape of american islam and was describing the various salafi movements, he was like, but they’re not the actual salafs, so how can they be salafi?

    La madhabis is just a general term to describe people who think that they don’t need to rely on a madhab to follow islam. That can include salafis, any number of ahl al hadith movements in the subcontinent and people like AbuS who are ibn Hazmites.

      • It’s a phrase I invented, ha.

        ibn Hazm was a 5th H century zahari scholar from al Andalus. AbuS was given some of his books as a late teen, and is a devotee. He’s incredibly literalist and very argumentative. I don’t believe his main fiqh works are in english, but I’ve read some excerpts of his polemics against other faiths, and it can be very stringent.

        On the plus side, he was basically raised by a large group of women, and AbuS argues that this influenced some of his interpretations. He is one of the few scholars who argued for female prophethood.

        The problem with all of this is that the zahari school is basically dead – there is no chain of authority stretching back to the founders of the school like there are with the 4 main madhabs. Not that that bothers AbuS – for him, so long as there is the book and knowledgeable people today to read it, it’s all good.

  3. Another random ibn Hazm fact (all second hand through AbuS, since I don’t read arabic) – he was the only major medieval scholar to allow musical instruments. I believe he argued that the hadith on the issue were weak or fabricated.

    • I 2nd what Abdullah said, interesting. No wait, fascinating. I love learning about other schools of thought. It fulfills the nerdy anthropologist in me :D

  4. Ibn Hazm’s Tawq al-Hamma is available in A. J. Arberry’s translation here [there’s also a short bio too if you’re interested]:

    Regarding his argument on female prophets, it has little (IMHO) to do with his being raised by women. He thinks that a prophet is anybody whom God spoke to, regardless of whether or not that person received (Scriptural) revelation, was sent to lead a community etc- so it’s really just a semantic thing. And since you’re a madhhab-er- the opinion of Ibn Hazm/the Literalists is usually disregarded when it conflicts with that of everyone else (which isn’t unusual). I never saw the attraction to the school, myself- but whatever floats your husband’s boat.

  5. The Ring of the Dove is markedly less stringent in it’s tone than his works for fiqh, and it something I’ve enjoyed. I believe I’ve recommended it previously, although that might have been commenting on someone else’s blog and not here.

    I keep telling AbuS he should translate the fiqh books, if they’re so convincing. They’d be an interesting read from a historical point if nothing else.

    Or I suppose I could just learn arabic. Um yeah.

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