Dua’a that I wrote

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

By the Name of Allah, Who acts upon His Mercy, and Who is Most Merciful

 

I have a thing in my heart that tells me it is good to be creative in Dua’a, in composing a new way to say your prayer when asking Allah. It’s, I believe, a good way to seek Allah’s mercy for it shows how much care and effort a person puts in his dua’a to seek what Allah has and gives. I want to mentions, before I write the Dua’a, a conversation that happened between the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah raise him, praise him, and grant him peace,  and one of those around him– a young man from the people of Mua’ath (Ma’az as Pakistani Muslims usually say) ibn Jabal, may Allah be please with him. The Prophet, peace be upon him, asked the man, “what do you say in your prayer (Dua’a)?” The man answered, “I say the Shahadah [(the testimony of Allah’s godhood and the prophethood of Muhammad peace be upon him)]. Then, I say, ‘O’ Allah, I ask you Al-Jannah and seek your protection form An-Naar (Hell fire).’ I am not good in singing like you or Mua’ath.” The Prophet, peace be upon him, replied “around that we sing.” Meaning that, the end matter of Dua’a is actually to ask Allah Al-Jannah and seek his protection from An-Naar.

Here is that Dua’a:

 

الحمد لله العزيز الحيكم. الحمدلله الحيّ القيوم. الحمد لله الأوّل والآخر. الحمد لله الباطن والظاهر. الحمد لله فاطر السماوات والأرض. إلهنا وخالقنا ورازقنا، يامن بيده ملكوت كل شيء، يامن على كلّ شيء قدير، ياواسع ياحليم، ياواحد أحد، يا عزيز يا حكيم،نسألك رحمتك وعفوك ومغفرتك وواسع فضلك وكلّ خير عندك. ربّنا إنا لما أنزلت إلينا من خير فقير. إن تفتح رحمتك علينا لا يمسكها أحد، ربنا فافتح علينا رحماتك وطيبات عطيّاتك. ربنا كلنا إليك ولا تكلنا إلى أنفسنا، ربنا هب لنا من أزواجنا وذرياتنا قرة أعين وأجعلنا للمتقين إماما. اللهم إهدنا وإهد بنا فأنت الهاد. ولا تجعل من الضالين، فإنك من تضلل يشقى ويذل.

اللهم عظنا بالقرآن ولا تجعلنا من الجاهلين. اللهم أحينا بالقرآن ولا تجعلنا من الميتين قلوبهم. اللهم طيّبنا بالقرآن، وارفعنا بالقرآن، وزكنا بالقرآن، وذكرنا بالقرآن، وارحمن بالقرآن، وعلمنا بالقرآن، واحفظنا بالقرآن، وعافنا ومرضانا ومرضى المسلمين بالقرآن.

اللهم اكتبنا فيمن أحببتهم وأحبوك، ورضيت عنهم ورضو عنك، وخشوك واتقوك ورهبوا عظمتك. الله إليك نبّث همومنا وغمومنا وأثقالنا، فضعها عنّا وأبدلها بالحسنات والطيبات والرزق الحسن. اللهم تكاثرت الأماني في صدورنا، ولا ندري أي الأمر لنا خير. اللهم انسخ مال ألقى الشيطان في صدورنا، وحقق لنا خير الذي نتمنى.

الله أصلح أحوالنا وأحوال المسلمين وأئمتهم، وولات أمورهم. تعدد الأوطان يا ربنا وقلوبنا على الحق منعقدة، نرجوك يا رحمن، نرجوك يا رحيم، أن تؤلّف بين قلوب المسلمين أن توحد كلمتنا على ألّا إله سواك، أن تنصرنا، أن تبلّغنا جنّتك، أن تسعى بنا إلى الخير، وتكتبنا من المجاهدين في سبيلك على الوجه الذي ترضاه. الله فك أسرى المأسورين من المسلمين والمسلمات، وعافي مرضاهم، واستر عاريهم، واطعم جائعم، واغن فقيرهم، وارحم ميتهم، وواس محزونهم،وطمئن من صابه الروع منهم.

الله العن الصهاينة، المغتصبين من بني إسرائيل. اللهم اضربهم بنا وبالمسلمين، ودمر بيوتهم، واهدم أمالهم. واشعل الضغينة والحروب بينهم وبين حلفائهم. اللهم إنا علمنا أن الكتاب كتب، وأن الأقلام رفعت، والصحف جفت، والقدر قدرك، ولكنّا سمعنا أنّه لايردّ القدر إلا الدعاء. فإياك نسأل، أن تجعلنا في المجاهدين الصالحين. اللهم من لم يحج فيسر له حجه، ولم يعتم فيسر له العمرة. اللهم منّا من يبلغ رمضان،فمات قبله. اللهم ارحمهم ووسع قبورهم واغفر لهم وضاعف أجورهم. ومنّا من أدرك بعضه ثم إلى اليقين صاروا، اللهم فضاعف لهم أجر ما أدركوا وكفر عنهم ما حملوا من ذنوب. ومنّا من لايزال حيّا، فاغفر لنا يارب ما قدمنا وما أخرنا، وضاعف لنا أجورنا واجزنا خير ما نعمل.

اللهم نسألك جهاد يرضيك، وسعيًا إليك يوصلنا، وقولا يرفع صالح أعمالنا إليك. اللهم ويسر أمرنا، واكفنا ما أهمنا. وصلّ ربنا على من بعثت لينذرنا، فبلغ الرسالة ونحن نشهد. اللهم صلّ على محمد وآل محمد كما صليت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم إنّك حميد مجيد، وبارك على محمد وآل محمد كما باركت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم إنّك حميد مجيد.

سبحانك يا الله، سبحانك يا الله. قرأنا كتابك فعجبنا، ورأينا أياتك فانبهرنا. فلك قمنا وسجدنا. ربنا إنّا بشر نذكر وننسى، ونسهوا وننبته، وقلوبنا على حبّك منعقدة. اللهم فقنا الحرام، وقنا السيئات، وقنا الوساوس، وقنا الفتن. اللهم لا تفتنّا فنكون من الضالين، ولا تضلنا فنكون من الخاسرين. لا إله إلا أن سبحانك إنّا كنا من الظالمين، فإلّم تغفر لنا وترحمنا لنكونن من الخاسرين.

اللهم إنا سمعنا قولك في كتابك “وإذا سألك عبادي عنّي فإني قريب أجيب دعوة الداعِ إذا دعان، فليستجيبوا لي وليؤمنوا بي لعلهم يرشدون”
أي ربنا سمعنا واستجبنا واطعنا فدعونا. فأستجب دعائنا وأرشدنا. وآتنا الإيمان والتقوى. أربنا هذا الدعاء. وأنت المجيب القدير المعين. فاستجب لنا دعاءنا برحمتك.

فلله الحمد رب السماوات ورب الأرض رب العالمين. وله الكبرياء في السماواوت والأرض وهو العزيز الحكيم

 

If you can recite this or parts of it (which is the most likely), please do. And make Dua’a for me.

 

AlhamduliEllah — All thanks and praise are due to Allah.

-Mutaz

Silver Glass in the Mighty Qura’an.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

By the Name of Allah, Who acts upon His Mercy, and Who is Most Merciful

 

I read the Quraan, from time to time, alhamdu liEllah. I try as much as I can to understand the meaning of the Qura’an; for it is the words of Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the lands. Needless to say, the meanings are wonderful and breath taking. It makes your mind ponder, and calms the believer’s soul and heart.

I was reading in the Qura’an, in Suarah number 76, Soratul Insan (the Human). I read the Ayah number 16, where Allah Almighty says: ” قوارير من فضّة قدّروها تقديرا ” which means, “Glasses made of Silver that was literally done with precision”.

The word “literally” is in bold because it is not exactly there in the text. But the Ayah has what we call in Arabic grammar, المفعول المطلق or the absolute object. In English it would sound strange, but an example of it might be “I ran running”. So, even though the verb run is usally used without an object, there is an absolute (gramatical) object which is the running itself, which is an object since I did the running. What, in Arabic, is this form of seemingly useless repetition used for? It is used to emphisize that the sentence is literal, and that there is rhetoric used in the sentence (or at least the part where the repetition is). So, I began my pondering of the Aayh.

I learned that glass is made of sand, made of the silica in the sand. But I didn’t know that silver can be used in the making of glass. But I have a former experience with researching the Ayat the Qura’an and discovering amazing facts that I should live by and adhere to as much as I can. So, I didn’t have doubts, but rather curiousity of what that means, and why is it amazing. (It worth saying that the Ayah (or verse as some say) was mentioned in the context of the blessings of the people of paradise). What I found was amazing.

I found that there is sometypes of glass that is used to make medical equipments, and that type of glass contains Silver. If it is made with the correct ratio, which is very critical as I understood, the silver-containing glass will have antibacterial property. That is why it is used for medical purposes. Here is a paper that shows a part of the story (which took me multiple trial to find, but I couldn’t find the one that is more detailed): http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014296129900201X

There is absolutely no reason for people to say that Qura’an is “unscientific” except arrogance. That I also learned from the Qura’an, and went about to examine to find it absolutely correct. I have more things to share, but I hope everybody goes out of their way to read and understand Qura’an.

Subhan Allah wa bihamdih.

-Mutaz

Cognitive Thinking in the Paradise

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

By the Name of Allah, Who acts upon His Mercy, and Who is Most Merciful

     I always have thought that conversing with people of different approaches to life can enrich you both culturally and cognitively. No matter what a person says, there is always an idea behind it. There is always a way of reasoning that lies behind the words they say. It can be fallacious. But it can also be useful and insightful. You might be able to strengthen the idea or go against the idea to find something more powerful. But all ideas are interesting– sure, some are more interesting than others. Before I talk about the idea that appears in the title, I want to justify my analysis and discuss what I mean by incomplete thought.

     There are many issues that can be found in how people think and reason. Sometimes, they don’t examine their thoughts; sometimes they stop half way thorough. It is been said that, “what is worse than ignorance is incomplete knowledge.” That’s true; false knowledge might cause you to act in unfavorable way and lead you astray. I find it interesting that “incomplete thoughts” are as dangerous–may be even worse. But what do I mean by an “incomplete thought”? I mean by that a thought that involves the analysis of an observation or a basic set of information, but where the thinker stops analyzing the idea just at the point when his original view is the most compatible candidate for the result. I know I am making it look complicated, but it is very simple idea. When think about an observation, we try some how to find the essence of a phenomenon or an observation, and try to understand the basic principle that drives this phenomenon to occur. So, simply, an incomplete thought is a thought where a person fails to further his ideas and examine them.

     I don’t require that a person does nothing but analyze his idea, but I think it is important to examine the idea whenever he finds a new thing that can be related to it. I require the person not to be dogmatic and to enjoy the thoughts of other people; but not necessarily embracing them. I believe examining an idea over a long period of time is essential and very beneficial for the thinker and the people who are in contact with him. He can bequeath self-discipline them, as well respect of the notion of thought.

     An example of a thought that is incomplete, is the idea that “every existent thing was brought into existence by something else.” This concept was falsified by many philosophers, thinkers, and scholars. Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, happened to be one of them. This false concept resulted because of the mix up between what you observe, and what the rest of the world should be. It is a problem of extrapolation, if you will.  We cannot extend our observations in this world to the unobservable world. Although it might aid sometimes, it is illogical do so without enough tools to make the transition. It is true that every existent thing that we observe came to existence by means another thing. Okay, what is the principle that drives this observation? It is that “every action has an actor.” Yes it is as simple as this, but it is not simplistic as many people think. This concept encompasses the observation that we are sure of. As explained by ibn Taymiyyah and others, the transition from nonexistence to existence is, itself, an action. This action has to have an actor, but the actor cannot be the object itself since a thing has to exist in order for it to act. Thus, there is another thing that brought this object into existence, and it is not the thing itself. Which implies that every existent thing that we observe came to existence by means of another thing.

     I should note that the falsified concept, that we mentioned earlier, was not achieved because of the stupidity of the thinker. It was a result of ending the thought before it is fully examined; they stopped because it provides them with what they want. It is also worth to note that we might do this thing unintentionally; we might do it because we genuinely think that we are done. This is less problematic than being dogmatic and unwilling to seek the truth, which is the worst forms of oppression a person could do to himself.

What Happened in the Paradise?

     Going to the title, which is I find an. Somewhere on YouTube, few years ago, I read a comment from a person saying something on the lines of “God restricted human’s freedom of thinking; and satan gave us cognitive thinking, by trying to make Adam and Eve think about the consequence of eating from the tree.” This idea excited me, when I saw the comment. It is really interesting to see how this person was able to eliminate the usual ideas and discussions that surround the story of Adam and Eve, and run behind one concept that he holds dear, and so do I. However, the implication is merely based on the need to attack the heavenly faiths and the Believers in Allah. By the way, if you don’t know, Allah is God–Allah is the God. Allah is the God of Moses (Mosa), the God of Jesus (E’isa or Isa), and the God of Muhammad, may Allah praise them all and grant them peace. Anyways, the guy’s idea is not very meaningful as it is.

     I have never seen a mathematical theory that has no conditions. Our ability to think is tightly connected to having restrictions. Whether they were moral restrictions, or mere intellectual restrictions. Of course, having too many restrictions, as having too much from anything, is going to harm us. That’s why Allah orders us not to ask too many questions about the laws of Islam. That’s why the Prophet, peace be upon him, tells is that Allah neglected putting some laws on some detailed aspects of life as mercy from Him, not because He is ignorant about them–And He is free from all shortcomings. On the other hand, having too little restrictions is harmful as well. In fact, some people say that they have no restrictions, which I found is equivalent having absolute restriction on everything. To say that everything is right, would not deliver the message that everything is right. It actually says that everything is wrong. At the point people will say, “if everything is wrong, then I shall choose the path I desire the most.” They will not choose the most beneficial and sound path, because it is also going to be wrong. This is a discussion for another blog, in shaa Allah (God wills).

     Anyways, to return from the digression, I should say that having the proper amount of restrictions allows us to think about cases and details of different settings. That shows why Allah tells us that the Muslim nation is made to be a middle and balanced nation. Having these ideas in mind, I realize that it is not the Satan who gave us the cognitive thinking. It is Allah who facilitated that by putting the prohibition on from the tree. He, the All-Wise, understands that humans will be able to think provided they have restrictions. Allah, indeed, says in the Qura’an in Suratul Baqarah, as a response to the angels’ questioning of creating humans, “إنّي أعلم ما لاتعلمون”. It means “I know what you do not know” or “I know things that I do not know.” Allah did not tell humans everything He knows–obviously. So, one of the benefits of the prohibition of eating from that tree happened to be cognitive thinking and perhaps there are more. I don’t know them all. The fact that Allah knows how envious the Shaytan (Satan) is of humans is enough for us to understand that Allah is not in need to force humans to think about the reason they were not allowed to eat from the tree. He, the All-Wise, facilitates the means, and shows us that the Shaytan is indeed our enemy.

     It is funny how the Shaytan reasoning, when he says (as Allah mentions in the Qura’an), “مَا نَهَاكُمَا رَبُّكُمَا عَنْ هَٰذِهِ الشَّجَرَةِ إِلَّا أَن تَكُونَا مَلَكَيْنِ أَوْ تَكُونَا مِنَ الْخَالِدِينَ”. It means that “your Lord did not prohibit you from eating from this tree, except because it will make you angels or it would make you live for ever”. After the ate from the tree, that was not the out come. He was lying to them. He just hate them, and wants them to fail. Nevertheless, some people will come (as similar things happened before) and comment on this by saying, “God should have did it differently.” But they fail to give any logical and comprehensive reason for why Allah should have done it differently, except by founding the argument on the notion that Allah should follow their own desires. Well, it is absurd for Allah is the God, and not them. How would they know that their approach is going to succeed? Allah says in the Qura’an, “ولو اتّبع الحقّ أهواءهم لفسدت السموات والأرض ومن فهين”, which means “if the truth followed their desires, then the heavens (skies) and the lands (earth) will be ruined, as well as everybody who lives in them.”

     It is note worthy that the first reasoning humans had was based on consequential reasoning. It is compatible with the idea that we should worship Allah because we want to be saved from the Hell fire and that we want the Paradise. This is for another blog, too, if Allah wills.

     To close, I want to say that, when we think, we should examine if our thoughts are compatible with reality or not. Yes, we imagine, we wish, we hope, and we think, and that makes us creative, but we should know that we need to adjust our ideas to be realistic and practical; there is no meaning for thoughts if it doesn’t give you insight on how you should approach the world. Also, idea of cognitive reasoning in paradise was based on a great observation from the man, but was against his argument. May Allah guide us all, and grant us success.

All thanks and praise are due to Allah.
AlhamduliEllah, in this life and the hereafter.

-Mutaz

The Simple Act Is Not So Simple

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

By the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Simple acts, according to my experience, are descriptive of a person’s inner thoughts, provided the right time and surroundings. I will try to prove it to you– as logically as possible.

     This may sound familiar if you ever read “the Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell.  I only read the chapter of “Broken Window Theory,” which was required for some class in college. I had a different experience, regarding this idea, than most of the students in the class, as well as the instructor. Combining the idea with my experience, I came to argue against the whole class that the theory suggests that people are intrinsically bad and evil, and they only want to find an escape. People liked the theory, but they hated what I said. What happened was what classically happens; the crowd of idiots wins. I had a difficulty explaining my position, partially because of I wasn’t given enough time to talk, but also because I developed this thought with very little words—mostly by relations and imaginary experiments. If I sound crazy for you already, don’t try to understand me; just, may be, try to understand what I say.

Capturing some of those unworded thoughts, I find it interesting how a human being can test himself against the odds of life before they ever happen. Even if they never happen, they can be passed on to next generations of thinkers. Standing in a neighborhood where a house with a broken window is found, a man is not “forced” to steal and break other windows. The man is solely liberated from the shackles of blame for doing something immoral. At that point it is the man’s choice what to do. There is no triggering of a behavior, as people say. It is actually a triggering of a quick thought and an examination of the surroundings. The man, afterwards, advances with whatever his person tells him to do.

The elements of the environment that triggers those quick thoughts and drops some of the shackles of moral obligations are not necessarily limited to broken windows. The amount of liberation is not also maximized every time. Those elements (or perhaps the states of those elements) can be cars, crowd motions, amount of people surrounding them, day of time, another human being and how they look, or even the amount of power in the man’s hand. The amount of liberation is can range from complete freedom to commit every single major sin in the book of Allah, Almighty,  to merely the use of your brother’s laptop without asking permission. Now that I think about it, the state of elements can also place extra shackles on the person experiencing them; like becoming shy, perhaps.

So far I have claimed that the theory is falsely attributed to triggering of a behavior not a triggering of a thought, that the severity of the behavioral change–that results from the thought– can be insignificant and can be extreme, and that the elements that trigger the thoughts can be any elements of any states in the environment. This is a generalization and abstraction of the theory, that allows me to transition to my point. What I have came to is that we can find indicators of a person’s inner thoughts based on their reaction of to certain event, or their observation of a certain elements. Those thoughts, as a result, can describe the person’s character, but not necessarily accurately. But they allow us to think about the human being as a thinker, not a reactor. People think, even if they are “unconscious” of their quick thoughts. I am not claiming anything. Thoughts can be very quick that, if you don’t take your time to question yourself, you might not know ever that you were actually thinking; hence not unconscious.

This thought is very interesting and useful. It aids me in many ways in understanding people around me, which is a thing that I do and I cannot help it. I should note that people’s eyes and bodies speak. I knew that, and I have used it. But some one put me in a very difficult situation that I came to wonder whether I am a sane person or actually completely out of my mind (I think I’m in the middle, if I may say).  That person drove me crazy. I fell in a sea of thoughts. Before I go insane (and get hemorrhoid from sitting all day), I decided to go out for a walk. It was 12:15 am. I got out of my building, and noticed an overcast of a woman (or a girl, if you will), walking on the curb, 300 feet away, through the dim light of the street. The light was dim; so, I could merely see a general morph and reminiscent of her. As a Muslim, you may know, I didn’t stare at her, either, because I am not allowed to. Anyways, I walked towards my car, to take some water out of the trunk. I looked back at her general direction, intending to walk at the direction she is coming from. When she came close to me, she looked at me, and scratched her head. This is a simple act, but the way she scratched her head and timing indicate that she is in trouble or scared from something; running from something. I almost asked, “what’s wrong?” But that wasn’t of my business. Beside, I might be really delusional as that person said or implied. So, I walk. At the corner of the street, I see a guy rushing left and right, with worry all over his face. I know it was him that she was running from. I stopped, before crossing the street. But he was quicker to ask me, “bro, did you see a skinny girl walking this way?” and pointed in the direction I came from. I stood their for good three seconds, then said, “yes.” I don’t know whether she stole something from him or if he is trying to kidnap her. But I don’t remember the guy’s face– nor the girl’s on that note. I thought for few seconds, and realized that he didn’t know where she was going. I tried to run after them, but they disappeared. Anyways; I was not delusional as I was told.
My theory really works. Thanks to Allah, who made me go through this incident. I am not delusional. I am smart enough to infer some unuttered things–not everything, but somethings. That person who called me delusional is wrong; and they know it.

I don’t mean to be arrogant, even if it comes like it. I welcome criticism and advice, anytime and all the time.

If made a mistake, then it is solely mine and the shaytan’s. If I said something correct, it is from the support and guidance of Allah.

AlhamduliEllah

-Mutaz

“A Shooting Star Is the Only Sign,” They Say

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

By the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

     It is a habit of mine that sometimes, if I wanted to talk to someone, I imagine how the conversation would go. I keep running the conversation in my mind. A while ago I realized something. I kept imagining a conversation, and as much I talked, there was no response. I projected some scenarios, but none of them makes sense. I didn’t know that person well, unfortunately. I’ve never talked to that person or to anyone who knows them—at least not about them. They would just be their silent, staring at me while I’m talking once and once again; every time—no response. I guess I am not smart enough nor crazy enough. It made me think, nonetheless,:

Some people don’t hesitate to make assumptions about what God, with all of his wisdom and collective knowledge, would do in response to what they say. The simplest example is when they say, if God was here, He should send a shooting star right away. But how they know? They don’t. It is just their arrogance that makes them say so. Many signs exist just behind the corner of their ego. It doesn’t only seem inappropriate, but also illogical. I cannot fathom another human’s thoughts, but they claim to have a comprehensive knowledge of God’s ways—without even having a connection with Him. Well, it’s absurd. It is also fundamentally idiotic if you calculate the consequences.

However, it is just like Allah said, in Surat Al-Hajj,

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يُجَادِلُ فِي اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَلَا هُدًى وَلَا كِتَابٍ مُّنِيرٍ (8)
ثَانِيَ عِطْفِهِ لِيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ۖ لَهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا خِزْيٌ ۖ وَنُذِيقُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ عَذَابَ الْحَرِيقِ (9)

Which means, according to Saheeh International’s translation of the meaning of the Qura’an,

8. And of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening book [from Him],

9. Twisting his neck [in arrogance] to mislead [people] from the way of Allah. For him in the world is disgrace, and We will make him taste on the Day of Resurrection the punishment of the Burning Fire [while it is said],

     Nothing to be said after what Allah said. So, I close here by confessing that no falsehood has been said in here but from myself and the shaytan. And no correct thing has been said except by the support and guidance of Allah.

AlhamduliEllah.

-Mutaz

What is beauty?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

By the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

     I look at the blue vast sky, and I think it is beautiful. I wonder why I think that. I read a piece of writing, awhile ago, where the author argued that aesthetics are standardized, just like scientific facts are. Guess what? I disagree. Aesthetics and beauties are not standardized. May be there are ideas that people agree on, but they are not standards. Some people look at a piece of art and speaks to them; it tells them a story, and reminds them with an experience that they have been through. Others look at them and think, “what a piece of trash.” Both things happened to me.

I was finishing my homework in applied math course, where we had to draw the phase diagram of some differential equation, which is just a graph if you want to know. It was ugly and unpleasant to the eyes–wavy lines and arrows that are scrambled together– but only from one angle. From the other angle, it is a beautiful piece of art that represents a seemingly lifeless equation; it was also the off spring of my mind, the product of my efforts, and the end of my pursuit. I felt happy, regardless of its insignificance–well I’m childish, and I don’t care. But that gets the mind thinking, “why is the blue sky beautiful?” I think because it represents life and freedom. Everybody loves to be free and alive. I guess that is it. Ideas that are provoked, consciously or not, are what makes beautiful things beautiful. I went one step ahead of myself. To see where that can go from here.

I have ugly friends. Not all of them are ugly, but I do have some. I’m, too; I’m ugly. However, when I see them, they are beautiful–not really, but I’m very happy to see them. I guess that what happens. When we love someone, they become the standard of beauty. They are beautiful, perfect, and flawless. Whatever isn’t them, is not as beautiful. Yes, we would see flaws in them, sometimes,  and try to correct them, but upon a glance, there is nothing but beauty. This is how I examine whether I love someone or not. If they have a clear flaw that my little brain can see, I conclude I don’t love them. But, hey, most people are beautiful–to an extent. I guess I love them all–to an extent. That reminds me with something else. There is am Arab poet who once said something that is along the lines of “If you love, love to an extent; for you don’t know if you are tearing it out. If you hate, hate for an extent; for you don’t know if you come back.” So, be careful whom you love. You don’t want to beautify an evil thing.

If I made a mistake, it’s due to me and the shaytan. If I was correct, it’s due to Allah.
In fact, all thanks are due to Allah, the Merciful.

-Mutaz

A Theory about Movies, by Consumed Mind.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

By the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

     Acting is one admirable field. It is intriguing how a person can impersonate a different character and takes them to the extreme. It is a very admirable ability to be able to lose every reminiscence of yourself and take a different form. That is something I don’t know if I can do. However, this is not my problem with movies. The problem I see in movies is that there is, for a lack of better expression, a barrier between what happens in the movies and the viewers’ thoughts and beliefs. A viewer is given the perspective of the main characters. The editing of the scenes makes the view support this perspective, even if they think that, in reality, the main character is evil. They make the viewer roots for them, and there is no way you can change what is happening inside the movie. As absurd as it might be, most of the people do not have the ability to question what they see, especially kids.

I am not trying to talk about the dangers of movies on kids, but I am trying to establish a thought on how we consume movies. A popular saying on the internet is “I finished watching a series, and now I don’t know what to do with my life.” Hahah–we laughed. But actually, there is a fundamental observation that lies in here. As a person who experienced depression, not severely alhamduliEllah,  I could see some angle of it. I used to watch movies to experience other people’s life. I watched movies to be able to add to my experiences without having to leave home. I watched one after the other, and I watched series too.  I saw a seen that I morally completely disagree with. The movie showed the seen as moral and desirable. Then I thought about it. I realized that watching movies has not only exhausted me spiritually and morally. It consumed me intellectually, and hindered me socially. Many ideas were forced on me through watching single-lens movies. I started watching the movies with open eyes. Guess what? It is not as fun. It is still enjoyable when you relax and not think about it. You can see that a good majority of the ideas in those movies are based on false beliefs and dangerous ideals.

Here is a conversation that might be related.

I talked to a classmate whom some people ridiculed for being careless about classes. I got concerned because I know where this might come from, but I said nothing.  I talked to him at the end of the semester, and it turned out he suffered from kind of depression. I hope it is not sever. After exams, I contacted him to see how he was doing, he told me “great”. I said, “don’t watch movies”. He asked, “did I tell you I watch a lot of movies? Because I do.” I told him, “no  you didn’t. You didn’t have to; I know how it feels.” He said, “yes, it is like an escape from reality,” which I agreed on. I found that writing thoughts and arranging them are way better than avoiding them. Those thoughts might come handy late in life, at least in helping a colleague.

 

May Allah grants us all guidance. If I made a mistake, it is from myself and the shaytan (satan), and if I was correct it is surely from Allah.

AlhamduliEllah.

 

-Mutaz

An Outlet for My Thoughts

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

By the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

“I think, therefore, I am,” said René. I want to be. Therefore, I think. Therefore, I am. One issue was present in the my conquest of thoughts. It gets crowded sometimes up there, in my brain. Lots of thoughts collapse to create advanced ones–others cancel out each others’. It is good to be able to shovel those thoughts. How to display them to the people is another matter that needs different types of skills other than clever observations and critical analysis. When I used to talk to people, my thoughts are best describe like my face: tolerable but unattractive. ‘cuz da beauty im de heart.  I don’t know where I’m going with this, I didn’t think about this one. Tomorrow I’ll comeback much stronger– if Allah wills of course.

One more thing, tolerate my thoughts. Question them, but don’t call them bad boys. I love them, they are my little pets. 😦

Thanks to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds

-Mutaz