One thing non-Muslims should know

The Muslim “Ummah” been undergoing a collective existential crisis since the turn of the century when the Ottoman empire fell. Most Muslims hold on to cultural practices and appropriation of what they think Islaam is, but really isn’t based on the core principles. It’s like a knockoff version, a copy mass-produced in China.

The principles of Islaam are living and fluid, and aren’t confined to inks and paper but to the heart that it was first revealed to. The state of the Muslims is such because they – we – are split and running on fumes. It’s because we don’t practice what we preach that we overcompensate through dysfunctional means to anchor the wobbly faith in the external world.

In short : if you’re interested in Islaam, take the intuitive road. If you want to become a Muslim don’t do it because of community because there is no such thing. We’re at a really low point and can’t avail ourselves to accommodate for others in the way we should. So don’t be surprised when our actions contradict what we say or when our manners are shitty af. We’re hurting and we’re lost but rather that than to lose the essence of Islaam and bury it in our dissonance.

Islaam isn’t for Muslims. Islaam is for the entire cosmos and it has as many paths to its core as there are roads that lead to Makkah.

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Salah ( the prescribed 5 daily prayers) engages the prefrontal cortex that is the seat of the executive functions ; the ones necessary for rational thinking, planning, inhibition, etc. Executive function is also called cognitive control and basically puts you at the helm of your own mind and prevents the reptilian brain that is focused on pleasures and very basic instincts from taking over. It strengthens the part that is capable of resisting procrastination, delaying immediate gratification, prioritizing, etc.

Salah essentially reboots and recalibrates the information processing center. By sticking to a continuous schedule that isn’t broken by anything, it forces you to remain proactive and engaged in life. It upkeeps a baseline in your life that is essential for your mental and emotional stability. Instead of being driven by ego, you’re guided by your higher self that is allowed space when the base desires aren’t running things.

إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ تَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ ۗ وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ

Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do.

[al-Ankaboot:45]

Beyond rhetoric

Not everyone is guided through explicit means. Some are guided through atheism. Others are guided through tragedies. And yet others are guided through opulence and privilege. All of the cosmos is imbued with signs and the goal isn’t to become well-versed in a specific language, but to be able to communicate and perceive the Truth..

سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ ۗ أَوَلَمْ يَكْفِ بِرَبِّكَ أَنَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ

We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?

[Fussilat:53]

Allaah teaches through polarities, opposites, and duality.

It’s how Ibraaheem alayhissalaam discovered Allaah:

. وَكَذَٰلِكَ نُرِىٓ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ مَلَكُوتَ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ وَلِيَكُونَ مِنَ ٱلْمُوقِنِينَ

And thus did We show Abraham the realm of the heavens and the earth that he would be among the certain [in faith]

فَلَمَّا جَنَّ عَلَيْهِ ٱلَّيْلُ رَءَا كَوْكَبًا قَالَ هَٰذَا رَبِّى فَلَمَّآ أَفَلَ قَالَ لَآ أُحِبُّ ٱلْءَافِلِينَ

So when the night covered him [with darkness], he saw a star. He said, “This is my lord.” But when it set, he said, “I like not those that disappear.”

[al-An’aam:75-76]

Transcend the algorithms

All these Muslim women in the public eye deflecting accountability by telling people to mind their own business are missing the point completely by focusing too much on the hate and not the truth. The truth is, your values are slipping and it’s because you’ve developed a taste for being validated and praised for your beauty. Your hijaab is holding your ego back, you see. The haters and trolls are a reflection of your shadow that you don’t acknowledge, so you attract these crude people who shit on you. Own your truth. Being in the public eye, getting your living and networking from being supported by all these people, you can’t use the clichéd refrain of ‘mind your own business’ when you’ve made a business from being minded by others. Come on, you can do better than lazy rhetorics.

When you don’t honour your soul and truth in favour of being glorified – let’s keep this all the way a buck- then you’ll be humiliated. This isn’t about the hijab. It’s not about sinning. It’s about authenticity and self-awareness. It’s about the fact that you can’t pick and choose the kind of attention you’ll get, and in fact it’s a grace from Allaah that you’re being trolled to stop you from dissolving and fitting in completely. Self-deception is insidious and inconspicuous, and trolls have a way of finding the hidden sore spot. But don’t let what others say obscure you from the truth in you.

It’s a slippery slope, the loosening of the hijaab, because it’s an outer protection of your divine feminine energy that is exploited in this world. Just keep in mind the possibility that this may lead to your faith slipping away just as gradually. We don’t control faith, we can only protect what we have of it and hope for more. If you’re living in a way that isn’t in reverence of your principles, then you have to understand the full implications of that. You’re on shaky grounds. That’s all.

The heart chakra of Islaam

Islaam grounds and integrates the complex human experience in a way that’s grossly underestimated. In times where people are up in their heads, mandatory rituals like praying 5 times a day (including prostrating your forehead on the ground a whooping 34 times/ daily prayer cycle in total) in tandem with the circadian rhythm is a much needed recalibration and grounding in real life.

Also, think about the implications and symbolism behind tens of millions of Muslims syncing up by facing the same direction towards the Ka’bah. The Ka’ba, a black meteoric stone that originated as white when it descended from the heavenly dimensions, but because it has absorbed the imbalances of sinfulness in mankind it has become black.

I have a theory, and it’s just that – a theory – that the black stone is composed of what’s called black light, which is the ‘invisible’ spectrum of light, the so-called creative principle that underpins dark matter and black holes. It’s been said that black light is the ‘womb’ that births visible light. The zero point energy in quantum field theory. This is also the metaphysical components of the divine feminine energy which is, like the black stone, a unifying and harmonizing energy.

Look, I’m still hazy on this because it’s all intuitive and my mind hasn’t caught up in filling in the dots, but the point is that there’s more to things symbolically than just the concrete aspects.

And when people cease to ground Islaam in their practice, when it’s not found in rituals or beliefs or vibrations – that’s when the pages of the Qur’aan will be wiped clean and the knowledge of Islaam eradicated completely. When it isn’t anchored by the hearts, Allaah will uproot it. And thereafter it won’t be long before the world reaches its end because then there’s no reason for existence, when humans have lost their spirituality and higher thought.

I’m all over the place with this, but what I’m attempting to convey is: look and feel deeper. Don’t be superficial in your understanding of Islaam. You won’t get it unless you look at it holistically. Put the pieces together, find the patterns, follow the thread that ties it all together. That’s where the answers lie.

Existential axis

Islaam restricts the ego. That’s why it’s not as readily appealing as, to the Western mind especially, the Eastern philosophies that have been co-opted and appropriated by white culture. It’s more like vegetables than a dessert. It can’t be consumed by a materialistic mind.

The reason why despite the extreme resistance and hate of Islaam and Muslims, it’s the fastest growing religion is because it’s the only creed that is existentially grounding and lends a stability that no intellectualism can conjure. It’s not based in avoiding something nor is it designed for an outcome. It’s wholly in the now and it regulates the oscillations caused by being caught up in linear time and distracted by space. It’s a buffer against this 3D matrix, a shock absorber for the soul. Most of its wisdom is not realized or appreciated because we’re so disconnected from our emotions and spirit.

Spiritual justice

In Islaam, there’s no room for victimhood and and a victim mentality. Allaah tells us that we suffer at the hands of others or suffer tragedies as cosmic reflection of internal corruption, and He only gives us a glimpse of what we actually deserve just so that we may rectify our conditions. Once we transform ourselves and transcend faulty behaviour, He elevates us above the troubling circumstances so that it’s no longer relevant. Thus, it’s not to say that being victimized isn’t a thing or it’s valid, but that it happens according to divine order because we’ve gone against our truth.

You may wonder, what then of the oppressor, how come they don’t get subdued? That’s because they are subdued by their evil and Allaah has left them to their own devices. He’s left them to self-destruct, which they inevitably will, and decay in their ego. And that’s a far worse fate than enduring external powerlessness that may spark a spiritual revolution.

The baseline isn’t the material world or doing. It’s man’s spiritual value and being. And sometimes we’re deprived from doing something so that we slow down and become aware of our state of being. That’s a greater objective than a linear progression or ascension of societal hierarchies. Hierarchies that are innately built on the subjugation of spirit by ego. Tyrants and oppressive regimes are a macrocosmic representation of the ego and how it aims to subjugate the soul.

In reality, the true oppression is oppressing one’s soul through illusions and delusions and what we experience as loss or tragedy is always a breaking of the spell that an illusion holds over us. In this framework, someone is punished by their inability to see the wrong in their actions as that inability would be a block to existential fulfillment and holistic growth. That’s why there’s no use in engaging people who lack empathy or are obstinate in their bigotry because they are emotionally incarcerated by their evil. The point is for you to see the fault in your views and where you stand so that the reality around you can better reflect back to you your inner conditions.

أَفَمَن زُيِّنَ لَهُ سُوءُ عَمَلِهِ فَرَآهُ حَسَنًا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يُضِلُّ مَن يَشَاءُ وَيَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ فَلَا تَذْهَبْ نَفْسُكَ عَلَيْهِمْ حَسَرَاتٍ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ

Is he, then, to whom the evil of his deeds made fair­seeming, so that he considers it as good (equal to one who is rightly guided)? Verily, Allaah sends astray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills. So destroy not yourself in sorrow for them. Truly, Allaah is the All­-Knower of what they do!

(Faatir:8)

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