hehehe. That was a really funny column, especially the line, " we'll get closer to makin sure ALL articles on Hidaya are about a horse and a carriage". lolol. That was simply ingenious. I am just sad that I did not copyright the title, "I have no clue what to write" earlier because I was thinking of writing many articles with that title. hehe
NYC really rocks!!
Percival? Is your shaitan like a pansy british gay guy?
Anyway, book suggestion: There is an amazing book called "The Screwtape Letters" that was written by C.S. Lewis. He was an instructor at Cambridge and Oxford who spent most of his life as an athiest before becoming a religious man. The book is a satiric discourse between two devils (literally) on the nature of human damnation. One of my sheikhs recommended the book to me because its grasp of certain theological/philosophical concepts (which are consistent with the 3 Abrahamic faiths) is just brilliant. One of my favorite books and one of the few things I shamelessly plug whenever the subject comes up...
WasalaamuAlaikumon March 25, 2004 11:40 AM
Hmmm. Screwtape Letters. Hmmmm Indeed!on March 25, 2004 2:39 PM
"Is your shaitan like a pansy british gay guy?"
I like to think so... at least until he converts to Islam.
and I finally remembered what Screwtape Letters reminded me of. I read this play called No Exit, by Jean Paul Sartre a looong time ago.... about these four people in a room, who realize they're in Hell. There must've been some philosophically theological stuff in there too..
on March 25, 2004 2:45 PM
Yes, there were many philosophical concepts in it. Its an interesting (and relatively short) read...but one thing that needs to be kept in mind about Sartre was that he was an existentialist athiest who believed that man is a "useless passion" and that life and existence are absurd. Because he didnt believe in God, nothing--not life, not death--held any meaning or purpose, and men (due to their inability to understand their free will and their lack of destined purpose) were doomed to live in their own misery and despair...so thats just a heads up for anyone who decides to read Sartre.
Philosophy is one of those things that will either make you a muhsin or will make you an athiest--depending on how you approach it and who you are exposed to. The field of islamic philosophy is highly HIGHLY developed but because westerners do not always have access to it or its refutations of western philosophers (often using their own tools and arguments), they think that the western post-modern killing-off of God (Astaghfirullah alAdheem)is the logical result of philosophical pursuit. I once asked my sheikh (who himself knew western philosophy and its islamic philosophical refutations inside out) whether it was wise for me to continue my interest in western philosophy (which had helped my iman thus far) and he told me that it was ok IF I understood that it was just a piece of literature being written for people who were into that same kind of literature and that we must simply treat it as such...since all that we NEED to know to benefit out deen and spiritual awareness has already been given to us through the messengers and rightly guided believers. So a word of caution.
WasalaamuAlaikumon March 25, 2004 5:07 PM
On a more article-relevant note:
But always call in advance. I once walked straight through Manhattan to check out Nirvana--and found it to have been closed for many a month when I got there. I wanted to unscrew and steal their old sign plaque to make up for my trouble...only to realize that that was haraam.on March 25, 2004 5:16 PM
and before you start listing the hadith evidence for certain instruments, lyrics, and environments being haraam, I was referring to Nirvana the halaal restaurant.on March 25, 2004 6:06 PM
cool beans.on March 26, 2004 12:05 AM
ever notice that the halal sandwich/chicken and rice/whatever that you made such an effort to go and get through the cold and rain tastes so much better than if you just got a veg/fish sandwich from around the corner ?
kinda like taking 4 buses in your freshman year to get to Douglass Pizza (when you didn't know anyone who had a car).
sweet memories.on March 26, 2004 12:09 AM
huh? I dont get it?
and how is Percival " a pansy....."
does not make sense to me.....
Percival is a pansy's name.on September 26, 2005 8:29 AM
what's a pansy? then.on September 26, 2005 6:32 PM
Inflected Form(s): plural pansies
1 : a garden plant (Viola wittrockiana) derived chiefly from the wild pansy (Viola tricolor) of Europe by hybridizing the latter with other wild violets; also : its flower
2 a. usually disparaging : an effeminate man or boy b. usually disparaging : a male homosxual
this exchange of ilm thats going on here is quite touching.on September 27, 2005 11:24 AM
Whats going on my brother, Casey writing here under the name of "Content" This was the first article of yours I clicked on, and since Sartre and the city were mentioned, I thought I'd comment.
As far as Sartre goes, I am in total agreement with the brother who goes by Justoju. All of these philosophies, from Marx to Sartre, are an attempt to answer what has already been answered..i.e the meaning of our existence. Sarte thought that witnesses were the the main enemy of "individual freedom," and as believers we are well aware of how important witnesses are.
And also, so called-revolutionaries cannot even come close to doing what our Lord has done... uniting people of all ages and times for a common cause.
As for the city, it has its effect on us, but I believe that Jesus son of Mary said the truth when he said the "the city is a sponge that draws into it every kind of iniquity."on October 24, 2005 10:20 PM
My bad..the sister who goes by Justoju. I just found this out after reading your piece of fiction on marriage. The third part was spiritually profitable and was really just want I needed to hear...praise be to the Lord alone!on October 25, 2005 1:26 AM
Salamualaikum br. Content(Casey),
Welcome to Hidaya. InshAllah you'll be writing articles soon. Its great to have you here man.