Life and Death As Seen Though the Eyes of the Shooter

“I don’t believe you will solve this problem until you look through the eyes of “the shooter”.  Once the shooter is caught he is diminished as a human being, he is classified as the scum of the earth and in most instances, he is neither evaluated nor does he receive proper treatment. He is simply labeled as a criminal and imprisoned.

 

No one seems to establish a profile of the shooter.  However, when there is another shooting, the same cycle occurs, the community is outraged, they run to the aid of the deceased and their family, “as they should”.  They address causes and effects in general terms of poverty, lack of education, no strong family unit, lack of moral values the issue of guns and various police concerns and strategies. 

 

Certainly the great amount of attention to the deceased and their family is most appropriate.  But we must recognize also that in the eyes of many, the shooter is also a victim. It is not just enough to lock up the shooter and feel relieved that he has been punished.  Let me strongly urge that you must start spending a great deal of time assessing who the shooter is and why he has become the shooter….You must provide the expertise and the resources to develop and establish a profile that allows the shooter to be possibly identified before he shoots.”

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Western Muslims: Prophetically-Inspired Voices of Dissent

“Monotheism undoubtedly urges compassion, but it demands courage too. It is not for the faint-hearted. For as its vision of the world inspires us to partake in the healing of society’s many wounds, it exhorts we be critical iconoclasts too: questioning society’s conventional wisdoms, challenging the secular orthodoxies of the age, speaking truth to power, calling into question whether universal human rights are actually universal, and interrogating liberalism to find out if it is merely a sophisticated veneer for a new type of totalitarianism that is unable to accept any true and meaningful diversity and unwilling to accommodate any significant voices of dissent.”

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64276_555052664515251_466050869_nThis is a companion piece to the previous blog I wrote, called: British Muslims & their Strategies for Living in the UK (which can be read here). Here, I will discuss a few of the principles which ought to animate our engagement with wider society and our fellow citizens; and how, in the time honoured tradition of Abrahamic monotheism, we are called upon to hold a mirror up to society and help steer it away from self-harm.

One Qur’anic verse is particularly telling on this point, for it says: Thus have We made you a middle nation, that you may be witnesses over mankind and that the Messenger may be a witness over you. [2:143] Thus this ‘community of the middle way’, distant from all types of extremism; this ‘best part of everything,’1 has been tasked with the burden of being witnesses over mankind: witnesses to the truth…

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An Ounce Of Prevention Is Better Than A Pound Of Cure – From The Discourses Of Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar

“The soul represents your essence, not just your existence. What you will be on the Day of Judgment is what your soul is.”

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Any time human beings value something, they take extra precaution to protect that thing. For example, when they buy a house, they will also purchase insurance because there is a potential for something so valuable to be harmed.

Another example is that of our lives. You can look at the way human beings preserve their bodies and you will realize that the bodies are extremely valued, and there is always constant fear that something might go wrong.

The way we work concerning our bodies is that we are very precautious and there are many ways we deal with it. The first and most importantly is prevention, because ‘An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure’. The exact same applies with the human soul.

Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala  has composed us of two parts; a physical body and a soul. The body and soul merge…

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Know Your Soul, Grow Your Soul

“As the believer strives to purge his soul of blameworthy traits (radha’il) and labours to replace them by their praiseworthy opposites (fada’il), the nafs al-ammarah; this ego, is gradually weaned away from heedlessness and disobedience to God, and thus begins to give way to al-nafs al-lawwamah – “the reproachful soul.” The Qur’an declares: No! I swear by the reproachful soul. [75:2]”

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a flower on the woodMany verses in the Qur’an extol the significance of the soul or nafs. In one celebrated passage, it states: By the soul and Him that formed it, then inspired it with its wickedness and God-fearingness. He is truly successful who purifies it, and he is indeed ruined who corrupts it. [91:7-10]

The Qur’an also offers this glad-tiding: But those who feared the standing before their Lord and curbed their soul’s desires, the Garden is their abode. [79:40-41]

The idea of curbing the soul’s passions and of seeking to purify it is reiterated in the following hadith: ‘There are three acts that, whoever does them will experience the sweetness of faith: one who worships God alone, for there is no true god but Him; one who pays his yearly zakat on his wealth with an agreeable soul – not giving a weak, decrepit nor diseased animal, but giving from his middle…

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Fitnah: Coming to a Sin-e-World Near You! (Part 1)

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temptation-apple-and-snakeThe Arabic word fitnah bears the meaning of trial, discord, affliction, temptation and civil war, and any other strife ‘that ruptures the community’s unity and pits Muslim against fellow Muslim.’1 As well as discussing the ageless and abiding fitnah of wealth, women and civil war, this blog piece will also reflect upon the fitnahs related to callers to misguidance, governments seeking to domesticate Islam and Muslim scholars, the active promotion and funding of warped understandings of our faith, and the fitnahs of sectarian violence and takfir. Our Prophet ﷺ said: ‘Before the coming of the Hour there will be fitnahs like patches of dark night. A person shall awaken in the morning a believer but by the evening become a disbeliever, or in the evening be a believer but by morning become a disbeliever; and people will sell their religion in order to acquire some portion of the world.’2

1Fitnah of Wealth: We are reminded in the Qur’an:

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