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March 24, 2004
The New and Improved Islamic Organization

by Gillette aka Hassan[uddin] Khaja

A special edition of Hidaya
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Justoju said

Oh my god! Forged-aluminum double control arms, along with an anti-roll bar mounted above the suspension and torqued by a Formula 1–style rocker assembly! Just what I always wanted!

...oh and I'll take the wife too. Shoot, somebody needs to clean my room...

on March 24, 2004 1:45 AM
Humayun said

If I win the raffle.........

Take the wife.....
Drive the car around Rutgers with my wife and make all the other Muslims jealous and try to get attention from other sisters
Sell the car and use the money to marry 3 other women....


Of course I'm joking.... I would never be able to win the raffle

Waslaam

on March 24, 2004 9:31 AM
Ayan said

See. Now more than half the postings on this site are about marriage Ali.

on March 24, 2004 10:07 AM
Nadia said


Ayan, So? Marriage is half of our deen as well. While we cannot neglect the other half, we cannot ignore this half either. Also, no more than all of the people writing here are bachelors and are seeking to get married soon in future Inshallah. If I cannot encourage the writers, I should refrain from generalizing for the sake of making the site look bad or desperate.
Assalam u alaikum

on March 24, 2004 11:30 AM
Gillette said

Assalamu 'Alaikum,

Perhaps this is a mistake on my part, because of an ineffective piece that didn't properly convey my own sentiments, but there's a reason that we have that title.

hk

on March 24, 2004 11:37 AM
Talal said

Gillette... you're witnessing the power of BintAbbas-isms.

An effective piece of satire nonetheless. Not too bad a thing to pass to the leaders one may be disgruntled with :)

on March 24, 2004 1:03 PM
Ayan said

wow didn't know my comment had that much meaning in it ... retracted for sensitivity purposes

on March 24, 2004 1:39 PM
Justoju said

AssalamuAlaikum

Dang. I am an -ism...I have arrived...

Ok, so let me handle some bidniz and add a bit of fire. The reason this piece is genius is because it is thoroughly indicative of a human disease. There were many other intelligent implications and satires within it, but I would like to focus on one aspect of it. Ok the following is straight-up. Do and think of it what you will. It is now your possession.

As human beings we are born in a state of 'want' and are constantly wanting something. We focus all our hopes on that one thing and feel that if only we could acquire that one object we would be happy. That object would magically make us better, and we would be happy. We see others that have that object and envy them, we want that object and feel that once we have it we too will be envied by others. It becomes a matter of self-regard, if we have that special something then we are special. But sadly, the most disappointing thing in the world is to get what you want because it is guaranteed to disappoint you. NOTHING is as great as we imagine it to be, NOTHING can live up to our expectations of it. And acquiring that object doesnt bring happiness, it just makes you shift your attention over to a new object. You just start running after another object in hopes of acquiring happiness through its acquirement. Instead of stopping and examining the process, the habit, we keep on running after new objects. We try to fill up the void by turning to material physical things because (1) they are more easily percieved to be 'there', and (2) because we are quite thoroughly brainwashed into believeing that they have a causal relationship with happiness. You feel that if you could just get that car, or house, or dress, or shoe, or hot guy/girl you will be happy. You weave fantasies around that object celebrating and heralding its perfection and ability to make you happy. Then you get it and you realize that it wasnt IT. You realize that your newly acquired object isnt all that special after all, and because it isnt special you stop feeling special for owning it. Self-regard is one of the greatest motivators of human thought, we strive, at all costs, to keep ourselves feeling special and important and attractive and intelligent and pious and humorous and compassionate and humane etc etc etc.

So you might be thinking, "Thats true; true happiness can only be found within not from without. We need to stop running after external things and start focusing on whats inside, that is the only way to achieve happiness." But think again. We are human beings. We are full of insecurities, weaknesses, cognitive blunders, and plagued by a hyper-active nafs (not to mention the incessant whispers of Shaitan--aoodhobillah). We are not DESIGNED to find happiness within, to remain unbiased about the external world and its events. We MUST have a constant, we MUST have something to love, to run after, to hunger for, to wish to attain. If we dont we go mad from lack of purpose. Simple human nature. So, it is necessary to have an object of Love. But then the question is WHAT should that object be? We have already established that people and objects of this duniya are transitory and bound to lead to disappointment. They can never live up to the absolute "image" of perfection that we bestow upon them. So basically, the perfect (not to mention only) candidate for the position of love-object is Allah (SWT). He is absolute in His perfection, eternal, and will never ever let us down, or hurt us, or misguide us. He is EXACTLY the type of love-object that human nature demands for survival. We were CONSTRUCTED to NEED TO love Him. When we love anything else we are simply going astray. We are simply running after the wrong objects. We spend our entire lives searching for that one thing that makes us happy when He has been there the entire time, waiting patiently, lovingly nurturing us. So close and obvious, yet so bewildering and ungraspable. He is the perfect Beloved.

WasalaamuAlaikum

on March 24, 2004 1:58 PM
Justoju said

Oh and please it would be nice if I didnt recieve yet again another reminder requesting me to stop posting long messages and to start writing articles. I am working on it. Its just that I write reactively and dont like to seperate my thoughts from the body that caused them..But I AM working on it...in the meantime though, if you want, you can copy and paste my messages and use them as articles:)

JazakumAllahu khair for your patience with my weaknesses. May Allah (swt) reward and bless you. InshaAllah and Amin.

on March 24, 2004 2:18 PM
Faisal Akhtar said

Assalam-o-alaikom
I am adding my vote. Bint Abbas should start writing for Hidaya. Pleaseeeee....

Faisal Akhtar

on March 24, 2004 2:21 PM
Faisal Akhtar said

Hahahaha
Didn't actually read the seond posting Bint Abbas, sorry.

Faisal Akhtar

on March 24, 2004 2:23 PM
Gillette aka Hassan Khaja said

If anyone other than BintAbbas would like to stop writing really long comments and start writing articles, send your:

"Name
Column title
Column sample
Some idea of what you want to write about.
If you want to write weekly or bi-weekly
Email address
Whether or not you're an RU student/alumni
to info@hidayaonline.com"

on March 24, 2004 3:23 PM
Justoju said

And from what I can gather, the point of the piece was to illustrate how the Ummah is so disinterested with the nuts and bolts of the deen that we (islamic organizations) have to bribe people with desirable objects (fly automovil con fly mamacita) to get them to attend events. Lemme know if I am crazy.

on March 24, 2004 3:24 PM
Talal said

Yeah.. a directive from the Editor-in-Chief:
It's alright to ask someone to write for Hidaya the first time they post an interesting comment, but let's ease off on the multiple-pleading-exercise.

Regarding the attempt at comment-genius, the use of the word "love-object" just screams PHILOSOPHER... but what do I know...


on March 24, 2004 3:27 PM
Justoju said

brother shaving cream has a good sense of humor mashaAllah. I shall not post until after midnight in honor of and as a token of my appreciation. May the pens be lifted and may Bint Abbas be silent...

on March 24, 2004 3:30 PM
Mostafa Khalifa said

Asalaamu `alaikum,

So wait a second .... I thought you guys all liked last night's event "Marriage: What's Love Got To Do With It?" :) :) :)

Long Live Durbah!!! Al-Liwaa' Inshaa' Allah!!!

Asalaamu `alaikum,

Mostafa

on March 24, 2004 7:42 PM
Faisal Akhtar said

Assalam-o-alaikom.

I can't speak for Hassan but I know I really liked last nights event. The problem is that as the Ustaad noted "Two topics you can never go wrong with, Marriage and Jinn", I (again I am not speaking for anyone but myself) am afraid that thats all we have been reduced to.

What is it people want? Marriage and Jinn? That is what we will give them but I fear that other very important matters might take a back seat. If we focus too much on what people want, then we may never have a lecture on other very important issues but just because people don't want to hear about it, we won't address it. When a controversial topic does come up (dare I say ISRU divider), people get up and scream "controversy, Fitnah Fitnah" etc and the important things get down played. Marriage is a wonderful thing to talk about but there are other very important topics out there not yet addressed at ISRU. Homosexuality, Jihad, Beard, Nationalism (American and Muslim) and Abortion just to name afew. So are we going to costum tailor the religion to fit the people or are we gonna tailor the people to fit the religion? I think that is the concern of this post and I might be wrong.

Add to this as you will Hassan.

Wasalam

Faisal Akhtar

on March 24, 2004 8:38 PM
Mostafa Khalifa said

Asalaamu alaikum,

Marriage is like the big neon sign that brings many people in (how else do you explain nearly 300 students on a Tuesday night at Livingston .. it wasn't the pizza :P). You do that to get them in the door. But as you saw last night, the bulk of the lecture was about improving oneself. SO we have a tie-in. But now, we've sown the seeds for speakers such as Ustaadh Muhammad, so that regardless of the topic, many people who had never heard of him in this area will come inshaa' Allah. This is part of what we learned from the AlMaghrib class on Fiqh Ad-Da`wah. Marketing is a big part of da`wah that Muslims don't use. Consider this Durbah's first step in our tidal wave of da`wah inshaa' Allah. We used the event to also help launch NJISB, which is currently headed up by Durbah. Mashaa' Allah, they got a lot of good candidates who may not have heard about such efforts were it not for the marriage-topic-teaser :) Not to mention the boost for ISRU (there hadn't been even one marriage lecture this year, so no one can say ISRU has been beating this topic like a dead horse). It's like an energy boost, a rejuvenation and a chance for ISRU (and other similar MSAs, Islamic orgs) to see some new and old faces and hopefully work together to bring about all kinds of events and projects. So don't be so quick to knock such events. There's a method to Durbah's genius (because it's not madness) :)

Asalaamu `alaikum,

Mostafa

on March 24, 2004 11:00 PM
Faisal Akhtar said

Assalam-o-alaikom.

Wow. that was enlightning. Thanks for that one Brother Khalifa. Now I understand.

Faisal Akhtar

on March 24, 2004 11:47 PM
Gillette aka Hassan Khaja said

Assalamu 'Alaikum,

This piece was strictly for the brothers.

The commentators have already talked about marriage, so I don't need to expand on why I put it on there.

The "Get Married/laid today" reference is in regards to why brothers want to get married today. Of course, everyone acknowledges the sexual aspect of marriage, that it is a way of fulfilling sexual desires in a halaal manner. Brothers, however, basically use the phrase "i want to get married" to mean "i want to have sex." this becomes very clear when brothers take matters into their own hands by literally looking for a wife - beauty first, or what appeals to sexuality first. the religious aspect is lost. the responsibility aspect is lost, since none actually have a job or a means of supporting a wife.

The car part is obvious. People hook the hell up out of their cars, forgetting hajj.

the reference to terrorism is clear. every muslim feels that they need to condemn terrorism, or sean hannity will ask why they didn't condemn it, as if every muslim is guilty.

the most important part of this flyer is the "all prizes, like your religion..." the bastions of islam - the islamic organizations - are responsible for giving people islam. there are three kinds of people who the islamic organization might concern themselves with:

a) pious people

b) those people who have problems and want to fix them, and want the help of the islamic organization

c) those who don't want to fix their problems, and are hostile to means of fixing their problems

the organization fails (and becomes the "University Islamic Organization") when they feel the need to cater to EVERYONE, including c. when the islamic organization does everything islamically, and people don't respond to that, they aren't responsible for them. they are simply responsible for saying, "look, here's a better way." no one has to drag people into lectures or iftars or the masjid. no one has to tempt people by putting our sisters on public display for every college pervert to ogle. most of the new trend is captured in the name of the sheikh: jadeed, abdul-ahwaa - new, servant of base desires.

on March 25, 2004 12:00 AM
Rami (in a fighting mood) said

"...or sean hannity will ask why they didn't condemn it, as if every muslim is guilty."

How all too terribly true.

Insha Allah any time someone finds the need to blame me or my muslim bretherin for any of the world's "terror" problems I'm going to throw it right back in his face Malcolm X style.

Because any wise person will know that the cause of a problem lies not in the symptoms it displays but in the way disease beneath it.

Grrrrr.


Salaam Warahmatullah Wabarakatu

on March 25, 2004 12:46 AM
Justoju said

AssalamuAlaikum,
I know it isnt Ramadan, but perhaps someone should write an article on the encouragement and benefits of fasting (at least mondays and thursdays for starters). Considering the topics in the air, it would seem to be the logical follow-up inshaAllah and would be a timely response to the current predicaments.
WasalaamuAlaikum

on March 25, 2004 1:10 AM
Gillette said

If anyone would like to stop asking people to write about a topic and start writing an article about the topic, send your:

"Name
Column title
Column sample
Some idea of what you want to write about.
If you want to write weekly or bi-weekly
Email address
Whether or not you're an RU student/alumni
to info@hidayaonline.com"

on March 25, 2004 9:54 AM
Justoju said

I am sorry bro. Gillette, are you trying to tell me something? (fake convenient ignorance)

on March 25, 2004 11:21 AM
Wajahat Gilani said

Assalaamualaikum,

Ayan is right, more than half the articles are about marriage, but I don't think it was said as a negative statement on his part.

walaikumsalaam
Wajahat Gilani

on March 26, 2004 9:39 AM
ayan said

lafz uppar.

on March 26, 2004 3:24 PM
Faisal Akhtar said

Hahaha.

Ayan, tum kabhi mere saath bahar latakna chahoo gay?

lol

on March 26, 2004 4:16 PM
Tanweer said

As-salamu 'Alaikum,

Bint Abbas, There was an article on fasting "Celestial or Bestial : Choice is yours" in Nasiha(ramadan issue). If you get a chance to stop by Paul Robeson - New Brunswick, pick up a copy- I think there are still some left.
I don't think that issue is available online.
wassalam
Tanweer

on March 26, 2004 7:33 PM
Talal said

InshaAllah I'll try to be a little less lazy and put that issue online for everyone to see. I'll post here when it's done.

as a bedouin brother I met in Bahrain once said
"Bas ya'nee, hathee ra's wahid".

on March 26, 2004 7:38 PM
Ali Ibn Masood said

"Ayan is right, more than half the articles are about marriage, but I don't think it was said as a negative statement on his part."

Of course they are. Otherwise we lose interested readers like Ayan and yourself :)

on March 26, 2004 11:15 PM
Justoju said

Arite brothers, settle down now. There are enough wives in the world for all of you. Dont kill each other.

on March 27, 2004 12:06 AM
Talal said

Ra's wahid is done with for tonight...

http://muslims.rutgers.edu/nasihah/archive/ramadan1424special.pdf
there, you shall find the wisdom of the Fast under the name of "Celestial or Bestial, The Choice is Yours", by the esteemed brother Tanweer.


enjoy it, you seekers of wisdom.

on March 27, 2004 12:27 AM
Justoju said

Fasting...mmmhmm...good...Wait, so if I printed that out, would I still be able to use those Chucky Chicken coupons at the bottom?

on March 27, 2004 12:34 PM
Ayan said

this was utterly stupid, sorry, I had to say it,
the piece, as well as the comments.

on September 27, 2005 4:26 PM
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